Vicaris Generaal | Brouwerij Dilewyns

Vicaris GeneraalVicaris Generaal
BA SCORE
75.7%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 103 Ratings
Vicaris GeneraalVicaris Generaal
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Dilewyns
Belgium
vicaris.be

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by paterlodie on 10-06-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,039
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
103
Liked:
78
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
11%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
11
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15
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Photo of BDIMike
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown cloudy brew. Not a lot of carbonation, but as usual for a Belgian a huge cream-colored head is created on top of the beer and sits for a long while.
Aroma does not have a lot going on. A bit of sweet sugar smell and dark candy malts.
Taste has a toned down sweetness to it. A strong malt base has a very strong toffee taste to it, make the sweet taste dominate the flavor.
Mouthfeel has a fairly thin consistency. A bit of chewiness as well.
Drinkability is good on this beer. For a beer with 8.8ABV there is not an alcohol taste at all. That makes the beer go down fairly easily.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a massively deep red-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, bread, tart, sour cherries, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, sour cherries, earth, and wood. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. There was something a little off-putting here as the aroma smelled like it was going to be sour/tart, but the flavor was very light and more earthy than anything else. This fact made it a little hard to enjoy for me but it was still drinkable. Glad I got the chance to try this one, but doubt I will go out of my way to next time.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Mar02x
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Gambrinus pub in Brugge when I was there with my wife.

A - A very dark red brown ale with a beige/off white head on top, which turns in to a layer.

S - Strong piny hops upfront and there is also caramel, citrus and yeast entering my nose.

T - This beer is light sour, is this supposed to? The body is sweet and wine like, also there are some cherries and caramel flavors noticeable. This beer is rather complex.

M - A medium carbonation, refreshing and a bitter sweet finish.

O - A nice dark ale, but I do not like the sour twist it has.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is lightly hazed reddish brown color with a 1/16” light tan head that leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass as it soon recedes.

Smell: The aroma is mostly dark caramel and dark fruits with touches of spices.

Taste: The sweetness in the flavor is more like brown sugar than caramel and there is a mélange of fruits with no particular one standing out. The yeast is clearly Belgian. Neither the hops nor the alcohol are prominent in any way.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. The finish is medium in length and shows both a bit of sweetness and some bready character, finishing with a touch of bitterness and dryness.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve enjoyed sipping my way through this one. While I don’t really think it is outstanding, my overall impression is that this is a good workman like beer that is indeed a good choice for sipping during dinner and an evening with friends.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

As the tap list indicated, this beer is a dubbel, not a Belgian strong ale.

Poured into a stem glass, a dark chestnut brown with red hues, and a luscious, creamy tan head that retained well, and left nice stratified lacing on the glass. Eye candy for sure. Caramel and toffee in the nose, scents of fruit and yeast. Taste followed the aroma, with delicious bready malts, toffee, brown sugar, cocoa, raisins and cherries, topped off with Belgian yeast and a bit of nice earthy and herbal hoppage. Medium mouthfeel, full of flavor, extremely velvety smooth, and went down easy. Very nice overall.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy dark reddish brown in color and poured with a thin beige head that left lots of lacing covering the surface.
S: Moderately strong aromas of sweet candi sugars begin to develop as the beer warms up.
T: The taste bears little resemblance to the smell and has flavors of dark fruits along with hints of yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid beer compared to others in the style; however the taste is a bit of a letdown after the impressive smell.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/19/2011 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, dark fruit, brown sugar, spices, some Belgian yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, dark fruit, caramel and some spice. There’s a hearty malt character and a mild Belgian yeast backbone. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at Map Room's 19th anniversary.

Tawny chestnut brown, opaque color, slow rising carbonation around the edges. Tan foam that leaves some nice drippy lacing. Long lasting retention.

Muted aroma, some oxidation, caramelized sugars, dark malts.

Earthy bitterness, dried cherry and currants, complex malt flavors, not much sweetness. Dry aftertaste, clean and malty, some caramel, chocolate, and dried fruit notes. Pretty easy drinking considering the abv, it's completely hidden. Smooth with mellow carbonation, medium bodied. Not especially complex, though it's pretty good. Something about this seems slightly faded due to age, but it's hard to put a finger on it.

