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 Budinetz
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a goblet. Dated 04 14 printed on the label.

Pours a beautiful ruby red with a 2-2.5 inch head that holds strong
For about 40 seconds. Head retention is surprising for a beer of this style. Very minimal lacing present around the glass.

Smells of sour cherries, lacto, and Belgian yeast. Pretty serious sour nose on this brew! Makes my mouth water just smelling it.

Tastes tart up front with a cherry finish. Lots of lacto present all throughout with an awesome cherry profile. Need the best Flemish reds I have ever tasted.

Slick on the tongue with a sweetness that turns to tart very quickly. Sweetness is detected when you lick your lips. Minimal carbonation is present but just a bit of prickliness on the tongue. Quite pleasant.

Overall one of the top 10 Flemish reds I've tasted. With an awesome nose and even better flavor, this brew is super delicious and super drinkable at 5.5%. Definitely one that you need to pick up and try!


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Photo of EspressoGuy
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

A: browny-red
S: lovely, tight, full sour cherry
T: delicious! very nice tang, great balance, very long balanced cohesive taste. Lots of flavours that come together beautifully. Sour is definitely there but it supports all the cherry flavour not overpowers.Each sip invites another. The 5.5% alcohol level is perfect.
M: medium bodied.
O: love it. A wonderful balanced full-flavoured beer that doesn't go over the top.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%

Amazing sour beer. Sour sweet sour. Thin mouth feel. The flavor is strong enough to clean your palate when eating any food even rich meals but dont try another beer after it. Numbs your taste buds after a while. Awesome beer!! My new go to Sour Beer.

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Photo of Hoperator
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Certainly the best sour I have had to date outside of Grand Cru. Amazing appearance, balance, taste and mouthfeel. Just the right tartness. Will definitely be in my go to list.

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Photo of blbarnett3
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle date 4/14 into a 12 oz. tulip. Scant one finger head that dissipated quickly. Beautiful red color, nice tart aroma, significant sourness, fruit notes, slightly oily mouth feel. Intense and delicious.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle code 21 13, poured into a teku glass

A- pours a deep ruby color with a sudsy off white head that eventually completely dissapears 4

S- strong acidic tartness with aromas of sour cherries, green apple, lemon peel, red wine, peach and balsamic vinegar. The barrel aging gives some woodsy oaky notes with hints of sweet vanilla 4.5

T- big sour tartness immediately that gives a lot of sour cherry flavor, flavors of lemons & apple kick in, red wine vinegar flavor gives it an acidic taste, oaky vanilla with a caramel-like malt, eventually finishing dry and tart 4.5

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a dry and crisp puckering finish 4

O- a world class beer that's packed with fruity puckering flavor, it seems to get more complex as it warms 4.5

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Photo of Dentist666
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured into snifter.
Mahogany beer with 1-finger tan head. Aroma of dried fruits and vinegar. Taste is actually sour, sharp, slightly fruity. Too severe for the style, imho.

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Photo of eskilgh
4/5  rDev -6.8%

A - dark amber, clear, creamy head with good retention

S - Cherries, almonds or even marzipan, figs, balsamic vinegar, lemons, malt profile in the background, can't get the hops.

T - Like it smells, pretty sour compared to other examples of the style I've tasted. The sourness lasts all the way through. Finishes tartly.

M - High carbonation, medium-light body, fits the beer well and makes it very drinkable.

O - Very nice beer, tons of flavor for the low abv. Personally I prefer other reds like rodenbach grand cru or the duchesse which are not quite as acidic. Nevertheless an awesome beer that is really refreshing.

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Photo of Hesscabob
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Cuvee des Jacobins is right up there with the bug guys. When I try a Flanders Red Ale I am forced to compare to Duchese de Bourgogne.

With that in mind, this Red Ale offers a slight variation of tartness to the beer with exceptional quality and drinkability.
A - Brownish, mahogany, deep red with light tan head.
S - Not too much funk with dark fruit aroma.
T - Everything you want a Flanders Red Ale to be. Bucket list, try this on tap or at the brewery.
M - Moderate to bigger carbonation, bubbly tart fruity goodness. Coats the tongue.
O - WHen i go to the liquor store and nothing catches my eye I always leave with this 4 pack.

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Photo of drpimento
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately the cooler this was kept in isn’t functioning correctly and the beer is served too warm. For me this is a beer that does need to be at least somewhat chilled. This had a great head and lace. Had a very aromatic, pungent aroma. Cant pick up some of the finer qualities as they’re lost in the acidity that more fully expressed with the warmer temps.

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Photo of MisterGone
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 330 into a tulip.

A: a deep red with a copper cast. One finger, beige (too common? Taupe? Cafe au lait?) head that dropped pretty fast.

