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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 448
Hads: 2,609
Avg: 4.29
pDev: 24.94%
Wants: 229
Gots: 406 | FT: 16
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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 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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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of taigor
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.46/5  rDev -19.3%
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).

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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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 EvanEngelstad
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.