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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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RATINGS: 645   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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.


Vaiz's rating

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3868) - Den Haag, - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle at home. Clear brown pour. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, oak, fruity, some red wine and a hint of licorice. Flavor is sour sweet and fruity. A bit thin but well carbonated.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
suprchunk (2673) - Crestview, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2015
This is not very sour. It is more malty. Tastes of raisins and malt. Brown pour. Slight off white head.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (6679) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some caramel, sour berries and some wood. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some berries, cherries and brown sugar. Medium body, average carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (1280) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Poured from a tap. Medium brown color, small tan head. Tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a tart fruity flavor and a lip smacking finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2698) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beer-yum (883) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2015
Pleasantly sour farmyard aroma in a mahogony pour. Flavour is sour to start but builds with complex layers of fruit, bread, and bubblegum. A fresher version of their benchmark Duchesse De Bourgogne.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Foffern (1442) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2015
Bottle at home. One year old bottle. Pours a clear, deep mahogany color and a beige, creamy head. Aroma of leather, vinegar, sweet cherries, oak, yeast, wine grapes, dried fruit, crowberry and licorice. Quite complex. The flavor follows up but is more sweet with tones of brown sugar, sweet cherries, wood, cola and hints of balsamico. Has a slick and sticky mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A really complex and tasteful ale, well-balanced and a delicious version of the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DwarfeD (1684) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2015
33cl bottle at home. Dark amber brown with a medium slightly off-white head. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Sour and sweet tones. Ripe cherries, vinegar, brown sugar, raisin and herbs. An ok sour brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ctipping (298) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2015
330 mL bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a dark brown with a hint of orange color. Large off-white head despite a careful pour. Substantial surface foam even an half hour after pouring. Sour cherry smell. A bit of a vinegar smell behind it and maybe some sweetness. A tart flavor with cherries. Not an overpowering sourness at all. A bit of lingering sweetness, but not cloying at all. Doesn’t feel as light as 5.1% at all. Only slightly thin in the finish. Medium carbonation helps keep it from feeling too heavy, though. Nice balance. Not too sour, not too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BadAprilia1000 (378) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Pours a dark reddish brown color letting almost no light through with a huge head. Aroma is vanilla, malt, sweet strawberry, balsamic vinegar, black cherry, faint chocolate, tart overall. Taste is strawberry, balsamic, cherry, very dry oak, slight sour. Aroma is almost bigger than the taste, very complex, never saw a few of these notes in a sour before so I enjoyed it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3989) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2015
On bottle from Vinmonopolet Norway, on order. Amber color, good foam. Medium aroma intensity; red berries, malt, barrel influence and some vanilla. Medium body & complexity. Good sourness- a little sweetness; balances well. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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