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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 1568
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%

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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 vinny21bal


4.64/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer a lot. This my go to sour. I love it. It is never wrong. Sour is supple but elegant. Good price. You can find it on the regular. No haze. Just good old Belgian sour. Please go get yourself one. You won't be disappointed. The red a stand out, but the sour makes this beer

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 07:09:52 | More by vinny21bal
Photo of snaotheus


4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into a pair of little 5oz sampler glasses for comparison with Rodenbach Grand Cru. My wife, tasting it blind, correctly picked out Rodenbach, and classifies Rodenbach as, "More complex, where this one is more punching you in the face with sourness." Bottle code, best by, or bottled on is, whatever it means, "15 13"

Pours clearish brownish red, little head. Smell is tart and fruity.

Taste is hella sour. I can see why my wife used "punch in the face." It has just barely enough sweetness and fruitiness to back up the sourness, so it's not unpleasant at all, it's quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. Overall, this is a very good beer, but I still (slightly) prefer Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 04:58:51 | More by snaotheus
Photo of Powderhornphil


4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very deep burgundy. A little soapy head that recedes quickly.

Nose is tart cherry, apple cider vinegar, oak.

Taste follows the nose. Cherry notes are very prominant. It's quite sour but with complimentary berry sweetness to keep it all in check.

Mouthfeel is more full than the 5.5% would lead you to believe. Lower side of carbobation.

An excellent example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:06:10 | More by Powderhornphil
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 02:49:40 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of flexabull


4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and somewhat still amber color with a decent off white head.

Nose has hints of caramel, apple, red wine, yeast, and oak.

Flavors are similar to the nose. Sweet up front, with hints of red apples, fruity red wine, caramel and malt sweetness. Finish is oaky, with a tart cherry and light lactic sourness. Beer is pretty well balanced, though I with the sourness was kicked up just a bit.

Nice full feel, soft, with good carbontaion.

Nice example of the style, and very easy to drink. Seems like it would be a good gateway beer to the style, because this one is well balanced, and doesn't smack your tongue around with tons of sourness.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 17:37:23 | More by flexabull
Photo of Damian


4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA
Served in a tulip

Deep, dark, crimson-mahogany appearance. The liquid was topped by a bubbly, two-finger, light tan crown that faded to a thin ringlet. Dots of lacing trickled along the glass.

Lots of interesting stuff happening in the nose. Crisp, tart and fruity with subtle strawberry notes. Good dose of funk. Very winey/grapey with a fairly strong oaky presence. A powdery yeastiness was also detectible. Overall, rather dry for the style.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the aroma. Super tart and crisp with strong red wine-like qualities. Heavy barrel character. Touch of sweetness in the center. Sour cherries were apparent. Hints of underripe raspberries and lemon lingered in the sharply acidic finish.

Crisp, lighter bodied and creamy on the palate. The liquid contained a plush, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Most Flemish sour ales have a moderate amount of sweetness, but this version was exceedingly tart and acidic. Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge reminded me a lot of a fruit-infused American wild ale. While this might not be the most balanced example of the style, it is nevertheless a very tasty and interesting rendition.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 10:36:35 | More by Damian
Photo of Jas45678


4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip

Pours a clear reddish brown with a one finger off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is lactic sourness, tart cherries and a little oak. Taste is a little dry and fairly tart with tart cherries flavor. Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Overall a great sour very crisp.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 19:17:20 | More by Jas45678
Photo of justintcoons


4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Reddish brown with ruby red highlights. Has 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Lactic sourness, cherry, lemon and crushed Sweet Tarts.

Candy-like sour cherry (think cherry Jolly Rancher) and maraschino cherry juice. Moderate lactic sourness with some syrupy sweetness. Some lemon juice and funk. Sweet red wine and red grape juice. Hints of crushed up Sweet Tarts.

Medium bodied, sweet, sour and refreshing.

