Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 464
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%
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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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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with no head and only a slight ring of bubbly lace.

What an odd nose. Tart cherries, vinegar, ammonia-like fermented fruit and seed. Sound gross? It isn't. This smells complex and like a well put together beer.

Tart fruit up front, turning to sour funk. Sour is acidic and lingers on the palate. I want a bit more balance with some seed/pit bitterness, but instead I get a more pleasing smoothing out of the tart. This one just fades on the palate until the end has a raw wood note. Wow.

Fizzy, acidic. Gets in your nose.

Terrific beer, and a great reason to try the style.

Photo of gory4d
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a 32-oz. swingtop growler from WF on the Bowery a couple of days ago -- cracked it tonight. It pours a clear russet with a thin, very active light tan head, leaving a little lacing down the glass. The smell is cider vinegar, brown sugar, gooseberries, a little resinous wood. The taste is much the same, with the brown sugar notes more emphatic as the beer warms, and the vinegar/tart berry finish quite sharp. It's thin in body but coats the mouth quite well, and is moderately carbonated. You don't have to sip this one quite as gingerly as others in the style.

The guy who filled my growler said this beer was more or less the same as Ommegang Rouge -- that Bockor had been brewing it under contract. It's definitely very similar, but, as he also said, a little fresher. Looking forward to seeing this one in bottles some day.

Photo of MrBeerExpert
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Draught House

A: Deep ruby and nearly opaque. Off-white head with
medium lacing.

S: Sour cherry, cranberry, apple cider vinegar

T: Sour cherry dominates. Definitely towards the sour end of
the spectrum for the style.

M: Medium carbonation adds to the sourness, but is
tempered by a medium body.

O: One of my favorite versions of the style. Very happy to
find it on tap.

Photo of NardiByNature
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all cool bottle. Secondly I’m excited to just drink this one because I’ve already had a sip and wow.

Held up to my window this beer shines a mahogany-red color; a small, slightly off white cap with tiny bubbles sticks to the surface. Cherries, vinous, astringent, it really does a number on the nose if you want it to. Sweet, sour, and very smooth. Cherry juice and a sweet background – apple pie maybe …it’s just delicious. Dry but not as dry gueze or etc. and it’s awesome.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

waiting to try this beer for a little while...

reddish copper pour with no head. The aroma is a touch of sulfur, vinegar, and some modest sweetness. The taste paints a different picture with ripe, tart cherries, a little woodiness and very modest sour bite. It wouldn't be a real sour without a slight stomach ache, but it burns so good. This beer is an incredibly modest Flanders and I can see why it's so highly rated. So $3.33/ 12oz, I must be in heaven. It's something I can't wait to grab in bottles.

Photo of readbaron
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering off of 3Floyds guest tap list.

Crisp, clear, dark reddish-brown - nearly pinot noir in color with wispy white head that fades into a ring. Leaves behind some sticky white lacing.

Nose is pretty straight forward - acedic tartness and sour cherries with a bit of oak and vinegar on the finish.

Taste is sour! Mouth puckering, gland squeezing, nearly tongue burning, yet still delicious. Lots of cherries, and some oak and vinegar. A bit of grape skin tannins as well.

Light, crisp, and well carbonated.

Overall - a solid sour. I was surprised at how tart it is. Really enjoyed this one. I'll definitely order it again should I happen to see it.

Photo of benclimbs
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at toronado...a really good sour

pours red and nice looking, has a very rich and earthy nose, really fruity, cheries berries and wine-like woodieness

taste is delicious - refreshing, dry sour cheries, mouthfeel is nice very puckering and nice carbonation mmmm

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 9oz snifter. Sampled 6/27/11.

The menu has this beer listed at 6% ABV and refers to it as an unblended lambic. Aged in oak vats for 18 months.

A: Arrives with the head already dissipated and only a think white collar remaining. The body is a deep garnet or ruby color and has excellent clarity. Minimal slings of lace adorn the glass.

S: Nose is a combination of cherry and raspberry. No barnyard, very little funk. Just fruit forward and mild lactic impressions. The nose is completely restrained compared to what the taste buds are about to experience. Not bad; just slightly above average.

T: Red apple, fresh berry and cantaloupe. Wonderfully sour. A pleasant oak character adds to the overall complexity. The funk that was missing in the nose comes through well on the palate.

M: The extremely fine and long-tingling effervescence helps to lengthen the flavors and clean up the tongue as well. Tart, mouth puckering. I wouldn’t change a single thing about the mouthfeel.

O: WOW. For such an incredible beer, you don’t hear much talk about Cuvee des Jacobins, and there are plenty of reviews to affirm its impressiveness. This is one fine brew.

Photo of DCon
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA for $9. Tapped into a 16oz Allagash Tulip Glass from a Tap Handle I could not see...

Aroma- Very intense sour aroma with nice amount of cherries or plums combined. Bit of spiciness and is a great aroma that you can come back to over and over to try anyd find more character.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stays around for a bit. Dark reddish-brown color body that is blizzard like with all the yeast. Awesome lace and is a definite "eye candy" beer.

