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Vicaris Tripel Gueuze - Brouwerij Dilewyns

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 223
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 23.91%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: corby112 on 09-10-2012

Vicaris Triple-Gueuze is a Belgian Abbey Triple. A creamy white head billows above a honey-gold-colored beer. The nose has notes of tart vanilla and spice while a full body and long finish are perfectly balanced by the fine, dry gueuze.
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Photo of bryreeves
2.43/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

I have to agree with "Getalegup" on this... The clean and sweet finish of a Tripel conflicts with what you expect from a nice Gueuze - super dry with clean sour and light funk. The blend does not compliment the component styles. I think this would benefit from a long rest in the cellar so the Tripel's hoppy sweetness can fade to allow the funkification to take the lead. Unfortunately this one is not for me unless I planned to cellar it for at least a year. On the other hand, if you need a "gateway" beer to interest your friends in sour / wild ales, this might be for you...

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Photo of harrymel
2.58/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by 06MAY16

Pours golden with a fine white foam etched atop. Smells like a belgian yeast, some hints of funk, plenty of sweet golden ale. Taste is metallic, sweet, with sweet corn and some bicarbonate. The flavor really tastes like a watered down tripel, some spices. Thin and sharply carbed with a dry finish. Meh.

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Photo of JoanS
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Again, looking for a wonderful Belgium tripel or quad experience and I was disappointed. The beertenders don't really post descriptions of the beers on their hi-tech display board--maybe everyone already knows the characteristics before they walk in. I wish I had researched it more before ordering.

The beer was cloudy and colored like a Hefeweizen, smooth but no body.
Very fruity and light tasting.
It was drinkable but not memorable.

I don't think I'll try this one again unless I want something very light in flavor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Smells like mostly tripel. Bready malts. Some orange and very light phenolic notes.

Taste - Starts off bready. Oak lends a damp and slight cardboard flavor. The blended lambic shows a little later with some lemon and tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. High carbonation.

Overall - It's ok, but not anything I'd pick up again. In fact I might not even finish my small pour.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

I went into this beer with restrained but dignified hesitance, I will freely admit that, but, with an open heart and eager mouth, no doubt. While it is not a bad blended beer - yes, you get the sweetish bubblegum-y, peach-laden trip and tangy, sourish gueze- it makes me think of a BBQ pulled pork pizza, frankly. I love me some barbecue and the ChainGangGuy would be hard-pressed indeed to willingly turn down a hot, cheesy pie, but together? No. No, thank you. I would much prefer these two beers components separated (but equal).

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(on tap at Belgian Cafe - served in a tulip)

A: very cloudy, honey-colored liquid.... no head, surface foam, or lace... about right for a gueuze, but not for a tripel... a little disappointing

S: smells pretty much like what it's a blend of: a tripel and a gueuze... fairly assertive malt, faint caramel, with the subtle floral alcohol of a tripel.... distant, fragrant, navel-orange citrus in the background - adds a touch of brightness to the aromas, but doesn't enhance the otherwise weak intensity of them

T: the funk comes through a good bit more in the taste, however, this is still, at the very least, dominated by the malt and floral notes from the tripel.... honey-ish, cereal flavors from the malt... tiny, vaguely 'yellow' grapefruit tart/tang in the aftertaste - not much gueuze coming through - whatever portion of it that is blended in merely serves to provide a subtle accent to the overall flavor... I'd stop short of saying it adds 'complexity' as the beer, in total, has a fairly messy, amateur composition (or perhaps has experienced degradation from poor handling?)

M: moderately soft and smooth up front... good bit of the roundish, delicate viscosity retained from the tripel... long finish, ultimately ending dry.... mild, citrus-juicy, acidic film left over on the palate... perhaps this is how it's supposed to be - kinda flat - clean, but flat

O: this might have been a more dynamic, more interesting beer had the base tripel been better and the blend showcasing more of the gueuze... gonna hesitate to recommend this to customers

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kings Row Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the blend of the two styles is a bit muddled.

