Vicaris Tripel | Brouwerij Dilewyns

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Vicaris TripelVicaris Tripel

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Brouwerij Dilewyns

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 83
Photo of Zorro
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed gold colored ale with a big white colored head.

Smells sweet with the scent of apples cinnamon. Sweet with a peach scent. Scent of sandalwood and cork.

Starts out sweet and fruity with a caramel after taste. Taste of apples and peaches. Mildly woody not a lot of coriander. Honey malt taste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall good but don't pay a lot for it.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color, with some floaties. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Belgian yeast nose and flavor is fruity, slightly sweet and smooth. Higher ABV is hidden. $8.45 for a 330ml bottle at Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH

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Photo of stevoj
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

An average tripel, nice to look at and taste, but nothing exceptional about it. Hazy golden body with creamy white head. Smells slightly sour,hoppy. Taste is light malt. Overall mouthfeel is creamy. Not too bad....

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Photo of Bierman9
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at cafe Gollem in Antwerp on 30SEP15. The 0.33l bottle cost €3.90, and had a best-by date of 10MAR18.

Served in a chalice, it was a hazy, bright golden hue. Head was white, creamy and mousse-like, and left A-1 lacing behind. Carbo within was fine and steady. Aroma was a bit mild, with some crackery action and yeasty spiciness. Had a medium body, and was a touch light and airy on the tongue.

Flavor had lots going on. Start with some crackery, bready malt, then add some pear and green apple. A hint of clove was present, with a spicy pepper and yeast finish. Got better as it went down. Real nice, indeed! Prosit!!

4.17/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. stubby bottle. Sampled on August 4, 2015.

Hazy, heady orange pour with yeast sediments floating around the glass.

The aroma has a lovely ester of Belgian pale malts, biscuit, pear, apple, berry, coriander, and pepper.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is sweet, spicy, and fruity with a nice spicy bitterness to close it out.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy peppery notes with medium sweet malt notes is bang on style. Taste is also dominated by peppery yeast with some medium sweet Belgian malt notes and light fruity notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable beer and brew according to style.

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Photo of CardiacNP
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had it on tap,

very nice golden/yellow clear pour with a nice thick 2" whte head.

Nice aroma with shuttle floral and spice notes.

Taste was smooth, with a mild sweet, and a little hit of sour flavor.

Just beginning my enjoyment of Belgian Tripels. The 8.5% ABV is very well hidden.

A very good beer

This was a review from the summer Fall of 2012

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Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, another squat, bulbous Vogon-esque affair, with an imperious, old-world appearing label. Works for me.

This beer pours a very hazy, medium golden straw hue, with prominent dark, flaky swirling sediment, and two fingers of puffy, marshmallowy off-white head, which leaves some rocky bluffs of lace around the glass as it evenly, and smartly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, somewhat sweet pale malt, white grape juice popsicles, white pepper, a bit of sugary tropical fruit, tame, loitering yeast, a touch of thin vanilla, and soft, lulling alcohol. Quite enticing, even if I was still 10 years old. Which I'm not. Anyways, the taste is bready pale malt, of the Wonder variety, at least in terms of weight, some enhanced, concentrated white grape fruitiness, mild earthy yeast, a bit of candy sugar, ethereal earthy hops, and some well-masked warming alcohol.

The bubbles are present, but generally disposed to their support role, the body a barely medium weight, and mostly smooth, the lingering booze and yeast pips having their after the fact say. It finishes off-dry, bordering on sweet, with the fruity malt having little problem staving off those pesky yeast and warming effects.

A pleasant enough Tripel, with a fruitiness that maintains enough distractingly complex nuances to make me temporarily forget the seething, less than integrated booze. Good for a cold night's respite, I suppose, so I'll remember that when that experience returns, as they've inexplicably disappeared, for the moment, and in the middle of January at that.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 29/11/12

A bright golden orange with lots of suspended particles and a few chunks of yeast being moved around by fast streams of bubbles, a large bone white head quickly falls to a fingers width and just sorta sets up camp, there's still foam at the bottom of the glass and several partial rings of lace are left behind

S sweet candied pineapple mix well with some yeast, spice and faint bubblegum and earthy notes, some vanilla and bread work well for it and just a slight hint of booze, not the most complex triple but I'm loving the smells coming out of my glass

T more fruity notes and lots of yeast and slightly more booze, not as strong as the nose but still solid

M quickly fluffs up after entry, slightly sweet and medium bodied, has a earthy fruity finish that lingers

O I could have another of these no issues, drinkable and well priced, I loved the nose and can't complain elsewhere

I didn't know what to expect from this random offering and I'm pretty happy after the fact. I can see myself buying this again and its yet another welcome addition to the shelves here in Alberta

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Photo of Agent1
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale yellow. Great head retention. A little cloudy and a little plain in color. Again, quite pale in appearance. Yeast sediment is quite chunky and floats around in the glass. Great lacing.

Smell - Lemon, citrus, bread (sourdough), toffee/ sugar notes with a Belgian IPA hop on the nose (pungent and dry). Almost reminds me of a Belgian Pale Ale or Saison on the nose more than a Tripel.

