Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
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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 BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (805 characters)

Photo of Jas45678
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip

Pours a clear reddish brown with a one finger off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is lactic sourness, tart cherries and a little oak. Taste is a little dry and fairly tart with tart cherries flavor. Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Overall a great sour very crisp. (325 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-clear ruby color with hints of brown and a smallish off-white head and minimal lacing

S-sour cherries, earthy, malt, yeasty funk

T-yeasty malt, sour cherries/berries, earthiness, slight bitterness, hints of floral

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, refreshing

O-delicious and beautifully balanced, really enjoyed this sour (350 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

On tap. Lovely flanders red ... great balance of fruit and tart. The sourness is pretty mild ... tart is a better term than sour for this beer. Just perfect for my tastes. (177 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the finest craft bar in Western MD...Always Ron's in Hagerstown. This is very fine sour red ale. Not too much funky or horseblanket on the nose. Moderate sourness and some slight sweet complexity going in this beer to help balance slightly. Not quite up there with a few other more complex sours but still extremely well made and enjoyable. Definitely fixed my sour beer craving that has been missed for several weeks. Will never turn this one down. Very good. (492 characters)

Photo of troysoy2
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 11.2 oz bottle during my Boston trip, on recommendation by a Julio's Liquors employee. That guy deserves a raise! This is only my second sour beer, but now I know that I need to find more to try.

Poured into a tulip. A finger and a half of light tan head with large bubbles, subsides to an attractive smattering over the surface, and stays there. The body is a lively brown with a ruby tinge.

The smell is of soured belgian yeast, cherry, apple, malt, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. All of these are well balanced and subtle, well crafted. Just from the smell, you can tell that this is a quality ale.

After my initial shock, I quickly got to know each and every beautiful flavor. At first sip, you are greeted with sharp cherry. As the beer warms in your mouth, a magical transformation occurs. The sour takes over, the crisp mouthfeel becomes almost "snowy", apple comes out to play, as well as the slightest vanilla note from the oak aging. The aftertaste is mildly puckering, a tad vinegary, but pleasant throughout.

I'm impressed, to say the least. A fine example of the flanders red ale, if I may so inexperienced-ly may say so. Amazing flavor, cascading, and complex, just as the label mentions. (1,219 characters)

Photo of lemongelo
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first review:
I am in love with sours. I think they are by far the best example of why beer is way cooler than wine. They illustrate diversity. They define boundaries of beer that are leaps and bounds wider than vino.

A: This beer has a dark ruby hue. It's minimal head suggests a wide range of possibilities. Carbonation works its way up the middle of the glass. It does not cling to the side the way Champagne does. To me, this suggests this beer will not be light. We must look at what we are consuming deductively. Once you put your head in a box, you will never get out.

S: Slightly sharp is what I think. I get a combination of grapefruit, lemon peel and sour cherries. I smell this beer and I know what is coming on the palate. It is without a doubt sour. Give me some charcuterie and goat cheese please. Also as I smell this beer, I instantly think about the food that would go with it. This is where I think sours excel. The possibilities are endless. Chocolate dessert, cheese, because of the acidity certain soups could be phenomenal.

T: Darker than the smell is my initial thought. The taste offers up the conclusion to your initial thoughts on the A and S. This beer has depth and the level of sour is completely balanced. Dark cherries...that you hope are with chocolate that has a creamy undertone. If it does this beer will cut through the cream and pair incredibly.

M: The weight of this beer is perfect. It is exactly what I want out of a sour. When I think of too little mouthfeel I think of Mikkeller...when I think of too much I think of D.O.R.I.S.. This beer delivers and I think they did a fantastic job.

O: A little rough on the finish, but this is a fantastic sour. It is extremely well balanced and does a great job fitting into its style. Sometimes beers try to be what they are not and these guys know what they are good at. (1,860 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 33cl bottle into a snifter.

Quick review: this beer poured a nice deep red with a decent head that stuck around for a while. The smell was sour and fruity almost a bit like cider. The taste was sour up front followed by some nice fruit accents. The carbonation is nice and the with the sources this is a great beer to go with rich foods to cut that with.

This is my first venture into the sour beer world and I am pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this beer and I can see how many people find this type so enjoyable. It has me thinking about similarities between styles as well, as feel it is similar to others not in this category. (646 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Keanlacrosse for sharing

The body sits a deep mahogany/ruby red with a fluffy white cap. Some lines and dots of lace strewn about. Good retention throughout.

The nose is of tart cherries, cider vinegar, oak, sugar, and a light funk I can't quite place. This is a very inviting aroma and is not as one dimensional as most in the style. This one has a substance to it.

