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

bottled
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available

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RATINGS: 602   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2013
From a bottle at least 6 years old (bottle says best before 22-11-07)....poured in a La Trappe small chalice. Pours a ruby brown with small head and lace. Aroma of sour plums, malt vinegar, tart grapes. Medium carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of plums, prunes, raspberries, malt vinegar, currents. Overall a wonderful Flemish red-brown ale with more malt than balsamic vinegar notes that some other Flemish seem to have...and no artificial sweetners that some seem to also have. I’ll admit I used to represent Verhaeghe in California a few years ago and have had plenty of this, the Duchesse & Echte Kriek. They’re all wonderful on their own but especially good with food. Tonight I drank this with a Thanksgiving turkey dinner and it worked well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerLuvver (53) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2013
Pours a light reddish/brownish hue with pink frothy head which disappears fairly quickly. Scent of sharp citrus fruit mixed with strawberries and oaked red wine. Taste is initial sweetness with a punchy sourness pushing through. Slightly too sour for my taste and 25cl is enough in one go. Nice oaked flavours, cherry, strawberry and lemons. Hints of vanilla. Great little Flemish Red and sharper, more mature than Duchesse de Bourgogne.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1167) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
A - pours very clear golden red brown with no head. A - vinegar, red licorice, red wine and basaltic vinegar, oak, ad candied sugars. M - lightly tart. Watery slightly slick body. Lasting malty finish with a slight tang. Low carb and weak palate. T - raisins, slight note of tart red berries and cherries. Oak, vinous malts and strawberry candy. Red wine vinegar and basaltic notes as well. O - pretty good. Simple but enjoyable. 3.5

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpongeRuiner (697) - Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
On tap while on vacation in Seattle. A nice sour style. Would definitely want again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andriesradu (475) - ROMANIA - SEP 30, 2013
33cl bottle @ Delirium Cafe. Pours dark amber with a nice creamy, beige head. Aroma is sweet & sour, a bit yeasty, spicy. Flavor is moderate sweet and sour with a very good balance between these two, also a bit fruity like plums and some hints of chocolate all of which end in a dry note. Nice

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 (3103) - 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 (392) - 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 (1271) - 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 (4014) - 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.


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