Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Dendermonde, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap


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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Mixture of topfermenting ale, from De Proef for Dilewyns, and lambic from Girardin;

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5346) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Bottle, Kulminator. Pours a clear light amber to dark gold body with a two inch frothy white head. Lots of lacing. A bit of an odd nose, dry cereal grains, some light fruity Tripel notes, minimal influence from the lambic. The flavor is quite interesting, the lambic cuts some of the sweetness, lending a slight mineral note. Very fruity up front, drying out towards The finish. Medium bodied, heavy up front, then drying fizzy spritzy carbonation gives it a bit of a carbonic bite at the end. Interesting, but not especially great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1355) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2011
I received a 33cl bottle in a trade with a friend from Belgium (thanks, Bart!). I poured it into an oversize wine glass.

Appearance: Opaque pumpkin-skin orange hue. Forms a large, white, fluffy head of suds which retain and lace very well.

Smell: Slight farmhouse funk, light floral fragrance and prominent green fruits - although not that very pungent overall.

Taste: This beer seems to be a hybrid of the classic Belgian styles of tripel and gueuze. It seems to lean more towards its sour side throughout most of the palate. It’s sweet and fruity at first - imparting green apple, pear and white grape flavors. The middle is classic wild ale sourness, quickly followed with a rich, maple syrup-like sweetness and aftertaste. The sourness is merely a component of the palate, rather than the driving force as would be the case with a gueuze proper.

It leaves a pleasant aftertaste of apple and white grape juice in the mouth. The classic tripel components are subdued here with only minor clove spice, which is actually overshadowed by other spices of cardamom, allspice, and nutmeg. This is a tasty palate to be sure, but nothing mind-blowing.

Mouthfeel: Thick, soft, delicate with minor carbonation fizz. Pleasant, slightly dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Since this is a Belgian tripel and a bottle-conditioned beer, it’s no surprise Vicardin is highly effervescent with carbonation that gets stuck in the throat. The comforting mouthfeel and drinker-friendly palate does make it quite drinkable overall, though. The 7% ABV is invisible in the aroma, taste, and constitution. A good beer to drink as a liquid candy dessert or maybe with apple pie.

Overall, Vicardin is a fine beer and an interesting hybrid of styles to be sure. I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (12169) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2011
Tap. Hazy golden/orange with medium white head. Flavour is malt, yeast, sweet, sour, tart, fruit, citrus and a little barnyard.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
note666 (1196) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2011
2011 - 07 - 17 330ml bottle. hazy yellow colour. medium white fading head. citric, bit soapy taste, not as sour as some other Gueze’s

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14905) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle, at Bier Central. A hazy one, golden-orange in color and topped by a dense, off-white head. Slightly geuze-sourish on the nose, with a distinct fruity and sugary-sweetness. Peaches and lemon. The flavor is sweet, but with a nice underlying lemony sourness. Some alcohol and spicyness too. Full-bodied and tasteful. Lasting finish. An unusual blend, but nice indeed. 110429

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 16, 2011
Translucent gold, large creamy white ring throughout glass with plenty of lacing. Nose is tripel dominated, metallic and grassy with lemon and banana. Flavor is yeast and citrus heavy, light pepper and banana, yeast dominating the lightly dusty, banana-esque finish. The tripel here allows only the lightly sour citrus as a sign of the lambic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (12069) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle at Cafe Ondineke Aalst. Golden-orange colour with a white head. Aroma is butterscotsch, citrus, fruit. Flavour is fruit, citrus, fruit, funk, apple. OK/Nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (9773) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 30, 2011
Draught @ Cafe buitenlust, Oirschot. In short: not the worst geuze I’ve ever had, but not the best either. It starts quite well, but after tasting it for a while the aftertaste is just not that good and starts to annoye me. Dry finish as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4981) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2011
330ml bottle @ Bier Central. Orange golden body with a small, dense white head. Aroma is light funky, fruity and some acidity. Flavor has mild malt, fruit, specially ripe apples. It feels both tart and sweet. Not super complex, but a bit unusually, quite refreshing and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (3565) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 3, 2011
Light amber / gold colour, small white head. Aroma is quite tart, fruity, malts and girardin lambic character. Flavour is -not surprising- also quite tart, nice malts, slight hops and slight candy flavour. The geuze gives this beer a (imho) very pleasant freshness. Finish has the same fresh tartness.
(Draught @ Oirschot beer festival)

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