Brewed by Dilewyns
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Dendermonde, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
Translated from the Dutch on the brewery website.
Brewing process: Vicaris Generaal is made in three stages like the Tripel: warm fermentation at around 24°C, lagering at approximately 1°C and secondary fermentation in the bottle. The only difference between them is that the Tripel is brewed with one malt variety and Generaal with three. Vicaris Generaal is also brewed without spices.

- Ingredients: water, malt, sugar, hops and yeast.

- Tasting notes: Vicaris Generaal (8.8% ABV) is a red-brown warm fermented beer with a beautiful tinted head, conditioned in both bottle and keg. Generaal will mature in the bottle and is for the experienced beer lover. Generaal has a marked bitterness obtained by using roasted malt and hops. It is not a sweet beer.
- Available in 330ml and 750ml bottles and 30l kegs.

Note: Brewed by De Proef before their brewery opened in 2011.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18075) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2009
Bottle at home ... Deep brown ... thin tan head ... sweet caramel malt nose with a little plum ... rich toffee and deep dark fruits plum and cherry ... little yeast ... little licorice... really tasty ...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12343) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2009
(33cl bottle, BB 08/04/11) Pours a cloudy brown body with a thick beige head. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, anise, and red grapes. Flavor of raisins, chocolate, toffee, caramel, wood, brown sugar, and light anise. Possibly the best Dubbel I have tried and would certainly be in my fridge regularly if I lived in Belgium.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11893) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2009
Dark ruby brown with a small tan head. Aroma of raisins and dates, port and sherry. Dry and slightly tart, vineous, fruity flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14838) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
33cl bottle @ Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Pours a reddish brown with a small creamy white head. Nose is dark fruits, caramel, vinous, earthy and dusty. Roasted and dry. Dark fruits mainly. Medium bodied. Oxidized . .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15643) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2009
33cl bottle from Dranken Geers. Very deep brown ruby colour with thick lassting beige head. Almost quad like really, I agree with thewolf. Some very good choc notes. Some fresh chestnut flavours, with some hazelnut in there as well. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. Really rounded and extremely impressive beer. The aroma of malt and nuts really is quite exquisite. I am really quite impressed with this and definitely accentuated my listening to the Kookaburra EP from the Cocteau Twins.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2009
In short: An interesting mix of refreshing tart fruity flavours and nutty flavours. Very nice.
How: Bottle 330ml. Sent my way by ygtbsm94 (as a bonus!!!). Thanks a lot Brad.
The look: Cloudy brown-ruby body topped by small but persistent beige head
In long: Nose mixes fruits (berries and such) and a nutty character (chestnut mainly). Body is very lively. The refreshing fruity flavours of berries, light strawberries and even strawberries (!?) are smoothen down by creamy nutty flavours of peanuts, almonds and such. Surprisingly refreshing with a nice raspberry/strawberry tartness. Typical lively Belgian carbonation. A very good beer but although nothing here that re-invents the wheel. But it would pretty stupid to re-invent the wheel right now anyway, just look at GM, nobody’s buying wheels these days.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11588) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle, bought @ Willems, Grobbendonk.
Pours a wonderful red brown - almost like a ripe chestnut. Great, creamy, beige head. Fine duration, light lacings. Great dubbel aroma, lots of chocolate, nuts, yeast, prunes, a touch of liqourice root and just a hint of pepper. Fine, subdued carbonation, fine mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet, lots of hazel nuts, yeast. No trace of the relatively high 8,8 % except in a great warming finish. There is hops, chocolate, liqourice, sugars, a touch of roasted malts and a fine, subdued berry note. This is truly a great dubbel - almost bordering on a very good quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (6710) - ITALY - MAR 9, 2009
ambrata buona schiuma disreta persistenza nota tostate carammellate piuttosto intensi in bocca buon corpo piuttosto intensa note tostate leggere mlato un tocco di caffe i sentori luppolati sono coperti

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8970) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are dark syrup with liquorice and plenty of herbal, spicy notes. Woody with molasses and alcohol. Flavours are brown sugar and molasses with a medicinal character. Rich and warming with a light roast character. Lots of red wine character, especially on the finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (11370) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
A deep dark brown ale with a thick brown head. Aroma is of good molasse, maple, and vanilla. In mouth, a good spiced woody malt, molasses, vinous notes, dark prunes, chocolate. An excellent dubbel. Bought in Belgium in Nov. 2006. BB 08-11-08.

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