Kriek Des Jacobins
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #52
Ranked #14,231
3.94 | pDev: 10.91%
Dec 24, 2021
Mar 01, 2005
Very Good
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Notes: The basic ingredient of our Jacobins Kriek is wort made of wheat and malted barley. This wort is first boiled and then transported to the brewery’s open cooling vessel to cool down.

Afterwards it spontaneously ferments in big oak barrels, giving the beer its refined flavour and aroma.

To obtain its true “kriek” or cherry flavour, natural cherry juices are also added. The fruitiness of the aroma clearly reveals itself in the mouth. Our Jacobins Kriek has a well-balanced, pleasant and slightly sweet flavour, which is best enjoyed when drunk out of its own bowl-shaped glass. An excellent thirst quencher and... perfect for drinking in an outdoor café!
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Rated: 4 by doctorgary from New York

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
330 ml bottle with a 10 November 2018 bottling date stamped on the back label, served in a Belgian snifter.
This has a lovely dark red body with good clarity. The head is both short and short lived but this is par for the style.
Aroma. Sour cherry ham with a hint of wood.
Flavor. It's remarkably bright and fresh tasting, especially for a near 3 year old bottling. The cherry flavor is clearer than at least most other krieks I've tried. Nicely tart allowing hints of sweetness to appear and contributing to the soft finish.
Overall. Excellent if a bit one dimensional.
Aug 09, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Aug 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
250 ml bottle, not sure where I got it, possibly from Matkroken Stokka. BB date 26.03.14. ABV is 4.5%. Deep red colour, small off-white / pinkish head. Strong aroma of sour cherries, almond essence and marzipan. Moderately sour, fairly sweet and very fruity flavour, with loads of cherries and almond essence. Would like some more acidity and less residual sugar.
Apr 18, 2021
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Rated by robotic_being from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2018 vintage drank in 2021.
Mar 28, 2021
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Reviewed by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Bottled: 07/12/17

L: Pours a deep amber with good clarity. A gentle pour results in a half finger of off white head that quickly dissipates to a 2mm ring around the glass with a thin splotchy sheet of head in the middle. No lacing left as the beer goes down.

S: Cherry dominant with hints of earth and wood. The nose a bit to cloyingly cherry.

T: I get cherries and a sweetness that build through the mid palate but can't overwhelm the sourness on the backend. Maybe a hint of spiciness as the beer warms. Light notes of oaky and earthy funk that are dominated by the cherry juice and lactic sourness.

F: Medium bodied with medium high carbonation. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but the prickly carbonation makes up for it and it has a nice dry finish.

O: This is a pretty decent beer. I feel like the cherry juice overwhelms some of the complexity of the base beer. I do get some funky oak and earth and maybe hints of spiciness but those are barely perceptible. That being said the sweetness and sourness are fairly balanced and it does work on some level. It reminds me of a black cherry spritzer. Worth a try.
Mar 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Kriek des Jacobins from Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste. Purchased 10/20/20 for $ 4.76 (Including tax) for 11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.425/oz) from Shangy’s in Emmaus, PA. Reviewed 12/3/20.
Rear label marked “Date of Production 11 22 16”. On room temperature shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 56.1 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Amber brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Ruby brown (SRM 24), opaque. When held to direct light, beautiful clear ruby.
Head – Tiny (Maximum 8 mm, aggressive center pour), chestnut, high density, and fizzy, no retention, rapidly diminishing leaving neither crown nor cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Weak cherry, no hops, no yeast. Lasts but weakens still more.
Flavor – 4.25 – Begins slightly sweet with cherry syrup flavor. No malt, no hops, no yeast. Ends slightly sour with cherry. No alcohol (4.5 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4.25 – Medium, slightly syrupy, soft but lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4 An exceptionally good cherry sour – reminds me of the pre-mass production days of Mort Subite Kriek. This is one I could drink all day.
Dec 03, 2020
Rated: 4.3 by GoodChoiceBro from New York

Jul 26, 2020
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Reviewed by RedbirdRona from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: dark cloudy red/amber color

Smell: cherries and malt

Taste: sour cherries with a strong malt backbone

Feel: Full smooth taste with good carbonation

Overall: I am not usually a fan of sours but this one was special. Very well balanced with an authentic cherry taste. I look forward to finding this again some day.
Apr 11, 2020
Rated: 3.8 by Mikexw from New York

Jan 07, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Dec 25, 2019
Rated: 3.76 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Dec 18, 2019
Rated: 4 by rare_bird from Michigan

Dec 03, 2019
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Bottled: 09 08 15
Dark reddish brown, ruby glint in the meniscus. Initial head of tan foam, wispy skim and a foam crescent to one side.

