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


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RATINGS: 712   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.

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CurlyJoe (383) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2017
Very dark almost black, tinge of red/brown in the light. Tart aroma, acidic sour vinegar. Big sour taste too, but quite a lot of smooth Belgian-y taste too. Fruity and a but oaky too. Relatively sweet. Lingering acidity is refreshing. Sticks to the mouth long after a sip.

kajser27 (2086) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 19, 2017
Red ruby colored, clear, medium frothy off white to beige head, good lasting. Aroma is of tart fruit, cherry, some woody notes, some funk, vinous, some aceto. Taste is medium sweet tart fruit, cherry, wood, funk and vinous, medium aceto balsamico acidity, dry finish. Medium to light bodied, average carbonation.

stouby (4859) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2017
Bottle at home. Clear dark red with a beige head. Aroma medium malty and yeasty, sour fruit and barrel notes. Flavor light sweet, medium+ sour and fruity. Medium+ body.

Shark_Pants (781) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2017
330ml bottle BB 12 Feb 18. Deep hazy red with small fizzy head that recedes to a soapy film. Nice big cherry and some tart vinegar notes in the aroma, along with some sweet caramel. The taste has loads of cherry character, some apple cider vinegar, caramel sweetness, some cola, a lot of barrel aged character. Bright acidic mouthfeel, good carbonation but just a little coarse. Really quite good.

Cybion (198) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle, 330ml. Pours clear deep red with initially a finger or so of soapy off-white head, which doesn’t stick around long. Thin ring of lacing, no visible carb. Nose is very tart and fruity with sour cherry, blackcurrent and raspberry coming through strong and sharp. Some more fruit confectionery underneath that along with christmas-y spices; clove and cinnamon etc, some pine and some woody hints in general, and spicy, musty Belgian yeast. Small note of balsamic vinegar and less vinous in general than Duchesse. Taste is crispy, moderately sour and very fruity; assorted berries through at the front, then cherry, a hint of balsamic vinegar and into a bone dry, sour, slightly spicy finish with lingering light cereal. Body is light-medium, texture is smooth and carbonation is quite sharp, fitting the sour well; very refreshing. Very good balance of sweet and sour flavours; avoids becoming overly syrupy or dominated by vinegar or lactic sour. Better than Duchesse in my opinion.

hawthorne00 (4193) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. Deep red with a beige had that’s soon a coat. Bright, almost sharp aroma of cherries, red wine vinegar, wood. Fairly light bodied, medium carbonation. 4+ Both lively and brooding flavours. Quite acidic but not sharp, with a nice balance of gentle toffee, cherries and oak. 7+ Long finish. Very nice.

The_Osprey (9673) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2017
January 2017 - 25cl bottle at home in Richmond as ’Vichtenaar’, 5.1%, brewed by Br. Verhaeghe Vichte, BB June 2018. Brewed with well water and lagered in oak. Pours a very dark opaque ruby with a small foamy tan head. Aroma is intensely fruity, cherry in particular, slight balsamic edge, cabernet sauvignon wine. Pretty sniffable. Body is a touch frothy with tingly carbonation. Taste is tart, restrained dark cherry, light oak and raspberry pie, some building varnish harshness. Better than expected given that this was quite cheap. Good value.

sulawang (1208) - - JAN 2, 2017
Visual: Pours dark cherry wood reddish-brown with small dissipating head, thick ringed retention, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: light pukey, oaked red wine sour (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: medium puckery-tart, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: wet woody oak, plum-prune, (lvl-4-sweetness), big sour-tangy hit, subtle root beer spices, red wine vinegar

Finish: residual tangy acidity, lingering woody sour barley malt

Summary: A pretty complex sour ale with a woody element that is well worked into the mids. Good overall balance and interesting from start to finish.

jzi (314) - POLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

MasDen (527) - Mogilev, BELARUS - DEC 24, 2016
Aroma: sour, plum. Appearance: rich red color with white small foam. Tate: plum, acid, in finish small sweetness. Palate: small carbonation, medium body.

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