Vichtenaar - Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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Reviews by botham:
4.38/5 rDev +12%
12 oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a deep rouge with brown mixed in and a single finger of loose light tan head that retains nicely and leaves a thin layer for minutes.
aroma is of a light vinous note with a pleasant sourness hiding behind a restrained note of cherry. a very light musty funk keeps it honest, while adding a bit of complexity.
taste is more of the same with a soft vinous quality and a subtle cherry note that dances on the palate. supremely crafted with distant dark fruit showing a bit more after some warming.
mouthfeel is medium bodied and soft on the palate with a finish of residual fruit and funk.
drinkabliilty is great. subtle and easy drinking with a wonderfully complex character and a very tasty profile. an excellent flemish brew. cheers!
09-22-2009 19:17:43 | More by botham
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3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
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 isnt 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. Im partial to black cherries so really enjoyed this offering from Verhaeghe.
12-31-2004 01:40:13 | More by RoyalT
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
06-18-2008 04:10:14 | More by punkindrublic50
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
04-14-2006 15:45:52 | More by kaimcm
3.48/5 rDev -11%
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.
01-14-2009 08:00:16 | More by Beaver13
4.47/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
10-15-2007 05:08:47 | More by Doomcifer
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
08-08-2004 23:48:17 | More by merlin48
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
03-26-2006 00:40:08 | More by Billolick
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
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
03-30-2009 16:23:11 | More by tigg924
United Kingdom (England)
3.48/5 rDev -11%
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.
09-25-2003 00:08:30 | More by rastaman
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-27-2012 20:51:28 | More by Brenden
4.53/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
08-11-2010 19:31:50 | More by azorie
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
03-24-2006 03:01:42 | More by ggaughan
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
06-02-2006 02:26:55 | More by asabreed
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
03-09-2006 04:25:14 | More by Sammy
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
05-09-2009 05:07:42 | More by alovesupreme
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
Verhaeghe's Vichtenaar nestles nicely between some of the more sour and overly-sweet examples of the Flander's red style. It pours a clear, dark chestnut robe with orange-ruby highlights and a thin head of creamy tan foam. The head drops readily yet somehow manages to maintain a wide collar and whispy surface covering. A few splashes of sticky lace about the goblet add to its appearance. In the nose, a combination of delicate but somewhat sharp, vinous fruit and sweetish malt greets you. It's delicately effervescent on the tongue with a very fine bubbled, slightly elevated carbonation, and it becomes somewhat airy as it crosses the palate. Muted caramel and soft, subtly tart dark skinned fruit (figs, plums, raisins/dark grapes) combine in the flavor, leaving it quite sherry-like. It's fairly intense upfront before fading slowly and seamlessly away into a long-lasting aftertaste that is again, not unlike that of a glass of sherry or port. And that's the beauty of the Flander's red style, the push and pull between the tart and the sweet.. the way the sourness lingers on your lips but the sticky, dull malt lays on your teeth and at the back of the throat. It's quite nicely done and certainly worth trying, although it doesn't have quite the breadth of character that some other examples do.
02-15-2005 23:28:13 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for a little something different. Appeared a hazy red-brown. Everyone is right, this beer is a lot like the Duchesse. In fact I'm not even sure how it varies. It's sweet and smooth at first, followed by a sharp, vinegar/sour tang. The malts have subtle berry fruit flavors and the beer finishes on a tangy note. Worth a try if you're into the style.
03-31-2009 01:31:21 | More by tempest
Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
88 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.