Vichtenaar | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium
brouwerijverhaeghe.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Andreji on 06-25-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
426
Reviews:
223
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
36
For Trade:
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Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cunning_stunt
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolltide8425
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought one of these at a speciality store to give a try. I have sampled some of the Flemish styles of beer, and even the brewers' other Flanders ale-- Duchesse De Bourgeone, so I figured I would try this one too.

Smell is not as funky as I expected, but was distinctly tart grapes and cherries. Mouthful is very light-- cherries, grapes, apple, and was tart overall. A very even mouthful overall. Finish was clean, and lightly carbonated, but was a little sticky at the end too, but overall very refreshing.

Overall this is a very refreshing beer, almost like a Duchesse but less tart, less funky, and less alcohol. This beer is very sessionable, and has the 'just right' feel for sour beers in my opinion. Too bad this beer is so hard to find, I only saw a single 4-pack on sale, (and bought it when I discovered who brewed it) and the price is also prohibitive-- $22 for 4 of these. At that price there are much more desirable beers to be had. Still, a very good sour beer to try.

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Photo of Treycotton
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMind
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LJTate
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AMZB
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lmaduells
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Red ale style is very special. There are a few beers, and in Catalonia we find even less. Aquets highlights an imbalance in l'avigranament point.

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Photo of Sara24
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Euroglot
3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great story behind this family brewery that has been contributing to the art since the 16th Century. MJ tells the story that because the family would not brew for the Germans in WWI, they stole the kettles. They carry on with this speciality.

While I associate this style with quenching the summer sun and humidity, Vichtenaar hit the spot during the winter past. The horse blanket aromas, the fruity/cherry flavors and the somehow drying finish founds out a complete beer.

MJ's "Great Beers" says Vichtenaar is "in the town style... a cherish colour; a big, iron-ish bouquet; a fruity start; then Madeira and toffee."
(I can't wait until I have evolved enough to taste the toffee.)

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Photo of Antyk
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

0.25l bottle.
Poured into tulip.
Pours reddish dark/brown beer with 1-finger tan head, not very long retention.
Nice smell - sour, cherries, plums, grapes, vinegar, caramel.
Taste - significantly sour, woody, red grapes, cherries, brown sugar.
Excellent in its inner complexity.

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Photo of pakemfull
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rich looking body. Smells of vanilla from the oak aging, tastes almost like balsamic vinagar. A sour fiends dream!

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Photo of Omgtuca
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a tan head that gives way to a long lasting lacing. Smells like macerated grapes, caramel and dried fruit (figs, prunes). The taste is sour, with notes of macerated grapes, balsamic vinegar and apple cider.

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Photo of C_Pel
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
3.93 out of 5 based on 426 ratings.
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