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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Music has been a part of Dogfish Head since before Dogfish Head. So it’s a natural fit for a brewery that makes ‘Analog Beer for the Digital Age’ to be the Official Beer of Record Store Day, a celebration of the unique culture of record stores and the special role they play in their communities.

Of course, as the Official Beer of Record Store Day, we had to create a special brew for the occasion! Insert Beer To Drink Music To. This Belgian-style Tripel is brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns and vanilla. It’s the perfect marriage of beer and music and best when paired with some of your favorite tunes.

Clocking in at 9% ABV, Beer To Drink Music To is a golden orange brew with forward notes of toffee, cardamom, cloves and subtle notes of vanilla.

Added by jaydoc on 01-07-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 553 |  Reviews: 147
Reviews by Cylinsier:
Photo of Cylinsier
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz

Pours a clear amber gold, quarter inch of eggshell head is fine and retains indefinitely.

Smells of pear, grape, honey, citrus zest, and vanilla.

Tastes of pear, honey, citrus, and vanilla over buttered bread malts with a spicy bite at the end.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation and a prickle of spice.

Very fresh and fruity tasting while also being more beer-like than many of DFH's more experimental brews. Refreshing and thirst-quenching, doesn't feel as strong as it is. Worth a try for fans of DFH's more out-there stuff, and even for those that prefer a more traditional beer approach but are open to some variation.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear amber colored liquid with a slightly of white head. The smell is pleasant malts with cardamom and spicy pepper notes. The taste is like a traditional tripel but with a twist. The spicy pepper and vanilla apart at the end and linger. This is a tasty and spicy tripel.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I know that it is a bottle, but the name reminded of a murder/suspense anthology & inspired me to check it out from the local library. As a result, I am drinking Beer To Drink Music To while reading "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories To Stay Awake By"! The short story "The Ohio Love Sculpture" is one of my all-time favorites. But, remember, boys & girls, NEASWAP (NEVER end a sentence with a preposition)!

From the bottle: "Belgian-style Tripel"; "Official Beer of Record Store Day"; "A Belgian-style ale brewed with sweet orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns & vanilla."

I Pop!ped the cap and began a gentle pour as I had no idea whether lees may have settled since its bottling. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, tawny head with moderate retention with a propensity to wispiness. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with the green cardamom and the peppercorns! Whee. Mouthfeel was full and viscous, like a dollop on my tongue. A dollop of what? you may ask. Vanilla ice cream! The vanilla was really strong in my mouth, beating even the peppercorns, which were no slouch and beginning to fill my sinus cavities. There was also a light fusel alcohol heat, just to remind me to go slowly with this bad boy. Even as it warmed, I still did not really get the sweet orange peel. It was on the extreme finish that I began to sense it. The sweet orange peel combined with the vanilla to leave a Creamsicle/Dreamsicle taste in my mouth. Phew! It really was a massive beer & I was beginning to feel its effects, despite not even being halfway through it. As a self-described/avowed hophead, this was an interesting novelty, but I do not envision returning to it.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Bert's
Crystal clear dark golden color with a smallish off white head. Spicy earthy character with bits of alcohol heat and flavor with a touch of vanilla and honey like maltiness. Its a bit too spicy for my tastes.

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Photo of matt_duthie
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid tripel, more traditional than expected, but not quite. I get hints of the cardamom and vanilla on the finish which makes for a nice still-sweet but spiced finish to the prominently yeast-dominated bubblegum/banana. Definitely not the adjunct bomb I was afraid it might be. Really hitting the spot while listening to some good music. Great feel and rather attractive to boot. Well done.

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Photo of mactrail
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

They spin the Flavor Wheel yet again at Dogfish Head and come up with this bizarre but likeable concoction.

Pours a clear, dark coppery color but the foam doesn't last in the snifter. A few swirls of lacing but sparkly on the tongue. Sharp on the tongue. More acidic than virtually any Tripel I've tasted, but it's an interesting variation on the Belgian inspiration. The aroma is deeply spicy and complex with fruit and a whiff of those vanilla scented candles.

The vanilla seems the most hare-brained idea here, but somehow it's quite tasty as long as you throw your sensible experience out the window. Hot with alcohol, and maybe the pepper, but again it seems to work with the jet-fuel theme. The carbonation gives out too soon. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Haggen Market in Burlington.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very clear copper gold color with a moderate ring of lacing and stead carbonation.

S - Yeasty, bready, bananas, cloves, coriander.

T - Coriander, peppercorn/seeds of paradise, some banana, herbal, citrus, vanilla is buried, some orange citrus twang on the very back end. Finishes with a hefty coating of herbal peppery citrus.