S: lovely lactic, cherry sour aroma. A real preview of what is to come.

T: as advertised by the aroma. Sour cherry right in the gate, and it holds through the finish. Some spice. Hop, malt, and yeast profiles muted by the sour cherry. No real alcohol perceived at all in the finish.

M: I don't know if this is a "thing" but it it felt fairly light bodied at first, but a bit of sticky held on in the finish making me rethink the overall mouthfeel. Says "full bodied" on the bottle, but .... I could be influenced by West Coast IPA's and Cabs.

O: this direct sour was what I was in the mood for and it nailed it. It is a Flemish Sour, unlike some adult cherry soda's I've had from other breweries (and brouwerij's). Will revisit. Perhaps often.

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Photo of Pencible
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 2012 (or 2002? hard to read the bottle). Sampled 2014.

A: This poured a clear dark garnet with almost no head.
S: It smelled like tart apple cider vinegar and sour cherry, with some funky oak.
T: It tasted like sour apple candy, with tart vinegar and sweet brown sugar and old oak. It had a very clean sour aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a fantastic sour, with juicy and delicious scent and taste. The body was ok, but the finish was ultra smooth. So it was easy to drink, but should be sipped and savored. A true delight.

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Photo of Samuel906
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep dark red, almost black until light is shown through it. Light of white head. Smell is cherries, lime and grape funk. Taste is full of fruit cherries citrus, very tart. Feel is light bodied, refreshing, astringent and sour. Lively crisp carbonation. Overall very good cuvee, not too sweet and very refreshing.

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Photo of ananh
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, slightly opaque red with an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Subtle carbonation. Aromatics are of sour cherry, discernible vinegar and faint wood. Sour cherry and light vinegar are present on the pallet. Slight oakiness and berries present. Complex, not too tart. Excellent starter beer if you're new to sours.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a tulip.
5.5% ABV, 01 14 on back label

A - Ruby tints shine through the deep and clear crimson colored beer below it's impressively long-lasting ivory head.

S - Biting acidity brings vinegar-like sour notes that cut through the malty beer's brown sugar undertones and soft earthy oakiness for an inviting sour aroma!

T - Brown sugar sweetness and dark stone fruits lead the charge on the tongue, paving the way for balancing and lasting sharp acidic sourness that holds similarities with vinegar, though certainly not in a bad way. After the sourness subsides, gentle traces of vanilla from the oak emerge, rounding out the beer very nicely.

M - This Rouge's smooth entry leads to effervescent carbonation dancing on the tongue, vying for attention over the sharp acidity and sourness that linger on the tongue.

O - The core of Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge is quite similar to Monk's Café and Duchesse in that it's an amber-based malt profile that offers quite a bit of sweetness and mild dark stone fruit notes but the difference with this beer is that it's sour; like, twice as sour. The other two are more than respectable brews but don't quite offer the sour kick seasoned sour beer fans are looking for; they're the 'training wheel' sours. Cuvée des Jacobins combines the best of both worlds.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby color. The head is about a finger high, with a khaki shade. Retention is shocking for a sour ale (read: it's only pretty good), and there's even some lacing left behind!

S: Oh, that's tart - just the way I like 'em. I'm really picking up a defined note of apple cider vinegar (which tells me it's an acetic-derived sourness). And yet, the cherry esters and caramel malt backbone still appears well. Now that I notice it, I'm picking up a strong oak barrel note also. This beer is the definition of controlled insanity: everything is nicely defined, in your face, and well balanced all at the same time.

T: This is EXACTLY what I want from a good Flemish sour. It starts with a ton of balsamic vinegar. It calms down just enough post mid-taste to reveal strong tones of cherry and apple cider. The oak barrel is nicely soft throughout. I don't think I've ever encountered such a perfect blend of tartness and sweet cherries in my life - not even Rodenbach Grand Cru brings both elements so well (and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Rodenbach Grand Cru).

M: This is deliciously puckering. The back end brings a touch of fruity sweetness to perfectly balance the massive tartness. It's not super drinkable, it's just ridiculously easy to savor. Carbonation is actually rather soft for the style.

O: What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with a beer from the country that brought you French Fries and knocking USA out of the 2014 World Cup? I could just savor this all day. Naturally, I need more of this in my life, right now in fact.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint glass.

A: Burgundy-tinted brown. Good clarity despite its darkness. A thin fizzle of whitish head which quickly recedes to a ring. A few streaks of lacing. Retention is good despite the minimal amount of head.

S: Bold, full flavors of black cherry and red currant which impart a red wine-like character, along with earth/dirt and musky wood.

