Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 2,472
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 206
Gots: 364 | FT: 15
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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 PeterIngemi
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pored from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a deep brown with dark red, about half a finger of lightly brown head that fades into a film that stocks around.

S: sour cherry and oak with a backbone aroma of sweet red vinegar aroma that reminds me of ketchup. As this brew warms I feel the vinegar becomes more and more pronounced.

T: much like the nose, I get a very plleasing tart cherry flavor with a hint of sour raspberry over a sweet red wine vinegar backbone, which again, to me, is very reminiscent of ketchup, it does have a nice tartness, bit i feel like there is a sweetness that overshadows it a bit.

M: medium body with medium carbonation, this brew is nice and lush and creamy, a very nice mouthfeel for the style, that leavs a bit of a sweet lingering sourness on the palate.

O: not my favorite sour, it reminds me of ketchup, bit do far everyone I have told this looks at me like I have three heads, I don't know what it is, I think it is a combination of the sweetness and the vinegar notes that just seay my palate that way. I wish the sour fruit notes took more of the drivers seat, but I seem to be an acception to the rule. @ least in the circle of people I imbibe sour beers with.

Photo of Guess2814
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sorry! I know I'm going against the rating rules but sour beers aren't the greatest brewed beers... It can be a bios opinion but I don't like them, especially when they're rated in the top 250. That being said maybe I'll appreciate a sour beer at some point but as of now I do appreciate the brewing and creation and idea of them.

Photo of jgasparine
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Poured a beautiful bright reddish brown, typical of the style; atop which sat a thin (1-finger) white head, which slowly receded, leaving a bit of lacing behind. No visible carbonation from the side of the glass...

S- Gorgeous sweet & sour nose (also typical of the style). The sweet comes through as raw candy sugar, and the sour comes through as cider vinegar. Further examination reveals hints of copper (metallic) and soy sauce.

T- The sour notes of these beer are much bigger than anticipated... acetobacter and lactobacillus are definitely present, and this sour/bitter character is further enhanced by presumed oak tannins. The anticipated sweet notes are here, but nonetheless eclipsed by the sour. The finish is very dry and sour.

M- Body is quite thin, and the carbonation is so fine, I'm tempted to call this "under-carbonated"...

D- I enjoyed trying this beer, but could not consider ordering another 12 oz. glass... the sourness and dryness of the beer becomes overpowering with time (perhaps as the beer warms?), and I prefer to have the accompaniment of "sweet" with this style.

Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at capones in december 2009

A - pours a chestnut brown with a layer of foam that quickly dies down but left lots of lacing

S - tart sour cherries and oak along with lots of acidity

T - woodiness lingering throughout the mouth, cherries and some citrus along with a bit of sour pucker

M/D - a bit of a zip to the mouthfeel, good flavor and mouthfeel, I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of lownote
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A really dark red beer with some visible carbonation. It smells a little fruity, mostly cherries. The beer also tastes very cherry, with a serious sour after taste. The beer was very light and carbonated - almost tasting fizzy. Enjoyable and really pushes the idea of what to expect when you sit down to drink a beer.

Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Super, super sour. Would be better if the acidity were dialed back a touch to let the other flavors come out a little more.

Photo of halfP1NT
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, appears very dark mahogany with a thin, off-white head.

Aroma is tart, sour, lactic, light fruit sweetness, a little oaky. Really tart.

Taste is extreme lactic sourness. A puckering tartness coats the entire mouth. Somewhere in the middle lies a sweetness like sour cherries. The sourness dominates more than other examples I've had of this style but that is not a bad thing at all.

This beer is more of a slow sipper than some other Flemish Sours due to its extreme tartness but very refreshing nonetheless. Extremely enjoyable and complex Flemish red.

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville.
Brownish amber pour, about a finger of off white head.

Aroma, red wine vinegar, some apple and lemon zest, faint cherry.

Taste is tart up front. Lemon zest, tart cherry and green apple. Quite sour, unless you're desensitized to it.

Light bodied, but the carb made it almost creamy. Becomes a bit acidic to me though. Very interesting, however I don't have much to compare it too.

As it went on I found this to be quite a chore to drink. Probably still not quite my thing.

Photo of david18
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce glass of this at the Amsterdam Ale House in Manhattan's Upper West Side. This is one of the best Flanders Reds I've had. Great sour flavor with great malt character and all in a beer under six percent. Aroma was not the beer's best character but i can't wait to go back to the bar and order another.

