Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 437
Hads: 2,531
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 213
Gots: 380 | FT: 17
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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 pmarlowe
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint glass.

A: Burgundy-tinted brown. Good clarity despite its darkness. A thin fizzle of whitish head which quickly recedes to a ring. A few streaks of lacing. Retention is good despite the minimal amount of head.

S: Bold, full flavors of black cherry and red currant which impart a red wine-like character, along with earth/dirt and musky wood.

T: Intense tart cherry which manages to be balanced out by full fruit flavor, medium-full body, and moderate sweetness. Some raspberry, a touch of chocolate with a milky texture. The sourness lingers occasionally for quite a while.

M: High carbonation, though the milk-like texture obviates any sharpness/bite. Medium body.

O: Very tasty, better than a lot of American sours that are harder to get or much more expensive (*cough cough*). (789 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a stemless flute. Enjoyed next to tasters of young (6 month), old (18 month), and blended (6+18 month) lambics from the same brewer.

Burgandy body with bronze, cerise, and ruby highlights. Off-white, vaguely cream-tinged collar and a whispy slick. Thin lacing reflects the surface bubbles like a mirror image.

Light oak, bright cherry, berry, and grape notes in the nose; very inviting.

Easy-going lactic tartness, smooth and sophisticated wine-oak flavors - a touch of wild yeast/funk married to a burst of fruit and a pleasing slightly toasty maltiness. Very well balanced.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, mild brisk astringency weds well with the prickly tartness.

Very approachable to a novice sour drinker, but with enogh complexity and purity to staisfy a more demanding palate. A very fine and true example of the style. (898 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous body of ruby like red coloring was capped by a off white head of sticky froth.

The aroma was sweet and tart with a real Sweet Tart like aroma. Tangy cherry, slightly acidic with aromas of wine, vinegar, and sour raspberry.

The flavor is full on sweet, sour, tangy and delicious. Sour tangy cherry, candied Sweet Tarts, balsamic characters with a slight raspberry and sour malt all meld well to make a easily drinkable ale.

The feel is a tinge sour but as the palate warms to it all it becomes all too easy to drink.

I'm partial to Flanders and this ranks as one of the better one I've had. (602 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

A: pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with half a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: tart cherries dominate with sweet candy sugar, some acetic notes, and a bit of barnyard funk.

T: tart cherries and raspberries along with other sour fruits dominate with a decent hit of acetic cinegar flavor. There is a nice bit of underlying funk before a tart, dry finish.

M: light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is light, puckeringly tart, and refreshing.

O: a great beer, overall. Super tart and sour but delicious and refreshing. (584 characters)

Photo of bmwats
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a teku.

A: Medium dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles leaving a smattering of bubbles and a nice beer ring. Slight spotty lacing mostly retreats into the body quickly.

S: A bit of a woody fermented raspberry.

T: Tastes like it smells. Sour fermented raspberry... that's about it.

M: Syrupy, sour, bitter, and pungent. Mouth-puckering dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is excellent. Nice body, decent head, serviceable lacing. Nose is fruity and powerful with a bit of a woody or earthy tone. Mouth puckering sour fermented raspberry. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (652 characters)

Photo of berley31
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a white, small head that diminished quickly to a thin wisp. Body is a dark ruby-red color, and brilliantly clear.

S: Strong aroma of fruit... mostly cherries, and a high sourness in the smell as well. Quite intense.

T: But not as intense as the flavor... wow! That is one tart, sour beer. Definitely on the stronger end in terms of sourness for the Flanders Reds that I have sampled. The cherry fruitiness as there, too. No hop bitterness that I could detect.

M: Extremely mouth-puckering, of course. Medium bodied, low-medium carbonation.

D: Very intense... but I loved it. Sure, I couldn't drink it all day, but beers like this are showing me how much I enjoy this style. (692 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle on 6/29/12

Pour: Deep clear burgundy, like a deep red wine. Not much head.

Smell: Berry and some funk. Also got a little bit of woodiness.

Taste: Sour cherries right away. Nice and tart. Acidic vinergar. Slightest hay funk at the end.

Mouthfeel: Acidic and good carbonation prickles the tongue. Very refreshing and crisp.

Overall: Really great, and love the availability. (397 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

168th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Not sure who I have to thank for this one, but thanks!

A: Burnt leather, tan. 1.5 (off-white, almost tan) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Dark cherry, dried fig, caramel, vinegar, woodiness (combo of oak and hickory), and tart apples.

T: Much like the smell, but the sour notes of this beer are wonderful. Smooth balance of cherry, tart apples, and figs. Caramel sweetness comes and goes all throughout, but this is a very nice touch.

M: Medium bodied with just-right (not too much, not too little) carbonation.

O: All around a very enjoyable beer for sure. I could imagine drinking an entire bottle of this alone and think it will age considerably well. Definitely something I will seek out again in the future! (765 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of blbarnett3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle date 4/14 into a 12 oz. tulip. Scant one finger head that dissipated quickly. Beautiful red color, nice tart aroma, significant sourness, fruit notes, slightly oily mouth feel. Intense and delicious. (230 characters)

Photo of paulginva
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crimson tincture with minimal tan head and light lacing.

Full-on assault of sour funk that makes my head tic and wince. Balsamic vinegar and tart cherry follow. Generally fruity and a hint of oak.

Taste of sour cherry upfront then going to the back in a sweet/sour fruity finish. I imagine Sweetart candy to get my mind off a sour cheese and dirty sock, but its ahhight.

