Dominion Spring Buck | Old Dominion Brewing Company

Dominion Spring BuckDominion Spring Buck
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Dominion Spring BuckDominion Spring Buck

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by davidt on 01-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 40
Reviews by ocelot2500:
Photo of ocelot2500
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
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 Kraken
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. One inch head that diminishes rapidly, no lacing. Beer pours a straw amber color. Smells wonderful, honey, clove , slight orange zest, and belgain yeast. Taste is similar to smell , sweet banana, honey, very sweet perhaps from the honey used in the brew. Slight bready taste with mild pepper in the finish. Mouthfeel was some what thin, but highly drinkable if you can work with the sweetness . Might be a nice session beer , although the sweetness is mildly cloying. Not a bad effort.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.94/5  rDev -15%
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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Photo of weasbri
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange color with an effervescent head. Slightly spicy aroma.
Decent flavor. Some peppery spiciness mixing with a sweeter orange, good combination.
Slightly bitter and peppery aftertaste, but nothing too crazy.
Pretty solid beer, but nothing too fascinating as far as the style goes; maybe I've seen it before and I'm spoiled.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold (make sure you decant this guy as there is a ton of yeast sediment) with a finger of fizzy brite-white head. It fizzles down rather quickly and retains mostly around the edges, leaving a smattering of lace. The aromna reminds me a little of spring with notes of yeast, coriander, pepper, perfumey fruit, grassy hops, and a thick sticky sweetness that is fairly dominant throughout.

The taste is "Good God!" this stuff is sweet and sticky. Almost to the point of being cloying. Behind all that, some notes of citrus, spice, and hops manage to peek out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a heavy and sticky feel, which is in sharp contrast to the effervescent poppiness of its initial carbonation.

Hey, I like a little sweetness in my Belgian Pale Ale as much as the next guy but the amount in this was just too much to make things enjoyable for me. I had trouble really wanting to finish the glass.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a medium orange with good carbonation. The head is good, 2 fingers off white and a nice lace.

The smell is grainy with a bit of spice and orange zest.

The taste follows nice full flavor, spice and citrus peel, lots of grain.

The mouthfeel is thick and sticky like a Mai Bock. The carbonation is good.

The drinkability is OK I think it is growing on me more and more.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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 BeerSox
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a slight haze. Bubbly rim along the glass. The aroma is light and fruity, hinting at white grapes. The flavor mirrors the aroma, with a touch of honey and a bit of phenolic characteristics. Medium bodied with a little fizzy carbonation.

This one isn't too bad, and the alcohol is well hidden. It certainly makes a nice spring beer. Recommended. I also had this on-tap at the brewpub, and it isn't too bad.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A = Slightly hazy with small particulate matter, golden yellow, small white head that quickly dissipated, no lacing on glass, very slight lacing on surface, medium heavy carbonation of small bubbles.

S = Yeasty with a slight almost burned rubber smell poking through light grains and ripe fruits, Eastern spices.

T = Good strong ester flavors, slightly phenolic, light alcohol sensations, bittersweet on back of tongue in relatively long finish.

M = Medium bodied, light carbonation, good mouthcoating.

D = The smell was maybe a little too much, but overall this was an acceptable beer for the style, and I would be happy to have it again.

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Photo of blackie
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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 largadeer
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy blond in color, not much head retention on this one. Slightly uninspiring in appearance but not bad.

Smell: Sweet and spicy, you can really smell the chamomile in this stuff. Honey-like sweetness meets zesty citrus.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet with a lot of honey flavor, this almost has a mead-like quality to it. Chamomile shows up a bit in the finish, but it's more subdued than it is in the aroma. Not a lot of dynamics in the flavor and no real hop presence or bitterness. It's fairly sweet from start to finish, leaving a hint of honey lingering on the palate in the aftertaste. I never would have guessed that this was 7.5% ABV - I figured 5%, maybe 6% max. Pretty drinkable stuff considering.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Jodio
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arguemaniac
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much the same as last year's Spring Ale; sweet grainy malt, cloves and plenty of spicy phenols. Not bad, and a good beer for Spring. Still, I desperately miss the old Spring brew, which was this awesome double Pils they used to have.

But, nonetheless, this is a decent brew, recommended...

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
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 soupyman10
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Clydesdale
3.6/5  rDev +4%
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 RBorsato
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of PhageLab
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the Duvel Tulip.

A - Whaoh sediment! Murky golden coloration chocked full of floaty bits of yeast, suspended gracefully in it's confines. Small bit of froth, decent retention, spotted lacing.

S - Peppery and yeasty, some spices and a bit of funk. Rather odd aroma that I'm not used to.

T - High impact yeast citrus sour profile, acidic backing, and a bready, grainy finish. The sourness dies down as the palate becomes accustomed to it, and then it feels a bit more complex.

M - Medium bodied, dry finish, yeasty aftertaste. Carbonation is low and suits this brew just fine.

D - Not bad at all, wouldn't be my first choice for a Belgian by any means, but it's a good take on the style. If you see it around give it a shot.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
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 pagardner
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of pinotboy007
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +8.4%
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 number1bum
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
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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