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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: 617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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“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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Ruby brown color, fair lacing & head. Nose of grape, tart notes & fresh bacteria. Sweet fruity taste with a bit of mustard. Cherries, plum, very nice with only a hint of vinegar. Sherry & vermouth like notes too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Medium sized light brown head that hangs, good lacing. Clear, deep amber/red hued brew. Nose is lightly fruity, cherrys, light vinegar notes and a hint of dark malts. Med/light body, tingly carbonation. Medium sourness, lightly tart. Vinegary flavors, fruity, cherries, green apples and medium sweet malts. A nice fruity ale. Finish is dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (8032) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2004
Huge beige head, slightly irregular, lacing over brown-red beer. Acetic acid, (wine)vinegar, oakwood, brown malts, gingerbread. Whilst the first whiff is acetic, subsequent lactic acid takes over the aroma. An extra aroma reminds me of fried sweet peppers. Again sweet fried peppers in the taste. Taste is much sweeter than the nose leads to expect. Then, wood and soft acids fill in. Faint chocolate, somewhere, and lactic character, bit soupy. Medium bodied, a bit chewy; very slight acidburn. Good oud bruin, though a tad to the sweet side for me. However, the initial acetic onslaught makes me wonder how they managed to mask this. Or is it that volatile?
Earlier Rating: 3/3/2004 Total Score: 2.8
Very well carbonated, dark brown head, lacey but not stable; brown beer with foxy shine. Acetic acid - and a lot of it! Further wood and diacetyl in the nose. Taste yields acetic acid, lactic acid, diacetyl and an artificial sweetener. That sounds even more ominous than it is. After a fizzy start, bends towards very soft water-like feeling. Wonder how that correlates to the sweetener. This is weird - and not very confidence-inspiring. It's as if the acidity and the sweetener are battling, with the first loosing out. Not what it ought to be. Some people might like it as a sweet beer, if they can overcome the nose.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2004
Bottle: Pours deep brownish ruby red with a small tan head that quickly turns into a tiny ring around the outside of the glass. Aroma: Sour cherries, chocolate, molasses, aged wood, vinegar. Taste: Sour cherries, vinegar, chocolate, balsamic vinegar, fruit, metal, grapes. Light to medium bodied. There are far better flemish sour ales out there if you can find them.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Bottle pours a deep amber brown red with a decent head that diminishes to surface haze and lots of messy lace. The aroma is of a dry red wine aged in wood. However, the flavor hits you with cherry sweetness, sour notes to balance, and a small lingering bitter in the finish. The body is wine like, but very cleansing and nicely carbonated. Overall, this is one fine beer! Drink it on the cold side to avoid a cloying sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Are we sure this isn’t a phlem-ish sour ale? What a potent sour (vinegar)aroma - followed by a quick pass of sour on the tongue - shifting to a thick, intense syrupy sweetness. The not-acidic or bitter finish leaves only the cherry sweetness on the tongue - nice! A little one-dimensional and cloying, but worthy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ToolHead (266) - København, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2004
25 cl bottle. Served in nørrebro Bryghus IPA glass. Clear, dark brown-red color. Nice, off-white head w/ good lacing. The aroma is quite sour (balsamico-ish) w/ sweetish undercurrents. The taste is sweeter than expected, although some vinegary sourness definitely is noticeable. Dryish finish. Fluffy, soft mouthfeel. Quite nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (533) - Naples, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2004
Brownish red in color with a medium off white head. A sour cherry wine, some carmely malts, and some hints of alcohol in the nose. I couldn’t describe much more than that, but there were many more aromas that I could not distinguish. A good shot of sour in the first sip, which I like. A cherry taste was most evident with some woody goodness too. Very easy to drink, I could finish a bottle with out thinking to hard about it. Tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Deep red body, thin tan head. The aroma is the closest to champagne I’ve encountered, with notes of white wine, vinegar, sour earthiness, and alcohol. Flavor is classic Flemish Sour with plenty of sweet, fruity balsamic vinegar, musty woody notes, and hints of grape. Not all that sour; tart is more like it. Is this filtered?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2004
Hazy dark red/ruby body, small head. Strong sour nose, some underlying sweetness. Flavor is woody, sour and has a very nice sweetness, berries. Very nice beer. I LOVE flemish sours!


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