Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Reviews: 437
Hads: 2,526
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 woosterbill
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bottle into an Oerbier tulip.

A: Clear ruby-brown body under two fingers of frothy off-white head. Decent retention, almost no lace though. Pretty good.

S: Tart cherry, grapeskin, and red wine vinegar are all dominant, with a lovely undertone of vanilla. Definitely more sour than sweet, which is what I was hoping for. Complex and inviting.

T: Bright acidity is right up front, and carries through right to the aftertaste - both lactic and acetic, with an emphasis on the former. Cherry, cranberry, grape, lemon, and green apple fruitiness are all present, with some faint vanilla and malt presence providing complexity (but not sweetness) toward the back end. Long, dry, sour finish. Incredible.

M: Soft, smooth, lightly carbonated medium body. Quite nice.

O: This is probably the best and sourest Flanders Red I've had since Ommegang Rouge...wait a minute! That's what this is, if I'm not mistaken. I knew it reminded me of something, and a little googling confirmed my suspicion that Ommegang Rouge, the first Flanders Red (and indeed the first sour!) I ever had was essentially this under a different label. While a terrific beer in its own right, the nostalgia factor makes it even more enjoyable as my choice for National Beer Day 2015.

Cheers! (1,258 characters)

Photo of BlarpBlarp
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I have ever had, hands down. A revelation. Fruity, sour, complex, and extremely well-balanced. An accomplishment. Only downside is that other beers don't taste as good anymore by comparison. (216 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 highdeserthophead
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the sour that got me hooked on sours. Deliciously tart and acetic, complex but not much funk. Let it warm up a bit and get all the great flavors of cherry, nutty, oaky, etc. I only wish it wasn't so expensive! (220 characters)

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

Dark reddish brown with moderate, long lasting head. Sour cherries with vanilla notes, slightly sweet with a strong tart finish. So much like the Monks Flemish Sour Ale in taste and appearance, I wonder if they are not in fact of the same style instead of being classified as an Oud Bruin. (290 characters)

Photo of vig180
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Brilliant red, not much in the way of lacing or retention. Copious visible carbonation.

S: A wonderful mix of cherry and wild berry, with emphasis on the cherry. Not as strong as some other sensations and not much of a hint of sourness yet.

T: Pretty much perfect. A wave of sharp sourness with each sip, replaced by cherry tartness with a bit of deeper, almost malt berry-cherry aftertaste. While some other sours have a "rounder" sort of taste, this one starts strong but fades through a tasty palate, with hints of vanilla and oak. The cherry also feels "real" and not fake.

F: Initial hit after each sip will make you pucker, but in a good way. Solid carbonation, mouthfeel is more on the thin side (perhaps due to the low alcohol content), but works well with the flavors of the beer. Dry in a good way.

O: One of my favorite sours. It's less fruity than more wild ales and less vinegarish than other Flanders Reds. Sharp tartness, but not extreme and excellent middle-to-aftertaste. (1,038 characters)

Photo of samshaw
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Garnet with moderate tan head. Medium thickness.

S: Moderate sour cherry, light berry.

T: Strong cherry flavor with moderate wild yeast, accompanied a moderate taste of other berries. Two thirds sour and one third sweet.

M: Medium viscosity and carbonation that complement the wild cherry flavor quite nicely.

O: If Wild Cherry Pepsi grew up from a quirky teenager into an eccentric mad scientist, this would be the result. Delightfully flavorful beverage that masterfully covers its alcoholic notes with bold essence of wild cherry and berry. Extremely refreshing. (577 characters)

Photo of Dwkasper
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: deep, dark read with little/no head

S: Plum, tart cherry, vinegar, slight woodiness

T: tart plum and cherry, vinegar, just the right amount of sour, oak

M: smooth effervescence that allows the tartness to open up, dry finish

O: this is a great beer. Love Flanders red style and this is a great example. Amazing! (321 characters)

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Don't get many Flanders style beers in my part of the world, so I was happy to find this at Julio's Liquors in Mass last time I was in the state. Pours a light red; head dissipates quickly. Really well-balanced overall; sour nose and taste without being overwhelming or lingering too long. (289 characters)

Photo of Harvest06
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark red. small head that dissipates quickly.

S: vinegar, apple, tart cherry, sourness

T: starts with sweet fruit - especially Cherry, middle is vinegar & oakiness, finishes tart cherry and sourness

M: Medium body. Medium carbination

O: Slightly drier than Dutches making it more much drinkable. Sets the standard for sours. (331 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Is the Flanders Red secretly my favorite beer style? I can't help but smile as I enjoy one of these... is it just the tart punch to the face that makes me look like I am smiling? So many questions... this reminded me a lot of the Duchesse, save the interesting mahogany hue when held to the light, increased 'punch' of the tart cherry flavor, hint of vanilla, and slightly drier finish. I rated Duchesse very high, and this one would be just a bit higher. What it loses a bit in balance, it makes up for with the intensity of flavor. Eye-opening. Again, I scored the components high, but the overall package is so much more complex and gratifying. Perfection in my eyes. Seek this out. ASAP. (691 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the finest craft bar in Western MD...Always Ron's in Hagerstown. This is very fine sour red ale. Not too much funky or horseblanket on the nose. Moderate sourness and some slight sweet complexity going in this beer to help balance slightly. Not quite up there with a few other more complex sours but still extremely well made and enjoyable. Definitely fixed my sour beer craving that has been missed for several weeks. Will never turn this one down. Very good. (492 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this is my first time tasting this type of beer. Still not sure what to think. It pours a red wine clear color with no head or lacing on the side of the glass. Not sure if this is typical for the type, so I will rate it low for now. Has a tart grape, sour apple aroma. Very tart sour apple taste. It is good, but it can be hard to finish the beer due to the tartness. There is a tart aftertaste, but I don't remember it being that strong. (448 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this on tap at the Cafe Bruges in Carlisle, PA. I was immediately struck by its beautiful, lustrous dark red tint, and it smelled delightfully of cheery and other tart flavors. When I tasted it, I got a strong, almost vinegar-like hit on my tongue, followed by some flowery accents. It's sour and good. The mouthfeel was also very smooth, with a medium body and a little carbonation. Overall, I really like this, and I think I really like these brews in general. I'm going to keep going back to these Belgian ales. Most definitely. (547 characters)

