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Vichtenaar - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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339 Ratings
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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 29
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of roadhouse


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Duvel glass.

Appears a dark mahogany color with a massive cream colored head that eventually settles to one inch. Some big sheets of lace were left on the glass.

Aroma is of ripe fruits, tart cherries and plums come to mind. There's a moderate vinegary component.

Taste is sweet at first with the tart cherry flavor entering afterward along with some green apple tartness. Vinegar is not as noticaeable in the flavor profile, it's more in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, and comes across very smooth and creamy.

I just can't get enough of the Flanders Red style. This was another excellent example, though not quite up to part with Duchesse or Rodenbach.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 07:04:42 | More by roadhouse
Photo of 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
Photo of Floydster


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

11.2 ounce bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions in Oregon for four dollars, consumed 1/10/09, reviewed from notes, poured into my New Belgium snifter, color is a ruby red and medium brown mix, one inch foamy off white head that lasts a good amount of time, leaves some lacing at first, aroma is made up of vinegar, vanilla, oak, sour apples, cherries, and , flavor is rather wine-like but with more vanilla, starts off with sweet berries, sweet malt in the middle, finish is slightly acidic with apples and dry with some lingering oak, sweet, slightly tart, and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, could drink a few bottles of this, on the sweeter side for a Flanders and took away from its drinkability a bit, did not really know what this was before ordering it, just saw that it was an intepretation of this style I had not tried and that was enough, might drink again in the future, worth trying

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 16:45:42 | More by Floydster
Photo of Beaver13


3.48/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 08:00:16 | More by Beaver13
Photo of csmiley


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to SiriusAth for sending this want my way.

A - Pours on the dark side of brown with just a hint of cloudiness that is present. In the light there is some transparency. A very gentle pour got about half inch of tan head. It is able to stick around for a couple minutes before it disappears. Lacing is all around the glass.

S - Aroma is pungent and musty at first. Sour fruit comes through pretty quickly - green apple and cherry. A healthy dose of malt brings up the tail end. Mostly granola and dark bread is what I'm getting but they are mild compared to the other aromas.

T - Tart with hints of young green apple. Very tart. Maybe some cherry and raisin in there to back it up. Some dark malt flavors come and go - sweet dark bread. This is what I would imagine a rum / brandy flavored fruit cake would taste like. It is actually very appealing. Some yeast and alcohol are barely noticeable towards the end.

M - Medium to light bodied with a lively carbonation level that works well with this beer. Finish is nice and tart. It sticks around for just the right amount of time.

D - Drinkability is very good for this beer. The aroma could use some work and that is the only real flaw that I can find. The flavor is where this brew lets you know what it's all about. Not enough can be said for this category. Very pleasant and surprising. This is an easily recommended brew for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 05:25:15 | More by csmiley
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled on 09/26/08 at Night of the Funk. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of raisins and fig. Flavor of raisin bread with a sour finish. Wow, this beer is quite tasty! I love its breadiness. I wish I could get some more of it.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 20:45:43 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a bottle of this at the world-famous Brick Store in Atlanta. From notes:

A. Very clear ruby red with dark brown highlights... or is it the other way around? A tiny off white head clings to the edges of my glass, while bubbles rise to the surface and die immediately. Pretty.

S. Now we're talking! Tart cherry sweetness with a touch of vinegar, oak, and lactic acid. Strangely "cool" smelling, not minty but... hard to describe. Earthy and woodsy oak shines through. Good, but not great...

T. But zounds! A sip reveals a most superb brew. Sweet, smooth sour-tart dried cherries, fresh oak, (positively gnaw-able!) and soothing, bold, dry sour finish that avoids being acidic or harsh. Vichtenaar is actually easy to drink, and the finish is long, sweet and very well put together. Superb.

M. Thin, low carbonation, enormous sweet-cherry oak aftertaste that lingers long and fades just as you are craving more.

D. Very high for the style. This is the beer I'd hand to someone who had never had a Flanders Red.. If only we could acquire this brew in my home state...

