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

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge is a Flemish Sour Ale, red in color with a beguiling balance of malty sweetness and acidic sharpness. It is made from spontaneously fermented and barrel-aged beer of at least 18 months in age. The beer is cooled overnight in a large, shallow metal vessel called a coolship and then fermented and aged in large oak foudres which are made in France and assembled on-site at Bockor.

Added by Todd on 06-28-2009

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I think "Whoa" was the first thing that came out of my mouth after I had my first sip. Really hits you with sourness. More sour than any other sour beer I've tasted. I get a lot of tart apple and cherries up front with a lingering sour aftertaste. Enough sweetness in the middle to balance it out. The dryness makes it a very drinkable beer. Just noticed it's almost gone as I'm writing this! A great price for a sour.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 11.2oz bottle into Teku.

A - Dark, dirty ruby color with a 1.5 finger off white head. Leaves a small white ring around the glass with no lacing.

S - Tart cherries, sour apple, vanilla, with hints of cocoa and oak.

T - Very intense tartness of stone fruit, green plum, cherry, and sour apple. I pick up the vanilla and oak in the middle. Finishes with a lingering tart sourness. This is pretty sour, with a bit of sweetness to knock it down a bit.

M - Light bodied with excellent carbonation. Mouth puckering finish.

O - This reminds me of New Glarus Enigma, but with much more acidic quality. This is a fantastic Flemish sour and worth the price; $22 a 4 pack.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The body is an intense hue of garnet red, only truly visible by light. It's perfectly clear, but its dark shade gives it a murky look. A finger's worth of fizzy pop-like head crackles for a moment before it dies and moves to the edges of the glass. The carbonation is very lively. Small streams of tiny bubbles rocket to the top.

The nose is deep and rich with plenty of sourness. Sour cherries and white grape juice mesh with sweeter notes of red apples, oak, and soft vanilla. A bit of cocoa is sprinkled on top as well. Although the influence of the barrels in terms of aroma isn't prominent in the nose, it's clear that they have done well at rounding and smoothing everything out.

Immediately there's a burst of sour cherries and tart grape skins. Paired with the carbonation, the sour quality has a bit of a candied edge and makes me almost pucker. Mulled red apples come in a flash midway through. As the sourness continues, the dryness becomes more apparent. By the time it reaches the finish, the palate is completely dry with a punch of tartness that sticks at the back of the throat. This, along with sweet cherries is the last impression. The oak does play a part in the taste even though it's subtle. It gives off a touch of sweetness and similar to the nose, helps to round everything out.

What really jumps out about the body is its fizzy carbonation and its incredibly dry feel, both of which help to compliment its delightful sourness. It's medium bodied and its dryness makes you want to take sip after sip.

Sours are still a broad style I'm exploring and getting use to. With that being said, this is most enjoyable sour I've had to date. It's smooth and the sourness is perfectly rendered. What a treat!

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 2,845 ratings