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
Belgium | website

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 06-28-2009

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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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into chalice style glass

Appearance – A deep red-brown color which formed a moderate head upon pouring. There was a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass upon the loss of the head.

Smell – A sour cherry aroma hits you up front and persists throughout the aroma. Toward the end a more vinegary aroma mixes in to the sour cherry.

Taste – A nice sour cherry taste meets the tongue. The taste matches the smell quite nicely, and as soon after the sour cherry hits, a bit of more vinegary/acetic acid taste comes into play. It leaves a very bitter and sour taste on the tongue. While sour and bitter it is surprisingly very nice.

Mouthfeel –The sourness mixed with the bit higher level of carbonation which when combined make it a a slower drinking beer. The thickness is rather moderate, but again, due to its sour nature, it is one to sip and enjoy over the long haul.

Overall – A nice dryer sour. It has lots of sour cherry flavor and some nice aromas. A good slow sipping light abv.brew.

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

On-tap at Churchkey in DC

A: Deep red pour, clear with only a ring of off-white head. No notes of carbonation, lacing, or retention. But the red color of this beer is really impressive.

S: Funky, sour, cherries, oak. On the sour side as far as Flanders Reds go. Maybe some booze is being noted as well.

T: The taste is balanced really nicely. Starts off sweet with some cherries and raspberries. Moves to sour and funky in the middle. Not a big, lip puckering sour, but a nice enjoyable one. Finishes oaky and clean.

MF: Medium body and insanely dry throughout, which makes it really drinkable.

O: For $5.50/4oz I'd pass on it again. With that said, I did REALLY like it. Might treat myself sometime. Nice balance, won't rip the enamel off of your teeth sour, just fruity sour goodness.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

168th Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Not sure who I have to thank for this one, but thanks!

A: Burnt leather, tan. 1.5 (off-white, almost tan) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Dark cherry, dried fig, caramel, vinegar, woodiness (combo of oak and hickory), and tart apples.

T: Much like the smell, but the sour notes of this beer are wonderful. Smooth balance of cherry, tart apples, and figs. Caramel sweetness comes and goes all throughout, but this is a very nice touch.

M: Medium bodied with just-right (not too much, not too little) carbonation.

O: All around a very enjoyable beer for sure. I could imagine drinking an entire bottle of this alone and think it will age considerably well. Definitely something I will seek out again in the future!

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Photo of gigaknight
4.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased 02/09/12 at Binny's in Downers Grove,IL for $21.99. Batch 01.

A- Pours deep cherry red below a very hissy 2 finger enamel white head, which slowly settles into a pleasant film. I suppose the nose suggests that it should look a bit stickier in the lacing, but then again most Flanders Reds I've tried are too dry to leave really beautiful lacing. Nonetheless, this particular example does leave some reasonable legs. Very good considering the style.

S- Robust nose of tart cherries, apple cider vinegar, light caramel, and lemon zest. I could smell this beer as soon as I popped the cap, and a nicely bowled glass lets it open up very nicely. A bit of musty oak comes out upon sitting, which counters the tart sweetness in the nose nicely.

T- The beer immediately hits the palate with acetic notes of vinegar, followed by lush notes of blackberries, tart cherry, and more of that musty oak resonance to keep the sharpness of the other flavors in check. This is an absolute gobsmacker, but moves across the palate with grace. Finishes dry, but a lingering tartness remains for several moments, making the mouth water.

M- A tongue-puckering tartness is present for much of the sip, but it avoids unpleasantness at the hand of the myriad other flavors in play. This acidity also fades from the palate with reasonable pace, in as much that it won't get in the way of whatever food one might pair it with. Juiciness is derived from the sour notes, and provides good counterpoint to the otherwise dry mouthfeel and fine effervescence. Absolutely delicious.

O- Edging out Monk's Cafe as my favorite Flanders Red, Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge exemplifies the ideal balance in sours of this nature. It's really a treat to have them finally brought around here, and even one beer into the 4 pack, I feel that I got my money's worth out of the somewhat steep price tag.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has a dark nearly opaque clarity. Looks a deep reddish brown or chestnut maybe. This beer is also well carbonated but with no head at all. Overall the look of this brew is pretty bland and boring, but thats about the only negative thing about this beer. The nose is quite lively. It has a good sweet and sour aroma. It's tart with pungent vinagar. There is also small scents of fruits and oak.
Taste is quite tart and quite sour. It has an aggressive sweetness too, which counteracts the acidic sourness just a tad. Once past this point the beer fades to sutle niuances of vinagar and dark fruits akin to maybe cherries hints of oak and vinilla follow. Smooth and thin bodied upon the palette with a puckering dryness. A well carb'd beer that produces a nice crisp finish.
Too easy drinking and thrist quenching A great beer shore to please.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a clear cranberry juice color with a light tan head that settles to a thin cap. A foamy curtain of lace forms on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour and tart cherries and berries and some slight woody aromas. Taste is of sour and tart cherries with some slight berry flavors and an earthy and funky wood flavor. There is an acidic quality that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some very nice sour and tart aromas and flavors.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark cherry brown with some ruby highlights. A small head that clings to the glass, but dissapates quickly.

S - I love the tart cherries, oak wood, sour apple, earthy undertones, and some vinegar cider. The smell is very pungent and it hits hard on the nostrils.