It's definitely a Flanders Red. Sour. Cherry. Red wine. However, I really don't get any oak or vanilla flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 15:37:55 | More by justintcoons
Photo of barczar


4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 15:23:06 | More by barczar
Photo of BGDrock

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: thick, dark syrup look - dark brown, red, and amber all fighting for dominance; pours a solid, almond head

Aroma: tart cherry raspberry, currant; hint of sweetness, like a pie

Taste & Mouthfeel: careful with that first sip! mouth-puckering sour fruit is an assault on the tastebuds; very fresh and juicy again with raspberry, cherry, and especially red currants; light and crisp with low carbonation; not a lot of body, really feels like an adult fruit juice

Overall: bright and exciting flavours make it an amazing sour, but too intense to have in large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 14:04:19 | More by BGDrock
Photo of polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 33cl bottle into a snifter.

Quick review: this beer poured a nice deep red with a decent head that stuck around for a while. The smell was sour and fruity almost a bit like cider. The taste was sour up front followed by some nice fruit accents. The carbonation is nice and the with the sources this is a great beer to go with rich foods to cut that with.

This is my first venture into the sour beer world and I am pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this beer and I can see how many people find this type so enjoyable. It has me thinking about similarities between styles as well, as feel it is similar to others not in this category.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 18:47:21 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red woody color with a modest head that quickly forms a foamy ring. Aroma is bright and sweet with cherry, apple, maybe lemon. Very nice clean mouth watering smell. Taste is very tart, fruity, spicy, zesty, and purple. A fun beer indeed. Carbonation is perfect. Easy drinking aside from the tartness maybe. This beer is pretty awesome!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:46:58 | More by tastybeer
Photo of palma

New York

3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty dissapointing look for a beer of this caliber. Short head fades very quickly. Almost no lacing. Nice ruby body though.
Nose: sour fruit, chalk, some wet oak.
Taste: Cherries, cider vinegar. A great sourness. Mouth puckering end. Lingering green apple rind in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel. Very thin but a nice champagne like carbonation.

A pretty good Flanders Red but I would not call this world class.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:53:18 | More by palma
Photo of deereless


4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Color of a rose wine mixed with iced tea, nice ring of foam around the edges along with renegade spots scattered about the surface, crystal clear – 4.50, S: Wonderfully tart and crisp nose, lots of dried cherries and cranberries, dry chalky yeast, quintessential Flanders Red Ale – 4.50, T: Quite dry and mildly puckering, a good deal of tartness and sour cherries, hint of vinegar – 4.00, M: Body is pretty light and mouth feel is crisp – 3.75, D: Very drinkable beer and great representation of the style – 4.25

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:02:12 | More by deereless
Photo of mrchrisray

New York

4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10oz. Tap pour. Amber red, small head with good lacing.

Smells fruity and yeasty.

Very fruity, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries. Sour but not too much vinager.

Some mouth pucker, not much, a few bubbles just enough to make it enjoyable on the tongue.

Great red sour. I'm still newish to sours this seems like a good baseline.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 23:41:01 | More by mrchrisray
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Served in an odd glass tea cup thing. Very red (a theme with beers I've had recently) with tons of yeast.

Smell: Clean yeast. You would hardly know this was beer, or a sour one at that.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Yeast is the main component here. There are also raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. What I love about this is that it is not vinegary like other sour ales, although it is sour in its own right.

Overall Drinkability: World class.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 04:35:13 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of clayrock81


4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 18:07:00 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a red color ale with a large pink color foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of oak, sour cherries with tart notes is quite nice. Taste is a very drinkable mix of oak and sour cherries with some tart notes and very little acidic notes with light lingering sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. This si a solid version of a Flander red beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 14:13:38 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of brewcrew76


4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dull mahogany with bright red ruby highlights in the light. Little to no head.

S - Acidic with a mix of wet oak, tart cherries, sweet dark fruits of plums and dates, balsamic vinaigrette and very light cocoa.

T - Sour cherry, vinous, grapes, raspberry, maybe a touch of plum, oak. Some sweet fruits mix lightly with the tart, sourness.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation. The sour/carbonation combo give it a prickly pucker in the mouth.

