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

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Cuvée Des Jacobins RougeCuvée Des Jacobins Rouge

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Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Rouge pours a dark deep red color, with no head, but lots of bubbles. Very sour aroma, with hints of yeast. Taste is also very sour, nice dry fruit flavors, with a mellow spice note. Pretty fizzy, but nice flavors. Overall, its a very tasty and very big sour red ale.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours deep ruby red with thin off white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Aroma - Sour cherries, vinegar, cranberries, lemon, ripe peaches. There is a slight sweetness to it as well.

Taste - Jaw puckering tartness, great sour flavors cherry, lime, with a touch of sweetness. It really reminds me of a sour candy. Well balanced sour and sweet.

Feel - Light side of medium, well carbonated, nice tart bite to the mouth.

Overall - A very good Flanders, great flavors nice feel.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1,150th review! A bottle of this legendary fine Flemish Ale served cool into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Purchased this bottle (among others) from the LCBO for $3.95 CDN.

Appearance - A gorgeous, clear, dark amber colored beer spills out into the glass. A finger and a bit of fluffy off-white head is poured, leaving behind substantial amounts of streaky lacing.

Smell - oak initially, then strong sour aroma that borders on balsamic but never quite gets there. An underlying richness gives a suggestion of aged cherries. Wood and vinegar are also present, but very complex to decipher. Grapes as well.

Taste - Very tart and sour initially. So sour the taste is lime-ish flavor, sour cherries and balsamic. Subtle wood and aroma flavors come into being and there is even a brief stage of malty goodness. Some breads lurking in the background and earthy undertone. Yet simultaneously rich.

Mouthfeel - Seems fine but ends superbly, mouth-puckeringly dry. Carbonation is delicate.

Overall - To me it seems a half peg below Grand Cru by Rodenbach (and it's iterations of vintage ales) but definitely a full peg above the balance of the competition. A superbly crafted Flanders ale that is well worthy trying and would probably make every beer writers book of "500 beers you have to try before you die."

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Photo of -steve-
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received from the LCBO. Poured into a snifter at about 6 Celsius.
A - Pours a beautiful ruby red colour. Head subsides quickly leaving foam lacing around glass and trace of head.
S - Smell of sweet cherries, some underlying vanilla. Really taking my time with the aromas here. I'm new to the sour beers so want to appreciate the newness. Really is a pleasant smell.
T - Immediately hit by sweetness and tart cherry. Sweetness washes away leaving the tart and vinegar that ends with sourness along the sides of the tongue. Dryness and puckering on the finish. For all the different flavors they blend well together.
M - Feels silky and oily in the mouth. Carbonation pleasantly cascades across the tongue.
O - I really like this beer and can see myself buying more of the sour ale style. The tastes stay with you. A beer to sip and enjoy over time. It would be interesting to try a North American take of this style.

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Photo of Yoann
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Dark red with a thin foam
S - Very sweet malts evoking red fruits
T - That is really sugary, tastes like a soda or some medicine
M - Carbonation hidden by the sugar
O - Way too sugary I think, the smell inspired me but the taste deceived me.

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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 sherillc
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing and delicious sour beer. Flavours of sour cherries, apples and vanilla with a touch of oakiness. Tartness is not overdone. Nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

18 month old bottle. Poured into a teku. Appearance is a clear, dark mohagany red with a thin head that quickly dissipates to a persistent ring and with almost no lace. Smell is bright with vinous fruit and detectable vinegary sourness. Taste has some nice complexity. Puckeringly sour, but not overwhelming. Notes of cherries and vanilla combine with oak. Feel is medium-thin and very dry. Overall, a very solid and complex Flemish beer. It might have gone past it's peak a little, but was still excellent.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours clear ruby red with a creamy frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like chocolate, oak, acidic vinegar, apple, cherries, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, hay, with floral earthy grass. Tastes like slight chocolate, oak, acidic vinegar, tart apples, sour cherries, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, hay, with floral earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate high carbonation. Overall a really nice Flanders red ale.

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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 BlkHawkFan01
3.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was recommended to me by an associate at work, so I gave it a try. He said it was sour, but It's that and then some. Too much for me, I'm more the IPA , or stout type. Anyway to each his own, but not for me.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep clear ruby amber with a thin cap of beige head that leaves snowcapped mountain range lace as it recedes.

Smells of sour cherries, raspberries and cranberries, red wine vinegar, faint dried vanilla and soft earthy funk.

Tastes of more juicy sour berries and cherries, green apple, sharp red wine, barrel wood vanilla notes and more gentle soil-like funk.

Feels soft and light. Medium-light bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes dry and sour.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. If you like sour beer, this one is spectacular.

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Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Dark, clear ruby red with minimal head and lacing. Bright berry smell, sour cherries. Taste is rich and bright , red wine, tart cherries, currants. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.42/5  rDev +3%
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 TheDoctor
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Best before: Feb-10-2019
Thanks, Jacob!

Pours a brilliant clear ruby red that almost looks mahogany in the glass. Two fingers of thick dirty white head settles to decent film, some lacing. (4)

Bright, tart cherries, Underripe peaches, balsamic vinegar sharpness; funky, musty and earthy backbone. (4.25)

Tart red fruits, hint of vinegar, musty wood. (4)

Light-medium, little sharp bubbles, lingering tart tingle, nice even twinge through the whole mouth. (4.25)

Nice looking beer that has a tart funky aroma and a flavor that wavers between sweet and tar and sour and earthy. As drinkable as a sour beer can be to me, since it is not my favorite style. This is a nice beer that might be good with food. Would have again. (4.25)

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/07/15 bottling date

A: A very dark reddish-brown pour. Very tall and very dense light brown head. Great head retention and large walls of lacing everywhere.

