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Vicardin | Brouwerij Dilewyns

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Brouwerij Dilewyns

Style: Gueuze

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tripel / Gueuze Hybrid

Added by stcules on 08-16-2007

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5/5  rDev +37%

Photo of roblowther
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, arrives dusty in a shipment from BelgianShop. Best before 26/3/12. Pours a cloudy tan/gold in color with a frothy white head that is setting up to lace like an old woman from Bruges. The sour apricot smell is evident immediately upon the pour, I don't have to get near it. Doing so, however, brings out more citrus, hay, and chocolate. This is literally making my mouth water. The taste is freakin fantastic. Just as the smell advertises, much more mellow than I imagined. Sour fruit, dried hay, sort of a mild chocolate and nutmeg thing going on, something that dings the "champagne" bell in my head, a dry finish and a very balanced, very smooth, very nice beer. Wow. Pale Ale, tripel-gueze, whatever it is I wish I had ordered a case of this stuff. It is sharply carbonated, with an overall silkiness that holds it together and leads to the kick-a lacing. Seriously. I don't know if it is the obvious aging on this sample, what this style really is, or how much they brewed but get thee hence and get some. You'll thank me. You can repay me in Vicardin.

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Photo of pknyc
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of flagmantho
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze. Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip. I love tripels and I love gueuzes, so my hopes are high for this one!

Appearance: light gold hue with a bit of a haze and a huge, active effervescence. Head pours three fingers of frothy white foam with decent retention and a nice lace. Attractive!

Smell: sour, funky component from the gueuze and sweet, malty aroma with a little bit of pear and chalk from the tripel. My favorite components of each style, coming together beautifully. I love it.

Taste: a little tartness right up front quickly subsides into a lightly sweet, lightly funky brew. After a few sips, the sourness stays with you while the sweet malt keeps you coming back for more. I am really, really enjoying this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a big carbonation and a very nice creaminess. Good!

Overall: this beer has some mixed reviews on this website, but I personally love it. If it were a little bit easier to find -- not to mention not so expensive -- I would love to have this on a regular basis. Kudos!

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Photo of sketchpunx
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Bier Temple Brussels. Pours a copper gold hue into a flute glass with a two finger white fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a centimeter of foam and nice lacing. Smell is straw-ish and geueze like. Taste is bitter and champagne like. Musty, with nice lambic flavors but hoppier and with a lingering bitterness. Not as spritzy and lively as a pure lambic, but very dry on the palate. Not exceedingly drinkable but a great sipper. Very Special!

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of socon67
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour is a light orange color. Minimal lacing, and a thin white foam that is not retained.

S - Smells like honey and quite sweet. Notes of belgian yeast are evident. Has a slight musty smell.

T - Has a slight tartness that is offset by the taste of fresh bread. I find the toning down on the sourness is really nice.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, and doesn't dominate with the sour flavor.

O - Kinda like this one. A really good gateway to the world of belgian sours. The blend might take a bit from both styles but I find it very enjoyable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's
Hazy light golden color with a smallish white head. Slightly tart with a solid honey and light sugary malt base. This blend is interesting and it works quite well for my tastes.

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Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to the label, this ale is a blend of Vicaris Triple and Giradin Geuze. The idea itself already sounds very intriguing. Now is the time to see whether it tastes as nice as the sound of the concept... BB 03/04/2010, served lightly chilled in a tulip-shaped wine glass.

A: a mildly carbonated, translucent amber body carries a pillowy off-white froth, lasting well and slowly retreating to a thin blanket.
S: very interesting, exactly like the blend of geuze and a triple - the tart-zesty and funky edges of geuze seems to underline the sweet bready malts and fruit-esters of the triple, but these two are intertwined in a harmony rather than sit in contrast; simultaneously the white-peppery and coriander-like spicy touch of yeastiness and the orangey hoppy note lurk in the background. Overall, very soothing and enjoyable for my preference...
T: bitter grapefruits and the funky edge of geuze dominate the foretaste, with a deepening bitter impact caused by the lemony tartness as well as the wet-woodiness; gradually a delicate malt-sweetness, faint coriander- and salty-bitter spices from apparently the triple sneak through the assertive geuze them, then all elements settle in a semi-dry, woody and tannic bitter finish.
M&D: the tart and tannic edge of geuze on top of light effervescence helps retain a very refreshing and surprisingly clean palate, while the mixed flavour of triple and geuze also ensures a lighter body that is fit for a thirst-quenching ale. All in all, this bottle is a very intriguing experiment, and a quite successful one I must say!

