Beer To Drink Music To | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
147
Ratings:
555
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Trade:
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Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 555
Photo of acurtis
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 2/17/16.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, dried orange peel, spice, herb, pepper, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla, honey, spice, herb, pepper, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some interesting ingredients that make for a unique take on the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 1/27/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, cardamom, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, light honey/vanilla, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, cardamom, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, light honey/vanilla, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, orange peel, pear, apple, peppercorn, clove, cardamom, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, cracker, light honey/vanilla, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky/grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn good spiced tripel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pinkish amber with a wisp of quickly dissipating head that leaves no lacing. Heavy spice aroma with a bready malt tail. Taste of spice a bit over powering.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the brewery that simply cannot leave well enough alone, the already complex Belgian tripel, with their natural fruit, spice and effervescence is now layered upon with vanilla, green cardamom, peppercorns and orange peel under the capable watch of Dogfish Head madmen. Once again, they've Dogfished up a perfectly good style.

Golden with a tinge of burnt orange, the beer's pour unleashes a creamy and fluid froth. Its scent is heavily piney, spicy and perfumy as the initial taste is toasty sweet with hints of cashew, honey and caramel.

Its middle palate is submissive in its natural citrus flavors of orange, apple and lemon; or its yeast spices of white pepper or clove. Instead, the beer overshadows the delicacy and finesse of the beer with its strong perfumy taste of cardamom and the strong citrus flavor of added orange peel. Its vanilla finish is soft and cream-like with the sprucy bitterness of juniper and gin.

Medium-bodied and peppery to the mouth, the beer's body resonates with a creamy texture rather than with the zesty effervescence of champagne that's normally expected with authentic abbey versions. Its lingering crusted sweetness and its finish of spruce tips linger long in finish with a stern peppery bite.

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Photo of Boone757
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some moderate golden yellow + copper highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that fairly quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet toffee malts with slightly stronger aromas of vanilla, clove, cardamon, banana, and spicy Belgian yeast. There is also a light aroma of light fruit (white grape).

T: Upfront there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of pale + toasted malts with a moderate amount of toffee sweetness and moderate flavors of light fruit (white grape). That is followed by moderate flavors of banana, clove, and cardamon. Finally there is a light to moderate flavor of vanilla and slightly spicy/peppery Belgian yeast. No detectible hop presence and minimal amounts of bitterness, though there is a lingering clove/cardamon presence.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy initially with a hint of stickiness in the finish.

O: An interesting take on the tripel style with the additions of cardamon and vanilla but the citrus/orange peel gets lost. A little overly sweet, syrupy for me but still enjoyable. Don't think I would grab another but still a well constructed beer.

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

Photo of vfgccp
2.65/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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

Pours a nice fizzy foamy almost 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, spots of lacing, mostly clear honey orange iced tea brown color.

Nose brings plenty of spices, herbal spices coriander like, interesting cardamom thing, nice peppery note, some candied orange peel, a little syrupy candy malt, sweet malt with amber reddish malt characters, a little creamy note in the nose at least, faint booze and ester profile, perhaps a little phenol character but it blends right in with the spices so hard to tell, nice golden Belgian malt and little golden biscuit with hints of candi sugar toffee.

Taste brings more sweet malts, candy malt flavors, candi sugar, little caramelized toffee candy, a sweet apple glaze thing, into fruity esters a little apple pear like, and faint spice phenols coming with the mild booze warmth, again spices, candied orange peel and candied apricot, touch of cardamom holiday flavor, perhaps coriander like, and faint banana like esters as well. Pepper profile is pretty much gone, just a touch on the back end. center is a bit creamy and a little vanilla note in there as well. Finish is drier but sticky, candied fruits again lingering, some booze warmth, light phenols and fruity esters lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carbonation.

Overall not bad, an interesting beer for sure, good Belgian style, nice additions that don't go over the top but add nicely to the beer and play off the phenols and esters nicely, enjoyable without smashing you in the face like many DFH beers like to do. Def a beer to drink music to, in my case Ulrich Schnauss.

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

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Beer To Drink Music To"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 02/17/16 1802" on 05/09/16
$2 @ GIANT, Saint David's, PA

I had this on tap at some outrageous price (10 oz. for $6?) so when I saw a bottle for $2 I grabbed it. Additionally, I wasn't impressed with it on tap, and I generally don't like reviewing beers in bars because there are so many distractions (let's face it, a bar hardly smells 'neutral' even before they open).

This is clear, what I had on tap was not. Very nice deep gold body beneath a creamy head of white that drops to a thin surface covering and leaves some nice, large splashes and spots as it goes.

The aroma is the same: spicy, clove-like and banana-ish over a sweetish malt base with a hint of vanilla and mild citrus.

The flavor follows the aroma with the addition of more vanilla (which emphasizes the sweetness), but also more black pepper and a bit of orange, both of which help to cut through the sweetness, and along with the alcohol, bring it to a dry finish where the cardamom becomes more apparent - following that, I can then find it in the nose as well. The spices are far from over-done though, and that to me is the true benchmark of a great Belgian ale - you can't tell where the esters from the yeast drop off and the actual spice picks up, and quite often, not even what the exact spices are. What I found on draft was overly sweet, but this is far more refined and balanced with the peppery spicing lending balance; and the lingering finish is quite nice: pepper and alcohol followed by cardamom and fading residual malt, then the end of the lingering spice, and finally an emerging note of vanilla!

I think this was only released on draft and in 12 oz. filtered bottles, but I'd love to see if a bit of age on it wouldn't take it even further in a larger bottle with some residual yeast. I'm glad I had the opportunity to give it a second chance!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a 12 oz snifter from draught at Firkin on April 18, 2016. Look is honey amber with an off-white head and sticky lacing. Smell is spice, fruit, yeast and sweet malt aromas. Taste is clove, pepper, dried fruit and yeast with caramel and toffee flavors. Feel is medium in body with a crisp finish.

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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 atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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