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Vicardin - Brouwerij Dilewyns

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83
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Dilewyns visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Tripel / Gueuze Hybrid

(Beer added by: stcules on 08-16-2007)
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Reviews by roblowther:
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4.72/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, arrives dusty in a shipment from BelgianShop. Best before 26/3/12. Pours a cloudy tan/gold in color with a frothy white head that is setting up to lace like an old woman from Bruges. The sour apricot smell is evident immediately upon the pour, I don't have to get near it. Doing so, however, brings out more citrus, hay, and chocolate. This is literally making my mouth water. The taste is freakin fantastic. Just as the smell advertises, much more mellow than I imagined. Sour fruit, dried hay, sort of a mild chocolate and nutmeg thing going on, something that dings the "champagne" bell in my head, a dry finish and a very balanced, very smooth, very nice beer. Wow. Pale Ale, tripel-gueze, whatever it is I wish I had ordered a case of this stuff. It is sharply carbonated, with an overall silkiness that holds it together and leads to the kick-a lacing. Seriously. I don't know if it is the obvious aging on this sample, what this style really is, or how much they brewed but get thee hence and get some. You'll thank me. You can repay me in Vicardin.

roblowther, May 11, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of jburchett
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

jburchett, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2012, so officially past it's best. However, as it's some sort of gueuze/tripel blend, I imagine it can stand a bit of aging. The rear label says that it was bottled 3 years prior to the BB date (I think - my Dutch isn't great). Purchased randomly from a Belgian webshop. Sounds bizarre; time to find out....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A hazy orange-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of complex fruitiness with a musty sour hint. Notes of fermented grapes, orange peel, cloves, cinnamon, fruity yeast esters, slight leather and a whiff of booze in the background. Rather dry and earthy, with a hint of vinegar. Plenty going on and more beery than a regular gueuze. More than anything it reminds me of mulled wine - fruit and spice. Weird.

Tastes of tart, indistinct fruitiness with a dry, acidic finish. Notes of sour grapes, tart apples, vinegar, lactic acid, wood, earthy yeast esters, faint orange peel and hints of spice. Dry and astringent, with a warm alcoholic twang upon swallowing. In short, it's a strange, vinous mess. Mouthfeel is dry and sour, with tingly carbonation and decent body. Strips the palate. Aftertaste of tart cidery notes and yeast.

If there were awards for oddball beers, this would certainly be a contender. The aroma has a fruity, spicy complexity that bodes well, but is let down by the messy flavour. It has a wine-like quality that is much more fruity than a typical gueuze (which I would expect to be dry and lemony). From the taste it's hard to pinpoint what this is supposed to be: a 'beery' lambic? A sour tripel? It seems to shoot for too many targets and misses them all. An interesting effort, certainly, but it lacks purpose. I'm glad I had the chance to try it but this is probably a first and last time for me.

jazzyjeff13, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep, mildly hazed but pretty bright golden-copper color, this beer grows a fluffy white head on top. While it doesn't quite reach one finger, it's pretty well supported and takes time to fall. The foam that's left drops down a mix of patches and splotches.
Earth is first on the nose, a bit of musty hay, though it's quickly joined by a honey-like sweetness. Malts are bready and support it well. Some wood comes out into the middle. The blend of Tripel and Gueze makes for a very interesting beer, as the gentle tartness and funk is balanced by pale fruits sweetness, soft spiciness, and a bit of something like candi sugar.
It ends up more sweet than funky, tartness at a median and fairly heavy on the malts. Some floral hops do add a bit. Lots of fruits and a sugary sort of sweetness ride through strong, almost overcoming the flavors accompanying. It's musty and earthy, dusty really, and the wood comes in dry and even more so as it gets a bit vinous. The herbal note coming in, probably from hops, serves to make the point more assertively. It's an interesting dichotomy that seems to clash at times, and there's a weird tinge to the funk from time to time as well.
The body is medium, soft at times before asserting a not-quite-grainy sort of dryness on the palate. It gets pretty creamy into the middle before an alcoholic edge cuts it. It finishes dry and lingers with tangy and leafy textures.

