Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
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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 TruePerception
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge, a barrel aged Flemish Red sour ale. 5.5% ABV.

A: Deep, plum red. Nice clarity. No apparent sediment. A half a finger's slightly lopsided head. Fades quickly to nearly nothing. Almost no lacing.

S: Right away, tons of Morello cherry. Slight red wine. Decent sourness. Very nice. I'm not getting a lot of smells, but my nose is a little stuffy, all of the sudden...

T/MF: Oh, yeah! More of that Morello cherry! Even more sourness; near Sour Patch levels. Tartaric acid galore. Green apple. Slight fruit tannin, on the back end. Just, an awesome Flemish Red!

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: Haha! Turned my older sister onto it! (690 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Frisco taphouse Columbia on 5/28/14

A-This beer poured a dark plum-red-brown with a small foamy off white head that left good lacing.

S-The aroma was sour, malt vinegar and tart berries.

T-The flavor was red wine vinegar, very sour, and berries. Long tart berry and vinegar finish.

M-Medium body with light fizz and carbonation.

O-Overall a great sour. (374 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: ruby brown ale, red-orange amber in the light; nice clarity with a faint haze, minute bubbles effervesce from the bottom; tan foam two fingers high slimmed to a fuzzy collar that lasted all the way down

S: aromas of tart dark berries, red wine vinegar, and wood

T: cranberries and dark sour cherries, with the cranberry most dominant; sweet vinegar-like flavors; oak barrels soaked in tart red wine; light herbal and floral accents

M: smooth and easy, with a tingle and tartness to pucker the palate; light-bodied, brisk, and refreshing

O: no expert with the Flanders red ale, I found this quite enjoyable and very repeatable - tart and fresh, bright and sweet - a great start-point for the introduction to sours, as it was tart but also warming and almost creamy in feel at times; fans of the cranberry will surely dig this ale. (836 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Large, fizzy beige head that fairly quickly dies down; appropriate for the style. Brew is darkly transparent: dark red, almost nut brown.

Slightly sweet, but very tart, vinegary aroma. Dry pepper, yeast, hay, and wheat. Wildflowers.

Supremely sour, vinegary taste. Still some sweetness, and an almost chewy, powdery yeast presence. Sweet and chewy wood presence. Just a hint of musty, cheesy funk.

Face-puckeringly sour, but refreshing and not very dry overall. Somehow soft despite the sourness. Great feel for the style.

Excellent sour, and a good example of the style. (575 characters)

Photo of JulioH
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


This is a great beer, yet I am not completely sold on it. Mostly because I would rather drink a sour beer like a farmhouse ale, rather than a red Flanders.

Pours a nice red beer. A bit of carbonation forms. Smells typical of red Flanders, acidic, funky, musky, maybe some raspberries. Taste perfect for a red Flanders, sweet, malty, sour, lambics doing their work. It has that bitterness, or dryness, at the end. Good beer to drink, possibly aged in barrels. One of the stronger ones, as in taste. (505 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It has a nice deep ruby/amber color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tart cherries, raspberries, some oak and faint vanilla.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has loads of tart cherries, raspberries/cranberries, woody oak and some vanilla.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. (535 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a ruddy cranberry color with a slight head. Aromas of tart cherries, earth, and wood. Tartness and cherry flavors are quite pronounced and dominate the flavor profile. Mild funkiness and earthiness are slight and you kind of have to search for it. A good mix of sweet and sour, but the sourness wins. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. A good example of the style, although you really can't beat the style defining Rodenbach. (435 characters)

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Bockor nv is located in Bellegem, West Flanders in Belgium, within a stone's throw of the French border. Its origins date back to May 1892 when it produced its first barrels of "Ouden Tripel", and the brewery has been continuously family owned ever since.