Flavor- Huge acidic and sour flavor that never dies down at any part of the drink! Once again, cherries and plums are involved here. Good character with fruity finish but never that sweet.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Low Carbonation, Tons of sourness at the finish, and leaves great amount of fruit on the palate that is like sour candy.

Overall Impression- Very complexed, sour, and gives the Flanders Red Ale style a good name! Such a huge amount of yeast in this beer, it was crazy when I received my glass! Fantastic ale once again @ Naja's!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As sours are all the rage, the Flander's reds might be the most complex with their wine-like notes, cherry, and oak flavors layered on a buffer of light chocolate and toast to buffer against the tart lactic acidity- this is what the Bockor Jacobins does masterfully.

The red ale pours with a garnet brownish red and dark clarity with ruby highlights toward the edge of the glass. Very fine and delicate creme forms on the beer with solid staying power for it's slight stature (the acidity rarely allows for much head character at all). Low on lace, the beer carries the thin alcoholic character of legging with each swirl of the glass. The look is caught somewhere between red wines and beers.

Sharp aromas of acidic cider, sour cherries, lemons/limes, under rippened red grapes and berries, with a hint of basalmic vinegar. Oak and malts give the sligtness of walnuts, mild toast, and chocolate to round out the nose.

Flavors follow suit as early malt sweetness and taste is short lived; favoring the assertive tartness as the beer hits the sides of the tongue. The brunt of lactic sourness (lemons and intense acidity) is melded by the flavor of cherries and berries before the shy balance of malt richness begins to buffer the sour taste. The light sweetness of toffee and toast are burried deep beneath the tartness but are recognized in a light creamy taste rather than sweetness. Only the mild vinegar character keeps it from extreme cleanliness.

Light malt textures offer a mild creaminess that surface more at the front of the palate and in finish, while the acidity supresses the malt character at mid palate. Impressions of thinness occur throughout because of the intese sourness and mild tanic astringency particularly in finish. All this leaves the beer clean, crisp, and refreshing-all with a return of chocolate and toasted malt in aftertaste as the tartness subsides.

This is a very well done Flander's red ale that retains just enough malt character to add balance and complexity to the sourness. Where vinegar and cidery overtones are a general flaw, the basalmic and fresh crabapple sturdiness is as much an asset as a deterant in this classic example.

Photo of dpasotti
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color of maduro tobacco backlit with garnet. Decent head fades to cream-colored ring. Decent splotchy lace. The aroma is apple cider, tart cherries, leather, and neutral wood.

Taste is very much the same, with more of the tart dark fruit and less of the earthy components. Some brown sugar and vinous elements as well. Brett character emerges as it warms. Definitely not a "beginner beer" as far as sourness is concerned. It dominates the mouth as soon as it's swallowed, and lingers forever. If not for the residual sugar, the mouth-puckering element would be on par with that of a gueuze.

Lighter in body with lively carbonation that helps fill the mouth. Overall an outstanding Flanders. Not one of my favorite styles, but I will be picking up a single of this every once in a while.

Photo of deereless
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Color of a rose wine mixed with iced tea, nice ring of foam around the edges along with renegade spots scattered about the surface, crystal clear – 4.50, S: Wonderfully tart and crisp nose, lots of dried cherries and cranberries, dry chalky yeast, quintessential Flanders Red Ale – 4.50, T: Quite dry and mildly puckering, a good deal of tartness and sour cherries, hint of vinegar – 4.00, M: Body is pretty light and mouth feel is crisp – 3.75, D: Very drinkable beer and great representation of the style – 4.25

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin off white head that dissipated relatively quickly, completely fading away. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some notes of oak.
T: The beer tastes very sour and has some notes of oak flavors along with some hints of cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This one is very easy to drink if you like sour beers.

Photo of bobjonesSD
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at toronadoSD. Had just finished a dogfish 90minute ipa and was in the mood for something new and different. Poured into a tulip. A little too cold fresh from the tap, as is often the case. Nice amber color, good aroma. Letting it linger in the mouth reveals some nice underlying malty brown ale-like flavors underneath the sourness.

Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Small Bar Division.
Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a light brown/dark reddish color. White fizzy head, some lacing left behind along the sides of the glass.

S - Tart/sour cherries, light fruit, funk.

T - Perfect mix of fuck, sour/tart, and subtle fruit.

M - Light and fizzy. Very nice and smooth. Clean dry finish.

D - Super-easy to drink. A very good sour!

Photo of solvealways
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Initial smell of apple cider vinegar. Notes of vanilla.

Pour: Fizzy pour with no head.

Color: Slightly more red but similar color of coca cola.

Taste: Extremely sharp and sour as you would expect from a hard apple cider but more pronounced like a balsamic vinegar. Hints of tangy cherry - noticable wood barrel aging.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel but its supposed to be refreshing so it is enjoyable and expected from an intense bright carbonated drink. Lively and aromatic throughout the mouth. Leaves the saliva a little thick like a chewing on Vitamin C.

Soundwave visual metaphor: fast and hard attack, 3 second curved delay and sustain to about 50% intensity. fairly quick release. vinegary taste/feel @ 10% intensity lasts till about 10 seconds after drink.