Musty aroma, malted barley and fading cherry skin.
Tart with ample cherry and toasty malt character, lingering mouthwatering cherry skin that is pretty natural. Slightly oxidized after three years. Not the most complex, and less sour than Jacobins Rouge. Still, it has more depth than many other Belgian Flanders Reds.

Flanders Red #64
Sep 27, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 10/11/18; drank 6/29/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy ruby red appearance.

An even pour yielded a big khaki/pink head; frothy lace.

Sweet cherry & faint honeyed grain notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Luden's cough drop & honeyed grain flavors, with a faint tartness on the finish.

Too sweet to really love, but this is flavorful & not boring.
Jun 30, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by 4ster from Canada (ON)

Jun 16, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

May 22, 2019
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
This is my first Flanders Red. Pours a maroon color with a pink head that doesn't last. The nose is tart cherries with a malt biscuit and wood note hiding in the rear. The flavor is tart and crisp but sweetens in the aftertaste. The high carbonation makes the comparisons to black cherry soda or seltzer hard to avoid. Not my typical tipple, obviously, but definitely interesting and worth a try.
May 04, 2019
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
So, I'm a massive fan of the regular flanders version of this beer. The kriek flanders, this one here? File under: not so much. First of all, pick a style. Second, this should be better.

Anyways, pours a dark red and light brown color, thin off white pink almost head 1/4". The nose is immediately differentiated from the other one with a high amount of what smells like cherry juice, like a Capri sun more than just cherries. I was really left with the impression that this would be better if it picked a direction, trying to be the best of both worlds is its undoing. Too much malt/brown/earthiness for a kriek, too much cherry juice for a flanders. Choose one.

I found it to be too sweet in the mouth feel. Neither style should be sweet. Now, its not like I hated the beer, but man I really love the non kriek version. Slightly disappointing stuff from a brewery that makes a different, awesome beer.
Apr 22, 2019
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Reviewed by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Apr 17 2019 and served at cellar temperature. I loved their Cuvée, and I generally enjoy krieks, which makes me wonder why I sat on this bottle for so long (at least 14 months).

Pours a deep, clear garnet red colour, with a rough-ish pour giving rise to a half finger of frothy, slightly pink-tinged head that erodes completely within two minutes. A bubbly collar of foam remains, but little else, save for a few filmy wisps upon the surface and a modest spattering of lace. Sweet, authentic cherry juice notes are immediately discernible on the nose, with hints of strawberry, vanilla, baked apple and cranberry just beneath the surface. There is a slight wine vinegar twang/tartness in there, too, but it's downright muted compared to your typical (un-krieked) Flanders red.

This beer might technically be (just) past its best by date, but it still tastes great to me - not entirely unlike their Cuvée, though the cherries in this one impart a juicy-sweet element that was not present in its sister brew. There's also notes of tart cherry and raspberry, with just a hint of strawberry mixed in amongst hints of vanilla and (very subtle) oak. Finishes a bit sour, with more cherry and a touch of wine vinegar sharpness preceding a mildly tart aftertaste that fades from the palate within a few seconds. Light-medium in body, with moderately low carbonation levels that gingerly tickle the surface of the palate; feels smooth on the tongue. More refreshing than Belgian sours tend to be - this would be a solid patio beer for the summer.

Final Grade: 4.31, an A grade. Kriek des Jacobins is a fine soured, light Belgian ale that I must highly recommend to any and all BAs. While it's far from the most complex example of the style, I can't pretend that I didn't love it. I would love to see this kriek, as well as their Cuvée, brought back to Ontario in the near future... but as far as I can tell there are no immediate plans to do so. Too bad - but if Duchesse and Rodenbach can become year-round options here (which has been the case for about a year now), then I can hold out hope that the same is possible for the Jacobins beers.
Apr 22, 2019
Rated: 4.12 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

