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Vichtenaar - Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.56%
Wants: 31
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Andreji on 06-25-2003

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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 VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle. Best Before date of 04/23/06. Looks like I just missed it!

Dark chestnut in color, with ruby highlights and some opacity. When kept away from direct light this beer looks almost black. Bubbles form a column in the center of the glass. Aroma profile offers the familiar spice, muted funkiness, and tart fruit. On the palate, flavors of partly sour fruit combine with hints of cherry cola and a fleeting chalky note, reminiscent of Alka Seltzer. The body is fairly light, the carbonation lively but not abrasive, and the tartness well in check. Pretty easy drinking actually.

I'd like some more SOUR in this beer, because without it Vichtenaar takes a hit on dimensionality. Still, this is certainly solid and well-made.

Photo of Crosling
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very pretty ruby/violet colored with a small, wispy and quickly diminishing head of white foam. Vibrant aroma, strange smelling, with hints of barbeque sauce, ranch, balsamic vinegar and grapes. Body is very thin and one dimensional and it can’t decide if it wants to be sweet or sour. A totally dull red, lacking complexity.

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 babydoc
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50 degrees from a bottle labeled best before 23-04-06. Pours dark, almost opaque ruby brown, with a buff-colored foamy head that doesn't stick around long. Only a bit of lace.
Nose is rhubarb tartness and acetic acid sourness, and sme cherry fruit sweetness, with a caramel touch that melds in as the brew warms. There is also a musty, oaky edge as the beer is swirled.
Finally the chance to taste: Moderate mouthfeel with a bit of velvety carbonation, tannins and some drying on the finish.
Taste is sweet, almost wine-like red grape off set by sour cherry, oak, and tannins, a bit of caramel rounding things out, all swirling about in a delightful balance.
Not as sour as others in the style, this one drinks like a table wine-

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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 dogfooddog
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours 20% head, nose immediately has overwhelming sourness and woodiness. very tempting odor

taste is a little weaker than the aroma but still nice sourness. surprising because i had two of these last night that was much sourer (drank in bar), oh well. maybe batch variation? pleasant aftertaste doesn't last too long. Hard to imagine my palate varies that much on something as distinct as this style. anyway the beer is not too sweet, and this bottle has no pucker-power. Further into the bottle some more taste opens up, but the sour oaky nose simply isn't translating into my taste buds.

this beer promises a lot in the nose and delivers some of it. A pleasant and far too drinkable flemish red ale. worth finding to try.

Photo of Sammy
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
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 jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle: best before 23-04-06.

Pours out dark brown with a slight rust tinge. The head is not huge, but maintains a rather creamy looking centimeter or two. Smells sweet, vinegar-like, fruity, oaky. This smells exactly like this half-muscat/half-blueberry wine I've had some time ago. Tastes like ripe, juicy cherries and oak. Starts off sweet then finishes up tart. No bitterness to speak of. The mouthfeel is very light and lively on the tongue. It perfectly accentuates the sweet and tart characteristics.

Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  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.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this beer many times in bottle at the Brick Store in Decatur, GA. This is my second favorite beer in the world, followed only by Duchesse de Bourgogne. It pours from the bottle into a tulip glass a dark medium brown with a quickly fading head that leaves a fairy ring and a bit of pattering on the top. It has moderate lacing for the first half of the session. The smell is a very sharp vinegar and musk. The smell, however, is much more sour than the flavor. The flavor is a very complex cascade of sweet, sour, carbonation, with brown sugar and dried fruit overtones. The mouthfeel is light to moderate with serious carbonation pricking. It isn’t as drinkable as Duchesse de Bourgogne but it’s a very close second. If Green’s package store would carry this beer I would stock it at my place.

Photo of texashammer
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown, with some red, with a thicky, creamy head. really rich and so smooth in the mouth. smells of sour funk and chocolate. on the palate there is rich milk chocolate, dark chocolate, with sour red vinegar funk -- wow. a really unique beer.

Photo of Sephiroth
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best before 16-06-05: I smell the beer before pouring, and I smell vinegar. This lessens after pouring, and is noted in other reviews, so I'll assume its normal. Nice lace and foam. Body is amber-brown. Smells winey, oakey, a little sour, with a touch of sweetness.

