Vicaris Winter 13 - Brouwerij Dilewyns
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.69/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station way back on November 11th, 2013. Finally getting around to using my notes to put a review on the website. Poured into a small Belgian tulip glass.
Appearance - Body is predominantly a chestnut brown hue, with an ethereal quality imparted by the fact that the liquid is somewhat translucent as well as being a very dark brown. Head is silky and about a finger thick, a dark tan color, like cocoa powder. It dissipates fairly quickly, leaving almost no lace, but collecting in bubbly bunches around the edges of the glass.
Smell - Dark fruits, mostly raisins and dates, along with faint esters of the high alcohol. Subsequent intakes reveal some sweeter elements of burnt caramel and even rye bread and buckwheat.
Taste - Here the sweet malted grain comes to the forefront, with caramel sweetness and a bit of spiciness from the yeast alongside the same dark fruit notes from the aroma--mostly raisins. The sweetness of the malt makes me think a little bit of dried figs as well and a bit of nuttiness, like hazelnuts or almonds. Finish makes me think of fruit brandy, but not nearly as cloyingly sweet.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate-to-low carboantion with an overall feel that is luscious in the mouth. Like latte foam only more dense. A semisweet aftertaste lingers.
Overall, a tasty little winter beer that I likely wouldn't have tried were it not for the recommendation from one of the friendly people at Bier Station. Definitely hits most of the key stops on the Belgian dark ale tour and makes for a good cold weather brew.
Serving type: on-tap
01-03-2014 05:44:58 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark red-orange amber with a half glass café au lait colored head that continued growing after pouring and leaving massive lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and dark fresh and dried fruit, slight sourness. Flavor is rich, sweet fruit cake; bready and carmel malt, dark and light dried fruit, dark fresh fruit, rum, brown sugar and chocolate. Finishes slightly drier with holiday and Belgian spicing and a hint of hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess counteracted by peppery fresh carbonation. A moderately complex, sweet and rich Belgian dark. There are a lot of dark flavors in this and this may be the closest ale I've had with a rum soaked fruit cake flavor profile. Although teetering on the edge of being too sweet, there is enough interesting flavor to carry it off. The high ABV is dangerously well covered. I liked this a great deal and plan to get it again next winter if I can.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2014 03:17:51 | More by LiquidAmber
4.19/5 rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Draught @ Monks: This is the 2013 release. This one pours a dark brown color with about a half finger of tan head. It leaves some lacing. Nice nose! Spicy and peppery, malts, dark fruits and a hint of chocolate. The taste is very good. Some coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, bready, spices, toffee and a hint of woodsiness. Nice!
Serving type: on-tap
02-23-2014 21:21:02 | More by Boto
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Commissioned by Vanberg & DeWulf, the masterfully crafted ale may have originated with team effort, but its taste congeals as one: dense malt sweetness, high effervescence, and a spicy-sweet interplay are just a few of the Belgian tones that signal unity right from the start.
Dark brown and hazy with rust tones, the beer is dense in both the cloud of its body and the thick blanket of foam that tops its crown. Strong, like meringue- the foam is long-lasting and laces confidently with well-defined rings... right down to the last sip.
Starchy-rich in aroma, the beer hides much of its secrets- only letting bready-sweet coffee cake, rum-soaked fruit, pepper, and toasted chocolate notes rise in unusually moderate intense scent.
Its taste is bold, sweet, bready, full and rounded. Its malty introductions do so with the rich taste of molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, toast and marzipan while allspice and freshly grated white pepper acts in contrast. As the bready-sweet flavor lingers deep into the session, it finishes with vinous red wine, earthen saltiness and mild herb woodish taste that simply offset its trailing sweetness.
Much fuller in body than the Belgian strong dark ale. its body is rich, lathery and creamy. Even though the beer is dense it peruses a drier tendency, having to overcome high sweetness and pound cake-like density, dextrin-rich flavors and lasting vinous tact in order to achieve semi-dryness and warmth.
This succulent sipper seems to be a meal in a glass. But despite its chewy texture and full taste, its balance and complexity is impeccable. But you can't expect this to be a quick session as the beer's weight compromises its drinkability somewhat.
Serving type: can
11-27-2013 08:07:52 | More by BEERchitect
Vicaris Winter 13 from Brouwerij Dilewyns
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.