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Dominion Spring BuckDominion Spring Buck

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Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

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Added by davidt on 01-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on 1-22-11.
Brewed with honey, chamomile, dried orange peel and wheat malt.

Enormous off white head that just keeps on rising! This was actually a bit of a gusher, truth be told. So, fair warning!! I very carefully poured this beer into a tapered tulip glass and the head would just not stop rising. I had to shave the top off twice! The beer truly has a beautiful presentation. Orange-gold color, cloudy body, and TONS of rising bubbles to support the massive head. it is hard to imagine a better looking Belgian-style ale in the US.

The aroma seems to favor the chamomile up front, with a minor waft of oranges here and there and a soft sweetness in the background from the honey, I suppose. This beer definitely captures the Belgian spirit.

The taste is unfortunately lacking in the same spirit. A little bit of bitter oranges, fruity, and yet dry. Sadly, this is a bit one-dimensional. Belgian-style ales should have more going on in the flavor, maybe with some funk, ya know?

Highly attenuated and the carbonation is a crazy mess. Is that the price you pay to have such a wonderful head? High alcohol but without the heat, so that is good.

Refreshing despite it's best efforts. I have another bottle in the fridge and I plan on drinking it, but seeing as they are switching their spring seasonal to a maibock, I am not sure if I will ever have this beer again (that is, after my fridge beer).

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Photo of Mattvt00
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a 6 pack of this over the summer at Total Wine in Alexandria Virginia. It was on sale for $3.99, and at that price point I was expecting problems but grabbed it anyway.

Every one of these bottles I've opened has overflowed, literally spilled out of the bottle. Once you let the beer settle, it's decent, but I certainly grabbed a batch that was WAY over-carbonated. The mouth-feel backs this up as it stings the tongue and mouth.

If you open this beer, let it settle, you'll see a pleasant amber beer with a nice spicy smell. Decent taste if you can get by the carbonation.

Might be a good beer otherwise and maybe I just got a bad batch, but, I'd ask for a sample before I ordered it at a bar if I were you.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I loves me my "malt beverages". This one pours a cloudy golden amber topped by a stiff finger of white suds. The nose is rather soapy, with some light coriander, flowers, jasmine, and a slice or two of banana floating in the shadows. The taste is richer, with notes of Belgian yeast, honey, orange peel, coriander, pepper, flowers, and a bit o' rye bread. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat crisp finish. Overall, a decent brew, but not something I'd necessarily grab for in the future. Worth a shot, though.

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Photo of mrhiccups
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went to my favorite beer store and picked up a six pack of this. Noticed the high ABV on this, was interested. Drank straight from the bottle, tastes like a wheat beer that I had before, very tart, chamomile will perhaps calm me down once the alcohol kicks in. Not disagreeable at all, would try this again!

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a typical clear amber with a thick but not persistent white head. Does have a little carbonation in it. Aroma is not strong but has good malty/wheaty crispness and just a touch of honey sweetness. Flavor is quite strong and satisfying, making up for the wan aroma - not complex, but mouth-filling, wheaty and crisp with just a hint of hop bitterness and whispers of honey and citrus. Texture is quite fizzy and lively.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Neighbor somehow got a case for $13 and raved about the value - gave me this one to sample.

Pours with a crisp, effervescent white head that drops to a light film over an opaque golden body. Plenty of noticeable carbonation up the sides.

Syrupy citrus smell with some honey, lemon zest, and herbal phenols. Smells like spring!

Taste is slightly more subdued - some bitter lemon, wheat, rose petal, and touch of spices. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel really takes away from the flavor... far too much carbonation rips through the flavor profile and prevents it from getting through cleanly.

Drinkability is distracted by the crisp, biting MF, but if this beer regularly goes for <$15/case (heck, even $20), I would not hesitate to pick one up.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of malt and citrus. Taste is a bit tart, citrus with malts. Feels creamy in the mouth. Drinkability is so-so. Overall this is a fairly decent beer.

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Photo of mltobin
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 12 ounce bottle at State Line in Elkton, Maryland. Image of a male deer with horns on the label (i.e. a buck)

The appearance is a light yellow color with a one finger head.
Smell is is of corn, a light smell, some sugar also comes across.
Taking a sip, I taste malts and some vanilla. This taste is good, but by no means very good or great. Mouthfeel consists of lemon zest, like it is cleansing your palate, a little too much like a lemon zest cleaning solution though combined with malt liquor. This was an interesting beer, but just a bit above average.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my Sly Fox shaker glass. The ale appears a hazed pale yellow color with about two fingers of quickly fading bone white foam. Aromas and flavors are of sweet honey, oranges, biscuits, slightly spicy with a dry finish. Smooth bodied with ample carbonation. The alcohol is well masked making for good drinkability.

