Vichtenaar - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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87
very good

364 Ratings
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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 31
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Andreji on 06-25-2003)
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Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to beerbeing for recommending that I should try Vichtenaar from the tremendous makers of the Duchesse De Bourgogne, Brouwerij Verhaeghe. This may be even better than the Duchesse since it is all the sour with out the extra sweet sugars. It falls right in the middle of the sour style with plenty of sweetness but not nearly as much as it's sister beer. I must admit it does strikes a chord with me.

Appearance: Pours a burgundy color with a small white head and some lacing.

Smell: Cherries and oak with a caramel bread malt attribute and yeasty sour funk gets my glands salivating.

Taste: It has a pleasant but not intense berry sour with green grapes and brown sugar and nip of acidity in the finish. The long lingering aftertaste the cincher for me. Terrific.

Mouthfeel: A light and lively body apropos for a sour brown.

Drinkability: Down right DANGEROUS! I have to drive a long way to find it for $76 a case but it is worth it. Mmm, gotta love it.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Burgundy brown in color with a very nice, retentive off-white head that went down cleanly.

Smell – The sourness here is very light and the malts are strong for the style. I can pick up a good black cherry aroma, some non-acidic orange juice, and very light lemonade.

Taste – The black cherries come out nicely at the taste. Again, it is not overly sour. The malts from the nose virtually disappear.

Mouthfeel – This one isn’t quite medium-bodied. It has a nice, high-quality carbonation to it and the mild sourness brings it all together.

Drinkability – This can be a harsh style to drink, but the Vichtenaar was mellow and easy going. I’m partial to black cherries so really enjoyed this offering from Verhaeghe.

Photo of punkindrublic50
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Monks, in a side by side comparison to Monks Flemish Red Ale. Extremely tall head after the pour, which quickly dissipated leaving only the sweet/sour very slightly vinegary smell of a good Flemish Red. Taste is fairly similar to the Monks beer, but not quite as sweet and with less of a presence of fruit. In my opinion probably the best sweet/tart ratio of any of the sour beers. Doesn't have as strong of a vinegar taste as say a Rodenbach gives off, but does have some cider vinegar present. As previous reviewers have mentioned it could stand to be more sour, and is definitely lacking in intensity compared to a Rodenbach or some of the lambics. Still, a very tasty beer and definitely recommended to anyone who cares for Flemish Reds.

Photo of baloubao
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of kaimcm
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amber/garnet/brown body, great color. rich aromas, smells of BBQ sauce, tart acidity. creamy and soft palate in the mouth. BBQ'ed meat comes through, lite acidity, nice balanced malt profile. tame wild yeast flavors/aromas. very approachable, very drinkable for a flanders red. great food beer.

Photo of Satyr179
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, best by 12/27/08. Pours a dark reddish brown with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sour tart fruits and wood with some bready/biscuity malt in the background and maybe a little oxidization.

The flavor is tart and sour fruits that are offset by some chocolate malt, wood, sweet sugar and dates. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, an OK sour, that's a bit pricey. There's some sourness but I don't think it blends really well with the other flavors.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - clear, reddish amber color with a decent off-white head that sticks around, leaving nice lacing along the glassware after each successive sip.

Smell - Balsemic Vinegarrete, green apples, vinegar, tartness, yet sweet, grapes, ...very complex.

Taste - More balsemic vinegarette, and a wide array of fruits from cherries to tart green apples, to raspberries. Sweet and tart but nothing overpowering. I love the Duchesse but this beer is definitely a tad bit better and a lot more easy drinking than it's cousin.

Mouthfeel - Dry finish, tart, not overly carbonated, medium bodied.

Drinkability - Such a delicious and complex beer and @ only 5.1% abv, I could enjoy a few of these very easily. This beer surprised me because I thought the Duchesse was the cream of the crop when it came to Sour Red Flemish Ales, but I actually enjoy this one more. SUPERB.

Photo of Guden
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of merlin48
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle purchased for $2.85 at Wines of Distinction, Abingdon, Virginia. Pours into a tulip glass a clear, dark, ruby/brown body with a 3cm beige head that is long lasting. Exquisite, sheets of lace adorn the glass.

Aroma reveals a tart and fruity nose, with white grapes and cherries up front. Oak wood tones are also prominent.

Very satiny in the mouth, even with the fizzy carbonation. Tartly sour, with some sherry like character, as well.

The taste is tart and sour, with a fruity sweetness that seems to be white grapes and green apples. The oak wood is very noticable here, as well. Finish is slightly dry, with a clean, tart aftertaste.

A very nice Flemish ale. Not overly sweet, and a most enjoyable sipper. Reminiscent of a fine sherry in texture, at times, but more like a Lambic fruit ale in taste.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another "volunteer's booty" bottle from ASN's big Belgian fest, 11.2 ouncer, with best before dating. Pours w/ next to no head and minimal lacing. Noisy pour, pretty clear, slightly reddish amber liquid, nose of light cola, cherries and other tart fruits. Tasty, tart Flemish ale. Crisp and tasty, fine example of the style. Woody sour cherry notes. Fruity and quite drinkable. Sophisticated, civilized and complex achievement in brewing. Well worth seeking out and enjoying with some stinky cheese, nuts and fruits.