Tart cherries up front before giving way to cider vinegar and huge notes of oak and vanilla. The finish is a touch sugary before the lactic and acetic sour notes comes back into play. The vanilla and cherries combine to make a sugary sweet combo that balances out the sour and never truly tipping the scales in either direction.

The feel is amazingly smooth. Silky and creamy mainly due to the vanilla, which really thickens up the body. Low carbonation. Crisp, sugary, tart, and dry in the finish.

This is a high caliber beer. Delicate and bold, hitting all ends of the spectrum in between. A new entry to my rotation. (1,029 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge looks (and smells and tastes) a lot like black cherry juice. It has a deep tone but isn't the least bit guarded; clarity and eloquent, colourful highlights are openly disclosed against the light. The rim of foam around the surface is sudsy and off-white.

The beer smells like a bowl of berries drizzled in balsamic. There is the sweetness of black cherry and raspberry, the tartness of cranberry, and also a distinct acidity and subdued mustiness. Barrel-aging also provides soft undertones of vanilla. Marvelously delicious.

The beer tastes just as good it smells. Cranberries, currants, apples, jam and dates play out on the palate with a poignant sourness; this sourness is very agreeable, however, and is laced with enough fruitiness to gently ease-in those unfamiliar with the style. Still, balsamic and dry, musty oak are present and with them hints of dark caramel and lemon.

While there is plenty of figgy and plum-like sweetness to draw on, it is the tartness of cranberries and the acidity of balsamic that triumphs in the aftertaste. Its disciplined yet focused acid line has the lingering textural persistence to not only make it immediately refreshing, but also likely to allow it to hold up for some time in the cellar.

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge is a beer probably worth twice the price I paid for it. While it doesn't have quite the depth of the style's best, on the same hand, it has a degree of approachability and refreshment that any increased intensity would compromise. Bottom line: this is an easy, affordable sour to recommend to just about anyone. (1,605 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Collins Pub, served in a smaller chalice, Cuvee Des Jocbins Rouge is garnet with a small egg-shell head leaving modest lace.

Smell is big sweet lacto, a hint of freshly split cedar as well as a touch of iron.

Taste is huge. This is why I love Flanders Red. Big sweet malt, sweet tarts, blasted away by a truckload of acidity. Massive lacto pucker, tannic, and just a hint of acetic apple cider. Wow, this is a killer brew! I'm a sour head, but swirling around a mouthful of this is almost unbearable, so tongue curling the reflex is difficult to repress - winning!

Mouthfeel is slick, a little limp, medium light body.

Drinkability is not very high, from a sessionability perspective. The sourness here is mouthwatering. I love it, but I can't drink it fast, or even more then one a session. But oh, that one, wow - pain is pleasure! (858 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance - The beer was a reddish brown color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - The sour really jump out on this one, but there is some fruitiness.

Taste - My initial impression is the sour raspberry. Cherry skin and the lactic sour notes stimulate the tongue. The finish comes with the form of dry tart fruits.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is modest, allowing the tastes to dance about the perimeter of the tongue.

Overall - This is an excellent example of the style. (473 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Town Hall Tap, into a wine glass/chalice

a: dark coppery red with hardly any head, bubbles
s: great! crabapple, bing cherries, faint vinegar, mellow oaky wood
t: even better...follows the nose, comes in layers that are delightful to savor. Also a little vanilla and roasted notes that I didn't get in the nose.
f: pleasant sour pucker, dry at the end...perfect carbonation.

great beer (397 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a pair of little 5oz sampler glasses for comparison with Rodenbach Grand Cru. My wife, tasting it blind, correctly picked out Rodenbach, and classifies Rodenbach as, "More complex, where this one is more punching you in the face with sourness." Bottle code, best by, or bottled on is, whatever it means, "15 13"

Pours clearish brownish red, little head. Smell is tart and fruity.

Taste is hella sour. I can see why my wife used "punch in the face." It has just barely enough sweetness and fruitiness to back up the sourness, so it's not unpleasant at all, it's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, this is a very good beer, but I still (slightly) prefer Rodenbach Grand Cru. (716 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a glass. 05 inkjet on the back of the bottle.

A: Pours a clear ruby brown with a half finger off white head that is quick to dissipate. Some visible carbonation in the glass. No lacing.

S: Great Flanders aroma going on here. A fruity cherry lambic tone with a strong funkiness. Oak comes through nicely as a vanilla note.

T: Fantanstic tart and sour flavor. Full flavored lambic with an oakiness. A touch of apple tartness. Very complex, difficult to explain all of the flavors going on here.

M: Just where you want a Flanders to be. A lot of carbonation gives this a real clean finish. Puckers you up after the first sip. Crisp finish.

