Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 2,477
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.39%
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Belgium

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 NardiByNature
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all cool bottle. Secondly I’m excited to just drink this one because I’ve already had a sip and wow.

Held up to my window this beer shines a mahogany-red color; a small, slightly off white cap with tiny bubbles sticks to the surface. Cherries, vinous, astringent, it really does a number on the nose if you want it to. Sweet, sour, and very smooth. Cherry juice and a sweet background – apple pie maybe …it’s just delicious. Dry but not as dry gueze or etc. and it’s awesome.

Photo of dpasotti
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color of maduro tobacco backlit with garnet. Decent head fades to cream-colored ring. Decent splotchy lace. The aroma is apple cider, tart cherries, leather, and neutral wood.

Taste is very much the same, with more of the tart dark fruit and less of the earthy components. Some brown sugar and vinous elements as well. Brett character emerges as it warms. Definitely not a "beginner beer" as far as sourness is concerned. It dominates the mouth as soon as it's swallowed, and lingers forever. If not for the residual sugar, the mouth-puckering element would be on par with that of a gueuze.

Lighter in body with lively carbonation that helps fill the mouth. Overall an outstanding Flanders. Not one of my favorite styles, but I will be picking up a single of this every once in a while.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Aml42000
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Ruby tinted brown with a quickly disappaiting head.

S- Loads of barrel and yeast. Some rhubarb and cherry aromatics as well.

T- Puckering sour with loads of acid. Like drinking the first cherries of the season harvested two weeks early.

M- High in acid, so plenty of brightness and drying fresh textures. Weightless in the mouth.

O- A delicious Flanders red. You have to appreciate drying acids and funky yeast to love this one as it is loaded with intensity on the palate.

Photo of nickfl
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with half a finger of tan foam on top of a perfectly clear, amber brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves only traces of lace on the glass.

S - A strongly acidic aroma with notes of balsamic vinegar, molasses, and dark cherries.

T - Strong acidity up front with some black cherry notes. Dark caramel appears in the middle and lends some sweetness to the beer as it finishes with notes of vanilla, oak, and complex sweet/sour balsamic notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a classic Flemmish red with a complex balance between the sweet/fruity and sour/funky notes. Nicely done and reasonably drinkable despite a strong level of sourness.

Photo of Jfriz25
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark rich brownish red with little head. Lots of tiny champagne bubbles.

Smell- smells tart and woody. I get way more wood on the nose than in the taste.

Taste- puckering awesome sourness! Besides that the main thing I get is apple and a little unripe plum in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- medium body with great carbonation.

Overall- this is my favorite example of the style. I love how it starts sour pretends it is going to sweeten but doesn't before leaving with a dry finish. My only complaint is the $6 for a 11.2 oz bottle but it doesn't stop me from semi regularly buying one or two.

Photo of MrBeerExpert
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Draught House

A: Deep ruby and nearly opaque. Off-white head with
medium lacing.

S: Sour cherry, cranberry, apple cider vinegar

T: Sour cherry dominates. Definitely towards the sour end of
the spectrum for the style.

M: Medium carbonation adds to the sourness, but is
tempered by a medium body.

O: One of my favorite versions of the style. Very happy to
find it on tap.

Photo of MrOH
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep red, bordering on brown. Very clear. Little head that dissapates quickly.

Sour cherry, vanilla, and some deep malty tones on the nose. Smells sour, if that makes any kind of sense.

Very tart. Cranberries, sour cherries, lemon, vanilla, a bit of malt vinegar. Katey says it reminds her of the French 75 cocktail.

Medium bodied, fairly light carbonation.

A good beer that fits the style well. A bit more sour than I prefer, but still damn tasty.

Photo of Duff27
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cap head on a dark red body. Collar.

Woo! That's tart! Cherries.

Not nearly as sour as the smell would indicated. Slight sweet Barbeque sauce? Yum.

Medium mouthfeel. Mid to mid-low carbonation.

Liked this one a lot. Yeah for whatever reason I gett BBQ out of it so it's a winner automatically. Perfect amount of tart. Thanks egrace84,

Photo of dustydolittle
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar to Russian River consecration but slightly less sour. Medium brown to burgundy in. color, slightly carbonated with a head that disappears quickly, medium in body with slight acidity. Overall a well balanced and very refreshing beer. Serve after a few minutes out of the cooler.

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a dark clear ruby red with a medium light head and medium lacing.

Smell – Sour cherries, oak, a bit of vinegar (pleasant), and funk.

Taste – Sour cherry, with a hint of sweetness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel – A light medium body, with a sour pucker. A champagne like carbonation.

Drinkability – A very good sour. Goes down very easily, though it is only 5.5%.

