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


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RATINGS: 691   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle at Monks in Philly. Pours a cloudy amber into the tulip glass with a huge fluffy, white head. Scents of sour apples, cherries and vinegar. Very sour, puckering taste. Very refreshing with hints of malt, hops and sour apples. A very nice sour beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cybion (164) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2017
Bottle, 330ml. Pours clear deep red with initially a finger or so of soapy off-white head, which doesnt stick around long. Thin ring of lacing, no visible carb. Nose is very tart and fruity with sour cherry, blackcurrent and raspberry coming through strong and sharp. Some more fruit confectionery underneath that along with christmas-y spices; clove and cinnamon etc, some pine and some woody hints in general, and spicy, musty Belgian yeast. Small note of balsamic vinegar and less vinous in general than Duchesse. Taste is crispy, moderately sour and very fruity; assorted berries through at the front, then cherry, a hint of balsamic vinegar and into a bone dry, sour, slightly spicy finish with lingering light cereal. Body is light-medium, texture is smooth and carbonation is quite sharp, fitting the sour well; very refreshing. Very good balance of sweet and sour flavours; avoids becoming overly syrupy or dominated by vinegar or lactic sour. Better than Duchesse in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (3712) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle. Deep red with a beige had thats soon a coat. Bright, almost sharp aroma of cherries, red wine vinegar, wood. Fairly light bodied, medium carbonation. 4+ Both lively and brooding flavours. Quite acidic but not sharp, with a nice balance of gentle toffee, cherries and oak. 7+ Long finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (7400) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2017
January 2017 - 25cl bottle at home in Richmond as Vichtenaar, 5.1%, brewed by Br. Verhaeghe Vichte, BB June 2018. Brewed with well water and lagered in oak. Pours a very dark opaque ruby with a small foamy tan head. Aroma is intensely fruity, cherry in particular, slight balsamic edge, cabernet sauvignon wine. Pretty sniffable. Body is a touch frothy with tingly carbonation. Taste is tart, restrained dark cherry, light oak and raspberry pie, some building varnish harshness. Better than expected given that this was quite cheap. Good value.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sulawang (1116) - - JAN 2, 2017
Visual: Pours dark cherry wood reddish-brown with small dissipating head, thick ringed retention, clusters of steady streams.

Nose: light pukey, oaked red wine sour (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: medium puckery-tart, thicker mouthfeel

Mid-palate: wet woody oak, plum-prune, (lvl-4-sweetness), big sour-tangy hit, subtle root beer spices, red wine vinegar

Finish: residual tangy acidity, lingering woody sour barley malt

Summary: A pretty complex sour ale with a woody element that is well worked into the mids. Good overall balance and interesting from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jzi (310) - POLAND - DEC 28, 2016
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MasDen (229) - Mogilev, BELARUS - DEC 24, 2016
Aroma: sour, plum. Appearance: rich red color with white small foam. Tate: plum, acid, in finish small sweetness. Palate: small carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (853) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Pours a clear rusty red with a thin off white ring. Tart fruity aroma. Nice burst of tart sour fruit that fills the mouth. Smooth finish with a slight vinegar aftertaste similar to the Duchesse but lighter and not quite as good. Still very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sdmmb (1789) - BELGIUM - OCT 29, 2016
Drunk from 33cl bottle from beer discovery project. Classical Flemish sour ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (4026) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2016
Bottle at home. Aroma is malt, tart dark fruits, balsamic vinegar, raisin, caramel, plum, touch of oak. Flavour is moderate to medium sweet and midly sour. Body is medium. Easy and enjoyable Flemish brown, maybe a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Werthergoethe (311) - Moscow, RUSSIA - AUG 28, 2016
Классич& фламанс& эль, весьма напомин& русско-б сорт "Ищу человек& который на Верхаге и произво& Вкус кислова& Приятно& освежаю& пиво

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