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Vicaris Generaal - Brouwerij Dilewyns

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87
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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 10-06-2005

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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 34
Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on April 30, 2015.

The cork popped with little fanfare. Came right off. No noise. I wouldn't necessarily hold that against the beer but I like my corks to go flying across the room!

Attractive sweet caramel, toffee, and brown sugar malt characters are the immediate sensation. There is also a kind of cherry fruitiness in the scent. Low hops.

Medium to above medium body. Smooth.

The taste emulates the aroma. Lots of sweet to overly sweet malts, vibrant cherry or berry fruits, and mild to moderate bitterness to finish.

Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours really dark brown with a small fluffy off-white head, leaves a nice sticky lacing as it slowly recedes.
Smells of fresh red apple slices, sugared cherries, raisin, faint banana, fresh fig, faint pear, caramel, bit of candi sugar, faint fresh bread.
Fruit and caramel up front, mirroring the smell perfectly (plus some dried citrus peel), with a bit of toasted malt building up, bit by bit. Some chocolate later on, spices showing up, with anise, pinch of peppercorn, faint clove, some ginger, faint cinnamon. A perfect combo, reminding of chocolate cake, riddled with spices and dried dark fruit. Some earthy hop in the finish, mildly bitter, slightly dry.
Aftertaste has dark fruit, apple chips, chocolate cake crust, some fresh citrus peel, spicy yeasts and stewed hop. Medium body, low smooth carbonation, but packs a nice tiny prickle.
A really awesome abbey-style beer, really hits all the right notes, and ultimately.. the spot. Did not expect this.

Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big spicy nose with nutmeg and allspice give way to a light touch of anise. Pours deep dense chestnut under a thick rocky 3” foam collar – root beer float quality foam producing thick icebergs that perist to the bottom of the glass and leave thick ledges of lace. A blend of clean malts, dark sugars, dark fruits such as plum and fig combined with anise and nutmeg and traces of alcohol evoke fruit cake in a glass. The finish hints at rootbeer. Very creamy with soft finely bubbled medium high carbonation, and a medium body.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry fruits with quite a bit of residual sugar and some Belgian biscuit malt notes. Taste is dominated by light dry fruits notes with some Belgian cookie malt and quite a bit of residual sugar. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad overall but lacking complexities for the style.

Photo of Noyt
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A creamy beige head leaving lacings forms over a brown to reddish body. Aroma is caramel and light roasted malts . A touch of spices too. The flavor is mostly sweet (dried fruits and chocolate) and has a light bitterness. Full body, pleasant carbonation. Not my type of beer, but a decent one for the style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml squat bottle, 8.5% ABV, picked up in Cowtown on the way to visit the family unit for a wee spell.

This beer pours a dark, murky bronzed amber hue, with two robust fingers of fizzy, tightly foamy tan head, which leaves some nicely consistent drooping columnar funnel cloud lace around the glass as it evenly sinks away.

It smells of softly sweet caramel/toffee malt, some fruity orange and bittersweet chocolate notes (or maybe all those holiday 'snacks' are seeping into my brain), earthy, musty yeast, and a slight twinge of alcohol-soaked wood fibre. The taste is barely sweet, grainy, fruity dark malts, some mildly sugary toffee/molasses notes, understated earthy, musty yeast, and a tame, yet burgeoning alcohol warming.

The bubbles are a tad frizzy, but to no great detriment, the body a feathery medium weight, and adequately smooth. It finishes just off-dry, the grain, yeast, alcohol, and heretofore absent nuttiness pulling things away from the expected sweet side of things.

An enjoyable enough dubbel, the various flavours all working well together, and sublimating the 'extra' booze quite thoroughly. Easy drinking, surely, when this is the case.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into CBS snifter. Servered slightly chilled.

A) A nice brown brew with a huge 3 finger beige head reaching the top of the snifter. Decent retention... No lacing noted...

S) Woody and spicey. There is a little bit of orange peel and definitely the darker fruits such as plum. It has a bread/yeast aroma as well.

T) Pretty near the nose, nice sweetness with the dark fruits, woody, perhaps a little pipe tobacco. There was some floral hops on the backend. The alcohol sneaks up on you with some definite warmth as you move along.

M) Near full bodied, felt pretty thick. The carbonation was moderate and the feel was smooth for the most part. The finish was a little dry.

O) I sipped on this one for about 2 hours. It was pretty enjoyable, and I felt the aroma and taste improved with warmth. The alcohol was pretty well hidden for a beer at nearly 9% ABV. A pretty good dubbel... Glad to recommend...

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Poured out a dark brown color with reddish highlights around the edges when held up to the light, has a sand colored head with decent retention time and lacing.

Smells of bready roasted malts with a little dab of marmalade on top, a garnish level scent of raisin pudding.

