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

bottled
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available

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RATINGS: 602   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.


JagerQueen's rating

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JagerQueen (123) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 30, 2004
Pours a dark, chocolatey color with a big, fluffy head. Huge soda-popish bubbles. Aroma is very sour, slightly sweet, a little blander than I am used to from FSA. Taste is sour, a little thin and watered down, but still has a nice tart, vinegaresque quality. Finishes a little bitter.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mikske79 (1096) - 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 (601) - 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 (3078) - 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 (2134) - 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 (2287) - 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 (5359) - 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 (2235) - 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 (282) - 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.


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