T: Intense tart cherry which manages to be balanced out by full fruit flavor, medium-full body, and moderate sweetness. Some raspberry, a touch of chocolate with a milky texture. The sourness lingers occasionally for quite a while.

M: High carbonation, though the milk-like texture obviates any sharpness/bite. Medium body.

O: Very tasty, better than a lot of American sours that are harder to get or much more expensive (*cough cough*).

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Photo of pjbfromkc
4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a tulip glass at barley's brewhaus in overland park, ks. Halfway on my 20 mile bike ride i needed some refreshment. This is not only one of the best Flanders Red, it is one of the best beers I've had. Tartly sour and refreshing. Perfect for a bike break.

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Photo of hippogasmo
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my all-time favorite brews (the other two are also sours - surprise, I know).

A: Rouge is not a term lost on this brew. Ruby red, held up to a light source it looks not unlike a Big Red soda, just a little darker.
S: It smells quite like a sour, a hint of vinegar with some light fruitiness on the tail end. A pleasant smell.
T: Slightly sweet with enough carbonation that it does not taste like a soda. I hope you're prepared for a candy-like sour impression on the back end, however. I once compared this to Sour Patch Kids followed by a hint of alcohol in terms of overall flavor, if that's any indicator.
M: Carbonation makes it a pleasant feeling, but even if you savor it enough for this beer to go flat, it still tastes fantastic.
O: This is a great beer. In North Arlington/North Dallas, it averages between $3-5 per bottle, and it is worth every penny. I'd love to find this on tap.

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

A: pours ruby red, cloudy, with a bit of edge head
S: tart funky yeast, typical of a sour, sour milk, lemon, maybe pomegranate on the fruit end
T/M: light puckering tartness from the beginning, very similar to the nose. The malt is not completely lost, however, but the tart combined with the carbonation win out on this one.
O: I like a nice tart sour, and this one delivers on that end. But the mildly fruity taste I get underneath (maybe even unsweetened cranberry) is very enjoyable.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Balance of red and brown ruby copper, chunks of floating yeast particles, light haziness, 3 fingers of tan brown head leaving a nice lacing.

Farm yard, metallic, vinegar, compost, a bouquet of garbage.

Sour pucker, earthiness, raw potato, earthen, compost, garbage, light dry fruitiness. Lemon juice, tart. Light maltiness.

Medium heavy acidic body, medium low carbonation. Powdery, foamy, very dry.

Awesome brew that wakes you up! Drank in Stratford, ON, May 2014 with my brother in his back yard.

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

- Pours a dark auburn/ruby, head dissipates quickly

- smells acidic tart cherry, fairly mild nose.

- Huge lemon pucker sour with a cherry tartness to it. Extremely drying with good carbonation. I also get slight lingering sweetness, maybe from the cherry.

- Overall a solid, invigorating beer with big sourness. I enjoyed the dry mouthfeel and there was a slight sweetness on the finish. It is a bit unbalanced with all the lemon sour acidity.

I've tried this beer several times now, this specific bottle I purchased about 1 year ago to see how it would age. This seemed like the most sour bottle I've had, but there was been some fluctuation in sourness from fairly tart, to huge lemon-pucker-melting- your-face.
Good for the price point.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I couldn't resist this one. A sour ale. Even if the cast was double of most draughts.

Served in a Boulevard shaped tulip.
Head was thin, as expected of a sour. Quickly gone, but left a small amount of lacing.
Body was a dark caramel, not clear, but no deposits.
Aroma was fruity, not bad since it is the height of allergy season.
Flavor was sour, plums, cherries and a little vanilla.
Body I would call heavy due to the sourness. A lot of aftertaste.
When I had my first sour I swore I would never have another. But I keep going back, because of ales like this one.

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Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a brilliant ruby, with thin off-white head; settles to a thin ring. Smell: nectarine, cooked apple, hay note, vinous, vanilla. Taste: granny smith, sweet cherry, cranberry; acetic, mild graininess, herbal and vanilla notes. Medium-plus bodied, low but creamy carbonation creeps in, finishing sweet, drying, and oaky.

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

330ml bottle served in a snifter.

A: Pours a magnificent amber color forming a small yellow head with low retention and only spotty yellow and bit molasses lacings in the glass

S: Grapes! Vinegar, toffee, caramel malts, cherries, oak, more grapes, flowery hops...

T: Sour and slightly sweet upfront. Becomes quickly, dry, acid and funky. Strong notes of grapes, toffee, caramel malts, cherries, oak. Reminds a Cabernet Sauvignon wine, and I'm serious! Metallic and a bit earthy end

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Lingering in the tongue. Very sour and fruity aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent Flanders Red Ale...

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,766 ratings.
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