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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 2,205
Reviews: 404
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 174
Gots: 256 | FT: 19
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Belgium

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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Photo of kojevergas
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired at Whole Foods in Glendale, California. Expectations are extremely high as I've heard nothing but great things about this beer. I'm in the mood for a good sour.

Reviewed live.

Served at the midpoint between refrigerator cold and room temperature. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of nice cream, fairly good thickness, and great retention. Sort of an off-white head colour. The body colour is a dark semitransparent ruby-amber. Definitely a hue of red. Rich and inviting. Yeast particles are difficult to find but they're definitely in there. Quite appealing.

Sm: Apple, souring wild yeast, bacteria, cherry, indistinct fruit esters, light hints of oak when I look for it, figs, and a very slight vanilla hint (only when I look for it). The label's description is actually true; if only American breweries would take note. A nicely subtle and complex aroma. Moderate in strength. Very appealing and alive. I can't wait to try it. Exactly how a sour ought to smell.

T: Quite sour, in a good way. A bit puckerworthy but not problematic. Fresh. This one's definitely alive and heavy with yeast that doesn't feel overly biscuity or earthy. Apple certainly comes through. Cherries are there. I don't get any cocoa or vanilla; I think they're buried behind the sourness (I probably don't have the palate to pick them out; all apologies). Cream right on the open. Very delicious. Full bodied - the foundation is clean unobtrusive bright malts. A lovely beer. Very subtle. Tart and fruity. The oak here is hard to detect, and emerges as a note not merely as a tone like in many imperial stouts. Masterfully complex, but it doesn't beat you over the head with bold notes. The brewers value subtlety, and so do I. I'm impressed with this one. The sourness is of ideal extent in my opinion.

Sourness lingers in the aftertaste, which I find enjoyable.

Mf: Crisp but also refreshing. Some cream on the open. Smooth, wet, and unobtrusive - as it should be. Light and delicate without being fragile. Just a touch too thin, but forgivable as the thinness adds to the delicacy. Complements the flavours incredibly well.

Dr: Absurdly drinkable. An excellent sour. I'd definitely had this again. I imagine it would age well, but I wouldn't have the fortitude not to drink it. Excellently priced, even as an import (thank God the Shelton Bastards aren't handling distribution). Its ABV isn't high, but for what it's worth it's well hidden. I really fancy this one, and would highly recommend it to sour fans. It will likely be too puckerworthy for newcomers to sours, but it's a great example of the style. Phenomenally brewed.

Drank just fine out of me Guinness golbet. I recommend goblets as the ideal serving vessel for this beer.

Don't pair this with anything; it's worth enjoying on its own. If you must, perhaps something simple like red grapes would be ideal.

A good candidate for aging methinks.

A-

kojevergas, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City, during their sour week.

Poured into a tulip glass, a dark ruby red/amber color with a thick two fingers of head and nice lacing throughtout.

The aroma was of sour cherries, dark fruits, perhaps some citrus

Medium bodied, slight hops and malt. Little carbonation.

The mouthfeel was quite zesty with a crisp, dry finish.

Very drinkable...

InspectorBob, Nov 27, 2010
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a standard burgundy typical of the style. Darkish off-white head, solid lace.

S: Some vinegar, cherries, light funk.

T: Starts off really Rodenbachy with some red wine characteristics, crisp acidity, cherries and strawberry. The beer then takes a sharp turn and tastes like cheese (mix of brie and sharp cheddar), then goes back to a more classic flavour in the finish, fun to taste and drink.

M: Not the most refreshing acidity, but a good body, soft carbonation.

D: This is a good example of the style all around and has a real nice mix of tastes. No problem drinking this one down, nice to have a good beer from a brewery I've never heard of before especially in this classic style.

Halcyondays, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +15.5%

imperialking, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -7.6%

orangesol, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4/5  rDev -7.6%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

duceswild, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Farmers' Cabinet, served in a goblet. The brew alpears a dark clear ruby color with a creamy tan cap that holds exceptionally well across the top. An entire wall of lacing effect forms a webbing pattern all across the glass.

The smell of this brew is cherry meets vinegar. It gives you the indication that this is going to be sour but also includes a touch of vanilla sweetness to contrast. There are some herbal to medicinal aspect to the nose but cherry and vinegar dominate the experience.

The taste is sour with some cherry flavoring and vinegar notes. Light funk and big salivation factor from the sourness. Earthy throughout until the finish with a light caramel malt and vanilla sweetness which contrasts and mellows the brew just a bit. The flavoring of vanilla sweetness comes out more as it warms and gets interesting verse the bacterial sourness that lingers.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Easy drinking and enjoyable at first, it is nice and sharp. Overall a good representation of the style but I was not enjoying it as much through the 2nd half of the glass. As it got warm, it got less enjoyable.

stakem, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

corby112, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -7.6%

weeare138, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice mahogany brown with a thin off-white head which dissipates almost immediately. There is a little visible carbonation and no lacing.

S: Aromas of dark fruit, cherries, chocolate, wild yeast/sourness, and vanilla. This beer has a very bold nose and I like it.

T: Wonderfully in your face sour with complexity - tastes of dark fruits, cherries, sweetness, and sourness with subtler hints of vanilla and iodine.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation but evoking a bit of tongue puckering due to the sourness.

