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


on tap

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RATINGS: 683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle. Ruby colour with a small tan head. Sour butter, fruity aroma and a sour, fruity taste. Medium body and a sour dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2005
This beer is a very dark reddish amber with a thick off-white head, nice lacing, active carbonation and a medium mouth-feel. Aromas include: balsamic vinegar, copper and berries. The flavor is tasty tail-wagging sweet. It’s very light and quite drinkable. The finish is short and maintains it’s pleasant sweetness throughout. Yum!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - NOV 9, 2005
good chickie beer, reddish and slightly sour aroma of fruits. sweet and tasty. pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Im strating to really like these flemish ales now,its like something u need to train yourself up on, like there has to be some hard grind through some stuff that you narurally dont like, in my case sour things, to appreciate them. Aroma is excellent red wine vinigar and some balsalmic notes too. Taste is not as sour as expected, but very well balanced with the sweetness, excellent flemish fellow, which ill have to get again soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2005
mmmh - yummie - this is my Flemish sour ale! Nice deep red color with a rocky head - with a huge cylinder in the middle. Great Modena Balsamico Nose - medium intense. Spicy fruit taste in the beginning which lingers down smoothly with a soft balsamico and slightly sour taste - round!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10139) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle: Reddish amber coloured, beige fluffy head; complex nose: iron-oxide, fruits, caramel, some sourness and a tinge of "barrique" and "balsamico"....;starts sweet and malty; light sweet-sour flavour; ending is dryer and slightly sour, but not so adstringent and only a little bit tart; a sweet but pleasant Flemish Sour Ale, well balanced and not so sharp as other examples of this style.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9369) - 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.

The waiters wear white gloves here.

   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.

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