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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Added by Todd on 06-28-2009

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Photo of MeowTom
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark red pour with light head that quickly dissolves leaving a light ring that clings to the edge with spots of head still in the center.

S- If you could call it a fresh sweet-sour fruity mix thats what I would and just did.

T- Sour/vinegar fruit that follows easily with the smell. VERY NICE.

MF- Perfect amount of carbonation almost like a champagne with a light body that leaves nice tart finish.

O- Wonderful beer overall and is a great example of what a Belgium sour should be.

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

Beige head. Color is a clear copper 

A: sweet cherry pie and sour funk.  Very clean and approachable . Bready and caramel. 

T : sour cherry and cherry pie filling. Very nice. Bready but sweet. Very sour. A lot of tart fruits. Jolly rancher goodness.

Mf; sour and tart. Light bodies with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

O:  this was a surprisingly good beer. It was very sour and tart.  Very drinkable . I am glad I had a chance to  have this one. 

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Photo of zeledonia
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says 01 - I think that means this is the first bottled batch to hit the US.

Pours dark and clear, with the color hard to make out. With light behind it, it becomes crimson, but on its own it looks like a medium amber with reddish tones. One finger of cream-colored head, fades rather fast but leaves excellent thin lacing.

Smell is deliciously sour, with tart cherries leading the way. A bit of vinegar in the background. Also a nice light woody oaky aroma. A whole lot going on in here, and all of it is good.

Taste is again quite potently sour. Slightly mouth-puckering, but really nice. Very fruity - cherries and lemon in equal parts. Has a good bite at the end, as it kicks up rather sharply. Finishes... sour... and lingers on the tongue. I like it.

Light bodied, fizzy, and quite dry. The feel, and especially the astringency, works really well with the rest of the beer.

An excellent fruity sour. Definitely heavy on the sour, but there's a lot else going on in this beer that I really like. The combination of fruit, sour, and bubbly dry mouthfeel make for a great beer experience.

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

Appearance – Pours a dark mahogany red into my tulip with about a quarter finger of head that leaves miniscule lacing.

Smell – Lots of cherry, and to my pleasant surprise sour green apple. Not much vinegar (thankfully) if any to be honest. A hint of sweet malts and oakiness on the back end.

Taste – Wow…I may have to change my mind about Flanders. A kick of cherry/acidic tartness up front. Oak, vanilla, and then the granny smith apple comes in. Not much vinegar nor is it overly sweet. Grape skins and earthiness, and finishes again on cherry notes.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, finishes a hint dry and tart.

Overall – Well tickle me pink. This was a pleasant surprise to be sure. I am NOT a Flanders fan at all, and this one was thoroughly enjoyable. I will for sure pick some more up at my local store. Recommended.

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

Had this one on the train ride home from work. Poured into a 12oz. clear plastic cup (all i had at the moment).

A-- Dark reddish-brown with a barely existent white head that had very little lacing.

S-- Mostly cherry with hints of sour apple.

T-- Cherry, vanilla, sour apple, light oak. The sour fades very nicely into a creamy vanilla finish.

M-- Lightly carbonated and finishes slowly as it really coats your entire mouth. The tannins from the oak leave you wanting more.

D-- Very impressed with this one. Has all the good qualities of this style and manages to keep them all in perfect harmony.

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

12oz bottle $5.99. Dark red-brown color, good head at first and then a film of bubbles. Smells a bit like cherries, wood, brett adn possibly pedio(?), I anticipate it will be sour. Taste is more complex than I expected with the wood playing a good part, sour but not completely mouth puckering. One of the better Flanders Reds that I've had.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A modest, creamy, tan head produces a good amount of webbing before fully diminishing over a gem clear, dark copper beer. From a fish-eye glass, the highlights range from a reddish mahogany to ruby.

A nice, vinegary tone ranges from tart to sour, with earthiness and a background of ripe berries.

