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


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RATINGS: 695   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16821) - 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)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (6020) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Very pretty ruby/violet colored with a small, wispy and quickly diminishing head of white foam. Vibrant aroma, strange smelling, with hints of barbeque sauce, ranch, balsamic vinegar and grapes. Body is very thin and one dimensional and it cant decide if it wants to be sweet or sour. A totally dull red, lacking complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2683) - California, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Poured into my new Duchesse De Bourgogne glass. Clear reddish brown body with a small diminishing head. Aroma is very fruity with dark fruits, mainly cherries and also some wood. Flavor is the same, a little spritzy going down. Not as much acidty as others Ive had, but excellent in its own way. I love this sour stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2006
pours and looks of a fine red wine...nice lacing, with small, whispy off-white head...aroma is very vinous, and resembles most flemish sours, with touch of raspberry and red wine...flavors of white grape, concord grape, vinegar, cherry....nice and tart aftertaste, with quite a bite...nice palate, and a great beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OldMrCrow (2433) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2006 From the bottle

Pours a dark red-brown with a small and short-lived head. The aroma is the expected vinegar and green apples, with oak notes and a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is slightly sweet though not as much so as the Verhaeghes Duchess. The flavor is delicious and offers a complex suite of taste: cherries, sour apple, heavy oak, cognac. At fridge temperature, the mouthfeel seems a bit thin (and slightly prickly) but as the beer warms, the palate shines and the mouthfeel becomes rich the way that apricot nectar is thick and rich and buttery and warm and delightful all at once. Amazing, especially at 5.1%. The finish draws out the sweetness but gives way to an oak dryness that is really quite pleasant.

As an aside, this one was my personal introduction to a style which is now among my very favorites.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2006
Bottle from Beers of Europe. 25cl really isnt very much! Gorgeous aroma with balsamic vinegar and cherries to the fore, little bit of oak, vanilla, chocolate. Taste is actually slightly on the sweet side, but with all the flavours indicated by the aroma. Finish is soft and slightly oaky. I wish I had more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bkurtz (1069) - MOROCCO - DEC 28, 2005
Poured a clear reddish brown with some lacing. Cidery, sweet and sour. I prefer a gueze to this.

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