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

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Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very tasty Flemish red. I’d buy this more often if not for the high price tag which makes it a once-in-a-while treat. The body is deep red, with a small red-tinted head that settles down quickly; lacing is spotty and a little soapy looking. The aroma is tart and sour, funky and fruity, touches of oak and light vinegar, vaguely sweet. Cherry is the predominant fruit note in both the smell and taste. Good sourness, some puckering, this will most likely seem strong to novice sour-drinkers but fairly average in intensity to the more experienced. Again, the flavors are complex as the aroma, with a nice touch of woody oak tannins, restrained cider vinegar, tart cherries, sour apples, raspberries, red wine, brown sugar. Sweet and sour aspects are well balanced.

Body is well carbonated and medium to a little thin. Crisp and clean finishing, very refreshing, and an excellent accompaniment to food that needs a little cutting through; rich cheeses, spicy asian cuisines, etc.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a standard burgundy typical of the style. Darkish off-white head, solid lace.

S: Some vinegar, cherries, light funk.

T: Starts off really Rodenbachy with some red wine characteristics, crisp acidity, cherries and strawberry. The beer then takes a sharp turn and tastes like cheese (mix of brie and sharp cheddar), then goes back to a more classic flavour in the finish, fun to taste and drink.

M: Not the most refreshing acidity, but a good body, soft carbonation.

D: This is a good example of the style all around and has a real nice mix of tastes. No problem drinking this one down, nice to have a good beer from a brewery I've never heard of before especially in this classic style.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Lion's Pride.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice rich, ruby garnet murky brown hue with a one finger creamy off white head that left nice, rich side lacing.

S - Very nice sour notes. Tart, dark fruits, and vinegar.

T - Sour, crisp, and tart right up front. More dark fruits (though this time cherries is distinguishable) and vinegar. Very sour.

M - Very puckeringly vinegar sour. Crisp, dry finish.

O - This was a very delicious flanders beer, one of my favorites in this style. Definately would have on tap again.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish body with minimal head and an aroma that was a strong tart aroma of cherry and a hint of sour apple. Also get a little bit of vanilla, wood and alcohol. Medium bodied, smooth, easy to drink, amazing how tart and sour this beer can be yet doesn't make me pucker at all. I get some cherry and apple flavors, almost wineline one could say, a woodiness and a touch of sweetness add minor balance. A great sipping ale that is worth trying by anyone, fan of this style or not.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3.20

Appearance - Reddish brown colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, cherries, vinegar, citric acid

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, vinegar and cherries. There is also a touch of vanilla and some citric acid. It ends with a fruity tart aftertaste.

Overall - A really impressive beer. It's very sour/tart but it still allows for some other nuances to come through. Subtle flavours can be detected throughout. I might even be able to have a few of these, which isn't something I can say about most sours.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Collins Pub

A: Poured a deep crimson color with a small white head

S: Vinegar, tart cherries and wood

T: Sour and ripe red cherries plus some other unripe fruits such as apples, plums. Vinegar tastes with some acidity, sweet and dry.

M: Finish is tart, unripe fruits feel, acidic, booze and sour


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Photo of sweemzander
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a deep reddish hued chestnut color. Produced a nice cap of tan froth surprising retention. Some lace.

(S)- A really nice dry oaky barrel funk in front of some nice tart fruits. Very subtle vanilla-like wood finish.

(T)- A nice sharp acidic tart kick right off the bat that slowly flows into an even combo of vinegared tart fruits and a dry oaky vanilla funk.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level. This has a great balance and feel to it for the style. A sharp vinegar-like sourness with great fruits and barrel characteristics.

(D)- Color me surprised, but this is just an excellent example of a Flanders. A bread I have never heard of, but I always welcome finding a diamond in the rough. A great sour for your money that does not break the bank either.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
A- This beer has a slightly deep warm brown body with a thin ring of light beige foam on top. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles popping of the base.
S- The bright tartness is mild with an earthy note to it and some dark dried but bright fruit aromas to follow.
T- The sharp tart pucker has some support from an oaky hint and a bright balsamic vinegar note in the finish. The finish is of dried fruit and is almost sweet and tart with a faint dried cherry quality.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a pleasant almost astringent pucker.
D- This beer is really easy to drink and the full tartness is very pleasant. There is a nice blend of tart and fruit flavors with the oak offering good support. This beer goes down fast and so does the next glass.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap during Max's 72 Hours of Belgium.

A: The red ale is a dark cherry red color, opaque due to the hue, with a small white band of head atop it.

