Candi | Old Dominion Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
196 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
olddominion.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by nmann08 on 11-06-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
196
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
83
For Trade:
0
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Photo of celts32
1/5  rDev -73.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Milt2112
1.65/5  rDev -56.1%
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 Sagardjoshi
1.94/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this beer thinking I was trying a new Belgian Tripel. But, I was disappointed. It was not like any other Tripel I have had till date. It did not taste like a high quality beer. It tasted cheap. I won't be a customer again.

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Photo of vincehayter
2.39/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kelcyd
2.52/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of macpfb03
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mitchster
2.58/5  rDev -31.4%
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 mendvicdog
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodchipper
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
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 MikeyU
3.12/5  rDev -17%

Photo of deg
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
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 Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of dcfein08
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Capsfan90
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jssteinman
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kerrie
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophugger
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smakawhat
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A dark orange and almost hinting chestnut brown hued edged color, and some red in the body appearance wise. Head is light white a little fluffy and creamy and makes about two fingers tall. Good middle roaring fire of carbonation rising, with some tan like bubbles also along the side. Solid looking Belgian tripel.

Peanut butter on the nose. God dang what is that yeast strain? I've smelled it in so many other beers. It's pretty much the dominant aroma going on here with nothing else to give. I actually don't mind it, but for this style this is not really cutting it and not much other Belgian sensing malt/yeast/hop character is coming out.

Palate continues with somewhat of the nutty and peanut aromas hitting the palate. Some more solid malt depth comes out, with a good creamy palate feel which makes the peanut butter sensations more enjoyable. However, some hint of boozy quality and clove slightly, but with none of the controlled sweetness to match. Alcohol heat is under control at least.

Overall this really doesn't have any Belgian like qualities for the style to get me interested in but is a drinkable tripel at least.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Candi

LOOK: Pours a deep gold color with a chill haze. A white, tightly beaded head forms and has OK retention.

SMELL: Aroma of bread, honey, wheat and bubblegum. A bit of banana and clove type esters are there too.

TASTE: In the taste, malt, sugary dextrin sweetness , Belgian yeast with more bubblegum, clove and banana esters, though wheat is also contributing. There is a light leafy hop character. Alcohol is felt more than tasted, but there is a slight heat on the finish.

FEEL: Medium bodied, smooth and well carbonated. Sweeter in the aftertaste with a little booze.

LASTING IMPRESSION: Overall, a decent American Triple. Can't compete with imports, besides the price. A nice brew for what it is. Definitely drinkable and effective.

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Photo of Pav5069
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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 ajilllau
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not my favorite trippel I've tasted and it had a weird aftertaste.

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Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Candi from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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