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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 1,864
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 157
Gots: 192 | FT: 17
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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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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

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

Served on tap in a tulip at Hopleaf.

Appearance: This comes out with a dark brown addition to a cherry color, with just a little light able to sneak through. An off-white ring is all the head I get.

Smell: This one is going to be sour. Great tart cherry aroma, with a bit of raspberry, vanilla, and oak. The vinegar nature of the beer is already apparent.

Taste: The flavor is fully tart, there is no doubt about it. A robust dark orchard fruit blend is led by red cherry, with a good amount of vanilla and oak adding some depth to the flavor without getting in the way of the strong vinegar and tartness. After a few sips, my taste buds recover from the tartness a little bit, and sweet cherry and raspberry flavors are noticeable at the beginning of the sip.

Mouthfeel: This is sour and acidic enough to keep me salivating from first sip until five minutes after I am finished with the glass. Still medium bodied, with lightly bubbly / lightly creamy medium carbonation. A tannic dryness finishes out each sip.

Overall: This really connected with what I was after at the moment. The combination of dark fruits and a fire hose blast of sour really rocked my palate.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 18:43:34 | More by KickInTheChalice
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smakawhat

Maryland

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

Poured into a tulip glass at Dupont Pizza Paradiso DC.

A gorgeous dark cherry red clear body gives way to a very nice creamy off white head. Wonderful brown hues around the edges, it's like a shining ruby in a glass.

Kriek sour cherry lambic smelling and mild wet sour feeling on the nose. Quite refreshing.

Taste is a good mix of sour, then just a little hint of sweetness. Extremely light viscous quality, seems more lambic in sense but with a fizzy tonic water finish.

Overall a pretty tasty beer that seems to have an interesting mix of good qualities. Not aggressive and an easy drinking abv to go along with it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 23:02:22 | More by smakawhat
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johngallardo

Washington

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

On tap at Malt and Vine in Redmond WA.
Great tasting beer for this style. Crisp sour flavor made for a nice sunny afternoon beer. Nice sweetness without feeling too overpowering. Absolutely no hop flavor. Nice carbonation leading to good mouthfeel.

Overall I was really happy with it!

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 14:35:22 | More by johngallardo
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oline73

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Frisco Taphouse. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark amber color with not much head.

Smell: Sour and tart. Hints of fruit and vinegar, mildly sweet.

Taste: Quite tart. Lots of vinegar flavor with cherry and raspberry notes. A bit sweet from the malt and a tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very nice and smooth sour beer. The balance is quite nice as well. I enjoyed this one very much.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2011 21:53:30 | More by oline73
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at Fresh Craft in Denver.

A-- Dark rosy & brownish in color. Foamy head of about one-finger; it fades slowly with minimal to moderate amount of lacing.

S-- Tart fruit - apple, cherry, and berries.

T-- tart sour fruits-- cherry dominant with a hint of plumb. Semi-sweet. Long tart fruity finish.

M-- medium-bodied, mouth puckering, just the right amount of carbonation.

I like my sours on the extreme side, and this beer definitely delivers! I only had one glass. Not sure I would want more than that in one session. I feel like a little goes a long way, but I sure do enjoy a little!

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 00:18:14 | More by UpToMeBeer
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dirtylou

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 23:14:55 | More by dirtylou
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Hopleaf in Chicago, IL

Appearance -- Pours a garnet hue with a narrow beige ring. Good clarity.

Smell -- Cider vinegar, tart cherry and berries, cut green apple, wet oak, and some quintessential 'red' malt aroma. Acidic and tart, but not overwhelmingly so.

Taste -- Lots of tart, semisweet fruit notes: bing cherry, under-ripe raspberry, green apple. Acetic cider vinegar is prominent, but again, not overwhelming. Malt sweetness is moderate - just enough to keep the acetic tartness from becoming overbearing. Nice depth, but still very well balanced.

Mouthfeel -- Probably the highlight of this beer. Medium-bodied with the perfect effervescence that is not harsh. Pretty much the ideal.

