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


on tap

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RATINGS: 679   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
erickok (5190) - Leuven, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2015
Brown body, headless. Very sour, acidic style. Wine notes, some red fruit, but way over the top for my taste. Okay palate not too thin. But I don’t enjoy it much. Happy to go to a more balanced beer next. Maybe some fruit would help. Or aging. (Bottle from ABS Drinks)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChtiBreizh (456) - Rennes, FRANCE - OCT 29, 2015
Again a good sour red/brown from this brewer. Tasty and refreshing. Would have to try it along the Duchesse. I think this one is a little drier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (3028) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2015
330 ml bottle. Pours dark reddish mahogany with little head. Aromas of vinegar, oak, and sour cherries. Flavor carry same, but quite medicinal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jvhemert (375) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 12, 2015
AROMA: dark fruits, wood, bread. APPEARANCE: brown, clear, minimal head, TASTE: medium sourness, lightly bitter, PALATE: medium body, average carbonation, astringent, OVERALL: quite complex and mellow; not as harsh as Duchesse, but less complex in aromas too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
suprchunk (2945) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2015
This is not very sour. It is more malty. Tastes of raisins and malt. Brown pour. Slight off white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some caramel, sour berries and some wood. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some berries, cherries and brown sugar. Medium body, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (1565) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Poured from a tap. Medium brown color, small tan head. Tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a tart fruity flavor and a lip smacking finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Brown color with a reddish hue. Aroma contains some sour cherries, nutmeg, oak, and dark fruit. Flavor is sour cherries, chocolate, spices, grapes, complex as hell. Some vinegar shows up in the finish. OMG.This might be my favorite Flemish Sour to date.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (1263) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2015
Pleasantly sour farmyard aroma in a mahogony pour. Flavour is sour to start but builds with complex layers of fruit, bread, and bubblegum. A fresher version of their benchmark Duchesse De Bourgogne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foffern (1625) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle at home. One year old bottle. Pours a clear, deep mahogany color and a beige, creamy head. Aroma of leather, vinegar, sweet cherries, oak, yeast, wine grapes, dried fruit, crowberry and licorice. Quite complex. The flavor follows up but is more sweet with tones of brown sugar, sweet cherries, wood, cola and hints of balsamico. Has a slick and sticky mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A really complex and tasteful ale, well-balanced and a delicious version of the style.

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