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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge - Brouwerij Bockor N.V.

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2,036 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,036
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 163
Gots: 226 | FT: 16
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a red color ale with a large pink color foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of oak, sour cherries with tart notes is quite nice. Taste is a very drinkable mix of oak and sour cherries with some tart notes and very little acidic notes with light lingering sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. This si a solid version of a Flander red beer.

Phyl21ca, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As sours are all the rage, the Flander's reds might be the most complex with their wine-like notes, cherry, and oak flavors layered on a buffer of light chocolate and toast to buffer against the tart lactic acidity- this is what the Bockor Jacobins does masterfully.

The red ale pours with a garnet brownish red and dark clarity with ruby highlights toward the edge of the glass. Very fine and delicate creme forms on the beer with solid staying power for it's slight stature (the acidity rarely allows for much head character at all). Low on lace, the beer carries the thin alcoholic character of legging with each swirl of the glass. The look is caught somewhere between red wines and beers.

Sharp aromas of acidic cider, sour cherries, lemons/limes, under rippened red grapes and berries, with a hint of basalmic vinegar. Oak and malts give the sligtness of walnuts, mild toast, and chocolate to round out the nose.

Flavors follow suit as early malt sweetness and taste is short lived; favoring the assertive tartness as the beer hits the sides of the tongue. The brunt of lactic sourness (lemons and intense acidity) is melded by the flavor of cherries and berries before the shy balance of malt richness begins to buffer the sour taste. The light sweetness of toffee and toast are burried deep beneath the tartness but are recognized in a light creamy taste rather than sweetness. Only the mild vinegar character keeps it from extreme cleanliness.

Light malt textures offer a mild creaminess that surface more at the front of the palate and in finish, while the acidity supresses the malt character at mid palate. Impressions of thinness occur throughout because of the intese sourness and mild tanic astringency particularly in finish. All this leaves the beer clean, crisp, and refreshing-all with a return of chocolate and toasted malt in aftertaste as the tartness subsides.

This is a very well done Flander's red ale that retains just enough malt character to add balance and complexity to the sourness. Where vinegar and cidery overtones are a general flaw, the basalmic and fresh crabapple sturdiness is as much an asset as a deterant in this classic example.

BEERchitect, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

growler from gbx, could not wait to tear into this one

deep and dark red in color with a light tan head that came up to a height of around two inches before settling back down and leaving tons of lace all over the sides and bottom of the glass while never really falling much below the one inch level. The aroma was lightly tart, sour cherries, hints of earthy and spicy notes and even a touch of what seemed like brown sugar or something along those lines. Really very well done and quite complex. The flavor was a little less tart then what I would have liked but I have to admit was still done very well. Rich and full, it was never flat or boring and I have to admit I found myself returning back

mikesgroove, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Texasfan549, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

kjkinsey, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

womencantsail, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -7.8%

ygtbsm94, May 26, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

GRG1313, May 26, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

kylehay2004, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing this one again since its been a few years and I believe it deserves another shot. This poured out as a vibrant red color with white head on top. Some light thin retention and scattered lacing. The smell of the beer give off some big oaky sour cherry aromas. The taste is tart up front with plenty of sweet & sour cherry flavors there is a bit of oak and vanilla. This beer finishes with a slight malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth and dry in the finish. Overall it's a very good Flanders Red. Really glad to have tried this again. Worth checking out.

Knapp85, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a deep ruddy brown mixed with a cherry color with a fluufy off white head atop.Deep sour cherry and dry sherry notes in the nose,a little intimidating for a non-sour lover like me.Sherry-like woody flavors mixed with sour cherries on the palate,when I say sour I mean sour like sherry vinegar and tart cherries.IT's a great beer for what it is,Iam not a huge fan of the style but I know it fits the bill very well.

oberon, May 06, 2012
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a globe at SmallBar Fullerton.

Going from one historical reference to another... This one pours a clear scarlet-garnet topped by a finger-and-a-half of off-cream foam. The nose comprises red wine vinegar, oak, tart black cherry, light caramel, and light tomato juice. The taste holds notes of tomato, red vinegar, black pepper, raisins, toffee, deep cherry, light oak, and hot cinnamon. It all comes together very well without coming across as abrasive or stinging. The body is a slight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a tasty Flanders red, one of the most enjoyable of the style I've yet encountered.

TMoney2591, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Small Bar Fullerton in Chicago.

Served in a 12 oz. tulip, it had an ecru head, and a muddy brown body. In the light, there was a slight reddish perception, but not a true red in color. There was some minor lacing as it disappeared, randomly leaving spots here and there.

Sour grape and mild vinegar sharpness in the nose, a mild level of funkiness (of unknown origin). Sipping this, there's a clear fruity component of lemon, sour grapes, and cherries. Puckering at first, leading into a drier finish. It's moderately sour, not as sharp as La Folie, more to the level of Rodenbach. It was very crisp and quenching. Well made and drinkable, this would be nice in warmer months.

emerge077, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronado. Crimson-hued with a thin white cap, nice clarity and color. Smells like sliced cherries soaked in balsamic vinegar. There's a light funk, a bit of musty wood. Firm acidic bite on the tongue with a touch of sweet dark malts beneath. Cherry skin and flesh, tart red apple, light oaky astringency. Acetic acid is at a nice level, prominent without being stomach-churning. Drying woody finish that ends on a green apple and cherry note. Really enjoyable stuff.

largadeer, May 01, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

zeff80, Feb 08, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

SocalKicks, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with half a finger of tan foam on top of a perfectly clear, amber brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves only traces of lace on the glass.

S - A strongly acidic aroma with notes of balsamic vinegar, molasses, and dark cherries.

T - Strong acidity up front with some black cherry notes. Dark caramel appears in the middle and lends some sweetness to the beer as it finishes with notes of vanilla, oak, and complex sweet/sour balsamic notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a classic Flemmish red with a complex balance between the sweet/fruity and sour/funky notes. Nicely done and reasonably drinkable despite a strong level of sourness.

nickfl, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

feloniousmonk, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%

Slatetank, May 18, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very interesting beer here! pours a sensational deep daunting ruby red color with incredible richness and a more than 2 inch tall off white head thick as whipped cream. smells like sour cherries, crab apples, and funky yeast. there is quite a strong sour hit of vinegar in the nose. the flavor is curiously vinegary. very tart cherry essence, and some mild spice from the yeast. i find it to be a bit heavy on the vinegar front for me, its a way different kind of sour than the brett beers. feel is good, well carbonated with a fuller body. i think its perfect for the complex and weird flavor. overall not a bad beer, in fact a very well crafted beer, but too much vinegar sour dryness of flavor for me personally. im not sure id like to have more than one of these at a time.

StonedTrippin, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at a local beer bar. Beer is dark red, maroon, no head and no lacing. Carbonation is low to non-existent, served in a snifter.

Classic sour smell, tart and lactic aroma.

This beer hurt my face when I drank it. My whole face puckered when I drank, the corners of my cheeks ached. My face kind of aches just from the memory. What I'm trying to say is holy sour batman. This is one sour mother of a beer. So tart, but the beer finishes cleanly. A good palate cleansing beer. Body was a little thin, but the drinkability is fine. Interesting and good beer.

drabmuh, Nov 16, 2009
Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V.
96 out of 100 based on 2,036 ratings.