Candi | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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85
very good
196 Ratings
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82
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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:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 Boone757
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 mendvicdog
2.99/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 paulish
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 BeerForMuscle
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 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 ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 tommy5
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Latarnik
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Candi from Old Dominion Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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