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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge | Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Cuvée Des Jacobins RougeCuvée Des Jacobins Rouge
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DIM
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dark, kind of murky amber color. it was served to me with a small ring of bubbles.

s: Prickly apple cider vinegar with lots of fruity aromas in the form of apples, pears, and raspberries.

t: Maybe not as comples as some, and certainly not as confrontationaly sour as some other examples of the style, but this was very satisfying. There was some puckering, vinegar-y sourness, but it was balanced nicely by tart berry and apple flavors. I also found something akin to sour candy.

m: Kind of heavy for the style and lightly carbonated.

o: Nice to try a flanders without the heartburn, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

A Beautiful dark ruby, like black cherries. Fluffy light tan head, about a finger. Leaves a murky, everglade-like foamas the head shrinks.

S Tart cherries and raspberries with sugar and sweet caramelized oak, apples, limes.

T Burst of tart and acidity, cherries and a multitude of berries with some really great lemon bringing in a bit of citrus, apparent sweetness and strong sourness.

M STRONG up front sourness and acidity makes me pucker! But its got a nice sweetness all around with it like granulated raw sugar, reminds me of the grainy sugary feeling of a pair.

O This was a great drink, a bit of a sipper at first, even for me, but the sweetness really hangs on in the finish and in my mind after each sip.

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Photo of paulginva
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a stemless flute, this beer came to the table with a small, approximately 1/4" creamy medium tan head with fair head lacing, which dissipated fairly quickly. Carbonation was soft and the body was a muddy, very dark brown with ruby highlights.

AROMA: There was a heavy hit of vinegar-like sourness together with sour cherries, oak, and, as the beer warmed, a number of other light notes -- berries and grapes mostly.

TASTE: A light taste of toasted malts and yeast balanced the heavy vinegar sourness of cherries, a hint of wood and a light fruitiness. It was well-balanced but tilted just a little more toward a sour, tart astringency than I would have liked; nevertheless, a good example of a Flanders Red Ale.

MOUTHFEEL:Light to medium body with a smooth texture, moderate carbonation and fair body lacing that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was a moderately tart sourness, followed by a somewhat acidic sourness that was a bit bitter and dry. The finish was quite long.

DRINKABILITY: This is a sipping beer and I wouldn't want to have more than one in an evening -- probably as a first beer. It was very approachable, had substantial complexity and purity, and is a great example of the style. Definitely a big "wow factor" here but once you get used to the sourness, the flavors really start to pop out.

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Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the La Jolla Public House in La Jolla, CA. A good red ale, it is nevertheless a bit too tart and sour, with a tart sour cherry character dominating a bit too much.

Deep red, it had a medium off-white head thinning to a thin ring and wisps.

Aroma was nice strong, sweet-sour cherry, hint of vinegar and fermented wet bread dough.

Taste was some nice, sweet-sour cherry but overly tart and sour, lightly woody with finish of candy and grain, but tended to be too tart-sour, an element that soon dominated all else, making it one-dimensional and eventually tiresome.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy hazy copper-dark-red color with a finger of white head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is full of sour ant tart cherries. Touch of other fruit sweetness. Very sour and acidic.

T - Kicks off with some strong sour cherry tartness and sourness. Very sweet as well. Through the middle, the beer mellows a bit and some funkiness comes through. The finish is a mix of sour and tart cherries with some sweet darker fruits coming through.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a very sour and acidic mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Nice complex and rich sourness and sweetness.

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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 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 osusullins
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark red.

Nice nose. The tartness dominates the aroma, but I also pull some dark fruit and funk. I like the smell which is not usually the case for me and sours.

Taste is very tart with little to no carbonation. I am not a sour fan, however I have had quite a few because I have friends that keep trying to convert me to the sour side. That said, I like this one. Very tart, but the fruit sweetness balances it out. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of shortbus7
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Melt into a 12 oz glass.

A: A dark red ruby color. Very appealing.

S: Dark fruit and vinegar.

T: Cherries, figs, currents. Some slight vinegar and quite sour.

M: Smooth, tart, and the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This is a very good beer. Definitely worth seeking out. A very big surprise to me.

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Photo of isitsavage
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Smoke and Barrel in DC.

I love sour beers! But honestly I'm a bit new to them and craft beers in general so don't base your decisions too heavily on this review.

Arrived at my table in a tulip glass. Nice dark red (Rouge) with about a finger of off-white head.

Usually with sour beers I get a lot of it in the nose. Here, I just wasn't getting much. The sourness was there but not really in a big way.

Taste is a nice fruity sour, thinking maybe cherries and apples but honestly I'm not sure. I think the balance of sweet to sour is pretty good here but I haven't met a sour brew yet that I thought was too tart, seems like I could always have more sour.

Nice mouthfeel, prickly carbonation and smooth. Nice, dry finish.

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

poured from draft and poured a nice dark red color with a small head.

excellent aromatics with some funk, sour apples, cherries and spices. Nice depth as well with a good tart quality too

medium/full bodied with a nice acidic bite to it. Very good feel as well. This is a real quality sour and gives just the right amount of sourness

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass at 2011 Zwanze day in Louisville at Holy Grale.

Clear brownish copper with a head upon pouring. Dissipates immediately into a ring of foam around the edges.

Extremely vinous with highlights of fruit. Cranberries and currants are the most prominent, and a touch of stone fruit vinegar. Some aged balsamic sourness as well.

Fruit forward with cranberries, grapes and currants with some fruit vinegar-like acidity. Much less wine like on the tongue than the nose, but very dry and puckering.

Thin-medium with spotty carbonation. Plenty of drying and a nice pucker from the acidity.

Good wine-like fruit qualities on the nose with a great balance of fruit and acidic flavors on the tongue. Plenty of drying and puckering moutfeel as well. A well rounded Flanders red.

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville.
Brownish amber pour, about a finger of off white head.

Aroma, red wine vinegar, some apple and lemon zest, faint cherry.

Taste is tart up front. Lemon zest, tart cherry and green apple. Quite sour, unless you're desensitized to it.

Light bodied, but the carb made it almost creamy. Becomes a bit acidic to me though. Very interesting, however I don't have much to compare it too.

As it went on I found this to be quite a chore to drink. Probably still not quite my thing.

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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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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
95 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.