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Photo of Getalegup
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What a confusing mix of styles. it both sweet like a triple and sour/tart like a gueze, no one at the share liked it, maybe needs more for Brett to take over?

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprise pour at a bottle shop in Brussels.

Clear golden with a humongous white head that leaves some great lacing.
The aroma of the this is a nice mix of the two styles. A very fruity nose. Apple and hay. Sweet. It tastes a little tart. It is light bodied and carbonated. Seems a little thin.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gouden Carolus goblet at Local Option.

Review #2700. Finally getting around to trying this intriguing blend. It pours a hazy lemon-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises tart lemon zest, light lemon rind, very light vinegar, coriander, and light cracked wheat. The taste brings in more of the same, with some light black pepper, light clove, and banana peel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, this is some solid stuff, but the characteristics that would normally define the two constituent parts get kind of swallowed up by each other. In other words, there's little in the way of tripel, there's little in the way of lambic, and the result, though enjoyable, seems to fall short of expectations for such a blend.

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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying Vicardin I was skeptical about a new "tripel gueuze" blend, but this one is a definite improvement.

Saturated golden orange pour, lacy collar of white foam in the glass, a sizable head of foam when poured or swirled.

A bit of dusty candy sweetness in the aroma, slight lambic funkiness, wet hay from Brett yeast.

Pleasantly tart upfront, lemon and vanilla descending into the clove and esters of the base tripel. Finishes dry and thankfully not sweet and boozy like many tripels. Somewhat creamy and zesty feel, moderate carbonation. Still the flavor leaves something to be desired, though the blend is a unique one. Worth trying if the idea appeals to you.

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Photo of Jonada
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. No freshness date. Served in a goblet

Appearance: Pours a dark orange color with a finger of a white head that settles into a thin coating. Body is extremely hazy.

Smell: Red apple, clove, lemon, brett funkiness, spicy yeast.

Taste: Some light lemon sourness upfront along with some funk and hay. This is followed by more traditional tripel notes of clove, apple/pear, fruity esters and a light peppery yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, with high carbonation. Finishes dry with a light lingering bitterness.

Overall: Interesting stuff. Still mostly a tripel, but the lambic does impart some light funk and sourness which adds some additional complexity. Worth a try, but nothing mind blowing.

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Photo of corby112
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a separate beer from Vicaris Tripel. It's a blend of Vicaris Tripel and Boon lambic. Served on draft at City Tap House in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a one finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Interesting aroma with characterisitcs of both styles. Musty barnyard presence and lactic funk coutered by bready yeast, estery fruit notes, peppery spic and sweet alcohol. Some oak, hay and fain horseblanket followed by citrus peel, coriander, apple and pear. Has more of a tripel presence but the lambic/gueuze elements are in there as well.

Medium bodied with again, a balance of tripel and lambic flavors. As in the aroma, the tripel seems to be the larger percent of the blend but the funk and subtle acidity of a gueuze are there. Some peppery spice up front with light fruit esters, bread and alcohol coutered by earthy and lactic funk as well as some dry oak, citrus acidity and faint acetic vinegar in the finish. Pretty well balanced and refreshing but I wish the lambic component was a stronger part of the blend.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a very nice hazy and golden color with a nice peachy slightly orangey haze. There is a pillowy medium dense white head with some chunkier bubbles in there.

Aroma starts off with some lemony zest and some tartness that subsides after some slight fruity sweetness is present. SOme slightly sugary pear and apple juice notes are perceived. There are some nice yeasty notes present with some slight funk. A couple more samplings provide more of the lactic tartness.

Flavor kicks off with citric and lemony tartness that then is complimented by a nice Tripel like clove and spice. Some nice fruity notes are present as well. Definitely some pear notes and fruity notes. The underlain tartness from the lambic is very nice and refreshing. There is some slight vinegar and zesty lemony notes. There is a nice powdery yeast note with some slight phenols for a finish. Mouthfeel is nice and fluffy with some nice carbonation.

Overall. Quite pleasant in my book. It is nice and spicy with some good clove and yeasty phenols from the Tripel all underlain by some nice refreshing tartness and zest from the lambic. Very nice and grainy and slightly funky.

