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Vicardin - Brouwerij Dilewyns

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BA SCORE
83
good

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.38%


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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roblowther

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 00:14:50 | More by roblowther
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flagmantho

Washington

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 01:26:39 | More by flagmantho
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sketchpunx

New York

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Bier Temple Brussels. Pours a copper gold hue into a flute glass with a two finger white fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a centimeter of foam and nice lacing. Smell is straw-ish and geueze like. Taste is bitter and champagne like. Musty, with nice lambic flavors but hoppier and with a lingering bitterness. Not as spritzy and lively as a pure lambic, but very dry on the palate. Not exceedingly drinkable but a great sipper. Very Special!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 02:51:17 | More by sketchpunx
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socon67

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 23:32:50 | More by socon67
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to the label, this ale is a blend of Vicaris Triple and Giradin Geuze. The idea itself already sounds very intriguing. Now is the time to see whether it tastes as nice as the sound of the concept... BB 03/04/2010, served lightly chilled in a tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: a mildly carbonated, translucent amber body carries a pillowy off-white froth, lasting well and slowly retreating to a thin blanket.
S: very interesting, exactly like the blend of geuze and a triple - the tart-zesty and funky edges of geuze seems to underline the sweet bready malts and fruit-esters of the triple, but these two are intertwined in a harmony rather than sit in contrast; simultaneously the white-peppery and coriander-like spicy touch of yeastiness and the orangey hoppy note lurk in the background. Overall, very soothing and enjoyable for my preference...
T: bitter grapefruits and the funky edge of geuze dominate the foretaste, with a deepening bitter impact caused by the lemony tartness as well as the wet-woodiness; gradually a delicate malt-sweetness, faint coriander- and salty-bitter spices from apparently the triple sneak through the assertive geuze them, then all elements settle in a semi-dry, woody and tannic bitter finish.
M&D: the tart and tannic edge of geuze on top of light effervescence helps retain a very refreshing and surprisingly clean palate, while the mixed flavour of triple and geuze also ensures a lighter body that is fit for a thirst-quenching ale. All in all, this bottle is a very intriguing experiment, and a quite successful one I must say!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 23:01:26 | More by wl0307
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david18

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 20:21:00 | More by david18
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UCLABrewN84

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 01:28:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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impending

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Trappist. Served in a flute, fairly clear amber yellow, white head, ok lacing.

Aroma has a unique complexity, the yeasty sweetness of a classic fruity tripel and funky brett, earth and hay.

Taste too carries the complexity forward. The Dilewyns tripel is the lion share of the flavor, apricots. The Girardin gueuze adds a tartness, just a minor sour but a clear old dirt brett contribution. Finishes fairly dry, aftertaste is of the gueuze. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.
unique
cheers
jd

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 07:20:34 | More by impending
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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...

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2012 23:45:13 | More by johnmichaelsen
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/01/12 notes. On tap at Spuyten Dyvil during Zwanze day; 6 oz. pour into a mini-snifter, believe this is blended with a Girardin gueuze.

a - Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, cheese, bready malts, earthy notes, dirt, lightly floral. Nice nose; no fruit or sourness but the funk is good.

t - Tastes of light funk, earthy notes, hay, dirt, caramel malts, and some lightly sweet fruit. Taste is not as funky as the nose; a step down for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer but compared to the other gueuzes on tap, this one didn't stack up. Some nice funk in the nose but the taste is sweeter and milder. Would have it again but not my favorite gueuze.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 20:04:35 | More by mdfb79
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 09/04/11; Sampled July 2010 at Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles
The beer pours with a brilliantly clear, rich gold color and is topped by a frothy, two-finger thick, pale tan colored head in this chalice glass. The aroma smells of a musty, funky mix of ripe cheese, musky sweat and pale malt. This has the funk of a Lambic and the sweet pale malt aromatics of a Tripel; it is definitely an interesting mix of aromatics. There is a musky foot character to this beer that is quite distinct at times and as the beer warms a hay like and big biscuit-like aroma joins the sweet pale malt character.

The beer tastes sour / tart up front, but finishes with a sweet malt character; though this is really a dry beer overall. It has a nice carbonation to it, but remains creamy textured; it is light for a Tripel, though, as one might expect, it is full bodied for a Lambic / Gueuze. The finish has a touch of almost wheat like grain / hay flavors to it as well as a sort of fermented orange juice like flavor (this really does seem to have some orange zest like flavors to it).