Brenden, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of DStoked
5/5  rDev +37.4%

DStoked, May 17, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at ebenezer's Pub, another rare find. Strong taste and surprisingly boozy. Very lacey. A good integration of geuze and yeast, but it is a stinky one. Why the menu put the stinky label on
a Berliner weiss, I do not know. Smooth mouthfeel and decent drinkability.

Sammy, Aug 20, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour is a light orange color. Minimal lacing, and a thin white foam that is not retained.

S - Smells like honey and quite sweet. Notes of belgian yeast are evident. Has a slight musty smell.

T - Has a slight tartness that is offset by the taste of fresh bread. I find the toning down on the sourness is really nice.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, and doesn't dominate with the sour flavor.

O - Kinda like this one. A really good gateway to the world of belgian sours. The blend might take a bit from both styles but I find it very enjoyable.

socon67, Oct 11, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a medium gold color with a nice foamy head.

Very good aromas that lead more towards the funky with aromas of green and red apples, spice tones, bits of funk and some tart citrus.

Full bodied, but lacking some depth. Smooth with a dry finish and notes of red and green apples, spices and some creams.

Would be interesting to see how this is with some more time in the bottle. The sourness didn't really stick out on the taste, but the finish was on the dry side. Wasn't fully sure what to make of the hybrid, but it was a good beer.

KDawg, Aug 06, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of light tart notes mix with some bland Belgian ale is interesting though not as powerful as I was expecting considering some Girardin had been used to assemble this beer. Taste is also a very refreshing mix between some tart and sour notes with light green apples notes and some typical Belgian ale malt backbone. Body is fuller then average with limited filtration and great carbonation. Well mix overall with a refreshing taste though I was expecting a bit more from the lambic.

Phyl21ca, Jul 16, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

pknyc, Aug 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

oline73, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Rattle N Hum bar in Manhattan's Midtown area. I'm not sure why this is called a Gueuze. It was called a tripel at the bar and certainly was much more like a Tripel. In either case it was very good.

Color was a very light straw with a very active head and lots of good lacing left behind.

Aroma was quite esthery with a good malty back. Malt aroma was a little drier, more crackery than dark fruit.

Flavor was very interesting balance among the yeast and malt with a little bit of sourness, but certainly not gueuze-sour.

Whatever you call this beer, it was very good and I would highly recommend it if you can find it.

david18, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle labeled as Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze, described as a blend of Bicaris Tripel and Boon lambic on RB.

This beer pours a light bodied and crystal clear polished bright gold in color with a frothy two finger bright white head. The nose is light and yeasty with a definitive Tripel backbone. It does have some slight Brett but definitely is short in the lambic department. It is slightly lemony however. The flavors are very light and feature typical Belgian yeast with a slight lemon zest aspect, perhaps lemongrass, and a very light tartness. It's ok, just isn't really dominant in one phase or another. The lemon grass does increase as it warms. This one is alright, not worth $18.99 but it's drinkable.

aasher, Aug 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from an overseas shop. This is currently #35 on the top gueuze list. Served in a Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler.

Pours a fairly-cloudy yellow color with a thick white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Good retention, as a nice cap sits throughout. Far too hazy, however.

The nose carries some banana-like esters with some clovey phenolics. Some light pilsner malt in the background. Nothing really coming from the gueuze portion of this beer.

The flavor has a bit of bitter dryness and a fair amount of peppery spice. Light fruity notes are there as well. Some alcohol in the background. I'm really still struggling to see the gueuze component of this brew; it tastes like an average tripel.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bitterness to the finish that is a bit off. Moderate alcohol presence.

Overall, not a huge fan of this one. I would not revisit this beer.

Thorpe429, Feb 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

brikelly, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden orange with a white head. A very musty aroma to this, damp oak, funk, and barnyard. A touch of sweet banana and bubblegum, sweet sugar, straw, and yeast. All over the place. The flavor is just as disjointed. Musty funk, barnyard, straw, and some oak to go with the sweetness of the tripel. Banana, bubblegum, and a hint of cotton candy. Light citrus and some mild tartness.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of John_M
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard for a confirmed sour hater to do this beer justice, but here goes anyway.

