Candi | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of deg
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I poured the beer into a chalice. There was no head. The color was a nice golden color. I couldn't smell anything. The few flavors I could taste were good. The flatness of the beer wrecked it for me.

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Photo of BB1313
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/2/16. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are basically what you would expect from the style. The yeasts do their thing. Lots of banana and bubblegum. Sweet malts are there along with some subtle cracker notes. The flavors seem to follow the nose. The yeasts shine along with a solid malt backbone. More fresh banana and bubblegum. Hints of pear. Some very subtle black pepper and spice notes in the finish. There's a mild sweetness to go along with a mild bitterness. Slightly earthy. Some mild alcohol notes in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very crisp, fluffy and smooth. Dangerously drinkable.

This is a very nice tripel. It has just about anything you could want in the style. Very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of 71CrazyOtto
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 3-7-17
Pour a slightly dark for a traditional tripel and carbonation could be better but lacing was good.
Not a lot expected tripel smells coming off this one but I would say the usual ones are there just muted.
Taste is excellent and dangerous easy drinker, almost a session beer.
Ingredients of this beer must be pure because my hangover was light for the amount of this I drank compared to a lot of other tripels I have had, and I have consumed a lot of different tripels in my life.
Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, malts, yeast. Taste is malts, alcohol, light fruits, a touch of spices. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but a bit on the boozy side.

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Photo of ksimons
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color is a honey orange color with a fingers worth of white head. Smell is of pale malt, yeast, spices, and sugar. Taste is similar with a pale malt backbone, sugar, candied fruits, spices, and yeast. Medium body and spicey carbonation. Overall a decent Tripel but a little on the sweet side.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent tripel pours a clear golden color with a modest head of white foam that quickly dissipates to a very light ring almost non existent and spotty lacing. Nose of light bananas, candy sugars, and grainy booze. Flavors exceed the nose with sweet candy sugars on the front and sides, warming booze hits middle and back of the taste with bananas and herbal notes on the middle and back mixed with subtle light stone fruits of pears. Good carbonation, lightly dry on the finish, medium mouth feel. Overall a nice brew.


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Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: Translucent gold: Bright white head, but not much of it.

Smell: Fruity; grape; Alcohol

Taste: Like the nose: Sweet vinous grape upfront that transitions to a very boozy and
slightly tart finish.

Feel: A bit prickly, with a pronounced "booze burn" on the throat.

Overall: Interesting pour: Very wine-like / fruity upfront as mentioned above. The booze is
very prevalent and in fact, some might say too much so; (I.e. balance issues.) All and all though,
an fun-unique taste. Don't know however, if I'd revisit.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely label art....says this bachelor.... A nice beer, but not perfect. According to the BJCP guidelines Belgian Tripels should be "sneaky" in the alcohol, and this one isn't. Clearly when you taste it, it isn't an ordinary beer, as the alcohol comes through.... It's sweet, and alcoholy....but the candi sugar is nice, and lets you know it's a Belgian. Head disappears almost immediately, which is disappointing.... The label art looks like 1940s "nose art" (that is what was/is painted on military planes during the war) with a very well, or even an over, endowed blonde. I think this captures the spirit of this beer well as its well endowed, almost too much. If I were Old Dominion, I'd tinker with this beer a as to hide the alcohol. It's good, but, from the first sip, it's a bit too much. Of course hiding 10% isn't easy, but it is possible. Still a bargain, at around $10 for a sixer. Salut to (busty) Belgian blondes!

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Photo of Mitchster
2.58/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Brewed with Vienna and wheat malts and candi sugar, hopped with Saaz and Hallertauer.
20 IBU's, 9.5% ABV (per the bottle)
Purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack. Pours out to a slightly hazy peach, forming a rocky white head with very good retention and lacing. Layer of sediment in the bottle. Nose of sweet tropical fruits, brown bananas and phenols. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly syrupy, dense bodied, lightly acidic but then ruddy in the finish. The taste opens up right away with alcohol and oxidation. Definitely a wet newspaper note. Followed by the characteristics in the nose. Very peppery alcohol with some fusels. Not very refined. I suspect fermented with not enough healthy yeast or too high an initial temp. bitterness is mild The aftertaste is ruddy with that same newspaper lingering through. Too bad.

Not a good tripel. Pass on this.

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Photo of philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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 bushbeer75
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle - bottled on date 4/24/15

Old Dominion Candi Belgian Tripel has a clear golden body. A 3/4-finger white head was formed that shrunk in no time and left behind limited lacing. The aroma is dominated by candy sugar with a light peppery nose. The taste starts off sweet from the candy sugar followed by light fruit [pear, peach, and apple] a pepper spice is next. The Ale has a minimal hop bitterness. The mouth feel is medium with an active fine bubbled carbonation and a light dry finish.

