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

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common

on tap
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RATINGS: 677   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2005
Dark red with brunette highlights, with a diminutive ring of lace.
A little less balsamic that duchesse de bourgogne, the oaky, vanilla vapors come through nicely in the nose, followed by a sweetness that reminded me of white chocolate.
Less acidic than most flemish sours I’ve had before, but with a stronger bite in the end. Sounds a little contradictory, but that how it tasted to me...The oak comes through nicely in the aftertaste. Like a good quality aged balsamic vinegar. I almost like it as much as Rodenbach grand cru.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Earthy red body covered by a fine, mostly lasting beige head. Immediately appealing acetic overtones complete a heavier than you’d expect caramel maltiess while the oak aging procures well defined echoes of oak, vanilla, tree leaves. Remaining very light in mouth, the caramel sweetness takes a bit more room than I’d expect, but the sourness balances it nicely. Not so tart, definitely not as fruity as their great echte kriek, but at 5.1%, this is quite packed with flavors, while boasting both sweetness and easiness to quaff.Truly well crafted.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
The Lure:
Caramel nearly covers the balsamic vinegar, as berries and citrus fruit coexist harmoniously. Everything is in place, balanced, and ready to please the Flemish Sour lover.

The Festivities:
Residual sweetness levels are higher than expected, as the caramel really does play an important role in linking the fruitiness to the subtle roastiness, as well as giving this beer a most luxurious mouthfeel. Balsamic vinegar peeks from the back, but I admit I would have liked an extra tart zing from it. Less tart than their other Flemish Sour, Duchesse de Bourgogne, but definitely richer in its maltiness, and probably better balanced.

Transcendence:
The waiters wear white gloves here.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2005
Deep reddish colour with a small beige head. Fruity, light tart aroma with yeasty notes. Sweet berry flavor with a dry tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Clear and bright red with a big loose pinkish head. Sour candy aroma with some floral hops and old milk. The tartness in the flavor is overwhelmed by the sweetness. Some oak in the caramel sweetness. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Interesting aroma - berries, caramel and butterscotch, balsamic vinegar - like some kind of italian dessert. Clear ruby-brown color, decent sized tan head. Flavor matches the aroma with a little brett funk thrown in, however it is over-sweetened - almost tastes like it has high-fructose corn syrup in it. Full bodied, kind of syrupy. Not a bad beer, I just wish they didn’t sweeten it so much - it would be better if they let some more dryness and acidity come through.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Dark brown/ruby. Hissing bubbly, tan head disappears quickly. Wild yeast, fruit in the aroma. Sweet and sour with wild yeast and nice malt backbone, crisp hops, dark berries- very refreshing. Easy drinking medium body with some tingling carbonation. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2005
12oz bottle stamped 11/27/2005. Clear dark brown body under a dense tan head which leaves thick, solid sheets of lacing. Very assertive dopplebock-like aroma. It has a dark raspberry/plum malts wrapped up in a fruity yeast with oak providing a drying background element. Chocolate creaminess as well. The emphasizes the fruity parts of the aroma but now they’re NOT dopplebock-like just straight-up raspberries and blackberries with oak and aged leafy hops offsetting the sweetness. The flemish sour tartness appears in the finish but it balances the sweetness rather than provides a leading flavor element. Both the aroma and flavor do remind me of cough syrup but only in the tastinest way! I always did like the stuff. Creamy medium mouthfeel with the faintest carbonation zip. This stuff is a worthy alternative to Rodenbach Alexander. Delicious and underrated.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2005
bottle. this is my first flemish sour and i must say not bad at all. i have nothing to compare it to but not bad. pours very dark you can just see a deep ruby red when held to a light. thin off white head leaves some nice lacing. aroma is sour fruit and lightly yeasty. tastes great sweet and sour but not very strong. smooth carbonated mouthfeel very good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights seen when backlit. Very nice, long-lived off-white head forms and leaves great lacing behind. Aroma is pleasantly sour with hints of sugary sweetness. Body is light and well carbonated. Flavor runs to the sweet side of things, slight tartness is present but just doesn’t really pack the punch of other Flemish Sours. Begins to get a bit medicinal towards the end of the glass. A mild example of the style. Fair.


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