Vicaris Generaal - Brouwerij Dilewyns
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3.88/5 rDev -1%
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.
12-30-2012 08:54:46 | More by biboergosum
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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...
09-28-2012 03:48:26 | More by RoamingGnome
3.85/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
08-19-2012 22:40:56 | More by WastingFreetime
3.6/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
08-14-2012 01:10:33 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-18-2012 23:57:01 | More by John_M
3.63/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
05-22-2012 03:29:31 | More by mwilbur
3.58/5 rDev -8.7%
#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.
05-18-2012 01:27:22 | More by lnashsig
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
05-16-2012 02:18:45 | More by Dope
3.93/5 rDev +0.3%
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 ...
05-07-2012 03:17:25 | More by Hex92
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
Vicaris Generaal from Brouwerij Dilewyns
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