Dominion Brewing Candi
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.
Candi pours with a smallish, fluffy cap of foam atop the golden amber brew.
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.
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.
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.
This is a review of a promotional sample from the brewery.