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Vicaris Tripel Gueuze - Brouwerij Dilewyns

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 217
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 24.16%
Wants: 9
Gots: 24 | 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 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 StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been waiting awhile to try this, maybe the price tag has kept me from it. also not sure what to expect from the style, an uncommon blend to say the least. pale blonde beer, honey hued, heady ad clean, white dressed lace, looking real good. the nose on it is more tripel than lambic, with a rounder body for its looks, a vein of sweetness running through it, and the classic belgian fruity ester aroma, albeit rather soft and delicate. the lambic part is real subtle, just a hint of that oaky lactic funk, less sourness or real old world wheat malt base, elegant. the flavor is as danced as the nose, with much more of the lambic in the finish, the acidity cuts the sweetness of the tripel perfectly, and a harmonious balance is found about mid palate. carbonation is awesomely bright, refreshing as they come, and the lack of super heavy belgian yeast in here makes it a little more tidy to drink. also, the lack of real strong tripel norm alcohol content makes this a bit more drinkable too, too easy in fact. as a sour or wild ale, this leave a little to be desired on a bacterial level, but as a beer, especially as a unique one, its wholly satisfying. i wish it cost about 5 bucks less a bottle, but i certainly appreciate the process and the blending here. expertly done.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey DC.

A minimal sized collar is presented but a generous fill. Collar is a bit soapy white, but sits on a pale orange to peach colored body. Almost orb glowing, and while drinking leaves a lot of speckled lacing.

Bouquet is interesting. Slightly floral, a bit of lemon and mild funk. Nothing real acidic, just a tou ch with some herbal green sensations. Nothing too sweet, and not to sour either.

First sip is real mellow and juicy. For a tripel there's not much dense malt here, but some lemon fruitness and some of the sucrose kicks in. It's wonderfully balanced and accented with some funky juicy qualities, that go into tropical mango and peach fruit flavors and aromas. There's some slight white pepper that matches the funk on the finish as well, and there's an almost light lambic drinking feel and champagne crisp dryness to this also.

Overall, a very unique creation even for the Belgian realm, real memorable too.

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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 Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Vicaris Triple Gueuze

LOOK: Golden yellow, with a white head and spotty lacing. Perfect clarity, with many fine carbonated bubbles rising to the surface.

SMELL: Sour smelling beer with some grainy malt and candy sugar.

TASTE: Funky sour, fairly strong and farmhouse like. Notes of lemon rind, candi sugar hay and wheat. Some soft alcohol works well with a very dry oak. More like a Gueuze than a tripel; plenty sour,which is encouraged in anything donning that term.

FEEL: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, bone dry finish full of oaky tannins.

OVERALL: This is a quality offering. The sour is good and the flavor is long lasting. A pretty good blend of a Gueuze and a triplel.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Misty shiny golden with a full finger white head, recedeing slowly and messy to a long-lasting frothy floating cap.
Gueuze strong on the nose, works like an upgrade to the usual tripel fruitiness, with cider apples, slightly fermented pears, quince, white grape wine, some funky damp woody notes, bit of hay, peach, sweet freshly juiced orange. Hint of spicy yeast, really faint malt.
Taste follows the nose, with sweet and sour apples, hint of yellow cherry, crunchy pear, cheap dry white wine, some lemon juice, with a big wood barrel note up front. Light funk, with some bitter grass and dankness, and then a bit of sweetness settles on the palate, after the mild acidity dials down. Hints of sugared baked apple, with a bit of spiciness from the tripel yeasts. Dry, quite bitter finish.
Aftertaste has apple peel, white wine barrel, yeast, dried hay, faint sugars and hops. Medium body, prickly carbonation hand in hand with the nice dry feel, a few clicks south of a regular gueuze lambic, granted.
A tasty blend that worked out just fine, but hard to call it balanced. But there's something good coming out of this chaos, still.

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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 Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with a small head. Aroma is full on gueuze but not very intense. Taste is tart and balanced. Very nice combination, easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml stubby poured into tulip 9/12/12

A slight haze in a golden yellow body, loads of tiny bubbles popping up from everywhere and sustain a two finger head for ages, a few rings of lace and the foam eventually falls to an island

S great nose with some funk, hay, spicy notes, and lots of fruit, peach, pineapple, apple, and pear, some sweet dry cereal and faint earthy notes

T a little woody and more earthy notes then the nose, apple and pear are still there but less of the other fruity notes, interesting stuff

M the little bubbles are abundant but stop before getting foamy, a fruity, funky aftertaste with a little cereal

O I'm a little surprised this one hasn't gotten more love, a funky triple? pretty good idea if you ask me

slightly sour and funky with some nice fruity notes, pretty interesting and something I'd drink again

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart over ripe fruit with a hint of pineapple and malt on the nose. Pours slightly hazed gold with a touch of copper. The beer enters very creamy, fruity citrusy lemony with a hint of bread, large pitted fruit, grape and something tropical. The rich malt and fruit flavors balance the tartness. the carbonation is very fine and above average while the body is light for as big the flavors are. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a super dark-ish orange, with a very white head, about one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like honey, a bit of caramel, some white wine, spicing, and a good dosing of funk.

This one feels more like a gueuze than a tripel to me, though I've read reviews that people feel the opposite way. I guess taste is pretty subjective. There's a moderate sourness here, about a 4 or 5/10, adding a tart and slightly vinegary bite to the end. Up front, it's typical tripel sweetness, candi sugar, honey, and a bit of caramel, followed by musty hops, grass, lemon, and white wine. It's definitely an interesting blend, and you get both aspects of the blend. I don't always love tripels, so the blend here helped me enjoy it a bit more.

This one is light bodied, with a crisp and tart mouthfeel, along with a higher level of carbonation.

A really unique and interesting, and one I was glad to try.

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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 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 thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blonde and hazy with some honey tones. Rich head laces down the sample glass.

Tart apple and barnyard funk with orange and clove esters. Definitely more of a tripel nose, but with some funkiness. Missing that fat breadiness and booze one would come to expect.

Great tart lambic flavor that outweighs the breadth of a tripel. Lemon rind, orange rind, lactic tartness, mildewy funk, plantain, cider vinegar, and clove spiciness. Finishes more like a tripel, but it's upfront tart and crisp. Apple-y as it warms. Awesome hybrid ale.

Light-medium body and light-medium carbonation. Great puckery feel without it really feeling sour.

Beer #1 of 3 in the Sour Tower Takeover tasting. Not the most boisterous base tripel to use for this blend, but that's probably a good thing.

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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 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 cjgiant
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Bottle, unknown date, if any:
Pours an effervescen, lightly hazed golden. Head reduces to fairly thick coverage, lacing the glass a bit. The nose has a hint of that farmhouse hay/earthy scent, but I think the fruit shines a bit more. I get apple and pear, maybe a hint of melon. There is a bit of funkiness in the background, near the end of a good whiff.

Taste starts out carbonated, which adds a biting feel to a pear-reminiscent fruity beginning. The light farm notes are there, also, but more floral/meadow-like than earthy/farmhouse. The taste dries slightly, adding a slightly cheesy feel and funk, in the end, but the carbonation and fruit (which turns a bit tart, almost lime-like) play long into the taste.

A very enjoyable, easy drinking beer. Both styles make an appearance in the taste, quite well balanced. This is definitely something to have on the odd occasion it's available and I'm in the mood for a lighter feeling Belgian beer.

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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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Vicaris Tripel Gueuze from Brouwerij Dilewyns
87 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.