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Vichtenaar - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BA SCORE
88
very good

312 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 207
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Andreji on 06-25-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 04:25:14 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy chestnut. The upper half of the glass is occupied by an attractive, buff colored crown of sticky foam that deflated to a thick disk within minutes, while depositing a huge amount of tattered lace in the process.

The nose is full of sour fruitiness. So much so that my salivary glands give a little squeeze each time I put my nose over the glass. It's hard to say which fruit. Cherries comes closest, but that's not quite it. The yeast adds a funkiness that I love, as long as it isn't overdone on the palate.

Nope, it isn't overdone, not even close. I'm a little disappointed that Vichtenaar isn't more sour and more fruity. It tastes more like a sour brown ale than a Flanders red. Flanders oud bruin perhaps? The flavor is tremendous when beer first hits taste buds, but it's all downhill from there. Thankfully, it only falls so far.

The initial flavor burst of tangy fruit expands in the mouth, but then starts to lose momentum almost immediately and loses complexity as the mouthful progresses. In the end, it's akin to a stickysweet brown ale that can't hold a candle to what it promised on initial contact.

The mouthfeel is par for the style course and is slightly gummy on the finish. I blame the latter on a less than optimal amount of carbonation. More bubbles would at least add a little mouth interest if nothing else.

Vichtenaar is a decent Flanders red, although I have to believe that there are much better ones out there. Perhaps the cherriness of its brewery mate (Echte Kriekenbier) will be more to my liking and will provide what I found to be lacking in this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 14:15:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first sour of the night hits the table. I was not expecting a few of these to show and to be quite honest ended up really rounding out the crowd quite nicely. Served in a nice little tasting glass and consumed on 06/09/10.

The pour was a nice dark ruby color with a small head of off white that sits on top of the glass just right. Settling down after a minute or so reveals a nice little bit of lacing and a well rounded coating of the glass.

Aroma is tart cherries, nice notes here. I love that aroma, not that huge horse funk, but the nice cherry and oak notes that still offer touches of sweetness in them. Really rounds it out nicely and makes for a tremendously pleasing aroma. Had this very close to consecration and the both of them really stood out from the our sours with the nice sweet notes tucked around inside of the deep tartness. Really nice light spices in here now. Currant maybe with touches of grape skins and a rich, subtle tone that is simply to die for. Really well done I have to say. Each sip became easier and easier to drink and I watched the bottle vanish in no time flat.

Overall a really solid ale here, really nicely done with a tremendous bouquet and also depth of flavor. I would love to have this one again any day.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 00:46:22 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy garnet color with a huge head and lots of lacing

Smell: Cherries and woody balsamic vinegar

Taste: Sweet and sour - a bit of sweet honey quickly overwhelmed by an earthy sour fruit and vinegar taste that persists quite a while

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body but a distinct amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Belgian sour ales are clearly an acquired taste and while the longer I savored this brew, the more I enjoyed it

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 21:02:41 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy reddish color ale with a medium foamy head with OK retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet cherries and light sour and oaky notes. Taste is also dominated by tasty oak notes with a light lingering sour note with some sweet cherries. I thought the bit was slightly overly sweet but oak notes were just about perfect, carbonation might have been a bit low. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 03:53:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am really growing to love this style. However, this isn't the best example of Flanders Reds, albeit good. Aromas quickly surface that reminds me of red vinegar, merlot, apple cider, and accompanied by a mellow astringency. Amberish rust in color, quite high CO2, a dainty head that doen't impress. The high demands on barley, and other grains sweeten and up the body to balance out the sourness and tartness that is experienced in the nose. Finishes musty and with a dry tartness. A likable beer; one that I will enjoy on occasions, despite a few quirks.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 18:03:18 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Rustico. Served in a stange-like glass.