Looking to try an unflavoured lambic for the first time, Bucky spotted a bottle of the brewery's Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge ("CJR"). CJR is a Flemish Sour Ale, spontaneously fermented (ie. exposed to wild yeast) and barrel-aged for at least 18 months. The beer is cooled overnight in a large, shallow metal vessel called a coolship and then fermented and aged in large oak foudres which are made in France and assembled on-site at Bockor. CJR came in a brown 330 ml bottle, with a best before date of June 2, 2015, and was 5.5% alcohol by volume.

CJR poured a deep ruby/purple colour with a thin, off-white head that quickly faded into a small collar of foam, leaving some minor spotting and lacing down the glass. Its aroma jumps right out of the bottle at current cordial, wine and sour vinegar, even though none of these things have been added to the beer. Amazing what aromas and flavours the Belgians can generate with their choice of yeasts, grains and hops! The beer's flavour is as intense as its aroma, starting with sweet black current juice which quickly gives way to tart, dark fruits, with a big blast of vinous, vinegary sourness a couple of seconds later. The aftertaste is a long-lasting, acidic/sour flavour that takes a bit of getting used to if you've never tried a lambic beer before. The mouthfeel is quite thick and sticky for a beer with a 5.5% ABV, and its carbonation is dead on...strong enough to play up the juiciness of the fruit flavours without being prickly. Definitely a sipping or dessert beer with its strong sour element.

In summary, a very tasty beer with a good mix of the sweet and sour, though not everyone's cup of tea with its strong, long-lived sour aftertaste. Hats off to the LCBO though, for taking a chance on selling this unusual style of beer. CJR is quite reasonably priced at $3.30 per 330 ml bottle, and I'd recommend giving it a try if you're looking for a style that's out of the ordinary. (2,227 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown with translucent red tint. About a finger of white foam that faded to a small ring. Mostly clear, tiny haze. Looks ancient.

S: Dark sour cherry and cranberry. Rich dark wood. Earthy and composted. Fermented tobacco.

T: Starts off fruity with raspberry and strawberry and a tiny bit of blackberry. Huge sour tartness of bitter raspberry black current and dried cranberry. Doesn't have the same earthy tones as the smell did.

M: Finishes long with with big raspberry and strawberry fruitiness. Tanginess finishes with a bit of a tickle it is so sour.

O: Really tasty sour, though it lacks a bit on depth. It mostly only has a tart fruit profile and not much else. Could go for a bit more earthy tones to round out the big lactic sourness. (754 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a hazy copper red.

The aroma has tart lemons in the front, dried white grape peel, tart cherries and raspberries, some malt sweetness,

The flavor hits again of lemon and tart orange, then onto a hint of sweetness of red currant and cherries, some tannins on the finish. The beer cleans off very nicely.

A very refreshing beer with lots of tartness compared to Rodenbach Grand Cru. Where that beer excels in barrel complexity and fruity sweetness, this has aggressive tartness throughout. (510 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coffee District. Served in a flute.

Appearance - Deep red body. Thin white collar and a few wisps at the surface. Filled to the brim, so apparently it doesn't pour with a big fluffy head.

Smell - Acetic aroma. Caramel malt. Rich and deep caramel. Nice oak.

Taste - Sharp vinegar sourness, but not too strong. Dies down as caramel builds. Oak and vanilla permeate the whole beer. Finishes with a puckering dryness that I feel on the insides of my cheeks.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Ample sourness, but never overpowering the flavors.

Overall - An excellent, easy-to-find sour. Pricey, but then again all sours are. Doesn't always have to be rare to be good. (673 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark red. getting sourness on the nose, it reminds me of tomato juice or ketchup, and maybe some sweeter overtones as it warms. slightly offensive. the flavor is very well done. its tartness is muffled, pretty friendly. sour apple, definitely strawberry or raspberry notes. do not over chill this, the best came out as it warmed a bit (340 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 gcamparone
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Acquired in a trade as a generous extra, thanks!

A- Pours a copper red hazy body with a modest head that doesn't stick around very long. No lacing.

