Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #4
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #477
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 10.09%
Reviews:
523
Ratings:
2,887
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Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
 
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SCORE
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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.
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Reviews by output01x:
Photo of output01x
4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that quickly disappears within seconds, leaving only a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a dark chocolate mahogany with traces of coagulated blood red when held to light. A strong amount of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing each other to the surface. Every sip of this beer reveals a thin line of lacing that quickly disappears back into the body of the beer.

The nose is definitely both sweet and tart with just a touch of funk. Aromas of apple cider vinegar, black cherries, and overly ripe raspberries are just a few of the components in this complex nose.

And I thought this beer just smelled great! Each sip starts with flavors tart cherries, raspberries, and mulberries. As the beer is swallowed, a smooth apple cider vinegar flavor takes over the entire mouth and slowly mellows to a super dry finish.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is as slick as it is sour. The body is very accessible and definitely smooth, but isn't exactly a thirst-quencher. The carbonation is slightly fizzy and prickly when held in the mouth but really foams up in the swallow.

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Photo of Schimms
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours a beautiful dark red with thin white head. Lots of carbonation keep it going.

S: Great sour notes! Strong.

T: Super sour! Pricks the taste buds right up. I can almost draw a line where my palate picks up the sour! Lots of yeasty barnyard funk. This one will scare away the faint of heart, but for those looking for something different, it will amaze. Don't feel I can taste the alcohol.

F: Goes from dry to drier. Light carbonation that's hidden in the background.

O: A great sour beer with everything I want - sour and funk, beautiful color, clarity, and head. World. Class. Happy I found this one.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a deep blood red body with occasional cluster of off white bubbles
Smells like port and Broon mix
Cherry & red wine vinegar
Just amazing mf
Just amazing mofo red sour

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

One of the best beers I have ever had, hands down. A revelation. Fruity, sour, complex, and extremely well-balanced. An accomplishment. Only downside is that other beers don't taste as good anymore by comparison.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle 'N' Hum. A very good sour, dark reddish body with no head. Simplistic,simply very sour cherry .A little vinegar balanced by some malt. Medium mouthfeel, though some fruitness as if the skins of the cherry there. Some lace dots. I cannot pass up this style.Suitably carbonated.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap on 4/17/2015 @ One Mile House in New York, NY.

Served in a wine glass. Ruby red with a small white head. Lots of fruit in the aroma, mainly berries with strawberry coming through the most. Sour, salty, and smooth. Really easy to drink and just the right amount of tartness. Think gose combined with a fruit lambic. I accidentally knocked my glass over on the bar but, thankfully, was able to save the majority of it, because this is one delicious beer!

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Photo of BeerStyx
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, I like it. It has a great smooth sour taste (does not make you flinch), almost like traditional balsamic (however I do not find it sweet). No pungency. I also noticed that it kind of "burned" my nose when drinking it (not detectable in the subtle smell). Would have again.

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Photo of Harry1975
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Every sip changes. And it gets better every time. I'm addicted

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Photo of rand
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap to wine glass at Toronado San Diego

Pours a clear ruby-red, little head and little lacing. Some very tiny bubbles seem to be swarming about, but it looks like there's little carbonation. It smells of cherries, raspberries and vinegar. Clean, refreshing nose as a touch of funk and alcohol complete the bouquet.

It feels light and refreshing on the palate, but the sour, puckering aspects quickly dominate. And not in a bad way - the sour tastes clean and tart, not at all spoiled. Red wine vinegar combines with cherries and grapes. Funky, earthy tones linger in the backdrop, reminding you that this is indeed beer. Although the carbonation is light, it seems to lift the beer toward the end of the sip, finishing just slightly lemony sour and sweet.

From my experience, this is one of the best examples of a Flander Red. It's almost like drinkable vinegar, which sounds weird, but once your palate has adjusted is completely addictive.

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Photo of Stoffel
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of troysoy2
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 11.2 oz bottle during my Boston trip, on recommendation by a Julio's Liquors employee. That guy deserves a raise! This is only my second sour beer, but now I know that I need to find more to try.

Poured into a tulip. A finger and a half of light tan head with large bubbles, subsides to an attractive smattering over the surface, and stays there. The body is a lively brown with a ruby tinge.

The smell is of soured belgian yeast, cherry, apple, malt, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. All of these are well balanced and subtle, well crafted. Just from the smell, you can tell that this is a quality ale.

