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

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Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #65
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #10,082
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
156
From:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  25
SCORE
89
Very Good
Kriek Des JacobinsKriek Des Jacobins
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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Reviews by arkanu:
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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Photo of mdagnew
3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
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 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 von_kaiser
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
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 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 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 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 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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Photo of beerluvr
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 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 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 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 deg
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifully bright, robust with cherry flavor and piquantly tart, the brewery that stole our tastebuds with their Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge now seduces the senses with a taste that's nearer the Limbeek valley with a traditional sour Kriek flavor.

This cherry beer pours a mesmerizing bright red and ruby color with a fluffy, cottony froth. Its scent nearly mouth-watering and sweat-enducing teases the nose with sweet and sour cherries, a clean lemon-lime, cidery, winey, off-vinegar scent. Candied malts are simple and juicy with hard candy fruitiness with a hint of light bread.

The sweetness gradually lifts during the middle palate and allows the bright and natural flavor of cherries to shine. Green and red varieties hold true while the taste tightens into a bone-dry cider, sharp white wine, crabapple, citric tart flavor to close. Hints of nutty oak and faint sea must wafts about the palate as the ale trails into a cleansing taste to close.

Medium-light in body, the beer's residual fruit sweetness provides sightly more heft than historic Kriek lambic which are fully fermented and strikingly dry, Kriek des Jacobins carries a more subdued and less earthy character than those for a softer, more refined and direct taste that's sure to appease any fans of the pucker.

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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 Budlum
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykechandler
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of irishkyle21
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 imperialking
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Kriek Des Jacobins from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 156 ratings