Apr 19, 2019
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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a beautiful clear red with a cherry colored head.
Aromas are dominated by cherry juice. I’m also getting a blueberry muffin like aroma. There is a touch of woody/oak like aromas along with light bread and biscuity malt.
Cherry flavored and tart, yet not in a mouth puckering way. The tartness evokes sour cherries, lime and a touch of vinegar. There are some woody characteristics, peppery spice and a very subtle touch of bitterness.
Medium bodied, crisp and accessibly tart. The carbonation is tingly and very refreshing, as is the dry finish.
I really enjoyed this Flanders Red Ale. I would definitely have it again.
Apr 18, 2019
Rated: 4.34 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Jan 31, 2019
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Reviewed by CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours hazy reddish pink with an off pink foam. Cherries and lemon drop candy in the nose. The taste is of candy like cherry and stawberry flavors mixing with tartness and light lactic acidity. A bit of oak in the background. Some peach fuzz there too. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a luscious, active carbonation. Light tartness and lingering fruityness in the finish.

A nice fruit beer. Sweet, but not cloying and always natural tasting. Worth a try.
Jan 29, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
this retains the character of the base beer really well, its lightly vinegar, lightly malty, lightly sweet complexion, so distinctive to me after drinking this over the years, but with the cherries, it tastes kind of cheap to me, not overly sweet or fake or anything, but that its cherry juice blended in instead of fermented on whole fruit now seems obvious, and it lacks the wild depth of the best krieks in the game, where the lambic base is more authentic and holds up to the fruit more resolutely. some haze and a stained red color to this from the bottle, some sediment obvious and a bold tart cherry nose almost more robust than the bacterial sourness that brings my mouth up to watering. i like the darker malt in this, an element i have always liked in the base jacobin rouge, and now appreciate here, but to a lesser degree, it gives the beer some interesting bready depth, and subtle cocoa and oak arise. the cherry is tart and flagrant, while the funkiness seems largely covered up. still sour, a little thin feeling, but really nicely carbonated, a bit sharp as it warms. i know there are a lot of different types and styles and methods of kriek from the old world, and they should all be appraised in different terms, but i have a hard time stacking this up against the best krieks out there, this is an order of magnitude less evolved, at least to my palate. its relatively wide availability should serve to turn people onto the style though...
Jan 24, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by GIftofgod4u1 from Louisiana

Dec 29, 2018
Rated: 3.71 by qcghost from North Carolina

Dec 24, 2018
Rated: 4 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Dec 22, 2018
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Rated by bbcamillo from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Great red color, nice head at first pour, very tasty sour with sweet notes.
Dec 09, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Aug 28, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey

Aug 27, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 25, 2018
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Reviewed by BeanBump from California

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I have to say that between the two, I prefer the Cuvee de Jacobins over the kriek but this is, nonetheless, a very tasty beer. Subtly cherry, a tiny bit tart and not crazy sweet. This beer is nice and mellow. Good stuff.
Aug 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Beautiful, rich red and mahogany color and brilliantly clear. A light layer of tan head and lots of lace. Complex aromas of cherries, oak and tobacco. Flavors have an equal depth, very reminiscent of brandied cherries: light chocolate, strong dark cherries. Tobacco leaf is in the mid-palate, along with a sharp lemon juice sourness. Dry, acidic finish with a light mustiness, like an old barrel. Thin body and low carbonation are appropriate for the style. Light alcohol presence. I find this a great example of the style, much more rich and interesting than many of the better-known Belgian examples.
Jul 29, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Jul 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by Taybeh from Minnesota

Jul 12, 2018
Rated: 4 by IRONRakkasan from California

Jun 22, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jun 21, 2018
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Reviewed by garymuchow from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Date of Production 12 08 15
Cherry aroma but also a yeasty funk with some tart. Also maybe a hint of age (slight oxidation).
Attractive, for sure. Nice mostly dense off white cap. A real deep red, almost burgundy but closer to a cabernet.
Fruit is big but there is enough tart to make it interesting. Pleasing astringency and it lays nicely on the tongue for the finish. Gets the salivary glands going some. Brightly carbonated which seems to add sparkle and a little effervescence to the experience. Any funk is very tame in the taste, but there is a dirtiness to it.
Jun 16, 2018
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look: Hazy amber with a large white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sour cherries, malt, and yeast. Smells like a fermentation vat.

Taste: Strong sour cherry flavor, laid over a little bit of malt. Mostly tastes like a sour cherry candy.

Mouthfeel: Thick and minimally carbonated. The sourness picks up where the lack of sparkle doesn't.

Overall: I can't say I'm a fan. It goes so far overboard to the sweet-and-sour end that it tastes less like beer and more like a joke.
Jun 11, 2018
Kriek Des Jacobins from Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 168 ratings