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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Photo of jburchett
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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 cpetrone84
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazed golden peach, deep amber core, tight white head. Nose seems to have a hint of bretty leather, strong yeast notes with a faint spice, light candied sugar blends into lemon zest and a tinge of alcohol. The taste is similar, a touch sweeter. Nice light spice and yeast but are overshadowed by lemon juice, candied sugar, and juicy citrus. Light body, airy, soft feel, and nice carb.

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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 JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -11%

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 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 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 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 beef13
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of claytong
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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 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 ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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 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 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 philosobeer
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got on tap at Chicago's Hop Leaf.

Consider the two styles it was a blend of (Tripel, Gueuze) it's not surprising this is fairly cloudy. White head, orangeish-yellow.

Their is a really nice funkiness in the smell. It's estery side shows through, too, but I think the funkiness dominates. It's a sour at heart this one.

A nice tartness opens up this beer, and it will complement food well. The funk is heavily balanced by a sweetness, and a little bit of banana flavors, as well as maybe a bit of spiciness? The taste does indeed show both the tripel and gueuze sides. Just because the two can be blended though, does not mean they should have been. It has one major flaw, and that's that I get solventy tastes in here also.

I ended up enjoying this by the end of the glass, and I'm glad I ordered it. It's more "interesting" than "fantastic" which perhaps means it did not succeed. I'll have it again, but it's not going to be a favorite of mine.

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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 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 rvdoorn
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mixture between a tripel and girardin geuze. Had this one on draft in the vlaamse reus in Wageningen.
Look: clear golden pour with an fluffy white head.
Smell: Funky, pear, malts and flowery. Interesting combination
Taste: Sourness up front with a bitter sweet dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body
Overall: Nice experiment, still I feel this blend is destroying the nice flavors of the girardin geuze.

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