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

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session, and probably within my top 5 of those.

Poured a murky mahogany red color with a thin ringlet for a head. Woody aroma, bready malts and cherries, a bit acetic, which is no surprise for the style. The taste mirrored the nose pretty accurately: sweet and sour cherries, lactic and acetic notes, bready malt base. Soft and chewy, medium body, low carbonation, and quite drinkable for the style. I think I prefer a Kasteel Rouge to this, but it's surely not without its charm. (774 characters)

Photo of KAP1356
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (603 characters)

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

Had @ Bishop's Collar in Philly.

A pour that seemed to be over 12 oz. The color uad hint of rich red which was really nice.

Sour but not overly so. It would catch the average person off gaurd.

Good sour smell.

Nothing blew me away but a beer that makes you think about what beer can be.

In terms of flavor there is sour cherry and other sour dark fruit. (360 characters)

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

On tap.

Dark mahogany color, with just a little head suds-like head. Showed nice clarity for a darker brew.

Aroma is tart, sour, and acidic, but some bittersweetness is there as well in the form of cherry notes and raspberry notes.

WOW – this is mouth puckering. The flavor profile is nice, however. The fruit flavors mirror the cherry and raspberry notes in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is thins and crisp. Refreshing, though in a smack-you-in-the-face kinda way.

When i first had this a few years ago I actually couldn’t finish this complete as the tartness was a bit much for me…even for the style, which is something I thought I liked. It actually started to hurt my stomach. But upon having again now, it was delicious and not a problem to drink. Maybe my palate has changed, or maybe the first pour years ago was more sour somehow. Anyway, this is worth a try if you like sour Flemish reds. (904 characters)

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

Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge

Served in tulip at Three Floyds on July 29, 2011

A:  Appears clear dark amber with brewpub head that dissipates quickly. I'm not seeing much effervescence, but then again this beer is dark. 

S: This beer smells of vinegar, cherries, wood and vanilla. 

T: Vinegar is so strong it borders on balsamic. The other characteristics noted in smell are evident in taste. This beer is a little salty and sweet. 

M: Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. Bright, lively mouthfeel. 

O: I think Cubee Des Jacobins Douge is a very bright, lively Flanders sour ale--a pleasure to drink on a Friday afternoon.  (641 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (595 characters)

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

A - Not quite a finger of light tan head with larger bubbles. Body is a deep red and amber color. Almost cola like.

S - Super sour and sweet. Very strong. Cherries, strawberries, and raspberries. Only slight green berry aroma.

T - A strong sweet and sour mix. Well balanced but a bit over the top on both. Just like the aroma, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. Lemon.

M - Punishes the tongue with acidity. Good carbonation and overall mouthfeel.

O - A nice sweet/sour beer. Lots of fruit/berries. (507 characters)

Photo of palma
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty dissapointing look for a beer of this caliber. Short head fades very quickly. Almost no lacing. Nice ruby body though.
Nose: sour fruit, chalk, some wet oak.
Taste: Cherries, cider vinegar. A great sourness. Mouth puckering end. Lingering green apple rind in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel. Very thin but a nice champagne like carbonation.

A pretty good Flanders Red but I would not call this world class. (409 characters)

Photo of paulozanello
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous dar red color, cristal clear, with a nice small white head that lasts for about a minute and leaves great lacing.

Aroma is funky, tart and fruity with grapes and raspeberries.

Taste starts with a (very light)sweet and tart fruit note reminiscent of red grapes. Also raspberries and cherries. Ends with a yeast funky barnyard taste that is very mild compared to other wild beers. The aftertaste is unusual and starts with sour/sweet and end with a strange grainy/malty note that I can't quite explain.

Body is light and carbonation medium to high. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability is pretty high.

Nice Flemish red, it is fairly sweet making more drinkable than the tart bombs (696 characters)

Photo of MrOH
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of taigor
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (381 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: thick, dark syrup look - dark brown, red, and amber all fighting for dominance; pours a solid, almond head

Aroma: tart cherry raspberry, currant; hint of sweetness, like a pie

Taste & Mouthfeel: careful with that first sip! mouth-puckering sour fruit is an assault on the tastebuds; very fresh and juicy again with raspberry, cherry, and especially red currants; light and crisp with low carbonation; not a lot of body, really feels like an adult fruit juice

Overall: bright and exciting flavours make it an amazing sour, but too intense to have in large quantities. (581 characters)

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Fleming Place in Topeka, KS. My first Flanders Red. A number 05 was stamped on the back of the 11.2 brown bottle. No clue what that means, though. Poured into a Boulevard tulip.

Appearance: A straight pour revealed a one finger khaki head. I can hear this fizzing away. It quickly dissipated into a thin ring, and eventually nothing. Body was a very nice dark red color. Is this a glass of wine?

Aroma: The first smell revealed sour cherries/plums with a zesty tangyness. A subtle vanilla from the oak. The second a very musty, wet, dirty hay pile in a decaying old barn.

Taste: Intense sour cherries, grapes, and tart plumbs. A brief respite of oakyness. More tart fruits and fruit yougurt tangyness. A bit of mustyness. End with a very pleasant sweet fruitiness. Like orange candies.

Mouthfeel: Drying and crisp. Sticks to the teeth. Lower carbonation works keep the sourness manageable.