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Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This blend could be either style by the look and the color. It's a well carbonated, bright, clear medium orange. On top rests a foamy, craggy but soft, sort of pillowy tan head that's just less than one finger tall. It shows good retention and leaves a mixture of both spotting and patching in pretty good quantity.
The nose is tart, fresh with a clean quality to it and just a little funk, not quite as much as in the taste. There's some zest and a gently peppery note. Also mingling is a soft, dusty earthiness and very, very light flowery hops bitterness.
The flavor really showcases the major elements of both tripel and gueze, well-meshed but no element really taking over. Belgian yeast is there but not very strongly, giving more earthy/dusty with a little candi sugar sweetness than anything. The gueze brings out just a little vinegar, must and tartness. It really blends well, not coming on too strong but not failing to give plenty of flavor.
The feel leans toward the gueze initially, a little on the dry side, before the malts and sugars bring out some sweetness on the palate. Crispness is steady and it's smooth all the way through in a medium body.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty interesting blend of Tripel and Geuze - I found the Tripel character to predominate, with a lot of the yeastiness I associate with a Tripel. I didn't find this beer tart; I'd say the Geuze showed up as a bit of funkiness, in a very nice way. Definitely worth a try if you see it.

On tap at Red Papaya, Seattle. Paired well with Vietnamese food.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big esters in aroma, with a touch of must. Pear, green apple, and floral notes are countered by lactic tartness and barnyard.

Flavor is a similar blend, with the sourness hitting initially, then giving way to a malty breadcrust backbone, finishing a touch peppery and dry. There's a little pepto funk in aftertaste. I wish the sourness would linger. Pretty hot.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With the scent of funk but the flavor of tripel ale, the Vicaris Tripel bridges the gap in styles with tethers of fruity-sweet, sourish, spicy and earthen perfume.

Underneath its fluffy, fluid froth, the hazy golden ale streams with carbonation, releasing the pungent scent of saddle leather, horse blanket, musty damp basement and abbey wash-rind cheese. Underneath the funk lives a candied sweet taste of soft powdered sugar and fresh angel food cake.

The rise of fruit and spice upon the middle palate both balance and complement the malty-sweet center with soft clove, white pepper and vanilla. Yet its deeply woven esters of lemon, apple and white grape pull the sweetness forward and await its funky retort. With trailing vinous spice comes the aspects of weathered oak, balsa, cork rot and a mellow sweaty brine.

Though medium bodied, the sweetness registers heavier even though the dry sourness suggests something lighter and much more arid. Yet its the earthy undercurrent of funk that returns through the aftertaste and echoes with soil and cellar.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. Poured into a flared Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body pours a sunny golden orange with hints of amber and and straw. Atop the body sits a one-finger head of soapy white foam. The head dissipates after a minute or so, leaving a thin rim of foam around the edge of the glass and no lacing or film to speak of. Swirling coaxes out hints of a decent amount of carbonation, which also vanishes after a few moments.

Smell - Some faint tart funk along with a fruity phenolic spicy element from the Belgian yeast in the tripel. I honestly expected there to be more suggestion of sourness, given that this is half Boon lambic. There is also a bit of sweetness to the smell that defies the more acidic elements you might expect from the lambic. The fruit brings to mind notes of lemon zest and and pear.

Taste - An interesting blend of traditional tripel and lambic elements. Bright and just a hint of tart that provides an essence of ripe green apple and peach cobbler, along with a bready, sweet underlying element from the yeast and alcohol. No heat to speak of, but this is only a 7% beer, so that is to be expected. On the finish, there is just a hint of wet hay, but for the most part, this strikes me as a tripel with funky leanings. I can't help but wonder if the blend would benefit from a higher percentage of the lambic.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and low-moderate carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet with no bitter aftertaste. Very easy drinking with a slightly juicy element.

