Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 444
Hads: 2,586
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 24.94%
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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 tobelerone
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty Flemish red. I’d buy this more often if not for the high price tag which makes it a once-in-a-while treat. The body is deep red, with a small red-tinted head that settles down quickly; lacing is spotty and a little soapy looking. The aroma is tart and sour, funky and fruity, touches of oak and light vinegar, vaguely sweet. Cherry is the predominant fruit note in both the smell and taste. Good sourness, some puckering, this will most likely seem strong to novice sour-drinkers but fairly average in intensity to the more experienced. Again, the flavors are complex as the aroma, with a nice touch of woody oak tannins, restrained cider vinegar, tart cherries, sour apples, raspberries, red wine, brown sugar. Sweet and sour aspects are well balanced.

Body is well carbonated and medium to a little thin. Crisp and clean finishing, very refreshing, and an excellent accompaniment to food that needs a little cutting through; rich cheeses, spicy asian cuisines, etc.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark, rich, ruby red hue with a clear body and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy medium tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: nice malty aroma with a fair hit of sourness. Sweet caramel with a cherry-like fruitiness combine with a tannic quality that suggests maturation on wood. Quite good indeed.

Taste: sweet, caramelly malt with a bracing, even jarring, sourness. Some of the fruitiness is retained, but I feel like the flavor lacks some of the complexity of the aroma in favor of a wallop of acid. Not bad, but not as good as the smell.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation; more of a prickly effervescence than a creaminess, but in this context it works well.

Overall: a good beer, and the huge sourness has a refreshing quality and is an incitement to drink more. Great drinkability, a side effect perhaps of its relatively low complexity in flavor. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was accidentally delivered this while at Stone. Liked it so much, ordered another.

Bright red with amazing clarity, looked more wine than beer, a nice claret. Aroma was plenty sour, mild oakiness, sour cherry, lime, lemon.

Never had a Flanders this intense in terms of its lactic sourness, a nice development. Can really seem like you get the gritty red wine tannins up in this one as well. But the body is so light, not murky brown alesque that some lesser examples in the style will have. Very clean, takes on its own green appleness later. Clean and complex, how did they do it? Wouldn't be surprised if there is raspberries to this one as well, the color is bright enough, reminscient of Cantillon's Rose de Gambrinus.

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Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, with an 01 stamped on the back label. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy reddish/brown color and has about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like tart cherries, oak, vinegar, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like tart and sweet cherries, vinegar, oak, dark fruit, and some sugar. Even though the tart flavors are stronger, the sweet ones are still noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. I think it's a good brew, I liked it. $4.99 a bottle.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Map Room, served in a 12oz goblet. Dark blood red color, opaque until held up to a light (actually transparent with VERY low light transmission). Nice tart cherry aroma, a good deal of vinegar too which I guess you often get with the style.

Sweet tasting with loads of cherry flavor. Nice sour bite, with a lasting feeling of acidic etching on my enamel. Pretty much spot-on for the style, maybe a bit too much vinegar for my tastes but it fits the Flanders Red bill. Light carbonation and low ABV make this easy to pound, but I kept it at a leisurely nursing speed. Recommended.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very fine sipping beer that starts with a fruity, sour nose with a hint of barnyard and wet horse blanket. Not much hop presence in the aroma. Jacobins Rouge pours cloudy cherry brown with very little foam. On the palate the beer starts with a light fruit sweetness and then explodes quickly into sour fruit flavors - cherries, apples, plums and lemon with a touch of malt for restraint. Despite the initial malt and sweetness, it finishes puckeringly lemony sour and outrageously refreshing. Medium to medium light body to medium high carbonation.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.20

Appearance - Reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, cherries, vinegar, citric acid

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, vinegar and cherries. There is also a touch of vanilla and some citric acid. It ends with a fruity tart aftertaste.

Overall - A really impressive beer. It's very sour/tart but it still allows for some other nuances to come through. Subtle flavours can be detected throughout. I might even be able to have a few of these, which isn't something I can say about most sours.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber color with some ruby highlights along the edge. Smell eggshell head that recedes immediately to leave little to no lacing.

Aromas begin with fruity dark cherry, light cider vinegar, oak and some emerging lemon acidity. There is also a lacitc, yogurty presence as well.

The tastes follow the nose with a dark cherry fruitiness up front, with granny apples and stone fruitiness as well. The sour and tart flavors begin to assert themselves more as it warms with a lactic sourness and oak presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is pleasantly tart and slightly drying from the oak.

