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

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Cuvée Des Jacobins RougeCuvée Des Jacobins Rouge

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 06-28-2009

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a globe at SmallBar Fullerton.

Going from one historical reference to another... This one pours a clear scarlet-garnet topped by a finger-and-a-half of off-cream foam. The nose comprises red wine vinegar, oak, tart black cherry, light caramel, and light tomato juice. The taste holds notes of tomato, red vinegar, black pepper, raisins, toffee, deep cherry, light oak, and hot cinnamon. It all comes together very well without coming across as abrasive or stinging. The body is a slight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a tasty Flanders red, one of the most enjoyable of the style I've yet encountered.

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Photo of Svingjo
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured a nice copper almost ruby colour with a minimal white head that disappeared quickly. The nose was slightly vinegary but sweet at the same time. There was some green apple and brown sugar rounding it off. That vinegar went away on the taste, but was replaced by sour apple and cherry notes. It is rounded off with slight malt and wood hints. The carbonation is quite active but helps to balance out the sour tartness that perfuse the back and sides of your tongue. One of the better sours I've had lately.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at Hopleaf in Chicago, IL

Appearance -- Pours a garnet hue with a narrow beige ring. Good clarity.

Smell -- Cider vinegar, tart cherry and berries, cut green apple, wet oak, and some quintessential 'red' malt aroma. Acidic and tart, but not overwhelmingly so.

Taste -- Lots of tart, semisweet fruit notes: bing cherry, under-ripe raspberry, green apple. Acetic cider vinegar is prominent, but again, not overwhelming. Malt sweetness is moderate - just enough to keep the acetic tartness from becoming overbearing. Nice depth, but still very well balanced.

Mouthfeel -- Probably the highlight of this beer. Medium-bodied with the perfect effervescence that is not harsh. Pretty much the ideal.

Overall -- Very nice. Quenching would be an apt description. Nice depth of flavors and tartness level to remain a contemplative beer while still being easy-drinking. Paired perfectly with my Belgian frites.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says 01 - I think that means this is the first bottled batch to hit the US.

Pours dark and clear, with the color hard to make out. With light behind it, it becomes crimson, but on its own it looks like a medium amber with reddish tones. One finger of cream-colored head, fades rather fast but leaves excellent thin lacing.

Smell is deliciously sour, with tart cherries leading the way. A bit of vinegar in the background. Also a nice light woody oaky aroma. A whole lot going on in here, and all of it is good.

Taste is again quite potently sour. Slightly mouth-puckering, but really nice. Very fruity - cherries and lemon in equal parts. Has a good bite at the end, as it kicks up rather sharply. Finishes... sour... and lingers on the tongue. I like it.

Light bodied, fizzy, and quite dry. The feel, and especially the astringency, works really well with the rest of the beer.

An excellent fruity sour. Definitely heavy on the sour, but there's a lot else going on in this beer that I really like. The combination of fruit, sour, and bubbly dry mouthfeel make for a great beer experience.

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Photo of b3shine
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to fluted tulip. Looks good; very little head and a deep mohagony. Smell is good too. You can definitely tell it's a sour red. Tastes GREAT! Like an upgraded Monk's Cafe. Mouthfeel is great too, considering it's style. Overall, a great beer that is my new favorite of it's type.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Churchkey in DC

A: Deep red pour, clear with only a ring of off-white head. No notes of carbonation, lacing, or retention. But the red color of this beer is really impressive.

S: Funky, sour, cherries, oak. On the sour side as far as Flanders Reds go. Maybe some booze is being noted as well.

T: The taste is balanced really nicely. Starts off sweet with some cherries and raspberries. Moves to sour and funky in the middle. Not a big, lip puckering sour, but a nice enjoyable one. Finishes oaky and clean.

MF: Medium body and insanely dry throughout, which makes it really drinkable.

O: For $5.50/4oz I'd pass on it again. With that said, I did REALLY like it. Might treat myself sometime. Nice balance, won't rip the enamel off of your teeth sour, just fruity sour goodness.

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Photo of botham
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at The Publican in Chicago. pours a deep chestnut brown with one finger of tight, light tan head, great retention and light lacings.

aroma is of vinous acidity with light berry notes and a touch of sweet cane sugar in the background. very light and alive in the nose.

taste is more of the same with an assertive vinous note and a soft, lasting sour note that gives way to a very mellow tartness. very well composed with an excellent finish of berries and a light tartness after the fact.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth and lightly sharp character and a soft sour note that remains throughout the experience.

drinkability is great. a very easy-going and mellow flemish red with a drinkable character and an approachable aura. could be more sour but still very well put together. cheers!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Frisco taphouse Columbia on 5/28/14

A-This beer poured a dark plum-red-brown with a small foamy off white head that left good lacing.

