Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Cuvée Des Jacobins RougeCuvée Des Jacobins Rouge
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #4
Ranked #505
4.36 | pDev: 10.09%
Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Cuvée Des Jacobins RougeCuvée Des Jacobins Rouge
Notes: Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge is a Flemish Sour Ale, red in color with a beguiling balance of malty sweetness and acidic sharpness. It is made from spontaneously fermented and barrel-aged beer of at least 18 months in age. The beer is cooled overnight in a large, shallow metal vessel called a coolship and then fermented and aged in large oak foudres which are made in France and assembled on-site at Bockor.
View: Beers
Reviews: 530 | Ratings: 2,904 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Ozzylizard
Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Omer des Jacobins. Purchased 10/20/20 for $4.76 (Including tax) for 11.2 oz bottle ($ 0.425/oz) from Shangy’s in Emmaus, PA. Reviewed 11/17/20.
Bottle marked on back label “DATE 0F PRODUCTION 09 18 17”. On room temperature shelf at store and stored at home at 42 degrees. Served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 57.3 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Medium amber (SRM 12), clear.
Body – Ruby brown (SRM 24), translucent. When held to direct light, beautiful ruby and clear.
Head – Small (Maximum 1.5 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, fizzy, high density, no retention, diminishing to no crown, just a few areas of effervescence and no cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Sour with a slight cherry. No hops, no malt, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.25 – Markedly sour with some cherry and a little tannic acid and vanillin from the oak. No hops, no malt, no yeast. No alcohol (5.5 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Medium, watery, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 Delicious! Looks, smells, tastes, and feels great! On the downside, the cherry was, IMHO, a bit weak.

Nov 17, 2020
Photo of JohnniEMc
JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer in an approximate clear pint glass was poured from a bottle containing 11.2 ounces of it. What a wonderful rich and tart aroma has been released. A reddish brown liquid now occupies much of the glass. Although there's not much of a head and no lacing, there's plenty of carbonation. Flemish Sours may be an aquired taste, but it's certainly a taste worth acquiring. It's sour and tart in an incredibly delicious and refreshing way. Those two major hits to the taste buds are brought in a firm yeasty malt backbone. The beverage just slides down the gullet, then leaves a fresh clean finish. World Class indeed!

Oct 23, 2020
Photo of johnnnniee
johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from the Packie.
Pours a brilliantly clear dark amber with ruby at the edges and a tightly bubbled off white head that slowly recedes. Tart cherry and light lemon tartness with hints of balsamic. Sweet bread and light brown sugary maltiness. Decent puckering in the back of the palette. Nice Sour Red.

Aug 21, 2020
Photo of beerthulhu
beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: An almost flat velvet cranberry color comes on the pour, with almost no head forming strength. A skimpy khaki coloring soon disperses to form an outer ring around the vessel walls leaving a polished surface. The dark coloring prohibits any visible carbonation sense.

S: Sour cherries are abundant on the open, applesauce and cranberries as well. There is a sense of wet pear yeastiness, a bit musky and vinegar like, almost red wine, with some oaky mentions. There is some stone fruit of cherry pits and plums. Overall a very good and strong souring effect, that was fruity.

T: The flavor that followed was just as fruity and sour as the nose led you to believe. Cherries and apples along with cranberries closely mimic the nose. Vinegar like sourness has strong oaky and stone fruit highlights. Crystal malt, raisiny character and very lemony sourness rounds out.

M: The mouthful was very big and creamy, with a ton of crackling carbonation that just brought the mouthful to life. Very crisp and seltzer like, razor sharp and acidic. Puckering mineral and sourness with a high astringency.

O: Overall packs a very good souring wallop, with a beautiful big creamy and lush body that was razor sharp in crispness.

May 24, 2020
Photo of elnachooo
elnachooo from Spain

2.34/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Cerveza de un color marrón rojizo; con un dedo de espuma de retención media. Carbonatación ligera y cuerpo aceitoso. Aroma a cereza, malta y algo de roble. En boca es agria, con un toque tostado y para nada amarga. No es lo mío.