Taste - Tart yet sweet. A nice vanilla finish with cloves, banana/ banana leaves, coriander spice and a nice use of dry hops to help balance out the sugars. This Tripel has a slight medicinal aftertaste that reminds me of Vicks cough drops. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it's there when you focus on it.

Mouthfeel - Nice, but a little thin. Buttery, velvety and a nice use of carbonation. This stimulates most areas of the mouth. Lingers for a while, which is nice.

Overall - Definitely a change as far as Tripels go. This does not seem to maintain some of the usual characteristics that most Tripels do. Quite enjoyable, and still complex. That being said, it is not amazing. Tasty and lighter-bodied. A good beer that strays from the typical Tripel. For fans of beer that pushes past normal recipes and stands out.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Hazy, golden-yellow pour into a chalice, puffy white head that retained fairly well and blanketed the glass with lacing. Sweet malts in the nose, spicy fruitcake, mild grassy funk. More of the same in the taste, a melding of sweet malts, clovey spice, musty grass, bready yeast, dried fruit. Medium body, soft carbonation, fairly well-hidden alcohol. Nice and drinkable overall.

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's tonight.

The beer pours a solid gold color with very good head retention and considereble sticky lacing all around. The nose is attractive as well, though I wish there was a bit more to it. In any event, I get some light sour funk, honey, light clove and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, this a very nice beer. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's just more of everything. The sour funk is much more prominent, but is marries well with the honey and clove I'm picking up in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the beer delivering a long, funky, slightly bitter, finish. The beer has some modest sweetness, but the sour funk, light bitterness and light spice counter it very nicely. Alcohol is noticeable, but not at all obtrusive.

Very nice beer...

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the large 750ml bottle into a tulip glass. High pitched pop off the cork when opening.

Big white rocking head on this with lots of retention out of the bottle, three fingers deep. Clump clumpy chunks of foaming lacing. Body color is an orb unfiltered glowing yellow with hints of orange. Great rising white thin bubbled carbonation coming up on the glass. Absolutley fantastic looking.

Nose is a very dry malt, almost saison brett character with a little bit of subdued pepper, and hop floral. Real neat smelling, but doesn't remind me of your typical tripel. It smells great though.

Lively carbonation and incredibly dry finish. Spritzy saison quality but with some huge mineral finishes. Borderline metallic tasting, tight gas with a light body. Malt chewyness and density is burried behind a crisp light effervescence. My tongue is practically stinging. Nice floral hop action all around too.

Overall it's a real neat beer, but maybe not what I look for in this style, but it's very impressive, I would have this again for sure, and what a looker!

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4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a tulip for $5 during happy hour. Sampled 12/1/11.

A: One finger of a whispy white, medium retention, with a lasting film and collar. The body is yellowish-gold with nice clarity, muddled only by a light haze. A fair amount of slow moving bubbles can be seen on the inside of the glass. Light lacing.

S: Malt forward as it should be. Mostly grain with some light Belgian candi sugar subtlety. Various aromas including straw, must and damp earth. A small grassy hop presence is noticeable. Yeast contributes less to the nose than most tripels, which I appreciate a lot. Only lightly fruity with banana deep in the background.

T: Very similar to the nose. The overall taste begins sweet, then dries out midpalate, and returns briefly to sweet on the finish. The dryness in the middles makes this beer less tiresome than most tripels tend to be. ABV is nowhere to be found.

M: Very good. Full bodied with medium thick texture. The effervescence is lively and crispy at first but the bubbles quit a little early, leaving a slight cloying feeling on the very back end.

O: One of the better tripels I’ve had in recent memory. I’d order again but would probably have gone with something else if I was paying full price.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brilliant Blind Pig bar in downtown Champaign, Illinois.

A thick finger of bone white froth tops a hazy golden body; good lacing and nice head duration. Good aromas, with plenty of spices (pepper, coriander) with active yeast, and loads of fruit such as pear, sour apple, and lemon.

The taste is superb, much fruitier than the nose indicates. The pear and apple are crisp, tart with some sweetness, and blend extremely well with the spicy compliment of pepper, coriander, and a hint of ginger. The yeast lends a bit of heat, and the buttered biscuit malt is a great finish; excellent.

The mouthfeel is as well, ample effervescence to allow the flavors to meld well, with just enough malt smoothness. The effervescence does not relent, nor is it obstreperous; right on as a Tripel.

Really first-rate beer, a fine surprise since I knew precious little about Brouwerij Dilewyns. Hats off not just to this beer and brewery, but also to The Blind Pig for including it and several other excellent Belgian wares in their regular Night of the Belgians.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and poured with a thin white head.
S: There are light aromas of spices in the nose along with some sourness.
T: The initial taste has flavors of biscuit and pale malts and transitions to peppery spices towards the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer has some interesting flavors and keeps your taste buds stimulated. The alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am expecting much of this one. I hope that all the stories a true.

