Vichtenaar | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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428 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
Ratings:
428
Reviews:
224
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Photo of beerfuker
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Lmaus
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

More complex and almost creamy, not as sharply sour as most. But not as fruity as the Kriek. Loved it.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Nick_isthatstillcool
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of derkfromwi
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mick303
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that gushed with crazy carbonation. Colour is a reddish brown, with a strong cap of slightly reddish head, great retention

S - aromas of tart plums, raspberry tarts, musty leather and barnyard, saddles, also a rich mulled fruit character, souring cherries and apples, with a nutty edge, a definite funk to it that is hard to place, very earthy, but also a spice to it, overripe blue cheese, and fruit compote.

T - much fruitier tart, with a gentle raspberry and plum tartness, coating acidity, with nice malt in the back, cherry, orange, earthy spice, with a lingering sweetness, a touch of caramel with a yeasty dryness toward the end, lingering tart red berry tang. Very nice, tart with some pleasant berry and fruity sweetness, very refreshing with a nice flavour profile, I would prefer it a bit less sweet.

M - lots of carbonation. moderate body, coating acidity, has a sharpness to it, but tempered by the sweetness and balanced profile. Crisp finish with a lingering tartness. Very nice.

Slightly mad at the lose of one of my nice tasting glasses in the process of this beer. However, that happen, and once the carbonation calms a bit this is an enjoyable flemish ale, quite a bit of acidy but also high on the sweetness so it balances well. Lots of character, very refreshing with the tartness. Smooth bodied and a nice balance between the yeast and the malt, really pleasant and easy to drink.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.94/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Overall really gross. Rough and vinegary, dark fruits, more vinegar. Bad off-flavors.

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Photo of dipso123
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sathanas
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Usual vinnegar taste, along with red vine, cherry, plums etc., but it's sweeter than Rodenbach Grand Cru and Duchesse. I'd say it's Flanders Red for those which are not accustomed to sour beers.

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

Photo of ChrisCleveland
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of soulgrowl
2.74/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Fizzy. Dark brick red. Very little head, and what's there doesn't last at all. Smells predominantly, sharply, of sherry vinegar. And sour cherries. And redcurrant jelly and brown sugar. Meh.

Sweet and sour. And savory. Like a sauce. Weirdly void of depth – mostly tastes of sherry vinegar and grape jelly. Nicely carbonated sherry vinegar and grape jelly. As far as Flemish reds go, this is pretty far down my list, but it's still drinkable and has some good flavors. It just lacks the depth of something like Rodenbach GC or Duchesse. Possible drinks pairings: carbonnade (cook with it!), tapas, sheep's cheese, spiced lamb, kidneys.

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Photo of aasher
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of juicebox
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of constantine_272
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Looks dark brown and murky with a light tan foam. Low foam, but what is there is sticky and thick.

S: Smells sweet of raspberry and strawberry. Slight scent of waterlogged oak.

T: Starts of rich and woody with a deep black soil earthiness. Mild tanginess with a balsamic vinegar. Fades fast into a sweet fruitiness of, again, strawberry an raspberry.

F: Thick and syrupy. Sweetness starts off okay but builds to a candy texture.

O: Tasty but too much sweet. Still good and enjoyable, but not the best of its style.

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Photo of JTuomi
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbmalta
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of udrick
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of fossage78
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of XtalBlue3556
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%

Vichtenaar from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
3.93 out of 5 based on 428 ratings.
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