Vicaris Tripel Gueuze | Brouwerij Dilewyns

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Vicaris Tripel GueuzeVicaris Tripel Gueuze

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Brouwerij Dilewyns

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Vicaris Triple-Gueuze is a Belgian Abbey Triple. A creamy white head billows above a honey-gold-colored beer. The nose has notes of tart vanilla and spice while a full body and long finish are perfectly balanced by the fine, dry gueuze.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange body with one-finger head that sticks around. Aroma of spice, yeast, fruit esters and is slightly sour yet a fluffy sweetness that is like powdered sugar. Smooth, fluffy body with a dry, slightly sour and vinous taste and feel but love how that's an undercurrent to a more watery/juicy sugary fruit sweetness (kinda like how peaches and creme work) with clean finish and I really enjoyed this even if not true to style (per se).

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Photo of BeernOnThe4thOfJuly
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color. Thick lumpy head. Nose is a mix of strong orange, cloves, malt and some yeastiness. Flavor is very orangey. Tangy and fairly sweet. No real malt or hops profile. Easy to forget it's a beer. But very good.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

A: clear orange gold, almost no head, quickly dissipating
S: strong nose of apple cider vinegar and more subtle dry cheese notes, touches of general vinegar as well, there's a definite sharpness in the nose, that acidic pinch that is typically much more present in a standard gueuze
T: immediate cheese rind, watery apple, dry cheese flavors, tartness, pepper and subtle brine, peaches and pears, a saltiness that does not quite resemble the briny character of a gose but more of the character of a satline, it has a flavor very similar to cider, its amazing how subdued this beer is, nothing jumps out at you really, nothing is harsh or brash
M: filling and watery but easy drinking
O: a peculiar beer, while only conceptually an intriguing one. I feel as though it might work better if it were better blended, but I feel as though there is too much tripel and not enough gueuze. the real problem here is that there is a real lack of complexity. all of this being said it in some ways is pleasant, there's an easily perceived myriad of white fruits (apples, pears, peaches) hints at what would be a really nice malt character if it were further emphasized. the beer improves as it sits and the dry cheese rind dies out which is an improvement, and with it comes a subtle hop bitterness not present earlier. Worth a try if you are really curious but if you don't have it don't feel as though you are really missing something ultra special. You could die never having this and your beer life would not be wasted. Nevertheless, not bad

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy copper colour. Sweet white grape, slight yeasty aromas, slightly spicy. Bubbly and crisp; reminiscent of champagne or sparkling dry wine. White grape, slightly tart, with a bit of earthy and spicy hops. Clean finish.

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Photo of bryreeves
2.43/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

I have to agree with "Getalegup" on this... The clean and sweet finish of a Tripel conflicts with what you expect from a nice Gueuze - super dry with clean sour and light funk. The blend does not compliment the component styles. I think this would benefit from a long rest in the cellar so the Tripel's hoppy sweetness can fade to allow the funkification to take the lead. Unfortunately this one is not for me unless I planned to cellar it for at least a year. On the other hand, if you need a "gateway" beer to interest your friends in sour / wild ales, this might be for you...

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Photo of Getalegup
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

What a confusing mix of styles. it both sweet like a triple and sour/tart like a gueze, no one at the share liked it, maybe needs more for Brett to take over?

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden color with a small head. Aroma is full on gueuze but not very intense. Taste is tart and balanced. Very nice combination, easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big esters in aroma, with a touch of must. Pear, green apple, and floral notes are countered by lactic tartness and barnyard.

Flavor is a similar blend, with the sourness hitting initially, then giving way to a malty breadcrust backbone, finishing a touch peppery and dry. There's a little pepto funk in aftertaste. I wish the sourness would linger. Pretty hot.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With the scent of funk but the flavor of tripel ale, the Vicaris Tripel bridges the gap in styles with tethers of fruity-sweet, sourish, spicy and earthen perfume.

Underneath its fluffy, fluid froth, the hazy golden ale streams with carbonation, releasing the pungent scent of saddle leather, horse blanket, musty damp basement and abbey wash-rind cheese. Underneath the funk lives a candied sweet taste of soft powdered sugar and fresh angel food cake.

