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 CloudStrife
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a glass. 05 inkjet on the back of the bottle.

A: Pours a clear ruby brown with a half finger off white head that is quick to dissipate. Some visible carbonation in the glass. No lacing.

S: Great Flanders aroma going on here. A fruity cherry lambic tone with a strong funkiness. Oak comes through nicely as a vanilla note.

T: Fantanstic tart and sour flavor. Full flavored lambic with an oakiness. A touch of apple tartness. Very complex, difficult to explain all of the flavors going on here.

M: Just where you want a Flanders to be. A lot of carbonation gives this a real clean finish. Puckers you up after the first sip. Crisp finish.

Overall an absolutely amazing beer. Exemplifies the style and is one of my favorite types of beer. A must try by any sour fans. New to get some more of these. (829 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap into a standard chalice at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It appeared a deep auburn, reddish maroon. The head was one finger tall, made of active tan bubbles. Retention was decent, and thick lacing was left around the glass. Transparency was high, no sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma was extraordinarily tart and souring, bordering on the sourest of krieks. Aside from the obvious cherry, there was a puckering raspberry as well. The malts were crispy and toasty, boasting faint molasses. There were also some strong lactics, with other notes of funk, musk, and moss to make the back end just as sour. The yeast seemed related to Brett, but wasn’t an exact match. As we sipped, the taste began and tart and souring as the nose. There was musk, drying grain, cherry, and moldy woodiness. The malts became chalky and biting at the peak, where we got a white sugar sweetness, and a barnyard grassiness. This bright flavoring passed, leaving paler malts, and the tartness to take us to the finish. Here there was a vinegar twinge of sour lactics, more barnyard funk, and a cooled haze of wet grain. The aftertaste breathed of light, tart cherry and strawberry. The malts were also light and airy, leaving the aftertaste to be lighter than one might expect for such a robustly flavored beer. The body was light to medium and the carbonation was high. The mouth is left cooled and puckered, with slick coating. The latter even covers the lips. Again, we were surprised that this didn’t dry us out so much, but the feel was wonderfully pleasant. The abv was lower end and the beer drinks easily, but is more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the sourness. It was so tart, and so delicious. The musk and funk comes through insanely well in the nose, and doesn’t disappoint. The feel is also something to brag about. This beer goes close to being over the top, but never overwhelms the drink. This was a true treat. (2,008 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A; ruby red, clear - 1/2" head, died quick

S: lactic, mildly acetic - nice balance between fruity and musty odors - seems like some toasted malt coming through, too - a little more malt please?

T: oh wow! quite a robust overall taste from the start (colder) - not too sweet, but not enough malt body backing up the tart/sour - tiniest touch of band-aid phenolic in background - light cherry starting midway and some mellow lingering chocolate in the aftertaste

M: light-medium body up front (thankfully not champagne thin) - drops off pretty bone dry - tart/acidic stickiness left covering the mouth - very quaffable - a slow sipper

O: very well balanced - great depth, great tart/sour - not unique, just well-made - shows a balance between the uber tart and lightness of a Rodenbach Grand Cru and the thicker, sweeter qualities of Duchesse (844 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap recently at the Trappist (my first ever visit!) in Oakland. Poured into a 6oz wine glass. Review is from my notes.

Pours a brownish tinged, red forward color that looks almost like a deep Bordeaux Cabernet when shined away from the light. Having had RR Supplication a little earlier, I immediately led to believe if this too was aged and blended in wine barrels, as the ruby color is really uncanny here. A nice little frothy white head stands on top, but not for long. Super viscous, which is surprising when considering the low ABV, and as this settles down a bit at room temperature, this starts to resemble more and more the classic Flanders red ale style that I enjoy. It is however ahead of the game in terms of its color and beautiful glare, and looks far more like a wine or some of the best traditional Lambics I've seen than a straightforward Flanders red.

The aroma is also ahead and unique in its own realm, with classic sour, puckering phenols, as well as funk and woodiness to create the experience extra special. The initial flavor resembles a combo of sour, musty raspberries with dried cherries, and then turns into a vinous, raisin filled, dried cider flavor that melds and melts straight into different layers of oak. Very sour, especially for the style at hand. Acidic as any strong tart wine is, but luckily has the wood at the finish that holds it back a bit. Pretty intense, but definitely fantastic.

The flavor is definitely an intense one, but also chock filled with tons of wild and well refined flavors that I always turn to these beers for. There's at first a plump, juicy array of bright berries, ranging from raspberries to strawberries (on the tart rather than sweetened side), which then meld into a vinegar-y, vinous, cherry, raisin-like flavor that blends beautifully with the oak, and then releases an ENORMOUS shock of puckering sourness. Prepare yourself for this one, kids. The aftertaste really is insane, with an acidic, sour flavor that seems to last forever, yet at the end it squeezes out the tannic properties from the wood, as well as more juicy red wild fruits. Maybe a bit nutty, and definitely has an earthy grainy profile in there. Amazingly thick, nearly perfect in terms of mouthfeel - carbonation is strong enough to accentuate the flavors, as well as the juiciness of the fruit flavors. If it weren't for the intense sourness I could definitely down this without thinking twice. Luckily, I'm glad this is a sipping beer because a lot of the nuances open up over time.

