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

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Belgium
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Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-28-2009

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Photo of InspectorBob
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Olde City, during their sour week.

Poured into a tulip glass, a dark ruby red/amber color with a thick two fingers of head and nice lacing throughtout.

The aroma was of sour cherries, dark fruits, perhaps some citrus

Medium bodied, slight hops and malt. Little carbonation.

The mouthfeel was quite zesty with a crisp, dry finish.

Very drinkable...

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a dark clear ruby red with a medium light head and medium lacing.

Smell – Sour cherries, oak, a bit of vinegar (pleasant), and funk.

Taste – Sour cherry, with a hint of sweetness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel – A light medium body, with a sour pucker. A champagne like carbonation.

Drinkability – A very good sour. Goes down very easily, though it is only 5.5%.

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Photo of Premo88
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottled poured into tulip
(4/21/15 born on date ... consumed 11/22/15)

L: dark red-brown ... clear ... almost a 1-inch head of beige foam that doesn't stick but keeps a super-thick collar, really something to see with a little skin; no lacing

S: vinegar apples ... plenty of tartness/sourness with plenty of sweetness, great mix, and sweet/sour apples nails it for me; also some toasted cranberries, but with a pinch of sour thrown in; has a slight musty barn thing to it, and finger-nail polish/remover

T: follows the nose pretty well ... very tart apples, sweetens as it warms and also allows a nice lingering sweetness to help balance a pretty tart bite up front ... tart cranberries, raspberries; a hint of the musty farmhouse/wild ale flavor but only a hint -- the sour flavor here is a bit sweeter and cleaner; a big earthy bitter bite shows up at times and gives it what I think of as an American wild ale flair (though maybe this is an original note of the style?)

F: perfect ... big Belgianesque carbonation in a lightweight brew ... so easy to drink

O: it's everything I'm learning to love about this style, a great mix of very tart flavors with a lot of sweet flavors ... apples, cranberries, raspberries mostly come to mind, and the best part is neither the tart nor the sweet fly out of balance for very long. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a brownish rust red without much of a head

S - smells is of tart fruits and some vinegar

T - Sourly acidic with intense apple and pears flavors burst open the flavor profile. The sourness is almost mouth puckering at first...aftr a couple of drinks I adjusted and started really enjoying this. After the intense fruit profile, it's Flanders red character comes out with a bit if vinegar getting thrown in the mix. Ends with a combination of sourly citric and vinegar flavors. A subtle hint of of dark fruit lingers with the vinegar.

M - full bodied with prickly carbonation, not bad

D - one if, if not the, best flanders red ales red I have had. Super sour and nice vinegar flavors.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with no head and only a slight ring of bubbly lace.

What an odd nose. Tart cherries, vinegar, ammonia-like fermented fruit and seed. Sound gross? It isn't. This smells complex and like a well put together beer.

Tart fruit up front, turning to sour funk. Sour is acidic and lingers on the palate. I want a bit more balance with some seed/pit bitterness, but instead I get a more pleasing smoothing out of the tart. This one just fades on the palate until the end has a raw wood note. Wow.

Fizzy, acidic. Gets in your nose.

Terrific beer, and a great reason to try the style.

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Photo of gory4d
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a 32-oz. swingtop growler from WF on the Bowery a couple of days ago -- cracked it tonight. It pours a clear russet with a thin, very active light tan head, leaving a little lacing down the glass. The smell is cider vinegar, brown sugar, gooseberries, a little resinous wood. The taste is much the same, with the brown sugar notes more emphatic as the beer warms, and the vinegar/tart berry finish quite sharp. It's thin in body but coats the mouth quite well, and is moderately carbonated. You don't have to sip this one quite as gingerly as others in the style.

The guy who filled my growler said this beer was more or less the same as Ommegang Rouge -- that Bockor had been brewing it under contract. It's definitely very similar, but, as he also said, a little fresher. Looking forward to seeing this one in bottles some day.

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Photo of MrBeerExpert
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Draught House

A: Deep ruby and nearly opaque. Off-white head with
medium lacing.

S: Sour cherry, cranberry, apple cider vinegar

T: Sour cherry dominates. Definitely towards the sour end of
the spectrum for the style.

M: Medium carbonation adds to the sourness, but is
tempered by a medium body.

O: One of my favorite versions of the style. Very happy to
find it on tap.

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Photo of NardiByNature
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all cool bottle. Secondly I’m excited to just drink this one because I’ve already had a sip and wow.