S- Super funky, leather, lactic acid, sour citrus, some caramel and toffee.

T- Big punch of sour lactic, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar. The finish is delicious with roasty, malty, nutty notes. Very nice.

M- Medium-light body, super crisp and refreshing, easy drinker.

I really liked this beer. Wish it was available in bombers, 12 oz just isn't enough! (555 characters)

Photo of JLateralus21
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've been craving this beer recently because I moved to New Hampshire and I've found out that the distributors don't sell a large selection of Belgian beers, I drove an hour to Massachusetts to pick up a four pack, and since I went all that way, I figured I might as well review it as well.

This was my first introduction to 'sour' beers, and it still ranks up there as one of my personal favorite beers (of any style).

A: Appearance ranks up there as a 5. It can't get much better. It is a very dark red. Think black cherry. When held up to the light, you can see it is perfectly clear. No haze or sediment. Very very good. Head doesn't linger very long, and small bubbles trickle up from the bottom.

S: You can smell the sourness exploding out of the glass (tulip). I pick up sour cherries, maybe the slight smell of the funkiness from the wild yeast. The one complaint I have for the smell is that it smacks you in the face when you open and pour, yet doesn't last long. I had it set as a perfect 5, and I lowered it half a point for this.

T: For those that are new to the sours, this one, in my opinion, defines the Flanders red style. It is a perfect 5. Initial taste is of sour cherries, you get the lactic acid in the middle, and the end dries your mouth making it want for another sip. Very very good. Leaves nothing to be desired. This finish is very very sour. Almost mouth puckering. A very dry beer. Very little sweetness if any.

Mouthfeel: This one is tough for me. Because, as far as the styles go, I have nothing to compare it to. But I just think it could be better, slightly. 4.5/5 is still great, but it just is missing the intangible on the mouthfeel that some beers just have. Can't explain it.

Overall: An excellent beer. For me, it is worth the occasional road trip to pick up a few. One of my favorite sours. This beer started me in the direction of sour over bitterness, in fact, I love sours so much that I recently went to Belgium for a week to try all I could find. If you like this, you will love Gueuze. I believe this beer will open your palate to many more beers, and many more styles.

4.75/5 Outstanding. For me: 98/100. (2,160 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 BradC
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Deep reddish hues in a tulip glass with a very thin head, almost rouge..

Smells of sour cherries, slight vinegar smell,

Way sour here, tastes of tart cherries, sour lemons, some oakiness, light vanilla and sour!

High carbonation, light body and easy drinking. The carbonation adds to the tartness in the finish.

I've been gaining more and more appreciation of sours and this has to be one of the best I've had yet! (419 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
2.1/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Nice amber deep ruby brown body, simple white head and lace. That's where the good ended.

This is the first beer rated well on BA that I really hated. I'll chalk it up to I don't like this style, but there are other beers that aren't my style but I can tell they're actually good and I enjoy them as a change. Not such here.

This beer smells of funk, and tastes of it too. It is far to sour and tart in the taste. There's a little cherry and slight malt in the body, the only ok qualities. Really it tastes like vinegar, quite seriously. I'm not ok with this. I respect this beer, but couldn't finish it. It may be your style, but goodness it is not mine. Sorry to rate what I guess is good beer as so poor, but I have to rate the numbers I feel reflect my opinion.

Hate to admit it, this was a drain pour. (810 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, states 03 on the bottle, unclear what this means. Poured into a 2013 Cantillon Zwanze glass today, 2/4/2014. I think Gunch sent this one as an extra; thanks for this one John!

App- pours a dark ruby-brown body, fairly opaque but illuminates nicely to show an dark amber body. Minimal <1 finger white head, minimal retention, no lacing. Looks bubbly.

Smell- Tart cherry, strong oak tannins, lots of vinegar, faint hints of musty, earthy funk.

