Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 2,481
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%
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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 HopHead29
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish red with a tannish white head. Swirling the beer reveals thick wine like legs along the wall of the glass. There is little to no lacing.

nose consists of sweet cherries and hints of raspberry and cocoa.

Many of the aromas are found as well as some pear, grape, apple and date in the taste. There is a prominent sourness that doesn't seem too overbearing.

Good stuff.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep crimson red bodied beer with two fingers of white head that drops to a thin cap. Little bit of lace on the glass as well.

Smell: tart cherries and lemons. Hay, wheat, and little funk. Some oak too.

Taste: This one has some serious pucker factor. moderately sour beer with big lemon and very tart cherries; little bit of apples, raspberries, and cranberries in there too. Oak adds some dryness to the beer starting about mid palate. The sour and fruit elements of this beer have a fantastic balance. Finishes fairly tart and sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its like a dry champaign. Crisp and really clean.

Overall: Really nice sour at a decent price. i will drink this again when i am in the mood for a good sour!

Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep reddish amber color with a thin light brown head. Slight traces of lacing down the glass.

S: Really incredible smell. Lots of tart dark cherries, raspberries, currants, vanilla, oak and nilla wafer. The wood comes out more as the beer warms.

T: A great sour punch in the mouth right off the bat. Lots of tart red cherry/red apple sourness with a good lactic twang. Red currants, lemon and a bit of vanilla on the finish. Super drinkable and really delicious.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was a recommendation from a respectable beer geek, so I was glad to give it a chance.

A: When they say Flanders Red Ale, they mean it: this one’s as bloody as they come, with a big eggshell head accentuate the color. The ruby body sustains the heads for a moment before it dissipates into fizz, supported only by the array of fast-moving bubbles that erupts from the bottom of glass.

S: Aromas of tart berry and citrus play the biggest part in this beer, wafting up scents of apple, orange, cherry, and loads of lemon. It’s much more of a fruit monster than an acidic sour, and I’m more than happy with that naturally tart character. Malts show some familiar Belgian aromas of banana and vanilla pudding, and a bit of the oak aging even comes through – some cherry wood and peaty cocoa. Subtle, complex, and balanced at every corner; this nose is alive with delicious accents.

T: Pure sour syrup; straight up lemon juice, fresh cherries, and nice, acidic yogurt flavors. It’s a healthy mix of fruit pulp and acrid, cheesy funk. In a remarkable balance of grain flavor, there’s a continuing note of apple skin and earthy wheat, filling out the body with constant complexity. And the barrel is apparent, as well – oak and dark fruits come through with just the subtlest hints of vanilla icing – before the yeast finishes it out with tastes of soft white bread. Aftertaste is just that, bready with a touch of wood and raspberry dryness. A remarkably complex sour, with all the fullness of a strong Belgian ale and the added nuances of wood-aging.

M: There really isn’t a lot of carbonation, which makes this beer tough to drink at first; it feels a little thick to be a sour beer, to be honest. Doesn’t settle on the tongue too well, but drinkable, nonetheless.

O: A wood-aged sour can go a lot of ways, but this one seemed to be just right in the palate. This Rouge is a blend of balanced flavors that would put a smile on any sour fan’s face, and one that I will definitely be trying out again soon.

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 Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session, and probably within my top 5 of those.

Poured a murky mahogany red color with a thin ringlet for a head. Woody aroma, bready malts and cherries, a bit acetic, which is no surprise for the style. The taste mirrored the nose pretty accurately: sweet and sour cherries, lactic and acetic notes, bready malt base. Soft and chewy, medium body, low carbonation, and quite drinkable for the style. I think I prefer a Kasteel Rouge to this, but it's surely not without its charm.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one and a half fingers worth of a foamy white head. Very clear deep amber/mahogany body. A nice white ring of head remains throughout, some lacing.

Smells of apple vinegar, carmel, light funk like a wild sour, light oakyness, tart cherry and some bready malts.

Big tart sour cherry funkyness. Like a fermented cherry pie. Light toffee and carmel. Light oakyness and apple cider vinegar in the taste as well. Quite sour mid palate, like a big sweet tart candy.

Medium thin bodied, medium carbonation. This feels quite smooth and pleasant at first. Yet quite dry and puckering on the finish.

Overall this is a very satisfying and tasty sour beer. Great sourness combined with a great base beer. I'd easily get this again. This is in a ball park of a Rodenbach but the mix of bug's is fairly different.
$6.50 a small bottle

Photo of chakadrum
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of brystmar
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, of which I don't have enough :(

Ruby red, white head. Aroma holds tart cherries, mildly malty, some yeast.

Taste is silky and smooth, perfectly balanced with satisfyingly tart cherries. Totally delicious and extremely drinkable. [Taste deserves a 4.25, rounding down there and up on body.]

A best-of-style (from the shelf) sour with wide appeal. Think I even prefer this to La Folie. Love this beer!

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

Wow, this is what a sour ale should be. A couple little things that could be a little neater, but overall one of the best sours I have had.

A- beautiful dark red with

S- aromatic, sour notes with fruity tones.

T- full flavored sour with cherry/apple

M- Special, balanced for this beer, not coating the mouth too much and thin enough that it lets the flavor linger a bit.

O- This is a special beer, one of those that crossed a couple boundaries and keeps it classic at the same time.
If you can get your hands on this brew- drink it!

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep purple-brown with a thin covering & thick collar of loose, bubbly head. When held up to the light, turns a beautiful golden ruby.

Nose is moderately sour, with some green apple, sour cherry, a little balsamic vinaigrette, & a tiny bit of oak & vanilla. Complex smell & moves in waves, really good.

