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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 458
Hads: 2,652
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 24.71%
Wants: 231
Gots: 422 | FT: 16
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Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
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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 Em0r
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I was looking for a low alcohol, light beer to finish off a near perfect afternoon of a craft burger and craft beers at Bad Apple. The "tart and fruity" description piqued my interest, so I pulled up my best college French and ordered it up.

The beer had a nice deep red appearance with a fruity nose. The subtlety ended at the first sip. This beer packs a punch! As a kid, if you didn't like stuffing a load of SweetTarts in your mouth for the pure pain/pleasure, this beer isn't for you. However, if you like tartness and interesting flavors, this is one of the most unique and and enjoyable beers I've tasted.

The initial punch is followed up by subtle cherry notes. The beer finishes smoothly (sorta like March...in like a lion, out like a lamb). This was a perfect finish to my meal, which included some potent chilis. The sour start complimented the heat, and the fruity finish was "desserty" without being too sweet or gimmicky.

I can't wait to have this beer again. It's truly a memorable pour.

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

On tap at Melt Bar and Grilled, Lakewood OH.

Served in a coctail/rocks glass.

A) Ruby red, little lacing, nothing else.

S) Smells like sour fruits

T) Tastes like tart cherry although a friend felt it was raspberries.

M) Bubbly carbonation dancing around, very different!

O) I realize this review is "sparse" to say the least, but I'm reviewing it in order to keep this one in mind so I can revisit it. As a "sour rookie" I find many to resemble hard-ciders (which I detest) and this one at no time reminded me of that. Friends continuously tasted it, and said "It tastes like vinegar!" (again, I didn't feel that way) We actually got a sample, in addition to the glass I ordered, and we dipped Fries in it, and it was oddly wonderful!! (of course, with the wife eating something called the Sloth and Chunk sandwich which gave me diabetes just looking at it, it is safe to say it was a night of experimentation)

Being new to sours, I don't know if I could drink it over and over, etc... but I enjoyed this one thoroughly and it was a great beer to enjoy with salty food.

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

On tap at Muddy Waters new location over by lyn/lake...doing this one by memory, but it was so different for me and such a nice beer i think i can remember well enough for the review.

appearance: dark red...very attractive. little head on this one, but a nice looking beer.

smell: tart. cherries. little vinegar. very nice...makes you want to drink.

taste: lots of great sourness right away that dissipates into a dark fruit sweetness at the end. very dry in the end (i'm surprised the abv isn't higher)...

mouthfeel: really nice. great carbonation upfront and nice cloying, drying feel at the end...really nice.

Overall: i will drink this beer again the moment i have the chance. really wonderful stuff.

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

growler from gbx, could not wait to tear into this one

deep and dark red in color with a light tan head that came up to a height of around two inches before settling back down and leaving tons of lace all over the sides and bottom of the glass while never really falling much below the one inch level. The aroma was lightly tart, sour cherries, hints of earthy and spicy notes and even a touch of what seemed like brown sugar or something along those lines. Really very well done and quite complex. The flavor was a little less tart then what I would have liked but I have to admit was still done very well. Rich and full, it was never flat or boring and I have to admit I found myself returning back

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Photo of ehammond1
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

A dark ruby and chestnut brown. Nearly no head. Decent lacing down the glass.

Not nearly as strong of an aroma as I've come to expect with Flanders Reds, and certainly not as strong as my favorites within the style. There's nothing off, just not a lot of anything, even after significant warming. Some tart and sweet fruit and a touch of vinegar, but nothing too potent.

This beer makes up for in tart, biting, delicious sour flavor where it lacks in aroma. Nearly perfect. Distinct earth and cherry in the flavor, along with a darker fruit--plum?

Light to medium bodied. A pleasure to sip.

Great balance of acidic sour and sweet fruit flavors. A delicious and classic example of the style--disappointed I couldn't pull off more aroma from this one.

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Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a brownish rust red without much of a head

S - smells is of tart fruits and some vinegar

T - Sourly acidic with intense apple and pears flavors burst open the flavor profile. The sourness is almost mouth puckering at first...aftr a couple of drinks I adjusted and started really enjoying this. After the intense fruit profile, it's Flanders red character comes out with a bit if vinegar getting thrown in the mix. Ends with a combination of sourly citric and vinegar flavors. A subtle hint of of dark fruit lingers with the vinegar.

M - full bodied with prickly carbonation, not bad

D - one if, if not the, best flanders red ales red I have had. Super sour and nice vinegar flavors.

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

Enjoyed on-tap @ Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA for $9. Tapped into a 16oz Allagash Tulip Glass from a Tap Handle I could not see...

Aroma- Very intense sour aroma with nice amount of cherries or plums combined. Bit of spiciness and is a great aroma that you can come back to over and over to try anyd find more character.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stays around for a bit. Dark reddish-brown color body that is blizzard like with all the yeast. Awesome lace and is a definite "eye candy" beer.

Flavor- Huge acidic and sour flavor that never dies down at any part of the drink! Once again, cherries and plums are involved here. Good character with fruity finish but never that sweet.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Low Carbonation, Tons of sourness at the finish, and leaves great amount of fruit on the palate that is like sour candy.

Overall Impression- Very complexed, sour, and gives the Flanders Red Ale style a good name! Such a huge amount of yeast in this beer, it was crazy when I received my glass! Fantastic ale once again @ Naja's!

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

Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge

Served in tulip at Three Floyds on July 29, 2011

A:  Appears clear dark amber with brewpub head that dissipates quickly. I'm not seeing much effervescence, but then again this beer is dark. 