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish/brown, small head, small carbonation, clear

Smell: little oak, big sour fruits, granny smith apple

Taste: I think it matches the smell

Mouthfeel: this one plays nice on the palatte--going between a little sour and a little sweet--can feel the carbonation on the tongue

Drinkability:coming off of Duchesse and Echte Kriek this one does not touch the same sour tones--although I do like it..A fine example of the style, I will look for it again

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of juicebox
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of rastaman
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Balsamic, red meat. blood, butter menthol. Intersting, sour cherries, chocolate malt, vineagr. the only thing i don't like about it, is the unpleasant butter menthol undertones, which is found in their Noel, some minerally notes aswell. All round, a pretty nice beer.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first I'm thinking more along the lines of an Oud Bruin, but it turns out to be exactly what the back of the bottle claims: a [West-Flemish] red-brown ale. It's first evidenced in the color, being a dark brown but with a red tint. It forms a creamy, not rocky but plenty dense tan head that just sits there after rising to one finger in height. Lacing is patchy and gets sparse, though not very.
One has to know what to expect going into this one; it distinguishes itself with a sharper, more prominent vinegar presence than many I've had. The impression is very much apple cider vinegar with a red wine element and a bit of "oaky" dryness. A sturdy malt backbone keeps it together as well as adding balance to the sourness and the bite. While there are others more complex, this one does have complexity and really holds together well.
Carbonation is lively and nippy while not biting, but does make it both crisp and smooth.

Photo of JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of azorie
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

ahh its sour day at the old homestead:

Poured into a tulip/triple glass at 45f Nice dark ruddy brown, and about 1/4 head that did not last very long , its oak aged and that is what its supposed to do.

Tart and wine like sour blackberry's. Sharp malt and yeast bite. as it warms i get a sour apple note

taste like a oaked aged red wine but more sour. Love the apple/cheery/currents like blend very nice and complex, with the yeast and malt it balances out perfectly in the STYLE. its like a duchesse but more sour.Buttery blend.

low carb, as its Oak aged, medium to thin body

easy to drink paired, with some cheese, we choose a triple cheese brie, its just heaven in a bottle.

One has to have the taste buds for the style of beer. NOT a beer for the non belgain yeast and oak aged, red wine lover.

Photo of ggaughan
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was part of the Michael Jackson Flemish Sour beer dinner at Monk's Cafe this past Sunday. I believe this one was served on tap. This beer came in a wine glass with nice deep ruby body and good lacing down the glass. The nose of this beer is a very vital cherry smell with some other fruit notes. The taste is sour cheeries and good carbonation, crisp. I really enjoy this beer and with a medium body is a very drinkable red ale. I went back for seconds.

Photo of seavercm
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. My last bottle of the 4-pack and I realized a bit ago that I hadn't reviewed it, so here goes.

Appearance: An off white and foamy head that quickly dissipates but stays at about 1/2" due to the crazy amount of bubbles floating up toward the top. The body is an extremely dark and attractive amber, and there are certain concentrated spots of huge and clunky lacing residing on the glass.

Smell: Sour apples, apple skin, cherries, and of course yes there's a lot of sourness. And I love the fact that the aroma's almost over overripe or rotting fruit, something powerful and sweet without being to the point of sickly sweet. There's a healthy dose of sweet malt in their too, also some woodiness.

Taste: What this is lacking is the puckering sweet and sour long finish. There is indeed a finish, but it comes and goes unfortunately. All the flavor, and it's up there, comes in the middle, and then it kind of fades. But it's powerful enough that with sipping and holding out a while until you finish the brew, it's lip smacking for sure. The malt and sweetness isn't too much, and it's pretty balanced with the sourness and ripe fruit factors. A long finish would boost this rating up for sure.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation and effervescence to make it, by the finish, feel fairly full without it being too crazy or harsh on the palate with the carbonation. One of the things I love about a good version of the style indeed.

Drinkability: I love this style for probably too many reasons I can't explain. This is a more than solid version of it I'd say, even though I certainly need to have more in the future without a doubt.

Photo of magnificent70s
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely aroma, dark colour, lots of lace. Great tartness well-balanced, with lots of fruit, yummy cherry and dark fruit. For this level of alcohol, so much complex flavour. Sampled with the Atlanta B.A. crew at Brick Store Pub. Possibly my most enjoyed beer in the Atlanta two-day pubcrawl.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer has a best by 07 date on back of bottle.
Poured into a Lindemans flute, this beer has great lacing and fantastic head retentiuon. A dark reddish brown color dominates. The beer has lots of sediment floating in which is not ideal.
Smells sour and acidic. Beer also smells of cherry.
A tart cherry character dominates along with some sour acidic characters. Initial taste is very pleasant but aftertaste is of vinegar and hints at Ketchup.
Full mouthfeel with great carbonation.
A good beer. I would really enjoy this beer if it did not have the vinegar aftertaste.

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Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.