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


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RATINGS: 628   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Yeah! Similar nose to Duchesse, but more acid, more tart, drier finish, slightly drier mouthfeel. Full and fruity. Undercurrents of light funk. Very, very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 25, 2005
Deep clear brown with a red tint. Small short lived tan head. Nose is intriguing...punget, vinegar, worcestershire, brown sugar, and sour cherries. I don’t know why I like this with a list of aromas that shouldn’t go together. But it has my attention. Flavor is fruity in a sweet and sour malty base, balsamic vinegar and worcestershire sauce. Finishes twangy and very appetizing. Some carbonation tickle with a solid body and feel. This is good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6516) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2010 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium orange-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of cherry, balsamic vinegar, raisin, and brown sugar. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation. Not bad...similar to Duchesse wrt the balsamic note. Bit too sweet (lingers too long), but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dorqui (2125) - Brescia, ITALY - MAR 5, 2005
Persistent and exceptionally creamy foam. Much long-lasting and compact. Dark red/brown color. Much effervescent and very bubbly, much pungente that to pinch. Fresh and vinous taste. A lot perfumed with notes of red fruit. Lightly acidulous and much soft one. Indeed optimal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2005
02.17.05 11.2oz bottle, BB 03.11.05, purchased at Eulogy. Deep red, mahoganey, little head. Pungent acetic aromas, red wine vinegar, old apple, some vanilla, mineral, salty. Very odd and intimidating at first, but later the character settles in and it’s a real treat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 25, 2005
Dark cranberry-brown, relatively clear body. Head is of sandy-brown bubbles that build a thin covering once pouring has stopped. Then it quickly recedes to a thin ring adhering to the edges of the glass. However, when the beverage is swished in the snifter it leaves a nice lacing of bubbles. Smell is nearly pure balsamic vinegar (both soured cheese and pungent acids), with just a hint of sweet fruitiness. Taste is nicely balanced sweet grapes, prunes and raisins along with sour vinegars, soy sauce and stomach acid. Finish is quite nice, showing fruits, warm oak and some esters (bubble gum/banana like) to sweeten the palate on a “refreshing” note. Overall, a nice beer, about average for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Mahogany with a light head comprised of large bubbles. No lacing. Hmm. Sour: Check! Funky: Check! Vinegar comes through. Dill pickles. Some tart pears and green apples. Wine. Interesting flavors. It’s almost sweet. Dry though, dusty. Pears mostly with a peppery spiciness to it. Nose is nice, the flavor was sweeter than expected (which is not that sweet....)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2005
My first Flemish sour. Poured gorgeously, amber-dark brown. Head stayed up like it was on Viagra, with more lacing than your grandmother’s doilly collection. Cirtus, honey, oak and cedar tones. Smooth on the palate, perfect carbonation. Sour after, with slight sweet stickiness. Can’t wait to try this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Hmm, different bottle. "Best before 22-09-05" Pours a dark mahogany color with some light head and no lace. Aroma is of sour dark cherries. Flavor is sour cherries and malt. Good, but not overly complex. Palate is sourish(?) like the style should be. Overall, it’s nice but not the best example of the style. It is, however, a nice intro beer to the style that won’t kick the drinker in the teeth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2005
I’m not a great fan of the Flemish sour ale style, but I found this to be quite drinkable. Brown with reddish highlights, this had a large fizzy head with a vinegary, sour cherry aroma... but not too strong as to force me to reflexably back away. The taste is only moderately sour as the style goes, plums, sour grapes, cherries. It’s got a refreshingly tart finish. Not shabby.

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