The flavor is more centered around yeastiness and dark fruit than the nose was, a touch of phenolics and orange peel stay in the background, behind a medium level of brown sugared breakfast rolls. Finishes semi-dry but satisfying.

Texturally, slightly too light in heft to support the boldness of the rich flavors contained within. I did not have any issues with the carbonation levels. ABV levels were dampened but still detectable, yet not distracting...

If you can find it and like Dubbels, give it an honest try.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre, CA.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit, wood, and some slight vinegar aromas. Taste is much the same with a woody finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All three beer were on tap at max's tonight, so figured I might as well go for the trifecta.

The beer pours a brownish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive as well, imparting some nice cola aroma, some cherry and a hint of citrus. Given the nose, the flavor profile caught me off guard. The beer is fairly dry, and I'm picking up prunes, orange citrus, some brown sugar and perhaps a kiss of anise. This is really a very ood beer, and while it's not terrible, by any means, the combination of flavors just isn't my cup of tea. Still, it's hard not to be impressed by what I'm getting in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long finish. Unfortunately, it's just not entirely pleasing to me. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell this is not exactly a low alcohol beer.

Interesting beer, even if it's not exactly my cup of tea.

Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a nice super dark caramel with 2-3 inch light tan tan. Excellent retention. Nice lingering lacing that lasts, and lasts, and lasts...
S: Belgian spice, fresh bready yeast, mild raisin and other dark dried fruit, and a hint of banana and clove. Solid, but not too special.
T: Follows aroma to a tee, but a bit weaker. Some caramel malt emerges with warming.
M: Light-medium body...a bit light for style. Smooth and slightly sticky sweet.
D: A decent offering, but not great for style. Wish it had a bit more body and fullness. Definitely has potential with some tweaking.

Photo of lnashsig
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

#BOTG 38! And, another one of my Beer of the Month brews! They have been pretty solid so far, so hoping this one keeps up with the others!

Tonight I posted a poll to select the beer of the game from my tweeps, and this won hands down (ok, 3-1, I'm not as popular as I may lead myself to believe). So, here we go. Corked and caged bottle, 750ml. Luckily I have recruited help drinking this bottle, at 8%+ it might be an undertaking on a work night. Thanks Donald.

Popped the cork, loud pop! Poured from bottle into Chimay chalice. Note to self, buy cooler Belgian glassware. I'm pretty weak in this category, this being my only one appropriate for this style. This is a heady bastard. Even with a pretty light pour, it fills the glass about 3/4 head, 1/4 beer. When it settles, this has a really nice dark brown/red mahogany color, and the off white/tan color head leaves about 1 finger, caking along the sides of the glass like icing on a cake. Smell- dark fruits, some booze. I get raisins, prunes, and some wafts of almost a port liquor. Reminds me of the booze used in a trifle cake? Taste- booze soaked cake, prunes. But, there is a watery aspect to this. Not bad, but not usually what I'd expect out of the style. Mouthfeel is fine- no issues there. And, I wish it would hide the booze a bit better. Overall, a decent beer, I wont have a hard time finishing the bottle (esp with the help I got), but I wanted more backbone, this could have been more flavorful.

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark amber with a ridiculously huge fluffy tan head despite the gentle pour. Fades very slowly but never completely, leaving decent lacing behind.

S: Sweet caramel and brown sugar. Definitely lots of belgian candi sugar as well. A little bit of spicy yeast.

T: Very sweet and malty, but not as sweet as you would expect from the aroma. Again, loaded with candi sugar, brown sugar, caramel and now some toffee. Hints of raisin. A bit drying in the finish with some earthiness. Just a touch of alcohol lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, almost borderline thin for the style. Otherwise smooth.

O: A very malty but super drinkable and balanced dubbel. Great choice for a belgian candi sugar lover that's for sure.

Photo of Hex92
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- huge head on this beer. Looks great in the glass.
S- little bit of dried fruit, but not much really. Even when it warmed up there wasn't much there.
T- good, but many better representatives of the style out there. Its good, but doesn't have that big flavor I like in these beers.
M- a bit thin. Too many bubbles.
O- tasty, but not something I would grab over something from Unibroue ...

Photo of weazal
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: I don't normally write about the look, but my god - I've never seen so much head linger for so long. It's...perfect.

SMELL: Smells super sweet and rich. Like dense raisin bread. Towards the end of the aroma there's a bright, citrus pungency of orange. Really satisfying decadence.

TASTE: Amazing all around drinking experience. Every facet is perfectly balanced. The sizzling carbonation intensity is impeccably balanced with the amount of flavor. Flavor is mostly bready raisins and caramel. There's a distinct brightness, which counters the typical richness of the double style. Definitely not too sweet. Even better than the aroma. Decadent without being overwhelming. Wonderfully satisfying and YUMMY. There's a faint lingering bitterness towards the end that ads nice additional character.

