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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2005
Brownish-red, big beige head. Aroma sour, fruity, funky. Flavor sour, fruity (cherries, plums, pomegranate,) funky, some oak. This is one where I don’t miss hops; enough is going on without them. Not full-bodied in a way that would involve heaviness, but thanks to the sourness it fills the mouth in a really nice way. I’m reminded again of why I became a beer geek.

julesxxl (130) - Cholet, FRANCE - DEC 7, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2017 (noir balsa, nez d’une aigreur vertigineuse, bouche acide old vinaigre fût de chêne salicorné, corps fin, best flanders red)

deepdrinker (367) - Leeds, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2017 Dark Brown in colour . Very complex beer with a wide variety of flavours . Sour but improves with time

nathanvc (798) - Brugge, BELGIUM - NOV 5, 2017
Bottle from 2Be, Bruges. Pours hazy dark brown with a small, beige head. The aroma contains vinegar, wood, barnyard, cherries, berries, marzipan, barnyard, some balsamico. It tastes medium sour and medium fruity sweet, only very light hoppy bitter; tart, refreshing, woody finish. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Excellent 'Oud bruin'.

Vighals (4545) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2017 Gylden brun klar med fingerhøyt beige skum. Lukter bæreddik, trevirke, rabarbra og sitrusskall. Fyldig. Sur, sitrus, frukt og bæreddik, fat, vanilje, sure bær. Middels lang.

FrankZappa7 (576) - GERMANY - OCT 20, 2017
2017-10-19- 0,33 L Flasche. Braun, beige Krone. Aoma: Leichte Sauernoten, Beeren. Antrunk odrentlich sauer, ausgewogener Körper. Guter Stilvertreter.

SG111 (2142) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2017
Bottled. Thanks, Jane! Pours copper red, beige head. Aroma is vingear, cherry, dark fruit, plum, caramel, toffee, chocolate. Flavor is vinegar, cherry, plum, caramel. Very effervescent and surprisingly bitter finish. Enjoyable.

Piepenhenrich (1288) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 10, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

Ascelja (1892) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 23, 2017
Bottle. Clear, ruby to brown, small beige head. Aroma of rowanberries, alcohol, cranberries, honey. Taste is very rich, moderately sour and sweet, lightly tart and slightly bitter. Yeast, berries, honey, rowanberry wine, red grapes, red wine. Fuller body, high carbonation.

Rotin (1894) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 21, 2017
Bottle 0.25l. Cloudy, copper colored. AROMA- a bit sharp sour tones, red wine, mead, caramel, touch of brandy, sour cherries. FLAVOR- lightly sweet, moderately sour and tart, a bit sharp, red wine, caramel, sour cherries. Medium bodied.
Very tasty.

DavidSvinth (377) - DENMARK - SEP 17, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2017 Mørkerød i glasset. Syrlig rosinaroma i næsen. Ikke videre tiltalende. Fin syre, men smager også lidt af dårlig portvin. Den mangler kompleksiteten og balancen fra Duchesse de Bourgogne.

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