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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

Cuvée Des Jacobins RougeCuvée Des Jacobins Rouge

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Ratings: 1576
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%

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Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 06-28-2009)
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 00:15:22 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at the Hay Merchant, Houston TX; April 2012
The beer arrives from the tap topped by a creamy, amber tinged, tan colored, one-finger thick head. The beer is a concentrated amber color. The nose smells primarily of lactic acidity, with a backdrop of fruity notes that hint at cherries. There is a touch of oxidized malt richness here as well some caramelized malt aromatics.

The flavor is definitely tart, even leaning towards sour. It is quite dry up front, but does pick up some sweetness and even an acetic bit as it moves towards the finish. The acidity is predominantly lactic in character, which is good. Other flavors of cherry, some earthiness, maybe a touch of oak and some astringency are noticeable here.

This beer is actually fairly simplistic, it is satisfying and tasty though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 02:49:40 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of mrchrisray

New York

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10oz. Tap pour. Amber red, small head with good lacing.

Smells fruity and yeasty.

Very fruity, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries. Sour but not too much vinager.

Some mouth pucker, not much, a few bubbles just enough to make it enjoyable on the tongue.

Great red sour. I'm still newish to sours this seems like a good baseline.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 23:41:01 | More by mrchrisray
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Served in an odd glass tea cup thing. Very red (a theme with beers I've had recently) with tons of yeast.

Smell: Clean yeast. You would hardly know this was beer, or a sour one at that.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Yeast is the main component here. There are also raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. What I love about this is that it is not vinegary like other sour ales, although it is sour in its own right.

Overall Drinkability: World class.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 04:35:13 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of recoveringmormon


4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Mahogany red-brown. Though is says "rouge" it has to be just the right light to get the redness. Minimal to moderate lacing in a round Duvel goblet.

S: Balsamic, oakey, with sweet cherry undertones, but not the overcooked cherries you get in most lambics.

T: Sweet malt vinegar with minimal hop in the finish. The tartest sour I think I have ever found. Delicious.

M: Complex woody sour with a sweet and astringent finish. Cleansing.

Overall: by far my favorite sour and probably my favorite Third Beer whenever I can find it on tap. Get a little tipsy with something else, then sip slowly and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2013 00:27:34 | More by recoveringmormon
Photo of magictacosinus


4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 15:18:02 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of PieOhMy


4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Dark ruby. Thick tan head that fades out.

S Grapes, rhubarb, pepper, lemon peel. This is one of the most complex and aromatic beers I've had.

T Much like the smell. Tarty. Vinegar. Lime. There is some sweetness hidden here and it kicks in at the aftertaste.

M Light and fizzy. Typical for the style. Smooth finish.

O Exceptional. I could savor sip and enjoy this beer all day. The sourness giving way to the sweetness is so subtle yet so noticeable. Complex. This is a work of art.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 02:26:21 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of haazer


4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark plum looking brew with cherry highlights. A bit of tannish-off white head that comes down to a thin ring. Steady stream of bubbles rising up one side of the glass.

S- Definite sour cherry and oak on the nose. Some other dark fruits, and the red wine profile.

T- Sour cherry, bit of red wine. A lot of oak profile, not drying but quite refreshing actually. not a hard bite on the sourness, but just enough. I feel it later in the glass, this has a lasting aftertaste.

M- Light bodied and crisp. Mid to high carbonation. Palette coating.

O- Not the boldest Flanders out there but it makes it's presence known in the aftertaste. Quite easy drinking and enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 18:02:05 | More by haazer
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 16:49:48 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2012 00:44:18 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of mhksuccess


4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this at blue palms brewhouse on tap
it was served in 10 oz glass which is satisfactory

smell was very nice mellow
pours a nice mahogany reddish color with little head
taste is puckering sour with a smooth tone not heavy alcholol
could drink most of the night as it is great beer to drink
overall i would rate this a top level sour and very pleasant beer to drink

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 02:03:53 | More by mhksuccess
Photo of mdaschaf


4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 00:37:24 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Aml42000


4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Ruby tinted brown with a quickly disappaiting head.

S- Loads of barrel and yeast. Some rhubarb and cherry aromatics as well.

T- Puckering sour with loads of acid. Like drinking the first cherries of the season harvested two weeks early.

M- High in acid, so plenty of brightness and drying fresh textures. Weightless in the mouth.