Strong running for my new favorite beer of all time.

Photo of BDIMike
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown cloudy brew. Not a lot of carbonation, but as usual for a Belgian a huge cream-colored head is created on top of the beer and sits for a long while.
Aroma does not have a lot going on. A bit of sweet sugar smell and dark candy malts.
Taste has a toned down sweetness to it. A strong malt base has a very strong toffee taste to it, make the sweet taste dominate the flavor.
Mouthfeel has a fairly thin consistency. A bit of chewiness as well.
Drinkability is good on this beer. For a beer with 8.8ABV there is not an alcohol taste at all. That makes the beer go down fairly easily.

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively deep red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, tart, sour cherries, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, sour cherries, earth, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was something a little off-putting here as the aroma smelled like it was going to be sour/tart, but the flavor was very light and more earthy than anything else. This fact made it a little hard to enjoy for me but it was still drinkable. Glad I got the chance to try this one, but doubt I will go out of my way to next time.

Photo of Mar02x
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Gambrinus pub in Brugge when I was there with my wife.

A - A very dark red brown ale with a beige/off white head on top, which turns in to a layer.

S - Strong piny hops upfront and there is also caramel, citrus and yeast entering my nose.

T - This beer is light sour, is this supposed to? The body is sweet and wine like, also there are some cherries and caramel flavors noticeable. This beer is rather complex.

M - A medium carbonation, refreshing and a bitter sweet finish.

O - A nice dark ale, but I do not like the sour twist it has.

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is lightly hazed reddish brown color with a 1/16” light tan head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass as it soon recedes.

Smell: The aroma is mostly dark caramel and dark fruits with touches of spices.

Taste: The sweetness in the flavor is more like brown sugar than caramel and there is a mélange of fruits with no particular one standing out. The yeast is clearly Belgian. Neither the hops nor the alcohol are prominent in any way.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. The finish is medium in length and shows both a bit of sweetness and some bready character, finishing with a touch of bitterness and dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve enjoyed sipping my way through this one. While I don’t really think it is outstanding, my overall impression is that this is a good workman like beer that is indeed a good choice for sipping during dinner and an evening with friends.

Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

As the tap list indicated, this beer is a dubbel, not a Belgian strong ale.

Poured into a stem glass, a dark chestnut brown with red hues, and a luscious, creamy tan head that retained well, and left nice stratified lacing on the glass. Eye candy for sure. Caramel and toffee in the nose, scents of fruit and yeast. Taste followed the aroma, with delicious bready malts, toffee, brown sugar, cocoa, raisins and cherries, topped off with Belgian yeast and a bit of nice earthy and herbal hoppage. Medium mouthfeel, full of flavor, extremely velvety smooth, and went down easy. Very nice overall.

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish brown in color and poured with a thin beige head that left lots of lacing covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of sweet candi sugars begin to develop as the beer warms up.
T: The taste bears little resemblance to the smell and has flavors of dark fruits along with hints of yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid beer compared to others in the style; however the taste is a bit of a letdown after the impressive smell.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/19/2011 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, dark fruit, brown sugar, spices, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel and some spice. There’s a hearty malt character and a mild Belgian yeast backbone. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at Map Room's 19th anniversary.

Tawny chestnut brown, opaque color, slow rising carbonation around the edges. Tan foam that leaves some nice drippy lacing. Long lasting retention.

Muted aroma, some oxidation, caramelized sugars, dark malts.

Earthy bitterness, dried cherry and currants, complex malt flavors, not much sweetness. Dry aftertaste, clean and malty, some caramel, chocolate, and dried fruit notes. Pretty easy drinking considering the abv, it's completely hidden. Smooth with mellow carbonation, medium bodied. Not especially complex, though it's pretty good. Something about this seems slightly faded due to age, but it's hard to put a finger on it.

Photo of yapi
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I'm a sucker for good maltbombs and this is one of them. I have to be honest, I'm reviewing some 3+ year old bottles, cause they are amazing! Had some quite fresh ones that were not as good as the aged versions, but since I mainly drink the aged ones... There's a very dominant chocolate malt character to these that I find amazing, drinks very easy but can get to you very fast; very good belgian strong dark ale, a must in my collection. One of their great brews, together with the very accessible Vicardin tripel Gueuze.

Photo of rfgetz
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish tinted dark brown with little sploches of khaki lacing. Scent is dominated by dark caramel malts, light molasses, dark fruits, moderate amounts of spice and light yeastiness. Taste is not as bold as scent but more deep and complex with brown sugar and dark fruit mixing with light spice, chocolate, bread crust and oak notes and an even faint touch of sourness. Medium bodied, lighter in carbonation. Good solid Belgian brew.

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Vicaris Generaal from Brouwerij Dilewyns
87 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.