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

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +0.6%
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 +29.5%
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 +3.3%
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 +20.4%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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 stcules
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
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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