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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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Ratings: 1573
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 06-28-2009)
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DoubleJ

California

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Toronado. Served in a small 6 ounce flute. On to the beer:

Light brownish red with hues of orange on the edges of the glass. Very little head sticks around for this one.Tart cherry all the way in the nose. In its taste, there's a tart strawberry/cherry combination that provides the base flavor. Light vinegar note livens things up, and touches of cheddar cheese on the palate shakens up the package. Mouthfeel is light, light-medium in the acidic department. All said, the overall package is good.

You can almost always expect a Flanders Red to be a treat, and Cuvée des Jacobins is another example you can put on that list.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2011 07:25:31 | More by DoubleJ
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mactrail

California

3.48/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very sour beer hews to Belgian tradition.

Deep reddish brown in the glass. Aroma not to accessible until the chill wears off. Then it's like a hot horse, that whiff of the stable. Not much malt to sustain the sharp sourness. No apparent hops, but certainly some bitter and murky flavors. Some bread and yeast, and especially a mineral flavor. Seems very salty in the aftertaste.

An hour later I can still feel the woody sourness. What a great vinegar this would make! Had a tulip glass at the Pizza Port in Ocean Beach (San Diego).

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 06:54:24 | More by mactrail
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jibbyvonjibb

California

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

A: burgundy, clear but little light comes through
S: acetic Flanders character (not sure how else to describe)
T: sharp acidity, acetic vinegariness, caramel sweetness balancing sourness a bit
M: high carb, light body but not thin.
O: a refreshing drink. Might be too sour for some. I would try again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 19:38:37 | More by jibbyvonjibb
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin off white head that dissipated relatively quickly, completely fading away. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some notes of oak.
T: The beer tastes very sour and has some notes of oak flavors along with some hints of cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This one is very easy to drink if you like sour beers.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2011 11:16:14 | More by metter98
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ccrida

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at the Collins Pub, served in a smaller chalice, Cuvee Des Jocbins Rouge is garnet with a small egg-shell head leaving modest lace.

Smell is big sweet lacto, a hint of freshly split cedar as well as a touch of iron.

Taste is huge. This is why I love Flanders Red. Big sweet malt, sweet tarts, blasted away by a truckload of acidity. Massive lacto pucker, tannic, and just a hint of acetic apple cider. Wow, this is a killer brew! I'm a sour head, but swirling around a mouthful of this is almost unbearable, so tongue curling the reflex is difficult to repress - winning!

Mouthfeel is slick, a little limp, medium light body.

Drinkability is not very high, from a sessionability perspective. The sourness here is mouthwatering. I love it, but I can't drink it fast, or even more then one a session. But oh, that one, wow - pain is pleasure!

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2011 03:21:39 | More by ccrida
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EvanEngelstad

Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this Flemish Sour in a wine glass at the Bier Stein in Eugene, OR.

-dark, reddish brown, with a dull glow to it
-very little head
-green apple, sour cherry, red wine, and subtle honey aromas
-extremely sour, zings the back sides of your tongue and makes you pucker
-my taste experience went like this: SOUR, then bitter, back to sour, then a sweet apple and slight honey flavor, all lasting about 45 seconds
-a frothy but dry mouthfeel
-a slight ketchup aftertaste (not necessarily a bad thing)

Although I haven't had much experience with this type of beer, the flavor is very potent and a little goes a long way. But it's very good. I would order this beer again if I had the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 19:48:52 | More by EvanEngelstad
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum. A very good sour, dark reddish body with no head. Simplistic,simply very sour cherry .A little vinegar balanced by some malt. Medium mouthfeel, though some fruitness as if the skins of the cherry there. Some lace dots. I cannot pass up this style.Suitably carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 05:35:49 | More by Sammy
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richcwilliamson

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had at rfd in dc. Agree with gentleman below:

"It pours a dark red with a white head that dissipates into great lacing.

Smell is dark fruit with a little funk and a hint of vinegar.

Taste is tart and sour, one of the sourest Flanders I have ever had. But it was great! Taste of sour cherries and grapes with a slight funk and vinegar finish. Not so much sweet as sour.

Good smooth mouth feel with an ending that makes you pucker.

This is a very balanced Flemish red, one of the best I have ever had. Great drinkability and flavor left me craving more. A great find if you can get it!"

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 22:46:40 | More by richcwilliamson
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Geuzedad

Arizona

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap in a goblet at The Birch in Norfolk VA. It pours a dark red with a white head that dissipates into great lacing.

