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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Added by Todd on 06-28-2009

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Reviews: 497 | Ratings: 2,786
Photo of depiesdesjacobins
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. Delightfully sour, the complex flavor profile fades from the tongue with strong notes of tart cherries, giving the taste of fruit without being overly sweet. Pours a deep rouge color and the light carbonation keeps the beer very light. Excellent pairing for salmon or red meat entrees

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Photo of stevoj
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.Draft at PreFunk. This style is growing on me, and I’ll always give a nod to the Belgians. Not much to look at, but a pleasure for the senses. Big tart fruity notes abound, aroma and taste buds overwhelmed, dry puckering finish. A beauty from the originators.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice sour beer that I enjoyed on tap recently. Body is a rich ruby color, with a very thin, fizzy white head. Some lingering fizzy foam lingers on top of the beer. Smells like cranberry juice (tart fruitiness) and caramel sweetness. Flavor is very tart up front with cranberry, and unripe raspberry and cherry flavor. As it gets to midpalate and finishes, there's an underlying sweetness akin to apples and caramel. Long lingering faintly tart aftertaste. Passed it around to friends for laughs, and they all described it as "liquified Sour Patch Kids." I found the sourness pleasant and not overwhelming. Feels light and fizzy, nice prickliness on the tongue like carbonated cranberry juice. Very refreshing beer for the summer!

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holds a pretty ruby red colour when held up to the light, a small off white head thins out to a covering of scattered bubbles in seconds. It looks alive and vibrant with new swirls of micro bubbles forming with every swish of the glass.

Sour cherries, lemon and a wild yeastiness on the nose.

Starts with a hit of lemon juice sourness, quickly progressing to a fruitier balance of sour cherry and unripe berries and aged red vinegar. A nice mild funkiness gives depth and balance, even a hint earthy herbs. Worlds of flavours here. There is a hint of sweet fruit but finishes dry.

Quite a full body, light and liquid on the tongue with satisfying but not overbearing micro carbonation.

Great to get easy access to these more interesting styles here in Ontario. This a very well balanced sour with plenty of depth in the cherries, raspberries flavours and characteristic wild yeast character. This would be refreshing on a hot day or comforting on a cold night in front of the fire. Cant miss.

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Photo of portwood
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose: tart cherries, wine vinegar, crushed berries, slight funk, very pleasant. Taste: sweet/sour, tart cherries, acidic, low carbonation. Finish: unripe raspberry, sour apple. Finish entices another sip where the taste buds are smacked by unpleasant tart/sour/vinegar notes. (bb 10 02 19)
I want to score a "1" for taste but that would undervalue the overall quality of this beer.

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Photo of Phi11
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear red with an effervescent, but quickly dissipating head.

Smells of fruit and vinegar. Cherries, plum, maybe some orange.

Tastes very tart. Sour cherries and orange. Not very dry. Sticks around on the pallet for a few minutes. All in all very pleasant.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Decent head which dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing. Dark red tint to the beer itself. Even with light behind it you can barely see through it.
S: Tart cherries and slight vanilla background.
T: As with the smell, tart cherries come through strong, but I'm also getting some notes of apple. This beer presents is right in the sweet spot for tartness; it isn't face puckering nor is it so slight it seems like a flaw. Taste lingers on the tongue rather nicely, though possibly a bit too long.
M: Gives a nice tingly feel, but not overly so; goes down pretty smooth. As with taste, this strikes a nice balance.
O: I'm sure it's because I've been drinking a lot of 10%+ ABV stouts lately, but I almost forget that I'm drinking alcohol here. It's just tart enough to make this a sipper and allow me to savor it. This may not be the best of the best, but I'll be picking up some more the next time I see it.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite flanders red ale. Currant come through with some cherry notes.
The aftertaste kind of bothers me even f you can't tell exactly what it Is. Maybe some aging might do the trick. It's definitely better as it warms up

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Red to brown color. Hazy but light passes through the center. Steady but small head. Little lace.

I'm going to be careful in describing the smell as I detect dishwasher soap. Behind that I get a light sourness.

Tart cherry is the predominant flavor here. It leaves a lip-puckering finish on the tongue. Full bodied with a light carbonation. The aftertaste is long and chewy. No bitterness or sweetness comes through, but the flavor remains interesting throughout the tasting.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark reddish brown with a moderate head that is short lived and leaves no lacing down the glass.

