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


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RATINGS: 708   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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2013
The aroma is so promising with notes of fruit, sweetness, and balsamic vinegar; however, the taste is not at all like the aroma. Overly sweet, syrupy and not that sour. Disappointing.

FrankZappa7 (523) - 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 (1980) - 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 (1198) - Steinbach, GERMANY - OCT 10, 2017
From bottle. Transfer of an earlier rating without text recorded, rating only.

Ascelja (1683) - 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 (1686) - 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 (223) - 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.

Kittenbieer (247) - LYON, FRANCE - AUG 21, 2017
Dégustée dans un verre "Chouffe"25cl,belle robe brun-rouge surmontée d’une mousse ivoire assez persistante et avec une carbonatation moyenne.Le nez nous amène des arômes de fût de chêne , vin rouge et fruits rouges avec l’acidité dominante.La bouche est à l’image du nez avec une agréable douceur qui arrive au fur et à mesure que la bière ce réchauffe nous laissant sur une bonne douceur mêlée à l’alcool et des saveurs fruitées en arrière bouche.Une délicieuse "oud bruin" nous rappelant la Rodenbach avec un caractère différent, tout autant agréable et rafraîchissante!16,5/20

appiantiqua (248) - Lyon, FRANCE - AUG 21, 2017
Dégustée dans un verre Chouffe 25cl. Température de début 6 à 7°. Très belle robe brun sombre presque opaque surmontée d’une fine mais assez persistante mousse ivoire; carbonatation soutenue. Nez très agréable et complexe sur des arômes acides et fruités. Le goût est aussi d’une grande richesse mêlant subtilement les saveurs fruitées avec d’autres qui évoquent plutôt des notes pâtissières.La balance penche naturellement du côté de l’acidité mais dans une remarquable harmonie; en deuxième bouche une certaine douceur se manifeste et les touches de fruits rouges(cerises) deviennent plus explicites.En réchauffant ce sont des flaveurs boisées qui apparaissent .... La finale de bonne longueur reste sur ce bouquet et prolonge le plaisir. Une Oud Bruin des Flandres délicieuse. 16,5/20

NordicV (2464) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2017
Brunr?d ?l med ett beigebrunt skum. Stark syrlighet fruktig mot vin?ger. ?ven inslag av tr? och l?tt rostad malt.

stantheman (1098) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 2, 2017
Small bottle from Liberty on The Drive in Vancouver. Dark reddish brown with generous tan head and a sour fruity nose. Very tart, moderately sweet, and very fruity. I’d hazard it compares favorably with Duchesse de Bourgogne, but I’d really have to try them side by each, which I plan to do very soon. 4

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