S: The nose is sour cherry, full and sweet, with just a touch of funkiness. The sour aromas are more acetic than acidic.

T: Sour cherry and vanilla drive the flavor. The flemish red aspects impart the cherry notes, smoothing out acetic vinegar flavors with the sour fruit. I wrote down, 'an accidental kriek.' It nicely sums up the sour fruit flavors that come out of the ale.

M: The fruit, funk and wood all take their turns, moving from sweet to sour and back again with ease.

D: Weighing in below 6%, with a solid flavor and not too much acetic tartness, what's there not to like.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrantly bright red pour with amazing clarity, make noobs think you're drinking something that isn't beer. Lots of oak and bright cherry in the aroma.

Super intense sour for a flanders. Its up there in Oude Tart levels. Plenty of body to it, gritty, hearty, lots of oak tannins. No funkiness, this is a very clean flanders. Super enjoyable, relatively affordable, I always buy at least one bottle (preferably four pack) anytime I see it. Its one of those beers you want to have a shit ton of laying around because its good all year in any season.

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

Pours a clear amber with red highlights and a modest tan head that lingers as a thin foam layer.

Oak, acetic acid, tart cherries, and vinous notes begin the aroma. Soft hints of vanilla and earthiness add complexity. As it warms,a sweet, toasted malt character emerges.

Decidedly sour initially, lactic acid, tart lemons, with underlying sour cherry character. Mid palate, oaky, earthy flavors take over, carrying into a dry finish, which is accented by a touch of cocoa. There's a background of lightly sweet malt present, subtly preventing the sourness from overwhelming the palate.

Body is fairly full, with high carbonation to lighten the flavor and cleanse the palate.

Definitely not a starter sour. Very complex and refreshing.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a rubyish brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and small wisps of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing.

S- Strong whiff of lactic acid is very sour and causes the the tongue to salivate. Also plenty of fruit notes such as black cherry, sour apple and fermented grape juice.

T- Was expecting a sour bomb judging from the aroma but the flavor is actually quite smooth and fruit forward. Yes, there's plenty of tart to go along with the sweet, but it's a nice balance. Not much oak as the label declares it was aged for eighteen months in the barrel but I think the sourness just overpowers it. Notes of sour apple, sour cherry and lemon Warheads.

M- Crisp, dry and very tart with medium-low carbonation and a medium body.

O- Could use a little more carbonation for my tastes, but it's a very enjoyable sour ale.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, with an 01 stamped on the back label. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy reddish/brown color and has about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like tart cherries, oak, vinegar, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like tart and sweet cherries, vinegar, oak, dark fruit, and some sugar. Even though the tart flavors are stronger, the sweet ones are still noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. I think it's a good brew, I liked it. $4.99 a bottle.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours brown/ruby with a light bubbly tan head with hints of cranberry. Light lacing. Hazy body. Looks pretty.

S-Smells awesome. Very tart. Tart unripened fruit and vinegar like notes. Fairly intense.

T-Oh so very sour. What a great tart taste. Sour red fruit flavors. One of the most tart beers i have ever had. Tastes like a Warhead candy on the first sip.

M-Very carbonated with a relatively light body. Crisp and super bubbly.

O/D-What a great Flanders Red. I love how intensely sour this is. Definitely a sipper. But very, very tasty. Happy to have had a glass.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very fine sipping beer that starts with a fruity, sour nose with a hint of barnyard and wet horse blanket. Not much hop presence in the aroma. Jacobins Rouge pours cloudy cherry brown with very little foam. On the palate the beer starts with a light fruit sweetness and then explodes quickly into sour fruit flavors - cherries, apples, plums and lemon with a touch of malt for restraint. Despite the initial malt and sweetness, it finishes puckeringly lemony sour and outrageously refreshing. Medium to medium light body to medium high carbonation.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, states 03 on the bottle, unclear what this means. Poured into a 2013 Cantillon Zwanze glass today, 2/4/2014. I think Gunch sent this one as an extra; thanks for this one John!

App- pours a dark ruby-brown body, fairly opaque but illuminates nicely to show an dark amber body. Minimal <1 finger white head, minimal retention, no lacing. Looks bubbly.

Smell- Tart cherry, strong oak tannins, lots of vinegar, faint hints of musty, earthy funk.

Flavour- Quite tannic, vinegar which makes for a 6/10 sour quotient, more earthy funk than in the nose. Some tart cherries comes out, similar to Supplication but not as intense on the cherries (I know this is not made with cherries), and certainly nowhere near a Kriek.