After my initial shock, I quickly got to know each and every beautiful flavor. At first sip, you are greeted with sharp cherry. As the beer warms in your mouth, a magical transformation occurs. The sour takes over, the crisp mouthfeel becomes almost "snowy", apple comes out to play, as well as the slightest vanilla note from the oak aging. The aftertaste is mildly puckering, a tad vinegary, but pleasant throughout.

I'm impressed, to say the least. A fine example of the flanders red ale, if I may so inexperienced-ly may say so. Amazing flavor, cascading, and complex, just as the label mentions.

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Photo of MacStinson
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of sammyg832
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of Dewsby
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of -Rick
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 8 2019 and served at cellar temperature. I've wanted to try this one for a few years now, and am pleased to finally have the chance to do so.

Pours a clear crimson red colour when held to the light, taking on more of a reddish-copper colour without illumination. Nearly an inch of off white, yellow-tinged head is seated atop initially, but dissipates for the next several minutes, resulting in the production of a smooth, foamy cap and collar combo. Minimal lace. Red apples and sour cherries on the nose, with added notes of oak, cranberry, vanilla and a slight touch of wine vinegar. Pretty typical of the style thus far.

A delicious Flanders red, featuring an appealing array of fruit flavours amidst a potent, puckering acidity - red apple skin, tart green apple flesh, raspberry and cranberry all come to mind. Sour cherries and red wine vinegar also come through, with vinous flavours interacting nicely with those of the oak. Finishes with more vinegar acidity/berry tartness and a faint hint of vanilla, followed by a musty, sour aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Light in body, perhaps trending towards medium; the texture is smooth, soft and wet, with the low carbonation levels capable of producing only a gentle prickling sensation on the tongue.

Final Grade: 4.28, an artful A-. Make no mistake - if you're not a fan of sourness, then Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge is something you'll want to actively avoid. Its acidity is assertive, puckering, and near-relentless throughout the course of each sip, which means this is not a beer that I would necessarily recommend to someone unfamiliar with these styles. That being said - the red berry/fruit flavours and vinegar acidity work beautifully together, while the subtle oak character brings it all together nicely. A quality Flanders red; I'll definitely need to grab another bottle (or three) for safe keeping.

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Photo of Ultraman9000
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of fragilehearted
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a few days ago at Rattle 'n' Hum in NYC, from notes/memories. Served on tap.

A - dark brownish red, a bit of head. Left lots of lace, beautiful.

S - Tart fruits, mostly cherries...vinegar-like aroma as well. The sour cherries dominate, though...absolutely outstanding. Not complex, but that's okay.

T - sour cherry as all hell, in the absolute best possible way. It was very sour without being offensive. There are other dark fruits in the background, but the cherries dominate.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation was fine, smooth finish. Couldn't taste the booze at all, extremely well-hidden.

D/O - I could drink this every day if only this beer was sold by the bottle where I live. It's an outstanding example of the style. It would be one of my regulars if I could have it as such.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap into a standard chalice at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It appeared a deep auburn, reddish maroon. The head was one finger tall, made of active tan bubbles. Retention was decent, and thick lacing was left around the glass. Transparency was high, no sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma was extraordinarily tart and souring, bordering on the sourest of krieks. Aside from the obvious cherry, there was a puckering raspberry as well. The malts were crispy and toasty, boasting faint molasses. There were also some strong lactics, with other notes of funk, musk, and moss to make the back end just as sour. The yeast seemed related to Brett, but wasn’t an exact match. As we sipped, the taste began and tart and souring as the nose. There was musk, drying grain, cherry, and moldy woodiness. The malts became chalky and biting at the peak, where we got a white sugar sweetness, and a barnyard grassiness. This bright flavoring passed, leaving paler malts, and the tartness to take us to the finish. Here there was a vinegar twinge of sour lactics, more barnyard funk, and a cooled haze of wet grain. The aftertaste breathed of light, tart cherry and strawberry. The malts were also light and airy, leaving the aftertaste to be lighter than one might expect for such a robustly flavored beer. The body was light to medium and the carbonation was high. The mouth is left cooled and puckered, with slick coating. The latter even covers the lips. Again, we were surprised that this didn’t dry us out so much, but the feel was wonderfully pleasant. The abv was lower end and the beer drinks easily, but is more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the sourness. It was so tart, and so delicious. The musk and funk comes through insanely well in the nose, and doesn’t disappoint. The feel is also something to brag about. This beer goes close to being over the top, but never overwhelms the drink. This was a true treat.

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2887 ratings