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.

RiverHorse's rating

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (3613) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is malt, tart dark fruits, balsamic vinegar, raisin, caramel, plum, touch of oak. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet and midly sour. Body is medium. Easy and enjoyable Flemish brown, maybe a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werthergoethe (310) - Moscow, RUSSIA - AUG 28, 2016
Классич& фламанс& эль, весьма напомин& русско-б сорт "Ищу человек& который на Верхаге и произво& Вкус кислова& Приятно& освежаю& пиво

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (845) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 17, 2016
Sour aroma with hints of toffee and cherries. Dark brown aroma with a large forthy brown head. Cherry and toffee with a nice underlying sourness. Medium bodied. Balanced finish with some sweetness and a touch of sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (3496) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2016
(backlog) Sampled from source during Rondje Roodbruin 2016. in many respects the more cultured, tart, dry and sessionable version of export darling Duchesse which lately has suffered a bit (acetone, sweetness). The natural balsamic and sour cherry stone prickle feels very much original and légère here along with the quenching oak dryness. Will revisit bottled and taste side by side with Duchesse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mister_Li (959) - GERMANY - JUL 20, 2016
Klares dunkelrot mit reichlich Schaum. Säuerlich, leicht holzig, fruchtige Aromen, Sauerkirsche, spritzig.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
llucmaduell (176) - barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 18, 2016
The Red ale style is very special. There are a few beers, and in Catalonia we find even less. Aquets highlights an imbalance in l’avigranament point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
6bottlepack (190) - Devon, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2016
Bottle from Hops & Crafts Exeter,pours clear ruby with a big loose tan head,tart aroma of cherry,oak,malt vinegar & pear,taste of cherry slight sourness & some acidity , oak too ,light bodied with good carbonation , the finish is long with more cherry ,sourness & acidity with a balancing sweetness . Really lovely!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Icedwarf (1303) - Etten-Leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2016
Donkerbruin bier met schuim. Smaak is licht zoetzuur en fruitig, rode bessen en braam met iets wat lijkt op appelstroop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EHSRanders (2008) - Tjele, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle. Clear amber color with medium creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Aroma is cherry and cinnamon. Sour fruity flavor. Oily palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evilkniamhel (577) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2016
Bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk dregs run. Pours pale brown. Nose of spiced oranges, raisins. Taste is very sour, piney resin.

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