The rise of fruit and spice upon the middle palate both balance and complement the malty-sweet center with soft clove, white pepper and vanilla. Yet its deeply woven esters of lemon, apple and white grape pull the sweetness forward and await its funky retort. With trailing vinous spice comes the aspects of weathered oak, balsa, cork rot and a mellow sweaty brine.

Though medium bodied, the sweetness registers heavier even though the dry sourness suggests something lighter and much more arid. Yet its the earthy undercurrent of funk that returns through the aftertaste and echoes with soil and cellar.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a super dark-ish orange, with a very white head, about one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like honey, a bit of caramel, some white wine, spicing, and a good dosing of funk.

This one feels more like a gueuze than a tripel to me, though I've read reviews that people feel the opposite way. I guess taste is pretty subjective. There's a moderate sourness here, about a 4 or 5/10, adding a tart and slightly vinegary bite to the end. Up front, it's typical tripel sweetness, candi sugar, honey, and a bit of caramel, followed by musty hops, grass, lemon, and white wine. It's definitely an interesting blend, and you get both aspects of the blend. I don't always love tripels, so the blend here helped me enjoy it a bit more.

This one is light bodied, with a crisp and tart mouthfeel, along with a higher level of carbonation.

A really unique and interesting, and one I was glad to try.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty interesting blend of Tripel and Geuze - I found the Tripel character to predominate, with a lot of the yeastiness I associate with a Tripel. I didn't find this beer tart; I'd say the Geuze showed up as a bit of funkiness, in a very nice way. Definitely worth a try if you see it.

On tap at Red Papaya, Seattle. Paired well with Vietnamese food.

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Photo of Auraan
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a gorgeous cloudy golden body with an orange tint and a thin ring of bubbles with no real head. Overall impression of appearance is of a cross between a Geuze and a Tripel, foreshadowing the rest of the beer. Scents of orange and tangerine flesh, apricot juice, a hint of soft, sweet malt and light honey, medium fruity esters, medium-light Geuze funk, with notes of barnyard sourness, hay, lemon, light grapefruit, light spicy phenols in the background with notes of white pepper. Overall impression of aroma is of a tripel overall, but mingled very well with the fine aromas of a Geuze. A deep, complex, wild aroma that is amazingly enticing. Flavor begins moderately funky, but with a light sweetness also present, with flavors of lemon zest, earthy hay, grapefruit flesh, medium-light sourness, moderate spicy phenols with white pepper dominant but also some clove. Middle is lightly dry with notes of white pepper, light levels of spicy herbal/floral hop bitterness, lemon zest, medium-light grapefruit and some tangy wheat. Finish is dry and tangy with notes of tangy wheat, white pepper, medium-light levels of spicy hops, fruit reminiscent of citrus and lemon zest. Aftertaste is dry with notes of spicy hops, white pepper and phenols and light grainy malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a mingled Tripel and Geuze, though the Geuze overwhelms a bit. Very refreshing and complex, dry and sour, yet balanced. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with effervescent carbonation and a puckering, drying, refreshing feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a nice Geuze, not much of the Tripel on display. Overall this is a fantastic blend. An excellent combination of Geuze and Tripel that is complex and refreshing.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Misty shiny golden with a full finger white head, recedeing slowly and messy to a long-lasting frothy floating cap.
Gueuze strong on the nose, works like an upgrade to the usual tripel fruitiness, with cider apples, slightly fermented pears, quince, white grape wine, some funky damp woody notes, bit of hay, peach, sweet freshly juiced orange. Hint of spicy yeast, really faint malt.
Taste follows the nose, with sweet and sour apples, hint of yellow cherry, crunchy pear, cheap dry white wine, some lemon juice, with a big wood barrel note up front. Light funk, with some bitter grass and dankness, and then a bit of sweetness settles on the palate, after the mild acidity dials down. Hints of sugared baked apple, with a bit of spiciness from the tripel yeasts. Dry, quite bitter finish.
Aftertaste has apple peel, white wine barrel, yeast, dried hay, faint sugars and hops. Medium body, prickly carbonation hand in hand with the nice dry feel, a few clicks south of a regular gueuze lambic, granted.
A tasty blend that worked out just fine, but hard to call it balanced. But there's something good coming out of this chaos, still.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tart over ripe fruit with a hint of pineapple and malt on the nose. Pours slightly hazed gold with a touch of copper. The beer enters very creamy, fruity citrusy lemony with a hint of bread, large pitted fruit, grape and something tropical. The rich malt and fruit flavors balance the tartness. the carbonation is very fine and above average while the body is light for as big the flavors are. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle couldn't find any dating.