Smell is dark fruit with a little funk and a hint of vinegar.

Taste is tart and sour, one of the sourest Flanders I have ever had. But it was great! Taste of sour cherries and grapes with a slight funk and vinegar finish. Not so much sweet as sour.

Good smooth mouth feel with an ending that makes you pucker.

This is a very balanced Flemish red, one of the best I have ever had. Great drinkability and flavor left me craving more. A great find if you can get it!

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2011 21:37:25 | More by Geuzedad
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paulozanello

Brazil

4/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 23:12:47 | More by paulozanello
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timtim

District of Columbia

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

review #420... possibly the best flanders red i've ever had. or is it an unblended old lambic? makes me wish there was a rating between 4.5 and 5.0. clear brown with a tan head that has decent retention and leaves some chunks of lace as it goes. nose is brighter, cleaner, purer and less sweet than it's more commercial counterparts. dark fruit, vinegar, wood, a touch of almost salty minerality, and some really nice earth as well as just a hint of bretty cherry pie. hard to explain what i mean by clean or pure here, but the funk seems unadulteratedly natural. taste is balance and harmony of all of the above with sweet and sour at near perfect levels. medium body is soft and silky with enough pucker power to make me salivate, and nowhere near cloying or sticky. just seems to go down sooo easily and way too quickly. flavors explode on the palate to be wiped clean by acid and mild carbonation. truly a great experience. amazing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 13:17:07 | More by timtim
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rand

California

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to wine glass at Toronado San Diego

Pours a clear ruby-red, little head and little lacing. Some very tiny bubbles seem to be swarming about, but it looks like there's little carbonation. It smells of cherries, raspberries and vinegar. Clean, refreshing nose as a touch of funk and alcohol complete the bouquet.

It feels light and refreshing on the palate, but the sour, puckering aspects quickly dominate. And not in a bad way - the sour tastes clean and tart, not at all spoiled. Red wine vinegar combines with cherries and grapes. Funky, earthy tones linger in the backdrop, reminding you that this is indeed beer. Although the carbonation is light, it seems to lift the beer toward the end of the sip, finishing just slightly lemony sour and sweet.

From my experience, this is one of the best examples of a Flander Red. It's almost like drinkable vinegar, which sounds weird, but once your palate has adjusted is completely addictive.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2011 06:24:05 | More by rand
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zeff80

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bridge in St. Louis.

A - Poured a dark cola brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It did not last long and left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of sour black cherries and grapes.

T - Great sour taste - dark cherries and grapes. A touch of plum.

M - It was puckeringly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really delicious Flanders Red Ale. Glad I found this one on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2011 02:22:10 | More by zeff80
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benclimbs

California

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

had on tap at toronado...a really good sour

pours red and nice looking, has a very rich and earthy nose, really fruity, cheries berries and wine-like woodieness

taste is delicious - refreshing, dry sour cheries, mouthfeel is nice very puckering and nice carbonation mmmm

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 05:28:06 | More by benclimbs
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a slightly deep warm brown body with a thin ring of light beige foam on top. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles popping of the base.
S- The bright tartness is mild with an earthy note to it and some dark dried but bright fruit aromas to follow.
T- The sharp tart pucker has some support from an oaky hint and a bright balsamic vinegar note in the finish. The finish is of dried fruit and is almost sweet and tart with a faint dried cherry quality.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a pleasant almost astringent pucker.
D- This beer is really easy to drink and the full tartness is very pleasant. There is a nice blend of tart and fruit flavors with the oak offering good support. This beer goes down fast and so does the next glass.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 03:42:19 | More by rhoadsrage
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado in San Francisco. We don't have many sours in Ontario, so I made sure to make my way through every sour on their tap list. Pours an amber-brown colour with off-white head. The smell was both sweet and sour, with cherry and raspberry I think. Nice combination of sweet and sour in the flavour. Smooth mouthfeel. Very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 16:55:35 | More by kwjd
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap@ armsby abbey.

Big fluffy head, dark rosy mahogany brown color. Head fades slowly with a nice lacing.

Nose brings tart fruit, sour creamy malt, light crystal malts, some apple and berry like tart fruit, light dry bready malt aroma.

Taste is tart sour fruits, juicy almost citrus, sour malts, slight dry bready finish, mouth watering and fairly sour, sight sticky dry finish and a little flemmy. Semi sweet. Slight bit of vanilla and oak. Long tart fruity finish.

Mouth is med bodied, mouth puckering, decent carbonation.