Mouthfeel- Thinner-medium bodied, less carbonation than expected for the style yet still very drinkable despite its acidity. Mouthfeel is a sour earthy fruitiness that doesn't stick around for long.

Overall- Very nice Flanders red, probably the best shelf Flanders red I've come across. I certainly enjoy this more than Rodenbach Grand Cru, but the price point ($20 for a 4-pack) does deter me a bit even though I know sours are usually more expensive.

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Photo of avalon07
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a ruby color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: From the moment you open the bottle there's a huge, fruity, sour aroma. Very alluring.

T: Tasted of cherries, other light fruits, vinegar, and a hint of malt in the finish. A tart, sour, powerful, balanced and tasty beer. Very well done flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, yet prickly finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An excellent example of a sour beer. Drinkable and well made.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep crimson red bodied beer with two fingers of white head that drops to a thin cap. Little bit of lace on the glass as well.

Smell: tart cherries and lemons. Hay, wheat, and little funk. Some oak too.

Taste: This one has some serious pucker factor. moderately sour beer with big lemon and very tart cherries; little bit of apples, raspberries, and cranberries in there too. Oak adds some dryness to the beer starting about mid palate. The sour and fruit elements of this beer have a fantastic balance. Finishes fairly tart and sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its like a dry champaign. Crisp and really clean.

Overall: Really nice sour at a decent price. i will drink this again when i am in the mood for a good sour!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep red pour. One finger ligth brown head gone to a film fast. Strong carbonation. Minimal spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Tart cherry, sugar. Simple but nice.

T - Sour. Quite sour. Tart cherry, sugar. Cherry and vanilla to finish. Nice. Tart and sour up front, but other flavours shine through. Sweeter after time with some woody notes too.

M - Strong carbonation. Medium body, dry and tart finish with a little cherry note and vanilla.

O/D - Definitely a sour Flemmish Red. Not as much sweetness as you'd expect to balance, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Tasty and complex. Nice one.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Keanlacrosse for sharing

The body sits a deep mahogany/ruby red with a fluffy white cap. Some lines and dots of lace strewn about. Good retention throughout.

The nose is of tart cherries, cider vinegar, oak, sugar, and a light funk I can't quite place. This is a very inviting aroma and is not as one dimensional as most in the style. This one has a substance to it.

Tart cherries up front before giving way to cider vinegar and huge notes of oak and vanilla. The finish is a touch sugary before the lactic and acetic sour notes comes back into play. The vanilla and cherries combine to make a sugary sweet combo that balances out the sour and never truly tipping the scales in either direction.

The feel is amazingly smooth. Silky and creamy mainly due to the vanilla, which really thickens up the body. Low carbonation. Crisp, sugary, tart, and dry in the finish.

This is a high caliber beer. Delicate and bold, hitting all ends of the spectrum in between. A new entry to my rotation.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's today.

Beautiful deep ruby red with red highlights, this beer is very attractive despite the lack of head. The nose has a beautiful sour character with a great acetic bite that is well-complemented by vanill and sour cherries. Fruity and awesome. The palate is so like the Ommegang Rouge! A big acetic bite to open things off, refreshingly so, there's a pleasing amount of vanilla and ripe sour cherries, fruity and tart. Low in tannins, this beer finishes dry and tart with a pleasing vinegar character. Light in body with medium-high carbonation, this beer is insanely refreshing.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip. Poured a hazy plum with a two inch, creamy, off-white head. Nose was dark fruit with some hints of wood. Taste follows nose - extremely flavorful; dark fruit and vinous with a pleasant tartness. Mouthfeel was light-medium with some astringency and a tartness short of a pucker that stimulates the salivary glands in the cheeks. Incredibly flavorful, particularly considering the abv. One of my favorite examples of the style.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't know how I missed out on this one for so long, love a good Flanders.

A- Dark red ale poured into a tulip with some brown hues around the edges. Single finger off-white head forms with a fizzy texture and low retention. Spotty lace from a small ring on the beer.

S- Strength of aroma is great with big notes of sour fruit, acetic vinegar and oak.

T- Follows the nose nicely. Flavorful blast of sour dark fruit, acetic acid/vinegar, lemon juice, apple, oak, vinous hints and slight funk.

MF- Moderate carbonation in a beer that has a fizzy but silky smooth feel. Big sours but not at the level of a Cantillon.

A nice Flanders Red Ale. I find this style to be quite solid overall, seems like these guys know what they are doing. Great balance of everything fruit and sour.

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