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Photo of mjw06
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

a hazy orange champagne color with a nice sized head and good retention. leaves an okay lacing. heavy carbonation rushing to the top and almost sustaining the head by itself, rather than the head retaining itself.

very yeasty and wheaty smell with an orange undertone and hints of spice. some banana hints as well.

the taste mimics the smell, with a lingering yeast and orange taste on the back of the tongue. for all of the elements stated on the label (honey, chamomile, orange peel), it seems to lack complexity.

medium bodied, and can tell by the feel that it is an unfiltered beer. way too much carbonation, lots of big bubbles that pack a very strong and simply unpleasant presence.

not so drinkable, im struggling to finish this six pack, almost forgot i even had it. i wouldnt have another, other than to finish this. sounds good, but simply just isnt good at all.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter, somewhat hazy blonde. A very robust head forms on top... creamy with a little shimmer to it.

S: Both the honey and the chamomile make themselves known. Somewhat floral and sweet apple notes with some hints of pear.

T: Green apple, orange zest, some alcohol flavours, and a herbal and somewhat pungent flavour post-finish. There's a bit of a canned fruit flavour in the aftertaste that's a little peculiar.

M: Sparkling mouthfeel, with a softer carbonation and a bit of dryness on the finish, though there are also some little 'sticky spots' that keep it from being as dry as it could be.

D: A decent brew, and one I'd look towards again when in the mood, perhaps. It's got some nice qualities to it that manage to maintain an "American identity" in a Belgian style.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

***I have had this beer in both a nonic and a wine glass and it has much better flavors and aromas in the wine glass.

A - Very cloudy light orange body with some noticeable carbonation rising up the sides of the glass. A wonderfully fluffy white head at 2-3 fingers after the pour and great retention. I had at least a 1/2-finger head all the way to the end. Great sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet pale malts with citrus notes and some herbal tones. No noticeable hop aroma. More honey shines through as this warms.

T&M - Crisp mouthfeel from the carbonation yet smooth due to the wheat and sweetness. Not overly sweet pale malt, but a nice flavor. Orange peel is the citrus flavor and can be a bit tangy at times. This beer balances more as it warms. Alcohol becomes more evident as well after some warming. Definite herbal notes and I can really taste that chamomile. I'm not sure I'd have picked this out as chamomile w/out reading the bottle, but that's exactly what the herbal flavor is. I don't sense too much honey.

D - A very nice-drinking beer. I would really think of this more as a summer beer than a spring beer but it was a nice change from the heavier beers I've been drinking all winter. This would be a nice go-to beer and I'd love to have it around.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazed, golden body with a small-sized, white head.

Smell: Lightly malty aroma with supporting notes of honey, floral chamomile, and orange rinds.

Taste: Honey-coated maltiness with a middling amount of sweetness and hint of crisped grains. Floral, herbal chamomile and just a hint of fruity orange. This one's certainly deficient in hop flavor and bitterness. Ah well. Some peppery alcohol notes as your near the finish. Further appearance of sweet honey on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Perhaps it's the calming properties of the added chamomile, but I just can't get too excited about this one.

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Photo of blackie
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: foamy white head over a hazy pale golden beer, good retention for awhile but it eventually fades

s: bready yeasts ride a wheat malt backbone, aged hop aroma, a touch of sweetness from some pale malt and bland honey in the background, a well-played mild orange peel and dried chamomile, pear

m: full, prickly carbonation overwhelms the light body

t: wheat malt with a chalky yeast presence dominant, flavors of dried chamomile and orange peel provide the only point of interest, the honey doesn't really show, dry finish

d: pretty good, especially given the abv...not bad overall, but this is a relatively bare-bones example of the style

single bottle from Total Wine, Newport News, VA

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy gold with a rich, white colored head that hung in there well and receded to a fine layer. Not much lacing.

S - Wheat, yeast and the honey.

T - Honey and a touch of chamomile and citrus. Has a slight sweetness to it.

M - Crisp and somewhat silky; smooth drinking.

D - The alcohol is well concelealed, and coupled with a nice mouthfeel this makes for a respectable ale. I'd buy it again, especially in light of the fact the brewer is 12-minutes away. :)

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Photo of mpyle
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App - fairly pale gold color, cloudy, pours a big head, a bit coarse and disperses relatively quickly

Aroma - an earthy spiciness as befits its Belgian style. Maybe a slight hint of alcohol, but overall very faint aromas.

Taste - Spice and yeast character dominates, but difficult to quantify. Fairly light tasting (no big malt/hop flavors). A bit of a biscuity malt flavor. Finishes a bit fruity, and spicy, but fairly dry.

MF - Medium body and high carbonation. No astringency, a hint of alcohol warming.

D'ability - Surprisingly light and refreshing for a 7.5% ABV beer. Nothing overpowers in terms of flavor. Nothing about this beer blew me away, but have to say I could down a few.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a good amount of thick white head. Lots of lacing.

Smell is of fruit and sweetness plus some yeastiness.

Tastes of sweet honey and apple mostly. Can also find the orange zest and some mild tea like flavors. Too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick. The carbonation is thick.