Jan 25, 2020
Photo of MrBoz21
MrBoz21 from Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Ruby red, effervescent, foamy white head quickly settles, bright.
S: Cherry fruit, vanilla, chocolate, leather, tobacco.
T: Moderately tart, cherry, tobacco, leather … very much consistent with aroma. Balanced, finishes smooth and clean. Funk phenols are apparent.
F: Clean, tingly carbonation, no astringency, crisp. A bit creamy in the finish.
O: Worthy purchase. Easy to drink. Surprised by the oud bruin phenol/tobacco notes relative to other Flanders styles.

Jan 09, 2020
Photo of Apellonious
Apellonious from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 fl oz bottle from 6/01/2017 poured into a tulip glass, a deep dark red, looks black in certain light, with a slight hint of lace that disappears immediately. Smell is tart cherries, apple, hints of wood, an dark fruit. The taste begins pear/apple/cherry, a slight tartness, then followed by some wood notes. Very smooth mouthfeel, perhaps some of the carbonation has faded with time. There is some sharpness in there, especially at the top, that holds it together. Overall, a very well put together Flanders red.

Sep 02, 2019
Photo of LampertLand
LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.9/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cuvee Des Jacobins 'Rouge' @ 5.5% , served from a 330 ml bottle
A-pour is amber from the bottle to glass with some hints of red thru-out , a small weak tan head
S-funky oak , tart fruit's ,
T-sweet & tart start , refreshing
MF-ok carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-good beer
prost LampertLand

Jul 21, 2019
Photo of jrc1093
jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/19/17

Pours a dense brownish red with incredibly deep maroon hues upon further inspection; topped with a sparse, short-lived head of off-white foam that leaves little lacing, but a thick collar around the surface.

Aromas of apples, tart cherry, balsamic vinegar, and funky oak all form a bouquet that upfront is more fruity, earthy, and tart. As it warms, though, a gritty, oaky vanilla sweetness opens up, as do notes of creamy caramel, dark cherries, and hints of brown sugar and wood; an excellent, dynamic evolution for the nose to explore.

Taste brings a puckering tartness from big notes of vinegar funk the threaten to overwhelm upfront entirely before inviting subtle green apple to the picture for some depth; the finish builds from there, with heavy vinegar acidity, tart apple juice, grassy/herbal tones, and the slightest fleeting vanilla bean tones all coming together; intensely tart profile the hones in on an almost indescribable balance.

Mouthfeel shows a medium-light body bolstered with relatively higher carbonation; incredibly smooth and consistent across the palate, with a tartness/acidity that’s both punchy but very well-maintained. Finishes bright, tart, and with a dryness with such depth that it verges almost toward juicy.

Brilliant build on this one, in that it embraces intensity while showing nuance and delicacy where it counts, even in spots (like the flavor profile) where the tartness/acidity threaten to overwhelm; and even considering the overarching puckering of the profile, the beer shows some really nice layers.

Feb 06, 2019
Photo of Frudel
Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Corps rouge/bourgogne, voilé, léère mousse blanche tirant sur le brun.
Nez vinaigré, acide acétique, caramel, sucre candi foncé, notes vanillées.
Goût complexe, acide acétique, petits fruits rouges, très fruité, cerise.
Texture: Medium to full body malgré le 5.5%, effervescence medium à intense.
Très bon rapport qualité/prix!

Nov 26, 2018
Photo of tmalt
tmalt from Florida

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light reddish brown color with little head or retention. You can smell cherry. grape and slight sour fragrance. Tasted like sweet apple, cherry, grape and pomegranate cider with a little golden malt and yeast essence. Incredible tiny carbonation with a soft bubbly feel. A great flavorful beverage that fuses attributes of beer with a sparkling wine. Really well balanced in all aspects rated and extremely flavorful for being so light and easy to drink.