Overall I was not expecting much from this beer as I had never heard of it before but I was super pleased and surprised by the above average complexity and flavor profile. For a moderately priced shelf sour I am super pleased with this and will definitely revisit this going forward when I need a sour fix and the inventory at home is low.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the tap into a tulip.

This beer pours a dark amber with a nice white head that has great retention and very nice lacing.

The aroma is very nice and tart with notes of vinegar.

The taste is great, very tart throughout with a nice smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is good and this is very drinkable despite its tartness.

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Photo of avalon07
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a ruby color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: From the moment you open the bottle there's a huge, fruity, sour aroma. Very alluring.

T: Tasted of cherries, other light fruits, vinegar, and a hint of malt in the finish. A tart, sour, powerful, balanced and tasty beer. Very well done flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, yet prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent example of a sour beer. Drinkable and well made.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish body with minimal head and an aroma that was a strong tart aroma of cherry and a hint of sour apple. Also get a little bit of vanilla, wood and alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth, easy to drink, amazing how tart and sour this beer can be yet doesn't make me pucker at all. I get some cherry and apple flavors, almost wineline one could say, a woodiness and a touch of sweetness add minor balance. A great sipping ale that is worth trying by anyone, fan of this style or not.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, map room chicago - have had this on tap a number of other times in WI

appearance: served in an unbranded tulip, dark garnet body and a light beige ring, active carbonation

smell: very tart - red wine vinegar, pure sugar, tart cherry and raspberry, oak barrel

taste: really wonderful example of the style - maybe the best really. tart cherries, raspberry, sugar, oak barrel, cider vinegar. Each sip is more stunning than the last - vibrant, tongue buckling, exciting, provocative. very much perfect.

mouthfeel: tart and lively, wonderful.

overall: very very good

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

Beautiful deep ruby red with red highlights, this beer is very attractive despite the lack of head. The nose has a beautiful sour character with a great acetic bite that is well-complemented by vanill and sour cherries. Fruity and awesome. The palate is so like the Ommegang Rouge! A big acetic bite to open things off, refreshingly so, there's a pleasing amount of vanilla and ripe sour cherries, fruity and tart. Low in tannins, this beer finishes dry and tart with a pleasing vinegar character. Light in body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is insanely refreshing.

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Photo of ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
5.5% ABV, 01 14 on back label

A - Ruby tints shine through the deep and clear crimson colored beer below it's impressively long-lasting ivory head.

S - Biting acidity brings vinegar-like sour notes that cut through the malty beer's brown sugar undertones and soft earthy oakiness for an inviting sour aroma!

T - Brown sugar sweetness and dark stone fruits lead the charge on the tongue, paving the way for balancing and lasting sharp acidic sourness that holds similarities with vinegar, though certainly not in a bad way. After the sourness subsides, gentle traces of vanilla from the oak emerge, rounding out the beer very nicely.

M - This Rouge's smooth entry leads to effervescent carbonation dancing on the tongue, vying for attention over the sharp acidity and sourness that linger on the tongue.

O - The core of Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge is quite similar to Monk's Café and Duchesse in that it's an amber-based malt profile that offers quite a bit of sweetness and mild dark stone fruit notes but the difference with this beer is that it's sour; like, twice as sour. The other two are more than respectable brews but don't quite offer the sour kick seasoned sour beer fans are looking for; they're the 'training wheel' sours. Cuvée des Jacobins combines the best of both worlds.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours brown/ruby with a light bubbly tan head with hints of cranberry. Light lacing. Hazy body. Looks pretty.

S-Smells awesome. Very tart. Tart unripened fruit and vinegar like notes. Fairly intense.

T-Oh so very sour. What a great tart taste. Sour red fruit flavors. One of the most tart beers i have ever had. Tastes like a Warhead candy on the first sip.

M-Very carbonated with a relatively light body. Crisp and super bubbly.

O/D-What a great Flanders Red. I love how intensely sour this is. Definitely a sipper. But very, very tasty. Happy to have had a glass.

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Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber with red highlights and a modest tan head that lingers as a thin foam layer.

Oak, acetic acid, tart cherries, and vinous notes begin the aroma. Soft hints of vanilla and earthiness add complexity. As it warms,a sweet, toasted malt character emerges.

Decidedly sour initially, lactic acid, tart lemons, with underlying sour cherry character. Mid palate, oaky, earthy flavors take over, carrying into a dry finish, which is accented by a touch of cocoa. There's a background of lightly sweet malt present, subtly preventing the sourness from overwhelming the palate.

Body is fairly full, with high carbonation to lighten the flavor and cleanse the palate.

