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


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RATINGS: 683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (1431) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shielfing (12) - SCOTLAND - JAN 26, 2015
Of the ’old bruin’ style. Slightly less sweet than Duchess and benefiting from it. Beautiful match of acidity, malt and wood. Carbonation for this is simply joyous, enabling a full palate and stretching out the thirst quenching, almost puckering tart character. This is probably one of the best beers in the world, certainly one of my top few, such a shame it’s not more easily available outside Belgium. Outstanding.

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2843) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Brown color with a reddish hue. Aroma contains some sour cherries, nutmeg, oak, and dark fruit. Flavor is sour cherries, chocolate, spices, grapes, complex as hell. Some vinegar shows up in the finish. OMG.This might be my favorite Flemish Sour to date.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2009
(dk-gn-btl bk-lbl w/lions, “Oud Buin”, “West-Flemish red-brown ale matured 8 months in oak casks”, 4 pack, 5.1%, 11.2oz)

mhgy, thin-cm-hd,

^appetizing sour-port aroma,

T1 ^sweet ^sour-cherry port
T2 crmy sweet-malt §oaky
T3 §alchl-warmth almost-nothing(it just vanishes)
Tf §musty

^drinkable-session ^refreshing-summer-ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dreamflower (779) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
Bottle shared with northropfrye. Beautiful sour/sweet aroma. Lovely dark colour with pale head. Elegant lacing. Gorgeous taste. One of my all-time favourites. Wish I didn’t have to share.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Bottle at the Cock and Bull Pub in Sarasota, FL. Pours a murky red/caramel brown color with a very attractive medium off-white head. Lacing is excellent throughout the glass. Beer can’t look much nicer than this. Aroma is sour grapes, vinegar, overly sweet fruit, light yeast and toffee, along with a mild barnyard character. A masterpiece of aromas, IMO. Flavor does not dissipoint. A sour vinegar start with some interesting butterscotch and farmhouse notes. The sourness is not overdone yet is prelevant in this beer. Finishes somewhat oaky with a nice medium body. This is really a great beer. I continue to love this style of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Smells a little sour. A nice reddish color. It seems to have some faint cherry flavor, and easily the lightest and smoothest Flemish sour I"ve had. Quite nice, almost lambic-like.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesEsseintes (18) - ITALY - AUG 22, 2010
This is a spectacular ale I’ve always loved and wanted to have in my cellar and fridge, the "basic" brew from Brouwerij Verhaege and the most remarkable example of a Flemish Red Ale; bottle designe is bare, with just the local flag of Vichte (well Vichtenaar means "[ale of] Vichte" I suppose); pours dark reddish brown with good head disappearing fast due to high acetic sourness; in the nose, complexity of red fruits, winey smells and the oak character is very ambient. Mouthfeel fresh and fizzy, this is determined to clean your mouth no matter what you might have gulped before; fresh acetic sourness and dry palate, a wonderful jewel of supreme - and yet simple - brewing art. I’d have it for a lifetime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NickBelaine87 (6) - ITALY - NOV 19, 2010 does not count
Intense aroma of sweet wine. Creamy Texture. Taste of vanilla, wine, cider. Sweet/Sour finish.

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