Vicaris Generaal - Brouwerij Dilewyns
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5/5 rDev +27.6%
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.
05-06-2012 23:00:51 | More by weazal
4.72/5 rDev +20.4%
(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.
09-20-2008 13:14:31 | More by tubaguy
4.5/5 rDev +14.8%
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!
03-10-2008 21:13:09 | More by ROMER79
4.38/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
11-04-2011 15:55:07 | More by yapi
United Kingdom (England)
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
10-23-2010 20:45:01 | More by BlackHaddock
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
01-25-2011 18:31:19 | More by CaptainPiret
4.26/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
07-09-2011 03:27:50 | More by impending
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
12-06-2011 00:47:14 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
10-09-2011 22:06:34 | More by rfgetz
4.1/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
09-27-2011 16:04:26 | More by stakem
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-11-2011 12:35:23 | More by Rifugium
Vicaris Generaal from Brouwerij Dilewyns
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.