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

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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2004
33 cL bottle, snifter. Very tart and sour aroma. Cherries, cask wood, vinegar, freshly cracked pepper, tobacco aromas. Plum red body crowned by a light brown, creamy, huge head that is well lasting. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic (sour) flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic (sour) finish. Medium body, creamy/oily texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: ohhh....this is tasty, definitely sweeter than I was expecting but it has a nice sour balance to it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Clear dark orange color with a hugh (inch above the rim) lasting off white head. Aromas of chwrries, light pale malt and cidre vinegar. Light and crisp feel. Terrific blend of sweet malt, yougurt and balsamic vinegar. Very easy drinking Flemish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2004
clear, red walnut color with a egg-white tan head. Vinegarry, sweet aroma. Very effervescent on the tongue, sweet start and a sour finish. A iron/metallic aftertaste mars an otherwise wonderful brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2004
Pours a clear dark ruby brown with a thick, fizzy, very light tan head. Aroma of sweet and sour cherries, oak and a hint of candi sugar. Starts with a pleasant fruity sweetness turning more sour toward a sweet tart finish. Nicely balanced throughout, but could use a touch more body.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Dark copper/brown with a great head. Bought a bottle at Dranken Geers in Gent. It has a malty, sweet aroma. It has that great Verhaeghe sweet/sour flavor with a hint of vinegar (in a good way). It must have the same base as Caves and Vichtenaar. Delicious, especially if you are an oud bruin freak like me.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jaymobrown (1644) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Very cherry, sweet fruit aroma which carries through in the taste. Dark red-brown color. Tastes much more like a lambic than a flemish sour. Actually, it tasted like a cherry pop.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Garnet with a fleeting tan head. Aroma was sweet and vinegary and fruity. Very carbonated, spumante-like, thin and watery. Flavor was sour fruit, vinegar. Not very appealing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Bottle at DrewLaPalooza 2004. Small sized tan head with fine-large sized bubbles that completely dissipated. Uncarbonated, transparent and a reddish-brown hue. Sweet, wine, alcohol, somewhat sour and fruity aroma. Excellent aromas! Yes, indeed! Sour, alcohol, wine flavor. Tingly mouthfeel. Medium bodied beer with sparse lacing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 1, 2004
DrewLaPalooza. We popped the cap on this small bottle thinking there would not be enough to go around, but never-the-less, it made it. It poured a small head of finely sized off-white colored bubbles that left behind a most excellent sheet of lacing. The body was transparent uncarbonated and brown in color. We were at a loss for words to describe the aroma. It was very different, but it was excellent none-the-less. Wow! It was very nice. The mouth feel tingly and mildly sour not overdone like many Flemish Sour Ales. It does not pucker you up. The sourness smoothened in the finish. The flavor was very good too with mild sour notes malts and even a little brown beer flavoring. Perhaps that was why I liked it so much. It was the most notable beer at the event before we left.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Mahogony color with a big, tan, large bubbled head. Sour red wine vinegar nose, with oak and caramel. Sweet grapey flavor with a lemony bite. Some caramel, light bitterness in finish.


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