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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.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 555
Photo of KevCan
4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles from the brewery. Bottled on 2/17/16. Poured into a tulip glass. Paired with grilled cheese sandwiches.

Look: Copper and clear with healthy head. Looks like Punkin.

Smell: Nice classic Belgian tripel smell of banana and yeast.

Taste: Malty, bready, a bit sweet, boozy. Perfect amount of dank hops and bitterness to just balance it out.

Feel: Fizzy with carbonation. Nice and thick.

Overall: Excellent balance of Belgian tripel flavor, hearty maltiness, and just a touch of dank hops.

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

Have much respect for Dogfish Head, even though I am not a hop head and feel much of their best work tends toward that direction.This is an excellent New World Belgian style, and enjoyed it as much as any of their offerings.
Hope they plan to experiment further in this direction, and look forward to more Belgian styles in the future. I know they can pull it off if they commit.

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Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a copper color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Pretty good, but not great lacing.

S: A sharp aroma of citrus, malt, and some spices as well.

T: Tasted of some malt, a good amount of phenols, citrus (orange, especially), spices (cardamom), light banana notes, vanilla, and a surprising amount of peppercorns in the finish. A pretty solid flavor that's decently complex. A bit different than your normal tripel flavor, but tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick, boozy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is, in general, a well made beer. It's not my favorite of the style, but it's worth a look.

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

thanks to my brother tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me from the bottle in a tulip.

The color is lightly hazed golden with thick white head and fine bead. The smell has a spicy yeast aroma with light banana and peppery smell with light malt and alcohol.
The feel is very good with a malt base with medium carbonation and peppery element with light sweetness and spiced middle with a dry slightly warming finish.

Taste in the front end has banana flavors with more of a toast in the malt and mild pepper with citrus in the middle tangy from yeast and slight herbal complimentary flavor with low caramel element with a semi-dry finish and mild alcohol in the end. This is a smooth tripel not a ton of spice but the spice that is added compliments the yeast flavor well without going overboard and outweighing the base Tripel flavor.

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Photo of colts9016
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter at 50 degrees. The head came and went, the head was a one finger of white head. The color of the beer is a rich red color with deep amber and orange hues. A lot of carbonation bubbles and clear.

Nose: A rich orange peel, a rich spiciness, bready, yeasty, a caramel note, cloves, phenols, floral, perfumey cardamom, and pepper.

Taste: A rich orange peel flavor, caramel, bread, yeast, caramel, peppery, cardamom, vanilla, floral, and phenols.

The mouth feel is coating, and lasting.

I was not expecting this to be any good, it is actually pretty decent for a tripel. Great flavors and pronounced.

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Photo of This_Guy_Likes_Beer
4.29/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glass = snifter

A - Amber color with light head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation bubbles visibly active.
S - fruity
T - wonderful blend of vanilla, orange, banana, with a pleasant spice finish
M - medium carbonation with typical body for this style
O - very enjoyable and finishing one leaves me wanting one more. Dogfish has hit a home run with this one.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a large snifter. Bottled on 02/10/16.

Pours a coppery amber, mostly clear, with a thin white head composed of very fine bubbles. There's a moderate amount of carbonation. Smell is bananas and cloves, yeast, overripe fruity sweetness, something else fruity that I can't name right now.

Taste is musty, bananas and cloves again, moderate bitterness and not too much sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little flat. Overall, not a bad tripel.

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Photo of brblanch
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 02/18/16 poured into tulip glass. Clear burnt orange appearance with little head that quickly dissipates to a ring of small eggshell white bubbles. Faint smell of orange peel, vanilla and Belgian yeast on nose. Flavors were muddled for me, with pepper and vanilla standing out. Alcohol burn and bitterness at back of throat. Overall, an interesting tripel but not a favorite within style nor a favorite from DFH.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A decent offering, this pours clear amber with nice half-finger of persistent off-white foam that clings well. Aroma is fairly typical given the style, though more sweet than sour and with some black pepper making its presence known. Flavor is very good with the orange, vanilla, and candi sugar sweet up front, smoothly mellowing to a fairly clean, dry finish. Walked past this several times. Glad I finally picked it up.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into glass. 9% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark gold/orange with a medium white head that dissipates quickly. Mild haziness.

Smell- Cooked grains, candy sugar yeast base, orange, black pepper

Taste- Caramel malt with a belgian candy sweet yeast imparted on it. Fruity depth in the middle. Orange stands out as well as banana. The orange notes are complimented very well with a spicey finish. The spice notes include crushed black pepper and clove. Leaves a spicey aftertaste, almost a burn, yet still retaining the fruit/yeast sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-heavy in body with medium carbonation.

Overall- An outstanding and smooth drinking tripel. Flavors meld together well which allows a beer of this abv class to not come across as abrasive. Well done and well crafted.

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Photo of CTHomer
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; burnt orange in color; 1+ finger very light khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: orange, lemon, and clove; a little perfumy;

T; orange up front, then clove mixes in with a touch of lemon; virtually all clove with mild bitterness and a hint of banana on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; dry finish; alcohol is well hidden;

O: a nice representation of the style;

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

From the 12 oz.bottle bottled ion 2/17/16. Sampled on April 24, 2016.

