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


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RATINGS: 645   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
“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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CVBis007 (54) - - FEB 22, 2015
Poured from a bottle a hazy reed tinged brown. The aroma would attract any fruit fly from 1007 miles around; sour, fruity. I love the sour, but was hoping for more beer flavors. Didn't really suit my palate, but was enjoyable enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
BlindGuardianco (39) - - FEB 21, 2015
Very weird beer, nice color , extreme carbonation, very sour while not matching the expected flavour. One of beer will not buy again

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClubGonzo (4756) - Bergen, NORWAY - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark bronze-hued coppery clear body with a medium off-white head. Nose is roasted bread, balsamic, grains, caramel, burnt sugar and hints of wood, dried fruits and apple vinegar. Taste is sweet cola nut, caramel, brown sugar, wood and hints of balsamic, raisins and nail polish remover. Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Aroma is far better than taste; this one is way too sweet for a sour ale in general and the complexity doesn’t shine through as much as in many others in the same style. Fair enough, but not too impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1467) - Heacham, Norfolk, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
A reddish brown coloured beer with weak off white head. A strong, red wine vinegar aroma, sour red fruit, spice and a hint of dark malt. Dry and fizzy mouthfeel. A mouth puckering, vinegary taste, balsamic and red wine, grapey and cherry, although very tart, it does usher in a smoother, spicy malt flavour. The finish is long, sour and fruity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
goozen (3417) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle 0,25ltr: Dark brown/red colored brew with an sweet taste and sourness in the back. Hints of red berries, slightly roasted malts and the oak-barrel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shielfing (12) - SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Of the ’old bruin’ style. Slightly less sweet than Duchess and benefiting from it. Beautiful match of acidity, malt and wood. Carbonation for this is simply joyous, enabling a full palate and stretching out the thirst quenching, almost puckering tart character. This is probably one of the best beers in the world, certainly one of my top few, such a shame it’s not more easily available outside Belgium. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fellebag (1169) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2015
Bottle 11,2fl.oz. Yellow light brown head diminishing, but lively inside. Dark red brown color. Aroma is leather, oak, permanent marker, mozart kugeln, red wine and raisins. Taste is sweet with berries, red wine, soda, cherries.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beer5000 (5126) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2014
250 ml bottle. Clear, dark brown body with a small beige head. Nice vinous aroma with malt, berries, oak and mild vinegar. Flavor is smooth, sweet malty, balanced mild acidic, berries (particular cherry), dry fruit, light wood, hint of chocolate. A really nicce and pleasant version of Flamish red, less challenging than Rodenbach and Duches but still a very nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1435) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2014
Very, very deep red to brown body with a beige head, ok lacing. Strong aroma of vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sweet and sour fruits and red berries, and a hint of barnyard. It’s mostly sweet, accompanied by a fitting light acetic and sour taste. Moderate flavour of vinegar and tart, sweet and sour red berries. Light body, long finish, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. A gentle and drinkable sour.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 19 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10 (905) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2014
This pours a dark brown color with a foamy light brown head. The aroma is mild of sour hints. The flavor is tart similar to a lambic without the fruit flavor.

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