D -Fairly sour but still seems approachable for the non experienced sour beer drinker. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 01:12:04 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of CowsandBeer


3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Fleming Place in Topeka, KS. My first Flanders Red. A number 05 was stamped on the back of the 11.2 brown bottle. No clue what that means, though. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

Appearance: A straight pour revealed a one finger khaki head. I can hear this fizzing away. It quickly dissipated into a thin ring, and eventually nothing. Body was a very nice dark red color. Is this a glass of wine?

Aroma: The first smell revealed sour cherries/plums with a zesty tangyness. A subtle vanilla from the oak. The second a very musty, wet, dirty hay pile in a decaying old barn.

Taste: Intense sour cherries, grapes, and tart plumbs. A brief respite of oakyness. More tart fruits and fruit yougurt tangyness. A bit of mustyness. End with a very pleasant sweet fruitiness. Like orange candies.

Mouthfeel: Drying and crisp. Sticks to the teeth. Lower carbonation works keep the sourness manageable.

Overall: The sourness is intense at first but certainly not acerbic. The tart fruit flavors are very enjoyable especially the dark cherry notes. I think my favorite part of this beer was that gentle, sweet orange note at the end. Overall an enjoyable, complex sour red ale. Personally I would split the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 05:18:15 | More by CowsandBeer
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish-red colour, one finger of whiteish head, light lace as well. Smell is of cherry and soru fruits, oak and some vanilla, bit of sweetness as well here, apple skin and some acidity. Taste is a mix of sweet and sour, cherry and acidity, oak finish with vanilla, moderate tart flavours with a bit of malt in the aftertaste. Med-high carbonation, med-full body. Quite nice but left me wanting a bit more, good but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 16:35:48 | More by peensteen
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear ruby red with a thick head of tan foam.

S - Fruity-sour, a bit of earthiness. Sharp.

T - Wow. Puckery. A bit of sweetness. Explodes in flavour after warming a bit on the tongue. Big fruity concord grapes. Lots of sourness. Hints of wood and earthiness.

M - Between the acidity and light-ish body, very refreshing.

O - Very nice balance between acid and sweet. Interesting flavours and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 01:01:38 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of recoveringmormon


4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Mahogany red-brown. Though is says "rouge" it has to be just the right light to get the redness. Minimal to moderate lacing in a round Duvel goblet.

S: Balsamic, oakey, with sweet cherry undertones, but not the overcooked cherries you get in most lambics.

T: Sweet malt vinegar with minimal hop in the finish. The tartest sour I think I have ever found. Delicious.

M: Complex woody sour with a sweet and astringent finish. Cleansing.

Overall: by far my favorite sour and probably my favorite Third Beer whenever I can find it on tap. Get a little tipsy with something else, then sip slowly and enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2013 00:27:34 | More by recoveringmormon
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge looks (and smells and tastes) a lot like black cherry juice. It has a deep tone but isn't the least bit guarded; clarity and eloquent, colourful highlights are openly disclosed against the light. The rim of foam around the surface is sudsy and off-white.

The beer smells like a bowl of berries drizzled in balsamic. There is the sweetness of black cherry and raspberry, the tartness of cranberry, and also a distinct acidity and subdued mustiness. Barrel-aging also provides soft undertones of vanilla. Marvelously delicious.

The beer tastes just as good it smells. Cranberries, currants, apples, jam and dates play out on the palate with a poignant sourness; this sourness is very agreeable, however, and is laced with enough fruitiness to gently ease-in those unfamiliar with the style. Still, balsamic and dry, musty oak are present and with them hints of dark caramel and lemon.

While there is plenty of figgy and plum-like sweetness to draw on, it is the tartness of cranberries and the acidity of balsamic that triumphs in the aftertaste. Its disciplined yet focused acid line has the lingering textural persistence to not only make it immediately refreshing, but also likely to allow it to hold up for some time in the cellar.

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge is a beer probably worth twice the price I paid for it. While it doesn't have quite the depth of the style's best, on the same hand, it has a degree of approachability and refreshment that any increased intensity would compromise. Bottom line: this is an easy, affordable sour to recommend to just about anyone.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 22:36:32 | More by biegaman
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:37:47 | More by CanuckRover
Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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