Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Flemish ale...


It has been a few years since we have seen this Flemish red...
Vichtenaar Flemish Ale....$14.99 / 4pk
Vichtenaar Flemish Ale...$3.79 / 11.2oz
"VICHTENAAR from Brouwerij Verhaeghe is a traditional Flemish red-brown ale. This refreshing ale is matured in oak casks for a minimum of 8 months and bottled without any further blending. This traditional ale has a fruity sour oak notes and refreshing aftertaste. It is lively and layered with notes of Madeira, vanilla, oak and the acidity of a fresh apple." -- importer
“Vichtenaar” is a beer, brewed with roasted malts, spicey hops, fruity yeast and soft water, pumped up from a 172 m deep well, guaranteeing constant quality and pureness of the liquor. After primary and secondary lagering, “Vichtenaar” gets a ternary fermentation in oak vessels during 8 months. These oak pipes are big tuns with a capacity varying between 500 and 2500 hectolitres. “Vichtenaar” is a traditional and specific Western Flemish beer, from the northwest of Belgium. Its taste can be described as mild-sourish and suitably complex, thanks to the long lagering on oak. This tart flavour makes it eminently suitable for the hot summer months. “Vichtenaar” is one of the last Flemish “Oud bruins” that are really lagered in the oak tuns, and are as such appreciated by the connoisseur, looking for authenticity. As early as 1958 “Vichtenaar” was crowned as the top in an international concours in Gent." -- importer
Rated A- by BeerAdvocate

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