Definitely not a starter sour. Very complex and refreshing.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep red pour. One finger ligth brown head gone to a film fast. Strong carbonation. Minimal spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Tart cherry, sugar. Simple but nice.

T - Sour. Quite sour. Tart cherry, sugar. Cherry and vanilla to finish. Nice. Tart and sour up front, but other flavours shine through. Sweeter after time with some woody notes too.

M - Strong carbonation. Medium body, dry and tart finish with a little cherry note and vanilla.

O/D - Definitely a sour Flemmish Red. Not as much sweetness as you'd expect to balance, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Tasty and complex. Nice one.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack of this at a local liquor store; three batches later and Batch 01 is still sitting there on the shelf. The beer pours a muddled and fairly deep shade of brown, looking more like a dense, dark red or ruby color when held to the light. From a distance, the beer could fool you for an Oud Bruin, but it is indeed a Flanders Red. The cap is a fast growing, big-bubbled, soapy formation that sinks immediately a skin, and leaves some nice lacing in the process.

The aroma is fantastic; right on par for the style, only taking it up another notch in the complexity. Sour and rich black cherries, grape skins, wet oak, heavy vinegar, tart lemon, and the lightest inclusion of vanilla and cocoa. Extremely vinous, acidic, and tart - my nostrils are flaring at the thought of how sour this is going to be. The layered aspect of the aromatic profile is wonderful.

Balsamic vinegar notes are also abound on the nose, though not as powerful and forward as in something like Rodenbach Grand Cru. Another heap of vinous oak, cherries, and apples round out the edges and have me sitting there in a daze. Just from the aroma, I know this beer is going to taste wonderful, and I couldn't be more excited to bring it to my face.

And, wow! I'm immediately taken back as a tsunami of sour cherries, vinegar, grapes, oak, lactic acid, and vanilla washes over my taste buds and instantaneously sets off the alarm in my saliva glands. Puckering isn't a strong enough word to describe the tartness of this beer - it surely is a doozy. The fruits are extremely vibrant and just pop out with each and every sip.

The authentic, layered labyrinth of flavors from the aroma translates nicely on the palate; the cherry sourness, grape and wine vinous notes, acetic and lactic acid, mild vanilla and cocoa undertones, and the dry oak and barrel profiles all work together to form a complete nirvana for the senses. Very harmonious in nature, and executed elegantly. The body is thin-medium with high carbonation; slick, oily, and wet on the palate, despite the dry finish.

Seriously awesome beer, and I can't believe you can find this stuff on the shelves regularly. Well... at least whenever they release a new batch. I believe this is aged for about 18 months in oak barrels, and you can definitely tell. Super complex, tart, dry, layered; completely drinkable despite the heavy acidity and sharpness it provides the mouth. Top notch and highly recommended.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. Poured a hazy plum with a two inch, creamy, off-white head. Nose was dark fruit with some hints of wood. Taste follows nose - extremely flavorful; dark fruit and vinous with a pleasant tartness. Mouthfeel was light-medium with some astringency and a tartness short of a pucker that stimulates the salivary glands in the cheeks. Incredibly flavorful, particularly considering the abv. One of my favorite examples of the style.

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on tap at the Lion's Pride in Brunswick, Maine this has a dark cherry tinged mahogany color with a decent slightly pink cream colored head and nice lacing on the tulip glass. The aroma is a tart cherry, baked apple and seven-up with a slight maple malt hint and pepperwood. Nice except for the somewhat soda-like hint. The flavor comes on with bright tartness, sharp sour cherry with maple and oak malt suggestions. I get pineapple over some sweet fruit nougat, but the theme is, of course, tart berry in a medium light bodied brew with very tasteful but lively, fine carbonation. Very drinkable if you like the style, and I do! Beautiful.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep reddish hued chestnut color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth surprising retention. Some lace.

(S)- A really nice dry oaky barrel funk in front of some nice tart fruits. Very subtle vanilla-like wood finish.

(T)- A nice sharp acidic tart kick right off the bat that slowly flows into an even combo of vinegared tart fruits and a dry oaky vanilla funk.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. This has a great balance and feel to it for the style. A sharp vinegar-like sourness with great fruits and barrel characteristics.

(D)- Color me surprised, but this is just an excellent example of a Flanders. A bread I have never heard of, but I always welcome finding a diamond in the rough. A great sour for your money that does not break the bank either.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately the cooler this was kept in isn’t functioning correctly and the beer is served too warm. For me this is a beer that does need to be at least somewhat chilled. This had a great head and lace. Had a very aromatic, pungent aroma. Cant pick up some of the finer qualities as they’re lost in the acidity that more fully expressed with the warmer temps.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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