Pours a murky reddish-brown color with a thin head that has a light bit of red tint to it. The nose is really strange. There's some acetic acid and oak, along with a really creamy character. While appropriate, it's too heavy and goes off in the wrong direction, reminding me a bit of a tequila creaminess. Flavor has the same issues. Oak and a bit of cherry, but then there's an off creamy character to it. No real malt or oak influence, and the sourness is kept very small. Medium body. Really a strange beer and not one that I particularly enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 11:49:50 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear reddish brown in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head.
S: There are moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some notes of cherries.
T: The taste has a good balance between sweetness and sourness. There are also flavors of cherries and hints of oak.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The good balance of sweet and sour flavors in the taste makes this beer very easy to consume.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 03:12:27 | More by metter98
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Pours a very deep crimson, with dark brown highlights making the proceedings even darker. The rich-looking head plumes to about a finger or so thick, but dissipates rather quickly, settling to a simmer on the surface. The nose is comprised of green apples, pears, cranberries, and cardamom: sour, yes, but with substance behind it, rather than sour for the sake of sour. The taste takes those sour fruit notes and adds a bit of complexity with the subtle body and sweetness of the malts. Unfortunately, though, there is an expectation of some bite, some climactic punch from the back and sides of the tongue, but this never comes. Luckily, though, the body remains in the medium range and the carbonation is just right, keeping this nice brew from sinking in terms of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 14:28:50 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 23:28:13 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vichtenaar Flemish Ale, bottled and brewed by Brouwerij Verhaege-Vichte, Belgium. Vichtenaar is a West-Flemish red-brown ale matured in oak casks, has a fruity palate, pleasant sour flavor and refreshing finish. 5.1 % ABV, 11.2 oz. bottle.

Clear, reddish-brown color, off-white head, slim, but lasting.

Aroma: sour fruit, vinegar, cherries, oak. All well-integrated, nothing too forward.

Drink it, now. Mild approach on the palate. The mild fruity flavor is there, the mild oak notes, the mild, light, lean body.

(Read between the lines.)

Okay, I'll come right out and say it: if you're a big, "sour" fan, this will not be for you. If you are looking for a stepping stone, step right on this one. It's a gateway Flemish red/brown, but if you've already got the bug, you can skip this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 09:31:26 | More by feloniousmonk
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emerge077

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD: 13-10-06

Looks: Burgundy-brown in the light, spotty, lacy foam. Good clarity in the light, with some sediment sinking to the bottom.

Aroma: A pile of sweet cherries, fermenting in a musty basement.

Taste: Mild tart cherry, slight balsamic tone, earthy copper note lingers. Not especially sour or funky, more approachable and middle of the road. Carbonation seems to slowly ebb away, leaving a thinner feel towards the end of the glass. One glass is easy and refreshing.

This would be the first step on the road of Flemish Sours, next Duchesse, leading up to Rodenbach Grand Cru. Cheers...

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 02:50:22 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a smooth, oakey scent that blends well with the sour aroma. It seems to have some maltiness to it. The taste is great also. It has a wonderful malt complexity that is complimented with a refreshing sourness as well as a slight woody finish. It goes down easy and finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is a real treat. I love the flavor as well as the aroma. It has a subtle sourness that is very enjoyable, unlike some that are too sour to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 00:48:52 | More by WesWes
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as a Flemish Red-Brown, never seen anyone claim both of these. Pours a deep amber color with a fluffy tan head. It has a nice sour nose but does not quite deliver in the taste. Sour up front, with hints of balsamic, but this fades to a malty caramelized sweetness that is a bit out of balance. This beer definitely needs more sour character. Definitely not bad, just unbalanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 18:38:39 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the first Flemish Red's I had ever tried. This beer was a very nice ruby red color which was very inviting. The flavor is on the sweeter side and not as sour as expected. The Oak aging really dominates the finish of the beer to me. I'd like to try this one again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 22:53:47 | More by Knapp85
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear but very dark ruby with a light tan head off an aggressive pour. The head falls fast. Nose is a beautiful combination of wood and cherries. Flavor is a great sweetness combined with firm cherry tones. The wood character really meshes with everything else so well that it provides the perfect punctuation. Feel is great. The bubble still kicks me in the back of my mouth after it’s lingered in my mouth for a while. Overall a great drinking experience. Elegant and smooth and well made. Very well worth trying out and having more beyond.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 02:07:23 | More by RblWthACoz
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown color where light shines through. Appears clear. Large bubbled head that settles to a single layer. Some spotty lace.

