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Vicaris Generaal - Brouwerij Dilewyns

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 92
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 8
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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Photo of weazal
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of tubaguy
4.72/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(poured into a chalice from the bottle) Appearance is a dark, caramel brown. When held up to the light a dark orange hue, like the last seconds of a sunset before nightfall. Smells like fruit, chocolate, pepper and sugar. Some lacing. Small head remained throughout. Great carbonation. Taste is exceptional with a complexity that rivals westvleteren. Damn, this tastes good! Like drinking a rich piece of black forrest cake with a spicy kick at the end. Just the right amount of hops. Slight warming sensation from the alcohol. Very well-balanced. A bit chewy on the mouthfeel. Great sipping beer. I'd tried to make this last but it was difficult! My favorite new discovery I brought back from Belgium. My only regret is I didn't buy more. One of the top 10 best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well to taste this beer I was extremely lucky. I made friends with a guy who owns a bar in Philadelphia who went to Belgium. He brought back a good amount from the trip and this was one beer that we had tried.
It poured a dark brown with a one finger tan head. Right after the initial pour you could smell chocolate, caramel, and hints of sour cherries. The taste was the same maybe with a little hint of coffee. I found this beer to be very drinkable. It had a great balance of all the right flavors. A little hops in there as well. I would definitely find this beer and drink it again!

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Photo of impending
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


33cl into a tulip. Pours a deep garnet chestnut, dense mocha colored head is slow to subside, nice lacing.

Aroma reaches from the bottle, sweet dark fruits that are soft and turning. A rich red wine was spilt upon the fruit. Superb

Complexity follows with the flavor. Fairly sweet, near zero bitter, finishes surprisingly slightly dry. No hint of alcohol. Long lasting pleasant aftertaste. Warms well. Full bodied mouthfeel.

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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 yapi
4.35/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brown appearance takes on a deep maroon -- with a slight orange tint -- when held to the light. Thick head that was still very present several minutes after it hit the glass.

The sweetness of the initial smell gave way to grains and some chocolate pretty quickly.

The taste -- wow, what complexity. I got impressions of 4-5 flavors immediately. Everything from very slight sourness, to some oak, a taste of cinnamon, chocolate, and a touch of bitterness at the end.

I got a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel, adding to the richness of the flavor.

Drinkability is pretty high -- it doesn't feel heavy, and while the flavors are abundant, they don't overpower.

Overall, this is an excellent beer.

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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 dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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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 stakem
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby brown bottle with a best by date of 10/16/11 poured into a goblet. This brew appears a clear brown with some ruby clarity through the middle when held up to the light. Some orange tints around the edges. A creamy tan head sits atop and a light swirl brings back a frothy finger.

The smell is dark and fruity reminiscent of the dopplebock style. Quite a bit of maltiness included in the aroma that comes across nutty and a bit earthy. Some sweet smelling indications of toffee meets caramel. Some hops and alcohol evolve as this brew warms with a floral note.

The taste is earthy with a nutty to toasted grain flavoring. Toffee and caramel provide a base sweetness with a contrasting amount of earthy to herbal hop character. There is a light oxidized aspect imparting a faint touch of cardboard across the back.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest level of carbonation. Well integrated abv across the board. Some fruity alcohol character gets more noticeable as the beer warms up. Certainly a unique offering that is worth a try.

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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 wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Beers of Europe, a quality online beer shop in the UK. BB 03/07/09, served lightly chilled in a large tulip wine glass.

A: pours a deeply dark russet brown, topped with a super thick and frothy reddish-beige head that lasts forever... plus a light carbonation.
S: mild prunes, red dates, lightly vinegary, red beans, faint touch of spice, sour cherries, raisins, cocoa, and burned brown sugar... all packed harmoniously in one sniff, even ringing a bell of fruit-cake! Deep in the background lies a soothing lactose-yeastiness along with mildly fruit-estery notes. Overall, a good integrity is reached b/w diverse aromas, and alc. touch is restrained.
T: a sweet but smooth swallow of dark malts, black dates, red beans, raisins, treacles, sour-sweet chocolates and roasted malts leads towards a faintly licorice, spicy, dryish and semi-chewy bitterness of hops and yeasts. Up until this stage the flavour reminds me of a full-bodied Baltic Porter or Czech Dark Lager with a bit more fruit-esters... For a Belgian dark ale at this strength, I'm surprisied to see such a clean and smooth finish, where the herbal bitter edge lingers elegantly. The only drawback is, as the ale breathes for a while, the body falls a bit thin with a more dominating sugary note and taste.
M&D: the mouthfeel is superb, lively due to microscopic fizziness and full-bodied, neither heavy nor syrupy at all. The mildly spicy touch on top of the lovely bitterness serves to lift up the overall fruity and malty theme a little. Plus, it's dangerously drinkable in that not a single trace of alc. is felt even in my throat... A really good ale that deserves slow sipping and respect.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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

I had this at De Kelk in Brugge, poured into a Generaal glass as a freebie from the owner (Jeroen). It was dark brown color with enough foam to threaten take-over of the rim. The aroma was inviting, mostly malt-related aromas like lightly roasted caramel. Maybe it was a little one dimensional in the maltiness but I was pretty happy with it. The taste was the same, kind of simple in it's sweetness. I should question my tastes because there were plenty of Belgians enjoying the hell out of this beer, and I have to believe these people can recognize a fine malt beverage. More likely I had already had too many beers for the night, so I'll gladly revisit this if I can ever find it again.

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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 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.

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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.

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

BB 22-08-2008, botteled 3 years before. poor in with good and lasting head and a darkbrown beercolor. Nose is fresh, lots of dark candy, good maltyness, slightly hoppy and a rose like yeastparfume. Taste is also lots of candy, caramelic, very dry, slight hint of sourness, alcoholic and bitter. Overal fresh and clean but missing IMO a litle body. Good carbonisation and balanced taste makes moutfeel still quiet good but could have some more maltyness and fuller body. Still a enjoyable and easily drinking brew( on 8.8%!) that I like to see again in future.

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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 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 Hex92
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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 ...

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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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Vicaris Generaal from Brouwerij Dilewyns
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