Vichtenaar | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Andreji on 06-25-2003

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Photo of axeman9182
3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle with a "best by" date of 1/3/14. I received it for working Belgian Beer Fest this year, and after it was allowed to warm it was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Vichtenaarpours a deep, dark mahogany, with plentiful ruby highlights. About two fingers or so of off white foam crown the beer. Head retention is fairly solid, and a decent amount of lacing is left clinging to the side of the glass. The nose has a healthy proportion of sweet cherry/dark fruits, offset only by a little bit of a tart aroma. The flavor profile is again dominated by sweet cherries. There's a little bit of a sour presence as well, and a slight oaky note that's barely perceptible. All in all the taste somewhat reminds me of a cherry cola, which isn't necessarily what I'm looking for for this style. It's all fruit and artificial sweetness, with very little acidity or wood notes to balance things out. The body was a little bit full, and the carbonation a little bit dull, but neither were too far off the mark. I guess I was spoiled, with my first Flanders Red being from Rodenbach. In comparison, Vichtenaar tastes like it's been backsweetened, and it has none of the depth or complexity of the best versions of the style.

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Photo of hiphopj5
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JasonSiedman
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of WynnO
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham, Washington.

A: 1/4" tan head over dark cherry coloured liquid.

S: Yeast, sugar and sour cherry.

T: Sweet cherries, pears, figs, yeast and some sourness in the finish. A metallic taste was also present, but that could've been due to a bad yeast pour by the server.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation.

O: Definitely on the sweet side of sour, dark fruit and pears dominate the flavour profile, which makes it quite drinkable.

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Photo of DioS
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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

At first I'm thinking more along the lines of an Oud Bruin, but it turns out to be exactly what the back of the bottle claims: a [West-Flemish] red-brown ale. It's first evidenced in the color, being a dark brown but with a red tint. It forms a creamy, not rocky but plenty dense tan head that just sits there after rising to one finger in height. Lacing is patchy and gets sparse, though not very.
One has to know what to expect going into this one; it distinguishes itself with a sharper, more prominent vinegar presence than many I've had. The impression is very much apple cider vinegar with a red wine element and a bit of "oaky" dryness. A sturdy malt backbone keeps it together as well as adding balance to the sourness and the bite. While there are others more complex, this one does have complexity and really holds together well.
Carbonation is lively and nippy while not biting, but does make it both crisp and smooth.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Geuzedad
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Evan_Duncan
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, ruby color when held to light. Thick off-white head with large bubbles. Some lacing with a head that stays around for a while.

S - Acetobacter sourness, slight vinegar, some funk (wet hay?), stone fruits

T - Cherries, that wet hay type funk is present, and an acetobacter type sourness.

M - Medium mouthfeel, sharp on the lips from the carbonation (which seemed to dissipate as the tasting went on). It is surprisingly creamy but has a nice crisp finish

O - I liked this one quite a bit. There are better ones out there in my opinion, but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Will drink again

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Photo of ajs4bd
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real impressive dark brown/red hue. Slightly clear with a caramel soapy brown head that seems to keep a collar but not much retention. Real nice ruby hues on this, quite impressive.

Nose is odd. Dense malt, mixes with faint juicy over-ripe cherry, and dare I say bile. It's very strange character, and feels incredibly juicy, but there's an after whaff of something VERY off putting on this. Some strange acid mix it's hard to describe. I hope this tastes better than it smells.

Oh juice juice carbonation all over my palate. There it is, the rich cherry juice hitting with a big cannon with a controlled feel. Crisp carbonation with a spritzy feel giving to some dense malt and nice controlled fruit sweetness. Hot candied cinammon red hots just ever so slightly on the palate for the aftertaste.

Overall this is a total ambush beer, and I am really enjoying it.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of siddhartha
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of SourBuzz
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of london1o1
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vichtenaar Flemish Ale. 11.2oz bottle purchased for $5 locally. Best before '19-01-09', whatever that means. Tasted side-by-side Duchesse de Bourgogne. Served in Duchesse goblets.

Same color (very slightly a darker red-brown) and head as Duchesse, only with serious sediment that I didn't expect out of a Flanders Red. Doesn't lace as well. 3.5

Smells sour (vinegar) and a bit funky (flooded basement). Alcohol is apparent in the nose. Some alkaline metal and a tart and infected cherry/molded raspberry fruit note. 3.5

Soft fruity flavors of cherry, currant, and even peach or other stone fruits. Less acetic acidity than expected where it's more on the front half, and the finish is tinny malts, funky yeast, and light alcohol burn. The oak is a stale char woody character that's its own separate entity. Not as fruity as Duchesse, nor as balanced. Probably tainted from the nuttiness of the bottle yeast. 4.0

Feels alright. Not as soft and smooth as Duchesse. A little thinner with light, but satisfiable, carbonation. 4.0

Wanted to have tasted this Flanders Red for awhile. I'll know to decant next time. A tasty and almost fulfilling example. Certainly worth a revisit. 4.0

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Photo of robinsmv
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of cougarbait
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fills a Brasseurs DeGarde flute with clear burnished copper, red highlights and ample carbonation. A big, rocky, off-white head quickly drops to half an inch, leaving patches of sticky lace. The remaining creamy head lasts for the duration.

Tart with fermented berries and not much else.

Nicely balanced between sweetness and tartness. Fresh berries are prominent in this simple, but well done, Flanders Red. The tartness is much more pronounced in the finish. With warmth, notes of wine vinegar are revealed.

This has vigorous carbonation and a light body with no real alcohol. Overall it is somewhat fresh and cleansing.

A fine casual beer, though I suspect it would be better during warm-weather gatherings or as a dessert beer. While not at all similar to Vichtenaar, would likely be a fine substitute for mimosas.

Enjoyed by wine friends.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of getbehindthemule
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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