Sour berry aroma. Low yeast in the background.

Sweeter taste than I expected. It has some solid malty footing, but it also has elements of a framboise--great berry flavors with just enough sourness to make it interesting. Full mouthfeel with a corresponding level of carbonation.

This is an excellently flavored dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 23:17:10 | More by smcolw
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a very interesting beer. it pours a clear medium shade of brown, with a one inch off white head comprised of pretty large bubbles. it smells a lot darker than it looks, plenty of roast on the malts, a lot of sweetness, and some definite sour vibes. the flavor is exactly that, sweet at first, sour in the finish. the sweet is complex, brown sugar or molasses, with something a little floral, maybe honey. the sour is more vinegar than brett, but isnt offputting at all. the mouthfeel is good, lighter than it looks this time, with only about a medium body and effervescent carbonation. overall a nice flanders style brew, but probably wont pay 6 bucks for a bottle again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 20:55:14 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 01:31:21 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

2.68/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 05/28/11 notes. Poured from a 12.7 oz. bottle into a flute at Monk's Cafe in Philly, PA. Recommended by the bar tender as a sour beer after the beer I tried to order was out of stock.

a - Pours a murky reddish dark brown color with no head at all and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sweet cherries, sweet fruit, sugar, oak, and a tiny amount of vinegar. Smell is a bit too sweet for me, and not very sour at all.

t - Tastes of sweet fruit, sugar, bready malts, sweet cherries, light oak. Again, not tart or sour at all really, and very very sweet. Too sweet for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - Overall not that great of a flanders red ale. The nose and taste are way too sweet, and neither have much sourness or tartness to it. Wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 15:32:04 | More by mdfb79
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Billolick

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 00:40:08 | More by Billolick
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a one-finger light tan head that fades slowly and leaves a ton of lace. Clear deep red color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is fruity. Starts sweet with a citrusy sour flavor in the background, finish is clean. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 23:21:33 | More by jdhilt
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Wasatch

Utah

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this one for over a year.

Best before 07-07-07

Pours a nice dark amber/mahgoney color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, tangy/sour, some dark fruits (plums,cheeries), and a touch of caramel. The taste is mostly malty, and tangy/sour. The finish is bitter/tangy/dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome little brew, recommended for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 20:15:52 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a dark brown with burgundy edges and a thin head. Aroma is a bit funky/ sour with lots of oak, wood and vanilla. This is an extremely well balanced beer that is very smooth. The againg in oak gives the roasted malts a perfect balance of sour and sweet. Flavor also consists of oak, vanilla, cherry and berries. Slightly dry refreshing finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 07:09:44 | More by corby112
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 04/07/09, served lightly-chilled in Rodenbach's slim goblet.

A: dark copper-red with a little purple-ish hues, coming with very mild carbonation and a thin light beige creamy head that settles fast to a thin layer.
S: pungent lactic sourness of delicious dark prune juice as well as sour cherries+strawberries are underlined by rich dark-sugary malts (with a touch of burned sugar). A fine aroma of woodiness stays religiously in the background. Nice and rich.
T: the foretaste is not at all sour as the aroma suggests, pretty smooth in terms of sour-sweet berry jam, rum-soaked raisins, smoked prunes, etc., laced with but a faintly metallic edge, a fast-expanding tinge of dry-ish pale malts, faint suggestion of hops, mild aroma of root licorice, and moderate but ever-lasting brown-malt aroma. The aftertaste, in continuation with what's described above, is remarkable, lightly chewy-tannic and scattered with woody aroma, while in the end it finishes equally clean.
M&D: the restrained, delicate even, level of dry-ish hops and woody, lactic sourness makes this ale a very drinkable and approachable one. The carbonation is mild, the body retains its integrity without going thin at all throughout the drink... this is a very balanced and delicious example of Flemish Oud Bruin to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 19:38:03 | More by wl0307
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