Photo of snpub540
3.78/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an brown hue with red at the bottom and the edges when held to the light. Not alot of head from the pour but there was some scattered lacing left on the glass throughout the drink.

Smell was a vinegary funkiness. Pretty muted compared to other sours I've had recently.

Taste was a sour grape and vinegary sourness onslaught. It died to a nice dry finish but it was still pretty mouth puckering.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, but I found it a little bit harder to put down since there was more sourness than flavor.

Photo of samie85
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 5/01/10.

A-Pours a deep reddish brown color with a whitish red, thin head.

S-Sour cherries, balsamic quality, with some cherry and a little hint of clay.

T-Tart cherries upfront with sour, balsamic vinegar notes, and a little bit of earthiness to it.

M-Smooth and not quite as effervescent as other Flemish Reds I've had.

D-Really easy drinking for a sour and a good introduction to the style, but I like mine a little more mouth-puckeringly sour.

Photo of Samuel906
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark red, almost black until light is shown through it. Light of white head. Smell is cherries, lime and grape funk. Taste is full of fruit cherries citrus, very tart. Feel is light bodied, refreshing, astringent and sour. Lively crisp carbonation. Overall very good cuvee, not too sweet and very refreshing.

Photo of MaineBrewing
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - poured a clear dark amber almost mahogany with loose small head that did not last long. Although wasn't expecting much head, it still looked lively and the color was great.

S - strong sour aroma with a great fruityness, mostly cherries, raisin. Slight Brett character, peppery, as well as some enticing sweet notes of caramel, molasses and slight chocolate.

T - taste is mostly sour, a strongly acidic sour. Only in the finish can a malt character be found. Dark candied fruits can barely be discerned, although they are present, they would be a little more forthright with less acidity.

M - on the thick to syrupy side for the gravity, ample carbonation. Alcohol not present.

O - not able to surmount the acidity to really get any of the flavors I found in the aroma, I felt from the nose I was going to get more complexity. This example is a little one dimensional. It is rather enjoyable none the less, with an approachable price point. I wouldn't mind grabbing a few more for the celler, it's just not blowing my mind.

Photo of Brew33
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A generous extra from brikelly. Thanks!

The color, pour, and aroma of this beer are all spot on for a Flanders Red Ale. Spot on. Dark ruby, thin head that disappears instantly. The aroma is sweet dark malts, vinous barrel notes, and red wine vinegar.

The taste isn't as acetic as a lot of the Flanders Reds I've had. Lots of lactic tartness on the back end but the thing that stands out for good and bad reasons is the heft of the malt profile. Chewy brown malt flavor is intensely sweet on the front end. Then rushed away by an acidic swallow. The flavors linger in the mouth and the medium bodied beer hangs around for some time. The sweet and sour characteristics aren't balanced like some of the best examples of the style instead they operate seperately and offer 2 totally different flavors. Oil and water. It's certainly not the intense sweet and sour rollercoaster that Duchesse is but it's an interesting beer.

I'm very glad I was able to try it. While not the cream of the crop, certainly an above average Flanders Red that I'd happily drink anytime.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very interesting beer here! pours a sensational deep daunting ruby red color with incredible richness and a more than 2 inch tall off white head thick as whipped cream. smells like sour cherries, crab apples, and funky yeast. there is quite a strong sour hit of vinegar in the nose. the flavor is curiously vinegary. very tart cherry essence, and some mild spice from the yeast. i find it to be a bit heavy on the vinegar front for me, its a way different kind of sour than the brett beers. feel is good, well carbonated with a fuller body. i think its perfect for the complex and weird flavor. overall not a bad beer, in fact a very well crafted beer, but too much vinegar sour dryness of flavor for me personally. im not sure id like to have more than one of these at a time.

Photo of shortbus7
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Melt into a 12 oz glass.

A: A dark red ruby color. Very appealing.

S: Dark fruit and vinegar.

T: Cherries, figs, currents. Some slight vinegar and quite sour.

M: Smooth, tart, and the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This is a very good beer. Definitely worth seeking out. A very big surprise to me.

Photo of goblue3509
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep ruby red color with a thin edging which leaves strands of sticky lace around the glass. The aroma is faint and is of vanilla, cherry, and faint oaky notes. The taste follows suit with a big cherry vanilla taste which gives way to a great sourness. There is also notes of oakiness and spices when you let in play on the tongue, almost like a red wine flavor. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall this is a very good beer, the aroma was hard to get to, but the rest of the beer was very good. The taste was well crafted with a nice complexity and smoothness.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber-tinged brown with a thin, clinging white head. The ruddy hues I generally expect of a proper Flanders red were nowhere to be seen.