S: Mildly tart berry aroma.

T: Okay, mildly tart doesn't cut it. Very sour apples and cherries up front. A good bit of vinegar acidity in the finish with a hint of lemon peel. Double wave of sourness in the finish, this is definitely a sharp one.

M: Medium bodied, quite sour.

O: Whew. If you like sour cherries or sour apples this one is for you. Great big sour bite of both that comes back for more in the finish.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy amber with no head.

S - Fruity with strong cherry and vanilla notes.

T - Very sour fruits, including cherry. Hints of vanilla.

M - Medium body without a strong alcohol presence. Lots of carbonation burn.

O - Pretty good for a sour, but an odd taste for regular beer drinkers.

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Photo of andy712
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am not a real sour aficionado so take this for what it's worth. I have had 2 Belgium sours now: this one and the Rodenbach Grand Cru. To my taste the Rodenbach is superior (mostly because it's not as sour/tart), but I enjoyed the Cuvée. It was on tap at my local taproom. The look is a beautiful deep red/mahogany and pours with a minimal head. It smells of cherry, cranberry and vinegar. The taste is tart, with some lingering oak. It took a few sips before my tastebuds adjusted to the sourness, but there is a nice combination of flavors beyond the tartness; oak, cherry and sour apple. Sour lovers will enjoy.

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Photo of CojakSilverBack
3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a great aroma is a little bubbly on the tounge for a sour. Was much better at almost room temperature then when first pulled out. Would drink again.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap at Flying Saucer.

Pour is a very dark maroon, nearing a dark brown hue with nice soft, tight white bubbled head with excellent lacing on the glass. Not as noisy or as fizzy as some Flanders Reds I've had in the past.

Smell is definitely sour cherry foward, with an equal blend of raspberries and cranberries. Plenty wood and oak in the back end to compliment the sweet fruit aromas.

Nice tartness at initial sip, quickly changes to a bouquet of cherries, sour apples and strawberries with an excellent oak back bone to finish it.

Mouthfeel is the highlight of this. Not overly dry, rather palate coating as the tartness sticks around for a while. Carbonation is relatively low for a sour, not overly fizzy and no abv detection whatsoever.

Overall an easy drinker, very well balanced and nothing too expiremental. It doesn't need to be.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 30/6/16

A clear maroon glow when held to the light, a few bubbles feed a very short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S cherry cola, strawberries, raspberries, cranberry, vanilla, vinegar, faint wet wood, heaps of burnt brown sugar, smells nice

T more vinegar, sour cherry, not as much fruit as the nose, vinous notes, sour candy like notes that work well, again it represents the style well

M lighter side of medium, has some sour pucker to it, very slick almost slimy on the inside, heaps of sour cherry linger

O sour and tart but drinkable, heaps going on in something I could drink a few of, I'll be revisiting this one again soon

Not sure how this flew under my radar for so long in my home market, fairly priced I can see this one doing well for those who like the style

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Photo of FBarber
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp still reddish brown. When held to the light its a ruby red color. Not much head, just a thin white film that quickly dissipated.

Smell was a tart aroma of cherries, grape and oak. Nice funky aroma is noted and a strong woody scent is also noted. The smell alone makes your mouth water from the expected sourness.

Taste is exactly as expected with a wonderful sour tartness along with flavors of cherries, grape, oak, funk and yeast. Nice woody flavors mellow out the different flavors and blend them together. Some notes of balsamic vinegar are also noted. Just lovely.

This beer is certainly sour/tart, but I personally didn't find it to be excessive. Its going to pucker you up, but thats what it should do. Mild carbonation.

Overall this beer is world class all the way. Im not sure there is a better Flanders Red Ale out there. Just a lovely beer to enjoy at any time.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a relatively clear dark red color with almost no head whatsoever. The head is gone as quickly as you realize it wasn't really there in the first place.

The aroma brings a ton of lightly tart cherries and green apples, with a splash of vinegar on the end.

The taste follows the nose pretty much to a T. Cherries and green apples up front, with vinegar not far behind.

The feel is relatively light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is incredibly dry with lots of lingering tartness.

Overall, a pretty good and interesting beer. I'm not really into the vinegar flavors and aromas but they are balanced out by the tartness of the cherry and apple characters. For the price, definitely not something I'd try again but overall a good beer.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was not cheap at all at $6.50 for an 11 oz bottle, but it has got such fantastic reviews that I had to try it out. This Flanders red pours a very dark amber color with a minimal white head that quickly dissipates. The smell is of cherry, like most Flanders reds, but it is less pronounced than some and it also has a slight apple scent, which is different. Wow, the flavor is very bold! The initial taste is kind of light and very refreshing. It has pronounced notes of cherry, apple, and grape. It’s the aftertaste that is really interesting though, the cherry really comes to the forefront and you are hit by an almost shocking, but in a pleasant way, amount of sourness. It also has a slightly dry crisp finish. There isn’t a hint of alcoholic flavor anywhere in here. This beer is very far removed from a traditional beer, but that’s kind of what sour beers are going for I think. Many other Flanders reds I’ve found to be kind of wine like, but this isn’t even like a wine. It’s something completely unique, which I don’t get to say a lot. I don’t think it’s my favorite style of beer, but this is really interesting and quite good every once in a while.

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Photo of JPNesker
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty much perfect.

Ideal lip smacking puckering sour. More lacto snap than Brett barnyard funk. Sharp and precise.

Super complex. Just flat out Amazing. One of my favorites, if not my outright favorite beer.

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