Taste is well balanced for the style, I think. Fruity, winey, slightly sour, oak, and some sweetness for balance. A little buttery, not as acidic or sour as others of its ilk. The bubbles are very fine, and they are many. Drinkability is great, probably due to the mild nature of the beer. Complexity suffers as a result.

Photo of mntlover
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown with some beep red showing thru a nice tan head falls fast loos like lace forms but doesn't stick.

Aroma is vinegar upfront cherries next then light vanilla woody oak aromas underneath.

Taste is cherry flavor vinegar malt lightly sour with lingering dry oaky flavors. Overall not bad but not quite up to par with other Flanders I have enjoyed.

Mouthfeel is approaching medium a nice dry finish decent carbonation.

Drinkability is OK but wouldn't grab this one first if I was in a Flanders Red mood.

Photo of Derek
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Red-brown, fluffy off-white head, awesome retention and lace! Truly exceptional.

S: Sourness and fruit-bread.

T: Sweet'n sour, fruit bread, nice balance and depth.

M: Light to moderate body is creamy. Moderate to high carbonation is a little prickly.

D: Drinkability is quite good.

Photo of Bighuge
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says: "Best Before: 27-11-05"

Murky looking burgandy tone. Thin light brown head. Lace is stringy and sparse. Strong aroma of vinegar, brown sugar and blackberries. The acetic acid is dominating though. Smell reminds me of Easter Egg Coloring time. Now on the buds, I don't get the expected blast of acidity. Rather a nice blance of sweet and sour. Though the scale tips in favor of the sweet nuances. Sweet cherry juice. Brown sugar. Molasses. Tart black berries. A slight bit of rice vinegar. Quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is more carbonated than most other Flanders styles I've enjoyed, but it's compatible with the beer. It's not overly so carbonated. Alcohol is absent in the flavor. There's really a nice little tug of war between sweet and sour in this beer that I like. Good stuff.

Photo of AlexJ
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've dubbed this brew to be Dutchesse Light, which in many ways it is. Georgous garnet brown body puffs up a fantastic 3 finger head the color of oats, sticky lace honeycombs my tulip.

Aromas of funky tart cherries, vinegar, feet (yes I like drinking feet), dry oak, leather, decaying wood, and earth make this an unusual yet appealing brew to behold.

Flavor sweeter than expected with sweet/tart cherry, green apple, barnyard funk, watered down cider vinegar, bubblegum, dry wood, and prune.

Mouthfeel is light and airey in spite of the medium body. Very slick tecture and huge drinkability. The most sessionable and approachable beer I've had of this style.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burgundy red. Sweet/tart, apple cider vinegar, a touch of musty funkyness, both sweet and sour cherries, fuzzy carbonation and a little cane sugar all swirling together in a riot. For all the flavors going on, this still seemed to have a bit less depth than others of the style I've had.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

350 mL bottle best by November 27, 2005. Dark maroon body, shows off a lot of red shades in the darkness, creamy off white head, leaves good lace. Smell is very sour, funky and tart. This being my first Flanders Red, I have nothing to go against except what I have seen from the Oud Bruins. It does have a lot of the same characteristics of that style. Tase is funky and intense, but does have a fruitier aspect than the Oud Bruins. A very tart and interesting beer, I would like to have tried this up against another Red, but there aren't that many available here.

Photo of Goldorak
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark red with brunette highlights, with a diminutive ring of lace.

Smell: A little less balsamic that duchesse de bourgogne, the oaky, vanilla vapors come through nicely in the nose, followed by a sweetness that reminded me of white chocolate.

Taste: Less acidic than most flemish sours I've had before, but with a stronger bite in the end. Sounds a little contradictory, but that how it tasted to me...The oak comes through nicely in the aftertaste. Like a good quality aged balsamic vinegar. I almost like it as much as Rodenbach grand cru.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of tjd25
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pillowy smooth head, lasting on a pretty brown mahogany color body. The smell immediately shows the typical Flemish character, sour and wooden. The taste shows more roundness, with the tart citric aspect being balanced by sweet fruity notes and a wooden and very slightly chocolaty character. The mouthfeel is clean, very round and creamy, quite enjoyable, with the carbonation that nicely brings fresh lemony notes. Quite drinkable.

Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
87 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.