Overall very tasty, delicious beer at much cheaper than most sour/flemmish beers.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 19:27:40 | More by jlindros
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City, during their sour week.

Poured into a tulip glass, a dark ruby red/amber color with a thick two fingers of head and nice lacing throughtout.

The aroma was of sour cherries, dark fruits, perhaps some citrus

Medium bodied, slight hops and malt. Little carbonation.

The mouthfeel was quite zesty with a crisp, dry finish.

Very drinkable...

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 18:11:29 | More by InspectorBob
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matjack85

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. It was served in a brandy snifter filled to the halfway point, so maybe 10oz worth of beer.

Nice garnet red color with a 1-finger pinkish head that lasted awhile and left decent lacing.

The beer smelled like one of those sweet & sour fruit roll-ups made with a combination of sweet raspberries and sour cherries.

This stuff is sweet, sour, puckering, and delicious. Some red wine grape flavors infuse their way into the sweet raspberry and sour cherry flavors. Then add some additional malt for more sweetness, but balance that out with a hefty dose of that funky Belgian yeast. Not much hop presence. I think they use the tartness and sourness to balance all the sweetness here rather than adding any bitterness. A slight woodiness also works to keep it from being overly sweet.

If you're thinking this might be thick and syrupy, it's not. They found a way to keep it on the thin and refreshing side. Lots of puckering sourness with only moderate carbonation.

This is a delicious Flanders Red that I thoroughly enjoyed. The only thing keeping me from having another is its high price tag. At $8/glass I have to consume it as a once in awhile treat rather than an everyday guzzler.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 07:28:30 | More by matjack85
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Lukecook

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 23:25:59 | More by Lukecook
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Freshly tapped keg, poured into a Jacobins snifter, different logo than the one on the new tap handle. (Might need to hold onto this collector's item?)

Deep garnet hue, dusky crimson, with a slim, slightly pinkish head, like puree of raspberry.

Aromatics leap out of the glass and run around the room. Sweet and sour dance around each other in kind of tart tarantella, raspberry, sour cherry, and grape and assorted other dark stone fruit mix it with the intoxicating otherworldly Belgian yeast funk. Little sweet, little sour, little funk, little fruit.

Taste: Here it boards the palate with pistols blazing, barrels are spilled over in a terrific melee, invaders pounce on the taste buds with ferocity. Fruit and bold tart flavors make their mark and spread deliciousness and refreshment far and wide, up and down, in and out. Medium body, adequate malt, wondrous oak effect, fantastic belgian flavor.

I could empty the dictionary in further attempts to outline the exact over-pouring of tastes encounter and experience felt upon the senses, but let us make it simple, shall we?
Sharp. Tart. Zesty. Fresh. Inviting. Refreshing. Vibrant. Puckering. Uninhibited. Un-compromised. Full expression of the Flanders Red style. Impossible to find a flaw.

Fruit flavor lingers long on the palate, finish is near interminable. Won't quit, hangs hard in the mouth, but you don't want it to leave. The berries are never gone, tartness never flags. If you can't get it sour enough, here's your beer.

This is a satisfying Red indeed, one that begs more and more consumption, if your pocketbook is fat enough.
Could be wilder, wickeder, but then it wouldn't be this. And this is fine, fine stuff.
I'm on snifter #2 as we type. This stuff is truly irresistible.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 01:48:14 | More by feloniousmonk
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown.

Pours a nice cherry red with a bit of brown as well. Nose brings forward a good deal of sourness as well as some cherries and oak. A bit of an acetic character. The taste is vinegar, cherry, oak, and a bit of sweetness. Great, creamy mouthfeel. Drinks quite well, although the acetic character gets to be a bit much after awhile.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2010 00:51:00 | More by Thorpe429
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kbanks13

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Publick House in Brookline, MA

Came out with a finger of off-white head that retained itself nicely and left some lacing. Deep garnet/ruby body with lighter tinted edges. Strong vinegar scent, but I can clearly make out cherries, wood, and "grandpa's old coat" must smells. Tastes of sour cherries which give way to funky yeast and grainy malts with a gently lingering aftertaste of cherry, now sweet, and wood chip flavors. Dry, crisp, and clean with a light body and fair carbonation. Extremely refreshing and very tasty, this is a beer that I wish were bottled for sure!

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2010 02:40:17 | More by kbanks13
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afksports

New York

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 04:49:44 | More by afksports
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Overlord

California

4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2010 22:27:29 | More by Overlord
Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 1,573 ratings.