Taste reveals even more layers: starts off with a lemon & green apple tartness, moving into a cherry-like sweetness & sourness, then some balsamic, oak, a little cocoa, a little vanilla, dry red wine. Holy, there's so much good stuff going on here. Leaves a long, lingering aftertaste that's like sucking on delicious sour cherry skin. Maybe even a little overwhelming, but damn good.

Acidity hits hard in this one, with a full body, & a pretty tannic finish & aftertaste. Again, maybe overwhelming, but still awesome.

Wow, this is a great Flanders Red. So much flavor & sensation packed into this beer, it almost needs an intermission. One of the best Flanders Reds I've had.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours an extremely dark red with a small white head. Head settles down to some wisps.

S: Tart-smelling red fruit and apple-cider vinegar, noticeable sweet barnyard funk.

T: Slightly vinous tartness pushes up first. Sourish cherry and strawberry. Vinegar, faint oak, some funky sweetness. Ghost of a lactic note in the breath.

M: Faint but palpable carbonation. Medium-bodied.

O: Not nearly as sour as I thought it would be. It's there, but much of the palate is mildly sweet as well.

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

My last beer to taste in its own glass from the Brown Bag Blind Tasting, and hopefully its going to end with a good Flanders Red Ale. For those not familiar with the style, Flanders Red is an ale that is exposed to the air in coolships and spontaneously fermented with the natural yeast. In addition, Cuvee des Jacobins is aged for at least 18 months in an oak barrel.

Dirty light brown head falls quickly enough that it's dropped by half by the time I get a picture. Distinct sourness in the nose along with a sharp cherry supported by dark fruit, malt and clean oak. Puckering sourness, fresh cherry and sweet malt in the taste the lingers pleasantly. Acidic punch lessens and the oak expands as it warms, improving the balance. Assertive and well blended, Cuvee des Jacobinsis a classic of the style.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, Batch #01(?)
Deschutes tulip

A: A really pretty dark, ruby red color. About a finger of off white almost light tan head. Fades pretty quick.

S: Funk. Dark tart cherries. Balsamic & apple cider vinegar. Smells really sour, for a Flemish.

T: I get some of that cherry tartness on the tip of the tongue. It's not overpowering, very pleasant. In the mid mouth, you get that apple cider vinegar flavor. Sweet malt bill leads into a really mellow cocoa flavor too. I don't get that much oak, but maybe a touch of vanilla as the beer warms. The finish is lip smacking and somewhat dry.

M: It says full bodied, but it's more like medium to me.

O: B+

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 JMad
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red tinted dark brown with a thin off white head. The smell is mainly apples with a hint of cherry and wood. There is also some vinegar in there too. It tastes sweet and sour with lots of cherry and vinegar, with some hints of fresh green apple. The beer is thick with low carbonation and a tangy dry finish. I really enjoyed this sour, I think it's one of the best ones I've tried.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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 Steasy66
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz into small tasting glass

A- Deep amber, fine head that fades fast.
S- Smells sour I guess? My palate is not very refined when it comes to sours so that's the best I can do.
T- Sweet and sour seem fairly well balanced. Again, my palate is not refined enough to enjoy this, so I can't say much more.
M- Fairly thick, low carbonation.
O- Sours are not my thing. As sours go, this is one of the better I have had, so I don't want to rate it poorly.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip.

Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge pours with a tawny brown body that brightens to ruby red when held in the light. The head crackles at first, but settles to a firm, dense ring of newspaper-colored bubbles at the edge of the glass. The aroma is astounding: sweet hint of vanilla from the 18 month barrel-aging, tart cherry skin, green blackberry vines, and a pinch of toffee malts.

The flavor hits the palate with both sour tartness and sweet maltiness, and what a glorious balance it is. Cherries are luscious and juicy at first, but grip the sides of the palate with a sharp, tart bite. Very much like sour cherry pie, with the crust included. A hint of cocoa and oak barrels flash in the middle before the finish of dry, crisp sourness. Although Rouge is a sipper, it never once tires the tongue. Very drinkable, and the tart medium body is perfectly carbonated. I'm exuberant to have this sour beer distributed in Texas, and the price point makes it all the sweeter.

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 spointon
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz crown capped brown bottle into my Allagash tulip glass.

A= This ale poured a clear but dark mahogany color with ruby red highlights. The head rose just about 3/4" with a careful pour and then quickly settled to a thin but persistent cap. No lace to speak of.

S= I found this to be quite aromatic. Lots of tart/sour fruity notes and some cherry pie over the top of slight malty sweetness. Everything was in balance.

T= Very delicious from start to finish of each sip. I found it started with some residual sweetness and a kiss of malt backbone, followed by a parade of fruity and sour notes. Very complex and very well balanced. This was on par with Rodenbach (blasphemy I know). Finished quite tart and refreshing.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied, with a firm but not spritzy carbonation level. Very refreshing and palate cleansing.

D= Overall this is a world class and highly drinkable ale. I will seek this out again!

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

11.2 oz poured into a snifter. 6.99 a pop.

Clear rust brown with hints of red; medium head with average retention and lacing. Aroma is lactic and acetic... yogurt, balsamic vinegar, funk and acid in general. Very sour taste of tart plums, and intense bite of vinegar... perhaps too intense. Or I am drinking it too warm. Medium body, good carbonation and clean finish. Good. Better than other beers of its kind, and a good balance of acetic and lactic.

Downsides? Too sour, maybe. Some balancing bitterness wouldn't have hurt. But between the current taste and too bitter, I would go with current.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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.

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 2,481 ratings.