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

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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Belgian top-fermented cherry beer on the basis of a reddish brown ale matured in oak casks.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 4, 2005
Pours red with a thin white head. Aroma very apparent of cherries and maybe vanilla also. Nice, tart lambic flavor and cherry is not too sweet like some Krieks. Slight amount of the oak flavor, but once again not overdone like some oak-aged brews. Well carbonated and dry mouthfeel. Pretty nice!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5347) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2005
Bottle: Tary cherry aroma. Pours a deep transparent red with a tan head with a pink tint that fades quickly. Starts rather tart cherry but not as much so in the finish. Light vinegar in the background.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
Rich red with a touch of orange and copper. Aroma isswet with cherry. flavor is full of cherry. Not as sour as I thought it would be. Aftertaste has an affensive funkiness to it.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Bottled. Ruby red with no head. Big cherry nose. Malty cherry taste, not really sour at all. Tastes like a cherry soda. Also seems a bit watery. NOt bad but far from being my favorite sour. Re-Rate: Not so watery this time around but still a liitle too sweet for me.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - MAR 7, 2005
An odd example of an odd style. More malty than most sour ales. Decent body, but I don’t like flavored sours much. Not my thing. Better as it warms.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Deep black cherry soda hue. Small purplish head. Definate vinegar, sour cherry, medicinal nose. Nice funk, acidic, vinegar, light in body, dark cherry, wood, cherry pit, funky sour finish. Crisp and refreshing, but simple, and kind of boring. Finishes with a dark, lingering, over-ripened cherry flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 RATING #900!!!!! ...and I think I may have poisoned myself... which is usually my initial reaction to a Flemish Sour, a style I admit to not understanding. This one’s pretty good. It pours a beautiful ruby red with a frothy pink head. The nose is all sour cherries. The flavor is at first like cherry cough medicine, but it broadens out to include vanilla, other fruits, a bit of earthiness... a fairly complex taste experience followed by a tart, puckering finish. Good brew.

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3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 16, 2005
Bottle. Red to purple color crystal clear. Pinkish head. No lacing. Nice cherry aroma. Sourish in flavor. A bit thin in body. Puckering. Decent. Thanks Cornboy!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
(Best by June/07/2005) Very cherry in color with a nice pink head. The palate is dry with a touch of iron and horse blanket. At 6.8% this beer is dangerously drinkable. Not a world classic, but well above average.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2649) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2005
The aroma is sour cherries and apples. The appearance is a dark red color with a pink head. The flavor is somewhat sour but mostly sweet with some sour cherries, vanilla, and apples. The carbonation tends to get in the way a little bit. Overall this is a little sweeter than many Ive sampled from this style but its still very good.


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