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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 597   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brison (44) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Very drinkable. Like a less refined duchess. Overall was enjoyable and i would buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (2800) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2013
How: Draught.
Where: Poatersgat, Brugge.
Appearance: Ruby red colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Sour cherry grape.
Body: Medium body with a decent carbonation.
Flavour: Sour cherry, red wine, dark fruit.
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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (352) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours a clear deep reddish-rose color with a light tan head. Aroma is a dry light tart acetic acid. Flavor is also full of acetic acid sourness with a mild fruity sweetness. Medium body with a lasting tartness in the finish. Good beer, but doesn’t match up to the duchesse.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (1141) - BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2013
Brown/red colour, medium carbonation. Good balance between sweet and sour. Aroma is vinous, fruity and tart.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
onceblind (3933) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2013
At Epic Beer Fest 2013. Clear dark amber, with a nose like malty vinegar. I want to put this on my fish and chips, not necessarily drink it. Flavor is roughly as I expected, sour, malty, with an earthy weird fruitiness on the edge. It’s like the beer form of malt vinegar. I don’t like drinking it but I’d love to sprinkle it on some British street food.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (5854) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 29, 2013
33 cl bottle @ Gastropub Tuulensuu. BBE 18.07.2014.
Pours deep dark red color with a small head. Aroma is quite intense with sour fruits, oak, some earth and yeast, lots of spices also. Flavor of sweet dark berries, ripe fruits, spices, yeast and wood. Quite tart and somewhat sweetish fruity palate, aftertaste is also sweet. Would rather have had this more sour than sweet though.
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ALLOVATE (2332) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2013
At cellar temperature and into a Duchesse de Bourgogne chalice. Quite a lively pour. The clarity is exceptional. Deepest ruby with light streams of carbonation. All a mess of salt-wash atop; well held, off-white foam that laces wickedly. Aroma is initially spicy and herbal with a long list of complexities coming through. Quite vinous, sour with lots of fermented plum, sautéed aubergine (?), toffee brittle, oak, rose water and nail varnish, Balsamic vinegar, pinot noir grapes, and the list goes on and on.....
Mouthfilling, fruity, tangy and sweet. Oozing with ripe plum and tangelo, pinot noir grapes and apple cider vinegar. Not as what was expected at all. Juicy and plump with a fruity finish. Soft, wine-like body. Plenty of length. Quite impressive overall. Manicured and streamlined. A very easy drinking Flemish Red. (25cL, BB 16/12/14, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Headbanger (3226) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2013
11.2oz bottle 7/24/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-50° in Leffe Glass-Pours a clear reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of Dark sour fruit, caramel, and oak. Taste of sourness, oak, sweetness, and tartness. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and quite tasty. I am impressed with this sour.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PapaSkeetSkeet (806) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2013 Mahogany with a film of beige-tan head. Smells like toffee ice cream , tart with light caramel. Bit of candy. Body is Medium syrup with somewhat prickly carbonation. Flavor is vinous with a healthy dose of lactic and an acetic bit in the end.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (1788) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2013
GCB: Last call. Wish I had this first. Beautiful beer. Well aged and smooth. Best sour I’ve ever had.


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