Vichtenaar | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

431 Ratings

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +2%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vichtenaar Flemish Ale, bottled and brewed by Brouwerij Verhaege-Vichte, Belgium. Vichtenaar is a West-Flemish red-brown ale matured in oak casks, has a fruity palate, pleasant sour flavor and refreshing finish. 5.1 % ABV, 11.2 oz. bottle.

Clear, reddish-brown color, off-white head, slim, but lasting.

Aroma: sour fruit, vinegar, cherries, oak. All well-integrated, nothing too forward.

Drink it, now. Mild approach on the palate. The mild fruity flavor is there, the mild oak notes, the mild, light, lean body.

(Read between the lines.)

Okay, I'll come right out and say it: if you're a big, "sour" fan, this will not be for you. If you are looking for a stepping stone, step right on this one. It's a gateway Flemish red/brown, but if you've already got the bug, you can skip this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of rockyfire
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a ruby color. Smell is a little like vinegar but with some sweetness. Taste is like a red vinegar but with sweetness and malt, really wonder how they get it that close to vinegar but does not go over the top. The mouthfeel is exceptional. It has become a new favorite when I am eating spicy foods. I am a fan and I really do not like sour beers.

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Photo of DCon
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 11.2 FL. OZ. bottle of this from The Publican in Chicago, IL for $9. Poured from the Black Labeled bottle w/ Lions & a Crest on the front into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has Best before 09/03/2013 on the back.

Aroma- Very nice and complexed! The cherries I found in this one were very distant and then had a huge tart punch on the nose. Perfect acidity it seems so far!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies fairly quickly. Has a deep and dark reddish/brown colored body with good clarity. Leaves light suds but no lacing.

Flavor- The cherries stayed very distant in the taste as well. Light vanilla flavor and then a ton of tartness on the finish. Bitterness was light and had a extremely dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light Carbonation, Prickles the tongue with acidity but never a sour punch (great characteristic to have in other Sours but not in a Flanders Red). Cherries were left lightly on the palate.

Overall Impression- A very nice Flanders Red! There was never too much sourness or cherry flavor and so this one was easy drinking and I could definitely present this one to anyone of my friends. I could have had another one to see if there was any difference in complexity or flavors. Go for it if in stores! I would like to see how much this one really costs at the retail price.

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2.9/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-dark ruby brown. lots of bubbles. light tan head.

S-vinegar and fruity caramels. buttercream? smells awful

T-comes in with a smooth taste of buttercream and cherries. it tastes a lot better than it smells, but it still doesn't taste great. the oak and dark fruits start to come through to make up the after-taste. the more i drink, the more okay it tastes.

M-dry low carbonation with a very dry finish

O-plug your nose and drink. its okay but not good enough to justify the price tag. the funny thing is, i chose this beer because it was the cheapest "sour" i could find at the bar i was at. taught me a lesson to not save money. it becomes more and more simple as i drink it. not enough sourness to it. not a pain to finish though.

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4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried a bottle of this stuff at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago on the advice of the bartender there. 11.2oz brown bottle with no freshness date, but the bartender assured me this bottle was part of a just arrived shipment.

The beer poured a crystal clear cherry red color, but only made a half finger of ott-white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing.

This has a big sour cherry smell. Very nice.

Taste is pretty much split between sweet and sour. Not picking up much else besides cherries and that unique Belgian yeast, but I really liked it.

Light, crisp, and refreshing mouthfeel with plenty of puckering sourness and high carbonation that works well with this style.

Delicious as a treat by itself. Not sure I'd serve it with any food other than a sweet dessert. A little steep at $8 a bottle, but then again I ordered it at a bar and did not get it off a store shelf.

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4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours as the best looking Flanders beer I've ever had--the head sticks around forever and leaves some great lacing.

Smell is tart cherries and acetic sourness.

Taste is a lot of tart cherries and little else, a bit restrained, but well-done. Finishes tart but not sour. A bit sweet, but not nearly as much as some of the style. Not a mouth-puckering sour at all, but not an overly sweet one either. A nice in-between. I like it.

Light at first and then a bit creamy on the mouth; it suits the flavors well.

This is really about as drinkable as one of these beers gets. It has all the right qualities and, while it could use more of a sour bite, the way it is makes it tasty and really easy to drink for the style.

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Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 431 ratings
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