S: The nose is dominated by a strong balsamic vinegar aroma. As the beer warms, aromas of sweet 'n' sour, pomegranate, and tart cherries emerge.

T: Notes of sweet 'n' sour, pomegranate, cranberries, tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, pickle brine, and oak wash across the palate. The finish is sharp and tart with abundant balsamic vinegar, oak, and tart cherry flavors.

M: Light to medium in body with stinging, active carbonation. Very drinkable and very dry.

O: This is a near excellent Flanders red ale, though I feel that in terms of depth it does not compare to any of the authentic Rodenbach offerings. Still, it is good and is yet another step in the right direction for Brouwerij Bockor. Hopefully, I'll get the opportunity to try this again in the near future.

Photo of Chizoad
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a sour drinker but this one is a nice intro.

Thin head on a deep red/mahogany base.

Smell immediately hints of cherries and vanilla, which is pretty much what it tastes like, if you were to stew that together with some vinegar. In a good way.

The sourness does not overwhelm, and shockingly to me, I found this to be an easy drinker. I'm not sure I'd get it again, but happy I tried it.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a deep ruddy brown mixed with a cherry color with a fluufy off white head atop.Deep sour cherry and dry sherry notes in the nose,a little intimidating for a non-sour lover like me.Sherry-like woody flavors mixed with sour cherries on the palate,when I say sour I mean sour like sherry vinegar and tart cherries.IT's a great beer for what it is,Iam not a huge fan of the style but I know it fits the bill very well.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Crystal clear caramel-red colour with a tall and puffy head. Lasting retention and some good lacing.

(4.25) S: Sour cherries, white grape, apricot, grasses, wood, and balsamic vinaigrette. Lots of wonderful aromas that are quite diverse. A subtle sour aroma that comes across rich and smooth.

(3.75) T: Vinaigrette, white grape, slight sour cherry, dark woods, and subdued grasses . There is a long and lingering vinegar taste that sticks around towards the finish and is not enough sour/fruity and more vinegar-like than I would prefer. Nonetheless, quite a flavourful Flemish sour ale.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with a lively carbonation. Slick and oily. Would prefer a much drier and lighter mouthfeel.

(3.75) D: This is quite good, but a little too vinegar-like and not enough fruity-sour focused for me. Additional dryness would be welcome.

Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum. A very good sour, dark reddish body with no head. Simplistic,simply very sour cherry .A little vinegar balanced by some malt. Medium mouthfeel, though some fruitness as if the skins of the cherry there. Some lace dots. I cannot pass up this style.Suitably carbonated.

Photo of osusullins
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark red.

Nice nose. The tartness dominates the aroma, but I also pull some dark fruit and funk. I like the smell which is not usually the case for me and sours.

Taste is very tart with little to no carbonation. I am not a sour fan, however I have had quite a few because I have friends that keep trying to convert me to the sour side. That said, I like this one. Very tart, but the fruit sweetness balances it out. A pretty good beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado. Served in a small 6 ounce flute. On to the beer:

Light brownish red with hues of orange on the edges of the glass. Very little head sticks around for this one.Tart cherry all the way in the nose. In its taste, there's a tart strawberry/cherry combination that provides the base flavor. Light vinegar note livens things up, and touches of cheddar cheese on the palate shakens up the package. Mouthfeel is light, light-medium in the acidic department. All said, the overall package is good.

You can almost always expect a Flanders Red to be a treat, and Cuvée des Jacobins is another example you can put on that list.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into chalice style glass

Appearance – A deep red-brown color which formed a moderate head upon pouring. There was a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass upon the loss of the head.

Smell – A sour cherry aroma hits you up front and persists throughout the aroma. Toward the end a more vinegary aroma mixes in to the sour cherry.

Taste – A nice sour cherry taste meets the tongue. The taste matches the smell quite nicely, and as soon after the sour cherry hits, a bit of more vinegary/acetic acid taste comes into play. It leaves a very bitter and sour taste on the tongue. While sour and bitter it is surprisingly very nice.

Mouthfeel –The sourness mixed with the bit higher level of carbonation which when combined make it a a slower drinking beer. The thickness is rather moderate, but again, due to its sour nature, it is one to sip and enjoy over the long haul.

Overall – A nice dryer sour. It has lots of sour cherry flavor and some nice aromas. A good slow sipping light abv.brew.

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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