Overall an absolutely amazing beer. Exemplifies the style and is one of my favorite types of beer. A must try by any sour fans. New to get some more of these. (829 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap into a standard chalice at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It appeared a deep auburn, reddish maroon. The head was one finger tall, made of active tan bubbles. Retention was decent, and thick lacing was left around the glass. Transparency was high, no sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma was extraordinarily tart and souring, bordering on the sourest of krieks. Aside from the obvious cherry, there was a puckering raspberry as well. The malts were crispy and toasty, boasting faint molasses. There were also some strong lactics, with other notes of funk, musk, and moss to make the back end just as sour. The yeast seemed related to Brett, but wasn’t an exact match. As we sipped, the taste began and tart and souring as the nose. There was musk, drying grain, cherry, and moldy woodiness. The malts became chalky and biting at the peak, where we got a white sugar sweetness, and a barnyard grassiness. This bright flavoring passed, leaving paler malts, and the tartness to take us to the finish. Here there was a vinegar twinge of sour lactics, more barnyard funk, and a cooled haze of wet grain. The aftertaste breathed of light, tart cherry and strawberry. The malts were also light and airy, leaving the aftertaste to be lighter than one might expect for such a robustly flavored beer. The body was light to medium and the carbonation was high. The mouth is left cooled and puckered, with slick coating. The latter even covers the lips. Again, we were surprised that this didn’t dry us out so much, but the feel was wonderfully pleasant. The abv was lower end and the beer drinks easily, but is more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the sourness. It was so tart, and so delicious. The musk and funk comes through insanely well in the nose, and doesn’t disappoint. The feel is also something to brag about. This beer goes close to being over the top, but never overwhelms the drink. This was a true treat. (2,008 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A; ruby red, clear - 1/2" head, died quick

S: lactic, mildly acetic - nice balance between fruity and musty odors - seems like some toasted malt coming through, too - a little more malt please?

T: oh wow! quite a robust overall taste from the start (colder) - not too sweet, but not enough malt body backing up the tart/sour - tiniest touch of band-aid phenolic in background - light cherry starting midway and some mellow lingering chocolate in the aftertaste

M: light-medium body up front (thankfully not champagne thin) - drops off pretty bone dry - tart/acidic stickiness left covering the mouth - very quaffable - a slow sipper

O: very well balanced - great depth, great tart/sour - not unique, just well-made - shows a balance between the uber tart and lightness of a Rodenbach Grand Cru and the thicker, sweeter qualities of Duchesse (844 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap recently at the Trappist (my first ever visit!) in Oakland. Poured into a 6oz wine glass. Review is from my notes.

Pours a brownish tinged, red forward color that looks almost like a deep Bordeaux Cabernet when shined away from the light. Having had RR Supplication a little earlier, I immediately led to believe if this too was aged and blended in wine barrels, as the ruby color is really uncanny here. A nice little frothy white head stands on top, but not for long. Super viscous, which is surprising when considering the low ABV, and as this settles down a bit at room temperature, this starts to resemble more and more the classic Flanders red ale style that I enjoy. It is however ahead of the game in terms of its color and beautiful glare, and looks far more like a wine or some of the best traditional Lambics I've seen than a straightforward Flanders red.

The aroma is also ahead and unique in its own realm, with classic sour, puckering phenols, as well as funk and woodiness to create the experience extra special. The initial flavor resembles a combo of sour, musty raspberries with dried cherries, and then turns into a vinous, raisin filled, dried cider flavor that melds and melts straight into different layers of oak. Very sour, especially for the style at hand. Acidic as any strong tart wine is, but luckily has the wood at the finish that holds it back a bit. Pretty intense, but definitely fantastic.

The flavor is definitely an intense one, but also chock filled with tons of wild and well refined flavors that I always turn to these beers for. There's at first a plump, juicy array of bright berries, ranging from raspberries to strawberries (on the tart rather than sweetened side), which then meld into a vinegar-y, vinous, cherry, raisin-like flavor that blends beautifully with the oak, and then releases an ENORMOUS shock of puckering sourness. Prepare yourself for this one, kids. The aftertaste really is insane, with an acidic, sour flavor that seems to last forever, yet at the end it squeezes out the tannic properties from the wood, as well as more juicy red wild fruits. Maybe a bit nutty, and definitely has an earthy grainy profile in there. Amazingly thick, nearly perfect in terms of mouthfeel - carbonation is strong enough to accentuate the flavors, as well as the juiciness of the fruit flavors. If it weren't for the intense sourness I could definitely down this without thinking twice. Luckily, I'm glad this is a sipping beer because a lot of the nuances open up over time.

