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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: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Aroma of balsamic vinegar, with some over-ripe cherry notes. Appears a deep red mahogany-tinged color, with a big creamy tan head that lasts. Flavor is tart but not too sour, with some sweet over-ripe fruit in the middle, and ending with woody notes. Palate is moderate, slick, and effercescent. Overall, an excellent example. My thanks to SoLan for this tasty brew.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evilkniamhel (348) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (1212) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
Pours brownish red with no head. Aroma is cherry and cinnamon. Taste is cherry sweet, cherry sweet, modestly sour, some sugar sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (9526) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
Bottle at craig’s. Pours deep amber, nose is balsamic funk, toffee, taste is quite sour, dry, light sweetness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (20220) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
bottle at home .. copper .. thin off white lcing .. soft balsamic ... cherry fruit nose .. juicy tart fruit .. light funk .. bis sweet cherries.. cherry pith

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Raymonnezza (13) - - APR 23, 2016
Great acid beer from Flandre. Bittersweet taste and Ruby colour . Persiste foam (eggnog colour)

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gr_pa (292) - siemianowice, POLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Dark ruby, small head, nice lacing. Aroma: vinegar, malt, cherries, wooden notes, generally quite sweet. Some tartness, but overall lots of sweetness, flavour is dark fruits, plum. Also some oak. Little bit hoppy at finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rami_pl (1460) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAR 23, 2016
butelka, na szybko: bardzo lagodne, kwasnosc i beczka bardziej w aromacie, w aromacie tez winne klimaty. sporo ciemnych swiezych owocow. w smaku kwaskowate lekko, slodkawe, bez goryczki, winno owocowe, nie ma tanin co dziwi. powtorka z aromatow, zwlaszcza mam wrazenie wisnie czuc. ogolnie: wino zmieszane z sokiem wisniowym

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3729) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2016
Reddish brown,beige head.Tart, nearly vinergar nose.Tart fruity palate(cherries), light malt in back with vinegar notes

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kapusil (1048) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 17, 2016
0.25l bottle. Dark amber body, thin tan head. Aroma and taste of sour cherries, vinegar, toast, dark sugar and some funkyness. Sweet, sour and light medium bodied. Quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (659) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 16, 2016
Ruby brown with decent head. Vinegar, lemon, yeasty cellar aroma. Taste is tart, grapefruit, vinegar, cheesy. Nice "dark lambic", but still not my style. Too much vinegar and acidity to enjoy regularly.


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