Vicaris Tripel Gueuze | Brouwerij Dilewyns

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Dilewyns
Belgium
vicaris.be

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.

Added by corby112 on 09-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
244
Reviews:
48
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.54%
 
 
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11
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kings Row Gastropub in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but the blend of the two styles is a bit muddled.

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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

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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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml stubby bottle, my first (I think) blend of these two particular styles.

This beer pours a hazy medium golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves some impressively original basalt column lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of sour, acidic apple and cherry must, grainy, semi-sweet pale malt, a bit of candy sugar, softly funky yeast, and some mild earthy hops. The taste is moderated, tart blended table fruit, more sweet grainy malt, a further weakened wild funkiness, a bit of astringent wood fibre, and some grassy, alfalfa-like notes.

The carbonation is a bit heavy on the frothy and prickly side, the body just on the low side of medium weight, and equitably smooth. It finishes seemingly on the sweet side, that tripel sugary character quickly tempered by some waning tart apple and pear fruitiness, and attendant musty, funky yeast.

A clear mixing of the most obvious elements of these two styles. I believe that the whole is better than the sum of the parts here, as the tripel's sugary essence is softened by the tart funkiness of the gueuze. Good stuff.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying Vicardin I was skeptical about a new "tripel gueuze" blend, but this one is a definite improvement.

Saturated golden orange pour, lacy collar of white foam in the glass, a sizable head of foam when poured or swirled.

A bit of dusty candy sweetness in the aroma, slight lambic funkiness, wet hay from Brett yeast.

Pleasantly tart upfront, lemon and vanilla descending into the clove and esters of the base tripel. Finishes dry and thankfully not sweet and boozy like many tripels. Somewhat creamy and zesty feel, moderate carbonation. Still the flavor leaves something to be desired, though the blend is a unique one. Worth trying if the idea appeals to you.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 6/8/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of pear, sour apple, grape, lemon, raisin, clove, pepper, hay, grass, oak, light leather, funk, honey, candi sugar, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of the Tripel/Gueuze counterparts with nice complexity of yeast esters and moderate malt balance. Taste of lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, raisin, pepper, clove, hay, grass, honey, candi sugar, light funk, light oak, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. A bit of earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, clove, pepper, light funk, honey, candi sugar, light vinegar, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of Belgian/wild yeast esters; with moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, moderately crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice take on a blended style. Very nice overall balance of both styles with good complexity; very smooth and crisp to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 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 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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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Vicaris Tripel Gueuze from Brouwerij Dilewyns
3.89 out of 5 based on 244 ratings.
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