Vichtenaar
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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From:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
 
Belgium
Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #55
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,217
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 12.5%
Reviews:
231
Ratings:
221
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 07, 2022
Added:
Jun 25, 2003
Wants:
  37
Gots:
  40
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle, at Carlsen’s Kvarter, Odense, august 2005. Sell-by date was 23.12. 2003! Typical Flemish sour ale. Very dark reddish brown colour. Red wine / balsamico vinegar aroma and flavour, some sweetness remains. Oaky elements.
Aug 07, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle. Just purchased it, but realized it's dated Best By 2017. But with this style should still be good

pours a dark brown in color, off-white colored head that fades. aroma is a mix of dark malt and some sharp acidity. taste is more balanced, pleasantly tart but not overly sour. thin to medium bodied
Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by elnachooo from Spain

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
De cuerpo medio y alta carbonatación, ésta cerveza de color cobrizo presenta un aroma avinagrado y a cereza. En boca es ligeramente seca, agria, con notas de frutos rojos y caramelo lo que la hace muy agradable.
Aug 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.13 by Jaasoares from Virginia

Jun 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.45 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Feb 08, 2020
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L- Distinct red-brown, clear, pours with 2Cm pale tan fine-bubble head [holds well].
S- It smells quite acidic, or perhaps of sour fruit.
T- Interesting, straight in and it tastes like quite a tangy yet medium apple cider! Well that's where the acidic/sour-fruit smell came in. Somehow that offends my taste-buds less than many equivalently tangy/sour beers. For several mouthfuls, each time I'm thinking 'Yep, still tastes more like cider than beer'...
F- The apple element brings a richness that adds to the relatively modest 5.1% ABV. I'd expect that to add to the versatily (year-round) of this beer.
O- It's certainly different and I'm enjoying it. Digging around for info I see it's aged in oak barrels. Hmmm, I don't get an oak edge as such, but maybe that's where the apple facet comes from...
Bought from London Beer Lab's shop 330ml bottle BB: 15/05/2020
Jan 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.74 by Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

Sep 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia

Aug 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.94 by Kolb from Montana

Apr 24, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by pjh36 from District of Columbia

Apr 21, 2019
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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.
Sep 08, 2018
 
Rated: 2.25 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado

Aug 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Apr 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 10, 2018
 
Rated: 1.79 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Feb 24, 2018
 
Rated: 4.67 by Julesxxl from France

Feb 06, 2018
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Reviewed by MaximalC from Illinois

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.
Feb 06, 2018
 
Rated: 4.18 by weareallfalafel from Virginia

Jan 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Jan 07, 2018
 
Rated: 4.23 by buzzedup from Pennsylvania

Dec 17, 2017
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

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
Nov 16, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by Wmubroncos85 from Michigan

Oct 12, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by NightINgale from Russian Federation

Sep 03, 2017
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Rated by Borzov1982 from Russian Federation

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
Aug 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.42 by steverx8 from England

Aug 12, 2017
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Reviewed by evianIPA from Australia

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!
Jul 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.57 by Ryan_DelMastro from Massachusetts

Jun 04, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by ckollias from Maryland

Apr 30, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by cunning_stunt from Indiana

Apr 18, 2017
 
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Apr 07, 2017
 
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Apr 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

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Reviewed by Davedrinkinbeer from Indiana

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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Rated by lmaduells from Spain

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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.
Jul 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.61 by Sara24 from Colorado

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Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 452 ratings