The color is a clean amber with a clear look at modest white head.

The aroma is yeasty, mildly herbal, with a low hop profile.

The body is medium or better.

The taste is incredibly sweet with those malty notes underneath and an astringent bitter finish. But it was likable all around.

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Photo of TH28
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. 1/26/16 bottle date. Appearance: dark golden, clear, low white head. Aroma: Typical Belgian yeast, with apple and pear esters. Black pepper and a touch of flower is present. Very saison-like. Taste: Rich malt sweetness, with apple and pear prominent. Touch of vanilla, and a moderately high bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium body and high carbonation. Hint of alcohol warmth on the swallow. Finish: Finishes fruity with a touch of vanilla. Pear is most dominant. Overall: Yeast and malt character very typical of a tripel. The addition of the pepper, vanilla, and cardamom add some complexity, but make the overall character of the beer more intense and sharp. Maltiness is a little sticky. This is a bit more aggressive than I prefer for a tripel, but still a good beer.

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

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice tripel pours a nice, clear, deep, amber color with a moderate head of white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and light lacing. Nose of orange peel, clove, candy sugar, and peppery spices. Flavors follow the nose with clove and candy sugars on the front and middle, orange zest hits on the sides with a touch of spice (cardamon) that fades to a faint green tea flavor. Nice mouth feel, bubbly carbonation, and a nice warming, spice laden finish.



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

On tap at Arch Bridge taphouse the other day. I was surprised to find this on tap here in Oregon.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly classic Belgian style triple, with considerable honey, clove and light vanilla. The beer description mentions orange peel and cardamon, and you definitely pick up some of that as well (got the cardamom more on the palate and the orange peel more in the nose). The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but with a surprising blast of hoppy bitterness in the finish. While it helps to counter the sweetness, it just struck me as a bit odd, considering that this is supposed to be a tripel. Not bad, but it wasn't something I was expecting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profie.

Shrug. A decent beer, no doubt, but probably not something I'm going to go out of my way to sample again any time soon. Still, was glad I had a chance to at least try it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $2.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled On 02/10/16.

Appearance: Pours a deep, darkish orange-yellow body with a third-of-an-inch-high white head. Very meager lacing.

Smell: Sweet-scented with a merging of the added spices and fruit for a hint of spiced toffee cake, with the spice components riding atop the modest wafts of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and spicy, honeyed malts and vanilla cream. Peppery, with spicy touches of the cloves and cardamon. A little sweetish orange fruitiness in the background. There's an odd growing hint of large-sized marshmallows. Late-breaking apple sneaking in. Sweet, softly warming, thought a tad heavy on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. A bit heavy and slow-going on the palate.

Overall: I'll politely pass. I'd snatched it up without noting all the additives. The additives are fine, though, it's the languid, heavy, nigh syrupy nature of the beer which is my real gripe. I did listen to some music. Mostly Dismemberment Plan with a little Pinback thrown in.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with an amber color. Modest head leaving streaks of lace.

Relatively light aroma. There's lavender and licorice. I also get an unusual smell of menthol.

The lavender is even stronger in the taste with a good dollop of sage or rosemary. Again, it's a bit funky. Some alcohol warmth. Relatively thin bodied for the style. Good carbonation. This is not your typical Tripel.

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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 CaptainHate
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a growler of this tonight for a get together of my music listening buds so I thought that was appropriate. Everybody enjoyed it but I'm thinking maybe they laid the spices on a bit thick. Still I'm a big fan of Dogfish Head, having taken a tour of the brewery, and am willing to cut them some slack.

Not sure how the musical experience was Impacted.

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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 alpinebryant
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a clear copper hue with minimal head, just light dusting at the edges essentially.

S: Aromas of light pear , candied sugar, some herbs and vanilla

T: flavors of clove, pear, plums and dry candied sugar . The label says there is white pepper which can be picked up a little bit along with the cardamom, but mostly the vanilla is the strongest flavor here. Just a bit of plum and orange peel, vanilla again is front and center with pepper rounding out the final notes.

M: light body, dry and high carbonation.

O: Overall, its a thin tripel, and not the head which I am accustomed to with a tripel. While it is ok, I liked Positive Contact a lot better and would prefer that over this beer positively but I do think it used a similar yeast. This tripel doesnt have some of the classic flavors of a good tripel but it is drinkable.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine off-white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, cardamom, clove, orange citrus, floral grassiness, Belgian yeast. Flavor is candi malt, semi-sweet orange citrus, cardamom, coriander, pepper, clove, hints of banana and caramel. Medium bodied with a pleasant creaminess. Aroma is classic tripel, the flavor is a bit sweeter and more fruit forward than a classic tripel, but the spicing is clearly tripel inspired. The mild sweetness brings out the fruit flavors quite nicely. Spicing is forward, but well supported by the malt and fruit flavors. Well balanced. Not traditional, but flavorful and fun to drink. Dogfish Head often tends to be a little on the sweet side and this tastes pretty much what I'd expect a DFH tripel to taste like. I'm a big fan and this drank really well. Enjoyable and spicy. I'm going to pick up some more of this before it goes away.

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