Photo of Hjammer
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl. oz bottle poured into a pilsner style glass.

A: A very clear brick-red. Head is minimal during the pour, but it does retain quite well after the fact.

S: Traces of berry, vanilla, oak (something sweet and woody?). Lots of lemon, or something else quite tart.

T: Very tart. Reminds me of a tart white wine. Some nice sweetness up in front; strawberry-ish. A little bit of bitterness to round things off. Sour cherries.

M: Smooth. Makes the entire mouth tingle. The sourness disappears to nothing quickly.

O: An interesting beer. My knowledge of sours is minimal, so this was a learning experience. I appreciate the sweetness to counteract the sourness, because this guy is VERY sour. A beer to relax to.

Photo of TSJ4000
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Damn Gina! Girl, that's all you had to say! Ok, so this beer was the shit. It's really a Flanders Brune in my humble opinion but it was strong and delicious. I would have guessed higher alcohol because of the complex richness of the beer. Color of this is reddish Brown, not brownish red. Very nice sour, if you're into that sort of thang.

Photo of globe1013
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm fairly new to the sour beers and I have to say I'm a big fan. From my understanding this is a Flanders Red Ale and it definitely looks the part. Once poured it has a small head but releases enough aroma to smell the sour notes.

First taste has a nice sour note but not too much to make your mouth pucker. After that it has a nice body and overall great cherry like flavor. Very smooth and very easy to drink.

If you're a fan of sours and have never tried this one do not pass it up. You won't be disappointed at all. At $6 for an 11.2 oz bottle in my area it's not too expensive but I could definitely could go broke drinking this beer. However if you're not a fan of sours I would steer clear of this one because it has a lot of sour notes to it.

Photo of ShameAndFailure
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe my 2nd Flemish red. Just wow. Where have you been all my life?

Appearance: Deep red maybe even some brown. A tad bit of lacing.

Smell: Cherries and oak. Maybe Apples? Says so on the bottle but I probably couldn't pick them out if I had not read it. Very pleasant smell overall.

Taste: As expected, very tart with the sour and acid slapping your taste buds around. Cherries right off the bat then a little of the oak and then a heck of a tart finish. Just what its supposed to be I guess. Just phenomenal.

Overall: I'm new to the sour, Flemish red style but I am enjoying this more than I thought I would. Very high marks and I can't wait to try the Duchess I have.

Photo of Humulus85
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EDIT: This is the first bottle of a 4-pack, the remaining three will be cellared for one, two, and three years. No bottle date, only a single "2" stamped on the back.

From a 11.2 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Pours the classic deep reddish brown, crimson hues when held to light. Good clarity. One finger, eggshell-white head dissipates quickly with a small amount of lacing.

Funk, cherries, apple peel, oak, some more funk. More funky then sour in the nose.

Tart cherries and apple flavors upfront. There is some vanilla/oak that build in the middle. Some vinegar and a bit of wet hay in the near finish. Rounded out by more tart fruits. Finishes clean.

Medium-light in body. Moderate levels of effervescent carbonation help lift it off the tongue. Super dry finish.

Overall this is a really nice sour. Not super mouth-puckering, with a nice depth in character. The barrel aging lends its flavors nicely. I'm excited to see how this one develops or degrades over the years.

Photo of avalon07
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a ruby color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: From the moment you open the bottle there's a huge, fruity, sour aroma. Very alluring.

T: Tasted of cherries, other light fruits, vinegar, and a hint of malt in the finish. A tart, sour, powerful, balanced and tasty beer. Very well done flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, yet prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent example of a sour beer. Drinkable and well made.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bottle into Peg's snifter.

A: Dark red to reddish brown in color. Forms a small white head, and the beer is essentially translucent.

S: Funky – vinegar, tart cherries, sweet/sour, some barnyard. Pineapple and/or tropical fruit aromas show up as it warms a little. The aroma is almost puckering.

T: Follows the nose very well, including the appearance of pineapple overtones when it isn't quite refrigerator cold. It has a relatively dry finish.

M: Lighter side for the mouthfeel with a high amount of carbonation but not overdone.

O: A good, really good Flanders red. Not my personal favorite, perhaps, but I wouldn't pass another one up.

Photo of thecheapies
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Cuvée des Jacobins. Notched with an '01' on the back label. Poured into a Duchesse de Bourgogne goblet and enjoyed side-by-side with The Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale.

Murky brown off the pour with a third of an inch of bone-colored head. Red-orange hues are seen through bright light. Bubbles sporadically popping on the surface with a foam glaze lingering. Organic shapes of lace splotch on one side of the glass.

Strong acetic character in the nose. Balsamic notes that writhe amongst mellow vanilla, tart cherry sweetness, and some phenolic characters. Soft, vinous, and almost buttery. Exceptional.