This is delicious, but not for beginners! Really takes the style to a new level, away from the more trivial, straight up vinegar or far too acidic versions of the style. I really love how predominant the red and dark fruits are in particular, as well as how well blended this is. The barrels these guys use must be fabulous stuff indeed. With the low ABV, complexity, and refreshing aspects, this is definitely world class stuff. I should try it in the bottle as well, as I'd imagine it would be even more puckering. A must try for fans of veteran sour enthusiasts. (3,101 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pours ruby red, cloudy, with a bit of edge head
S: tart funky yeast, typical of a sour, sour milk, lemon, maybe pomegranate on the fruit end
T/M: light puckering tartness from the beginning, very similar to the nose. The malt is not completely lost, however, but the tart combined with the carbonation win out on this one.
O: I like a nice tart sour, and this one delivers on that end. But the mildly fruity taste I get underneath (maybe even unsweetened cranberry) is very enjoyable. (487 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack of this at a local liquor store; three batches later and Batch 01 is still sitting there on the shelf. The beer pours a muddled and fairly deep shade of brown, looking more like a dense, dark red or ruby color when held to the light. From a distance, the beer could fool you for an Oud Bruin, but it is indeed a Flanders Red. The cap is a fast growing, big-bubbled, soapy formation that sinks immediately a skin, and leaves some nice lacing in the process.

The aroma is fantastic; right on par for the style, only taking it up another notch in the complexity. Sour and rich black cherries, grape skins, wet oak, heavy vinegar, tart lemon, and the lightest inclusion of vanilla and cocoa. Extremely vinous, acidic, and tart - my nostrils are flaring at the thought of how sour this is going to be. The layered aspect of the aromatic profile is wonderful.

Balsamic vinegar notes are also abound on the nose, though not as powerful and forward as in something like Rodenbach Grand Cru. Another heap of vinous oak, cherries, and apples round out the edges and have me sitting there in a daze. Just from the aroma, I know this beer is going to taste wonderful, and I couldn't be more excited to bring it to my face.

And, wow! I'm immediately taken back as a tsunami of sour cherries, vinegar, grapes, oak, lactic acid, and vanilla washes over my taste buds and instantaneously sets off the alarm in my saliva glands. Puckering isn't a strong enough word to describe the tartness of this beer - it surely is a doozy. The fruits are extremely vibrant and just pop out with each and every sip.

The authentic, layered labyrinth of flavors from the aroma translates nicely on the palate; the cherry sourness, grape and wine vinous notes, acetic and lactic acid, mild vanilla and cocoa undertones, and the dry oak and barrel profiles all work together to form a complete nirvana for the senses. Very harmonious in nature, and executed elegantly. The body is thin-medium with high carbonation; slick, oily, and wet on the palate, despite the dry finish.

Seriously awesome beer, and I can't believe you can find this stuff on the shelves regularly. Well... at least whenever they release a new batch. I believe this is aged for about 18 months in oak barrels, and you can definitely tell. Super complex, tart, dry, layered; completely drinkable despite the heavy acidity and sharpness it provides the mouth. Top notch and highly recommended. (2,455 characters)

Photo of mj001jk
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At Toronado. Pours a dark amber/brown w minimal lace. Strong funk and tartness up front, cherries, green apple, hops and lime. Flavors are intense sour cherry, apple, raisin and the slightest vanilla and tobacco. This is a rich, young and explosive sour beer, easily aged for another decade. (291 characters)

Photo of Lukecook
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at The Great lost Bear

A- brown with red highlights, 1 finger of white head.

S- vinager and cherries

T- wow this is sour, no hops and a hint of dark cherries, no hops present.

M- tart, acidic, sour, with medium carbonation.

D- first time trying this style and I was pleasently surprised, I found it refreshing and look forward to drinking it again. (367 characters)

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into wine chalice glass at holy grale in Louisville. Wow..
Not sure if I ever had a Flanders red before....
Pours a ruby brown with a finger of bubbley head disapates quick...
Smell of crazy wild yeast, cherry.
Taste is sour cherry tobacco and wild yeast....I may taste a bit of chocolate?
Nicely bitter but so smooth...
Truly fantastic brew. If you see it...get it! (383 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone

A: The pour is a muddy mahogany color with plenty of red highlights to it. There's not much in the way of head, however.

S: The nose is very typical for a Flanders red ale. While there's certainly a strong vinegar component, it's not overwhelming. There are also plenty of sour cherries and some oak.

T: The flavor is quite acidic, but well balanced between the lactic and acetic acids. The sour cherries are prominent and juicy, along with a touch of oak which dries the beer out a bit.

M: The carbonation is moderate, but the beer still has a slightly slick feel on the tongue. The finish is dry and crisp.

