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


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RATINGS: 652   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StueyD (1542) - 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 (3562) - 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 (1218) - 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 (5319) - 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 (1505) - 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 (914) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4285) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2014
Clear reddish caramel brown colour, white head. Aroma of red fruits, lactic acid, cherries, wood, citrus. Sour flavour, quite sweet, caramel, red fruits, 7-up. Sweet finish, lactic acid, wood, vanilla, red fruits. Interesting brew, but too sweet imho. Regardless, it’s nicely thirst-quenching, and I wouldn’t mind drinking this on a warm spring day in the sun, for sure it’s better than a soda.
(From 25cL bottle @ home)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3077) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of fruit, malts and spice. Taste is malts, raisins, fruit and some roasted notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (1721) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Cherry, raspberry, potpouri aromas. Hazy red-brown. Fruity, pretty dry, tart, somewhat musty. Light-medium bodied.

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