Nov 16, 2018
Photo of keithmurray
keithmurray from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - ruby red body with off white colored head

Smell - cherry, balsamic vinegar

Taste - cherry, balsamic vinegar, grapes

mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, grape/cherry upfront, tart/sour balsamic vinegar in the finish

Overall - decent Flanders Ale here, but wish I could pick up more oak in the flavor profile.

Price Point - $4.29/11.2 oz bottle

Oct 25, 2018
Photo of BeanBump
BeanBump from California

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer. Taste just like Duchesse de Bourgogne but a little less vinegary and thats a good thing. A little sour, a little sweet and at 5.5%, its not going to obliterate you. Easy to drink and quite tasty.

Aug 11, 2018
Photo of generallee
generallee from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The body has a dark burnt mahogany color with deep garnet red highlights. The pour produced a two finger tan head with some retention before fading to ring a foam at the edge of the glass and wispy thin layer that comes and goes as the glass is moved. The aroma is an obvious set up for tart/sour fruit light malt low hops. It has a complex tart and fruity character with waves of tart green apple, tart cherry, sour green grapes, sour red grapes and unripe stone fruit. The feel is fairly light to medium with fine carbonation and a snappy sour oaky finish.

Aug 03, 2018
Photo of louturc
louturc from Maine

4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mild smell of dark cherry that does not elude to the full flavor of this beer. Served on tap at Orchid in Lewiston Maine. Heavy mouth feel with the consistent dark cherry flavor. Sparks on the back of the throat and just enough sour to get your attention.

Apr 28, 2018
Photo of woodychandler
woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am just noodling around this evening, watch two NHL Playov Game 6s while drinking beers that are well-removed from my usual AIPA binge.

From the bottle: "Cuvée Des Jacobins [is] a Flanders Red Sour Ale with pronounced sourness, offset by a cascade of beautiful, complex flavors. Spontaneous fermentation imbues Rouge with hints of stone fruit, cocoa, apple and cherries. Oak barrel aging for a minimum of 18 months imparts a gentle vanilla note. Full-bodied and delicious."

I Pop!ped the cap & began a slow, gentle pour into the awaiting glass since I was fairly certain that there were going to be lees in a bottle dated 02.10.16. An in-glass swirl raised just under two fingers of foamy, fizzy, light-tan head with modest retention, quickly fading to wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown(SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose had a pronounced oakiness with a sour cherry aspect that was neither shy nor coy. 8=O It was all rather vinous & I was immediately curious to taste it. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was initially slightly tart as my lips tingled, but did not pucker, while the hinges of my jaw definitely felt the tartness. Getting past that initial shock, I allowed it to sit on my tongue and roll around, unfolding as it did so. I wonder what they meant by "stone fruit" since sour cherry was the dominant flavor, underlain by sour apple with a hint of cocoa. It was quite attention-getting and I was grateful for the appearance of the slight vanilla sweetness on the finish. Finish was quite dry & quite vinous overall. It was not something that I would want on a routine basis, but that does not mean to say that I could not appreciate it. This was really something to try!

Apr 24, 2018
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2 fl oz bottle into glass. Label has bottling date of '07 14 16'.
Clear, reddish brown colored body. Minimal head settles to islands and ring, fed by bubbles. Minimal lacing.
Aroma of cherry, oak, and leather. As the beer warms, it reveals vinegar and burnt brown sugar.
Taste is sour, with cherry, oak, slight vanilla. There is some green apple/purple grape going on too. Also included is woody, leather funk.
Medium mouth feel, with good support from carbonation. Just a touch dry; aftertaste lingers a bit but then disappears.
A very tasty fruity, sour ale. The sour is braced with a slightly sweet cherry, but the cherry is also tart. Just a bit of funk, as this is definitely a sour beer.

Feb 21, 2018
Photo of VABA
VABA from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter, the beer poured a hazy amber color with a slight head and no lacing. Aroma had hints of cherry. The taste had a tarty sourness with fruity hints. A light bodied sour beer with decent carbonation. A well balanced sour beer with a complex character.