Candi Belgian Triple is a good valued triple. However, it lacks some of the complexity and smoothness of the top shelf triples.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a shade of orange, ultra thin ring like lace.
Faith complex nose; yeasty by products yield fruity esters; pear, passion fruit, bubblegum, herbal and peppery tones. There is also a hint of biscuit.
Big fruity taste, like alcohol soaked pears and a peppery finish. Alcohol is masked enough but present.
Light and crisp, drinkable. A flavorful and easy drinking Belgian style American made Tripel.

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Photo of Beejay
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color...too clear, maybe? The head is a finger high and white in shade. It doesn't have fluff of a typical Belgian ale, opting for a creamier texture and slightly better retention. A solid ring of lacing sticks to the glass. The look isn't terribly style appropriate, but she's still rather pretty. (4)

Smell: Well, Candi (sugar) certainly makes her presence known here - this smells quite sweet. I'm let down by the lack of stronger Belgian characteristics, though. Apple, pear, and black pepper are all here, but in a subdued manner. They do pop better once this opens up. And there's the whole fact that you'd never know this is anywhere near 10% by smelling it. (3.25)

Taste: It starts off with a fairly healthy sweetness - candied sugar really hits the palate strongly. Some light spiciness appears once the sugar fades some, like black pepper. A solid tripel, but it lacks the complexity and rusticness of the best examples. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Has a good fullness to it, yet it's not disgustingly cloying. This does a nice job of concealing its 10%, too. Solid carbonation helps it go down more easily, though it doesn't have the kind of texture I'd expect from this style. It doesn't fill the mouth, and it lingers on the tongue a bit sweetly. (3.25)

Overall: Not bad at all. It lacks some of the rustic details of the best tripels, but it still sets out what it wants to accomplish: it's a 10% beer that doesn't seem that strong at all. All told, however, there are other examples of the style I'd look at first. (3.25)

3.4/5: You're a sweet girl, you're just not quite enticing enough

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Photo of Fair_Winds
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

COLOR Beautiful deep gold color with amber tones. Light creamy golden head which disipates quickly. SMELL Sweet and light. Complex but not strong. Immediately alludes to a tripels sweet flavor. TASTE Fruit forward with bananas and cloves l. More tart than bitter. Reminiscent of a wheat beer but with a heavy undertone that reminds you of its high abv. FEEL Carbonated almost to the extreme. It's light flavor and it's high carbonation helps hide it's abv bit keep it easily drinkable. A dangerous combination. OVERALL Dominion's "pin-ups" never dissapoint and Candi is no exception. A well crafted beer and a perfect example of how US micro brews can make wonderful old world beers. A perfect example of a good Belgian Tripel.

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Photo of Raime
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours medium copper with a large white head. No lacing.

Smell. Mustard seeds, bubble gum, hay..Belgian whorehouse..Oh and don't forget the alcohol.

Taste - Sweet Belgian yeasts with a mustard touch and alcoholic head. bubblegum is there with a touch of the farmhouse deal and a hit of fruits I can't quite put my finger on. Beer is 10%, not 9.5.

Feel -Warm, alcoholic body with light carbonation.

Overall -As my palate developed over the years, as has my appreciation for this styles. Hell, might even say we do a Belgian beer better than the Belgians.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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 JOldewurtel
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was recommended to me by the bartender. Wasn't sure what to think but ended up surprised. By no means a world class beer, but one of the more pleasantly surprising beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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 TopherBreski
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I haven't seen this anywhere in Jersey but I love Belgians and saw it in Delaware so I grabbed a 6 pack ($9.99) and slow poured it into a pint glass. Beautiful caramel color with a thin head that stays. Most Belgians have a citrus/pepper smell but this one is more pepper prevalent and works. Strong alcohol taste which most Brlgians do have especially at 10% it's a little sugary as well.

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Photo of Milt2112
1.65/5  rDev -56%
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 Larsonfromdublin
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one is a sensory roller coaster - the first few tastes are of bubblegum steeped in acetone; each sip made me smile at the outrageousness, but unable to stop. Halfway through the alcohol takes over an it becomes a decent sweet tripel. It would pair well with a hearty meal. It's out there on the edges, and worth at least one try.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Couldn't find this anywhere in PA leave it to Vintage Estate to have one bottle left.

A - Clear look deep yellow with mild orange color. Head is minimal just a 1/4 inch of head that fades to nothing.
S - Apple cider like smell with mild lemon and fruity yeasts. Not too heavy in the alcohol it smells rather balanced.
T - Well their really isn't much to it slightly bitter a touch of yeast but really it just tastes of some fruity esters and mild lemon.
M - For the ABV its pretty amazing like a amped up blonde ale no character but no ethanol.

Overall it's a smooth simple triple like ale (not really Belgium in nature) that wasn't offensive or complex. A really easy going ale.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 7/22/2014. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, wheat, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, light bubblegum, wheat, bread, candi sugar, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and pale/bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Tripel style. All around good complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and pale/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Candi from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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