Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Brewed for Brasserie Vanuxeem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (711) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2005
Bouteille à consommer de préférence avant Juin 2006. Couleur rouge aux reflets bruns, apparence semi opaque. Abondante mousse beige adhérant bien à la paroi du verre. Arômes de vinaigre balsamique, de vieux cuir, de fruits rouges et de bois humide. En bouche, les cerises sont davantage évidentes, impression légèrement sucrée donnant ensuite vedette au côté tartrique s’amplifiant graduellement en finale. Vinaigré, aigre, fluoro aux cerises, un brin de méta de détectable en finale. Corps d’épaisseur moyenne, douce carbonatation. Bouteille Bieropholie, Mars 2004.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (6768) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2005
Sort of funny beer, sour, notes of lactic acid. Colour is dark brown, head medium. Perhaps there is a bit wood in the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2005
25cL bottle. Reddish, dark amber color with small head. The aroma is like balsamic vinegar with a burnt note with some sweetness and dark bread character. The flavor is not as intense as Vichtenaar, though this contains some of the blend, no doubt. It is a bit sweeter than Vichtenaar and less sour. It has raspberry, caramel, and acetic notes. Good beer!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TBone (12816) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 21, 2005
Bottled (BB 03/2006)
Dark ruby red, vanishing brown head. Strong butterscotch (diacetyl) nose, slightly sour. Slightly sour, carbonated mouthfeel. Also flavor has some diacetyl and candi sugar and vinegar. I wonder if this patch was ok or not.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 6, 2005
Red brown colour with a off-white head. Light sour light fruity aroma and taste. Medium body and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 Red-brown color with small light beige head. Touch of candy sugar in the nose and hints of dry fruits and fresh red fruits. Fine spicyness and faint touch of hops. Taste is round light sweet and has a sourish accents of pickeled raspberry, cakes and chutny.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9624) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 3, 2005
dark ruby-brown colour, the foam disappears immediately, vinous nose, aroma of vinegar, apple and wood, tart, sour and sweet with a medium body, the finish is slightly dry and fruity with more notes of vinegar - good but too much on the sweet side to be exceptional

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2005
Fizzy light brown head on a dark clear amber body. Vinous malt and tart fruit aroma with cheese and vinegar notes - classic Verhaeghe! Biding flavor. Tart fruit, vinegar, malt. Rather thin bodied though flavorfull. Nice, but not the best from Verhaeghe. Definately interesting and different.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Nate (3740) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Tart acidic nose, some malts, but mainly a sour fruitiness with lactic-vinegary quality. Dark red-brown hazy with no head. Medium body with high carbonation. Very tart start, fruity but also with a lot of vinegar, soy sauce. Hard to taste much beyond that. Finish is the same, and the after is reminiscent of a raspberry vinegarette. I do enjoy a good Flemish sour ale, but I think this one went South on me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (14990) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 2009-10-29, bb 11/2006, possibly 5 years old, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Beautiful color, dark mahogany with red sparkles; small creamy head. The aroma is fruity, moderately sour, creamy, and there is some vinous wood too. Good mouthfeel quite round, as it still has some pleasant sweetness; malt flavor corrected by the typical Verhaeghe winey sour and fruity touch. The bitterness is quite low, and the final medium short. Complex and beautifully aged.

2003-11-09, 8-5-9-4-17=43
Clean dark amber color; creamy head. Original aroma: malt, sourness, cherries, toffee, caramel, cookies… Smooth, sweet and lightly sour, very similar to Duchesse de Bourgogne (therefore good!). Dangerously drinkable!

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