This is an interesting blend; it is really nice to try, but I am pretty sure I would prefer either an authentic Gueuze or Tripel over this in the end. Somehow this seems almost too well balanced between the Tripel and the Gueuze character.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 17:52:20 | More by Gueuzedude
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at the Brick Store. Pours a lovely golden orange with a hazy clarity and a dense, 2.5 inch cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a bullseye dollop with some froth around the edges. Concentric bands of textured lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly subdued - citrus rind, belgian yeast, a hint of caramel, vinegar and an orangey/mimosa-esque character. The flavors on this beer are definitely interesting - light pit fruits (peach/apricot), yeast, subtle toasted malts and wheat. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and some acidity/astringency. BA classifies this beer as a gueuze. In that regard, this beer falls short; however, the description on the menu was of a gueuze/tripel blend, which I found to be spot on. This beer is an interesting montage of malty, tart and fruity and is worth trying, but don't expect a gueuze. Well worth your time if you have the opportunity to try this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 23:22:58 | More by Jwale73
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 02:35:08 | More by Sammy
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 15:36:48 | More by cpetrone84
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rvdoorn

Netherlands

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mixture between a tripel and girardin geuze. Had this one on draft in the vlaamse reus in Wageningen.
Look: clear golden pour with an fluffy white head.
Smell: Funky, pear, malts and flowery. Interesting combination
Taste: Sourness up front with a bitter sweet dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body
Overall: Nice experiment, still I feel this blend is destroying the nice flavors of the girardin geuze.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 14:17:53 | More by rvdoorn
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philosobeer

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at Chicago's Hop Leaf.

Consider the two styles it was a blend of (Tripel, Gueuze) it's not surprising this is fairly cloudy. White head, orangeish-yellow.

Their is a really nice funkiness in the smell. It's estery side shows through, too, but I think the funkiness dominates. It's a sour at heart this one.

A nice tartness opens up this beer, and it will complement food well. The funk is heavily balanced by a sweetness, and a little bit of banana flavors, as well as maybe a bit of spiciness? The taste does indeed show both the tripel and gueuze sides. Just because the two can be blended though, does not mean they should have been. It has one major flaw, and that's that I get solventy tastes in here also.

I ended up enjoying this by the end of the glass, and I'm glad I ordered it. It's more "interesting" than "fantastic" which perhaps means it did not succeed. I'll have it again, but it's not going to be a favorite of mine.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 16:32:29 | More by philosobeer
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KDawg

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 20:55:04 | More by KDawg
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Best by 26/03/12
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

An interesting blend of gueuze and tripel that seems to tone down the sourness by orders of magnitude, play up some dried orange rind, and have a perpetual battle between mild sweetness and tartness going on. Somewhat candy-like in result, Vicardin is an interesting blend of two styles, but not something I think I'd seek out again. Glad I had an opportunity to try this, but I didn't find the flavor combination to be particularly appealing. Definitely not a bad beer, but it just felt like it was going in too many directions, and had too little of the purported gueuze influence. As another reviewer said, it's neither "a very good gueuze or a very good tripel" and the combination doesn't seem to bring out anything exciting from either of those genres.

Pours a huge, ultra-fluffy, meringue-like head made up of very small bubbles, which has excellent retention, lasting for minutes after the pour. The head gradually fades to a thin cap atop the body, leaving vast amounts of complex lacing. Body is a golden orange color out of the light, a bright yellow-orange in it. Carbonation is streaming and visible. Sediment makes the beer opaque and darkens the respective colors.

Aroma begins sweet and tart, somewhat like smarties candy with a yeasty edge. As the head descends, aroma becomes more complex and quite different from what it was initially. This secondary (and longer-lasting) aroma features a malty, sweet, crackery base (that I'd attribute to the Girardin) with notable old orange rind, a bit of caramel/toffee, phenolic(?) sharpness, and a bit of mustiness.

Tip of the tongue picks up mild sweetness, with a slight tartness, again somewhat mimicking sweet tarts candy. Front of the palate notes continued sweetness, but also some very mild Brettanomyces characters (ie, "funk" and mustiness). Mid-palate, the flavor develops some grainy flavor with some sweetness tied to mild tartness, dried orange rind, and a bit of belgian yeast and fruit ester character. Closes out with orange rind, mustiness, and balanced sweetness with tartness. Lingering aftertaste of orange rind, soil, and modest sweetness with tartness.

Beer is medium bodied, with ample carbonation to support itself. Resultant mouthfeel is smooth, never prickly, but perhaps could use a bit more carbonation to move this along the palate at a faster rate (has a tendency to sit on mine). Ethanol is noticeable in the back of the palate, wafting into the nostrils and felt a bit on the throat. Closes quite dry, with a bit of stickiness around the lips.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 23:42:13 | More by falloutsnow
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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 21:10:12 | More by Brenden
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 19:37:58 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 04:34:49 | More by BEERchitect
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aasher

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 01:59:49 | More by aasher
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 18:04:27 | More by womencantsail
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice big white fluffy head. Mildly hazy golden color. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued. Some spicy character, some nice funk, but really not special. Flavor is nicer, more funk, citrus rind, not enough tartness. There is almost a saison like character to this beer which adds a nice spice. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, but could be a bit lighter and more lively.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2012 20:53:52 | More by Agold
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

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