Review: Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze

Review of Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze from Brouwerij Dilewyns Vicaris in Dendermonde, Belgium.

Beer Type: Tripel  ABV: 7%  Tried on draught.

Their Description: “Vicaris Tripel-Gueuze is a complex combination of Vicaris Tripel and gueuze. The fruity and soft characteristics are derived of Vicaris Tripel. The beer gets its fresh and subtle sourness from the gueuze”.

The Reality: Although their description is fairly basic, it is correct. This beer does have a predominant funk scent, but the flavor starts malty with “fruity and soft characteristics”, as mentioned, and for a second you think you’re drinking a traditional triple. Then you get undercurrents of the sour gueuze that build, leaving notes of green apple (with the skin on) and maybe some apricot. The finish is very dry and by now you realize this beer is a true half-sour, but the aftertaste is quick and fleeting, so you go back for that next sip to confirm your thoughts.

Final Verdict: I decided to put this beer in the “triple” category, because I feel that it drinks like a triple with sour funk gueuze notes, rather than a sour gueuze with flavors of a triple. The bottom line is that it is a very complex and well-balanced beer that I found to be a very pleasurable drinking experience. People that love sour beer may enjoy the subtlety of this beer, and those who find sour beers a bit aggressive should also enjoy the restraint and balance of this beer. I wish every beer blend was as successful as this one. I have a barrel in my basement with a homemade blend of Cannery Brewing Maple Stout and R&B Birra Fresca Cucumber Mint IPA that I can’t give away!