Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Avg: 4.29
pDev: 24.94%
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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 WynnO
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer's appearance is what you expect for the style--dark brown, reddish. The smell is like old fruit that's gone sour. It prepares you for what's coming :-)

The initial taste is *quite intense*, knocking me a little harder than others in this class. I must admit a love for flagellation from Flanders Red's though, and this one does not disappoint. This seems a slightly bigger beer than its Belgian brothers (Rodenbach, Duchesse) only because the palette doesn't take to it as quick; the last drink from the glass still had a great sour kick to it.

It is a bit bubbly on the tongue but not overwhelmingly so. The beer is well balanced and dry, although I must say, this one wants to make sure that the drinker does not forget what it is!

Near perfection to this reviewer. I cannot wait (but I must) to drink the remaining two in my stock.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: deep, dark read with little/no head

S: Plum, tart cherry, vinegar, slight woodiness

T: tart plum and cherry, vinegar, just the right amount of sour, oak

M: smooth effervescence that allows the tartness to open up, dry finish

O: this is a great beer. Love Flanders red style and this is a great example. Amazing!

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Photo of jordanmiller
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Sour review!

A - Poured out nicely, this beer has a good 1.5 finger head. Typical color I'd expect of a beer, nothing insane, but nothing tame either.

Smell - This... smells like a sour beer. Has a light, almost vinegar sensation on the nostrils, but you can tell it's full of cherry-like character.

Taste - Immediately, my taste buds are bombarded by a wall of sourness, but as it settles on my tongue, hints of cherry and dark cedar settle in, making it quite an inviting sour that you want to sip on frequently, but one that you want to enjoy for as long as you can.

Mouthfeel - It's quite light and bubbly, the after taste clings to your tongue in a great way, I like that I can take a little sip and really get what this beer is about and cherish it over the course of an hour or so, rather than having to take a nice gulp to get a great flavor profile.

Overall - I'm just starting to tread into sour territory. Before this I've had Supplication, and a few Petrus sours. This is way up there, if you are familiar with sour beers or if you are new to sour beers, I would recommend this one.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Dark ruby cola appearance with a thin layer of micro bubble off white head. Small amount if active bubbles floating to the top.

S: Tart lemon zest, stone fruit, vanilla oak, and bing cherries. Dry powdery yeast and a faint aroma of dried slobber like after you wake up and realized you slobbers on the pillow.

T/M: Super tart lemon zest, apples, oak and vanilla. Hoppy stone fruit, white grapes and bitter apple peels. Light-medium sharp body and super aggressive carbonation thar really brings out the tartness. A puckering finish lingering apple peels and floral notes.

O: Wow! This is by far the best Flanders red I have drank. Super sour yet underlined fruit notes that bring this all together quite nicely. Hops and yeast really makes this better than an average Flanders that is just straight sour. Get this when you can. Cheers!

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Photo of gshanc
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle from Total Wine. Lovely dark cherry color. Starts with hint of cherry, and sourness comes on strong, followed by a lingering mild taste of cherries. Very nice.

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Photo of vig180
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of morimech
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle with 01 stamped on the back label. Dark red color with some clarity. Minimal head forms and quickly settles to a thin skim of bubbles. Small bits of lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

This is a terrific smelling beer. Complex combination of tart cherries, barnyard/horse blanket, and floral finish.

Awesome flavor as well. More tart/sour than funky although the barnyard funk is definately noticeable. Fruity with notes of cherries and apples. Subtle barrel-aging notes of oak and vanilla. Just a slight sweetness in the finish. Great combination and not one noted.

Lighter bodied with near perfect carbonation for this type of beer. A little lively which I particularly enjoyed.

Other than the pour this is a great sour that I never heard of before seeing it on the shelf.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
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.


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Photo of vinny21bal
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a lot. This my go to sour. I love it. It is never wrong. Sour is supple but elegant. Good price. You can find it on the regular. No haze. Just good old Belgian sour. Please go get yourself one. You won't be disappointed. The red a stand out, but the sour makes this beer

