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

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RATINGS: 617   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (4223) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AshtonMcCobb (2923) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moravius (598) - 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.

3.6
   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

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westchesterco (1093) - mclean, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a reddish brown Color with a very full frothy head. The aroma is of sour cherries the taste is of cinnamon and sour cherries that resonates on the palate with a sweet and sour finish

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3632) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle shared at home. Pours fairly clear reddish brown with a massive ecru head. Aroma of tart apple and cherry. Flavors of raisin and green apple, with some sweetness. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Sweet finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
domienS (129) - Oostakker, BELGIUM - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a dark beer with a little red shine. Has a small beige head but it disappears quickly. Smells fruity: cherry’s and apricot. You can also smell the lactoacid. Tastes sour. Leaves a well rounded sour palate with a hint of sweetness. It’s okay but not my favourite in its genre. Still a really good Flemish red though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silvan7 (749) - Samarate, ITALY - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle @accademia della birra. Ramata carica, quasi marrone, riflessi rubino. Schiuma beige, poco fine e poco persistente. Aroma fruttato, di ciliege e ribes, vinoso, acetico, zucchero candito e legnoso. Complesso. Gusto dolce amabile ai limiti dello stucchevole ma con una bella e marcata acidità che la equilibra piacevolmente. Poco amara, un poco legnosa al limite. Di buon corpoa, poco carbonata, quasi oleosa, appiccicosa. Armonica ed equilibrata

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (1090) - North Central, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Pours a very dark ruby brown with a healthy off-white head that settles to a thick ring and leaves some nice clingy soapy lace. Nose involves toasted malt vinegar, oak, dark cherries and raspberries, savory smoke, a touch of iron, lime, and the list goes on. Pretty sweet, quite tart. Medium-full body, fluffy yet softly carbed, with a pleasantly and slightly puckering tart finish. Really cool brew, nice balance, plenty of nuance, yet very drinkable.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Reviewed from notes on 07/11/10. $4.50 for 12oz @ Jim’s Homebrew in Spokane, WA. Poured from bottle to Sam Adams sig glass. A: Good burnt tan appearance with 1/4" head which is loosely packed and consistently replenished by the constant ribbons rising from the glass. Ale color is a light ruby. S: Slightly sweet and sour apple skins. Light olive scent. Citrus, fruits and Sweet grains. T: Toasty, nutty, spice, fruit. Medium sweetness with notes of raisin, oats, sour cherries. Pleasant. M: Medium-light body with creamy yet drying feel. Good burn from carbonation with a feel that glides over tongue. D: I found this a hair mellow for a flemish, but enjoyed nonetheless. Need to pick up a couple more bottles and age ’em to see if the tart grows on me. Worth a go ahead. Serving type: bottle 12-23-2010


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