O: Amazing and a beer I could enjoy regularly if it was significantly easier to procure. Love the intensity of the sourness and the complexity of the beer.

dbrauneis, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, 04 stamped on the back? Pours fairly crystal clear deep red color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge tart cherry, apple, raspberry, red wine vinegar, hay, grass, oak, earth, funk, leather, herbal, and light yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of huge tart cherry, apple, raspberry, hay, grass, pear, earth, light vinegar, pepper, red wine, oak, funk, and yeast spiciness. Big fruity and acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart fruits, hay, grass, pepper, earth, red wine, funk, oak, and light yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of flavors; even with the big acidity, there is still a good malt backbone making this easy to sip; no cloying flavors at all on the finish other than acidity. Medium carbonation and body; with a slick and acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly fantastic Flanders red! Great flavor complexity and balance; and quite smooth to sip on despite acidity. I will definitely be getting some more of this to have on hand, incredible.

superspak, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Collins Pub

A: Poured a deep crimson color with a small white head

S: Vinegar, tart cherries and wood

T: Sour and ripe red cherries plus some other unripe fruits such as apples, plums. Vinegar tastes with some acidity, sweet and dry.

M: Finish is tart, unripe fruits feel, acidic, booze and sour

D: GOOD!

barleywinefiend, May 17, 2010
Photo of mothman
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. 

mothman, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -30.7%

ejimhof, Mar 09, 2013
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.

mdaschaf, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is orange to copper in color with 1/2" of off white head.

The aroma offers cherry pie, cherries, pie crust, oak, vanilla, stone fruits. It also smells musty, in a positive way.

The flavor is a mixture of sweet and sour cherries. Yum. Why have I not tried this before?!? Additional notes of vanilla and a bready, pie crust. Delicious beer.

The feel is acetic and sour, but not overly so. A touch of vinegar in the finish.

Overall, this is a beer I would like to have a case of in the cellar, so I could pull one out and enjoy every now and then.

Huhzubendah, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap during Max's 72 Hours of Belgium.

A: The red ale is a dark cherry red color, opaque due to the hue, with a small white band of head atop it.

S: The nose is sour cherry, full and sweet, with just a touch of funkiness. The sour aromas are more acetic than acidic.

T: Sour cherry and vanilla drive the flavor. The flemish red aspects impart the cherry notes, smoothing out acetic vinegar flavors with the sour fruit. I wrote down, 'an accidental kriek.' It nicely sums up the sour fruit flavors that come out of the ale.

M: The fruit, funk and wood all take their turns, moving from sweet to sour and back again with ease.

D: Weighing in below 6%, with a solid flavor and not too much acetic tartness, what's there not to like.

akorsak, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado. Served in a small 6 ounce flute. On to the beer:

Light brownish red with hues of orange on the edges of the glass. Very little head sticks around for this one.Tart cherry all the way in the nose. In its taste, there's a tart strawberry/cherry combination that provides the base flavor. Light vinegar note livens things up, and touches of cheddar cheese on the palate shakens up the package. Mouthfeel is light, light-medium in the acidic department. All said, the overall package is good.

You can almost always expect a Flanders Red to be a treat, and Cuvée des Jacobins is another example you can put on that list.

DoubleJ, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-Tap at resurrection ale house for philly beer week, I love this city!

Jacob pours in the glass with a dark deep plum red with dark brown interwoven. Just some sparse bubbles on top barely nothing, no lace. Smells include big cherries and plum and a nice vanilla sweetness with oak big as well. some chocolate and small vinegar nose. Taste is great with a nice mix of cherry flavor backed by a small chocolate bite, like a hershey kiss. Plums and vanilla with some sweetness and tartness, not overly sour. Not funky, just oaky. woody allen. Flavorful. Feel is smooth from some malt and a chocolate vibe but it's also tart and bold. Id say medium bodied with light carb. I like how the vinegar is low, if it was more I would not like this. Is this the same beer as Ommegang Rouge, if it is, this has a bit more of a body on er. Very similiar. This is quite drinkable, in fact I ordered a second from a very eclectic tap list and a rarely order the same beer twice at a bar. Good stuff.

BARFLYB, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a slightly deep warm brown body with a thin ring of light beige foam on top. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles popping of the base.
S- The bright tartness is mild with an earthy note to it and some dark dried but bright fruit aromas to follow.
T- The sharp tart pucker has some support from an oaky hint and a bright balsamic vinegar note in the finish. The finish is of dried fruit and is almost sweet and tart with a faint dried cherry quality.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a pleasant almost astringent pucker.
D- This beer is really easy to drink and the full tartness is very pleasant. There is a nice blend of tart and fruit flavors with the oak offering good support. This beer goes down fast and so does the next glass.

rhoadsrage, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge
Brouwerij Bockor

Appearance: A beautiful Flemish red color, poured vigorously leaves a sturdy creamy head that fades. Some lace clings to the side and effervescent carbonation is rising to the top.

Smell: Rich aroma of wild yeasts, chocolates, cherry, ripe stone fruit, lemon, apple, musty basement and faint apple cider vinegar.

Taste: Wholeheartedly sour. Layers of sour. Sharp sourness like biting an unripe lemon, giving way to a sour apple tartness and vinegar tones following. Cherry, young raspberry pits and even chocolate flavors emerge. There is a subtle candy sugar sweetness. Dry oaky tannins last in an elegant finish with plenty of sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Drying. Pretty much puckering sour, and in the best possible way.

Overall: About as perfect example of the traditional red ales in Flanders as you will ever find. Sip and savor this one.

Stinkypuss, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Mebuzzard, Jul 29, 2013
Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
97 out of 100 based on 2,205 ratings.