The nose is primarily sweet malt with some notes of cranberry, granny smith apples and wet grass.

The taste is delightful and an excellent sour. Not over acidic like many sours that cause the jaw clenching I despise. The beer is very effervescent and has greatly complex flavors a strong cranberry and bitter apple mix combined with some sour notes like a sourdough bread. This beer if a sweet and sour and has a heavy fructose taste that is very tamed by the complexity of the sour flavors.

The mouthfeel is nice and rich with out being cloying like many sours. The finish is clean and crisp. The experience is a tidal wave of complex and delicious sours that falls off very quickly leaving a sour apple finish.

Overall this is an exceptional beer and I will definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark cherry red with an off white head, no lacing, not seeing much carbonation, beer is clear, no head retention.

A: Tart cherries, vinegar, raspberry, balsamic, no alcohol on the nose, smells pretty good.

T: Tart cherries, raspberries, plums, dark sour fruits, hint of balsamic vinegar, finish is super dry with lots of acidic notes, leaves you puckering.

M: Light bodied with a super dry finish, low carbonation.

O: A very nice sour, balanced, has a nice touch of dark sour fruits, hits with a nice pucker then quickly falls off, super dry finish, very drinkable and enjoyable, definitely a beer I would reach for again.

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Photo of adodds
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Dark, rich leathery with a bit of red/orange. Moderate head.

Smell - Orange peel, a slight acetic acid and caramel undertone. Overall personality seems light and fruity. The smell is much more muted that I would have expected.

Taste - Wow! This sour punches you in the mouth! Obvious vinegar, but not as balsamic as expected. Definitely citrus fruit present to ratchet up the liveliness. I didn't realize until the aftertaste how much cranberry flavor is present here! This would be delicious with some turkey and stuffing.

Feel - Surprisingly smooth mouth-feel with respect to carbonation. Drinking this beer makes my taste buds quiver, my tongue contort, and my mouth salivate (a lot). It reminds me of how much a light, acidic Kenyan/Ethiopian coffee can make me salivate.

Overall - I love sours, and this is a perfect embodiment of the style. If you want an interesting beer to ponder as you drink, this one will confound you for quite some time. I probably would not drink it casually, as focus is required to appreciate everything going on.

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Photo of LAp
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle (bottled 9/30/14, consumed 2/23/16) poured into a snifter-shaped wine glass. Pours a clear, rusty auburn with a thin, rapidly dissipating head. Nose is vinegar with a subdued balsalmic quality (not as much as say, Duchesse, or even Grand Cru), with sour cherry and raspberry. The palate progresses through the same notes gathered on the nose. Earthy vinegar and and lactic acid sour lead into fruity overtones that are not as dark as the deep cherry and red grape found in, for example, Rodenbach Vintage, but rather air on the lighter end of the red-fruit spectrum, with underripe raspberry, and cherry, and a very prominent sour green apple note on the back end. The palate leans much more heavily into the puckeringly sour notes than I would have anticipated. Mouthfeel is medium, and perfectly complements the beer itself. Overall, a great juxtaposition to the trio of Rodenbachs I recently tried together. This brew is perhaps closest to the Grand Cru, but tastes a bit younger, and has a Destihl-like, brazen sourness sets it strongly apart from its more reserved, big-bottled counterparts.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Fantastic bottle art with Buddha-like monk adorning the label. Deep, rich mahogany color with moderate head.
S: Vinuous. Barnyard funk. Sharp sour oakiness.
T: Super mouth-puckeringly sour. Almost vinegary. This is probably. To the best sour to get introduced to the style with. Fantastic to my palette.
F: Again, vinegary. Acidic. Possible a bit thin.
O: An absolutely fantastic representation of the style. This one always a treat.

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Photo of OlaB
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: great red color , gives a fingertip high head when i pour it in the glass and it dissapear quite fast

S: Very fruity , cherrys and wild berrys is what comes to my mind

T: Very much as it smell. cherrys and red currants.

F: The sour taste is suprisingly well ballanced, it never gets to much dominant. Very easy to drink this beer and very fresh and fruity aftertaste

O: This was my first encounter with this type of beer and i was very positively suprised, This is a beer style i will try more of

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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful red colour. Sour beginning and finish that moves through the mouth like a sour gum ball. Does not induce puckering. Rhubarb, cherry, and gum ball.