M - Very thick with gentle creamy, carbonation on the tongue, dry on the finish.

O - This is a unique twist on a Tripel in both color and taste, don't expect something traditional out of this bottle, done only like DogFish Head can. (In a good way.) Most impressive about this beer is how well it hides the 9% ABV.

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Photo of EMH73
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a half inch, poorly retained head and almost no lacing. Has that classic tripel yeast smell, with a heavy presence of banana and some spice. Taste is a little on the sweet side, with pepper and clove to help balance the sweetness. Once again has the classic tripel yeasty taste along with just a little bit of lemon. Medium bodied and carbonated. Good but no where near great.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter.

Pours a bright, clear dark orange color with a finger of foam. Aroma is full of spicy Belgian yeast, with some cardamom and pepper. First sip is quite sweet and full bodied, with a peppery spiciness. The yeast flavors are not overly phenolic, which I prefer. Nice hints of banana and clove, and tons of sweet Belgian malt flavor.

I've had some misses with recent DFH offerings, but I'm really enjoying this one. Booze is nicely hidden, making this a pleasant sipper.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body creating a white head rising to about three quarters of an inch off the body. Drops with perfect even lacing, one more thing the brew has light sediments on the body..personally I think it gives it a little character.

Smell: Lemon skin scent with hints of fruit...almost berry like. Only problem is that it's a bit light.

Taste: Deep grapes and bananas with hints of yeast creating light bitterness and slight sweet and sour notes. Easily a nice compliment to any dinner. Complex and smooth.

Mouth: smooth brew, makes you think of raisin bread...sourness is smooth.

Overall: This is definitely a beer which I Hope is not going to be a temporary stay in the DFH library. Personally one of the brews if you see it you buy it or steal...its worth it. Salud!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 1/27/16; drank 4/24/16 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small white head; decent lace.

Banana, vanilla, mild allspice & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Banana & vanilla flavors up front; faint pepper dryness on the finish. Nicely balanced & dangerously drinkable at this a.b.v. I'd have another...

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warnerry
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date info to be had

Pour here is near clear, orangy amber, sturdy oatmeal cap, lasting nicely. Leaves coating low sheeting, and then nice thicker strands of lace.

Fresh and fruity - bubble gum infused nose, with some light peppery/spicy back notes.

American triple all the way, overflowing with more bubblegum, waves of yeasty phenolics,plenty of pepper...very tasty and well worth a try...nice job here DFH..tastes like an amped up Belgian I said...American take on the style all the way...and I like it

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Photo of ledouge
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsquared59
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Copper in color with excellent clarity. There's a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and half of the top. Light lacing. The aroma is comprised of light Belgian candy sugar, sweet Belgian yeast, a touch of light honey, and a gentle dose of earthy cardamom . The taste closely mimics the aroma with sweet light Belgian candy sugar, Belgian triple yeast, and a kiss of honey. The mouth is moderately carbonated, dry, and lightly cooling to the mouth, perhaps from the cardamom.

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Photo of Brian1357
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity Belgian aroma with a scent of yeast and dried fruit. Belgian yeast with a scent of funk and spice hints of clove, peppers, cardamom, and cinnamon. Light hints of vanilla. Malt hints of straw, grains, caramel, and toffee. Fruit hints of orange peel, banana, pear, apple, and lemon. Also some hints of candied sugar. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity yeast driven taste with notes of spices and dried fruit. Belgian yeast with some funk and spice notes of clove, cardamom, pepper, and cinnamon. Sweet notes of candied sugar along with subtle vanilla. Malt notes of grains, straw, toffee, and caramel. Dried fruit notes of banana, pear, orange, apple, and lemon. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spicy, crisp, and pretty smooth. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a Tripel. Nice mix of spices and fruit undertones.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big beer, with lots going on. Delicious and full bodied, dialed in beautifully and just stopping short of being syrupy. It's got lots of vanilla and malt taste, and gets super smooth as it warms. Ice cold, it seems a little edgy, but the flavors mingle and it gets improved mouth feel as it warms. I'd call it a special ocassion beer - perfect for Record Store day, or new guitar day. This is no lawnmower beer or a beer where you'll want to pound half a six-pack. It's a one beer, maybe two if you are in for the night kind of brew. Might work with a cigar if you are so inclined.
It's a little boozy, and Dogfish Head fans will appreciate the mix of ingredients. Not for the faint of heart. If you are a Bud Light kinda guy, this will taste like cough syrup to you.

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Photo of amstokesdb9
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Amber body with excellent clarity.

Aroma: floral and spicy.

Flavor: very spicy; mildly bitter; lightly bready and yeasty; a suggestion of roasted nuts.

Mouthfeel: near full and smooth body. Good medium carbonation.

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