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

bottled
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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“Vichtenaar” is a beer, brewed with roasted malts, spicey hops, fruity yeast and soft water, pumped up from a 172 m deep well, guaranteeing constant quality and pureness of the liquor. After primary and secondary lagering, “Vichtenaar” gets a ternary fermentation in oak vessels during 8 months. These oak pipes are big tuns with a capacity varying between 500 and 2500 hectolitres. “Vichtenaar” is a traditional and specific Western Flemish beer, from the northwest of Belgium. Its taste can be described as mild-sourish and suitably complex, thanks to the long lagering on oak. This tart flavour makes it eminently suitable for the hot summer months. “Vichtenaar” is one of the last Flemish “Oud bruins” that are really lagered in the oak tuns, and are as such appreciated by the connoisseur, looking for authenticity. As early as 1958 “Vichtenaar” was crowned as the top in an international concours in Gent.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Homer321 (3844) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2015
33cl bottle to glass. Initially pours with minimal head, but then some off white formation with a vigorous pour. Nose is dried cherries, very fruity, some bretty, oaky, pie like aromas as well. A touch of a red vinegar aroma. Deep red in color, fairly clear. Flavor is all sweet, dried fruits and minimal sour character. Kind of disappointing after a rather inviting aroma. I would like to see a touch more sour character while still maintaining a malt backbone.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mateuszk (1583) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 14, 2015
Bottle. Sark ref in colour, big head. Aroma of red wine, raisins, red fruits, slightly sour with oaky notes. In taste low sweet and sour with red wine and fruity notes. Metalic aftertaste. Thin body, dry finish. Always overcarbonated, not very nice palate. In comparison with dutchese de bourgon I find it more dry. Nice but needs better crafting.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (13862) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 26, 2015
KØLF 070815. Deep amber colour with a beige head, aroma is malt, alcohol, caramel. Flavour is sweet, caramel, berries, roasted malt, alcohol, vinous, oak, cherries, yeast, spices. Full body. Very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (1329) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2015
0.25 l bottle from belgiuminabox, best before December 2016. Clear, very dark red with a thin, frothy, quickly diminishing, tan head. Sweetish-sourish, fruity-malty aroma of sour cherries, red wine, vinegar and oak. Sweetish-sourish, fruity malty taste of brown sugar, sour cherries, red wine, vinegar and oak, followed by a short, sweetish-tart finish. Medium body, slightly effervescent and astringent mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Quite sweet without being artificial but also not that complex, rather simple Oud Bruin. Pleasant to drink nonetheless.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ippopodio (134) - ITALY - NOV 14, 2015
In questa rossa delle Fiandre la schiuma, abbondante e persistente, è color crema. L’aroma, dolce, quasi di moscato, anticipa il gusto di vino, vaniglia, malto tostato e aceto leggero, avvolto da un corpo denso, ma rinfrescante. In bocca un netto sentore di caramella mou porta ad un finale liquoroso, di vino stagionato, ma evolve immediatamente verso un retrogusto di lievito fruttato e di acidità quasi metallica. Leggermente stucchevole rispetto alle sue compagne più adese allo stile flemish ale. Ma comunque abbastanza acida da ricordare che in Belgio si beve anche così.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
erickok (5038) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2015
Brown body, headless. Very sour, acidic style. Wine notes, some red fruit, but way over the top for my taste. Okay palate not too thin. But I don’t enjoy it much. Happy to go to a more balanced beer next. Maybe some fruit would help. Or aging. (Bottle from ABS Drinks)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - OCT 29, 2015
Again a good sour red/brown from this brewer. Tasty and refreshing. Would have to try it along the Duchesse. I think this one is a little drier.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (2930) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours dark reddish mahogany with little head. Aromas of vinegar, oak, and sour cherries. Flavor carry same, but quite medicinal.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jvhemert (374) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2015
AROMA: dark fruits, wood, bread. APPEARANCE: brown, clear, minimal head, TASTE: medium sourness, lightly bitter, PALATE: medium body, average carbonation, astringent, OVERALL: quite complex and mellow; not as harsh as Duchesse, but less complex in aromas too.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
suprchunk (2895) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2015
This is not very sour. It is more malty. Tastes of raisins and malt. Brown pour. Slight off white head.


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