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Vichtenaar - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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very good

357 Ratings
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 30
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe visit their website

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 alostplot
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

alostplot, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark ruby, huge (more than 3 fingers, didn't manage to pour the whole beer in) bubbly beige head, looking like honeycomb as it pops off to a small cap and sticky lacing, tons of traces.
Smell of vinegar, touch of cherries and caramel, faint barnyard, foreboding a big acidity. Some alcoholic kind of vapors creep up the nostrils.
Sourness and acidity in the start, not extremely fruity (some cherries, apple, pear, lemon), but with a pronounced toasted maltiness with some brown sugar. Some damp wood notes and barnyard funk, not too strong, but delivering a dry grassy/green straw finish. Gets more fruity as you drink it. Aftertaste have some light woody notes, bit of sweetness and a bit of fruit.
Medium body, a bit too carbonated, but it fits nicely.
This was tasty, not one of the extremely sour Flanders reds, but a bit sweeter.

dcmchew, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Soterios
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Soterios, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of leitmotif
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

leitmotif, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

wrightst, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Ciocanelu, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Jack_Malts
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very nice Flemish sour. Auburn in color with a little bit of an effervescent tan head. Smells of cherries, oak, and rubber cement. The taste follows the nose but is a bit sweeter than I expected. There is plenty of dark cherry, acetic acid, a bit of oak, a little bit of maraschino cherries. A bit of a medicinal quality because of the sweetness? Rubber cement(which is good). A bit too sweet for my tastes, but still quite enjoyable.

Jack_Malts, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +2.3%

weeare138, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of swedishmailman
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

swedishmailman, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of magnificent70s
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

magnificent70s, May 29, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Twal, May 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Jeeb, May 15, 2014
Photo of jellikit
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: dark brownish-reddish. Small head. Nice lacing.
S: light vinegar. Cherry notes.
T: cherry. Light on the Oak. Light vinegar. A little sweet.Tasty.
M: light carbonation. Medium body.
O: mellow sour ale that is solid. Smooth. I will purchase again. Yum.

jellikit, May 14, 2014
Photo of HoboChangBa
1.71/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Vinegar. Sweet. Sweet vinegar. The smell of heinous strawberry and pear mixed into oak. The sweetness overrides the vinegar, but still this remains off. I would label the Vichtenaar the moscato of the flanders and the flemish. My taste tends towards the sour though, so if you like sweet, then try the Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe. The carbonation is decent, and as the flanders warms up the vinegar becomes slightly more present. This is the first Flanders Red Ale I have tasted that has been so predominately sweet; and the twinge of vinegar is strange with oak notes. Now that I am writing this and finishing the drink, it tastes like I am drinking a candy apple. Carbonation is key though, and it gives this beer something more even though the sweetness displeases my palate. But! I will be the first to say that maybe I need to get used to sweet & sour, though I don't find this Vichtenaar sour at all; this tasting is just something like sweet balsamic reserved. I will say that I have a hard time drinking sours that have a taste dominant in vinegar. This is the first beer I have tasted with these particular notes, and this is the first review I have ever given; but I intend to give more. Now as the beer has warmed and become a few more swigs from my glass, vinegar is the smell I get from this drink. Maybe I should have drank this faster, for maybe most sours—particularly gueuzes—tend to end smelling vinegary when they become warm and lesser within the glass.

—Hobo Chang Ba

"Strawwood claw rattlin' m' jaw
I can't call it usin'
It's just sumptin' soothin'
Feather times uh feather
Mornin' time t' thaw
Hobo chang ba"

HoboChangBa, May 06, 2014
Photo of dantezeull
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

dantezeull, May 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

patrick802, May 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Boski, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Ivegotmule, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of FLima
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color with a thin off-white head with short retention and making good laces.
Aroma of oak, vinegar and sour grapes.
Vinous flavor with a mild tartness. Notes of sweet grapes and other dark fruits, pears, mild vanilla and oak, minerals, some sulphur and initially finishing with condiments. Astringent aftertaste from its tannins, though very mild with still present sweet notes.
Bordering medium body with good carbonation. Relatively with a mild acidity, far from offensive.
Mild Flanders Red Ale, refreshing and pleasant to drink. Not at par of Duchesse and Rodenbach, a bit sweet a less funky acid, but still pretty decent and easy to drink. Good bridge to these territories.

FLima, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Keith_R, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of th0m
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

th0m, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

TaylorBrake, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of SoupKitchenBeerSnob
1.15/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Every once in a while you try a beer and you know you may have to try it again sometime to see if your first experience was a fluke. This beer was like that because I can't possibly imagine that it was intended to taste like this. It HAD to have been a beer that went bad during the bottling process, during shipping to the U.S., or some infernal combination of the aforementioned scenarios compounded by a disgruntled employee of the brewery taking a piss in the batch. First of all, I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to smell like sour vinegar and taste pretty much the same. Out of stubbornness, I continued to force it down and finally gave up at the half-way point before I poured it down the sink. It only got worse from there, because the next 24 hours can only be described as something akin to galloping dysentery. I'm not kidding or trying to be clever-- this beer truly made me sick. I don't know, maybe explosive diarrhea is some trendy new experience with imports and I'm just too much of an uncultured barbarian to appreciate the finer nuances of such a gift. Some day I may try another, but for the moment, this brewery and the vendor I bought it from owe me a serious apology.

SoupKitchenBeerSnob, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of Dactrius
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Dactrius, Feb 18, 2014
Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
88 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.