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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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

Photo of stcules
2.53/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's a mixture of belgian ale (I think tripel) and lambic Girardin.
Deep golden color, almost amber. A beautiful white head, quite creamy.
Fruity smell, with peach notes. Malty background. If you know it, some very very light lambic notes.
At the taste the lambic is more evident, and it mix quite well with the malty and fruity notes of the tripel, too.
But, in the end, not so interesting.
Decent, drinkable, nothing really more.
Some bigger expectation here.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from an overseas shop. This is currently #35 on the top gueuze list. Served in a Grote Dorst mini gueuze tumbler.

Pours a fairly-cloudy yellow color with a thick white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Good retention, as a nice cap sits throughout. Far too hazy, however.

The nose carries some banana-like esters with some clovey phenolics. Some light pilsner malt in the background. Nothing really coming from the gueuze portion of this beer.

The flavor has a bit of bitter dryness and a fair amount of peppery spice. Light fruity notes are there as well. Some alcohol in the background. I'm really still struggling to see the gueuze component of this brew; it tastes like an average tripel.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a bitterness to the finish that is a bit off. Moderate alcohol presence.

Overall, not a huge fan of this one. I would not revisit this beer.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.72/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle from '09, poured into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to JAHMUR for sharing this truly obscure "Gueuze" tick.

A: Clear pale amber body with a solid finger of fine white head. Ok retention, great lace. Very nice.

S: Old Tripel. Very malt, rather cidery, and a bit musty. Not good.

T: Follows the nose, with a little bit of herbalness on the finish that tries to distract from the overly sweet malt. No trace of the Girardin component, sadly.

M: Soft, effervescent, and medium-bodied. Ok.

O: As this is listed as a Gueuze, I considered marking it down even further. It tasted nothing like a Lambic, everything like a mediocre Tripel. Not really worth seeking out for its own sake, although as I'm a bit of a Gueuze completist I was thrilled to get to tick it.


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Photo of oline73
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Phenom
2.76/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: nice lighter color, cloudy, decent lacing

S: fruitiness and esters of the tripel come through much more than the gueuze on the nose. A Hint of grass and sourness but not as much as I was hoping for.

T: tripel dominates up front but about halfway through a sip the sourness and bretty barnyard flavors kick in. An interesting combo but not one that is very palate pleasing or delicious.

M: somewhere between the fuller mouthfeel of a luscious tripel and the effervescent lightness of a good gueuze. The result is a muddle that will probably not please fans of either style

O: an interesting experiment, but not one I will be seeking out again. Stick to examples of the individual styles.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Hopleaf in a tulip.

Appearance: The appearance is a hazy dark tangerine color with a more orange hue in the center. A frothy off-white head is moderate in size and lightly laces the glass.

Smell: The aroma is rather mild, lacking much of a strong sweet tripel or tart gueuze aroma. Instead, I get a fair amount of grassy and hay notes, some soft biscuity malt, and and a hint of lemon. A soft pungent note rests in the background.

Taste: The flavor seems to lack a direction, with the two blended styles more canceling each other out than complementing each other well. There is a soft honey sweetness, some grassy and hay notes going along with a moderate malty front. Some green apple and lemon zest coalesce with the tart middle, and the finish has a dry, lightly funky, grassy bitter, champagne like finish.

Mouthfeel: This is the area that I like least about this beer. The light, crisp tart flavors of a gueuze work well with the lighter body. Tripels work well with a fuller body and creamy carbonation. By making the body have a light to medium body with a carbonation that gets lost between creamy and crisp, it is just too hard to figure out what it wants to be. The sweetness and tartness create an oddly dry body that I don't care for that much.

Overall: This is kind of an unfortunate amalgamation of two of my favorite styles. Instead of forming some brilliant combination of sweet, Belgian spice, and tart, it fruitlessly pulls equally hard in too many directions, resulting in a beer that doesn't have much of anything interesting going on.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared by Thorpe, thanks.

Beer is yellow with a haze, low head, no retention or lacing.

Beer smells like lactic with a mild acetic / funk note at the end, mild barrel character

beer is light in body and easy drinking, the sourness is light though and this is not a very good gueuze or a very good tripel. Oops. Not a repeat for me.

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Photo of jburchett
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of beef13
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


An amber body, fairly clear, with a good amount of visible carbonation. A bubbly white cap rises and falls pretty quick, but leaves behind some good lacing.

The aroma is a mix of sweet and tart, bordering on cider. Some apple skins, tartness, musty, and a bit of a cracker like malt backbone.

The flavor profile is exactly what you think when you try to imagine a gueuze/tripel blend. It has some salt and tartness from the gueuze and prickly, lightly hopped tripel. Some apple skins, dry wood, vinegar, orange peel, and herbs.

Dry and astringent mouthfeel. Medium body.

