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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 448
Hads: 2,609
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 24.94%
Wants: 229
Gots: 406 | FT: 16
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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 philipquarles
3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught at Dirty Truth. Pours opaque dark red without much of a head. Smells surprisingly sweet, with lots of typical sour cherry. Pretty acetic. A bit of barnyard 'funkiness', though that's really in the back seat here. Tastes of sour cherry, with artificial sweetening pretty evident, unfortunately. Quite fruity. Not what one would expect of a sour/lambic mix.

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Photo of cambabeer
2.1/5  rDev -51%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice amber deep ruby brown body, simple white head and lace. That's where the good ended.

This is the first beer rated well on BA that I really hated. I'll chalk it up to I don't like this style, but there are other beers that aren't my style but I can tell they're actually good and I enjoy them as a change. Not such here.

This beer smells of funk, and tastes of it too. It is far to sour and tart in the taste. There's a little cherry and slight malt in the body, the only ok qualities. Really it tastes like vinegar, quite seriously. I'm not ok with this. I respect this beer, but couldn't finish it. It may be your style, but goodness it is not mine. Sorry to rate what I guess is good beer as so poor, but I have to rate the numbers I feel reflect my opinion.

Hate to admit it, this was a drain pour.

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Photo of berley31
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a white, small head that diminished quickly to a thin wisp. Body is a dark ruby-red color, and brilliantly clear.

S: Strong aroma of fruit... mostly cherries, and a high sourness in the smell as well. Quite intense.

T: But not as intense as the flavor... wow! That is one tart, sour beer. Definitely on the stronger end in terms of sourness for the Flanders Reds that I have sampled. The cherry fruitiness as there, too. No hop bitterness that I could detect.

M: Extremely mouth-puckering, of course. Medium bodied, low-medium carbonation.

D: Very intense... but I loved it. Sure, I couldn't drink it all day, but beers like this are showing me how much I enjoy this style.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a great example of a traditional Belgian flanders ale. So tart and has such complex flavor. It pours a dark, almost purple color with slight off white head that dissipates very quickly. The carbonation is on point.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had low expectations for this based on my experience with it on tap. Luckily, it didn’t meet my low expectations, and blew me away. Great complexity. Very fruity up front with some nice toasted oak complexness, tart berries, a hint of damp funk, and a nice finishing dryness with a tartness that lingers. So tasty, so complex, so worth it. Go buy some if you can.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a very reddish brown with a finger of off white head. Bottle conditioned. Sour cherries and vinegar in the aroma. Light bodied. Very tart and acidic, more tart cherries. Sour pucker in the finish. Little bit of oak. Very drinkable. Nice to see this in bottles.

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Photo of blbarnett3
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle date 4/14 into a 12 oz. tulip. Scant one finger head that dissipated quickly. Beautiful red color, nice tart aroma, significant sourness, fruit notes, slightly oily mouth feel. Intense and delicious.

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Photo of Harvest06
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red. small head that dissipates quickly.

S: vinegar, apple, tart cherry, sourness

T: starts with sweet fruit - especially Cherry, middle is vinegar & oakiness, finishes tart cherry and sourness

M: Medium body. Medium carbination

O: Slightly drier than Dutches making it more much drinkable. Sets the standard for sours.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of ludachris
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The body is an intense hue of garnet red, only truly visible by light. It's perfectly clear, but its dark shade gives it a murky look. A finger's worth of fizzy pop-like head crackles for a moment before it dies and moves to the edges of the glass. The carbonation is very lively. Small streams of tiny bubbles rocket to the top.

The nose is deep and rich with plenty of sourness. Sour cherries and white grape juice mesh with sweeter notes of red apples, oak, and soft vanilla. A bit of cocoa is sprinkled on top as well. Although the influence of the barrels in terms of aroma isn't prominent in the nose, it's clear that they have done well at rounding and smoothing everything out.

Immediately there's a burst of sour cherries and tart grape skins. Paired with the carbonation, the sour quality has a bit of a candied edge and makes me almost pucker. Mulled red apples come in a flash midway through. As the sourness continues, the dryness becomes more apparent. By the time it reaches the finish, the palate is completely dry with a punch of tartness that sticks at the back of the throat. This, along with sweet cherries is the last impression. The oak does play a part in the taste even though it's subtle. It gives off a touch of sweetness and similar to the nose, helps to round everything out.

What really jumps out about the body is its fizzy carbonation and its incredibly dry feel, both of which help to compliment its delightful sourness. It's medium bodied and its dryness makes you want to take sip after sip.

Sours are still a broad style I'm exploring and getting use to. With that being said, this is most enjoyable sour I've had to date. It's smooth and the sourness is perfectly rendered. What a treat!

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Photo of taigor
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small glass.

A - Poured clear brown color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving medium lacing around the glass.

S - Distinct smell of yeast and cherries.

T - Sour to start with slight honey sweetness but not too much. Has a nice cherry aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O - Very good ale and I would recommend it if you can obtain it.

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Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Has a small, fizzy head, burgundy, fiery color with hints of brown oak in it.

Invites with aromas of fermented grapes, vinegar notes and sweeter malts, with hints of tart acidity.

