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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 2,425
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 206
Gots: 343 | FT: 14
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 06-28-2009

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Ratings: 2,425 | Reviews: 448
Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep ruby red with a slight brown hue and a solid finger of lively cream colored carbonation.

Heavy cherry aroma with a noticeable toffee like sweetness, vanilla, and oaky notes as well.

The oak stands out much more in flavor, but the cherry is still very apparent as well as that familiar lactic acid bite.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, tart, soft, refreshing.

Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with this brew. Tons of fruit and sweetness that is well balanced with the tart acidity.

Photo of MNirtsylle
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic example of a Flanders sour ale. If you can find it, and enjoy sour beers, absolutely go for it.

Photo of MrMeerbill
2.53/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Initial tartness is great but it fades into a cherry medicine flavor almost like robotussin reminds me of my youth in a real bad way

Photo of kkleu357
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Madison Craft Beer Week. Aaaanddd, it’s good. Dark red brown body. Cherry oak aroma. Big tart cherry flavor with hints of vanilla and oak.

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good option for anyone looking to enjoy a moderately priced shelf sour.

Photo of BeerStyx
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, I like it. It has a great smooth sour taste (does not make you flinch), almost like traditional balsamic (however I do not find it sweet). No pungency. I also noticed that it kind of "burned" my nose when drinking it (not detectable in the subtle smell). Would have again.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap on 4/17/2015 @ One Mile House in New York, NY.

Served in a wine glass. Ruby red with a small white head. Lots of fruit in the aroma, mainly berries with strawberry coming through the most. Sour, salty, and smooth. Really easy to drink and just the right amount of tartness. Think gose combined with a fruit lambic. I accidentally knocked my glass over on the bar but, thankfully, was able to save the majority of it, because this is one delicious beer!

Photo of CraigTravor
3.43/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

very tart. A little too gummy of a mouthfeel.

Photo of Gajo74
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cranberry reddish color with no head and a ring like thin lace. Intense vinegar and sour cherry aroma along with some malt as the drink warms. Taste is very tart, sour with a very dry finish. A light and crisp mouthfeel.
Not your everyday beer for sure. I've had other sours that are a little sweeter and less intense. Overall, I liked it a lot.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin ring of lace

S: Lots of sour/tart fruitiness along with some oak and light vanilla and cocoa notes. Fruitiness consists of cherries, raspberries, and stone fruits. Nice subtle barrel notes (including the oak and vanilla) round things off nicely

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a rush of sour, acidic fruitiness that mellows out to light barrel notes. Cherries and stone fruits stand out with the barrel after the initial sour blast. Finishes with lingering fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation

O: Balances sour, tart, and oaky goodness with great drinkability. Definitely a stand-out in the style and worth the $20 for a 4-pack (especially considering how long it ages). Get some!

Photo of TPatterson70
2.9/5  rDev -33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

There is nothing complexed about this. It tastes bitter sour and dirty. Much better Sours out there.

Photo of Weekiwachee
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not yet sure what I think about it.

I would like to get more of it.
And compare, to a "Duchesse de Bourgogne" for instance to see.

Photo of HipCzech
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Central Market (Houston), served in a tulip (with accompanying goat cheese). Deep, clear, ruby brown. Aroma of vinegar, wine, earthy funk and oak. Taste continues from the nose with more sour fruit (apples, cherries). Light to medium body, smooth with fine, prickly carbonation. Wonderfully complex and refreshing.

Photo of Harry1975
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every sip changes. And it gets better every time. I'm addicted

Photo of woosterbill
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bottle into an Oerbier tulip.

A: Clear ruby-brown body under two fingers of frothy off-white head. Decent retention, almost no lace though. Pretty good.

S: Tart cherry, grapeskin, and red wine vinegar are all dominant, with a lovely undertone of vanilla. Definitely more sour than sweet, which is what I was hoping for. Complex and inviting.

T: Bright acidity is right up front, and carries through right to the aftertaste - both lactic and acetic, with an emphasis on the former. Cherry, cranberry, grape, lemon, and green apple fruitiness are all present, with some faint vanilla and malt presence providing complexity (but not sweetness) toward the back end. Long, dry, sour finish. Incredible.

M: Soft, smooth, lightly carbonated medium body. Quite nice.

O: This is probably the best and sourest Flanders Red I've had since Ommegang Rouge...wait a minute! That's what this is, if I'm not mistaken. I knew it reminded me of something, and a little googling confirmed my suspicion that Ommegang Rouge, the first Flanders Red (and indeed the first sour!) I ever had was essentially this under a different label. While a terrific beer in its own right, the nostalgia factor makes it even more enjoyable as my choice for National Beer Day 2015.

Cheers!

Photo of BlarpBlarp
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I have ever had, hands down. A revelation. Fruity, sour, complex, and extremely well-balanced. An accomplishment. Only downside is that other beers don't taste as good anymore by comparison.

Photo of aussieyank
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer that I've ever given five stars. It's perfect in every way - smell, taste and balance.

Photo of mnbrewery
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a super example of the style. I use it as a benchmark.

Photo of eriff
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Draft into Snifter

Perfectly blended mix of funkyness and acidity. Nice tart fruit forward taste without being sweet.

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2014. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light cocoa, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light cocoa, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Large amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a nice sweetness/sourness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Flanders red ale! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink even with the high level of acidity. An insanely delicious offering.

Photo of highdeserthophead
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the sour that got me hooked on sours. Deliciously tart and acetic, complex but not much funk. Let it warm up a bit and get all the great flavors of cherry, nutty, oaky, etc. I only wish it wasn't so expensive!

Photo of heytomcat
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There are better Flanders Red's out there

Photo of 2Beerguys
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at the #grognbpt earthy nose with a tangy tart flavor. The tartness mellows out to a smooth finish

Photo of wattoclone
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dark reddish brown with moderate, long lasting head. Sour cherries with vanilla notes, slightly sweet with a strong tart finish. So much like the Monks Flemish Sour Ale in taste and appearance, I wonder if they are not in fact of the same style instead of being classified as an Oud Bruin.

Photo of vig180
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Brilliant red, not much in the way of lacing or retention. Copious visible carbonation.

S: A wonderful mix of cherry and wild berry, with emphasis on the cherry. Not as strong as some other sensations and not much of a hint of sourness yet.

T: Pretty much perfect. A wave of sharp sourness with each sip, replaced by cherry tartness with a bit of deeper, almost malt berry-cherry aftertaste. While some other sours have a "rounder" sort of taste, this one starts strong but fades through a tasty palate, with hints of vanilla and oak. The cherry also feels "real" and not fake.

F: Initial hit after each sip will make you pucker, but in a good way. Solid carbonation, mouthfeel is more on the thin side (perhaps due to the low alcohol content), but works well with the flavors of the beer. Dry in a good way.

O: One of my favorite sours. It's less fruity than more wild ales and less vinegarish than other Flanders Reds. Sharp tartness, but not extreme and excellent middle-to-aftertaste.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 2,425 ratings.