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


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RATINGS: 701   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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ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Bottled. via trade with CaptainCougar. 22-09-05 Best Before Date. Pours a dirty brown color with a slight tan head. Looking at it, I’d guess it was a barley wine if I didn’t know what it was. Sweet cherry-like aroma with some apple, bread, cinnamon and sour notes. Thick and oaky with a tinge of sourness. Also has notes of grass, dark fruits, apples, cigar, must and vinegar. Dry finish. A good beer but a little too sweet for my liking.

austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Really sweet and rather thin in body, sort of like adding Flemish Sour flavors to a glass of water. Light on the sour end of things. Thus, little complexity. Could use more beery malt, which it lacks.

3fourths (9331) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2006
33cl bottle. Nose of slightly creamy coffee and milk: mocha-like with notes of vinegar and vanilla. Wet and fizzy in the cola sense, lacking sourness but more importantly lacking flavor depth. Has a thin layer of brown sugar and caramelized raisens with a finish of overly-sweet plums. Not what I consider to be the definition of the style.

redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2006
A great starter if you are new to the Flemish Sour styles. Fruit in the aroma, raspberries, malt, acidic. Pours a dark red almost purple. Mild sour flavor, some berry fruitiness, tart. A good session sour if there is such a thing.

JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
12 oz bottle. Deep, ruby coloured brew, thick off-white head. Light sweet, fruity aroma. Strawberry and cherry fruit, light oakiness with some light tartness. Flavour is fairly sweet but still good, cherry, light woody character. Faint vanilla flavours behind the fruit and oak. A bit too sweet and the tartness is somewhat more subdued than I like. Finishes fairly sugary with some unpleasant metallic flavours. Could be much better.

dwyerpg (6062) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Smells a little sour. A nice reddish color. It seems to have some faint cherry flavor, and easily the lightest and smoothest Flemish sour I"ve had. Quite nice, almost lambic-like.

robertburns (15) - westminster, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2006
poured a deep red in color with very little head. aroma of vinager& sour cherries. first taste was sour, but also quite sweet. once the taste buds get used to this, it is a decent sour ale!

yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2006
Bottled. (BB 050517) Clear, dark, dark red with a diminishing, small head. Lovely vinous, fruity-sour aroma with cherries and some dried fruits. Flavor is quite mild and pleasant. Sour, fruity cherry-dominated beer. An astringent bitterness finishes it off. (060108)

JK (6090) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Weird stuff. Powerful, and not unpleasant aroma of balsamic vinegar and raisins. Dark red color and nearly still. Sweet, rotting fruit combined with sour vinegar in the flavor. One of the thickest and most heavy beers I have had. Not as light and fruity as their Duchesse De Bourgogne, but also a good beer that requires more time than its lighter cousin.

demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2006
I like this style. THe nose is fruity almost sour. Pours a dark, dark red with very little head. The flavor is aged fruit, balsamic with a sour finish. Not for everybody but a great style of beer.

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