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Photo of yapi
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I'm a sucker for good maltbombs and this is one of them. I have to be honest, I'm reviewing some 3+ year old bottles, cause they are amazing! Had some quite fresh ones that were not as good as the aged versions, but since I mainly drink the aged ones... There's a very dominant chocolate malt character to these that I find amazing, drinks very easy but can get to you very fast; very good belgian strong dark ale, a must in my collection. One of their great brews, together with the very accessible Vicardin tripel Gueuze.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish tinted dark brown with little sploches of khaki lacing. Scent is dominated by dark caramel malts, light molasses, dark fruits, moderate amounts of spice and light yeastiness. Taste is not as bold as scent but more deep and complex with brown sugar and dark fruit mixing with light spice, chocolate, bread crust and oak notes and an even faint touch of sourness. Medium bodied, lighter in carbonation. Good solid Belgian brew.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stubby brown bottle with a best by date of 10/16/11 poured into a goblet. This brew appears a clear brown with some ruby clarity through the middle when held up to the light. Some orange tints around the edges. A creamy tan head sits atop and a light swirl brings back a frothy finger.

The smell is dark and fruity reminiscent of the dopplebock style. Quite a bit of maltiness included in the aroma that comes across nutty and a bit earthy. Some sweet smelling indications of toffee meets caramel. Some hops and alcohol evolve as this brew warms with a floral note.

The taste is earthy with a nutty to toasted grain flavoring. Toffee and caramel provide a base sweetness with a contrasting amount of earthy to herbal hop character. There is a light oxidized aspect imparting a faint touch of cardboard across the back.

This is a medium bodies brew with a modest level of carbonation. Well integrated abv across the board. Some fruity alcohol character gets more noticeable as the beer warms up. Certainly a unique offering that is worth a try.

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Photo of impending
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A

33cl into a tulip. Pours a deep garnet chestnut, dense mocha colored head is slow to subside, nice lacing.

Aroma reaches from the bottle, sweet dark fruits that are soft and turning. A rich red wine was spilt upon the fruit. Superb

Complexity follows with the flavor. Fairly sweet, near zero bitter, finishes surprisingly slightly dry. No hint of alcohol. Long lasting pleasant aftertaste. Warms well. Full bodied mouthfeel.
Quadish
cheers
jd

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Photo of CaptainPiret
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brown appearance takes on a deep maroon -- with a slight orange tint -- when held to the light. Thick head that was still very present several minutes after it hit the glass.

The sweetness of the initial smell gave way to grains and some chocolate pretty quickly.

The taste -- wow, what complexity. I got impressions of 4-5 flavors immediately. Everything from very slight sourness, to some oak, a taste of cinnamon, chocolate, and a touch of bitterness at the end.

I got a lot of carbonation in the mouthfeel, adding to the richness of the flavor.

Drinkability is pretty high -- it doesn't feel heavy, and while the flavors are abundant, they don't overpower.

Overall, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dumpy 33cl brown bottle (best before 8th Apr 2011) poured into a Westmalle chalice on 23 Oct 2010. Some of the sediment got into the glass but it still looked good, ruby red body with an off-white head, a bit thin but still a complete covering throughout the tasting.

The aroma was a mild malty molasses mix with toffee and chocolate coming through, but not an 'in your face' sweet, sickly smell.

Interesting taste, malts dominate, semi-sweet like the aroma but with more coffee and chocolate than the toffee mentioned earlier. Not too sure where the alcohol is being hidden because this isn't a thick or heavy beer. It doesn't even seem to appear as the mouth dries and the hop content leaves a slightly bitter dark chocolate aftertaste in the mouth.

A very drinkable brew although I'm sure the alcohol would come back and get you in the end if you had more than a couple.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at De Kelk in Brugge, poured into a Generaal glass as a freebie from the owner (Jeroen). It was dark brown color with enough foam to threaten take-over of the rim. The aroma was inviting, mostly malt-related aromas like lightly roasted caramel. Maybe it was a little one dimensional in the maltiness but I was pretty happy with it. The taste was the same, kind of simple in it's sweetness. I should question my tastes because there were plenty of Belgians enjoying the hell out of this beer, and I have to believe these people can recognize a fine malt beverage. More likely I had already had too many beers for the night, so I'll gladly revisit this if I can ever find it again.

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Photo of tubaguy
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(poured into a chalice from the bottle) Appearance is a dark, caramel brown. When held up to the light a dark orange hue, like the last seconds of a sunset before nightfall. Smells like fruit, chocolate, pepper and sugar. Some lacing. Small head remained throughout. Great carbonation. Taste is exceptional with a complexity that rivals westvleteren. Damn, this tastes good! Like drinking a rich piece of black forrest cake with a spicy kick at the end. Just the right amount of hops. Slight warming sensation from the alcohol. Very well-balanced. A bit chewy on the mouthfeel. Great sipping beer. I'd tried to make this last but it was difficult! My favorite new discovery I brought back from Belgium. My only regret is I didn't buy more. One of the top 10 best beers I've ever had.

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Vicaris Generaal from Brouwerij Dilewyns
Beer rating: 75.7% out of 100 with 103 ratings
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