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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: 600   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doofgoblin (281) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2013
The aroma is so promising with notes of fruit, sweetness, and balsamic vinegar; however, the taste is not at all like the aroma. Overly sweet, syrupy and not that sour. Disappointing.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (3003) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle @ ’t Poatersgat. Pours slightly hazy dark ruby with small beige head. Vinous aroma with notes of yeast and hops. Vinous onset leading to sweetish notes of fruit and malt, ending quite dry and acidic, with notes of yeast. A good one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarcoDL (2061) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2014
Reminiscent of the Douchesse, but with a more oaky taste and with some extra sour fruit. Tasty beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jagad5 (65) - - JUL 10, 2014
The only better beer I have had in this category is Dutchess du Burgoyne. Nice and tart.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbfobes (2275) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Poured from bottle, pours a clear dark reddish brown with a thin off white head, aroma has a good kick of sour dark fruit with a little but of vanilla, the flavor has a lighter front than I was expecting and wasn’t nearly as sour, more sweet and malty, not yet terrible but nothing great

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours a reddish brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have tart black cherry, vinous red wine, vinegar, hints of chocolate and maple sweetness, oak, prettyeasy to drink tthough it does have a decent tart/sour pop.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VsXsV (2182) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JUN 23, 2014
Bottle. Light hazy deep brown liquid with medium light tan head. Aroma of raw sugar, wood, lacto and toffee. Taste is medium sweet and light sour with notes of toffee and raw sugar. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Meh.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
traPISSED (102) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 31, 2014
330cl bottle at home (Brazil) thanks to my wife. Having previously tried the Kriek version which I did not like due to a detection of artificial sweetner I was not expecting too much. Wow was I wrong. This is a hidden gem. Its a real old school flemish sour. Every bit as good as Rodenbach. I need to do a side by side tasting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ScipioA (267) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Dark body with a large tan head that leaves foam sticking around for quite a while. Tart fruits in the aroma that also carry through into the flavor. Tastes better than it smells with a slight sourness. Thick mouthfeel, plus what feels like tannin? Perhaps from the oak barrels or whatever. $10 for a 11.2 oz bottle at the Publick House.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trappist1 (425) - Diest, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2014
Dark brown with a red glance, brown head. Nose: cherry, wood, wild yeast, briefly also tad metal. Taste is wood, vanilla, cherry. slighlty sourish MF. Very nice elegant finish, swet, sourish. very refreshing. Great ’old bruin’.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (529) - BELGIUM - APR 7, 2014
Bière de 25 cl, c’est très peu et je suis vraiment opposé à ce format, mais mon exemplaire était à date en février 2009 … il a donc 5 ans de plus que sa date limite, et ceci compense bien les 25 cl !!!! Couleur brun roux superbe. Clarté nette. Bulles fines partout malgré son âge. Mousse beige qui vient napper joliment, et tiendra jusqu’au bout. Arômes de fruits mûrs, raisins secs, cannelle, croissant, Werther’s, capuccino italien. 1ère bouche très souple sur un porto intense de grande classe et très vieux, à la texture veloutée, avec aussi du fût de cognac. Arrière-bouche maltée chocolat, avec beaucoup de fruits très mûrs. 2ème de vrai porto, mais avec beaucoup de fruits mûrs, de la cannelle et du bois de santal (très rare et vraiment superbe). Arrière-bouche avec des pruneaux, et du chêne vieilli. 3ème de superbe whisky 30 ans du Speyside, avec un côté très rond, du chocolat fourré praliné de grand chocolatier, des prunes mûres. Arrière-bouche avec du pain aux raisins, cougnou d’antan. La longueur atteint à la suavité, avec d’abord un nez exceptionnel avec du fût de premier cru, et des saveurs exquises de cerises noires, tarte aux myrtilles, et à nouveau le santal. La levure n’est pas très présente, et pour cause, il s’agit d’une fermentation mixte, mais elle est assurément dans la ligne de cette bière. L’alcool bien que seulement de 5,1 % abv, est développé par l’âge, et arrive à travailler correctement ces saveurs pourtant exigeantes. La finale est un petit chef d’oeuvre. CONCLUSION : que de plaisirs dans cette bière ! Que de qualités aussi .. L’un n’allant pas sans l’autre en principe... Mais en dehors des principes, il y a ici une harmonie superbe, et des saveurs rares, qui permettent de la placer dans les top. Le seul problème est dans ces 25 cl, idiot.


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