This is not drinkable to me because of the sweetness, there is just too much of it and I found myself struggling to finish the beer.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours orangy golden and hazy, with a fluffy head which falls away to nothing fairly quickly. The aroma is sweet and phenolic, with elements of overripe fruit, perhaps apricot and pear. The flavor is sweet and fruity, again with an overripe character. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly oily.

Not bad.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend brought a sixer of these over. Another to add to the list of various mediocre Old Dominion I've had. Nothing great, but certainly not awful neither. This one was definitely too sweet. Lots of honey and dried fruit showed up and made this into a fairly malty mess. Strange candy sweetness in there as well, maybe apples or pears. Otherwise, the beer is solid. Good body and a nice look. Just a little too much in the way of that candy. Be interesting to try on tap.

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Photo of kshankar
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden..some carbonation can be seen as well. Head was good, stayed a while. Receded to a film layer on top.

Aroma: Wheat, yeast, and the honey is there as well. Can't really smell the supposed chamomile, but that would probably be mild anyways.

Taste: The yeast is somewhat there. Otherwise, there is a honey flavor, slightly in the beginning. The finish is slightly bitter, and the chamomile is hinted at as well. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, goes down well

Drinkability: Good mouthfeel, taste is okay, and you can't taste much booze, considering the relatively high ABV.

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Photo of number1bum
3.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with two plus fingers of near white head. It settles to a thin, whispy but pretty full lace and leaves a bit of stick here and there.

Smell has some fruit, grain, and a bit of musty yeast. There is some orange but also some jolly rancher apple, which seems a bit artificial. There's a bit of honey in it and some floral notes, as well as a bit of a metallic aroma. Eh.

Taste starts off with some honey and grain, then a bit of citrus. The yeast here is not all that interesting but it does give some musty character. There is some apple and pear flavor as well but it doesn't seem artificial like it did in the smell. I get a bit of chamomile in the finish, as well. It's not bad actually, although it's not all that complex and the yeast strain seems a little bland.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty creamy. Has a slight grainy astringency to it and it's a little bit bland.

This is a decent but not terribly interesting beer. At $7.99 for a 6 pack it's good quality for the price, but not something I'd be inclined to purchase all that regularly.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed very fresh, at a tapping party at the Old Dominion Brewhouse in DC. I'd never had this before, but I hear the formula has been slightly tweaked this year to use a strain of yeast also found in Duvel. Oh, and its at least partially made with wheat.

Opaquely cloudy straw color. Creamy white head settles to a thick cap and shows some good lacing. Very solid retention, as one might expect from a pseudo-Belgian brew.

The nose is sharp, no un-yeasty. Freshly threshed wheat grain. Some yeast tang. Hints of banana.

The flavor has some bubble gum to it. Finishes with an odd juxtaposition - sweet (its got honey too, as a brewer told me) but sharp. Again, hints of banana.

Lots of carbonation. It displays some of that drank a soda too fast burning sensation. That re-enforces its crispness. Light to medium body.

Didn't know about the ABV until a brewer gave me the heads up. It is well hidden.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, unfiltered yellow-orange with a somewhat large, foamy off-white head. Retention is above average, and some decent lace is left on the sides of the glass. Tiny carbonation bubbles appear to be lively.

S: Some generic pale malts up front. Notes of chamomile, honey, and some orange peel are detectable, so the label seems accurate. A medium dose of candy sugar is also evident. Perhaps a touch of herbal hops.

T: There's a somewhat rugged grainy malt flavor at first - not exactly what I was expecting, but it quickly fades. A little bite of herbal and citric flavors follows, along with some notes of chamomile. Some honey/sugar and yeast flavors into the finish.

M: Rather light in body, although I will give it points for being crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is somewhat lively. For 7.5% ABV, it certainly can't be found anywhere. A bit of a sticky feel at times.

D: This tastes pretty good, and is an interesting offering from Dominion. Nice as a change of pace, but I probably won't seek this out again. There are better examples of the style, although this does well for the price.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy gold, more of a light yellow, with a decent head and lacing. There is some definite Belgian yeast like qualities in the smell and taste, as well as that Belgian spiciness. Apple and pear rinds seem to make up the fruity punch (not so much orange), along with some minor sweet malts for a thin medium body that is balanced. Finishes clean with a little spicy kick. A very subtle yet enjoyable Belgian.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a slightly hazed pale golden hue with a bright white large bubbled scantily laced head. Aromatics are subtle with chamomile and not overly done with honey or citrus. Pale biscuit male gives off a subtle sweetness there's an air of the honey and citrus but the chamomile hits an herbal and marshmallow like tone. Flavor is somewhat astringent as more honey and sharp citrus notes hit the palate an overtly spiced finish tasting like chamomile tea really, it just doesn't blend well with a light belgian style blonde ale imo. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying with streaks of honey sitting heavy and citrus peel abrasiveness lingering too long, carbonation is not sturdy enough to carry the honey like textures. Drinkability is mediocre worth a shot but not a style I'm willing to get into reminds me of the Belgian brewed Babar with spices and honey.

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