The flavors, as expected, are highly acidic. The tartness is subdued only because of the high acidity. Some sweetness comes out with cherries and blackberries.

A light body with velvety texture and vigorous carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp, with light alcohol.

This one is well suited as a digestif and for contemplation. Presented in a fish-eye glass that fits the hand well.

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Photo of morimech
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle with 01 stamped on the back label. Dark red color with some clarity. Minimal head forms and quickly settles to a thin skim of bubbles. Small bits of lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

This is a terrific smelling beer. Complex combination of tart cherries, barnyard/horse blanket, and floral finish.

Awesome flavor as well. More tart/sour than funky although the barnyard funk is definately noticeable. Fruity with notes of cherries and apples. Subtle barrel-aging notes of oak and vanilla. Just a slight sweetness in the finish. Great combination and not one noted.

Lighter bodied with near perfect carbonation for this type of beer. A little lively which I particularly enjoyed.

Other than the pour this is a great sour that I never heard of before seeing it on the shelf.

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

served on tap at black and blue

A-deep reddish with zero head on tap.

S-lots of tart cherries with slight hint of malt background.

T-tart cherries hit you up front and mellows out into a smooth balance of sweet and tart.

M0medium body, very flavorful.

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Photo of output01x
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that quickly disappears within seconds, leaving only a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a dark chocolate mahogany with traces of coagulated blood red when held to light. A strong amount of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing each other to the surface. Every sip of this beer reveals a thin line of lacing that quickly disappears back into the body of the beer.

The nose is definitely both sweet and tart with just a touch of funk. Aromas of apple cider vinegar, black cherries, and overly ripe raspberries are just a few of the components in this complex nose.

And I thought this beer just smelled great! Each sip starts with flavors tart cherries, raspberries, and mulberries. As the beer is swallowed, a smooth apple cider vinegar flavor takes over the entire mouth and slowly mellows to a super dry finish.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is as slick as it is sour. The body is very accessible and definitely smooth, but isn't exactly a thirst-quencher. The carbonation is slightly fizzy and prickly when held in the mouth but really foams up in the swallow.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a 5 oz tasting glass.

A: Pale off-amber brown. Head pours dense and falls but laces okay.

S: Bright tart cherry, crabapple. A little spiced apple aroma.

T: A lot of tart cherry and some other nondescript unripened berry (raspberry, mulberry). No overwhelming vinegar like aftertaste. Very clean. A light oaky presence redolent of red wine must.

M: Excellent balance of tartness on the palate and rounded mouthfeel.

O: Excellent example of the style, makes me want more.

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

Cuvee des jacobins rouge

Pours a dark, reddish brown color that is murky. A fingers worth of tan head sits for a while and leaves walls of lace.

The nose is full of vinager, tart cherries, sweet candied sugar, and raspberries.

The taste is much the same as the nose. Sweet meets tart here in a balanced way. The cherries and berries are noticed along with vineager which makes for a tart and sour taste. Some sweet biscuit malt lingers within all the tartness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lip smacking tartness that leaves me begging for more. Crisp carbonation.

Overall, this is a bomb sour that has a great balance to it. Glad its in bottles finally.

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Photo of halfP1NT
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, appears very dark mahogany with a thin, off-white head.

Aroma is tart, sour, lactic, light fruit sweetness, a little oaky. Really tart.

Taste is extreme lactic sourness. A puckering tartness coats the entire mouth. Somewhere in the middle lies a sweetness like sour cherries. The sourness dominates more than other examples I've had of this style but that is not a bad thing at all.

This beer is more of a slow sipper than some other Flemish Sours due to its extreme tartness but very refreshing nonetheless. Extremely enjoyable and complex Flemish red.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A clear garnet brown brew that pours to a one finger off white head and settles to a thin froth, leaving little lacing.

S --Pungent tones of sour cherry, tart apple, and pronounced acid are dominating.