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 03:03:03 | More by kkipple
Photo of bitterthebetter


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep dark brown with cherry wood undertones, creamy, bubbly white head

rich, sour, pungent malty aroma with definite sour notes, slight woodiness as well as slight almond notes

tart apples with slight oakiness, smooth malt, slight brown sugary notes, touch of cinnamon spice

light bodied, not as over the top sour as I prefer, but very smooth and with a solid malty body, a very balanced flemish ale

smooth, sour, malty, oaky, its a very crisp and refreshing ale that reminds me why I love this style. better with every sip and just unlike any other, I look forward to every new sip

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 05:28:17 | More by bitterthebetter
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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
Photo of rye726


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting ale. It pours a rich brown with a lacy tan head. The nose has sweet malts, sour fruit and a unique barnyard funkyness. Taste has a big rotting wood presence with the sweet malts. Not too much tartness. Crisp body drinks well. A nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 03:53:40 | More by rye726
Photo of woemad


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle purchased about a month ago at Jim's Homebrew in Spokane for $3.78. My first "sour" beer, and I freely admit, I don't have any frame of reference here. "Best before 27-11-05." Kind of wish I'd noted this before I bought it.

Poured (into a St.Bernardus goblet) a dark brown color that took on a strong rubyish hue when held up to the light. Thin, tight tan head that dropped quickly, but was easily re-agitated to life.

My first impression upon sniffing this from the bottle was,"Great. A bottle of vinegar." Fortunately, once poured into the glass, it became more promising. A tart, cherry-like fruitiness was detected, along with the previously noted vinegar tones, which were thankfully dialed back further than I initially feared they would be.

Starts off with a mildly tart apple flavor, which is then quickly matched up with a tart, sour cherry taste. In the background is a razzy vinegar flavor, but it's not too intrusive. There's more sweetness than I expected, but it's nowhere near cloying, and actually seems to complement the tart, sour aspects. Sharply dry at the swallow.

Softly carbonated, with a coating yet acidic mouthfeel.

I like it. I have no clue whether this is right for the style, but I enjoyed it. Not really sure what I would pare this with, but it's working well as an apertif. I'm not even sure there's another beer of this style available around here, but if I come across one, I'll check it out to compare it to this.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 01:22:04 | More by woemad
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.38/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It takes different strokes to make the world go around, and contrary to the good reviews here and the recommendation of Nasser at Beer Mania to give this a try, I didn't really care for it. I love sour, and this beer had sour in spades, but it also had a kind of cloying sweetness that I found unpleasant and difficult to drink.

It poured black with a fine sticky head. Aroma was sour but also offered a pungent vinegar smell which I found unpleasant. Flavor was sour cherry with a very sweet aftertaste that clung to the tip of my tongue. Too sweet and sticky for tastes. Sour = good. Too sweet = bad. Adjudication of the two = not so good.

I would not recommend this beer. I had this bottle at Beer Mania in Brussels.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 16:58:02 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of Goliath


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

Pours a dark brown with amber edges that glows crimson in the light. A one inch light tan head forms and quickly dissipates. Poor retention and some bubbley lacing.

The aroma is nice. Certainly the familiar Flanders Red "tart" type aroma arises. This one seems maltier than most. Kind of grainy and hay like with some caramel. Slightly vinegary with some raisins.

The taste is good. Some raisin plays a role, as well as notes of caramel and grain. This one is slightly vinegary, sweet, and tart. On first sip I got some metallic notes, kind of earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated with fine, soft bubbles.

Drinkability is fairly high. This is tasty, and certainly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 20:32:55 | More by Goliath
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

pours a clear brown/ruby with a thin sticky head.

Smell is jumps out. Grapes, vinegar, and malt are there.

Sharp and sweet with a very sour finish.

The dryness keeps it from being too sour, and makes it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 20:49:41 | More by aubuc1
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4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at world of beer on linebaugh in westchase tampa bay.

Pours a burgundy brown with a small head.

Aroma is vinegar, dark malt, apple, smoke, apple and more.

Taste is a cherry sour with apple.

Mouthfeel is sour but soft. Not too overpowering. Carbonation is tickling and soft. Easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 02:38:03 | More by gonzo46and2
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Had this at Delirium Cafe in Brussel. Best before 4/7/2009. Served in a branded cylindrical glass. Really, really red body, foamy white head. Really funky nose, rotten fruit. Palate is less sour than expected, sweet malt, candy sugar, very grainy, mildly acetic, sugary finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 23:40:24 | More by Antilochus
Photo of Dubbercody


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

Picked up a bottle recently, labeled best before 15-02-07...eh. Drinking it anyway.

