Brewed by Dilewyns
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Dendermonde, Belgium


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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tderoeck (6580) - 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 (10284) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jesperhammer (3619) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2012
27-AUG-2012, tasting @Papsø. Clear brown with tan head. Spice, licorice, honey (honningbolcher) aroma. Malt, bread, brown sugar, honey. Sweet, high, high carbonation. Very X-mas-like. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10888) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2012
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head.Aroma of sweetness, fruits, spice. Flavour of spice, light liqourice, fruits medicin. Medium boided. Ends on spiced and vaguely bitter note. Alcoholbite on lips and palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy red-brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet and fruity aroma of spices and licorice. Fruity flavour of caramel and licorice with notes of dried fruits. Spicy finish.
Earlier Rating: 3/28/2010 Total Score: 3.1
Bottle #29 at Papsø’s blindtasting. Clear orange red coloured with a medium sized beige head. Sweet aroma of liquorice and anise with notes of spices. Sweet and fruity flavour of liquorice and spices. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle, 75 cl, at Papsø. Cloudy orange brown with a small tan head. Dark bready, malty aroma with a little licorice, dried dark fruits and a megnut-like spicy note. Flavor ia sweet malty, light licoricy, spicy, even medical. Dry, rather bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (30936) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
Bottled. A brown beer with thin tan head. The aroma has notes of bread, malt, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and dusty hops, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (36244) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
75 cL bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is soapy, spiced and light ginger. Toasted malty. Sweet, liqourice and toasted malty. Toasted malty and caramelish. Bitter and spiced finish.
Earlier Rating: 12/12/2009 Total Score: 3.2
From tap, Kerstbier Festival 2009. Pours hazy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is dry, phenolic and slight wooden. Sweet malty and slight wineous flavoured. Dry fruity and phenolic flavoured before the finish. Ends dry and slight spiced. Lasting spiced and dry impression into the far finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Pours a cloudy, murky brownish with a tiny off-white head. Spicy nose with some licorice notes. Medium body, heavy carbonation, some roast, licorice and dried dark fruit. A little late bitterness. Decent but overly carbonated. 270812
Earlier Rating: 3/27/2010 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of fonefan. Vintage 2009. Pours a reddish brown with a slight haze and a lacing beige head. Spicy, gingery nose with some dark fruit. Solid body, dark fruitiness, some vanilla, ginger and roasted malts - very spicy. No real bitterness and the alcohol is hardly noted. 270310

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