T --Sharp acid and cherry, juicy apple and extracted grape-like tannin flavors which are then balanced on the back by a nice mellow oak and a hint of vanilla. Very rich and flavorful.

M -- Moderate body and carbonation, with a tannic grip on the tongue that really sticks and makes the beer slightly resinous.

D -- A must try for any self confessed sour fanatic, and a fantastic representation of the style. Amazing.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a very reddish brown with a finger of off white head. Bottle conditioned. Sour cherries and vinegar in the aroma. Light bodied. Very tart and acidic, more tart cherries. Sour pucker in the finish. Little bit of oak. Very drinkable. Nice to see this in bottles.

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

Look: Creamy, yet condensed, small-bubbled light tan head, about 2 inches. The head slowly comes down a bit, then gradually falls into the beer with minimal retention other than a light film. Royal crimson/ruby red, with some dark amber hues. At the right angle you see that this beer is brilliantly clear.

Aroma: Ripe black cherry, oak, light vanilla, acetic nose. Pear and apple come out softly. Zero hop. Amazingly complex.

Taste: Tremendously sour, yet not overbearing, if that makes sense. It has a wonderful fruity acetic/tart flavor rather the actual puckering sensation, but which is clearly present. Malty sweetness plays well, but ultimately takes a backseat to the prominent sour cherry.

Mouth: Medium body, with medium to high carbonation. The long, dry finish leaves a pleasant puckering sensation, with the oak and black cherry lingering. The mouthfeel puts this already wonderfully complex beer over the top.

Overall: Such an enjoyable, drinkable, complex, and flavorful flanders red. From the introductory nose of black cherry, and vanilla to the beautiful brilliance in its clarity, to the bright tart fruity and sweet acedic flavor, to its long drawn out dry oak finish, this is an incredible beer that I will have on hand at all times.

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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 dashmartino
4.92/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow what a wonderful sour!
Recently learned more about sour beers after a California vacation and sampling some RRs and the like. Had this beer on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC in a little tulip glass. Pours a dark ruby red, great whif of sourness that'll nock your socks off. First sip, you're hit with the wonderful sweet and sour combination, definitely taste the cherry as well. Can smell vinegar. For anyone who has never had a sour or wants to explore them, this is a great one to try first!

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

11.2 oz bottle served in a Darkness Tulip. Batch 01.

A: Pours a transparent mahogany with a light hay colored head. The body is bubbly and supports a nice frothy head with solid retention. The finally subsides to a thick collar and leaves some splotchy stick.

S: Tart grape skins, cherry pits, slight acidic berry. Earthy malt and oak flavors. The nose is spot on.

T: There is slight pucker up front from the acidity, but it quickly gives way to sweet malts, tart cherries, and dry grape skins. There is an earthy oak flavor towards the back end and the tartness sticks to the back of throat.

M: Creamy and smooth with mild puckering on the backend that tickles the through. Medium carbonation and body.

O: Very solid. Complex flavors, but goes down very smooth. I don't typically like this style, but this was very delicious.

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

Clear ruby colored body. No sediment or haze, visible carbonation streaming from the bottom. Two finger frothy white head sits atop. The head recedes rather quickly. Thick spotty lacings left clinging to the glass.

The aroma is a bit surprising, I was certainly not expecting this level of complexity. Strong tart cherry notes balance with a rather pleasant earth tones. Slight aectic aroma lingers just behind, very appropriate for the style. Bits of cocoa and toasted malt lie in the background.

A pleasant caramel like sweetness greets the tongue, as the beer moves towards the back of the palate an assertive, biting tart flavor develops. As the tart bite begins to diminish a bright cherry flavor emerges. The acidic cherry flavor lingers and overshadows most of the more subtle flavors on the back end.

Light bodied Flanders Red. Carbonation is on the high side, as to be expected of the style. The finish is dry, slight tart cherry flavor lingers on the tongue.

I went into this beer with no real expectations. This was truly an impressive beer. Tremendous amount of complexity in the nose is followed by an assertive and impressive flavor. Very easy to drink, highly enjoyable.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a basic tulip glass.

