December 20, 2013 | Beer, Reviews

Dominion Brewing Candi

Dominion Brewing Candi photo

Dominion Brewing Candi is a 9.5% ABV Belgian-style tripel that was recently added to the brewery’s Pinup Pack. While the year-round mix pack will continue to sport their Double D IPA and Morning Glory releases, Candi will be featured as one of the rotating offers.

As far as American-crafted Belgian tripels go, Candi is a pretty solid offering. It sports a well rounded, fruity flavor, active carbonation and appropriate warmth. It doesn’t quite compete with the more authentic tripels that travel the Atlantic to frequent my beer fridge, but as a first crack at the style, it still hits the spot nicely. The combination of Saaz and Halltertau hops give the beer a bit of a zing that adds a refreshing quality to its already warming nature.

Appearance

Candi pours with a smallish, fluffy cap of foam atop the golden amber brew.

Dominion Brewing Candi photo

Aroma

Grain, peppery yeast, distant fruits and a mellow bit of sweetness combine for an inviting nose. At such a high level of alcohol, the brewery has done a nice job of masking it here.

Taste

A crisp, active carbonation leads the way for distant fruits, yeast, white pepper, grain and a moderate sweetness before giving way to the chest-warming and lasting finish. The hop character adds to the peppery tingle that lingers a bit. The beer is medium bodied with a crisp and drying nature.

Overall

Like I stated in the intro, Candi is a decent first attempt at a Belgian-style tripel. It’s got all the right components, but just needs a bit more refinement to match my favorites from the styles homeland. As the beer is meant to be presented with a couple of other styles in a mixed package, it would serve as a nice change of pace from the big IPA and roasty stout that would accompany it.

Rating: 3.75/5

This is a review of a promotional sample from the brewery.

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