S-The aroma was sour, malt vinegar and tart berries.

T-The flavor was red wine vinegar, very sour, and berries. Long tart berry and vinegar finish.

M-Medium body with light fizz and carbonation.

O-Overall a great sour.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Central Market (Houston), served in a tulip (with accompanying goat cheese). Deep, clear, ruby brown. Aroma of vinegar, wine, earthy funk and oak. Taste continues from the nose with more sour fruit (apples, cherries). Light to medium body, smooth with fine, prickly carbonation. Wonderfully complex and refreshing.

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Photo of draheim
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz into a tulip. Pours a clear reddish brown w/ a 1-finger beige head that leaves behind a layer of lace.

Aroma is tart, oaky, just shy of vinegary. Sour cherries and wild yeast.

Taste is brightly tart, sharp, cidery. Zow! Really crisp and light, wonderful dry oak presence. Excellent balance among a number of competing elements. Simultaneously both sweet and sour in a powerful way.

Mouthfeel is soft, light, finishes bone dry. Oh so drinkable.

Overall just a delightful, tasty, well-crafted beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dull mahogany with bright red ruby highlights in the light. Little to no head.

S - Acidic with a mix of wet oak, tart cherries, sweet dark fruits of plums and dates, balsamic vinaigrette and very light cocoa.

T - Sour cherry, vinous, grapes, raspberry, maybe a touch of plum, oak. Some sweet fruits mix lightly with the tart, sourness.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation. The sour/carbonation combo give it a prickly pucker in the mouth.

D -Fairly sour but still seems approachable for the non experienced sour beer drinker. Very good.

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Photo of hawks10
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap tonight at Fountainhead in Chicago...poured into a tulip...

Pours dark brown with nice dark ruby red highlights, good clarity. Capped with three fingers of cool whip-esque white head that leaves a bit of lacing...

Sweet and sour cherries dominate the nose with bits of oak and vanilla. A balsamic vinegar quality is apparent with a bit of musty basement smell...

Wow, I like this beer more each time I have it! A great beer to give to sour novices as this one is sweet and enjoyable, while being sour enough to satisfy me but not too sour to turn off the uninitiated. Tart cherries are the focus here but are muted a bit by some strong oak flavors and a creamy vanilla taste...sour but approachable. A decent amount of funk rounds out a tremendous beer...

Medium bodied with good carbonation...a bit astringent which builds over the whole drink and leaves a bit of a funk on the palette, but in a good way...

Excellent Flanders Red and I always order it when I see it on only if we could get some bottles so I can start hoarding...

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into a goblet

pours a dark red/brown with a slight white head. big sour cherry aroma on the nose, nice! as you take a sip there is a good initial tartness, but not too sour. very good cherry flavor on this one. really digging this. wow, this might be my favorite flemish red i've ever had. medium bodied with medium carbonation, superb drinkability.

overall the best flemish red ive ever red. loved this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown.

Pours a nice cherry red with a bit of brown as well. Nose brings forward a good deal of sourness as well as some cherries and oak. A bit of an acetic character. The taste is vinegar, cherry, oak, and a bit of sweetness. Great, creamy mouthfeel. Drinks quite well, although the acetic character gets to be a bit much after awhile.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The numbers "14 13" are printed in the back. I have no idea what this means, since neither could be the month and either could be the year.

Beer is deep red in colour, a bit purplish. Smallish off-white head, which starts to fade quickly.

Smell is nice. Tart cherries figure prominently, with balsamic vinegar. Some funk, but not like a lambic. Oak. Some apple. Very good, clearly a Flanders Red but a very good one.

Taste is quite sour, much more so than other Flanders that I have had. Sour cherry, oak, some cocoa, vinegar. Some green apple in the finish. Very big flavour and everything is well integrated into a cohesive whole. More complex than is typical for the style. Very nice.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sticky. Puckers the mouth.

Overall, excellent beer. The best Flanders Red I have had.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a light tan head that settles to a thin cap. A foamy curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour and tart cherries and berries and some slight woody aromas. Taste is of sour and tart cherries with some slight berry flavors and an earthy and funky wood flavor. There is an acidic quality that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some very nice sour and tart aromas and flavors.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a Ranger Creek tulip.

Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge pours with a tawny brown body that brightens to ruby red when held in the light. The head crackles at first, but settles to a firm, dense ring of newspaper-colored bubbles at the edge of the glass. The aroma is astounding: sweet hint of vanilla from the 18 month barrel-aging, tart cherry skin, green blackberry vines, and a pinch of toffee malts.