Overall: The sourness is intense at first but certainly not acerbic. The tart fruit flavors are very enjoyable especially the dark cherry notes. I think my favorite part of this beer was that gentle, sweet orange note at the end. Overall an enjoyable, complex sour red ale. Personally I would split the bottle. (1,232 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish-red colour, one finger of whiteish head, light lace as well. Smell is of cherry and soru fruits, oak and some vanilla, bit of sweetness as well here, apple skin and some acidity. Taste is a mix of sweet and sour, cherry and acidity, oak finish with vanilla, moderate tart flavours with a bit of malt in the aftertaste. Med-high carbonation, med-full body. Quite nice but left me wanting a bit more, good but not outstanding. (433 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark reddish-amber with a tan colored head. The aroma is very wine like with some tart grapes and cherries as well as some woody notes. The flavor is very dry with lots of medium tart cherries and grapes. There is also some tannic oak notes. This is a very wine like beer that is very easy to drink. (316 characters)

Photo of beertooth
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Map room

A deep amber liquid with a thin ring or darkish off-white head.

The nose is full of cherries, funk, musty oak, some slight balsamic vinegar as well.

Taste follows the noses with tons of oaky tannins, lot's of sour cherry, lemon, a little funky funk goodness. Less balsamic character than the nose. Finishes very sour, a little more slick than dry.

Mouthfeel has a lot of bubble bite.

This is a very sour and refreshing flanders red. Dare I say I like it more than La Folie, gasp!? (509 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -7%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours an extremely dark red with a small white head. Head settles down to some wisps.

S: Tart-smelling red fruit and apple-cider vinegar, noticeable sweet barnyard funk.

T: Slightly vinous tartness pushes up first. Sourish cherry and strawberry. Vinegar, faint oak, some funky sweetness. Ghost of a lactic note in the breath.

M: Faint but palpable carbonation. Medium-bodied.

O: Not nearly as sour as I thought it would be. It's there, but much of the palate is mildly sweet as well. (543 characters)

Photo of eskilgh
4/5  rDev -7%

A - dark amber, clear, creamy head with good retention

S - Cherries, almonds or even marzipan, figs, balsamic vinegar, lemons, malt profile in the background, can't get the hops.

T - Like it smells, pretty sour compared to other examples of the style I've tasted. The sourness lasts all the way through. Finishes tartly.

M - High carbonation, medium-light body, fits the beer well and makes it very drinkable.

O - Very nice beer, tons of flavor for the low abv. Personally I prefer other reds like rodenbach grand cru or the duchesse which are not quite as acidic. Nevertheless an awesome beer that is really refreshing. (625 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark and somewhat still amber color with a decent off white head.

Nose has hints of caramel, apple, red wine, yeast, and oak.

Flavors are similar to the nose. Sweet up front, with hints of red apples, fruity red wine, caramel and malt sweetness. Finish is oaky, with a tart cherry and light lactic sourness. Beer is pretty well balanced, though I with the sourness was kicked up just a bit.

Nice full feel, soft, with good carbontaion.

Nice example of the style, and very easy to drink. Seems like it would be a good gateway beer to the style, because this one is well balanced, and doesn't smack your tongue around with tons of sourness. (652 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty Flemish red. I’d buy this more often if not for the high price tag which makes it a once-in-a-while treat. The body is deep red, with a small red-tinted head that settles down quickly; lacing is spotty and a little soapy looking. The aroma is tart and sour, funky and fruity, touches of oak and light vinegar, vaguely sweet. Cherry is the predominant fruit note in both the smell and taste. Good sourness, some puckering, this will most likely seem strong to novice sour-drinkers but fairly average in intensity to the more experienced. Again, the flavors are complex as the aroma, with a nice touch of woody oak tannins, restrained cider vinegar, tart cherries, sour apples, raspberries, red wine, brown sugar. Sweet and sour aspects are well balanced.

Body is well carbonated and medium to a little thin. Crisp and clean finishing, very refreshing, and an excellent accompaniment to food that needs a little cutting through; rich cheeses, spicy asian cuisines, etc. (984 characters)

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beige head. Color is a clear copper 

A: sweet cherry pie and sour funk.  Very clean and approachable . Bready and caramel. 

T : sour cherry and cherry pie filling. Very nice. Bready but sweet. Very sour. A lot of tart fruits. Jolly rancher goodness.

Mf; sour and tart. Light bodies with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

O:  this was a surprisingly good beer. It was very sour and tart.  Very drinkable . I am glad I had a chance to  have this one.  (470 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amberish red.

Interesting aroma ... vinegar and ... cherries.

Tastes like a classic "sweet and sour" flanders red. Some cherries, musty barnyard, but no real funk to it. The sweet currants and cherry/medicine slurry provide some balance. Oak is very light, and barely perceptible.

Eh. Not my cup of tea normally, but pretty good. (348 characters)

Photo of afksports
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Just came back from having this on-tap, and I was fairly pleased. It's a sippable drink that would be far more perfect on a porch midday in the summer than inside a bar on a 55 degree Brooklyn evening in October. That said, I still dig it.

Appearance is dark red/amber, with only a slight head. Aroma is sour cherry. Taste is that too, but there's a complexity there that rewards a slow sample. Goes down easy, but there's substance in the mouth. In the middle there's sweetness that rides over the tongue, and it ends sour, but clean.

My first Flanders Red, and by the looks of it, I got my "cherry" popped by one of the best! (630 characters)

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