Balanced between tart and sweet and woody. This beer is dripping with a juicy vinegar note that is so fruity and appealing. Tart cherries impart a little bit more sourness and some fleshy sweet tones reminiscent of apple and quince. Then, there's an oaky bitterness in the middle-to-finish that melts into flashes of vanilla and spicy alcohol.

Medium body and sparkling with spritz. Lively feeling. Any more heft to the body would have been appreciated over here.

A different league of beer altogether here. Vast complexities, yet all of the usual tasty delights to get fixated on are right there and upfront for you to savor. A model Flanders Red, without question. A rival to my Duchesse and Rodenbach Grand Cru. Will buy up as many as I can.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is orange to copper in color with 1/2" of off white head.

The aroma offers cherry pie, cherries, pie crust, oak, vanilla, stone fruits. It also smells musty, in a positive way.

The flavor is a mixture of sweet and sour cherries. Yum. Why have I not tried this before?!? Additional notes of vanilla and a bready, pie crust. Delicious beer.

The feel is acetic and sour, but not overly so. A touch of vinegar in the finish.

Overall, this is a beer I would like to have a case of in the cellar, so I could pull one out and enjoy every now and then.

Photo of HopHead29
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish red with a tannish white head. Swirling the beer reveals thick wine like legs along the wall of the glass. There is little to no lacing.

nose consists of sweet cherries and hints of raspberry and cocoa.

Many of the aromas are found as well as some pear, grape, apple and date in the taste. There is a prominent sourness that doesn't seem too overbearing.

Good stuff.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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!

Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep reddish amber color with a thin light brown head. Slight traces of lacing down the glass.

S: Really incredible smell. Lots of tart dark cherries, raspberries, currants, vanilla, oak and nilla wafer. The wood comes out more as the beer warms.

T: A great sour punch in the mouth right off the bat. Lots of tart red cherry/red apple sourness with a good lactic twang. Red currants, lemon and a bit of vanilla on the finish. Super drinkable and really delicious.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was a recommendation from a respectable beer geek, so I was glad to give it a chance.

A: When they say Flanders Red Ale, they mean it: this one’s as bloody as they come, with a big eggshell head accentuate the color. The ruby body sustains the heads for a moment before it dissipates into fizz, supported only by the array of fast-moving bubbles that erupts from the bottom of glass.

S: Aromas of tart berry and citrus play the biggest part in this beer, wafting up scents of apple, orange, cherry, and loads of lemon. It’s much more of a fruit monster than an acidic sour, and I’m more than happy with that naturally tart character. Malts show some familiar Belgian aromas of banana and vanilla pudding, and a bit of the oak aging even comes through – some cherry wood and peaty cocoa. Subtle, complex, and balanced at every corner; this nose is alive with delicious accents.

T: Pure sour syrup; straight up lemon juice, fresh cherries, and nice, acidic yogurt flavors. It’s a healthy mix of fruit pulp and acrid, cheesy funk. In a remarkable balance of grain flavor, there’s a continuing note of apple skin and earthy wheat, filling out the body with constant complexity. And the barrel is apparent, as well – oak and dark fruits come through with just the subtlest hints of vanilla icing – before the yeast finishes it out with tastes of soft white bread. Aftertaste is just that, bready with a touch of wood and raspberry dryness. A remarkably complex sour, with all the fullness of a strong Belgian ale and the added nuances of wood-aging.

M: There really isn’t a lot of carbonation, which makes this beer tough to drink at first; it feels a little thick to be a sour beer, to be honest. Doesn’t settle on the tongue too well, but drinkable, nonetheless.

O: A wood-aged sour can go a lot of ways, but this one seemed to be just right in the palate. This Rouge is a blend of balanced flavors that would put a smile on any sour fan’s face, and one that I will definitely be trying out again soon.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Keanlacrosse for sharing

The body sits a deep mahogany/ruby red with a fluffy white cap. Some lines and dots of lace strewn about. Good retention throughout.

The nose is of tart cherries, cider vinegar, oak, sugar, and a light funk I can't quite place. This is a very inviting aroma and is not as one dimensional as most in the style. This one has a substance to it.

Tart cherries up front before giving way to cider vinegar and huge notes of oak and vanilla. The finish is a touch sugary before the lactic and acetic sour notes comes back into play. The vanilla and cherries combine to make a sugary sweet combo that balances out the sour and never truly tipping the scales in either direction.

The feel is amazingly smooth. Silky and creamy mainly due to the vanilla, which really thickens up the body. Low carbonation. Crisp, sugary, tart, and dry in the finish.

This is a high caliber beer. Delicate and bold, hitting all ends of the spectrum in between. A new entry to my rotation.

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 2,477 ratings.