Photo of backdoorbrewbros
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Back story: dude next to me bought a four pack for $22 sorry bro.. not a world class brew

A: redish with white head
S: musty, tart
T: tart tart tart and more tart
F: slick very smooth
Overall: this is a sour for sure but a little too much sour with not much else going on would not rate this world class, definitely had better (327 characters)

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

A - Pours a dark burgundy with a thin white head. No lacing.

S - Aroma of dark cherries, vinegar, and grapes.

T - Taste is has a wonderful tartness upfront. Lots of dark cherries and lactobacillus. The finish is more tart cherry and a bit of grainy yeast.

M - Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O - This is a damn fine Flanders Red. This has a great nose and straight forward tart flavor. Awesome. (424 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Milky ruby-brown, no head and no lace. Clean. Bottle art is nicely dorkish/anti-sleek. No reportable carbonation.

S: Slight pucker, cherry, trace vinegar in palatable amounts for my American palate (those who enjoy vinegar probably want more.)

T: Great puckering ability, bright cherry, a bit of grain and yeast. Dry.

M: Fluid, no syrup or saccharine qualities that are common in sours. No gritty teeth feeling. Weak but appropriate carbonation.

O: An honest-to-goodness sour beer. Not simple, but purposeful; doesn't spend time on complexity when all you want is sourness and red fruit. (594 characters)

Photo of VashonGuy
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

On tap. Lovely flanders red ... great balance of fruit and tart. The sourness is pretty mild ... tart is a better term than sour for this beer. Just perfect for my tastes. (177 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4/5  rDev -7%

Has a small, fizzy head, burgundy, fiery color with hints of brown oak in it.

Invites with aromas of fermented grapes, vinegar notes and sweeter malts, with hints of tart acidity.

Sparkling sourness convinces from the first glance, with a tongue-drying, vinous aspect, among high carbonation. It has a gentle fruity note of overripe grapes, which goes well with the sharp vinegar bite, resulting in a very pleasant taste, which reminds me of a good, medium-bodied wine. This brew has a fantastic complexity compared to its relatively low abv, with an intense, dry sourness, which gets especially recognizable during the finish, which is like the rest of the beer just very enjoyable. (687 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance - The beer was a reddish brown color with a bubbly white head.

Smell - The sour really jump out on this one, but there is some fruitiness.

Taste - My initial impression is the sour raspberry. Cherry skin and the lactic sour notes stimulate the tongue. The finish comes with the form of dry tart fruits.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is modest, allowing the tastes to dance about the perimeter of the tongue.

Overall - This is an excellent example of the style. (473 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very fine sipping beer that starts with a fruity, sour nose with a hint of barnyard and wet horse blanket. Not much hop presence in the aroma. Jacobins Rouge pours cloudy cherry brown with very little foam. On the palate the beer starts with a light fruit sweetness and then explodes quickly into sour fruit flavors - cherries, apples, plums and lemon with a touch of malt for restraint. Despite the initial malt and sweetness, it finishes puckeringly lemony sour and outrageously refreshing. Medium to medium light body to medium high carbonation. (550 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Next to the magnificent reds from Rodenbach, this is probably my favorite Flemish Red (although Duchesse de Bourgogne by Verhaeghe comes close). I have been fortunate to have it on tap numerous times at the hidden gem, The Anchor, in Wichita, KS (of all places). Typical of the style in most respects, although a bite more tart and slightly more bitter (and less sweet) than others. Dangerously refreshing and delicious, one could drink liters of this if not careful. (467 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice ruby amber color. Weak head with some lacing. Mostly clean aroma with tart fruit. Aggressive acidic flavor. Raspberries, blackberries and cranberries. Subtle vinegar flavor in the finish. Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Bone dry finish. (241 characters)

Photo of Jack_Malts
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

I have no complaints with this beer, this is a very delicious Flanders red. Very tart and dry, the cherry(skin) flavors are not medicinal at all. Just a hint of sweetness is present which keeps things a little balanced.

This beer is awesome, totally refreshing and highly drinkable. Grab this if you see it. (308 characters)

Photo of Budinetz
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a goblet. Dated 04 14 printed on the label.

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a 2-2.5 inch head that holds strong
For about 40 seconds. Head retention is surprising for a beer of this style. Very minimal lacing present around the glass.

Smells of sour cherries, lacto, and Belgian yeast. Pretty serious sour nose on this brew! Makes my mouth water just smelling it.

Tastes tart up front with a cherry finish. Lots of lacto present all throughout with an awesome cherry profile. Need the best Flemish reds I have ever tasted.

Slick on the tongue with a sweetness that turns to tart very quickly. Sweetness is detected when you lick your lips. Minimal carbonation is present but just a bit of prickliness on the tongue. Quite pleasant.

Overall one of the top 10 Flemish reds I've tasted. With an awesome nose and even better flavor, this brew is super delicious and super drinkable at 5.5%. Definitely one that you need to pick up and try!

Cheers! (984 characters)

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