Vicaris Generaal - Brouwerij Dilewyns
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United Kingdom (England)
4.08/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
08-24-2008 22:16:22 | More by wl0307
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
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
10-06-2005 15:04:45 | More by paterlodie
Vicaris Generaal from Brouwerij Dilewyns
87 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.