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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Reviews by arkanu:
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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Photo of patre_tim
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 mdagnew
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Cellar 13, Ballymena...

Poured a deep pinky red colour. Light pink head poured loose and frothy then faded quickly to patchy covering. Some light lacing clings throughout..

Aroma - Lots of sweet cherries, some almond nuttiness, vanilla, biscuit notes, peppery, some talcum powder traces...

Taste - Sweet cherries initially backed with some decent sourness, lemony hints, definite almond / marzipan notes, floral, quite grassy and peppery...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy with a little sharpness underneath. Medium bodied. A pretty refreshing and drinkable kriek although could become a little sickly after more than one...

Overall - A pretty bog standard kriek - a bit too much cherry and not enough lambic but certainly not the worst example i've tasted...

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

saw a box of this stuff sitting behind the counter at my local. asked what it was and the lady said a sour cherry ale. grabbed 1 w/o hesitation. beautiful filtered, red appearance w/ a finger of a light pink head. scent is sour...mild cherry...the sour stank had my mouth watering. taste was SOOO tart! clean...sour cherry...light barrel presence...IMMENSELY TART! mouthfeel...had a good amount of carbonation and enough of the sour zing to leave your mouth and lips smacking away for a while. no hint of abv. overall.....wish this came in a bigger bottle (11.2 oz.). i drank this so fast! this is REDICULOUSLY GOOD! I'd put this up there w/ caractere rouge as far as ratings go. went back to the store and grabbed 3 more...may go today to grab another 3. sour fans....don't hesitate to grab a few if you see them.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red. Looks just like cranberry juice. One finger of pink head. A small bit of lacing.

Main smell is cherries. Hints of vanilla and almonds. The cherry scent reminds of a cherry starburst.

Taste is all sweet cherry up front. There are definitely hints of vanilla and almonds. Not much on the sour side this is mostly sweet. Finish is a dark cherry flavor.

Mouthfeel is slightly carbonated but pleasant.

Overall I think it's a fine beer. Definitely on the sweet side but an enjoyable cherry bomb.

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Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Great red color with decent foam.

Smell: Mineral water with a hint of sherry vinegar.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Clean mouthfeel with a crisp apple cider finish. Apples and cherries make up the sour flavor.

Overall: An ok sour ale that could use more body.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is a bit artificial but not offensive at all. Taste does not follow the nose, seeming more natural. Also pretty tart. Does not fall in the sweet fruit lambic category. Very decent.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fr0wn3r
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FalconOne
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light cherry red with very active champagne like bubbles and an airy light red blanket of foam.

Sour cherries with a hint of sweetness, very subtle musty funk, and an enticing acidity.

Straight up cherry flavor, both sour and sweet, deliciously sour acidity but not enamel ripping by any means.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, sour, fruity, so refreshing.

Overall, this is an absolutely solid flanders red and true to style. It's a must try for any fan of this sour as well as any fan of a dangerously refreshing beer and at its $4.50 price point it's stands it's own as a beautiful and readily available sour in a sea of high cost sours.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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 leoinsd
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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 TruePerception
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Kriek des Jacobins, spontaneously fermented ale blended with fresh cherry juice. 4.5% ABV.

A: Lovely plum color, with a rich, clear amber in the dimple, resembling Scotch. Just a bit of lopsided pink head. Solid clear sheeting. Some lacing forms, but it slides off completely, though slowly.

S: Smells dark cherry jelly, and unsweetened donut. Slight tart upturn on the end of the cherry. Some faint funk, and very faint leather.

T/MF: Very juicy! Tart black cherry. Off-dry. Faint dirt. Light bready note. A bit of plum and raspberry. Cherry pie filling. Just a very nice, easy drinking beer.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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