O- A delicious Flanders red. You have to appreciate drying acids and funky yeast to love this one as it is loaded with intensity on the palate.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2012 02:08:31 | More by Aml42000
Photo of MrBeerExpert


4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 18:28:31 | More by MrBeerExpert
Photo of TSJ4000


4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn Gina! Girl, that's all you had to say! Ok, so this beer was the shit. It's really a Flanders Brune in my humble opinion but it was strong and delicious. I would have guessed higher alcohol because of the complex richness of the beer. Color of this is reddish Brown, not brownish red. Very nice sour, if you're into that sort of thang.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2012 22:53:36 | More by TSJ4000
Photo of chakadrum


3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had @ Bishop's Collar in Philly.

A pour that seemed to be over 12 oz. The color uad hint of rich red which was really nice.

Sour but not overly so. It would catch the average person off gaurd.

Good sour smell.

Nothing blew me away but a beer that makes you think about what beer can be.

In terms of flavor there is sour cherry and other sour dark fruit.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 21:03:18 | More by chakadrum
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 21:28:40 | More by oberon
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 18:48:24 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of ThePorterSorter


4.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2012 01:22:42 | More by ThePorterSorter
Photo of Philousa


3.03/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imbibed on tap at Rose & Crown on 3/30/2012.

Poured a clear dark ruby red, nearly brown with a thick head that sticks to the glass a little. Sweet then sour cranberry, strawberry, and raspberry aroma. Some dark/brown malt in there too. Taste starts out mouth puckeringly sour. Lots of cranberry with other juicy berries as described in aroma, with the addition of blueberry in taste. Tart to bitter ending. Cranberry through and through. Pretty watery and dry in feel, which is kinda good in my opinion, otherwise it might be too one dimensional.

This really reminded me quite a bit of Duchess, but more fruity. I thought Duchess was the fruitiest Flanders Red, but this one takes the cake. I think I'd rather have something that doesn't taste so fruit juice-ish, and more beer-ish to be honest. It was interesting, but maybe a bit young. I know the alcohol content suggests it shouldn't be aged, but I'd like to see what happens to this beer in a year or two. I'm thinking the sweet juice flavors might take a backseat to some other complexities that would develop.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 18:04:56 | More by Philousa
Photo of Beerenauslese


4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Toronado.

Around a 4 oz pour into a small wine glass. Body is translucent red, topped by a thin layer of off-white foam.

Smells sour, mainly of fresh cherries, with notes of wood and vanilla. Fresh and complex.

Tastes of fresh cherries, nicely tart--just a touch of acetic acid. Notes of wood and vanilla. A little yeast funkiness. This is a wonderful and subtly complex tasting sour.

Body is medium and carbonation is too, has a lightly creamy mouthfeel. Finishes clean.

This is a great Flanders red, very tasty and drinkable. I could easily have another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2012 04:53:32 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beige head. Color is a clear copper 

A: sweet cherry pie and sour funk.  Very clean and approachable . Bready and caramel. 

T : sour cherry and cherry pie filling. Very nice. Bready but sweet. Very sour. A lot of tart fruits. Jolly rancher goodness.

Mf; sour and tart. Light bodies with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

O:  this was a surprisingly good beer. It was very sour and tart.  Very drinkable . I am glad I had a chance to  have this one. 

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2012 01:44:25 | More by mothman
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A modest, creamy, tan head produces a good amount of webbing before fully diminishing over a gem clear, dark copper beer. From a fish-eye glass, the highlights range from a reddish mahogany to ruby.

A nice, vinegary tone ranges from tart to sour, with earthiness and a background of ripe berries.

The flavors, as expected, are highly acidic. The tartness is subdued only because of the high acidity. Some sweetness comes out with cherries and blackberries.

A light body with velvety texture and vigorous carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp, with light alcohol.

This one is well suited as a digestif and for contemplation. Presented in a fish-eye glass that fits the hand well.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 20:22:11 | More by SLeffler27
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap at black and blue

A-deep reddish with zero head on tap.

S-lots of tart cherries with slight hint of malt background.

T-tart cherries hit you up front and mellows out into a smooth balance of sweet and tart.

M0medium body, very flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2012 05:02:44 | More by danedelman
Photo of dashmartino


4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow what a wonderful sour!
Recently learned more about sour beers after a California vacation and sampling some RRs and the like. Had this beer on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC in a little tulip glass. Pours a dark ruby red, great whif of sourness that'll nock your socks off. First sip, you're hit with the wonderful sweet and sour combination, definitely taste the cherry as well. Can smell vinegar. For anyone who has never had a sour or wants to explore them, this is a great one to try first!

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 23:33:27 | More by dashmartino
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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 1,576 ratings.