Vichtenaar Flemish Ale

  • West Flemish red-brown ale matured in oak casks

    Brouwerij Verhaeghe (Vichte, Belgium)

    Garnet red hue, clear, with a million bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Sparse foam head diminishes to a patch of pale eggshell composed of all sizes of bubbles. Strong aroma note of balsamic vinegar, wine-like tart fruit (cherries in particular) and some alcohol. Lighter body with fine carbonation bead. Very drinkable & refreshing – spritzy & light. Tart fruit up front with a mellow edge. Notes of cherries (mix of sweet and tart varieties). Rounded middle with sweet-sour character. Really shows off the oak aging nicely. Has a gently drying finish with a hint of woodiness. Immensely refreshing and not at all beer-like; another great Belgian sour ale. A few little dots of foam remain on the glass at the finish.

    Serve as an aperitif or try with hors d’oerves, especially something made with goat cheese, spanakopita, or perhaps mini quiches.

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2 comments
  • Mark
    Mark Do you think it is similar to the Duchesse de Bourgogne as it has that same vinegar and wine like qualities?
    April 15, 2009
  • ironarrow42
    ironarrow42 Yes, I'd put it in the same category as the Duchesse. Rodenbach is another similar beer, if you ever run across it.
    April 15, 2009