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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: 617   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.


Doofgoblin's rating

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doofgoblin (339) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tfredvik (1205) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 9, 2014
Very, very deep red to brown body with a beige head, ok lacing. Strong aroma of vinegar, balsamic vinegar, sweet and sour fruits and red berries, and a hint of barnyard. It’s mostly sweet, accompanied by a fitting light acetic and sour taste. Moderate flavour of vinegar and tart, sweet and sour red berries. Light body, long finish, smooth texture and moderate carbonation. A gentle and drinkable sour.
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 19 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Online]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2014
This pours a dark brown color with a foamy light brown head. The aroma is mild of sour hints. The flavor is tart similar to a lambic without the fruit flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (3063) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2014
Clear reddish caramel brown colour, white head. Aroma of red fruits, lactic acid, cherries, wood, citrus. Sour flavour, quite sweet, caramel, red fruits, 7-up. Sweet finish, lactic acid, wood, vanilla, red fruits. Interesting brew, but too sweet imho. Regardless, it’s nicely thirst-quenching, and I wouldn’t mind drinking this on a warm spring day in the sun, for sure it’s better than a soda.
(From 25cL bottle @ home)

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (2358) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle pours brown with a off white head. Aroma of fruit, malts and spice. Taste is malts, raisins, fruit and some roasted notes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (1129) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Cherry, raspberry, potpouri aromas. Hazy red-brown. Fruity, pretty dry, tart, somewhat musty. Light-medium bodied.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tobiasoe (64) - NORWAY - NOV 16, 2014
Reddish brown under a thin tan head, medium aroma intensity of roasted malt, sweet fruit and spice. Decent carbonation, quite high acidity, medium body roasty brew with obvious vinegar and sweet catchup. Sweetness overweight on the sweet-sour balance. Decent length and probably well-suited for some food, but not a favourite for me. Can’t shake the feeling of basically a Duchesse de Bourgogne with some sweetner.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MichaelAwesome (4587) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2014
Nice and very mild one with some acid and fruit in the aroma. Easily drinkable with some cherries and bread on the tongue. Expected a bit more sourness towards the end but the lack of it had some advantages and disadvantages. Fine one for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
McTapps (4589) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle from trade with Calisky - many thanks! The beer pours out in a beautiful dark red - dark brown colour with steady low head and medium to smooth body. Wonderful arome of red wine, vinegar and berries. Taste of wine, plums, raspberries, mild balsamico vineggar, gentle acid, green nuts, prunes and light barley. Finish of wine and mild vinegar. Highly enjoyable - wonderful beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - OCT 31, 2014
Classic Flemish red, like Rodenbach, with light beige, creamy, sticky, stable head and dark burgundy colour, hazy. Tart and estery aroma, passion fruit, apple, honey, elderberries, balsamic vinegar, oak, vanilla, madera... Vivid in the mouth, with a sparkling dialogue between honey- and almost candi sugar-like sweetness on the one hand and a sharpish, tart, vinegary acidity on the other hand; the latter creates a vinous, sour dryness, with woody tannins in the background and a finish where the sweet and sour come to close harmony, though the sweetness is slightly dominant - but less so than in their Duchesse de Bourgogne. Wonderful and very authentic, traditional example of the oud bruin style.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackisle (865) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle 25cl. Clear but very dark red brown color, initially huge bubbly tan head, sizzles down to a thick layer, decent lacing; sour fruit nose, cherries, raisins, oak, cinnamon notes; taste mild sour and sweet, cherry, plum; medium body, tingly mouthfeel, bit woody, lively carbonation, sticky texture; fruity and dry sour and sweet finish, hints of bitterness, bit spicy, oak notes. Nice Belgian brown!


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