The flavor hits the palate with both sour tartness and sweet maltiness, and what a glorious balance it is. Cherries are luscious and juicy at first, but grip the sides of the palate with a sharp, tart bite. Very much like sour cherry pie, with the crust included. A hint of cocoa and oak barrels flash in the middle before the finish of dry, crisp sourness. Although Rouge is a sipper, it never once tires the tongue. Very drinkable, and the tart medium body is perfectly carbonated. I'm exuberant to have this sour beer distributed in Texas, and the price point makes it all the sweeter.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was accidentally delivered this while at Stone. Liked it so much, ordered another.

Bright red with amazing clarity, looked more wine than beer, a nice claret. Aroma was plenty sour, mild oakiness, sour cherry, lime, lemon.

Never had a Flanders this intense in terms of its lactic sourness, a nice development. Can really seem like you get the gritty red wine tannins up in this one as well. But the body is so light, not murky brown alesque that some lesser examples in the style will have. Very clean, takes on its own green appleness later. Clean and complex, how did they do it? Wouldn't be surprised if there is raspberries to this one as well, the color is bright enough, reminscient of Cantillon's Rose de Gambrinus.

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Photo of EvanEngelstad
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this Flemish Sour in a wine glass at the Bier Stein in Eugene, OR.

-dark, reddish brown, with a dull glow to it
-very little head
-green apple, sour cherry, red wine, and subtle honey aromas
-extremely sour, zings the back sides of your tongue and makes you pucker
-my taste experience went like this: SOUR, then bitter, back to sour, then a sweet apple and slight honey flavor, all lasting about 45 seconds
-a frothy but dry mouthfeel
-a slight ketchup aftertaste (not necessarily a bad thing)

Although I haven't had much experience with this type of beer, the flavor is very potent and a little goes a long way. But it's very good. I would order this beer again if I had the chance.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a nice, clear dark ruby-red color with impressive head and retention for a sour beer. The nose is pretty strong and acidic. There is a fair amount of lactic sourness on the nose as well as some oaky, woody notes and red-wine like aromas.

Medium body beer with good, firm mouthfeel. Lots of pleasant, refreshing sour flavors up front with just a hint of sweetness behind it. The sour tones dominate, but the beer is still very appetizing and pleasant to drink. The acidic flavors are all across the palate and carry through the finish, which is mouth-drying and very pleasant. Other flavors include cherries, lemon, and grapes.

This is one of the finest examples of the style I have tried yet. I rate it right up there with Rodenbach Grand Cru, which I consider the gold standard for this style. Someday, I shall have to try a head-to-head to more closely see how they compare to each other.

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Photo of Humulus85
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EDIT: This is the first bottle of a 4-pack, the remaining three will be cellared for one, two, and three years. No bottle date, only a single "2" stamped on the back.

From a 11.2 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Pours the classic deep reddish brown, crimson hues when held to light. Good clarity. One finger, eggshell-white head dissipates quickly with a small amount of lacing.

Funk, cherries, apple peel, oak, some more funk. More funky then sour in the nose.

Tart cherries and apple flavors upfront. There is some vanilla/oak that build in the middle. Some vinegar and a bit of wet hay in the near finish. Rounded out by more tart fruits. Finishes clean.

Medium-light in body. Moderate levels of effervescent carbonation help lift it off the tongue. Super dry finish.

Overall this is a really nice sour. Not super mouth-puckering, with a nice depth in character. The barrel aging lends its flavors nicely. I'm excited to see how this one develops or degrades over the years.

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Photo of HopHead29
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish red with a tannish white head. Swirling the beer reveals thick wine like legs along the wall of the glass. There is little to no lacing.

nose consists of sweet cherries and hints of raspberry and cocoa.

Many of the aromas are found as well as some pear, grape, apple and date in the taste. There is a prominent sourness that doesn't seem too overbearing.

Good stuff.

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Photo of fragilehearted
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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 brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like a Cabernet with a head; ruby red with russet tones; the head leaves a nice pattern of squiggly lace

Smell: Tart cherry with lemon undertones; very yoghurty

Taste: Fruity, up front, with cherry, apple and stone fruit flavors; the tartness builds quickly, adding a lactic sourness the reigns through the finish; oaky tones join the lactic sourness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; appropriately puckery

Overall: A lovely example of the style; has all of the right elements

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Photo of davedahl
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As of this writing (Aug 20, 09), Chicago's Maproom has the Rouge on-tap - $7.0 for 12oz.

Appearance: pours with a nice head of tight bubbles producing some very nice lacing. Color is a rich auburn/ruby blend. Beautiful.

Smell: very nice nose of spicy sour. Some cinnamon and star anise phenols with some slight sour in the background.

Taste: first sip gives a nice cherry-sour punch up front quickly followed by a mix of cherry and malt sweetness. The finish is semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: slightly (appropriately) acidic.

Drinkability/overall: this is an amazing Flanders red. I've had quite a few and this might be the best balanced with emphasis on the right characteristics.

Seek it out and drink it down.

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