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Rattle N Hum bar in Manhattan's Midtown area. I'm not sure why this is called a Gueuze. It was called a tripel at the bar and certainly was much more like a Tripel. In either case it was very good.

Color was a very light straw with a very active head and lots of good lacing left behind.

Aroma was quite esthery with a good malty back. Malt aroma was a little drier, more crackery than dark fruit.

Flavor was very interesting balance among the yeast and malt with a little bit of sourness, but certainly not gueuze-sour.

Whatever you call this beer, it was very good and I would highly recommend it if you can find it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some fruity, acidic, yeast, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with an emphasis on the gueuze flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink but the gueuze overpowers the tripel in both the aroma and flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Cubatobaco
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of KristofH
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of impending
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Trappist. Served in a flute, fairly clear amber yellow, white head, ok lacing.

Aroma has a unique complexity, the yeasty sweetness of a classic fruity tripel and funky brett, earth and hay.

Taste too carries the complexity forward. The Dilewyns tripel is the lion share of the flavor, apricots. The Girardin gueuze adds a tartness, just a minor sour but a clear old dirt brett contribution. Finishes fairly dry, aftertaste is of the gueuze. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard for a confirmed sour hater to do this beer justice, but here goes anyway.

On tap at max's tonight.

The bveer pours a solid gold color with light lacing and fairly decent head retention. The nose is about what I would expect, but honestly, it's not nearly as over the top as I was expecting. In any event, I get some light sour funk, something of a soap aroma, and some wood. This smells as if it will be a fairly dry gueuze. On the palate... is this really a gueuze? I'm not disgusted at all by this beer, and find it to be pretty tasty actually. There's some light sour in the beer, but I also get some honey, light vanilla and a hint of clove. Damn, but this is easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with some drying bitterness on the moderately long finish. Alcohol is barely an afterthought in this easy to enjoy beer.

Not bad at all...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/01/12 notes. On tap at Spuyten Dyvil during Zwanze day; 6 oz. pour into a mini-snifter, believe this is blended with a Girardin gueuze.

a - Pours a hazy orange-yellow color with one inch of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of funk, cheese, bready malts, earthy notes, dirt, lightly floral. Nice nose; no fruit or sourness but the funk is good.

t - Tastes of light funk, earthy notes, hay, dirt, caramel malts, and some lightly sweet fruit. Taste is not as funky as the nose; a step down for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent beer but compared to the other gueuzes on tap, this one didn't stack up. Some nice funk in the nose but the taste is sweeter and milder. Would have it again but not my favorite gueuze.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 09/04/11; Sampled July 2010 at Chez Moeder Lambic Saint-Gilles
The beer pours with a brilliantly clear, rich gold color and is topped by a frothy, two-finger thick, pale tan colored head in this chalice glass. The aroma smells of a musty, funky mix of ripe cheese, musky sweat and pale malt. This has the funk of a Lambic and the sweet pale malt aromatics of a Tripel; it is definitely an interesting mix of aromatics. There is a musky foot character to this beer that is quite distinct at times and as the beer warms a hay like and big biscuit-like aroma joins the sweet pale malt character.

The beer tastes sour / tart up front, but finishes with a sweet malt character; though this is really a dry beer overall. It has a nice carbonation to it, but remains creamy textured; it is light for a Tripel, though, as one might expect, it is full bodied for a Lambic / Gueuze. The finish has a touch of almost wheat like grain / hay flavors to it as well as a sort of fermented orange juice like flavor (this really does seem to have some orange zest like flavors to it).

This is an interesting blend; it is really nice to try, but I am pretty sure I would prefer either an authentic Gueuze or Tripel over this in the end. Somehow this seems almost too well balanced between the Tripel and the Gueuze character.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Jwale73
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip at the Brick Store. Pours a lovely golden orange with a hazy clarity and a dense, 2.5 inch cream-colored head. Head eventually settles into a bullseye dollop with some froth around the edges. Concentric bands of textured lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly subdued - citrus rind, belgian yeast, a hint of caramel, vinegar and an orangey/mimosa-esque character. The flavors on this beer are definitely interesting - light pit fruits (peach/apricot), yeast, subtle toasted malts and wheat. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation and some acidity/astringency. BA classifies this beer as a gueuze. In that regard, this beer falls short; however, the description on the menu was of a gueuze/tripel blend, which I found to be spot on. This beer is an interesting montage of malty, tart and fruity and is worth trying, but don't expect a gueuze. Well worth your time if you have the opportunity to try this beer.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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