Sparkling sourness convinces from the first glance, with a tongue-drying, vinous aspect, among high carbonation. It has a gentle fruity note of overripe grapes, which goes well with the sharp vinegar bite, resulting in a very pleasant taste, which reminds me of a good, medium-bodied wine. This brew has a fantastic complexity compared to its relatively low abv, with an intense, dry sourness, which gets especially recognizable during the finish, which is like the rest of the beer just very enjoyable.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep ruby with copper highlights. Head settles to a nice ring almost immediately.

Well-rounded nose. Obvious tart fruit, but almost savoury, earthy, notes as well, almost spicy.

Sour cherries right off the bat. Pretty simple to start things out, manageable sourness and good fruit. More complex in the finish with a touch of spice, kind of cinnamon-like, and a little bit of malt poking through.

Flemish reds have never been my favourite style, but I quite enjoy this one. Clean flavours, with balance where it's needed.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass at 2011 Zwanze day in Louisville at Holy Grale.

Clear brownish copper with a head upon pouring. Dissipates immediately into a ring of foam around the edges.

Extremely vinous with highlights of fruit. Cranberries and currants are the most prominent, and a touch of stone fruit vinegar. Some aged balsamic sourness as well.

Fruit forward with cranberries, grapes and currants with some fruit vinegar-like acidity. Much less wine like on the tongue than the nose, but very dry and puckering.

Thin-medium with spotty carbonation. Plenty of drying and a nice pucker from the acidity.

Good wine-like fruit qualities on the nose with a great balance of fruit and acidic flavors on the tongue. Plenty of drying and puckering moutfeel as well. A well rounded Flanders red.

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Photo of Casey10
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got to try on tap from Lions Pride given as a on the house drink from the owner (thank you Chris).

A - red hue cherry like coloring.

S - Nice smell fruity

T - really nice smooth a sour taste with cherries being the main component.

M - Tart yet smooth again cherries.

D - Could drink a bunch of these. Very smooth was so glad I got to try this very good !!!

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Fruity dark red look. plum berry taste. Not very bubbly. No head really. Bitter entrance up front. Smooth trail across the pallet. Chalky gross finish. Otherwise very well done.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.72/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: deep, dark read with little/no head

S: Plum, tart cherry, vinegar, slight woodiness

T: tart plum and cherry, vinegar, just the right amount of sour, oak

M: smooth effervescence that allows the tartness to open up, dry finish

O: this is a great beer. Love Flanders red style and this is a great example. Amazing!

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Photo of constantine_272
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with translucent red tint. About a finger of white foam that faded to a small ring. Mostly clear, tiny haze. Looks ancient.

S: Dark sour cherry and cranberry. Rich dark wood. Earthy and composted. Fermented tobacco.

T: Starts off fruity with raspberry and strawberry and a tiny bit of blackberry. Huge sour tartness of bitter raspberry black current and dried cranberry. Doesn't have the same earthy tones as the smell did.

M: Finishes long with with big raspberry and strawberry fruitiness. Tanginess finishes with a bit of a tickle it is so sour.

O: Really tasty sour, though it lacks a bit on depth. It mostly only has a tart fruit profile and not much else. Could go for a bit more earthy tones to round out the big lactic sourness.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Crooked Stave Tulip.

Appearance- Kind of a mahogany/cherry color with quick bubbly off white head that left a little lacing.

Smell- Cherry, malts, light vinegar, light lemon, light oak. Not too crazy, but nice never the less.

Taste- Real acidic up front with cherry and wood dominating the taste. Some raspberry and stone fruit comes in too. Lemon and cider vinegar finish. Real nice.

Mouthfeel- Pretty highly carbonated with heavy tartness and acidity to balance it out. Lighter body.

Overall- One of the best flanders reds I've ever had. Well balanced with great flavors going on.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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Photo of Premo88
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottled poured into tulip
(4/21/15 born on date ... consumed 11/22/15)

L: dark red-brown ... clear ... almost a 1-inch head of beige foam that doesn't stick but keeps a super-thick collar, really something to see with a little skin; no lacing

S: vinegar apples ... plenty of tartness/sourness with plenty of sweetness, great mix, and sweet/sour apples nails it for me; also some toasted cranberries, but with a pinch of sour thrown in; has a slight musty barn thing to it, and finger-nail polish/remover

T: follows the nose pretty well ... very tart apples, sweetens as it warms and also allows a nice lingering sweetness to help balance a pretty tart bite up front ... tart cranberries, raspberries; a hint of the musty farmhouse/wild ale flavor but only a hint -- the sour flavor here is a bit sweeter and cleaner; a big earthy bitter bite shows up at times and gives it what I think of as an American wild ale flair (though maybe this is an original note of the style?)

F: perfect ... big Belgianesque carbonation in a lightweight brew ... so easy to drink

O: it's everything I'm learning to love about this style, a great mix of very tart flavors with a lot of sweet flavors ... apples, cranberries, raspberries mostly come to mind, and the best part is neither the tart nor the sweet fly out of balance for very long. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of Philousa
3.03/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.