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Photo of Mikus
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Is the Flanders Red secretly my favorite beer style? I can't help but smile as I enjoy one of these... is it just the tart punch to the face that makes me look like I am smiling? So many questions... this reminded me a lot of the Duchesse, save the interesting mahogany hue when held to the light, increased 'punch' of the tart cherry flavor, hint of vanilla, and slightly drier finish. I rated Duchesse very high, and this one would be just a bit higher. What it loses a bit in balance, it makes up for with the intensity of flavor. Eye-opening. Again, I scored the components high, but the overall package is so much more complex and gratifying. Perfection in my eyes. Seek this out. ASAP.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright, clear ruby color with a frothy, shortlived head. While quickly receding to a ring, it musters up plenty of lace trails on the glass. The aroma is of sour cherries and oak with some yoghurty acidity and chocolate, indescribably complex. The taste is sublime. Excellent blend of sourness with malt flavors. Redolent with fruit - tropical fruit, berries, grannie smith apples, cherries. Lactic mouthpucker. Iron, blood, mineral. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a creamy, textured carbonation. The nuanced sourness lasts a long while in the finish. Oak and malt fruitiness also lingers.

This is a benchmark Flanders Red Ale, we were so fortunate to have it at a great price at the LCBO recently. Full of flavor and depth. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

A Beautiful dark ruby, like black cherries. Fluffy light tan head, about a finger. Leaves a murky, everglade-like foamas the head shrinks.

S Tart cherries and raspberries with sugar and sweet caramelized oak, apples, limes.

T Burst of tart and acidity, cherries and a multitude of berries with some really great lemon bringing in a bit of citrus, apparent sweetness and strong sourness.

M STRONG up front sourness and acidity makes me pucker! But its got a nice sweetness all around with it like granulated raw sugar, reminds me of the grainy sugary feeling of a pair.

O This was a great drink, a bit of a sipper at first, even for me, but the sweetness really hangs on in the finish and in my mind after each sip.

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Photo of Casey10
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got to try on tap from Lions Pride given as a on the house drink from the owner (thank you Chris).

A - red hue cherry like coloring.

S - Nice smell fruity

T - really nice smooth a sour taste with cherries being the main component.

M - Tart yet smooth again cherries.

D - Could drink a bunch of these. Very smooth was so glad I got to try this very good !!!

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this on tap at the Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA. I was immediately struck by its beautiful, lustrous dark red tint, and it smelled delightfully of cheery and other tart flavors. When I tasted it, I got a strong, almost vinegar-like hit on my tongue, followed by some flowery accents. It's sour and good. The mouthfeel was also very smooth, with a medium body and a little carbonation. Overall, I really like this, and I think I really like these brews in general. I'm going to keep going back to these Belgian ales. Most definitely.

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Photo of Jfriz25
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark rich brownish red with little head. Lots of tiny champagne bubbles.

Smell- smells tart and woody. I get way more wood on the nose than in the taste.

Taste- puckering awesome sourness! Besides that the main thing I get is apple and a little unripe plum in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- medium body with great carbonation.

Overall- this is my favorite example of the style. I love how it starts sour pretends it is going to sweeten but doesn't before leaving with a dry finish. My only complaint is the $6 for a 11.2 oz bottle but it doesn't stop me from semi regularly buying one or two.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Cuvée des Jacobins. Notched with an '01' on the back label. Poured into a Duchesse de Bourgogne goblet and enjoyed side-by-side with The Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale.

Murky brown off the pour with a third of an inch of bone-colored head. Red-orange hues are seen through bright light. Bubbles sporadically popping on the surface with a foam glaze lingering. Organic shapes of lace splotch on one side of the glass.

Strong acetic character in the nose. Balsamic notes that writhe amongst mellow vanilla, tart cherry sweetness, and some phenolic characters. Soft, vinous, and almost buttery. Exceptional.

Balanced between tart and sweet and woody. This beer is dripping with a juicy vinegar note that is so fruity and appealing. Tart cherries impart a little bit more sourness and some fleshy sweet tones reminiscent of apple and quince. Then, there's an oaky bitterness in the middle-to-finish that melts into flashes of vanilla and spicy alcohol.

Medium body and sparkling with spritz. Lively feeling. Any more heft to the body would have been appreciated over here.

A different league of beer altogether here. Vast complexities, yet all of the usual tasty delights to get fixated on are right there and upfront for you to savor. A model Flanders Red, without question. A rival to my Duchesse and Rodenbach Grand Cru. Will buy up as many as I can.

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Photo of Em0r
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I was looking for a low alcohol, light beer to finish off a near perfect afternoon of a craft burger and craft beers at Bad Apple. The "tart and fruity" description piqued my interest, so I pulled up my best college French and ordered it up.

The beer had a nice deep red appearance with a fruity nose. The subtlety ended at the first sip. This beer packs a punch! As a kid, if you didn't like stuffing a load of SweetTarts in your mouth for the pure pain/pleasure, this beer isn't for you. However, if you like tartness and interesting flavors, this is one of the most unique and and enjoyable beers I've tasted.