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

330ml bottle - nice to see another instance of this rare style to find just pop up around here!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a few instances of Ogopogo 'sighting' lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sharp cherry, underripe raspberry, and green apple fruitiness, gritty caramel malt, a wee earthy funk, some middling grainy barrel woodiness, red wine vinegar, and a weak musty hop bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, apple vinegar, muddled dark berry fruit, a faintly white cheesy funkiness, dank oak (more woody and estery than anything else), a twinge of vanilla pods, and more tame earthy and musty hop bitters.

The bubbles are decent in their structural and supportive, fizzy and frothy emanations, the body an adequate middleweight, and not particularly smooth, but hardly displeasing in the other direction, either. It finishes sour and fruity, and just a little woodsy.

Overall, a pleasantly engaging Flanders Red Ale, the barrel treatment subtle and fine, to the manner born. Lots going on, and not too sour or tart, so with the only mildly upticked ABV, this could be one for which I wouldn't mind settling in for another, given the proper occasion.

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Photo of erk0607
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer overall...

Look: Nice, clear red/amber color, minimal 1/4" head that disappeared after a minute or two

Smell: On the fruity side, although not so specific as to narrow down anything beyond cherry/raspberry-ish

Taste: Sour, cherry/berry fruity, some sips are quite tart, not overly farmhouse-y, more of the flavor was the fruityness.

Feel - light, crisp, makes you pucker up, gets slightly foamy when you swish it around but it is not overly complex when it comes to mouthfeel

Overall: very happy with this beer, leave it out for a while to warm up as they're much better that way. Would I get it again? For sure. Would I make a special trip to go get some? Not necessarily, but if I saw some on a shelf among other Flanders reds, I would get some without hesitation.

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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 DoctorZombies
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown (24) pour with dark beige head;some clarity under cap which retreated quickly; good ring of lace. Tart stone fruit nose with plum and cherries; not much yeasty earthy aromas. Tart fruit flavors of plums and cherries initially whereas the middle is a little astringent bitter cranberry juice, which gives way to a touch of oaky vanilla and fruity red wine in the finish. Moderate lite carbonation with a medium mouthfeel that is a tad dry, with a slightly acidic and tannic tongue coating. Overall, most excellent - sour plum and black cherries complement the dry red wine linger.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip. Darkish, cherry red body and a very thin white head. The head lasted probably 10 seconds. A few bubbles here and there to show there's still carbonation.

Smell: Sour green apples and cherries, cranberries, red grapes, and some wood.

Taste: Same as the above.

Feel: Super tart. Medium carbonation and body.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Totally delicious. Sour but not too harsh, nice tart cherry flavor with some green apple and other stone fruits in the background. A bit astringent on the nose like nail-polish remover, but otherwise, a very tasty sour.

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Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on Thanksgiving day while the turkey was roasting. The beer is a dark auburn color with a beautiful off white foam. The scent is tart, with a little barnyard and wet hay underneath. There is also a touch of malt. In taste, it is a very dry and moderately sour beer, with complexity....apples, cherries, wood, and candy. Tart finish. Excellent.

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Photo of Premo88
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottled poured into tulip
(4/21/15 born on date ... consumed 11/22/15)

L: dark red-brown ... clear ... almost a 1-inch head of beige foam that doesn't stick but keeps a super-thick collar, really something to see with a little skin; no lacing

S: vinegar apples ... plenty of tartness/sourness with plenty of sweetness, great mix, and sweet/sour apples nails it for me; also some toasted cranberries, but with a pinch of sour thrown in; has a slight musty barn thing to it, and finger-nail polish/remover

T: follows the nose pretty well ... very tart apples, sweetens as it warms and also allows a nice lingering sweetness to help balance a pretty tart bite up front ... tart cranberries, raspberries; a hint of the musty farmhouse/wild ale flavor but only a hint -- the sour flavor here is a bit sweeter and cleaner; a big earthy bitter bite shows up at times and gives it what I think of as an American wild ale flair (though maybe this is an original note of the style?)

F: perfect ... big Belgianesque carbonation in a lightweight brew ... so easy to drink

O: it's everything I'm learning to love about this style, a great mix of very tart flavors with a lot of sweet flavors ... apples, cranberries, raspberries mostly come to mind, and the best part is neither the tart nor the sweet fly out of balance for very long. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of tomghiley
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a beautiful sour beer. incredibly tart, wonderful dark red color, well balanced malts, and a nice level of sweetness, perfect for any summer or fall day.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,786 ratings.
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