On tap at max's tonight.

The bveer pours a solid gold color with light lacing and fairly decent head retention. The nose is about what I would expect, but honestly, it's not nearly as over the top as I was expecting. In any event, I get some light sour funk, something of a soap aroma, and some wood. This smells as if it will be a fairly dry gueuze. On the palate... is this really a gueuze? I'm not disgusted at all by this beer, and find it to be pretty tasty actually. There's some light sour in the beer, but I also get some honey, light vanilla and a hint of clove. Damn, but this is easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with some drying bitterness on the moderately long finish. Alcohol is barely an afterthought in this easy to enjoy beer.

Not bad at all...

John_M, Jul 19, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In true artisinal Belgian fashion, it's not only the brewers who are credited for the quality of beer, but the blenders as well. The woven Vicaris Triple and Giradin Geuze create a wonderment of flavors that both temper the intesely tart Gueuze, but also add a heady dosing of complexity to the sweeter Tripel.

Pouring a rich golden color with copper shaddows, the beer takes on a somewhat orange hued appearance. Mildly hazed, the beer allows for a strong backlit glow. Both airy froath and creamy foam collaborate for a varying head texture- very rich foamstance with decorative patterns of lace left behind. Good retention of a creme as the beer receedes.

Earthy and pungent aromas of grasses, straw, and dusty woods accompany a sweetened scent of sweet breads and honey. Floral, spicy, fruity, and tart- but all in a mellow and elegant scent, the flavors come together in a very unique way that defies both aromatic parameters of Tripels and Gueuze.

Fruity sweetness of angel food cake, honeysuckle, pear, apple, under-rippened berries, white grapefruit pith and pulp, and white wine vinous notes ride a more malty-sweet line than expected. Mildy briney with a salty undertow that develops into a savory, dusty, musty sandalwood note that shies away from the intense tartness or sourness of Gueuze. Hop bitterness arrives just after the hop flavors of fresh cut grasses and herbs, citrus rinds, and an overall leafy vegetal character that accents the pungent earthiness of the Gueuze rather that detracting.

Medium textures of pilsner malt, light grain, and soft breads set the stage and offer a soft pillow for the moderate sweet feel that extends into mid palate. Soft and supple carbonation soon gives way and allows for a slight astringent sting, firm grassy bitterness, and tannic dryness to create an evaporative whimsy that seems to carry the powdery weight of cotton candy.

Delicious throughout, the beer finally rests as a very characterful Belgian Pale Ale where the honeyish tone becomes the main line throughout and then with the much welcomed complexity of pungent must and tartness. A would-be delcious complementary to shellfish of any kind.

BEERchitect, Sep 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

vermilcj, Jul 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

beef13, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze. Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. I love tripels and I love gueuzes, so my hopes are high for this one!

Appearance: light gold hue with a bit of a haze and a huge, active effervescence. Head pours three fingers of frothy white foam with decent retention and a nice lace. Attractive!

Smell: sour, funky component from the gueuze and sweet, malty aroma with a little bit of pear and chalk from the tripel. My favorite components of each style, coming together beautifully. I love it.

Taste: a little tartness right up front quickly subsides into a lightly sweet, lightly funky brew. After a few sips, the sourness stays with you while the sweet malt keeps you coming back for more. I am really, really enjoying this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Good!

Overall: this beer has some mixed reviews on this website, but I personally love it. If it were a little bit easier to find -- not to mention not so expensive -- I would love to have this on a regular basis. Kudos!

flagmantho, Aug 28, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazed golden peach, deep amber core, tight white head. Nose seems to have a hint of bretty leather, strong yeast notes with a faint spice, light candied sugar blends into lemon zest and a tinge of alcohol. The taste is similar, a touch sweeter. Nice light spice and yeast but are overshadowed by lemon juice, candied sugar, and juicy citrus. Light body, airy, soft feel, and nice carb.

cpetrone84, Jun 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity, acidic, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with an emphasis on the gueuze flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but the gueuze overpowers the tripel in both the aroma and flavor in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 14, 2012
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Vicardin from Brouwerij Dilewyns
83 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.