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:
The "Vichtenaar" is a beer that is brewed on the basis of deeply burned malt, spicy and fruity hops, yeast and soft water pumped from a well with a depth of 172 m, which is a guarantee of the quality and the purity of the water. After the main fermentation and the second lagering the "Vichtenaar" undergoes a third fermentation in oak casks for several months. The oak casks are large vats with a capacity ranging between 5000 and 25000 liters.
The "Vichtenaar" is a traditional and typical beer for West Flanders, in the Northwest of Belgium. The taste of the "Vichtenaar" can be described as slightly acidic and complex and this through the long fermentation in oak casks. The fresh taste of the "Vichtenaar" makes it a particularly thirst-quenching beer, especially during the summer months.
The "Vichtenaar" is also one of the last old-Flemish red-brown beers which are matured in oak casks and is especially appreciated for its authenticity by the beer connoisseur. In 1958 “Brewery Verhaeghe” obtained for its beer "Vichtenaar" the first prize in the international contest for beers in Ghent.

Added by Andreji on 06-25-2003

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Reviews:
227
Ratings:
442
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into glass. Best before stamped on label as '23/05/2014'.
Ruby brown colored body, with red highlights. Half finger off white head sticks around. Leaves behind some webs of lacing.
Smell has a sour, vinegar aroma, with some sweet dark fruits way in the back.
Taste is soft, with a gentle balance of sweet and tart. Flavor reminds me of cherry syrup which transitions to a sweet plum. Slight acetone whiff of flavor at the end. Has some oak tannins also. Tastes like a living beer but the funk is minimal; just a hint of yeast.
Medium mouth feel, with a syrup component, and active fizzy on the tongue. Quite sweet but also refreshing.
I thought the aroma might indicate a soured beer, but the taste is full of flavors and layered. The smooth mouth feel adds to the positive drinking experience. I have not had this beer before and I cannot say whether it is still true to its intended taste, but the age label was of a concern (more than four years past its given best by date).
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10/31/2018
I found another bottle with a best by date of '2018-6-22'.
The taste is the same as with the other bottle, with the cherry, plum, and quick acetone note at the end.

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Photo of COBEERHUNTER
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
1.79/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Julesxxl
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaximalC
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a muddy brown color with tawny highlights and an ephemeral veil of coarse, khaki bubbles. Aroma smells of tart cherries with a touch of apple cider vinegar and a vague funkyness.

The taste features a bright, punctuated tartness up front featuring apple cider vinegar, candi sugar, and a much more subdued cherry character than the nose would suggest. Tart and sweet strike a skillful balance that allows you to enjoy both ends of the spectrum without either getting out of hand. Warming reveals plums and toasted bread on the back end. High carbonation does a skillful job of scrubbing the palate between sips, while the medium body lends robustness that keeps things from going full seltzer.

Overall, this is a classy Flemish brown that compares favorably to some of the best in its style.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buzzedup
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bruno74200
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All right beer. Balance between the sweetness and the sourness. It has a citrus tartness. Some grain presence. Cola. A bit watery and not very complex to other examples of the style

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Photo of Wmubroncos85
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of NightINgale
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Borzov1982
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As a fruit wine, that drunk alcoholics in the USSR

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Photo of steverx8
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of evianIPA
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 fl oz bottle
Best before 12.02.2016
Opened 26.06.2017

Pours like black currant juice and cola with a white head that disappears to just the rim.

Smells of black currant and strawberry sour candy.
Thick and luscious mouthfeel that coats the mouth with sweetness and some booze in the finish. How isn't this rated higher? Some nail polisher remover in the finish, but hot damn the complexity! Less black currant and strawberry in the taste, and a near perfect balance between sour/sweet/carbonation/intensity.

Roden-what? If you see this, but it!

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Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cunning_stunt
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolltide8425
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MaxOhle
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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 -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMind
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 442 ratings