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


on tap

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RATINGS: 681   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
manisthebeer (246) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2016
smells of really dark sour cherries and sour plums or figs pours liquid black with a delightful brown head and great lacing in glass followed up by a wicked sour brown flavour with a touch of tart fruit

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (1665) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 9, 2016
250 ml bottle shared by Werckmeister, thanks!
Dark copper, slightly brown body, with a medium, fluffy, dissipating, yellowish head.
Aroma of glue, leather, overripe fruits, red wine, barrel, sweet berries, some vinegar.
Taste follows this, with less glue notes, some more vanilla.
Medium, a bit oily mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes sweet-sour, vinous, a bit wooden, fruity, a bit leathery.

Nice one. A quite typical style example, with sweet and sour notes in a good balance. A bit too much sharp glue notes in the nose and I’m also missing a bit more depth. Overall still an enjoyable beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Werckmeister (2056) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 9, 2016
0,25l bottle at home shared with Saeglopur and Simay. BB 27.07.2017. dark brown color, small tan head. smells sour, glueish, berry notes, light oak, light caramel, bit glueish smell but overall good. medium body, quite bubbly carbonation, slick mouthfeel. bit weird taste, quite sour, glueish again, inbetween sweetness pops through, berry notes, some sour apples, quite a lot of marzipan, nutty. finishes sour and sweet with berry notes, sour apples and some marzipan. Quite interesting brew, the glueish notes are a bit districting, not sure if the bottle is too fresh, or where this is coming from, but overall still rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (1420) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2016
Dark brown pour with a tan head that gives way to a long lasting lacing. Smells like macerated grapes, caramel and dried fruit (figs, prunes). The taste is sour, with notes of macerated grapes, balsamic vinegar and apple cider.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sjogro (2496) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle at Maakun’s. Balsamico, fruity and spicy, sour grapes/berries, very woody, rubbery resin, minty woodglue. Quite sour with wooden character with underlying (brown)sugary sweetness. Otherwise very soft and minerallike texture. Interesting brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (3618) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to Sjogro. Dark reddish brown with big beige head. Overripe fruits, lots of oxidized sherry notes, balsamico, brown bread, light nailpolish remover, sour lactic notes, lots of dried fruits and red berries. Great balance between sweet oxidized overripe fruit notes and sour berries. Medium bodied with a bit fizzy carbonation. Nice stuff, without the nailpolish remover it would be great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wiedrzensky (742) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 30, 2015
Bottle. Dark amber clear with thick beige head that lasts for seconds. Aroma of cherries, fruity, caramel, raspberries, blueberries, wet leaves, tarty, vinous. Taste is medium sweet, hints of sour, hints of bittery, notably oak aged, light dry. Medium body, creamy texture, tart, light astringent finish. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Homer321 (4177) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mateuszk (1689) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (14053) - 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.

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