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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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3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

mattfancett, Sep 03, 2014
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 iatethecloudsfor
3.75/5  rDev +3%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

mikereaser, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev +3%

tom10101, Nov 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Cubatobaco, Sep 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

vermilcj, Jul 30, 2013
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

DStoked, May 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

oline73, Mar 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
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.

mdfb79, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of brikelly
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

brikelly, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

t0rin0, Sep 20, 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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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

pknyc, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap

An amber body, fairly clear, with a good amount of visible carbonation. A bubbly white cap rises and falls pretty quick, but leaves behind some good lacing.

The aroma is a mix of sweet and tart, bordering on cider. Some apple skins, tartness, musty, and a bit of a cracker like malt backbone.

The flavor profile is exactly what you think when you try to imagine a gueuze/tripel blend. It has some salt and tartness from the gueuze and prickly, lightly hopped tripel. Some apple skins, dry wood, vinegar, orange peel, and herbs.

Dry and astringent mouthfeel. Medium body.

This was more of an average tripel with a unique twist. Nothing overly special, just a unique combination.

ColForbinBC, Aug 22, 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 Sammy
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
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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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
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 KDawg
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
Photo of jburchett
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

jburchett, Jul 28, 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 18, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
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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Vicardin from Brouwerij Dilewyns
83 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.