Jan 07, 2018
Photo of TH28
TH28 from Florida

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle. 6/1/17 production date. Appearance: Deep ruby red color, clear, with a thick frothy khaki colored foam cap and decent lacing. Aroma: Rich dark cherry notes with a hint of vanilla and a noticeable acidity Taste: Dark cherry and light toasted maltiness underneath an aggressively tart green apple sourness that is strong and puckering. Mouthfeel: Light bodies with a brisk carbonation. Finish: Strong tart apple dominates long after the swallow. Overall: Top notch take on a Flanders Red. Strong dark fruit notes and a very aggressive sourness that isn’t astringent. Beautiful deep ruby red appearance with an aggressive head and lacing for a beer of this acidity. Hints of vanilla and green apple

Dec 09, 2017
Photo of PittBeerGirl
PittBeerGirl from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Body is a rich dark Auburn color. Thin off white color

Nose is strong of sour acidity, oak, vinegar, cheesecloth

Flavor is very strongly sour upfront but smooths out as you drink more. Sour acidity, oak, vanilla sweetness, cheesecloth, vinegar. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is smooth but acidic. Low carbonation.

Overall this is a wonderful very complex sour. At first I thought it was too aggressive but I enjoyed it more the more I drank.

Nov 23, 2017
Photo of SHODriver
SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep red topped by a finger of dense light tan head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of sour cherries with some oak. hints of vanilla and a little leather.
T: Taste is nice sourness up front with some hints of cherry and some dry oak. Swallow is some oak, toasted malts and some lingering sour cherries with a hint of funk.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly silky mouthfeel. The carbonation is vigorous and is a little bit on the prickly side. The beer finishes on the dry side which is expected and very nice.
O: Overall this is a really nice Flanders red. Great sour note and some really nice complexity that makes this on a joy to drink. Definitely one to try if you like the style. I'd almost consider this to be a substitute for Rodenbach Grand Cru.

Sep 30, 2017
Photo of darktronica
darktronica from Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Give it a smell. A deep, vaguely unsettling smell. Don't just sniff at it before taking a sip. The Jacobins Rouge will reward you with ever more complexity, particularly as it warms: brown sugar, plums, Montmorency cherry, vanilla, almond, fresh chocolate cake--it goes on and on. Once you take a sip and the sour ale hits your palate, it all gets washed away. A beer that rewards patience.

Sep 20, 2017
Photo of anon
anon from California

4.02/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours is a deep Ruby hue with a dark brown tinge in the light. Starts fizzy with carbonation but quickly goes flat, leaving only light bubbles around the edge.

Smell is very light. Subtle notes of dried apple, cherries, yeasty funk and oak. Taste takes this one to another level with a blast of red berries, vinegar and sour apple. Fades into some funk and light woody notes. Finishes clean, tangy and plenty sour, will definitely make you pucker and smack your lips.

Very enjoyable.

Aug 25, 2017
Photo of Dzu
Dzu from Russian Federation

4.08/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.33l bottle into snifter.
L: Turbid saturated red with a weak white foam head.
S: Pleaasant sorness, red berries.
T: Very sour ale, red berries.
F: Medium carbonation and medium body.
O: Not my favorite style but very good sour ale.

Jul 02, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip, the appearance was a dark murky red to brown color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that quickly died off. No lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet bready/somewhat Belgian-like malts slapping against a nice acidic, semi-tart and full cherry juice to skin-like feature. Light grassiness underneath.
The flavor was moderately sweet but pulling the tartness in fuller to solidify the acidity level from being overbearing. Soothing sweet to sour and tart sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine and the ABV felt as projected. Acidity level punched a little bit of sour/tart harshness on my tongue but wasn't distracting, still a nice quaint smoothness too.
Overall, wonderful Flanders Red ale well worthy of having again. And would be a stellar beer with some New York strip steak.

Jun 28, 2017
Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2904 ratings