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

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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonas (7023) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle
Nice lactic sour, berry and ripe wood aroma. Hazy ruby, low tanned head. Considering the aroma remarkably mild sourness - lactic and vinegary, quite fruity berrylike, wooden notes, barrique dryness. Sparkly dry mouthfeel. Wood and berry aftertaste. Thanks secret santa Nat :-)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (16250) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2005
Bottled (BB 02/2006)
Deep ruby red, decent creamy tan head. Coffee, balsamico, sourness and toffee in the nose. Carbonated, metallic, typical sour toffeeish flemish sour ale. Reasonably complex, hints of burning alcohol in the finish.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle. Ruby colour with a small tan head. Sour butter, fruity aroma and a sour, fruity taste. Medium body and a sour dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 12, 2005
This beer is a very dark reddish amber with a thick off-white head, nice lacing, active carbonation and a medium mouth-feel. Aromas include: balsamic vinegar, copper and berries. The flavor is tasty tail-wagging sweet. Its very light and quite drinkable. The finish is short and maintains its pleasant sweetness throughout. Yum!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - NOV 9, 2005
good chickie beer, reddish and slightly sour aroma of fruits. sweet and tasty. pleasant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2005 Im strating to really like these flemish ales now,its like something u need to train yourself up on, like there has to be some hard grind through some stuff that you narurally dont like, in my case sour things, to appreciate them. Aroma is excellent red wine vinigar and some balsalmic notes too. Taste is not as sour as expected, but very well balanced with the sweetness, excellent flemish fellow, which ill have to get again soon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2005
mmmh - yummie - this is my Flemish sour ale! Nice deep red color with a rocky head - with a huge cylinder in the middle. Great Modena Balsamico Nose - medium intense. Spicy fruit taste in the beginning which lingers down smoothly with a soft balsamico and slightly sour taste - round!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10252) - Bochum, Porř, GERMANY - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle: Reddish amber coloured, beige fluffy head; complex nose: iron-oxide, fruits, caramel, some sourness and a tinge of "barrique" and "balsamico"....;starts sweet and malty; light sweet-sour flavour; ending is dryer and slightly sour, but not so adstringent and only a little bit tart; a sweet but pleasant Flemish Sour Ale, well balanced and not so sharp as other examples of this style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2005
Dark red with brunette highlights, with a diminutive ring of lace.
A little less balsamic that duchesse de bourgogne, the oaky, vanilla vapors come through nicely in the nose, followed by a sweetness that reminded me of white chocolate.
Less acidic than most flemish sours Ive had before, but with a stronger bite in the end. Sounds a little contradictory, but that how it tasted to me...The oak comes through nicely in the aftertaste. Like a good quality aged balsamic vinegar. I almost like it as much as Rodenbach grand cru.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Earthy red body covered by a fine, mostly lasting beige head. Immediately appealing acetic overtones complete a heavier than youd expect caramel maltiess while the oak aging procures well defined echoes of oak, vanilla, tree leaves. Remaining very light in mouth, the caramel sweetness takes a bit more room than Id expect, but the sourness balances it nicely. Not so tart, definitely not as fruity as their great echte kriek, but at 5.1%, this is quite packed with flavors, while boasting both sweetness and easiness to quaff.Truly well crafted.


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