Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 2,477
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%
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Gots: 367 | FT: 15
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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 chugalug06
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice three finger head pours straw in color. Thin foam fades fast leaving behind nice bubbles. Brew is very dark red/purple.

Very deep cherry and fruit. Oak is also very prominent, stands out nice vanilla scent. Smells mega tart! Slight fart scent.

Pucker-up! What an awesome flavor! Very smoooth and delicious! Lots of cherry, green apple, and pear in this brew. Oak aging has done this brew amazing. Dare I say almost too sweet? Wonderful light carbonation.

What a great find. If you're a Sour Patch Kid, this brew is for you! A must try. I'm anxious to see where this goes with some age...

Photo of bcm75
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - dark ruby red. Looks a bit like a port wine with carbonation.

S - getting lots of sour apple and cherries

T - aggresively sour. Apples, cherries, raspberries, oak. This is a really sour beer.

M - nice moderate carbonation

O - this is not a sour for the timid. It is very aggressive with big, bold sourness and a complex range of fruit and oak flavors. A real winner.

Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Lion's Pride.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice rich, ruby garnet murky brown hue with a one finger creamy off white head that left nice, rich side lacing.

S - Very nice sour notes. Tart, dark fruits, and vinegar.

T - Sour, crisp, and tart right up front. More dark fruits (though this time cherries is distinguishable) and vinegar. Very sour.

M - Very puckeringly vinegar sour. Crisp, dry finish.

O - This was a very delicious flanders beer, one of my favorites in this style. Definately would have on tap again.

Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-11-04 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark mahogany with a 2-finger light tan head. Pretty bubbly. Beautiful.

S - Malt, belgian yeast, vinegar, sweet and fruity. fresh fig, grape skin.

T - Wonderfully sour all the way to the back of the mouth. Belgian yeast and souring bugs. Fig, stone fruit - cherry, less malt in the taste than the smell, lightly vinous. Dries fast but the flavors linger a bit.

M - Medium body and medium high carbonation.

O - Just a marvellous beer. My wife thoroughly enjoyed it. Up there with Russian River Supplication.

Photo of AjMiles
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on the train ride home from work. Poured into a 12oz. clear plastic cup (all i had at the moment).

A-- Dark reddish-brown with a barely existent white head that had very little lacing.

S-- Mostly cherry with hints of sour apple.

T-- Cherry, vanilla, sour apple, light oak. The sour fades very nicely into a creamy vanilla finish.

M-- Lightly carbonated and finishes slowly as it really coats your entire mouth. The tannins from the oak leave you wanting more.

D-- Very impressed with this one. Has all the good qualities of this style and manages to keep them all in perfect harmony.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Liberty Tap Room. Review from notes.

A: Pours a brownish/red with a small off-white head, minimal retention and lacing.

S: Fantastic aroma, lots of tart cherry and some grape. There is some other red and stone fruits mixed in There is a little bit of oak and light funky. The aroma is a bit vinegary, but very inviting.

S: Surprisingly tart and acidic, even for a flanders red, which instantly made me a big fan. Fantastic cherry flavor along with a little bit of grape and a bit of oak.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The beer is certainly on the sour end, mouth puckering.

O: One of the best flanders red ales I have had thus far. Certainly picking some up when I see it.

Photo of output01x
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that quickly disappears within seconds, leaving only a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a dark chocolate mahogany with traces of coagulated blood red when held to light. A strong amount of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing each other to the surface. Every sip of this beer reveals a thin line of lacing that quickly disappears back into the body of the beer.

The nose is definitely both sweet and tart with just a touch of funk. Aromas of apple cider vinegar, black cherries, and overly ripe raspberries are just a few of the components in this complex nose.

And I thought this beer just smelled great! Each sip starts with flavors tart cherries, raspberries, and mulberries. As the beer is swallowed, a smooth apple cider vinegar flavor takes over the entire mouth and slowly mellows to a super dry finish.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is as slick as it is sour. The body is very accessible and definitely smooth, but isn't exactly a thirst-quencher. The carbonation is slightly fizzy and prickly when held in the mouth but really foams up in the swallow.

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bridge in St. Louis.

A - Poured a dark cola brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It did not last long and left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of sour black cherries and grapes.

T - Great sour taste - dark cherries and grapes. A touch of plum.

M - It was puckeringly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really delicious Flanders Red Ale. Glad I found this one on tap.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a 5 oz tasting glass.

A: Pale off-amber brown. Head pours dense and falls but laces okay.

S: Bright tart cherry, crabapple. A little spiced apple aroma.

T: A lot of tart cherry and some other nondescript unripened berry (raspberry, mulberry). No overwhelming vinegar like aftertaste. Very clean. A light oaky presence redolent of red wine must.

M: Excellent balance of tartness on the palate and rounded mouthfeel.

O: Excellent example of the style, makes me want more.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

Photo of Jas45678
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of MDDMD
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Photo of VashonGuy
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Photo of bubseymour
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of troysoy2
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of lemongelo
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Gajo74
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of biegaman
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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!

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

Photo of Taybeh
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Photo of snaotheus
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 2,477 ratings.