This was more of an average tripel with a unique twist. Nothing overly special, just a unique combination.

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Photo of Agold
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice big white fluffy head. Mildly hazy golden color. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued. Some spicy character, some nice funk, but really not special. Flavor is nicer, more funk, citrus rind, not enough tartness. There is almost a saison like character to this beer which adds a nice spice. Mouthfeel has good carbonation, but could be a bit lighter and more lively.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of March 2012, so officially past it's best. However, as it's some sort of gueuze/tripel blend, I imagine it can stand a bit of aging. The rear label says that it was bottled 3 years prior to the BB date (I think - my Dutch isn't great). Purchased randomly from a Belgian webshop. Sounds bizarre; time to find out....

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A hazy orange-amber hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of complex fruitiness with a musty sour hint. Notes of fermented grapes, orange peel, cloves, cinnamon, fruity yeast esters, slight leather and a whiff of booze in the background. Rather dry and earthy, with a hint of vinegar. Plenty going on and more beery than a regular gueuze. More than anything it reminds me of mulled wine - fruit and spice. Weird.

Tastes of tart, indistinct fruitiness with a dry, acidic finish. Notes of sour grapes, tart apples, vinegar, lactic acid, wood, earthy yeast esters, faint orange peel and hints of spice. Dry and astringent, with a warm alcoholic twang upon swallowing. In short, it's a strange, vinous mess. Mouthfeel is dry and sour, with tingly carbonation and decent body. Strips the palate. Aftertaste of tart cidery notes and yeast.

If there were awards for oddball beers, this would certainly be a contender. The aroma has a fruity, spicy complexity that bodes well, but is let down by the messy flavour. It has a wine-like quality that is much more fruity than a typical gueuze (which I would expect to be dry and lemony). From the taste it's hard to pinpoint what this is supposed to be: a 'beery' lambic? A sour tripel? It seems to shoot for too many targets and misses them all. An interesting effort, certainly, but it lacks purpose. I'm glad I had the chance to try it but this is probably a first and last time for me.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed golden orange with a white head. A very musty aroma to this, damp oak, funk, and barnyard. A touch of sweet banana and bubblegum, sweet sugar, straw, and yeast. All over the place. The flavor is just as disjointed. Musty funk, barnyard, straw, and some oak to go with the sweetness of the tripel. Banana, bubblegum, and a hint of cotton candy. Light citrus and some mild tartness.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of light tart notes mix with some bland Belgian ale is interesting though not as powerful as I was expecting considering some Girardin had been used to assemble this beer. Taste is also a very refreshing mix between some tart and sour notes with light green apples notes and some typical Belgian ale malt backbone. Body is fuller then average with limited filtration and great carbonation. Well mix overall with a refreshing taste though I was expecting a bit more from the lambic.

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Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle labeled as Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze, described as a blend of Bicaris Tripel and Boon lambic on RB.

This beer pours a light bodied and crystal clear polished bright gold in color with a frothy two finger bright white head. The nose is light and yeasty with a definitive Tripel backbone. It does have some slight Brett but definitely is short in the lambic department. It is slightly lemony however. The flavors are very light and feature typical Belgian yeast with a slight lemon zest aspect, perhaps lemongrass, and a very light tartness. It's ok, just isn't really dominant in one phase or another. The lemon grass does increase as it warms. This one is alright, not worth $18.99 but it's drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In true artisinal Belgian fashion, it's not only the brewers who are credited for the quality of beer, but the blenders as well. The woven Vicaris Triple and Giradin Geuze create a wonderment of flavors that both temper the intesely tart Gueuze, but also add a heady dosing of complexity to the sweeter Tripel.

Pouring a rich golden color with copper shaddows, the beer takes on a somewhat orange hued appearance. Mildly hazed, the beer allows for a strong backlit glow. Both airy froath and creamy foam collaborate for a varying head texture- very rich foamstance with decorative patterns of lace left behind. Good retention of a creme as the beer receedes.

Earthy and pungent aromas of grasses, straw, and dusty woods accompany a sweetened scent of sweet breads and honey. Floral, spicy, fruity, and tart- but all in a mellow and elegant scent, the flavors come together in a very unique way that defies both aromatic parameters of Tripels and Gueuze.

Fruity sweetness of angel food cake, honeysuckle, pear, apple, under-rippened berries, white grapefruit pith and pulp, and white wine vinous notes ride a more malty-sweet line than expected. Mildy briney with a salty undertow that develops into a savory, dusty, musty sandalwood note that shies away from the intense tartness or sourness of Gueuze. Hop bitterness arrives just after the hop flavors of fresh cut grasses and herbs, citrus rinds, and an overall leafy vegetal character that accents the pungent earthiness of the Gueuze rather that detracting.