Finish is astringent and crisp.

I haven't had a lot of sours and figure this may be the best to try again. I can see this is an acquired taste and keep the style in mind for review. Can't say I'm loving it but it keeps me coming back for more. (626 characters)

Photo of NODAK
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one into my oversized Duvel glass...took up just about half of it!!

Brilliantly fruity and tart aroma. Among the more tart that I've smelled....makes the taste buds twinge a bit with the vinegar on the nose here.

Taste wise, this one is no joke when it comes to sours. Unlike some others which highlight fruity sweetness a bit, this one is a citric acid extravaganza! So fruity....so full of vinegar. My taste buds water with this one. I even wince at first. But it's a good wincing. I love tart things, and this is no exception. And my acid reflux doesn't like it, either! I probably couldn't drink more than one.

Oh man, this is quite an experience. One of the most sour beers I've ever had. But I look forward to drink after drink, even though my eyes close sometimes at just how sour it is. (811 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (1,238 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft. Poured a dark brown cherry red color. Opaque and allowed light to filter in. Nice half finger of head. Smells of cinnamon, cherries, funk and malts. Taste is much the same. Sour at the front end with fruit, mainly cherries, on the back end. Funk is mild. Pleasant sour. I'm not a hide sour fan but I liked this one a lot. Malts, fruit, cinnamon, what's not to like? (383 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap on 4/17/2015 @ One Mile House in New York, NY.

Served in a wine glass. Ruby red with a small white head. Lots of fruit in the aroma, mainly berries with strawberry coming through the most. Sour, salty, and smooth. Really easy to drink and just the right amount of tartness. Think gose combined with a fruit lambic. I accidentally knocked my glass over on the bar but, thankfully, was able to save the majority of it, because this is one delicious beer! (460 characters)

Photo of poolemhore
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - very clear dark amber hue with a small tan/white head that persists only as a ring around the glass

S - funk, musty dark fruit, phenolic, intriguing but not the best I've smelled

T - sweet fruityness quickly turning to extreme tartness and then transitioning to a smooth lingering apple and cherry sweetness, excellent!

M - very dry, astringent, lightly effervescent, pleasing complement to the taste

O - well balanced, subtle complexities under a huge tart punch with exciting flavor changes from start to finish (521 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tall De Struise glass.

Pours a beautiful orange tinged red and fluffy off-white head. The beer is transparent so you can see the glass just filled with bubbles. Great head retention(even though I drank it fairly quickly) and lacing going on.

Lots of vinegar, cherry, oak and a slight earthyiness going on.

After the first sip your mouth floods with saliva after tasting that sourness. Hits your palate with a lovely level of tartness. Acidic/vinegar quality. Quite fruity with cherry and apple. The oak barrel flavor and vanilla tends to pop more in the back end. It’s got a touch of sweetness.

Medium body with ample carbonation. Even though my mouth floods with saliva after taking a sip there is some drying going on.

A straight up classic. (781 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | 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. (737 characters)

Photo of sourpuppy
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful Flanders Red with mild sweet notes. Solid pucker on the front end with mild tannins and some sugars on the back end. Mouth feel was slightly thinner than expected but barely noticeable. (196 characters)

Photo of celticfutblclub
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into hill farmstead glass

A - dark dark red body with tanned head two fingers thick some retention and lacing.

S - oak, sour cherries and apples, sugary sweetness.

T - super sweet up front. sugary sweetness overpowers everything else at the start (this is less so after you are half way down it). notes of cherry, apple, oak sneak in at the back end (more pronounced as you go on). very very tart in the back half.

M - light to medium bodied with lots and lots of carbonation present on the tongue. mouth puckering tartness.

O - a quality beer. nose on this is amazing. (588 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep crimson red bodied beer with two fingers of white head that drops to a thin cap. Little bit of lace on the glass as well.

Smell: tart cherries and lemons. Hay, wheat, and little funk. Some oak too.

Taste: This one has some serious pucker factor. moderately sour beer with big lemon and very tart cherries; little bit of apples, raspberries, and cranberries in there too. Oak adds some dryness to the beer starting about mid palate. The sour and fruit elements of this beer have a fantastic balance. Finishes fairly tart and sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its like a dry champaign. Crisp and really clean.

Overall: Really nice sour at a decent price. i will drink this again when i am in the mood for a good sour! (797 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of dark citrus, tart malt, hint of alcohol, and strong sour notes. Fits the style of a Flanders Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. There is a strong tartness and sourness. One of the most unique mouth feels I've had. Tastes of slight sweet malt, slight tart malt, slight citrus, slight alcohol, and strong sourness. Overall, I've never had a Flanders Red Ale, but this was an awesome experience. (544 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bring on the Funk, Bring on the Sour! A great pour of dark cherry red. Smells of dried cherries, a little lemon and Belgian Funk! The taste is even better. Gives that great sour cherry pucker at first, then you get the great funk you get from good Belgian beers. Nice dry smooth mouthfeel. Not a bitter sour but a good sour. (324 characters)

Photo of skberke
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with creamy dense head. Aroma of citric acid, with strong sour cherry presence. Sour cherry carries into the taste, and is joined by tart blackberry and granny smith apple. Lactic acid comes on strong, with an astringent puckerieness. Leaves my mouth feeling puckered a dry. Refreshing and delicious--a classic Flanders red, sour and assertive without the velvety complexity of oud bruins. Yummy (414 characters)

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
95 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.