D: One of the better examples of a Flanders red ale that I've had lately. Very nice acidity and fruit flavors. I look forward to having this one again. (781 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2014. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light cocoa, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light cocoa, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Large amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a nice sweetness/sourness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Flanders red ale! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink even with the high level of acidity. An insanely delicious offering. (1,640 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of Aenema
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear, dark mahogany, thing off-white head.
Smell - Sour, tart cherries, horsey funk.
Taste - Pleasingly mouth-puckering while retaining balance. Lots of cherry.
Mouthfeel - Light body, low to medium carbonation.
Drinkability - Very refreshing and enjoyable. (275 characters)

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Toronado.

Around a 4 oz pour into a small wine glass. Body is translucent red, topped by a thin layer of off-white foam.

Smells sour, mainly of fresh cherries, with notes of wood and vanilla. Fresh and complex.

Tastes of fresh cherries, nicely tart--just a touch of acetic acid. Notes of wood and vanilla. A little yeast funkiness. This is a wonderful and subtly complex tasting sour.

Body is medium and carbonation is too, has a lightly creamy mouthfeel. Finishes clean.

This is a great Flanders red, very tasty and drinkable. I could easily have another. (582 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. Poured a hazy plum with a two inch, creamy, off-white head. Nose was dark fruit with some hints of wood. Taste follows nose - extremely flavorful; dark fruit and vinous with a pleasant tartness. Mouthfeel was light-medium with some astringency and a tartness short of a pucker that stimulates the salivary glands in the cheeks. Incredibly flavorful, particularly considering the abv. One of my favorite examples of the style. (444 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of Mississipping
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler filled at GBX, split three ways.  Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a mahogany color with radiant highlights when held to light.  A large off-white head rises quickly and settles very, very slowly, leaving behind exceptional lacing on the edges of the glass. 

S: Tartness wafts out of the glass before I get to the first sniff.  Tart cherries, apples, and grape skins come out first with a bit of vinegar just behind.  There is a delicate sweetness attempting to balance out the sourness.  Vanilla and oak in the background. 

T: The taste is quite tart with cherries, sour apple, and vinegar up front.  Great lactic sour quality that is tasty and mouth watering.  Sweetness is a little less dominant in the flavor, but there is still a bit of vanilla and oak in the background.  Some earthiness comes out as it warms, but it is rather subtle as well.  Tartness is the highlight here, and it's excellent.

M: Medium-bodied with a lower level of carbonation.  Very smooth and creamy with a gentle tingle on the tongue.  Good drying effect after each sip, despite the salivation that occurs at the beginning of each sip. 

D: Excellent example of the style, and one of my favorites that I've had so far.  Really tasty, good tartness, and nice balancing characteristics that don't dominate or even begin to overwhelm.  I'd love to get another growler or bottle of this.  (1,396 characters)

Photo of vande
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - a deep, glowing read with ample head upon the pull into a snifter bearing the same name as the beer itself

s - cherries, tartness, sugar, wood, bit of vinegar

t - tart right away, covered with cherries...a sour back, with bits of sugar and a hint of caramel

m - Lighter to medium in body; bit acidic yet smooth.

o - somewhat harder beer to locate, but quite enjoyable. (376 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in a snifter.

A: Pours a magnificent amber color forming a small yellow head with low retention and only spotty yellow and bit molasses lacings in the glass

S: Grapes! Vinegar, toffee, caramel malts, cherries, oak, more grapes, flowery hops...

T: Sour and slightly sweet upfront. Becomes quickly, dry, acid and funky. Strong notes of grapes, toffee, caramel malts, cherries, oak. Reminds a Cabernet Sauvignon wine, and I'm serious! Metallic and a bit earthy end

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Lingering in the tongue. Very sour and fruity aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent Flanders Red Ale... (636 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cuvee des jacobins rouge

Pours a dark, reddish brown color that is murky. A fingers worth of tan head sits for a while and leaves walls of lace.

The nose is full of vinager, tart cherries, sweet candied sugar, and raspberries.

The taste is much the same as the nose. Sweet meets tart here in a balanced way. The cherries and berries are noticed along with vineager which makes for a tart and sour taste. Some sweet biscuit malt lingers within all the tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lip smacking tartness that leaves me begging for more. Crisp carbonation.

Overall, this is a bomb sour that has a great balance to it. Glad its in bottles finally. (667 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of danedelman
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap at black and blue

A-deep reddish with zero head on tap.

S-lots of tart cherries with slight hint of malt background.

T-tart cherries hit you up front and mellows out into a smooth balance of sweet and tart.

M0medium body, very flavorful. (255 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the tap into a tulip.

This beer pours a dark amber with a nice white head that has great retention and very nice lacing.

The aroma is very nice and tart with notes of vinegar.

The taste is great, very tart throughout with a nice smooth finish.

Mouthfeel is good and this is very drinkable despite its tartness. (332 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,172 characters)

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