Brewed by Dilewyns
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dendermonde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Vicaris Winter heeft een roodbruine kleur met een mooi getinte schuimkraag en een vol veelzijdig smaakpallet. Het is gebrouwen met drie soorten mout en twee soorten hop. Het winterbier is het eerste Vicarisbier met kruiden en ideaal om van te genieten tijdens koude winteravonden. Vicaris Winter is enkel te verkrijgen van november t.e.m. maart (zolang de voorraad strekt). http://vicaris.be/online/?page_id=141

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8331) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Draft at Craft. Pours turbid ruddy brownish red clay color with minimal head. Nose is fruit, funky yeasty malt, hops. Tastes complex, fruity, tart, earthy, with mid-palate funky yeasty esters. Comes off like an 80%/20% Quad/Flanders red blend, and is very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle: Yeast in the neck of the bottle, a bigger sized, vast, sticky and slow disappearing vanilla to light tan ish colored head. Smell is very light: some (carbo) gass, toasted grains, liquorice wood and bay leaf. Taste is pretty full contrary to the smell: bay leaf, spicy, bitters, toasted barley malts and toasted grains, floral grains, light dry. Aftertaste is bitter and spicy with a dryness, some toast, some grains, malts and floral. Low (to medium) carbo, creamy blown mouthfeel, good medium body (close to full) and a thick creamy (light oily ish) texture. Nice beer with a strong bitterness that does seem to dominate both taste and aftertaste. And there is no real depth, but furtherwise it’s ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10531) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Tap at Columbia Ale House. Pours lightly hazy brown with a very small, frothy white head, short to no retention with light and spotty lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie and nutty malt with dates, figs, and pear esters with light earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light warming alcohol, dark candied fruits, light hops and bitterness with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Sample at Buckeye Beer Engine. Pours a dark brownish-amber color with a medium dense light tan head that diminishes slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and sweet spices. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet malt, toffee, cinnamon and yeast. The finish is sweet and fruity with a lingering malt aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
k2cr2o7 (66) - SPAIN - DEC 23, 2012
Cerveza oscura con bastante graduación. Ideal como cerveza de postre, tiene un ligero sabor a café.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (11550) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
Bottle at t’Brugs Beertje, Brugge - 01/12/12. Split with Nutty. 2012 Winter. Very dark mahogony brown approaching black with a mahoosive frothy tan head. Nose is spice, clove, liqourice, Xmas cake, light mint, dark fruit. Taste follows, dark malts, touch of mint, spice, liqourice very evident, touch of alcohol but well disguised, Fullish body with soft fine carbonation, smooth on the palate. Excellent stuff!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (1877) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Draft at Monks. Opaque brown with a thin lacey head. Heavy chocolate caramel notes. Strong alcoholic Tootsie Roll. Root flavors. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Mulled malt. Saddle leather. Drunk cherries. Burnt driftwood. Sweet stout, but a very dry finish. Caramel coated charcoal. Madness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (5696) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 20, 2012
6/X/2012 - on tap @ Modeste Bierfestival (Antwerpen) - BB: n/a (2012-1118) Thanks to Claire for the beer!

Very dark brown to black beer, creamy solid beige to brown head, stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: aniseed, overripe fruits, banana, liquorish, sweet, caramel. MF: soft carbon, full body. Taste: quite some liquorish, bitter and spicy, cocoa powder and dark chocolate, some overripe banana. Aftertaste: bitter hops, liquorish, dark chocolate, coffee, aniseed, overripe fruits. A bit too much anise, probably due to age, calls for a re-rating when it’s more aged. (Funny enough, I see I wrote the same for the 2011 version of which I still have a bottle waiting from last year.)
Earlier Rating: 11/17/2011 Total Score: 3.8
17/11/2011 33cl bottle @ home - BB: 1/10/14, bottled: 1/10/11 (2011-647)

Cloudy very dark brown beer, big frothy beige head, bit stable, some chunks floating around. Aroma: lots of aniseed, bit of alcohol, liquorice, mocha, vanilla touch, dark caramel, bit of disinfectant, dried fruits. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: dark chocolate first, mocha, liquorice, anise, cloves, dried oranges. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, more liquorice, long lasting spicy bitterness. For my personal taste a bit too much of the liquorice stuff. Maybe it will be more balanced after a year. For now I’d suggest some strong tasting, preferably marinated, game meat to go with it, or maybe a rich chocolate cake. And why not marinate the meat in the beer?
Earlier Rating: 2/19/2011 Total Score: 4.3

11/02/2011 - 33cl bottle @ home - Vicaris Kerst 2010 edition (2011-50)

Dark brown beer, little cloudy, big beige chunks floating around. Huge towering creamy beige head, stable and adhesive. Aroma: caramel, brown sugar, mocha, dates, figs. MF: little 2 much carbon (lost 1 point), medium to full body. Taste: coffee, chocolate, caramel, dried fruits. Aftertaste: coffee bitter and hops, bit sour, berries. Really nice Christmas beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - OCT 11, 2012
(From notes 6 Oct, 2012) Bottle. Smells like spices, reminds me a bit of the Gouden Carolus Christmas beer. Flavors do not back this up, though, which is regrettable. Pretty sure this was the 2012 edition. Hmm...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 13, 2012
Botella. Murky dark brown colour, beige head. Sweet dark fruity spiced aroma. Good mouthfeel. Flavour is sweet and spiced with dark fruits and dark malt, sweet.

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