Kriek Des Jacobins
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #65
Ranked #9,981
3.96 | pDev: 11.11%
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
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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Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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...

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Photo of BeanBump
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Radome
4.39/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cherry all the way, laid over a malty frame. But mostly cherry. Got the sweet/tart thing going, not really a lot of beeriness -- just enough to distinguish it from straight up juice. I'm a sucker for krieks. Yum.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste "Kriek des Jacobins"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DATE OF PRODUCTION 12 08 15" and sampled on 04 19 18
$5.49 @ Cherry Hill Wine, Liquor & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: There's visible dark sediment in the base of the bottle after pouring, but I'd imagine there would be as this is almost two and a half years old. The body is a hazy dark ruby and chestnut brown beneath a short cap of creamy tan. When held to the light I get gold and orange highlights at the base of the glass. The aroma is malty, it's probably a bit oxidized, with a light touch of cherry. The flavor is much fuller. It's tart but not too tart, and certainly not puckeringly sour. The cherry comes through much more clearly, and the caramelsih malt acts as a base. It's tart, fruity, caramelish, and then tart & fruity together in the finish, fading to reveal some of the caramelish malt still lingering along with a light bit of earthiness. The balance between the sweetish malt and tart acidity is quite nice. What I'm missing is some woodiness. It's fermented in wooden vats but not much of that character is carried through. It's light-medium, or perhaps even closer to medium-light in body, and gently crisp but still sharp on the tongue due to it's acidity. Overall it's very nicely balanced, and nicely fruity - not over or under-done, and quite refreshing and tasty. Well worth trying.
Review# 5,948

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a semi-opaque, dark amber color with hints of ruby and a small, tan head of foam. Good sour cherry aroma with a hint of malt. Sour cherry is strong with this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 330 ml. bottle. Dated 11/22/16. Sampled on December 28, 2017.

The color is a kind of maroon-amber with a quick head burst that fades to a ring.

The aroma brings out a cherry fruitiness above everything else, with the Belgian toasted bread and yeasty hovering way in the background.

Light to medium body.

Tart cherry zing in the flavor but not as sour as I thought it may be. Lingering tart finish. I'm just not a fan of the style.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap.

Pours very pretty dark red, basically like a fizzy wine

Smells sweet and jammy with some sour funk in there. More juice-like than the super high class krieks, but still very nice.

Tastes like bret up front and Hi-C in the back and finish. A bit simplistic, but still nice.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 ounce bottle into glass. Bottled on date of '12 08 15'.
Dark brown body, ruby red when presented to light. Off white fizzy head settles to thin ring. All lacing settles back into glass.
Smell is cherry, funk, oak, and slight vanilla.
Taste is sweet and tart cherry, mostly tart at the end. Some background of funk and oak barrel.
Mouth feel is medium, with dry finish.
Tasty sour ale, with good balance between sweet and tart cherry. Not too complicated but refreshing.

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Photo of anon
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown/red Amber hue, small head has a light pinkish colour.

Smell is lightly acidic with cherries, vinegar and subtle wood. Taste is all cherries and vinegar up front with a good amount of acidity, giving way to subtle oak and funk notes. Finishes lightly sweet and tart from the cherries with a light body. Really quite tasty.

Very good example of this style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a pokal. The appearance was a hazy burnt amber color with a foamy white finger’s worth of head. Spider web messy lacing. The smell started with some nice tart cherry up front. Light woodiness. Slight vanilla. Warms into some subtle sweet cherry. The flavor takes in the same qualities as the aroma. Mildly sweet but has a nice level of sour with the cherry acidity coming through as it should. Quick semi-sweet to sour cherry flows into the aftertaste. Dry semi-sticky semi-sour to sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it since the sour isn’t too wild in this one. Tame enough, but just enough sweetness to really let this one flow right on over my tongue. Even the acidity hits just right. Overall, damn nice lambic, would love to have again.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brownish red with a slight cloudiness, moderate carbonation, and a finger of light beige, pink tinged head.

Smells of cherries, vinegar, macaroni, and slight funk and cellar.

Sour with a slight sweetness, cherries, dark woody oaken notes, and dark fruits.

Medium body with a slight weightiness, a balance of sweet and sour notes, and moderate to high, foamy carbonation.

Got in Chiang Mai, drank May 16th, 2017. Really good ale. Wasn't expecting the sweet notes, but its quite a masterpiece.

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Photo of benfons
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Deep red colour, purple head. Smells purely of cherries. Not as sweet as you would expect. Nice acidity. Slightly flat. Very simple but enjoyable beer
Good thirstquencher.

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Photo of hotsudge
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this at a local beer speciality place which I was really excited to try.

This one left me wanting, especially at $16 a snifter. Honestly, I suspect something was off with the keg/pour as it tasted a little flat.

Wish my score was more like other reviews. Look forward to trying it again someplace else.

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Photo of Martin194
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Cloudy ruby red with a light pink head.

Smell: Cherries and sugar, smells very sweet and fruity.

Taste: Sour, LOTS of cherry, tastes a bit like pop because it's very sweet. A little bitterness in the aftertaste.

Feel: Quite bubbly. Dry aftertaste.

Overall: Definitely the best sour ale with fruit I've had. Barely tastes like beer really; again, it's similar to pop.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #113 (JUN 2016)

Puckering, Fruity, Wood, Matured
Labeled as a “Flemish Sour Ale,” there is no “Lambic” to speak of in this spontaneously fermented blended fruit beer. It’s more like a sweet and sour ale due to the addition of cherry juice that cuts through some of the tartness, although the tartness does prevail as the winner. Slightly dry and woody, Kriek de Jacobins’ aged sour beer character comes off pretty clean. Even with the addition of juice it never lands too sweet, making it worth a try. [Jason]

Look 3.75 | Smell 3.75 | Taste 3.75 | Feel 4.25 | Overall 3.75

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Kriek Des Jacobins from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 155 ratings