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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fonefan (51634) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 23, 2008

yespr (48165) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2008
RB BE #400: 25 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber to deep maghoni with a creamy/crispy light brown head. Cherry fruity, light woody and dried fruity aroma. Flavourful, slight woody, dried fruity yet fresh from the cherries. Sweet, yet not overly so. Finish holds a nice dryish and very controlled sour note to a distinct fruity note. Nice

Ungstrup (38597) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2004
A red brown beer with a beutiful light brown head. The aroma is sour with notes of overripe fruits. The flavor is lovely sweet and sour with notes of overripe cherries and a sourness that draws the mouthwater and with a nice woody dry end.
Earlier Rating: 4/12/2004 Total Score: 4
A deep red beer with a fine beige head. The aroma is very sweet like over-ripe grapes and plums. The flavor is dry and sour with hints of sweetness. It is very acidic - almost like a gueze with notes of wood and plums. A very lovely beer.

joergen (29397) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2005
Red coloured with an off white head.
Aroma of vinegar with notes of wood.
Flavour of fruits and wood with notes of vinegar.

anders37 (27251) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2006
Bottle. Reddish brown colour with a thick longlasting tan head. Malty aroma and sour. Malty flavor with a tart fruitiness. Sweet sour finish.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 5, 2006
Bottled. Dark amber coloured, small beige head. Sour grape and cherry aroma, almost red-wineish. Flavour is sour grapefruit, cherry, apple and some vanilla. Almost like a more sour Madeira-wine. Some wooden hints also all the way through as it gets warmer. Redwineish aftertaste. Wellbalanced, but sadly a quite thin palate.

Travlr (26268) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle at Brickskeller, shared with Collin. Dark brown, small beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, plums, etc. Taste is oak, sourballs, toffee. Somewhat reminiscent of the old Rodenbach before they sold out. Nice.

cgarvieuk (26099) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2016
bottle at home .. copper .. thin off white lcing .. soft balsamic ... cherry fruit nose .. juicy tart fruit .. light funk .. bis sweet cherries.. cherry pith

omhper (25833) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Bottled at Belgobaren, Stockholm. Deep ruby, almost clear, airy head. Tart aroma of black cherries. Intensely citric with notes of wood. Light bodied with spritzy mouthfeel and lots of freshening acidity. Lightly earthy with notes of blueberries and tart cherries. Excellent!

madmitch76 (25817) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2009
23rd July 2008. Clear dark red brown beer. Slightly sour in the Duchesse Du Bourgogne mode but this is tamer and much sweeter. Sweet and sour semi dry finish with some coca cola flavours. Refreshing.

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