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Vicaris Generaal - Brouwerij Dilewyns

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: paterlodie on 10-06-2005

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Reviews by Rifugium:
Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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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...

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Photo of standardcherry
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of lnashsig
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Mar02x
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of mattfancett
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of puboflyons
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of desint
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dumpy 33cl brown bottle (best before 8th Apr 2011) poured into a Westmalle chalice on 23 Oct 2010. Some of the sediment got into the glass but it still looked good, ruby red body with an off-white head, a bit thin but still a complete covering throughout the tasting.

The aroma was a mild malty molasses mix with toffee and chocolate coming through, but not an 'in your face' sweet, sickly smell.

Interesting taste, malts dominate, semi-sweet like the aroma but with more coffee and chocolate than the toffee mentioned earlier. Not too sure where the alcohol is being hidden because this isn't a thick or heavy beer. It doesn't even seem to appear as the mouth dries and the hop content leaves a slightly bitter dark chocolate aftertaste in the mouth.

A very drinkable brew although I'm sure the alcohol would come back and get you in the end if you had more than a couple.

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Photo of mwilbur
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of parintele
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of C-Dog
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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Vicaris Generaal from Brouwerij Dilewyns
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.