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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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RATINGS: 643   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2631) - GERMANY - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2005 RERATE 30 Oct 2005: Vinegar in the nose, slightly sulfury, sour cherries. Mahogany color, low sticky head. Chocolate tones, cherries, cranberry. Sugary sweet turning sourish. Medium body. Sweeter than I wanted, but the balsamic vinegar tastes counter that. Really good sweet and sour blend.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 26, 2005
Reddish amber with a small dissapearing white head. Balsamic aroma of unriped sverries and almond. Rather sweet but fresh flavour of vanilla, candidsugar, black cherries, and red apples. Crisp aftertaste of wood, raspberries and cherries.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Bottled. Pours a reddish amber with a small white head that didn’t last long. Very effervescent looking pour. Aroma is of cheap red wine, metal, sweet malt and red wine vinegar....not looking too good at this point. Tastes of sweet malt and fruity esters (cherry and apple) with plenty of sourness characteristic of a Flemish red. Vanilla and oak present. Hops aren’t too apparent if at all in the flavor, but the finish contains some mild hop bitterness. Some champange qualities emerge in this beer. Finishes very dry. Medium bodied and coarse and it is very carbonated. Decent, but not as good as Monk’s Flemish red.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
Clear, reddish-bronze body and a soapy, light tan head. Big balsamic in the nose and flavor. There’s some serious acetobacter action here. Oakiness comes through and a fruity, cherry malt quality emerges as it warms. Some noticeable oxidation with a note of cardboard. Medium-high apparent sweetness and medium acidity. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jazz88 (2606) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
Bottle. Brown to ruby color with a light laced foamy off-white head. Dark dates and cherry aroma with a cherry spiced candy flavor. A pleasant sour finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (16428) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Dark amber color. Light nose, with some sweetness, candi sugar and sourness. The flavor is too simple, more deceiving, light mouthfeel, poorer than the other Verhaeghe...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
Sampled at le Mondial de la bière 2005. Pours a reddish brown color with a thick, diminishing offwhite head that leaves beautifull lacing on the glass. Sour aroma and flavor of cherries, the sour is balanced by some sweetness, the finish is mild and sweet. The body is light, the texture oily and carbonation soft. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Pours a deep nut brown with hints of ruby, 1/4 inch khaki head with lots of fine lacing. Smell is fruity and sour. Tart cherrry and vinegar. Puckering and sweet. Lightly oaky with hints of vanilla. More sweet than sour. Could use a bit more sour to balance the sweet but lots of flavor. Full bodied with a lightly sour aftertaste. A pretty good Flanders red.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Brownish-red, big beige head. Aroma sour, fruity, funky. Flavor sour, fruity (cherries, plums, pomegranate,) funky, some oak. This is one where I don’t miss hops; enough is going on without them. Not full-bodied in a way that would involve heaviness, but thanks to the sourness it fills the mouth in a really nice way. I’m reminded again of why I became a beer geek.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3363) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2005
Dark brown body with reddish glints and a thin off-white head. Sour/fruity aroma with some toffee and brown sugar notes. Taste is very well balanced and smoother than I was expecting. Some woody hints, and a respectable sour finish. Nice sour ale.


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