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


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RATINGS: 663   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TaktikMTL (6728) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2005
Bouteille de 330 ml obtenue par importation privée via Bièropholie. Arôme: Odeur de vinaigre de fruits et de cerises sûres. Apparence: Couleur ambrée rougeâtre. Moyen col mousseux pétillant. Forte densité des bulles. Large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de cerises sûres. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût de cerises. (Rating #266)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Real nice Flemish Sour. Aroma fruity(cherries) and sweet with a tad of vingear mixed in to for the sourness. This all fits in well with its mahgany color and moderate brown head. Flavor is a pleasant balance between the fruity sweetness and the sourness. In end the sourness rules the day. I think this beer should age really well and plan on cellaring a few bottles of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle. Red-brown appearence with a dense head on its shoulders. A sweetish (cola-ish) and quite fruity flemish ale that is nicely balanced by the acidity. Hints of cherries and chocolate. Light on its feet and easy drinking. Thanks Papsoe

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
Deep reddish brown hue, with a good tan-colored head, with winey notes, oaky, wet wood, caramel malt, fruity cherry nose, follows through on a medium-bodied palate with sweet tart and sour flavor, good acidity, touch of pit cherry, tannic notes, oaky,fruity, even iron accent, leading to a very refreshing finish. A nice flanders red beer, my favorite style of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6111) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2005
Bottle, at Carlsen’s Kvarter, Odense, august 2005. Sell-by date was 23.12. 2003! Typical Flemish sour ale. Very dark reddish brown colour. Red wine / balsamico vinegar aroma and flavour, some sweetness remains. Oaky elements.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Balsamic vinegar, wood, leather, molasses and sour sweat in the aroma. Clear dark reddish brown with low but lasting off-white head that recedes to lasting cover. Cherry, malt vinegar and caramel sweetness in the flavour with a surprising, strong woody bitterness in the dry finish. Strong carbonation and somewhat puckering astringency draw you through to the lasting sweet aftertaste. Light body remains quite dry despite the obvious sweetness. Tulip, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle (Bieropholie, Jun-05).
Six months later, it is less astringent and the bitterness is less pronounced. Quite sweet, but it works very well. Perhaps a minor improvement.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 13, 2005
First entry! What a great one to start with. The aroma hit instantly upon pouring. An immediate caramel, raisin, alcohol (yeah, they’re terms from the help option. Rookie!), aroma permeated. Color a nice deep reddish seen through the remaining broken head. Flavor tart, sour and caramel sweet all as it rolls over the tongue. But, mouthpuckering SOUR! Yummy. I’ll have another a little colder in the year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (12162) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2005
Bottled, 250 ml, Bottle Conditioned. Dark and reddy. Nicely balanced Flemish Sour, hits the right acidity notes with sour fruits and burnt notes. Very enjoyable if a little challenging. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2005
The first time I had this was at Ommegang Fest. and it stole the day. Hand down my favorite beer there. I had since bought a bottle and tried it at home and it rminded me a lot of the Duchesse De Bourgogne with a much tolerable finish. Not bad but definately not the beer I had in Cooperstown. I may re-rate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (24774) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
Bottled. Red coloured with an off white head. Aroma of vinegar with notes of wood. Flavour of fruits and wood with notes of vinegar.

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