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Candi - Old Dominion Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

23 Reviews

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Reviews: 23
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 32.28%
Wants: 8
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nmann08 on 11-06-2013

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Reviews: 23 | Hads: 150
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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Clear pale copper hue, thin white lacing. Phenolic bubblegum, paprika, crackers and floral alcohol in the nose. Grassy grain slowly unfolds within the crispness, herbal phenols and persimmons in the middle. Yeast and a spicy warming alcohol rounds out the drying finish.

Not too shabby for their take on the Tripel, perhaps a little bit too much phenolic flavor for my liking in a Tripel but tasty none the less.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of aszatk01
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of woodchipper
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Its pretty good and this out lied thing is a pain in my ass

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Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Milt2112
1.65/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not sure if I got a bad batch of this - but this is no Tripel. First of all - the color is more like an amber ale. I knew that was not a good sign. Smell is like that stale beer smell after a huge party. Taste is poor - it's just off, almost skunked. Not a drain pour - but very very disappointing. One of the few where the rating on BA is not indicative of the overall quality of the beer.
I bought a sixer of this and I feel like they'll be in my fridge for a while.
Won't be buying again.

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Photo of ALewis84
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 1/27/14 in Dover, DE a bit different than the Old Dominion I used to know from Virginia. However the beer pours a clouded golden orange body, bright white head. Big mélange' of tropical fruit, spicy yeast, and bubblegum on the nose. Flavors are a bit harsh with alcohol and unfermented residual sugars leftover, let me have the beer warmed up a bit before I pass final judgment. I'm getting spice pears/cantaloupe very nice pleasant flavors going on. The biscuit malt with honey tinged sweetness from the Belgian candi sugars leaves a nice diabetes inducing glucose tolerance to my palate. Spicy edge to the yeast character with the residual sugars adds some harshness on the mouthfeel, not as effervescent as most Belgian offerings of this style but for an American version I'm pretty happy. Overall, it shows growth from the same brewery that makes the Double D which is a very sweet unadulterated DIPA from the same series of pin up girls. I'm okay with this offering and feel it will improve with fermentation in the bottle look at all the yeast sediment in the bottom of your glass.

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Photo of sandanders
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JMS1512
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, golden color, speckled with peach and orange highlights and a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that only partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes and sourdough rolls. There is also a ton of Belgian yeast, imparting funky, musty, barnyard-like notes of stray, wet horse blanket, and saddle leather. I also get notes of spices such as black pepper, coriander, saffron, clover, honey suckle, as well as fruits such as peach and apple. Finally, I get some candied sugar and honey. Smells delicious and inviting.

Taste: Wow! What great flavors! Strong, delicious flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of candied sugar and honey-like sweetness; spices of black pepper, coriander, saffron, clover, honey suckle, as well as fruits such as peach and crisp, tart, apple. Finally, there’s quite a bit of floral, funky Belgian yeast, imparting notes of freshly cut grass, straw, clover, heather and lavender. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.5%, there is just a hint of alcohol warmth on the palate. Actually, I’m surprised at how well masked the alcohol is.

Overall: This is an outstanding Belgian-triple! Funky, fruity, semi-tart and semi-sweet. Delicious! I’m definitely getting it again! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Skabiski
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cfadams17
4.04/5  rDev +6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Old Dominion Brewing Co. "Candi"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLING DATE: 06/03/15"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Appearance: An almost fingerprint-clear deep golden body beneath a short-lived head of bright white. Lacing is limited.

Aroma: Sugar, soft spice, phenols, cedar, tart apple.

Flavor: Sugar, fruit (apple, some citrus, sharp red fruit like berry/cherry), and minor yeasty mineral/chalkiness which helps to dry the finish along with the spiciness and alcohol. Very firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge - perhaps medium-full. A very fine bubbled median carbonation leaves it gently bristling.

Overall: It comes on strong but loses it's charm, becoming just strong (the alcohol is clearly noticeable). There's a lot going on in the flavor profile but it's not quite full enough, leaving it kind of angular rather than rounded. Finally, the carbonation seems a little low, and although that may help to soften its edges, it would probably be better with a bit more zest as it becomes kind of lifeless halfway through the glass.

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Photo of Bierleichen
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of fttaylor
5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of macpfb03
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Chabu
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DougT
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDHopster
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall a surprisingly good dubbel from Dominion. Fruity and true to Belgian yeast flavor. Golden with a foamy white head.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, copper with very fine white foam and persistent white lacing. Smells strongly of phenols, bubblegum, banana, a hint of nail polish. Tastes of sweet up front, strong fruity esters, mid note and end note with some herbal - clove, spicy notes and medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Clean finish, good Belgian style tripel. Considering the price point, very enjoyable and I wouldn’t hesitate to buy in the future. Very good for the style, though not particularly complex. Another good beer from a great brewery. A lot of phenols, but rather good. ABV well disguised by the flavors.

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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A standard pour yields a minimal crisp bone white fizzy froth... Limited retention gives way to a splotchy lacing and minimal collar... A few carbonation bubble can be seen bursting through the surface... The color is a mix of light amber and gold... Loaded with carbonation including a speedy cyclone in the center of the glass and some more moderate paced bubble elsewhere throughout...

S - The nose is surprisingly subdued for the style... Honey... Candied sugar... Belgian yeast... Simple and enjoyable, but a bit too understated...

T - There is much more complexity on the palate than the nose alluded to... Each component from the aroma is present and dialed up notch or to... The honey and Belgian yeast are a bit more dominant than the candied sugar... There is also a subtle spiciness that lingers beneath the surface... A slightly medicinal finish... The "booze" component is also present but never over powering... Perhaps even a hint of hoppiness emerges as this one warms to closer to room temperature...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Crisp... A bit chewy... A bit sticky... Spry carbonation on the tongue...

D - A solid American interpretation of the Tripel style... Traditional, but with enough twists and nuances to make this one unique and stand well on its own... Also a fairly decent value proposition... Not a bad brew by any means... Overall all the flavor profile and mouthfeel help this one to be a bit more than a sum of its parts... A decent job by the folks at Dominion...

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Photo of Beejay
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A hazy pale apricot amber in color, with a somewhat small off white head.

S: Sweet and fruity, with a bit of dough smell, and some clove and banana in the finish.

T: Clove and banana, with some alcohol notes, as well as a very sweet fruity flavor. It tastes like how just overripe fruit smells.. perhaps a hint of apricot in there. Nice, but almost cloying.

M: Medium, slightly syrupy, and a somewhat high level of carbonation.

O: Overall tasty, but the body is a little too syrupy for me, I wanted this to be a bit drier than it is. Good Belgian flavors, but just slightly missing the mark.

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Photo of jeffdillon
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

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Candi from Old Dominion Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.