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


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RATINGS: 652   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Bottled. A reddy purple beer with a nice white head and some lacing. The aroma starts off with quenching fruits which are noticeable from a few feet. Then a dry woodiness takes over. The taste is quite dry and twiggy. There is a compost heap finish. Sweetness sourness and dryness all make appearances. An endearing beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gregarpp (12) - Dyer, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2005
I am not sure on this one. Pours nice, head is fine, carbonation is fine, color is nice. The combination of tart and sweet aftertaste was not balanced. I honestly could not finish this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Reddish brown with a pretty, tall head that sticks to the glass. The tartness comes first - almost vinous - to be relieved by an almost sticky sweetness. OK balance though. A genuine Flemish sour to the sweet side. 210599
Earlier Rating: 6/29/2005 Total Score: 3.3
(Bottle 25 cl) Clear, brown beer with more than just a touch of red. Huge, brownish head. Woody, oaky notes with some sweet, roasted malt. But everything is pretty much flushed away by the extreme sourness that makes for one of the most quenching and sour of sour ales. Not the usual metallic edge here. 030498

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle. Nutbrown color. Aroma is very nice. Better than the flavor, which actually isn’t that bad. This beer brings reminders of vinegar. But it’s a LOT better than gueuze. Hans Jørgen thinks it would be good for cooking. It’s fresh and sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GonZoBeeR (2987) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2005
Aroma:Like nick76 bizzarre mixe.I think is cheery,wine and caramel.... Appearance:Dark brown,light white head... Flavor:Cherry.light sour and caremel not bad....

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2006 Bizarre. The aroma is like red wine vinegar and caramel. The color is chocolate brown and it forms a small head when poured though it does have plenty of carbonation. It was very difficult to drink at first but the odd taste grew on me by the time I was done. Its sour, sweet, medicinal and has the taste of vinegar and cheese. But, very little in the way of bitterness. Very complex but not necessarily in a good way. Aftertaste is sticky and sweet. This is only going to be enjoyed by those who like the style. Not recommended as a session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Bottle into tulip glass, Hop Leaf, Chicago IL. As a huge fan of Duchesse, I was looking forward to this. It’s a more subtle version of that beer, lighter in color and flavor, and almost equal to it in dopeness. I know I’m a sucker for this style. Very murky dark ruby with yellow highlights in the glass. Quickly diminishing gray tan head that leaves a dusting on top and a thick ring around the edge. Very erratic lacing in large thick sticky clumps, but very nice sub-surface "racing." Smell is balsamic vinegar, sour cherry, spruce, and light but musty yeast with some stale bread too. The flavor is like a less potent Duchesse with brown sugar added, a sweet cherry finish that balances the acidity nicely, and maybe some toast. There were definitely Granny Smith apples in the middle flavor with cinnamon and granulated sugar, like in an apple pie without the crust. Great level of carbonation helps propel the acidity and fades to reveal the sweetness, and adds to the light crisp feel that actually gets a bit fuller in the beginning of the finish. Awesome. I’m a Verhaeghe groupie, I think.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2005
From a bottle. Pours a nice reddish brown color with a fairly thin white head that stays with the beer all the way down. The aroma provides a big clue as to just how sour the flavor will be. The taste is full of sour grapes, cherries, and a hint of sweet sugar. This is not a beer for beginners and apparently this is supposedly weak for the style. Still I find it rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours a nice reddish brown, with mostly diminishing off white head. Aroma is wonderful. Cherries and the yeast is sweaty, and barnyard, the combo is great. Taste is a little sour, somewhat sweet. Nice balance of cherry, wood, kinda earthy. Palate is superb. Smooth almost creamy. Overall excellent sipping brew. Starts and finishes very well. Probably not enough of that Flemish sour stuff for the ’hardcore’ but I appreciate the balance. Enjoy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2005 RERATE 30 Oct 2005: Vinegar in the nose, slightly sulfury, sour cherries. Mahogany color, low sticky head. Chocolate tones, cherries, cranberry. Sugary sweet turning sourish. Medium body. Sweeter than I wanted, but the balsamic vinegar tastes counter that. Really good sweet and sour blend.

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