Vicaris Generaal - Brouwerij Dilewyns

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very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 CaptainPiret
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of tubaguy
4.72/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of ROMER79
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

Photo of paterlodie
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Vicaris Generaal from Brouwerij Dilewyns
87 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.