Held up to my window this beer shines a mahogany-red color; a small, slightly off white cap with tiny bubbles sticks to the surface. Cherries, vinous, astringent, it really does a number on the nose if you want it to. Sweet, sour, and very smooth. Cherry juice and a sweet background – apple pie maybe …it’s just delicious. Dry but not as dry gueze or etc. and it’s awesome.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

waiting to try this beer for a little while...

reddish copper pour with no head. The aroma is a touch of sulfur, vinegar, and some modest sweetness. The taste paints a different picture with ripe, tart cherries, a little woodiness and very modest sour bite. It wouldn't be a real sour without a slight stomach ache, but it burns so good. This beer is an incredibly modest Flanders and I can see why it's so highly rated. So $3.33/ 12oz, I must be in heaven. It's something I can't wait to grab in bottles.

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Photo of readbaron
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another solid offering off of 3Floyds guest tap list.

Crisp, clear, dark reddish-brown - nearly pinot noir in color with wispy white head that fades into a ring. Leaves behind some sticky white lacing.

Nose is pretty straight forward - acedic tartness and sour cherries with a bit of oak and vinegar on the finish.

Taste is sour! Mouth puckering, gland squeezing, nearly tongue burning, yet still delicious. Lots of cherries, and some oak and vinegar. A bit of grape skin tannins as well.

Light, crisp, and well carbonated.

Overall - a solid sour. I was surprised at how tart it is. Really enjoyed this one. I'll definitely order it again should I happen to see it.

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Photo of ChipChaight
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Blind Tiger Alehouse NYC
Clear amber maroon, tart and musty, hints of mulch and pine sap, mellowing to a mild watermelon jolly rancher sweetness. Jarring and comforting.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tapered New Glares tapered sour glass.
Look = 4.5 Pours a pale red into a clear dark brown with red highlights and streaming bubbles; 1 finger of off white head that fades to cap; pretty good lace, nice color.
Aroma = 4.25 Intense sour aroma; sweet tart cherries and vinegar; sweet and strong
Taste = 4.25 Intense sour throughout the taste; starts on the tongue and rolls through the mouth; flavor notes include cherry and dark fruits; overall sweet and tart, with hints of mild oak.
Feel = 4.5 Medium bodied with high carbonation; fizzy, good for the style
Drinkability = 4.25 Pretty intense sour but that’s what you’re looking for here
Overall = 4.325 Strong sour level, good flavors, good look; really solid Flemish Red ale.

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Photo of adodds
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Dark, rich leathery with a bit of red/orange. Moderate head.

Smell - Orange peel, a slight acetic acid and caramel undertone. Overall personality seems light and fruity. The smell is much more muted that I would have expected.

Taste - Wow! This sour punches you in the mouth! Obvious vinegar, but not as balsamic as expected. Definitely citrus fruit present to ratchet up the liveliness. I didn't realize until the aftertaste how much cranberry flavor is present here! This would be delicious with some turkey and stuffing.

Feel - Surprisingly smooth mouth-feel with respect to carbonation. Drinking this beer makes my taste buds quiver, my tongue contort, and my mouth salivate (a lot). It reminds me of how much a light, acidic Kenyan/Ethiopian coffee can make me salivate.

Overall - I love sours, and this is a perfect embodiment of the style. If you want an interesting beer to ponder as you drink, this one will confound you for quite some time. I probably would not drink it casually, as focus is required to appreciate everything going on.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at toronado...a really good sour

pours red and nice looking, has a very rich and earthy nose, really fruity, cheries berries and wine-like woodieness

taste is delicious - refreshing, dry sour cheries, mouthfeel is nice very puckering and nice carbonation mmmm

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 9oz snifter. Sampled 6/27/11.

The menu has this beer listed at 6% ABV and refers to it as an unblended lambic. Aged in oak vats for 18 months.

A: Arrives with the head already dissipated and only a think white collar remaining. The body is a deep garnet or ruby color and has excellent clarity. Minimal slings of lace adorn the glass.

S: Nose is a combination of cherry and raspberry. No barnyard, very little funk. Just fruit forward and mild lactic impressions. The nose is completely restrained compared to what the taste buds are about to experience. Not bad; just slightly above average.

T: Red apple, fresh berry and cantaloupe. Wonderfully sour. A pleasant oak character adds to the overall complexity. The funk that was missing in the nose comes through well on the palate.

M: The extremely fine and long-tingling effervescence helps to lengthen the flavors and clean up the tongue as well. Tart, mouth puckering. I wouldn’t change a single thing about the mouthfeel.

O: WOW. For such an incredible beer, you don’t hear much talk about Cuvee des Jacobins, and there are plenty of reviews to affirm its impressiveness. This is one fine brew.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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 DCon
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ Naja's Place in Redondo Beach, CA for $9. Tapped into a 16oz Allagash Tulip Glass from a Tap Handle I could not see...

Aroma- Very intense sour aroma with nice amount of cherries or plums combined. Bit of spiciness and is a great aroma that you can come back to over and over to try anyd find more character.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stays around for a bit. Dark reddish-brown color body that is blizzard like with all the yeast. Awesome lace and is a definite "eye candy" beer.

