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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Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 2, 2006
A really interesting beer. Smells like stale milk and tastes like spoiled Nestle Cherry Quik. The flavors and texture smooth into a really unique, special beer.

stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark bronze with a small beige head. Aroma of fermented fruit, spices, some sour notes, and wood. Flavor is sweet up front, fermented fruit (i believe its cherries) and a tart sour finish (but not over bearing). Good body, good brew.

BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2006
picked up a single @ Whole Foods in West Palm Beach. They got Duchess in 750ml! NIce super carb’d cherry/rubby colour pour. Nose, as with all these flemmies, really hits you of vinegar and spices. Apon a sip, the bubbles bounce over the tounge with a sweet sensation of black cherries and black plum, clove seeps in in the middle, and it really closes out with a well matured vanilla taste, thanks to our good friend oak aging. delicious.

notalush (5935) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Clear ruby color with a small ring of bubbles - vinous aroma, with touches of oak, cherries, earthy/musty tones - high, mouth-tingling carbonation - somewhat tart up front, mellowing to reveal a light, bready malt, with plum and cherry tagging along - a little thin in the finish - some grain coming in - not the best of flemish browns, but nice to drink anyway.

apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Rich, dark brown body, barely a head around the sides. Highly carbonated, a little too much for me. Figs, plums and cherries in the aroma and the flavor. A nice tart finish (the "sour" in the sour ale). A little thin in the flavor but well-balanced. Overall, a decent sour ale.

Oakes (19027) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Reddish-amber colour. Woody, balsamic aroma. The flavour is fairly sweet, with light balsamic acidity, fruitiness and brown sugary notes. I can just get into this company’s beers - too acetic.

Bov (13330) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 14, 2006
clear and bright reddish-brown colour, fine creamy beige head; vinous nose; aroma of cherries and vinegar, notes of cocoa; moderate malt body, swet and sour, creamy mouthfeel and with a long fruity, sweet and sour finish - good but too much on the sweet side

Braudog (6852) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2006
From the bottle, as dark red as it could be, with a gluey top. Nasty vinegar aroma that didn’t appeal to me. The flavor wasn’t quite as off-turning, I guess, but I’m officially not a fan of Sour Ales. I appreciate the artistry, but don’t dig it.

smcd (366) - USA - MAR 9, 2006
(Bottle. 03/2006) Big, off-white (tending toward beige) head that lasts reasonably well and leaves nice lace on the glass. Clear, dark garnet colors complement a nose of balsalmic vinegar. Some lactic notes (a slight hint of old milk or new cheese) in the nose, but balsalmic/acetic notes predominate. Sweet on the palate with notes of cherry, prune, vanilla (from oak?) and dark, roast malts. Some minor hints of chocolate. The acetic qualities continue to predominate the taste profile, but this is also a beer that is quite sweet. Some lactic notes with a very understated bitter orange hint in the background. Not having many old browns to compare this too, I can’t say how it fits into the style, but I could probably have a few of these in my remaining days.

Sammy (12846) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
Lovely aroma, dark colour, lots of lace. Great tartness well-balanced, with lots of fruit, yummy cherry and dark fruit.

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