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Croucher Vicarís Vice


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Brewed by Croucher Brewing
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Rotorua, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 6   MEAN: 3.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The Vicarís Vice is the latest seasonal beer from the lads at Croucher Brewing. It is an homage to Hoegaardenís classic Verboden Vrucht, and was brewed using the peel from a bucket load of fresh New Zealand citrus (oranges, lemons, grapefruit) and a kilo of crushed coriander seeds. Vicarís Vice is incredibly smooth on the palate, and has a delicious citrusy/spicy zing, reminiscent of the best Belgian classics. It is a heavy hitter too, coming in at a healthy 7% alcohol by volume.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (439) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 16, 2013
An excellent local (New Zealand) "Belgianí. Makes a nice change from the usual IPA - albeit missing some of the complexity of the real thing (Belguim).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3319) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2014 Yeah 100 beers from New Zealand!!! The head is good, the body brown. It smells fruity, aromatic, alcoholic-fruity, creamy. The taste is aromatic, alcoholic, yeasty, sweet, malty, fruity-creamy, delicious. 12/13/12/12/-/12

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 11, 2010
Pint at Pomeroys prior to Xmas. Wonderful rich mahogany colour. Light spices and fruit in the nose. Mouthfilling pallet when it warms. The fruit balance is about spot on an the malt warmth builds throughout. well done lads.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2010
Draught, love the light chestnut colour. Belgium spice on the nose and bready malt. Cherries and plums in the mouth. Ground coriander, but also clove. The malt is both cakey and bready. There is a pleasing heat in the alcohol. A sweetness suggests a weizenbock, but the dry pepperyness says otherwise. Great guys, make sure there is more!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Tap at Underground. This is a wonderful beer, and it did remind me of the great Belgian strong ales. The aroma is fruity and floral; with apple and spices; and also some alcohol (nicely balanced). Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long-lasting. Oily palate, and full-bodied mouth feel. Amber and clear look, the head does not last.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 19, 2009
I was lucky enough to have this in three forms - fresh from the conditioning tank at the brewery, bottled from the same tank, and on tap at the Underground bar. It was three different experiences. Iíll rate the on tap product since thatís the one people will taste, though my favourite was the bottled. The nose is a beautiful spicy blend of citrus, coriander, and spiced nuts. A hint of hot plastic was the only problem with this beer, and that was only present in the on tap version. Perhaps lines? The sensation of drinking this is beautiful - full and creamy. The flavour is complex, with a warming alcohol note tying together a huge taste bomb including components like cinnamon, rum-soaked christmas pudding, and caramelised nuts. The finish was long and pleasing, with that same warming note carrying through. Thanks to the team at Croucher brewing for unleashing this fantastic beer upon us!


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