A - This is really a perfect looking blond! A clear golden fluid with a perfect massive white head. I thinking of giving it a five for appearance, this depends on how the taste will be. You can have a good looking beer that tastes like an monkeys ass and you have beers that look like a monkeys ass and tastes like a heavenly liquor.

S - This must be the strongest pine smell I have ever experienced in a triple.

T - A fresh taste of a pine forest, light sweet and directly after that the bitter sets in, and how.

M - Medium carbonated with a bitter finish that fits the taste perfectly. When the beer warms a bit the mouth quality improves a lot. It becomes a fantastic beer-foam in your mouth.

O - This beer is going to be my standard triple on which all other triples measured. Although this triple is almost a Indian Pale Ale it didn't cross the line and it still tastes like a triple. This is a perfect triple! Certainly because Dilewyns didn't use any spices or other additives.

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Photo of taigor
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at NYC Ginger Man. From notes taken on 10-02-2011

A - Poured hazy yellow orange color with big white head that slowly dissipated leaving significant lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly grains and bready yeast with citrus zest, bananas, cloves scents.

T - Just as expected bready yeast and grains dominate the flavor with slight fruity sweetness and citrus zest. Has a slightly spicy nutmeg, peppers and cloves finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very enjoyable and smooth tripel with ABV well hidden. I would highly recommend it.

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Photo of impending
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a nearly crystal clear golden yellow, dense pure white frothy head, excellent lacing.

Aroma is upbeat light skinned yeasty fruits, apricots & pears with a phenolic note of pepper.

Taste is surprisingly low in sweetness. Very dry finish accompanied by a grape skin bitterness and minor pepper, crisp. The finish defines the brew. Well perceived alcohol. Long evolving flavor. Thin bodied mouthfeel. Warms well.

Took more sips than most to appreciate.

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Photo of CRooney5787
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a short stubby brown bottle, into a Vicaris chalet.

Pours a nice golden color with a light frothy head. Decent lacing, but expected for a tripple.

On the drier side then most, more spices then fruit.

Recommended by Rob at 't Antwerps bierhuyske

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. Pours out of a short, stubby 33cl bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is classic tripel. I get a lot of wheat, as well as some Belgian yeast, orange and lemons.

The flavor is more of the same. In addition to the wheat and some biscuit malt, I get some fruit (lemons and oranges) as well as some spicy notes (pepper). The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.76/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brown 33cl dumpy bottle, best before 19 May 2011, poured into a Westmalle chalice on the afternoon of 18 Nov 2010.

No sediment left the glass, so it looked as the brewer intended: a slightly hazey dull golden beer with a thin white covering for a head.

The aroma was of freshly baked biscuits, Scottish Shortbread actually, made with butter!

The taste was devine, sharp, crisp and flavoursome. Yeast overtones, biscuity (like the shortbread aromas) and semi-sour all at the same time. The alcohol lingering in the background giving the whole experience an extra edge. I really, really liked this beer.

Not too sure how many different Belgian tripels I've had, certainly more than 20 anyway, but this is right up there with the best. I'll be buying this again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 07/11/08, bottled three years before this date. Served lightly chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: dark golden hue, cloudy; a white, loosely-formed pillowy beer head gradually settles, on top of a moderately-carbonated body.
S: creamy and candyish pale malts upfront, laced with a mixed fruity note of lemon-syrup+apricot+tangerine peel; a mildly grassy and aromatic hint of nobles hops sustains firmly in the background, along with a slightly stinky +spicy yeastiness of bananas, coriander-seeds (+some cloves perhaps)... a good swirl brings out a raw-ish note, sharp and assertive but not uncommon to a young Belgian pale ale.
T: a bitter-orange flavour rides on a bed of creamy, bitter-sweet pale malts, followed closely with a clove-ish edge; an intensifying, spicy and fruit-estery yeastiness gradually results in a dryish and tangy-fruity palate, while the floral aftertaste of hops stays in the deep end of the palate.
M&D: softly-carbonated, refreshing on the mouthfeel, yet showing a firm body without unwanted intrusion of alc. warmth--this 8.5%abv. Tripel is a well-crafted beer, very approachable, balanced, nice. But the overall impression smacks more of a Pale Ale than a Tripel to me...
P.S. Credit goes to Rich (RichLightweight) who kindly recommended this beer to me at the Nelson Wines beer shop, South Wimbledon.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB 18-08-08 bottled 3 years before. Good and staying head leaving laces. Very pale and opalizing beer is IMO litle off for a tripel. Nose is alcoholic, lots of orange peals and only pale maltyness. Taste is dry and bitter, not much body, alcoholic and that in a juice with orange peals and koreander. Aftertaste is bitter and alcoholic. IMO quiet empty for a tripel as it also shows it's weakness in mouthfeel. Good carbonisation aswell as a clean bitter palate. Just missing some good munichmalts or candy and maybe overdone with the oranges. Further quiet enjoyable.

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Vicaris Tripel from Brouwerij Dilewyns
3.98 out of 5 based on 83 ratings.
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