Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious – Ale Aged in Apple Brandy Barrels

After a quick 50 mile trip up to the Captain Lawrence Brewery in Pleasantville NY, with a the threat of an apocalyptic snow storm looming; I was able to snag a couple of the last remaining Golden Delicious 750ml Bottles.  Now, to have my first taste of the Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious.  This beer is labeled an American Style Tripel that has been dry-hopped with Amarillo hops and aged in Apple Brandy Barrels.captainlawrence_goldendelicious1

But first, here is how Captain Lawrence Describes the beer:

There’s nothing quite likes Mom’s apple pie…But I am willing to bet this beer is pretty darn close.  An American Tripel, dry-hoped with Amarillo hops and aged in Apple Brandy barrels from one of this country’s oldest distilleries.  The tropical aroma of the hops and the delicate apple aroma from the barrels are a perfect match.  Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy.

ABV: Not list on bottle or website, but a response from Captain Lawrence’s twitter feed: “@SimplyBeer well it starts at 10% before it goes into the barrel, so a little above that”

Bottle: 750ml


Beer pour a very hazy orange straw color, unfortunately I had to give the beer a fairly hard pour to get any kind of head on the beer.  Not sure if my bottle was just under carbonated or is a result of High abv and/or the aging process.  Surprisingly, the little collar of foam did leave a relatively substantial amount of lacing.



While not a powerful aroma as you might expect from dry-hopping with Amarillo hops, the aroma was very appealing and complex .  Tart apples on oak hits you right away as the dominate aroma, followed by mango infused alcohol and hints of apricot.


A very intriguing beer.  It initial tastes like a tripel, sweet and bit boozy, until you are hit with the Apple, Brandy and some bitterness towards the end.  The apple brandy really rounds out this beer nicely.  It takes that sweetness most tripel have all the way through and cuts it off nicely, leaving your mouth refreshed and ready for another sip.  With the big tart apple on the nose, I really didn’t get much tartness in the beer, which is probably a good thing thing.  I’m not sure how well the sweetness from the base Tripel would work with a tart/sour apple flavor.

Calories: Unknown, no abv list, we can’t estimate the calories, But at 10-11% abv guesstimate, we could estimate about 315- 340 cal per 12oz (Calorie Chart)

Glassware: Goblet or wide mouth wine glass

Overall Impression:

Very pleased with this beer, well worth the trip up to the brewery.  Which by the way, has some great beer on tap that they really should be bottling, in my humble opinion.  The espresso stout was awesome.  I digress, Back to the Golden Delicious; a unique take on a Tripel well worth seeking out.  I’m excited to cellar a bottle for a year and try it again.


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14 Responses to “Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious – Ale Aged in Apple Brandy Barrels”

  1. nate Says:

    This looks and sounds like it would be right up my alley. This was a special release, Right? It’s nice to see a brewery bypassing the whole imperial stout craze and going with a trippel

  2. Simply Beer Says:

    Yeah, it was a brewery only release. By far one of the most unique beers I’ve had in awhile. Definitely one to search out.

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  4. Jeff Says:

    I was tempted to buy and try this one when I was there on Friday but decided on the Extra Gold and a Double IPA growler. Oh how I digress…lol The Stout is excellent and they use coffee beans from a well known Coffee place in Croton (also Westchester County) called The Black Cow

    Thanks for the Golden Delicious info. I’ll have to pick it up next time.

  5. James Says:

    This sounds like something I would enjoy! I love all the innovation and variety in the craft beer industry right now.

    Question: what program/website so you use to add copyright watermarks to your pictures? I need something like that for my blog.

    Keep the great posts coming!

  6. Michael Reinhardt Says:

    Looks simply tasty. I love the interesting stuff that is happening with the barrels.

  7. Simply Beer Says:

    @jeff, if they have any left you should, for the shear fact it is is an interesting beer with some unique flavors for a tripel.

    @james, yeah this definitely a fresh idea in barrel aging. not many breweries aging Tripels in barrels. I used Photoshop for the watermark/copyright on my pictures

    @mike, it was “simply tasty”. Captain Lawrence is doing a lot of stuff with different barrels. looking forward to more from them, especially their sours!

  8. Don Says:

    Speaking of barrels Peter, are you still seasoning your barrel? Have you decided what you will do with it? This sounds like a very tasty brew. Maybe Jim can find some.

  9. Simply Beer Says:

    @Don, Yeah I made a Bourbon stout with it. I think it is awesome, Jim’s had it what did you think of it Jim?

  10. Brad Chmielewski Says:

    Can’t wait to try this one! It looks fabulous.

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  12. Simply Beer Says:

    Brad, nice to see beer coming out that is different from everyone else and is good! Looking forward to your review on Hop-cast.

  13. Jim Says:

    Your barrel aged stout was awesome, Peter. You’re saison was pretty stellar as well.

    The Golden Delicious looks like a cool idea that was well executed. I have to make it over the Tap and check these guys out sometime.

  14. Simply Beer Says:

    Thanks I’m Glad you liked my Homebrew. I had the Saison again the other night. Not as good as I remembered, needs several more months for the honey to mellow out and the Brettanomyces to play a bigger role.
    You should, Jim, they are about 10 minutes past the Tapanzee, right off the Sawmill parkway.

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