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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 1568
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 06-28-2009)
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BuckyBeerBeaver

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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Bockor nv is located in Bellegem, West Flanders in Belgium, within a stone's throw of the French border. Its origins date back to May 1892 when it produced its first barrels of "Ouden Tripel", and the brewery has been continuously family owned ever since.

Looking to try an unflavoured lambic for the first time, Bucky spotted a bottle of the brewery's Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge ("CJR"). CJR is a Flemish Sour Ale, spontaneously fermented (ie. exposed to wild yeast) and barrel-aged for at least 18 months. The beer is cooled overnight in a large, shallow metal vessel called a coolship and then fermented and aged in large oak foudres which are made in France and assembled on-site at Bockor. CJR came in a brown 330 ml bottle, with a best before date of June 2, 2015, and was 5.5% alcohol by volume.

CJR poured a deep ruby/purple colour with a thin, off-white head that quickly faded into a small collar of foam, leaving some minor spotting and lacing down the glass. Its aroma jumps right out of the bottle at you...black current cordial, wine and sour vinegar, even though none of these things have been added to the beer. Amazing what aromas and flavours the Belgians can generate with their choice of yeasts, grains and hops! The beer's flavour is as intense as its aroma, starting with sweet black current juice which quickly gives way to tart, dark fruits, with a big blast of vinous, vinegary sourness a couple of seconds later. The aftertaste is a long-lasting, acidic/sour flavour that takes a bit of getting used to if you've never tried a lambic beer before. The mouthfeel is quite thick and sticky for a beer with a 5.5% ABV, and its carbonation is dead on...strong enough to play up the juiciness of the fruit flavours without being prickly. Definitely a sipping or dessert beer with its strong sour element.

In summary, a very tasty beer with a good mix of the sweet and sour, though not everyone's cup of tea with its strong, long-lived sour aftertaste. Hats off to the LCBO though, for taking a chance on selling this unusual style of beer. CJR is quite reasonably priced at $3.30 per 330 ml bottle, and I'd recommend giving it a try if you're looking for a style that's out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:54:32 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
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A: Dark brown with translucent red tint. About a finger of white foam that faded to a small ring. Mostly clear, tiny haze. Looks ancient.

S: Dark sour cherry and cranberry. Rich dark wood. Earthy and composted. Fermented tobacco.

T: Starts off fruity with raspberry and strawberry and a tiny bit of blackberry. Huge sour tartness of bitter raspberry black current and dried cranberry. Doesn't have the same earthy tones as the smell did.

M: Finishes long with with big raspberry and strawberry fruitiness. Tanginess finishes with a bit of a tickle it is so sour.

O: Really tasty sour, though it lacks a bit on depth. It mostly only has a tart fruit profile and not much else. Could go for a bit more earthy tones to round out the big lactic sourness.

Serving type: bottle

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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