Cuvée Des Jacobins Prestige
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #27
Ranked #5,524
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
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Notes: Prestige is a blend of 24 month-old foederbier, spontaneously fermented in and blended from foeders IX, XI and XIV. It has a deeper brettanomyces character and an overall soft and fruity character. Sourness is here in plenty, just like the Cuvée Rouge, but the balance is finer and tipped more toward stone fruit.
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taking the next step up from their Rouge and Kriek, a blend of aged sour ale creates a taste of prestige. And that's the namesake of Omer's Flanders Red Ale.

Pale burgundy upon the pour, the lightly hazy and delicately capped Cuvée Des Jacobins Prestige catches the eye like a fine red wine. But once its scent hints the nose, a weathered sense of stone fruit, pitted fruit and dried fruit teases with a backdrop of earthy sourness, balsamic and candied aromas. With a firm malty influence, the early palate is candied as well, seeming taffy-like with hints of pastry crust.

As its juicy tartness washes the middle palate, the strong influence of cherry comes with a deeper taste of plum, blackberry, raspberry, red grape and dates. With a solid red wine character, another layer of balsamic, apple, oak, leather and burlap keep the complex nuances coming in waves of taste. A late sense of brine, acidity and moss-like earthiness decorates the finish with a thirst quenching juiciness.

Light in body, the robust dark fruit flavors have the session seeming fuller, but the dry and peppery flavors lead to an arid mouthfeel with a quick finish and virtually no aftertaste. At mid-point, the ale flirts with a watery mouthfeel, but its effortless nature in drinkability more than compensate for its lightness. Presige is a highly refreshing Flanders style ale with a casual demeanor to make it an anytime, anywhere beer.

Apr 06, 2021
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2018 33cl bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Poured with a short, ephemeral head over an attractive orange-amber colored body.
The aroma is complex and dynamic with a range of impressions from wet leather to sweet fruits to vinegar.
The flavor is more unified, moderately fruity and highly sour. Despite the sourness, a subtle hint of sweetness is also present.
Overall. This sour is a bit challenging but clearly respectable.

Mar 21, 2021
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

3.34/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy gold with a thin-ish white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Lots of sour dried fruit notes. Something like a burnt sugar in here as well. Gives a very vineous impression to the nose.

Intensely sour on the first sip. Dried apples and a bit of dried cherry as well. Finishes extremely dry. Really begs for another sip. Fruit notes linger pleasantly.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. The carbonation is quite prickly and I'd say it's about medium-high. The alcohol warmth is hardly noticeable through the sourness.

Overall, this is good, but not amazing. The bottle I'm drinking is almost a year old, so maybe a fresh example would be a superior beer. If I find a fresh example, I'll try to change my review.

Jul 12, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/8/17; drank 6/16/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy red/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggshell head; minimal lace.

Sweet cherry, oak, honeyed wheat & faint booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Sweet cherry & honeyed grain flavors up front; tart lemon & faint oak notes on the finish.

A nice, balanced take on the style. I'd have another...

Jun 17, 2019
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bobhits from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been a while since I had the non prestige.

A clean, crisp looking beer. Gives off cherries and vinegar notes. The magic here is in how clean and sour the beer is. The sweetness is kept in check and makes this a really nice crisp summer beer with intense flavors.

I'm a fan, but it doesn't really wow me either.

Sep 11, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is relatively clear red in color with some light hues of yellow and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left some lacing on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with underlying notes of sweet cherries that continually try to peek through into the smell.
T: The taste follows the smell, but is much more balanced with flavors of sourness and sweet cherries as well as notes of vinegar and hints of oak.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, somewhat tar, and a little acidic on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very nice balance between fruity flavors of cherries and sour flavors that resemble vinegar.

Serving type: bottle

Sep 09, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a really neat edition of this, i think with much softer edges than the more famous rouge, and really neat to find it on draft. its still got a chestnut brownish red color, maybe a little lighter than its sister, and with a creamy rich head on it, thicker than i am used to seeing in wild beer, rising high like a belgian. immediate pucker in the nose is mirrored by mature bretty funk, this isnt all lacto and flemish red vinegar sourness, which i think the original rouge sort of defines. i get some immediate red wine and cherry to this, although it remains unfruited from what i understand. lots and lots of oak, a sherry and vermouth note to this, a richness from the grain that goes well beyond the normal lambic mash, but a similar sort of woody sour rustic vibe. so smooth in feel, surprising for a sour, some lemon, some toasted oak, hay and straw and wheat, golden raisin and more sherry, its beautiful and refined and complex, more advanced and high end tasting to me than the original, a worthy beer to say the least, maybe my favorite i have had from these guys...

edit: i liked this one better the second time around. more vanilla and depth from the oak, more sourness but cleaner than i recall. maybe something to do with bottle versus draft, but this is quite a cool blend, very old worldy and very distinctive. dont underestimate this one...

