Sunday, February 22, 2015
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Dover, Delaware, United States
Don’t be fooled by Candi’s golden appearance. This Belgian Tripel may taste of sugar and spice, but her beguiling introduction is far from nice, flirting with a covert 9.5% ABV. Saaz and Halltertau hops provide a clean, floral aroma with minimal hop bitterness and the soft sweetness of apricot and pear lingers nicely against a dry finish.
12oz bottles: ~$9.50 6 pack
This was given to me by my friend Gene. Looks like it’s a big beer night so I figured I would try this one. The last few Gene gave me I aged past there time. So this one I want to experience while it was fresh.
The beer pours a clear golden color with copper hues and a white to bright white fluffy head. The head diminished rather quickly.
The nose is very pleasant with pale malt aromas with sweet notes of citrus and Belgian yeast. Some of that sweetness may be from the alcohol.
Honestly I was hesitant taking the first sip. I am such a Belgian Bier Snob I was mentally bracing myself for a not so Belgian experience. Boy, I could not be more wrong.
What a great first sip; crisp and clean with all those expected classic Belgian notes.
The taste starts out with a light pale malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a cleansing effervescence as the ale washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. There is little to no hesitation at the top of the swallow. There is another release of carbonation during the swallow that continues to mask any flavors. It all comes together in the finish with pale malt flavors followed by lingering Belgian yeasty notes and the sweet warming of alcohol.
This is not the best Belgian Tripel but it sure is one of the best American versions of one.
Like most of the American Tripels they have some of the Belgian notes and flavors but fall short in capturing the subtle complexities of the style.
Okay enough of what’s there let’s get back to what is there.
All and all this is a very good American interpretation of the classic Belgian style. This beer is full of nice pale malt flavors with notes of citrus and undeniable Belgian yeast.
Putting the Belgian Snob behind me this is a solid B in style and maybe an overall A. I really did enjoy this experience.
B | Candi is a very enjoyable American interpretation of the classic Belgian Tripel with clean pale malt flavors with citrus and Belgian yeasty notes on the finish. All and all a very nice experience maybe an A for an overall rating.