It pours a hazy orange with an inch of foam after settling down.

Huge whaffs of sweet caramel malt and oranges hit my nose buds.

Sweet from the caramel, citrusy from the oranges, light tartness, heavily on the dry side.

Medium body with very lively carbonation.

Peculiar brew here but my palate digs it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Small white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Smells like mostly tripel. Bready malts. Some orange and very light phenolic notes.

Taste - Starts off bready. Oak lends a damp and slight cardboard flavor. The blended lambic shows a little later with some lemon and tartness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. High carbonation.

Overall - It's ok, but not anything I'd pick up again. In fact I might not even finish my small pour.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.2/5  rDev +8%

Bottle, unknown date, if any:
Pours an effervescen, lightly hazed golden. Head reduces to fairly thick coverage, lacing the glass a bit. The nose has a hint of that farmhouse hay/earthy scent, but I think the fruit shines a bit more. I get apple and pear, maybe a hint of melon. There is a bit of funkiness in the background, near the end of a good whiff.

Taste starts out carbonated, which adds a biting feel to a pear-reminiscent fruity beginning. The light farm notes are there, also, but more floral/meadow-like than earthy/farmhouse. The taste dries slightly, adding a slightly cheesy feel and funk, in the end, but the carbonation and fruit (which turns a bit tart, almost lime-like) play long into the taste.

A very enjoyable, easy drinking beer. Both styles make an appearance in the taste, quite well balanced. This is definitely something to have on the odd occasion it's available and I'm in the mood for a lighter feeling Belgian beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip. Lot 04042014 stamped on the cork.
A: Pours a hazy lemon yellow with high carbonation producing a 2 inch white frothy head with excellent retention. Nice lacing too. Admire this one. (4.5)
S: Soft (lemon) citrus, earthy mineral funk, melon, and white pepper. Give this a little time to open up (not even warm much) and notes of honey and a hint of vanilla emerge. (4.25)
T: the blend. Orange and lemon citrus, white pepper, honey, hint of salt, and a note of dry minerals. (4.25)
M: Soft, sweet, and creamy up front (tripel)...turns toward more tart (gueuze) in the mid-palate and finish. Medium body. Dry finish with nice lingering on the palate. (4.25)
D: An interesting idea with excellent results. This one could have gone off the rails, but it ends up walking the tight-rope with success. Seek it out! (4.25)

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

I went into this beer with restrained but dignified hesitance, I will freely admit that, but, with an open heart and eager mouth, no doubt. While it is not a bad blended beer - yes, you get the sweetish bubblegum-y, peach-laden trip and tangy, sourish gueze- it makes me think of a BBQ pulled pork pizza, frankly. I love me some barbecue and the ChainGangGuy would be hard-pressed indeed to willingly turn down a hot, cheesy pie, but together? No. No, thank you. I would much prefer these two beers components separated (but equal).

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

been waiting awhile to try this, maybe the price tag has kept me from it. also not sure what to expect from the style, an uncommon blend to say the least. pale blonde beer, honey hued, heady ad clean, white dressed lace, looking real good. the nose on it is more tripel than lambic, with a rounder body for its looks, a vein of sweetness running through it, and the classic belgian fruity ester aroma, albeit rather soft and delicate. the lambic part is real subtle, just a hint of that oaky lactic funk, less sourness or real old world wheat malt base, elegant. the flavor is as danced as the nose, with much more of the lambic in the finish, the acidity cuts the sweetness of the tripel perfectly, and a harmonious balance is found about mid palate. carbonation is awesomely bright, refreshing as they come, and the lack of super heavy belgian yeast in here makes it a little more tidy to drink. also, the lack of real strong tripel norm alcohol content makes this a bit more drinkable too, too easy in fact. as a sour or wild ale, this leave a little to be desired on a bacterial level, but as a beer, especially as a unique one, its wholly satisfying. i wish it cost about 5 bucks less a bottle, but i certainly appreciate the process and the blending here. expertly done.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(on tap at Belgian Cafe - served in a tulip)

A: very cloudy, honey-colored liquid.... no head, surface foam, or lace... about right for a gueuze, but not for a tripel... a little disappointing