Flavour- Quite tannic, vinegar which makes for a 6/10 sour quotient, more earthy funk than in the nose. Some tart cherries comes out, similar to Supplication but not as intense on the cherries (I know this is not made with cherries), and certainly nowhere near a Kriek.

Mouthfeel- Thinner-medium bodied, less carbonation than expected for the style yet still very drinkable despite its acidity. Mouthfeel is a sour earthy fruitiness that doesn't stick around for long.

Overall- Very nice Flanders red, probably the best shelf Flanders red I've come across. I certainly enjoy this more than Rodenbach Grand Cru, but the price point ($20 for a 4-pack) does deter me a bit even though I know sours are usually more expensive. (1,189 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 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 ONovoMexicano
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Not the most impressive-looking beer, especially with the little head it produces. The head dissipates quickly and leaves only bits of lace. The liquid is dark brown with hues of red, somewhat intriguing and mysterious and this redeems the lack of head.

The sour cherry aroma hits you the moment you crack the cap, but other aromas are less forthcoming and only emerge as the beer warms. Once it does, the yeast becomes more apparent, as do some sherry and wine-like notes and sweet vanilla.

Much like the aroma, some warming is necessary to allow this beer to come alive. Initially, I detected the sour cherries and yeast but little else, but eventually the sherry, oak and vanilla emerged.

The beer is very vinous, tart and then mouth-puckering sour, before leading into a dry, wine-like finish.

I enjoyed this beer, especially as it warmed more, but I still didn't detect a lot of the complexities that I would have expected. It was good, but not my favorite sour. (1,012 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, can't believe I've missed out on this one for so long.

Pours a deep reddish/purplish brown with a nice two fingers of head.

Smell is of lactic sourness, oak, and red fruits.

Taste is brilliant. Strong sourness, very ripe cherries, and oak. Strong sourness as well.

Mouthfeel is great. Strong acid but very, very smooth.

Overall, I love this beer. One went down way to quickly, I'd love to drink a couple of these at a time. (433 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a beautiful dark dark reddish-brown with foggy ruby tones when held up to the light. Not much head, but that's okay. It is a very good looking beer.

S: Sourness or tartness, cherries, sugar, maybe some vanilla as well.

T: Best part... tart cherries and plums dominate. Vinegar and acid next. Cream, wood, vanilla, kind of an oak-y character, yeast, strawberries, syrup, maple, nuts, and blush wine. This is damn good.

M: Medium-light with a good amount of carb. Pleasant creamy feeling. This is a perfect mouth feel for this beer- I wouldn't have it any other way.

O: This is a perfect Flanders Red and I recommend it to everyone who can get it. The price may look daunting, but it's worth it and relatively cheap for an aged beer like this one. (762 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - poured a clear dark amber almost mahogany with loose small head that did not last long. Although wasn't expecting much head, it still looked lively and the color was great.

S - strong sour aroma with a great fruityness, mostly cherries, raisin. Slight Brett character, peppery, as well as some enticing sweet notes of caramel, molasses and slight chocolate.

T - taste is mostly sour, a strongly acidic sour. Only in the finish can a malt character be found. Dark candied fruits can barely be discerned, although they are present, they would be a little more forthright with less acidity.

M - on the thick to syrupy side for the gravity, ample carbonation. Alcohol not present.

O - not able to surmount the acidity to really get any of the flavors I found in the aroma, I felt from the nose I was going to get more complexity. This example is a little one dimensional. It is rather enjoyable none the less, with an approachable price point. I wouldn't mind grabbing a few more for the celler, it's just not blowing my mind. (1,033 characters)

Photo of steagall
4.86/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

a: clear beautiful dark red color

s: smell of wonderful flanders red funk. you know its gonna taste good simply by its smell

t: wow. might be too acidic for some, but its prefect for me. ph tested at around 3.2.

m: just right for the style

o: by far my favorite flanders red. If you are the kind that likes the more extreme sours... this is for you. (353 characters)

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