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great on tap. The nose definitely points directly to the taste. A very pleasing sour with notes of tart blueberry.

Photo of TheGreatFozzini
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time reviewing a sour ale.
Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark red color almost brown. Thin head quickly disappearing.

S- Smells of the sour apple that I expected.

T- Tart, vinegar, but not off-putting. Black cherry comes through.

M- Light carbonation

O- True to the style and aggressive from a Belgium brewery. Expect this more from an american flanders

Serving type: bottle

Photo of kzoobrew
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear ruby colored body. No sediment or haze, visible carbonation streaming from the bottom. Two finger frothy white head sits atop. The head recedes rather quickly. Thick spotty lacings left clinging to the glass.

The aroma is a bit surprising, I was certainly not expecting this level of complexity. Strong tart cherry notes balance with a rather pleasant earth tones. Slight aectic aroma lingers just behind, very appropriate for the style. Bits of cocoa and toasted malt lie in the background.

A pleasant caramel like sweetness greets the tongue, as the beer moves towards the back of the palate an assertive, biting tart flavor develops. As the tart bite begins to diminish a bright cherry flavor emerges. The acidic cherry flavor lingers and overshadows most of the more subtle flavors on the back end.

Light bodied Flanders Red. Carbonation is on the high side, as to be expected of the style. The finish is dry, slight tart cherry flavor lingers on the tongue.

I went into this beer with no real expectations. This was truly an impressive beer. Tremendous amount of complexity in the nose is followed by an assertive and impressive flavor. Very easy to drink, highly enjoyable.

Photo of isitsavage
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Smoke and Barrel in DC.

I love sour beers! But honestly I'm a bit new to them and craft beers in general so don't base your decisions too heavily on this review.

Arrived at my table in a tulip glass. Nice dark red (Rouge) with about a finger of off-white head.

Usually with sour beers I get a lot of it in the nose. Here, I just wasn't getting much. The sourness was there but not really in a big way.

Taste is a nice fruity sour, thinking maybe cherries and apples but honestly I'm not sure. I think the balance of sweet to sour is pretty good here but I haven't met a sour brew yet that I thought was too tart, seems like I could always have more sour.

Nice mouthfeel, prickly carbonation and smooth. Nice, dry finish.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a CCB snifter at Gainesville House of Beer. Pours very dark red, nearly no head. Vinegar sour cherries on nose, some pleasant cream aroma here. Very nice. Flavor follows suit with massive sour cherry and vinegar, but with a beautiful smooth and crisp finish. Easy drinking and relatively light mouthfeel. This is one of my favorites in the style, and put it right behind Duchesse and Rodenbach Vintage. Good stuff.

Photo of pmarlowe
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint glass.

A: Burgundy-tinted brown. Good clarity despite its darkness. A thin fizzle of whitish head which quickly recedes to a ring. A few streaks of lacing. Retention is good despite the minimal amount of head.

S: Bold, full flavors of black cherry and red currant which impart a red wine-like character, along with earth/dirt and musky wood.

T: Intense tart cherry which manages to be balanced out by full fruit flavor, medium-full body, and moderate sweetness. Some raspberry, a touch of chocolate with a milky texture. The sourness lingers occasionally for quite a while.

M: High carbonation, though the milk-like texture obviates any sharpness/bite. Medium body.

O: Very tasty, better than a lot of American sours that are harder to get or much more expensive (*cough cough*).

Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a stemless flute. Enjoyed next to tasters of young (6 month), old (18 month), and blended (6+18 month) lambics from the same brewer.

Burgandy body with bronze, cerise, and ruby highlights. Off-white, vaguely cream-tinged collar and a whispy slick. Thin lacing reflects the surface bubbles like a mirror image.

Light oak, bright cherry, berry, and grape notes in the nose; very inviting.

Easy-going lactic tartness, smooth and sophisticated wine-oak flavors - a touch of wild yeast/funk married to a burst of fruit and a pleasing slightly toasty maltiness. Very well balanced.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, mild brisk astringency weds well with the prickly tartness.

Very approachable to a novice sour drinker, but with enogh complexity and purity to staisfy a more demanding palate. A very fine and true example of the style.

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

Gorgeous body of ruby like red coloring was capped by a off white head of sticky froth.

The aroma was sweet and tart with a real Sweet Tart like aroma. Tangy cherry, slightly acidic with aromas of wine, vinegar, and sour raspberry.

The flavor is full on sweet, sour, tangy and delicious. Sour tangy cherry, candied Sweet Tarts, balsamic characters with a slight raspberry and sour malt all meld well to make a easily drinkable ale.

The feel is a tinge sour but as the palate warms to it all it becomes all too easy to drink.

I'm partial to Flanders and this ranks as one of the better one I've had.

Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

A: pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with half a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: tart cherries dominate with sweet candy sugar, some acetic notes, and a bit of barnyard funk.

T: tart cherries and raspberries along with other sour fruits dominate with a decent hit of acetic cinegar flavor. There is a nice bit of underlying funk before a tart, dry finish.

M: light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is light, puckeringly tart, and refreshing.

O: a great beer, overall. Super tart and sour but delicious and refreshing.

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 2,475 ratings.