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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle at Monk’s in Philly. Pours a cloudy amber into the tulip glass with a huge fluffy, white head. Scents of sour apples, cherries and vinegar. Very sour, puckering taste. Very refreshing with hints of malt, hops and sour apples. A very nice sour beer.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11081) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle from Willems. Hazy brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit and balsamico. Flavor is medium sweet and moderate acidic. Dry and moderate acidic finish. 270814

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mikske79 (1105) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2014
Een speciaal biertje, maar niet echt mijn smaak. Dan zijn er betere te vinden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (617) - ALSACE, FRANCE - AUG 9, 2014
Couleur brune, reflets ambrés et rouges, bonne mousse beige pétillante. Nez bien aigre vieux, fut de vin, note fruité acidulé. Gout bien aigre, acidulé sucré, avec bonne notes de fut de vin bien rondes en bouches . Fin de bouche fruitée sucrée acidulée. Super

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (3108) - 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 (2147) - 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 (66) - - 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 (2290) - Quad Cities, Iowa, 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 (5368) - 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 (2246) - 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.


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