S: smells pretty much like what it's a blend of: a tripel and a gueuze... fairly assertive malt, faint caramel, with the subtle floral alcohol of a tripel.... distant, fragrant, navel-orange citrus in the background - adds a touch of brightness to the aromas, but doesn't enhance the otherwise weak intensity of them

T: the funk comes through a good bit more in the taste, however, this is still, at the very least, dominated by the malt and floral notes from the tripel.... honey-ish, cereal flavors from the malt... tiny, vaguely 'yellow' grapefruit tart/tang in the aftertaste - not much gueuze coming through - whatever portion of it that is blended in merely serves to provide a subtle accent to the overall flavor... I'd stop short of saying it adds 'complexity' as the beer, in total, has a fairly messy, amateur composition (or perhaps has experienced degradation from poor handling?)

M: moderately soft and smooth up front... good bit of the roundish, delicate viscosity retained from the tripel... long finish, ultimately ending dry.... mild, citrus-juicy, acidic film left over on the palate... perhaps this is how it's supposed to be - kinda flat - clean, but flat

O: this might have been a more dynamic, more interesting beer had the base tripel been better and the blend showcasing more of the gueuze... gonna hesitate to recommend this to customers

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Photo of MDDMD
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy golden color with. Nice white he'd nd good lacing

S-fruit, lemon, bready malt, yeast, little spice

T-bready malt, yeast, lemon, light pineapple, pepper, slight tartness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and tart

O-interesting beer, both styles notable here,but doesn't completely work for me

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station. Poured into a flared Belgian tulip glass.

Appearance - Body pours a sunny golden orange with hints of amber and and straw. Atop the body sits a one-finger head of soapy white foam. The head dissipates after a minute or so, leaving a thin rim of foam around the edge of the glass and no lacing or film to speak of. Swirling coaxes out hints of a decent amount of carbonation, which also vanishes after a few moments.

Smell - Some faint tart funk along with a fruity phenolic spicy element from the Belgian yeast in the tripel. I honestly expected there to be more suggestion of sourness, given that this is half Boon lambic. There is also a bit of sweetness to the smell that defies the more acidic elements you might expect from the lambic. The fruit brings to mind notes of lemon zest and and pear.

Taste - An interesting blend of traditional tripel and lambic elements. Bright and just a hint of tart that provides an essence of ripe green apple and peach cobbler, along with a bready, sweet underlying element from the yeast and alcohol. No heat to speak of, but this is only a 7% beer, so that is to be expected. On the finish, there is just a hint of wet hay, but for the most part, this strikes me as a tripel with funky leanings. I can't help but wonder if the blend would benefit from a higher percentage of the lambic.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and low-moderate carbonation. Finish is slightly sweet with no bitter aftertaste. Very easy drinking with a slightly juicy element.

Overall, an interesting beer, and good, but probably one I'm more than satisfied having the one glass. Good thing too, as the keg was killed while I was here tonight. Not sure when I'll see it again, in bottle or on tap.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Hazy yellow-orange pour with a one finger white head that fades quickly with nice lacing. The nose is complex and really nice. Hints of Belgian yeast and grass along with some subtle barnyard, pears, lemon, and white pepper. The taste follows suit with lots of citrus notes along with hints of yeast, lemon zest, subtle vinegar, barnyard, grass, and pear. The mouthfeel is tart, fizzy, and crisp with great balance and a refreshing champagne-like finish. Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. Reminded me of the 2013 Zwanze.

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Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, nearly opaque orange brew beneath a thin (1/2 finger) fizzy white head which quickly fades. Small lines of lacing.

Immediate tart notes in the nose, with a backing of Belgian yeast. There's a dry, champagne-like quality mixed with a light citrus smell that one expects of a Tripel. Definite Gueze-like funkiness, as well. Intriguing aroma, very complex.

Slightly sour and funky up front, while the Tripel brings up the rear with Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Soft fruit notes: pear, banana, lemon.

Pretty big sting to this beer, and a pretty full feel overall. Not too easy to savor this one in the mouth for long. Sticky resiliency.

This is an interesting blend of styles that seem fairly complementary. It doesn't make for the best of either world, though. It's worth a try, and it's certainly interesting, but if I'm in the mood for a Tripel, I'm going to grab a traditional Tripel.

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