Overall -- Very nice. Quenching would be an apt description. Nice depth of flavors and tartness level to remain a contemplative beer while still being easy-drinking. Paired perfectly with my Belgian frites.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 03:36:06 | More by yeahnatenelson
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to my doppelgänger for picking this one up at GBX and sharing with me this past weekend! Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured a dark yellowish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk. and a nice floral followthrough. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a damn good brew. For the ABV on this one it wasn't overly easy to drink large quantities of this one surprisingly. I did manage to knock out half a growler in around an hour though. The floral followthrough was quite refreshing on the palate and seemed to wake it up for your next sip. Pretty nice aroma and flavors going on here. Really glad I got the chance to try this one as it was quite enjoyable.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2011 11:47:20 | More by thagr81us
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

As sours are all the rage, the Flander's reds might be the most complex with their wine-like notes, cherry, and oak flavors layered on a buffer of light chocolate and toast to buffer against the tart lactic acidity- this is what the Bockor Jacobins does masterfully.

The red ale pours with a garnet brownish red and dark clarity with ruby highlights toward the edge of the glass. Very fine and delicate creme forms on the beer with solid staying power for it's slight stature (the acidity rarely allows for much head character at all). Low on lace, the beer carries the thin alcoholic character of legging with each swirl of the glass. The look is caught somewhere between red wines and beers.

Sharp aromas of acidic cider, sour cherries, lemons/limes, under rippened red grapes and berries, with a hint of basalmic vinegar. Oak and malts give the sligtness of walnuts, mild toast, and chocolate to round out the nose.

Flavors follow suit as early malt sweetness and taste is short lived; favoring the assertive tartness as the beer hits the sides of the tongue. The brunt of lactic sourness (lemons and intense acidity) is melded by the flavor of cherries and berries before the shy balance of malt richness begins to buffer the sour taste. The light sweetness of toffee and toast are burried deep beneath the tartness but are recognized in a light creamy taste rather than sweetness. Only the mild vinegar character keeps it from extreme cleanliness.

Light malt textures offer a mild creaminess that surface more at the front of the palate and in finish, while the acidity supresses the malt character at mid palate. Impressions of thinness occur throughout because of the intese sourness and mild tanic astringency particularly in finish. All this leaves the beer clean, crisp, and refreshing-all with a return of chocolate and toasted malt in aftertaste as the tartness subsides.

This is a very well done Flander's red ale that retains just enough malt character to add balance and complexity to the sourness. Where vinegar and cidery overtones are a general flaw, the basalmic and fresh crabapple sturdiness is as much an asset as a deterant in this classic example.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 16:28:47 | More by BEERchitect
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taigor

New York

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2011 18:22:30 | More by taigor
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DoubleJ

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 07:25:31 | More by DoubleJ
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mactrail

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very sour beer hews to Belgian tradition.

Deep reddish brown in the glass. Aroma not to accessible until the chill wears off. Then it's like a hot horse, that whiff of the stable. Not much malt to sustain the sharp sourness. No apparent hops, but certainly some bitter and murky flavors. Some bread and yeast, and especially a mineral flavor. Seems very salty in the aftertaste.

An hour later I can still feel the woody sourness. What a great vinegar this would make! Had a tulip glass at the Pizza Port in Ocean Beach (San Diego).

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 06:54:24 | More by mactrail
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jibbyvonjibb

California

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

A: burgundy, clear but little light comes through
S: acetic Flanders character (not sure how else to describe)
T: sharp acidity, acetic vinegariness, caramel sweetness balancing sourness a bit
M: high carb, light body but not thin.
O: a refreshing drink. Might be too sour for some. I would try again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 19:38:37 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin off white head that dissipated relatively quickly, completely fading away. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some notes of oak.
T: The beer tastes very sour and has some notes of oak flavors along with some hints of cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This one is very easy to drink if you like sour beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 11:16:14 | More by metter98
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ccrida

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 03:21:39 | More by ccrida
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EvanEngelstad

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this Flemish Sour in a wine glass at the Bier Stein in Eugene, OR.

-dark, reddish brown, with a dull glow to it
-very little head
-green apple, sour cherry, red wine, and subtle honey aromas
-extremely sour, zings the back sides of your tongue and makes you pucker
-my taste experience went like this: SOUR, then bitter, back to sour, then a sweet apple and slight honey flavor, all lasting about 45 seconds
-a frothy but dry mouthfeel
-a slight ketchup aftertaste (not necessarily a bad thing)

Although I haven't had much experience with this type of beer, the flavor is very potent and a little goes a long way. But it's very good. I would order this beer again if I had the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 19:48:52 | More by EvanEngelstad
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum. A very good sour, dark reddish body with no head. Simplistic,simply very sour cherry .A little vinegar balanced by some malt. Medium mouthfeel, though some fruitness as if the skins of the cherry there. Some lace dots. I cannot pass up this style.Suitably carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 05:35:49 | More by Sammy
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richcwilliamson

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at rfd in dc. Agree with gentleman below:

"It pours a dark red with a white head that dissipates into great lacing.

