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


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RATINGS: 697   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3944) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kapusil (1359) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cristobal37 (1012) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borup (13725) - Albertslund, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2016
25 cl. bottle. Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of oak, dried fruit, cherries and sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Christos (5447) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2016
(Verhaeghe Vichtenaar) Bottle 250 ml at home, served into a big tulip, ABV 5.1% Deep red brown colour on the body, clear, with a small bt thick light beige head on top, with very good retention. Inviting aroma with grapes, cherries, a bit of candy sugar. Taste is mostly sour with a light sweetness on the finish, with cherries, grapes, berries, candy sugar, light perfume. Surprisingly thick body for the ABV, soft carbonation. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maquina (1) - Ingelmunster, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2016 does not count
Lekker biertje, doet me wat denken Duchesse de Bourgogne. Ik schat de Duchesse ietsjes lekkerder in, maar deze vond ik ook zeer lekker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
manisthebeer (246) - squamish, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2016
smells of really dark sour cherries and sour plums or figs pours liquid black with a delightful brown head and great lacing in glass followed up by a wicked sour brown flavour with a touch of tart fruit

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (2022) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - JAN 9, 2016
250 ml bottle shared by Werckmeister, thanks!
Dark copper, slightly brown body, with a medium, fluffy, dissipating, yellowish head.
Aroma of glue, leather, overripe fruits, red wine, barrel, sweet berries, some vinegar.
Taste follows this, with less glue notes, some more vanilla.
Medium, a bit oily mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes sweet-sour, vinous, a bit wooden, fruity, a bit leathery.

Nice one. A quite typical style example, with sweet and sour notes in a good balance. A bit too much sharp glue notes in the nose and Im also missing a bit more depth. Overall still an enjoyable beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Werckmeister (2728) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - JAN 9, 2016
0,25l bottle at home shared with Saeglopur and Simay. BB 27.07.2017. dark brown color, small tan head. smells sour, glueish, berry notes, light oak, light caramel, bit glueish smell but overall good. medium body, quite bubbly carbonation, slick mouthfeel. bit weird taste, quite sour, glueish again, inbetween sweetness pops through, berry notes, some sour apples, quite a lot of marzipan, nutty. finishes sour and sweet with berry notes, sour apples and some marzipan. Quite interesting brew, the glueish notes are a bit districting, not sure if the bottle is too fresh, or where this is coming from, but overall still rather enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mariuspoenari (2203) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JAN 8, 2016
Dark brown pour with a tan head that gives way to a long lasting lacing. Smells like macerated grapes, caramel and dried fruit (figs, prunes). The taste is sour, with notes of macerated grapes, balsamic vinegar and apple cider.

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