Candi | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 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


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 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 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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Photo of Fair_Winds
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
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 schoolboy
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty uneven tripel that ends up being fairly easy drinking for the style.

It pours clear and yellow with little head. The aroma is a bit light, but inoffensive. The taste is pretty good, though not overly complex (not complex enough). It has a malty, yeasty component and not much else. It stays in the mouth pleasantly.

I would not seek this out again, but if I bought one by mistake it wouldn't be the end of the world. If they weren't quite so expensive they would be be an OK value, but $2.18/bottle is too much for this. There are loads of better ones.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: amber orange, visible lines of streaming carbonation, thick film of head; latticed lacing
S: yeasty, orange, bubble gum
T: yeasty bubble gum
M: light-bodied, carbonated
O: An interesting gimmick but not a go-to beer.

12oz / Snifter / Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, MD

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Photo of Jason
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of ksimons
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Beejay
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Larsonfromdublin
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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 WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Brutaltruth
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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 philbe311
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
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 +3.5%
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 +3.5%
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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of larryi86
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%

12 oz bottle, dated 7/17/14, poured into a tulip

A- A golden color with a three finger white head. 4

S- Pretty sweet, bananas, bread, hints of cloves, yeast, pretty standard for a tripel. 4

T- Sweet, bananas, hints of cloves, yeast, bread, hints of bubblegum, apples, and pears, touch of alcohol. 3.9

M- Smooth, medium body, carbonation is a little high. 3.8

O- A nice tripel, and pretty easy to drink. Like others in the Pin-UP seties it is good beer and fits the style pretty well, but not really a big stand out. Worth trying. 4

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Tohibii
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

To me, this does a hell of a job hiding the 10% ABV. A lot of reviews here seem to state otherwise, but - I mean, that ain't so easy and it's doing a hell of a job there from my perspective.

As mentioned in other reviews, whiffs of sugar and hits the tongue sweet, but brings a respectable complexity overall. I generally prefer something more bitter, but this satisfies to a great degree to where I certainly wouldn't consider the sweetness a gimmick or a "lets give strong beer to people who don't like strong beer" type deal.

As noted with other Dominion reviews I did, I very much appreciate the accessibility of simply going to the local grocery store and getting a 12 pack sampler with strong offerings throughout at $19.99 (this, Double D and Morning Glory). If looking for a real enthusiast experience, maybe you'd do best to look elsewhere, but this is a solid beer to get off the shelf as a regular from a pure practicality standpoint.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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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