I've had the beer several times on tap and enjoyed it, it wasn't until bottles came to Chicago that I really thought how awesome this beer is.

It pours a deep crimson/ruby with a light ivory head and low amount of lacing. Tiny bubbles rest on the surface.

The aroma is nearly perfect, it strikes a balance between sweet cherry aromas and the nose tingling acid with just a little caramelized sugar.

The flavor is just perfect. It's everything I'm looking for in a Flanders Red. It's just got bit of candy sugar sweetness up front. Then the tart mouth puckering acid develops. It's not nearly as acidic as a good lambic but it's also not a straight lacto sour either. It really toes the delicate line between complimentary vinegar flavor and just pour it on a salad. I just love it. Tart cherry flavors all over and it finishes with a nice sour patch kid thing.

The carb is just right, gentle and present but not too high as to increase the harsh flavors. The aftertaste consist soley of lingering acid, just like the aftertaste of a sour candy.

To keep it short this is probably the best Flanders Red I've ever had, Oude Tart can give it a good run for it's money though. Flanders is my favorite style as well so I've tasted a few in my life. It's just outstanding and only better that's it now widely available year round and only $22 per 4 pack.

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Photo of auro0006
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A rusitc, amber color with a rouge highlght.

The nose was very aromatic and complex. Aromas of tart cherries, cocoa and raisins and figs. I know I was in for a treat when I tasted it.

The body was medium-full with a pleasant acidity. It actually was more sour than most I've had, but it was a good sour.

Flavors of light to dark roasted malts formed the backbone. Hints of cocoa, dark dried fruits blended well with the acidic and tart flavors of cherries.

The finish was strong with that tartness and acidity and it lingered on the tongue.

I LOVE Flemish Sours and Oud Bruins. This was top notch. Fantastic.

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

NBS #3; I'm not going to let the forums' absence slow me down!

A: Deep red, ruby. A dirty 1-inch head slowly settles, lacing remains.

S: Oak/vanilla, vinegar, and sharp & spicy notes of tart fruit and pepper.

T: As a sour n00b, initially I felt overwhelmed with the sour taste. Once I became accustomed, I began to appreciate the fine blend of cherries, must, and other dark fruit. This is pretty incredible.

M: Not thin, but closer to thin than thick. The sourness lingers and leaves me wanting to take another sip! Honestly, nothing about the mouthfeel puts me off.

O: I was told, "this is an excellent Flanders", and while I haven't dabbled too much in the style, I will admit this is the best I've tasted. My lack of knowledge to style is why I haven't rated higher than a 4.5 in any category -- in time perhaps I will revisit this one with a more educated palate. Regardless, everything comes together quite nicely.

I thought one bottle would suffice, but now I want more. To the liquor store I go (tomorrow, that is)!

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
2.4/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A - mahogany... can't really decide if it's red or brown. No head retention.

A - sour cherries, no way of getting around that. Imagine berry jam and white vinegar cooking in a pan together on the stove. There's depth to the aroma, but it's only realized once you get over the sharpness of the acidity.

T - Like your favorite sweet-and-sour candy.. without the sweet finish. Drinking this took me back to my days as a kid eating Warheads... then it just reminded me of coleslaw with too much vinegar.

M - It's hard to distinguish, for 5.5% it's lean. Nothing substantial to hold up to the twang.

O - Not sure what the point even is. In very small dosages this could be a wonderful palatte cleanser. It's also nice to prime with this beer before moving to your evening's IPA.

I paired this with sharp provolone, roasted red peppers and soppresata, surprisingly that barely held up to this beer's profile. Italian hot sausage and gravy faired better. Dark Chocolate did its part. Really, I can't recommend this beer at all, though I was glad to try.

If you're interested in giving this novelty a go, pairing it with food is mandatory ... or even pour some into a glass with a Russian Imperial Stout.

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