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Vicaris Tripel Gueuze - Brouwerij Dilewyns

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87
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 212
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,449 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of Muhly
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle into a snifter. Best before date of may 2015.

A-deep gold wih yellow highlights. Pours with a ton of white foamy head. Retention isn't spectacular, but skiff sticks around while drinking it down. Lacing is nice and creates jagged lines on the side of the glass.

S-light malts with fruity apple and raisin. A touch of Belgian yeast funk is present.

T-mildly bread-like flavours give way to sweet apples and other fruit esters. Just a suggestion of tart sourness finishes the quaff.

M-effervescent with a goodly amount of carbonation. A medium body.

O-a very good tripel with a touch of added sourness from the gueuze. Probably won't satisfy someone looking for a true sour beer, but it is certainly satisfying in its own right. There are probably better tripels out there for less money, so this may be a one time thing for me. (856 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of JoanS
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,137 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (675 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +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. (774 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +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 (844 characters)

Photo of harrymel
2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,200 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,128 characters)

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