The initial punch is followed up by subtle cherry notes. The beer finishes smoothly (sorta like like a lion, out like a lamb). This was a perfect finish to my meal, which included some potent chilis. The sour start complimented the heat, and the fruity finish was "desserty" without being too sweet or gimmicky.

I can't wait to have this beer again. It's truly a memorable pour.

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Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

review #420... possibly the best flanders red i've ever had. or is it an unblended old lambic? makes me wish there was a rating between 4.5 and 5.0. clear brown with a tan head that has decent retention and leaves some chunks of lace as it goes. nose is brighter, cleaner, purer and less sweet than it's more commercial counterparts. dark fruit, vinegar, wood, a touch of almost salty minerality, and some really nice earth as well as just a hint of bretty cherry pie. hard to explain what i mean by clean or pure here, but the funk seems unadulteratedly natural. taste is balance and harmony of all of the above with sweet and sour at near perfect levels. medium body is soft and silky with enough pucker power to make me salivate, and nowhere near cloying or sticky. just seems to go down sooo easily and way too quickly. flavors explode on the palate to be wiped clean by acid and mild carbonation. truly a great experience. amazing beer.

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Photo of rand
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to wine glass at Toronado San Diego

Pours a clear ruby-red, little head and little lacing. Some very tiny bubbles seem to be swarming about, but it looks like there's little carbonation. It smells of cherries, raspberries and vinegar. Clean, refreshing nose as a touch of funk and alcohol complete the bouquet.

It feels light and refreshing on the palate, but the sour, puckering aspects quickly dominate. And not in a bad way - the sour tastes clean and tart, not at all spoiled. Red wine vinegar combines with cherries and grapes. Funky, earthy tones linger in the backdrop, reminding you that this is indeed beer. Although the carbonation is light, it seems to lift the beer toward the end of the sip, finishing just slightly lemony sour and sweet.

From my experience, this is one of the best examples of a Flander Red. It's almost like drinkable vinegar, which sounds weird, but once your palate has adjusted is completely addictive.

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Photo of 303beer
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a clear copper color. Some bubbly creamy head. Slight hint of sour to the nose. Wow that's a sour. Hits you right away then turns into a beautiful sweet wonder to me. Can't describe it really.

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Photo of uselessgdtaste
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Old review

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

This beer reminded me a lot of the Ommegang Rouge, except just a slight bit more sour.

Then, I found out that Ommegang did not brew their Rouge at their site. Instead they contract brewed it...with Bockor. Their similar taste profiles made a lot more sense.

As with the Rouge, the beer is like a vinegary and lactic acidy version of a Dr. Pepper with some beer style carbonation and characteristics added in for good measure. The flavor is truly remarkable and unique. It is something I would definitely go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of WesWes
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thin tan head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has an excellent malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It has a nice caramel malt sweetness with a very nice sour yeast character. The taste is sensational. It has a very aggressive sourness that hits you hard up front and leaves you puckering in the finish. The malt character is great. It has a sweet, caramel flavor with some subtle roasted notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a perfect flanders ale. What a work of art!

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Photo of justJohn
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very well done example of the style. Tawny red in color with a tightly compacted, meringue-like head which dissipates quickly. Sharp lactic notes upfront with a measured amount of acetic acid and a refreshingly dry finish. Dried dark cherries, lactic acid, balsamic vinegar and wet leather predominate on the nose with a slight chocolatey/toasted malt undertone. Medium-thin mouthfeel. I know it's a bold statement but this rivals both Rodenbach Grand Cru and Panil. If you can find it, try it.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of hippogasmo
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all-time favorite brews (the other two are also sours - surprise, I know).

A: Rouge is not a term lost on this brew. Ruby red, held up to a light source it looks not unlike a Big Red soda, just a little darker.
S: It smells quite like a sour, a hint of vinegar with some light fruitiness on the tail end. A pleasant smell.
T: Slightly sweet with enough carbonation that it does not taste like a soda. I hope you're prepared for a candy-like sour impression on the back end, however. I once compared this to Sour Patch Kids followed by a hint of alcohol in terms of overall flavor, if that's any indicator.
M: Carbonation makes it a pleasant feeling, but even if you savor it enough for this beer to go flat, it still tastes fantastic.
O: This is a great beer. In North Arlington/North Dallas, it averages between $3-5 per bottle, and it is worth every penny. I'd love to find this on tap.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.