Medium textures of pilsner malt, light grain, and soft breads set the stage and offer a soft pillow for the moderate sweet feel that extends into mid palate. Soft and supple carbonation soon gives way and allows for a slight astringent sting, firm grassy bitterness, and tannic dryness to create an evaporative whimsy that seems to carry the powdery weight of cotton candy.

Delicious throughout, the beer finally rests as a very characterful Belgian Pale Ale where the honeyish tone becomes the main line throughout and then with the much welcomed complexity of pungent must and tartness. A would-be delcious complementary to shellfish of any kind.

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Photo of Brenden
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep, mildly hazed but pretty bright golden-copper color, this beer grows a fluffy white head on top. While it doesn't quite reach one finger, it's pretty well supported and takes time to fall. The foam that's left drops down a mix of patches and splotches.
Earth is first on the nose, a bit of musty hay, though it's quickly joined by a honey-like sweetness. Malts are bready and support it well. Some wood comes out into the middle. The blend of Tripel and Gueze makes for a very interesting beer, as the gentle tartness and funk is balanced by pale fruits sweetness, soft spiciness, and a bit of something like candi sugar.
It ends up more sweet than funky, tartness at a median and fairly heavy on the malts. Some floral hops do add a bit. Lots of fruits and a sugary sort of sweetness ride through strong, almost overcoming the flavors accompanying. It's musty and earthy, dusty really, and the wood comes in dry and even more so as it gets a bit vinous. The herbal note coming in, probably from hops, serves to make the point more assertively. It's an interesting dichotomy that seems to clash at times, and there's a weird tinge to the funk from time to time as well.
The body is medium, soft at times before asserting a not-quite-grainy sort of dryness on the palate. It gets pretty creamy into the middle before an alcoholic edge cuts it. It finishes dry and lingers with tangy and leafy textures.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Etre Gourmet
Best by 26/03/12
Poured into a Drie Fonteinen gueuze glass

An interesting blend of gueuze and tripel that seems to tone down the sourness by orders of magnitude, play up some dried orange rind, and have a perpetual battle between mild sweetness and tartness going on. Somewhat candy-like in result, Vicardin is an interesting blend of two styles, but not something I think I'd seek out again. Glad I had an opportunity to try this, but I didn't find the flavor combination to be particularly appealing. Definitely not a bad beer, but it just felt like it was going in too many directions, and had too little of the purported gueuze influence. As another reviewer said, it's neither "a very good gueuze or a very good tripel" and the combination doesn't seem to bring out anything exciting from either of those genres.

Pours a huge, ultra-fluffy, meringue-like head made up of very small bubbles, which has excellent retention, lasting for minutes after the pour. The head gradually fades to a thin cap atop the body, leaving vast amounts of complex lacing. Body is a golden orange color out of the light, a bright yellow-orange in it. Carbonation is streaming and visible. Sediment makes the beer opaque and darkens the respective colors.

Aroma begins sweet and tart, somewhat like smarties candy with a yeasty edge. As the head descends, aroma becomes more complex and quite different from what it was initially. This secondary (and longer-lasting) aroma features a malty, sweet, crackery base (that I'd attribute to the Girardin) with notable old orange rind, a bit of caramel/toffee, phenolic(?) sharpness, and a bit of mustiness.

Tip of the tongue picks up mild sweetness, with a slight tartness, again somewhat mimicking sweet tarts candy. Front of the palate notes continued sweetness, but also some very mild Brettanomyces characters (ie, "funk" and mustiness). Mid-palate, the flavor develops some grainy flavor with some sweetness tied to mild tartness, dried orange rind, and a bit of belgian yeast and fruit ester character. Closes out with orange rind, mustiness, and balanced sweetness with tartness. Lingering aftertaste of orange rind, soil, and modest sweetness with tartness.

Beer is medium bodied, with ample carbonation to support itself. Resultant mouthfeel is smooth, never prickly, but perhaps could use a bit more carbonation to move this along the palate at a faster rate (has a tendency to sit on mine). Ethanol is noticeable in the back of the palate, wafting into the nostrils and felt a bit on the throat. Closes quite dry, with a bit of stickiness around the lips.

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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at ebenezer's Pub, another rare find. Strong taste and surprisingly boozy. Very lacey. A good integration of geuze and yeast, but it is a stinky one. Why the menu put the stinky label on
a Berliner weiss, I do not know. Smooth mouthfeel and decent drinkability.

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Photo of KDawg
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a medium gold color with a nice foamy head.

Very good aromas that lead more towards the funky with aromas of green and red apples, spice tones, bits of funk and some tart citrus.

Full bodied, but lacking some depth. Smooth with a dry finish and notes of red and green apples, spices and some creams.

Would be interesting to see how this is with some more time in the bottle. The sourness didn't really stick out on the taste, but the finish was on the dry side. Wasn't fully sure what to make of the hybrid, but it was a good beer.

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Vicardin from Brouwerij Dilewyns
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 53 ratings