Jun 29, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am operating outside of my wheelhouse lately, drinking & reviewing beers that I might otherwise gloss over, but since each one reduces my backlog, I feel both justified & vindicated. Sours & tarts are really not my thing, but I find that if I take my GIRD medicine beforehand, I do not feel the acid as strongly. It still limits me to only a couple at a time, which is why I had one yesterday & this one now.

From the bottle: "Complex beer, spontaneously fermented and aged for 24 months in oak foeders (barrels). Prestige features a full body and soft, deep and intriguing sourness. A little spiciness makes the beer fullbodied and round."; "Very Limited Release".

I released the cap with a Pop! & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass. Once it was sufficiently decanted, I performed a vigorous in-glass swirl that produced just over two fingers of dense, foamy, fizzy, light-tan head with modest retention, quickly returning to wisps. Color was a gorgeous Deep-Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity & Deep Amber highlights. Nose smelled strongly of sour cherries, sour apples, vinegar and an oaky woodiness. It was definitely a Sour Ale as I could feel it in the hinges of my jaw with no puckering of my lips (a Tart). Mouthfeel was surprisingly full, almost creamy. The taste was VERY sour, beginning as straight vinegar before allowing the sour cherry and sour apple flavors to burst forth. There was a slight spiciness to it, along with a slight vanilla sweetness. Even so, this was quite sour. My tongue lolled out of my mouth, trying to get some air. Phew! Finish was very dry, almost vinous with the oakiness lingering well past the swallow. Wow! I should really leave these things to the experts.

Apr 24, 2018
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wedge from North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


Clear shining amber color with a soapy pool of a head clinging to the surface. Woody, earthy fruit aromas upfront leading to balsamic, acetic notes, cocoa nibs, toast, and faint brown sugar. Juicier, tart fruity flavors...berry jam, cider, dark bread, hay, spicy wood, and black cherry. Sweetness sticks to the tongue but the high acidity cuts through well. Medium bodied, crisp, and sour. Quite acidic which slows down the drinkability, but a pretty tasty Flanders sour overall.

Jan 14, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a murky coppery red, with fine, low foam.

Smell is typical Flanders RED sweet and sour, with cherries and red currants leading the way.

Taste is sweet and sour, with huge oak notes and plenty of cherries. Hints of vanilla, and a sour, very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and very dry.

Overall, a terrific Flanders Red, with just the right amount of acidity to offset the oak.

Oct 01, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Positive Pie, Montpelier, VT.
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a semi-murky dark ruby red color with a cap of a quickly dissolving little white head. No lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of cherry pit and skin, smooth underneath of some caramel malts, light acidity - pleasant and a little bit of grassiness further underneath.
The flavor was moderately sour through the cherry tones. Acidity came back nicely to stifle the maltiness and add a quaint acidic to cherry aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt low but good as the acidity came in as expected - some pucker but behaved nicely along my tongue, non-distracting. ABV felt appropriate. Sour cherry sort of finish.
Overall, nicely done Flanders red ale, well worthy of coming back to.

Jul 23, 2017
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schlimenhaumer from New York

4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at One Mile House in NYC. 8oz pour served in a wine glass

A: pours a translucent copper-tone ruby with a thin but creamy white head of short retention. Little lacing to speak of, to style

S: cherry notes front and center with a pleasant sour acidity. I would expect moderate sourness

T: cherry notes up front promptly followed by a pleasant dose of lambic sourness, about a 6 on a scale of least to most sour. The long, sour finish gives way to pleasant oak notes. Just the right balance of sourness that keeps me coming back for more

M: medium bodied with minimal carbonation. Wet finish suits the style well

O: this beer does an excellent job of showcasing its two main elements -- cherry and lambic sourness -- with impressive balance. I would certainly have this again, and it reminds me of the need to revisit Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge!

Jun 12, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft served in a goblet.
West Flanders "lambic", glad they refer to it more accurately as foederbier. Reddish orange with bright clarity, spotty lace with random arcs. Acidic aroma, stonefruit and cider vinegar. Puckering with a fleeting acidic fruitiness, a little cidery. Crisp and acidic, light bodied. Good as an apertif, a little overly acidic and one dimensional though. Where's the funk and oak?

Jan 26, 2017
Cuvée Des Jacobins Prestige from Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 55 ratings