Overall, an interesting beer, and good, but probably one I'm more than satisfied having the one glass. Good thing too, as the keg was killed while I was here tonight. Not sure when I'll see it again, in bottle or on tap.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy golden color with. Nice white he'd nd good lacing

S-fruit, lemon, bready malt, yeast, little spice

T-bready malt, yeast, lemon, light pineapple, pepper, slight tartness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and tart

O-interesting beer, both styles notable here,but doesn't completely work for me

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Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, nearly opaque orange brew beneath a thin (1/2 finger) fizzy white head which quickly fades. Small lines of lacing.

Immediate tart notes in the nose, with a backing of Belgian yeast. There's a dry, champagne-like quality mixed with a light citrus smell that one expects of a Tripel. Definite Gueze-like funkiness, as well. Intriguing aroma, very complex.

Slightly sour and funky up front, while the Tripel brings up the rear with Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Soft fruit notes: pear, banana, lemon.

Pretty big sting to this beer, and a pretty full feel overall. Not too easy to savor this one in the mouth for long. Sticky resiliency.

This is an interesting blend of styles that seem fairly complementary. It doesn't make for the best of either world, though. It's worth a try, and it's certainly interesting, but if I'm in the mood for a Tripel, I'm going to grab a traditional Tripel.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice.

A: Dull, hazy golden color. Three fingers of rocky white head retain nicely. Scraggly and spotty lacing.

S: Soft grainy scent. Green apple skin tartness. Slight must. Doughy. Peppery spice and clove become more predominant as it warms.

T: Acidic sour tastes. Strong lemon. Green apple. Musty. The sour kick softens and subsides as the tripel part of the blend begins to take over. Lots of pear. Pepper and clove phenols. Yeasty. Doughy malt base. Pineapple and tropical esters. The finish is a bit dull and faintly sour with fading tastes of yeast and phenol spice.

M: Medium bodied. Full and very chewy. Moderate scrubbing carbonation. Great texture.

O: More innovation on the Belgian front results in an interesting blend. Nicely drinkable and refreshing. I'm really digging the mouthfeel.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 6/8/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, sour apple, grape, lemon, raisin, clove, pepper, hay, grass, oak, light leather, funk, honey, candi sugar, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of the Tripel/Gueuze counterparts with nice complexity of yeast esters and moderate malt balance. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, raisin, pepper, clove, hay, grass, honey, candi sugar, light funk, light oak, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. A bit of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, clove, pepper, light funk, honey, candi sugar, light vinegar, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of Belgian/wild yeast esters; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice take on a blended style. Very nice overall balance of both styles with good complexity; very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I first saw this I thought "Their tripel must not have been very good if they had to cut it with Girardin. Why buy this when I can just buy the Girardin?" Then I heard it was good and I was intrigued so I plopped down the $16 for a bottle. Golden color with a very creamy head. Aroma is muted gueuze instantly and then a bit of sweetness. It was musty and right away I was expecting good things. Flavor was this weird melange of gueuze and tripel. I'd taste a hint of sour and funk and then a sweet tripel like flavor, dry finish, creamy mouth feel. Overall a very intriguing yet odd beer. I would not buy this again but for a gueuze fan its worth a single bottle. If I were Vicaris I would also make note that the beer contains Girardin gueuze on the label, that is a great selling point.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml stubby bottle, my first (I think) blend of these two particular styles.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some impressively original basalt column lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of sour, acidic apple and cherry must, grainy, semi-sweet pale malt, a bit of candy sugar, softly funky yeast, and some mild earthy hops. The taste is moderated, tart blended table fruit, more sweet grainy malt, a further weakened wild funkiness, a bit of astringent wood fibre, and some grassy, alfalfa-like notes.

The carbonation is a bit heavy on the frothy and prickly side, the body just on the low side of medium weight, and equitably smooth. It finishes seemingly on the sweet side, that tripel sugary character quickly tempered by some waning tart apple and pear fruitiness, and attendant musty, funky yeast.

A clear mixing of the most obvious elements of these two styles. I believe that the whole is better than the sum of the parts here, as the tripel's sugary essence is softened by the tart funkiness of the gueuze. Good stuff.

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Vicaris Tripel Gueuze from Brouwerij Dilewyns
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.