Vichtenaar | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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435 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#6,913
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
435
pDev:
12.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
38
Trade:
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Ratings: 435 |  Reviews: 225
Photo of Beginner2
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dentist666
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +14.5%
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 +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2%
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 -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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

Photo of Pete838
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours deep reddish brown burgundy color under a ½”pale tan head with heterogeneous bubbles S: sour, fruit, cherry, malt, red fruit, vanilla, no hops aromas T: Crosses the palate with brown sugar, fruit, sour, lingering sweet finish, but not cloying, cherry, slight vanilla. sour acidic character balances the malt and sweet fruitiness, hops are not apparent. F: medium body, highly carbonated O: Complex and sour – just a touch too sweet but pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of DBosco
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DaveHack
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of stephenlee
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Moose90
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of amalburg
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, very dark red-brown hue with a strong effervescence and two fingers of frothy tan foam. The head has great retention and the color is striking and beautiful.

Smell: mild tartness with a deeply embedded fruit aroma. It takes a moment to develop but is well worth it.

Taste: sweet with a mild but effective tartness and a very nice dark-fruit character. There's cherry and date in here, and really, what more does one need?

Mouthfeel: light body but with a big carbonation and satisfying creaminess. Quite good.

Overall: this beer just pushes all of my buttons in a good way. Looking forward to drinking more of this!

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Photo of LAND_MINE
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jbcxviii
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is THE sour beer for me.

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Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 435 ratings
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