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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: 603   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (35088) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 23, 2008
Bottle @ <a href=http://www.ale.dk/index.php?id=4638 target=_new> Sour ale Tasting - DOE Holstebro. Clear medium to dark amber color with a average, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, berry, raisin, plum, date, vinegar sour. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate acidic - vinegar with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. ;o) (250308)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (31235) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2008
RB BE #400: 25 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber to deep maghoni with a creamy/crispy light brown head. Cherry fruity, light woody and dried fruity aroma. Flavourful, slight woody, dried fruity yet fresh from the cherries. Sweet, yet not overly so. Finish holds a nice dryish and very controlled sour note to a distinct fruity note. Nice

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (29369) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2004
A red brown beer with a beutiful light brown head. The aroma is sour with notes of overripe fruits. The flavor is lovely sweet and sour with notes of overripe cherries and a sourness that draws the mouthwater and with a nice woody dry end.
Earlier Rating: 4/12/2004 Total Score: 4
A deep red beer with a fine beige head. The aroma is very sweet like over-ripe grapes and plums. The flavor is dry and sour with hints of sweetness. It is very acidic - almost like a gueze with notes of wood and plums. A very lovely beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - 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

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (20861) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
Bottled. Red coloured with an off white head. Aroma of vinegar with notes of wood. Flavour of fruits and wood with notes of vinegar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20395) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber coloured, small beige head. Sour grape and cherry aroma, almost red-wineish. Flavour is sour grapefruit, cherry, apple and some vanilla. Almost like a more sour Madeira-wine. Some wooden hints also all the way through as it gets warmer. Redwineish aftertaste. Wellbalanced, but sadly a quite thin palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (19447) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Bottled at Belgobaren, Stockholm. Deep ruby, almost clear, airy head. Tart aroma of black cherries. Intensely citric with notes of wood. Light bodied with spritzy mouthfeel and lots of freshening acidity. Lightly earthy with notes of blueberries and tart cherries. Excellent!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16789) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle. Reddish brown colour with a thick longlasting tan head. Malty aroma and sour. Malty flavor with a tart fruitiness. Sweet sour finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (15128) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
23rd July 2008. Clear dark red brown beer. Slightly sour in the Duchesse Du Bourgogne mode but this is tamer and much sweeter. Sweet and sour semi dry finish with some coca cola flavours. Refreshing.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (14777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Dark amber color. Light nose, with some sweetness, candi sugar and sourness. The flavor is too simple, more deceiving, light mouthfeel, poorer than the other Verhaeghe...


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