S: This beer smells of vinegar, cherries, wood and vanilla. 

T: Vinegar is so strong it borders on balsamic. The other characteristics noted in smell are evident in taste. This beer is a little salty and sweet. 

M: Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. Bright, lively mouthfeel. 

O: I think Cubee Des Jacobins Douge is a very bright, lively Flanders sour ale--a pleasure to drink on a Friday afternoon. 

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

On tap.

Dark mahogany color, with just a little head suds-like head. Showed nice clarity for a darker brew.

Aroma is tart, sour, and acidic, but some bittersweetness is there as well in the form of cherry notes and raspberry notes.

WOW – this is mouth puckering. The flavor profile is nice, however. The fruit flavors mirror the cherry and raspberry notes in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is thins and crisp. Refreshing, though in a smack-you-in-the-face kinda way.

When i first had this a few years ago I actually couldn’t finish this complete as the tartness was a bit much for me…even for the style, which is something I thought I liked. It actually started to hurt my stomach. But upon having again now, it was delicious and not a problem to drink. Maybe my palate has changed, or maybe the first pour years ago was more sour somehow. Anyway, this is worth a try if you like sour Flemish reds.

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Photo of readbaron
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering off of 3Floyds guest tap list.

Crisp, clear, dark reddish-brown - nearly pinot noir in color with wispy white head that fades into a ring. Leaves behind some sticky white lacing.

Nose is pretty straight forward - acedic tartness and sour cherries with a bit of oak and vinegar on the finish.

Taste is sour! Mouth puckering, gland squeezing, nearly tongue burning, yet still delicious. Lots of cherries, and some oak and vinegar. A bit of grape skin tannins as well.

Light, crisp, and well carbonated.

Overall - a solid sour. I was surprised at how tart it is. Really enjoyed this one. I'll definitely order it again should I happen to see it.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8oz goblet on tap at the Rattle n Hum, I had this one on 7/12 at the Mikkeller Single Hop IPA event.

Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge pours a deep brown, with significant cherry highlights when the beer is backlit. There's a thin bit of dark cream colored foam that tops the beer. The nose is about what one might anticipate from the style. There's a definite acidic presence in the nose that's counterbalanced by a cherry pit aroma that nicely displays both some fruity notes and woody ones as well. I just wish that those aromas would have stood out more against the sour aspect of the nose. Cherry fruitiness definitely gains prominence to balance the vinegary nature of the beer, but at the expense of that nice subtle oak presence that is in the aroma. The body is nice and light, but the carbonation is a bit overdone and is distracting at times. Overall a solidly brewed Flanders Red Ale, though I still haven't found one that quite measures up to Rodenbach Grand Cru.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Small Bar Fullerton. Ruby red color, white head is really an afterthought. Some patches of lace.

Sour cherries and tart berries come through in the nose. A bit of a sherry vinegar feel. Earthy hops at the finish.

Tart cherries, with a dry feel. Some acidity really makes this refreshing. Sour, but not overwhelming.

Lighter body, good feel from the carbonation. Very nice for the style.

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Photo of Asher1982
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just had this on draft at Always Ron's in Hagerstown, MD. The beer had a very nice bronzy red color with a nice opaque head. You could tell from the smell that this beer was going to make you pucker in a good way. The taste was everything I hoped it would be. The sourness was immediately apparent but their were some other nice notes of dark fruit and fresh bread. It had a very nice carbonation in the mouth that made it feel very refreshing despite the beautiful tartness. If you dig sour beers, this is one to drink.

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Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brugge in Indianapolis for Sour Night. It arrived looking like a Coca Cola without carbonation. It smells of sour and tart cherries, granny Smith apples, and pears. It's very interesting yet pleasant. The flavors too are heavy on the cherries and sour apples. It's very nice. The sourness is very well meshed with the fruity sweet finish. It drinks well and is definitely worth trying again. This is a fine beer.

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Photo of uselessgdtaste
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Old review

On tap at Beachwood BBQ.

This beer reminded me a lot of the Ommegang Rouge, except just a slight bit more sour.

Then, I found out that Ommegang did not brew their Rouge at their site. Instead they contract brewed it...with Bockor. Their similar taste profiles made a lot more sense.

As with the Rouge, the beer is like a vinegary and lactic acidy version of a Dr. Pepper with some beer style carbonation and characteristics added in for good measure. The flavor is truly remarkable and unique. It is something I would definitely go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of KAP1356
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap last night at Capone's. Served in a snifter...

A - Dark, murky, red, ruby color with very noticeable carbonation. Some slight egg-shell white head formed and stuck around for a little.

S - Nose was comprised of tart cherries and vinegar. Mild oak and some citrus snuck in as well.

T - Sweet flavors of nice tart cherries. Vinegar and lactic flavors follow nicely integrating themselves into the cherries.

M - Medium carbonation with a dryness to the finish which is quite nice.

O - Really nice for the style. Maybe a bit too puckering for the style, but that is just my personal preference.

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Photo of gatornation
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ busters

A- pours a clear light ruby color with some brown hues a very fresh staying collar hung around

S- was fruit and light vinegar with tart kriek smells

T- was tart with sweet cherries upfront followed by vinegar tastes and more puckering fruit like raspberries a sweet finish

M- was medium carbonation with a nice sweet tart fruit feel

O- loved this on tap it was sweet and tart a treat to drink

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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 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 KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of johngallardo
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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!

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Photo of oline73
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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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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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 458 ratings.