Flavor- Huge acidic and sour flavor that never dies down at any part of the drink! Once again, cherries and plums are involved here. Good character with fruity finish but never that sweet.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Low Carbonation, Tons of sourness at the finish, and leaves great amount of fruit on the palate that is like sour candy.

Overall Impression- Very complexed, sour, and gives the Flanders Red Ale style a good name! Such a huge amount of yeast in this beer, it was crazy when I received my glass! Fantastic ale once again @ Naja's!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As sours are all the rage, the Flander's reds might be the most complex with their wine-like notes, cherry, and oak flavors layered on a buffer of light chocolate and toast to buffer against the tart lactic acidity- this is what the Bockor Jacobins does masterfully.

The red ale pours with a garnet brownish red and dark clarity with ruby highlights toward the edge of the glass. Very fine and delicate creme forms on the beer with solid staying power for it's slight stature (the acidity rarely allows for much head character at all). Low on lace, the beer carries the thin alcoholic character of legging with each swirl of the glass. The look is caught somewhere between red wines and beers.

Sharp aromas of acidic cider, sour cherries, lemons/limes, under rippened red grapes and berries, with a hint of basalmic vinegar. Oak and malts give the sligtness of walnuts, mild toast, and chocolate to round out the nose.

Flavors follow suit as early malt sweetness and taste is short lived; favoring the assertive tartness as the beer hits the sides of the tongue. The brunt of lactic sourness (lemons and intense acidity) is melded by the flavor of cherries and berries before the shy balance of malt richness begins to buffer the sour taste. The light sweetness of toffee and toast are burried deep beneath the tartness but are recognized in a light creamy taste rather than sweetness. Only the mild vinegar character keeps it from extreme cleanliness.

Light malt textures offer a mild creaminess that surface more at the front of the palate and in finish, while the acidity supresses the malt character at mid palate. Impressions of thinness occur throughout because of the intese sourness and mild tanic astringency particularly in finish. All this leaves the beer clean, crisp, and refreshing-all with a return of chocolate and toasted malt in aftertaste as the tartness subsides.

This is a very well done Flander's red ale that retains just enough malt character to add balance and complexity to the sourness. Where vinegar and cidery overtones are a general flaw, the basalmic and fresh crabapple sturdiness is as much an asset as a deterant in this classic example.

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Photo of dpasotti
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color of maduro tobacco backlit with garnet. Decent head fades to cream-colored ring. Decent splotchy lace. The aroma is apple cider, tart cherries, leather, and neutral wood.

Taste is very much the same, with more of the tart dark fruit and less of the earthy components. Some brown sugar and vinous elements as well. Brett character emerges as it warms. Definitely not a "beginner beer" as far as sourness is concerned. It dominates the mouth as soon as it's swallowed, and lingers forever. If not for the residual sugar, the mouth-puckering element would be on par with that of a gueuze.

Lighter in body with lively carbonation that helps fill the mouth. Overall an outstanding Flanders. Not one of my favorite styles, but I will be picking up a single of this every once in a while.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a great example of a traditional Belgian flanders ale. So tart and has such complex flavor. It pours a dark, almost purple color with slight off white head that dissipates very quickly. The carbonation is on point.

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Photo of deereless
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Color of a rose wine mixed with iced tea, nice ring of foam around the edges along with renegade spots scattered about the surface, crystal clear – 4.50, S: Wonderfully tart and crisp nose, lots of dried cherries and cranberries, dry chalky yeast, quintessential Flanders Red Ale – 4.50, T: Quite dry and mildly puckering, a good deal of tartness and sour cherries, hint of vinegar – 4.00, M: Body is pretty light and mouth feel is crisp – 3.75, D: Very drinkable beer and great representation of the style – 4.25

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin off white head that dissipated relatively quickly, completely fading away. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some notes of oak.
T: The beer tastes very sour and has some notes of oak flavors along with some hints of cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This one is very easy to drink if you like sour beers.

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Photo of bobjonesSD
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at toronadoSD. Had just finished a dogfish 90minute ipa and was in the mood for something new and different. Poured into a tulip. A little too cold fresh from the tap, as is often the case. Nice amber color, good aroma. Letting it linger in the mouth reveals some nice underlying malty brown ale-like flavors underneath the sourness.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Totally delicious. Sour but not too harsh, nice tart cherry flavor with some green apple and other stone fruits in the background. A bit astringent on the nose like nail-polish remover, but otherwise, a very tasty sour.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Small Bar Division.
Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a light brown/dark reddish color. White fizzy head, some lacing left behind along the sides of the glass.

S - Tart/sour cherries, light fruit, funk.

T - Perfect mix of fuck, sour/tart, and subtle fruit.

M - Light and fizzy. Very nice and smooth. Clean dry finish.

D - Super-easy to drink. A very good sour!

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,786 ratings.
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