Smell is dark fruit with a little funk and a hint of vinegar.

Taste is tart and sour, one of the sourest Flanders I have ever had. But it was great! Taste of sour cherries and grapes with a slight funk and vinegar finish. Not so much sweet as sour.

Good smooth mouth feel with an ending that makes you pucker.

This is a very balanced Flemish red, one of the best I have ever had. Great drinkability and flavor left me craving more. A great find if you can get it!"

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 22:46:40 | More by richcwilliamson
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Geuzedad

Arizona

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap in a goblet at The Birch in Norfolk VA. It pours a dark red with a white head that dissipates into great lacing.

Smell is dark fruit with a little funk and a hint of vinegar.

Taste is tart and sour, one of the sourest Flanders I have ever had. But it was great! Taste of sour cherries and grapes with a slight funk and vinegar finish. Not so much sweet as sour.

Good smooth mouth feel with an ending that makes you pucker.

This is a very balanced Flemish red, one of the best I have ever had. Great drinkability and flavor left me craving more. A great find if you can get it!

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 21:37:25 | More by Geuzedad
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paulozanello

Brazil

4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous dar red color, cristal clear, with a nice small white head that lasts for about a minute and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is funky, tart and fruity with grapes and raspeberries.

Taste starts with a (very light)sweet and tart fruit note reminiscent of red grapes. Also raspberries and cherries. Ends with a yeast funky barnyard taste that is very mild compared to other wild beers. The aftertaste is unusual and starts with sour/sweet and end with a strange grainy/malty note that I can't quite explain.

Body is light and carbonation medium to high. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability is pretty high.

Nice Flemish red, it is fairly sweet making more drinkable than the tart bombs

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 23:12:47 | More by paulozanello
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timtim

District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

review #420... possibly the best flanders red i've ever had. or is it an unblended old lambic? makes me wish there was a rating between 4.5 and 5.0. clear brown with a tan head that has decent retention and leaves some chunks of lace as it goes. nose is brighter, cleaner, purer and less sweet than it's more commercial counterparts. dark fruit, vinegar, wood, a touch of almost salty minerality, and some really nice earth as well as just a hint of bretty cherry pie. hard to explain what i mean by clean or pure here, but the funk seems unadulteratedly natural. taste is balance and harmony of all of the above with sweet and sour at near perfect levels. medium body is soft and silky with enough pucker power to make me salivate, and nowhere near cloying or sticky. just seems to go down sooo easily and way too quickly. flavors explode on the palate to be wiped clean by acid and mild carbonation. truly a great experience. amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 13:17:07 | More by timtim
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rand

California

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to wine glass at Toronado San Diego

Pours a clear ruby-red, little head and little lacing. Some very tiny bubbles seem to be swarming about, but it looks like there's little carbonation. It smells of cherries, raspberries and vinegar. Clean, refreshing nose as a touch of funk and alcohol complete the bouquet.

It feels light and refreshing on the palate, but the sour, puckering aspects quickly dominate. And not in a bad way - the sour tastes clean and tart, not at all spoiled. Red wine vinegar combines with cherries and grapes. Funky, earthy tones linger in the backdrop, reminding you that this is indeed beer. Although the carbonation is light, it seems to lift the beer toward the end of the sip, finishing just slightly lemony sour and sweet.

From my experience, this is one of the best examples of a Flander Red. It's almost like drinkable vinegar, which sounds weird, but once your palate has adjusted is completely addictive.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 06:24:05 | More by rand
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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bridge in St. Louis.

A - Poured a dark cola brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It did not last long and left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of sour black cherries and grapes.

T - Great sour taste - dark cherries and grapes. A touch of plum.

M - It was puckeringly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really delicious Flanders Red Ale. Glad I found this one on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 02:22:10 | More by zeff80
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benclimbs

California

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

had on tap at toronado...a really good sour

pours red and nice looking, has a very rich and earthy nose, really fruity, cheries berries and wine-like woodieness

taste is delicious - refreshing, dry sour cheries, mouthfeel is nice very puckering and nice carbonation mmmm

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 05:28:06 | More by benclimbs
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 03:42:19 | More by rhoadsrage
Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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