Nice red color and great nose that pops out during the pour. Nice mild sour with a nice smoothness. It's not tear your face off sour. It is a nice mellow sour that I'd love to be enjoying some BBQ while drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 06:10:38 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of OWSLEY069


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

Pours a deep brown/ deep red color with a tannish head. In the aroma, sour dark cherries. In the taste, huge cherries and a big tartness. A sour bite and a medium mouthfeel, with a dry sour cherry aftertaste. Big sour, big cherry, and a good mouthfeel, very nice flemmish red.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 03:57:01 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of DrunkenMaster


3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red/Brown color with an tan head that won't go away. This has less balsamic notes than the Duchesse but I can still smell it. Tart cherries and other dark fruits. Taste is vinegar with some sweetness. It starts to get flat and lose some of the tartness towards the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 20:47:29 | More by DrunkenMaster
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start out by saying I'm a big fan of Flemish Sour Ales and make an effort to try every one I come across. Poured this sample into a Chimay Goblet which contributed to the quicker evaporation of the lightly tan one finger head. The beer is an attractive brown w/ a red hue to it. The smell is classic cider vinegar but not as strong as Monks Cafe Flemish Sour and nowhere near as strong as Rodenbach Grand Cru. As previously stated by other reviewers, this beer is an impressive juxtaposition btw a classic Flemish Red and an Oud Bruin. Its not as lactic as most serious Flemish Reds but its much more tart than Oud Bruins. I get more of an apple tartness than a cherry tartness with this one. Simply Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 21:44:32 | More by koopa
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First for me in this style - definitely an acquired taste. Poured clear deep ruby/garnet with an off-white to tan head that stayed around for quite awhile. Very pretty beer.

Funky aroma - I got sour vinegar and fruity, maybe apples, no hops. Taste like nothing I've had, definitely sour as expected, but also got fruit flavors and even some sweet bubblegum. Vinous qualities to the mouthfeel.

Overall, I believe this is a style that needs to grow on you. More like wine than beer. Not easy-drinking or for sessions, but probably a good example of the style, just not a personal favorite for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 03:13:20 | More by kevinglin
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 04:10:14 | More by punkindrublic50
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Verhaeghe Vichtenaar! Say that 10 times fast!

As I've said before, Flanders Reds are one of my favorite styles. Love em! This ones not exactly to-style in my opinion. It's a bit sweeter, darker, and richer than I usually like my Flandereseses.

Poured it a wee hard and ended up with a good half a glass of froth. Oh well, it dissolves down fast. Dark mahogony with red highlights.

Sour aroma, but not as much as I would enjoy (or could handle). Brown sugar/molassas and dark fruits.

Bit of cidery vinegar in there, not really turning me off, but its there. No alcohol to speak of. Really a good beer, but with all the sweet and dark sugar notes, it's not what I was expecting when my previous brew was a Rodenbach.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 22:21:21 | More by SurlyDuff
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3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color is murky brown with the barest tinge of orange to it. A very slim, light brown head attempts to rise very slowly.

Sweet caramel smells mixed with sour cherry, red wine, and apple cider vinegar.

Light medium body and very smooth with a moderate carbonation that is unexpected considering the head, and is very soft. Flavor is lighter than I hoped, but still nice. Sugary caramel with a hint of oak in it along with lightly sour red wine fruitiness and apple cider vinegar flavors (though the beer itself is not really acidic or vinegary).

Vichtenaar is a good, but not great, flanders red . . . or brown. I'm not really sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 03:01:43 | More by Slynger
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, best before date 31-07-08. Served in a big wine glass at 57 F/ 14 C.

Attractive deep red-brown color, small light beige head, substantial rings and splatter of lace.

Smells mainly of ripe apples, with some caramel. Some nutty sherrylike oxidization emerges after a few minutes, along with a bit of cured meat. Fairly mild and simple, but the combination of fresh fruity and savory notes is appealing.

Tastes mainly of sweet ripe apple and nutty sherrylike oxidization, with some pronounced bloodlike iron, some mild acidity, and mild leafy bitterness. Tasty and refreshing, although some more acidity would be welcome. Fairly long finish of sweet oxidized apple and iron.

Fine smooth texture and good drinkability. Refreshing.

Good interesting beer. The iron flavor is oddly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 03:12:50 | More by Beerzebub
Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
88 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.