This is delicious, but not for beginners! Really takes the style to a new level, away from the more trivial, straight up vinegar or far too acidic versions of the style. I really love how predominant the red and dark fruits are in particular, as well as how well blended this is. The barrels these guys use must be fabulous stuff indeed. With the low ABV, complexity, and refreshing aspects, this is definitely world class stuff. I should try it in the bottle as well, as I'd imagine it would be even more puckering. A must try for fans of veteran sour enthusiasts. (3,101 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours ruby red, cloudy, with a bit of edge head
S: tart funky yeast, typical of a sour, sour milk, lemon, maybe pomegranate on the fruit end
T/M: light puckering tartness from the beginning, very similar to the nose. The malt is not completely lost, however, but the tart combined with the carbonation win out on this one.
O: I like a nice tart sour, and this one delivers on that end. But the mildly fruity taste I get underneath (maybe even unsweetened cranberry) is very enjoyable. (487 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack of this at a local liquor store; three batches later and Batch 01 is still sitting there on the shelf. The beer pours a muddled and fairly deep shade of brown, looking more like a dense, dark red or ruby color when held to the light. From a distance, the beer could fool you for an Oud Bruin, but it is indeed a Flanders Red. The cap is a fast growing, big-bubbled, soapy formation that sinks immediately a skin, and leaves some nice lacing in the process.

The aroma is fantastic; right on par for the style, only taking it up another notch in the complexity. Sour and rich black cherries, grape skins, wet oak, heavy vinegar, tart lemon, and the lightest inclusion of vanilla and cocoa. Extremely vinous, acidic, and tart - my nostrils are flaring at the thought of how sour this is going to be. The layered aspect of the aromatic profile is wonderful.

Balsamic vinegar notes are also abound on the nose, though not as powerful and forward as in something like Rodenbach Grand Cru. Another heap of vinous oak, cherries, and apples round out the edges and have me sitting there in a daze. Just from the aroma, I know this beer is going to taste wonderful, and I couldn't be more excited to bring it to my face.

And, wow! I'm immediately taken back as a tsunami of sour cherries, vinegar, grapes, oak, lactic acid, and vanilla washes over my taste buds and instantaneously sets off the alarm in my saliva glands. Puckering isn't a strong enough word to describe the tartness of this beer - it surely is a doozy. The fruits are extremely vibrant and just pop out with each and every sip.

The authentic, layered labyrinth of flavors from the aroma translates nicely on the palate; the cherry sourness, grape and wine vinous notes, acetic and lactic acid, mild vanilla and cocoa undertones, and the dry oak and barrel profiles all work together to form a complete nirvana for the senses. Very harmonious in nature, and executed elegantly. The body is thin-medium with high carbonation; slick, oily, and wet on the palate, despite the dry finish.

Seriously awesome beer, and I can't believe you can find this stuff on the shelves regularly. Well... at least whenever they release a new batch. I believe this is aged for about 18 months in oak barrels, and you can definitely tell. Super complex, tart, dry, layered; completely drinkable despite the heavy acidity and sharpness it provides the mouth. Top notch and highly recommended. (2,455 characters)

Photo of mj001jk
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Toronado. Pours a dark amber/brown w minimal lace. Strong funk and tartness up front, cherries, green apple, hops and lime. Flavors are intense sour cherry, apple, raisin and the slightest vanilla and tobacco. This is a rich, young and explosive sour beer, easily aged for another decade. (291 characters)

Photo of Lukecook
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Great lost Bear

A- brown with red highlights, 1 finger of white head.

S- vinager and cherries

T- wow this is sour, no hops and a hint of dark cherries, no hops present.

M- tart, acidic, sour, with medium carbonation.

D- first time trying this style and I was pleasently surprised, I found it refreshing and look forward to drinking it again. (367 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into wine chalice glass at holy grale in Louisville. Wow..
Not sure if I ever had a Flanders red before....
Pours a ruby brown with a finger of bubbley head disapates quick...
Smell of crazy wild yeast, cherry.
Taste is sour cherry tobacco and wild yeast....I may taste a bit of chocolate?
Nicely bitter but so smooth...
Truly fantastic brew. If you see it...get it! (383 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone

A: The pour is a muddy mahogany color with plenty of red highlights to it. There's not much in the way of head, however.

S: The nose is very typical for a Flanders red ale. While there's certainly a strong vinegar component, it's not overwhelming. There are also plenty of sour cherries and some oak.

T: The flavor is quite acidic, but well balanced between the lactic and acetic acids. The sour cherries are prominent and juicy, along with a touch of oak which dries the beer out a bit.

M: The carbonation is moderate, but the beer still has a slightly slick feel on the tongue. The finish is dry and crisp.

D: One of the better examples of a Flanders red ale that I've had lately. Very nice acidity and fruit flavors. I look forward to having this one again. (781 characters)

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.