1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Vicaris Tripel - Brouwerij Dilewyns

Not Rated.
Vicaris TripelVicaris Tripel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

59 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 59
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Dilewyns visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paterlodie on 10-05-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by biboergosum:
Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, another squat, bulbous Vogon-esque affair, with an imperious, old-world appearing label. Works for me.

This beer pours a very hazy, medium golden straw hue, with prominent dark, flaky swirling sediment, and two fingers of puffy, marshmallowy off-white head, which leaves some rocky bluffs of lace around the glass as it evenly, and smartly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat sweet pale malt, white grape juice popsicles, white pepper, a bit of sugary tropical fruit, tame, loitering yeast, a touch of thin vanilla, and soft, lulling alcohol. Quite enticing, even if I was still 10 years old. Which I'm not. Anyways, the taste is bready pale malt, of the Wonder variety, at least in terms of weight, some enhanced, concentrated white grape fruitiness, mild earthy yeast, a bit of candy sugar, ethereal earthy hops, and some well-masked warming alcohol.

The bubbles are present, but generally disposed to their support role, the body a barely medium weight, and mostly smooth, the lingering booze and yeast pips having their after the fact say. It finishes off-dry, bordering on sweet, with the fruity malt having little problem staving off those pesky yeast and warming effects.

A pleasant enough Tripel, with a fruitiness that maintains enough distractingly complex nuances to make me temporarily forget the seething, less than integrated booze. Good for a cold night's respite, I suppose, so I'll remember that when that experience returns, as they've inexplicably disappeared, for the moment, and in the middle of January at that.

biboergosum, Jan 17, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jayman931
4/5  rDev +2%

Jayman931, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Pours out of a short, stubby 33cl bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is classic tripel. I get a lot of wheat, as well as some Belgian yeast, orange and lemons.

The flavor is more of the same. In addition to the wheat and some biscuit malt, I get some fruit (lemons and oranges) as well as some spicy notes (pepper). The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am expecting much of this one. I hope that all the stories a true.

A - This is really a perfect looking blond! A clear golden fluid with a perfect massive white head. I thinking of giving it a five for appearance, this depends on how the taste will be. You can have a good looking beer that tastes like an monkeys ass and you have beers that look like a monkeys ass and tastes like a heavenly liquor.

S - This must be the strongest pine smell I have ever experienced in a triple.

T - A fresh taste of a pine forest, light sweet and directly after that the bitter sets in, and how.

M - Medium carbonated with a bitter finish that fits the taste perfectly. When the beer warms a bit the mouth quality improves a lot. It becomes a fantastic beer-foam in your mouth.

O - This beer is going to be my standard triple on which all other triples measured. Although this triple is almost a Indian Pale Ale it didn't cross the line and it still tastes like a triple. This is a perfect triple! Certainly because Dilewyns didn't use any spices or other additives.

Mar02x, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of mattfancett
4/5  rDev +2%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of nyrblue2
4/5  rDev +2%

nyrblue2, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy peppery notes with medium sweet malt notes is bang on style. Taste is also dominated by peppery yeast with some medium sweet Belgian malt notes and light fruity notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer and brew according to style.

Phyl21ca, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the large 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. High pitched pop off the cork when opening.

Big white rocking head on this with lots of retention out of the bottle, three fingers deep. Clump clumpy chunks of foaming lacing. Body color is an orb unfiltered glowing yellow with hints of orange. Great rising white thin bubbled carbonation coming up on the glass. Absolutley fantastic looking.

Nose is a very dry malt, almost saison brett character with a little bit of subdued pepper, and hop floral. Real neat smelling, but doesn't remind me of your typical tripel. It smells great though.

Lively carbonation and incredibly dry finish. Spritzy saison quality but with some huge mineral finishes. Borderline metallic tasting, tight gas with a light body. Malt chewyness and density is burried behind a crisp light effervescence. My tongue is practically stinging. Nice floral hop action all around too.

Overall it's a real neat beer, but maybe not what I look for in this style, but it's very impressive, I would have this again for sure, and what a looker!

smakawhat, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a tulip for $5 during happy hour. Sampled 12/1/11.

A: One finger of a whispy white, medium retention, with a lasting film and collar. The body is yellowish-gold with nice clarity, muddled only by a light haze. A fair amount of slow moving bubbles can be seen on the inside of the glass. Light lacing.

S: Malt forward as it should be. Mostly grain with some light Belgian candi sugar subtlety. Various aromas including straw, must and damp earth. A small grassy hop presence is noticeable. Yeast contributes less to the nose than most tripels, which I appreciate a lot. Only lightly fruity with banana deep in the background.

T: Very similar to the nose. The overall taste begins sweet, then dries out midpalate, and returns briefly to sweet on the finish. The dryness in the middles makes this beer less tiresome than most tripels tend to be. ABV is nowhere to be found.

M: Very good. Full bodied with medium thick texture. The effervescence is lively and crispy at first but the bubbles quit a little early, leaving a slight cloying feeling on the very back end.

O: One of the better tripels I’ve had in recent memory. I’d order again but would probably have gone with something else if I was paying full price.

FeDUBBELFIST, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +2%

Chugs13, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of sammy806
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

sammy806, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head.
S: There are light aromas of spices in the nose along with some sourness.
T: The initial taste has flavors of biscuit and pale malts and transitions to peppery spices towards the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer has some interesting flavors and keeps your taste buds stimulated. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown 33cl dumpy bottle, best before 19 May 2011, poured into a Westmalle chalice on the afternoon of 18 Nov 2010.

No sediment left the glass, so it looked as the brewer intended: a slightly hazey dull golden beer with a thin white covering for a head.

The aroma was of freshly baked biscuits, Scottish Shortbread actually, made with butter!

The taste was devine, sharp, crisp and flavoursome. Yeast overtones, biscuity (like the shortbread aromas) and semi-sour all at the same time. The alcohol lingering in the background giving the whole experience an extra edge. I really, really liked this beer.

Not too sure how many different Belgian tripels I've had, certainly more than 20 anyway, but this is right up there with the best. I'll be buying this again.

BlackHaddock, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

mendvicdog, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of lisahope27
4/5  rDev +2%

lisahope27, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of jmann40
4/5  rDev +2%

jmann40, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of mrunseen
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

mrunseen, May 31, 2012
Photo of see_moore_life
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

see_moore_life, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2%

dbrauneis, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Hazy, golden-yellow pour into a chalice, puffy white head that retained fairly well and blanketed the glass with lacing. Sweet malts in the nose, spicy fruitcake, mild grassy funk. More of the same in the taste, a melding of sweet malts, clovey spice, musty grass, bready yeast, dried fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation, fairly well-hidden alcohol. Nice and drinkable overall.

Rifugium, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -23.5%

WynnO, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Dlish33
4/5  rDev +2%

Dlish33, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

krome, Oct 31, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a solid gold color with very good head retention and considereble sticky lacing all around. The nose is attractive as well, though I wish there was a bit more to it. In any event, I get some light sour funk, honey, light clove and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, this a very nice beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's just more of everything. The sour funk is much more prominent, but is marries well with the honey and clove I'm picking up in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the beer delivering a long, funky, slightly bitter, finish. The beer has some modest sweetness, but the sour funk, light bitterness and light spice counter it very nicely. Alcohol is noticeable, but not at all obtrusive.

Very nice beer...

John_M, Jul 19, 2012
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Vicaris Tripel from Brouwerij Dilewyns
88 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.