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


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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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“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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScipioA (322) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Dark body with a large tan head that leaves foam sticking around for quite a while. Tart fruits in the aroma that also carry through into the flavor. Tastes better than it smells with a slight sourness. Thick mouthfeel, plus what feels like tannin? Perhaps from the oak barrels or whatever. $10 for a 11.2 oz bottle at the Publick House.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist1 (537) - Diest, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2014
Dark brown with a red glance, brown head. Nose: cherry, wood, wild yeast, briefly also tad metal. Taste is wood, vanilla, cherry. slighlty sourish MF. Very nice elegant finish, swet, sourish. very refreshing. Great ’old bruin’.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (662) - BELGIUM - APR 7, 2014
Bière de 25 cl, c’est très peu et je suis vraiment opposé à ce format, mais mon exemplaire était à date en février 2009 … il a donc 5 ans de plus que sa date limite, et ceci compense bien les 25 cl !!!! Couleur brun roux superbe. Clarté nette. Bulles fines partout malgré son âge. Mousse beige qui vient napper joliment, et tiendra jusqu’au bout. Arômes de fruits mûrs, raisins secs, cannelle, croissant, Werther’s, capuccino italien. 1ère bouche très souple sur un porto intense de grande classe et très vieux, à la texture veloutée, avec aussi du fût de cognac. Arrière-bouche maltée chocolat, avec beaucoup de fruits très mûrs. 2ème de vrai porto, mais avec beaucoup de fruits mûrs, de la cannelle et du bois de santal (très rare et vraiment superbe). Arrière-bouche avec des pruneaux, et du chêne vieilli. 3ème de superbe whisky 30 ans du Speyside, avec un côté très rond, du chocolat fourré praliné de grand chocolatier, des prunes mûres. Arrière-bouche avec du pain aux raisins, cougnou d’antan. La longueur atteint à la suavité, avec d’abord un nez exceptionnel avec du fût de premier cru, et des saveurs exquises de cerises noires, tarte aux myrtilles, et à nouveau le santal. La levure n’est pas très présente, et pour cause, il s’agit d’une fermentation mixte, mais elle est assurément dans la ligne de cette bière. L’alcool bien que seulement de 5,1 % abv, est développé par l’âge, et arrive à travailler correctement ces saveurs pourtant exigeantes. La finale est un petit chef d’oeuvre. CONCLUSION : que de plaisirs dans cette bière ! Que de qualités aussi .. L’un n’allant pas sans l’autre en principe... Mais en dehors des principes, il y a ici une harmonie superbe, et des saveurs rares, qui permettent de la placer dans les top. Le seul problème est dans ces 25 cl, idiot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3337) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
25 cl bottle. Pretty clear but very dark red pour with off white head. As usual, a powerful whiff of acetic acid burns your nostrils as you approach the glass, but as you get used to it, a nice bouquet of red fruits develops, lots of cherry, light raspberry notes, oak of course, intense cinnamon, light toasted notes. Taste is only mildly acidic, nice fruity flavor, spicy finish. Palate is quite dry, light bodied with good carbonation. Very easy drinking and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnicolaescu (885) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - FEB 24, 2014
BOTTLE 25CL. Look: Gusher! Deep and clear ruby-brown with a giant gushing beige frothy head. Aroma: vinegar, greet fruit, acetone/glue and some sweetness in the background. Taste: moderate acidity, harsh glue/acetone notes, apple vinegar and a solid sweetness too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3290) - Radom, POLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Wspaniale Flemish Ale. Zwielka piana, trwala bezowa i kremowa. To zadkie w tym stylu. Kwaskowe i lekko slodkawe zarazem. Wyczuwane wino deserowe, bardzo smaczne leciutko octowe. Taninowosc dosc spora. Sliwki, wisnie i marmolada. Kolor herbaciano-czerwony. Pyszne, az zal ze ta malenka buteleczka tak szybko sie skonczyla. Polecam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3953) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2014
250ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Gusher! Pours cloudy brown with a decent creamy head. Aroma of plums, stone fruit generally, maybe sour cherry. Light oak, subtle and well integrated. Taste brings more prunes and cherries. Medium bodied with tangy finish, but the structure takes you a few other places whilst you’re drinking it. Wish it was bigger, and we hadn’t lost a bit to gushing! I could’ve happily drunk this by the pint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AshtonMcCobb (2799) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2014
25cl bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - another gusher. Not having good odds with this today. Brown and cloudy with a decent head. Nose - sour dark cherries maybe sour plums. Maybe a hint of wood tannins. Taste - tangy prunes and cherries. Palate - medium bodied with a really tight and compressed texture which leads into a long tangy refreshing finish. Overall - a lovely sour. So well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moravius (567) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2014
Diverse Flaschen (25 cl). - Dunkles Rotbraun. In der Nase appetitliche Säure, Noten von Sauerkirschen, Holz und mildem Weinessig. Wie beim Boskoop-Apfel überdeckt auch hier der Säureanteil einen hohen Zuckeranteil - die angenehm weiche Säure wird perfekt aufgewogen durch milde Süße. Eine ganz leichte Schärfe verleiht dem Bier das gewisse Etwas. Im Abgang leicht holzig-fruchtig, nicht bitter. - Ein sehr harmonisches, süffiges „saures Bier“, das mir auch am Ende eines langen Abends mit vielen Bieren immer noch schmeckt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewMoose (83) - Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2014
12oz bottle. Pours dark red with medium head. Tart cherry and spicy notes. Some sweetness. Nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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