T - The taste buds are hit with an immediate surge of sourness and then are followed by tart cherries, sour apples and a dark wood flavor. The sourness is sharp at first but as the beer warms up a sweeter side starts to come through.

M - Medium carbonation with a sticky sour note that leaves a lasting impression in the mouth.

O - I think hands down this is one of my favorite sours that I can easily get my hands on. The balance is executed well and it brings a lot to the table with its bold flavors.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into hill farmstead glass

A - dark dark red body with tanned head two fingers thick some retention and lacing.

S - oak, sour cherries and apples, sugary sweetness.

T - super sweet up front. sugary sweetness overpowers everything else at the start (this is less so after you are half way down it). notes of cherry, apple, oak sneak in at the back end (more pronounced as you go on). very very tart in the back half.

M - light to medium bodied with lots and lots of carbonation present on the tongue. mouth puckering tartness.

O - a quality beer. nose on this is amazing.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 01/23/2012
Type: 11.2oz. Bottle
Vintage: Back Label Had 01, maybe 2001?
Glass: Ommegang Chalice

Pours a very wine-esque ruby red w/ brown mahoghany highlights, w/ a 1/2 finger white head that produces nice sticky lacing. Aromas of cherry, oak, Luden's cherry cough drops(medicinal), and funk. Taste starts off w/ face distorting tart/sour cherry and apple, which leads into oak and a touch of cocoa, and finishes w/ a funky twang. Medium bodied and lush. Great depth of flavors and finishes pretty dry.

Overall, this brew blew me away! Hands down the best Flanders Red I have ever had. Squashes Oude Tart! Also, just found out this brewery helped brew Ommegang Rouge, no wonder it is rated so high. Seek this brew out, it is the real deal.

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

I had this gem on tap at the Dirty Truth in Northampton Massachusetts. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Such a beautiful beer. Midnight Crimson-red with a finger head and little lacing. The head dissipated slowly, but was not there for the entire session.

S - Hints of sour apple, sour cherry, and unripe blackberries. A little yeast in the nose as well.

T - Identical to the smell. Again, I get a lot of sour cherry, and some oak notes. It reminded me of a really sour candy (kind of like sour fundip or warheads) but not nearly as sweet... because it was sour. Amazing!

MF - Here is where I thought the beer dominated. Extremely crisp despite the sour taste. Almost juicy. Like biting into an unripe apple with very little tannic acid.

O - A FANTASTIC beer. Worth trying if you haven't had it. Best sour to date that I have tried.

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

Live review, bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep ruby red, 1 finger head settles slowly into a small cap and some light lacing left on the glass.

S: Acidity, vinegar, some cherry and chocolate in the aroma too. Lightly oaky. Some funk shows itself briefly.

T: Right along the same lines as the aroma, with the additions of a slight sweetness and an earthy hop, the hop coming through the background quickly. No ABV hints, and acidic and dry finish. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, slightly chewy and coating.

O: Very nice beer, more acidic than sour, but still a fantastic beer. Try it if you see it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice mahogany brown with a thin off-white head which dissipates almost immediately. There is a little visible carbonation and no lacing.

S: Aromas of dark fruit, cherries, chocolate, wild yeast/sourness, and vanilla. This beer has a very bold nose and I like it.

T: Wonderfully in your face sour with complexity - tastes of dark fruits, cherries, sweetness, and sourness with subtler hints of vanilla and iodine.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation but evoking a bit of tongue puckering due to the sourness.

O: Amazing and a beer I could enjoy regularly if it was significantly easier to procure. Love the intensity of the sourness and the complexity of the beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew was served from the tap into a standard chalice at Rattle N’ Hum in New York, NY. It appeared a deep auburn, reddish maroon. The head was one finger tall, made of active tan bubbles. Retention was decent, and thick lacing was left around the glass. Transparency was high, no sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared active. The aroma was extraordinarily tart and souring, bordering on the sourest of krieks. Aside from the obvious cherry, there was a puckering raspberry as well. The malts were crispy and toasty, boasting faint molasses. There were also some strong lactics, with other notes of funk, musk, and moss to make the back end just as sour. The yeast seemed related to Brett, but wasn’t an exact match. As we sipped, the taste began and tart and souring as the nose. There was musk, drying grain, cherry, and moldy woodiness. The malts became chalky and biting at the peak, where we got a white sugar sweetness, and a barnyard grassiness. This bright flavoring passed, leaving paler malts, and the tartness to take us to the finish. Here there was a vinegar twinge of sour lactics, more barnyard funk, and a cooled haze of wet grain. The aftertaste breathed of light, tart cherry and strawberry. The malts were also light and airy, leaving the aftertaste to be lighter than one might expect for such a robustly flavored beer. The body was light to medium and the carbonation was high. The mouth is left cooled and puckered, with slick coating. The latter even covers the lips. Again, we were surprised that this didn’t dry us out so much, but the feel was wonderfully pleasant. The abv was lower end and the beer drinks easily, but is more of a sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the sourness. It was so tart, and so delicious. The musk and funk comes through insanely well in the nose, and doesn’t disappoint. The feel is also something to brag about. This beer goes close to being over the top, but never overwhelms the drink. This was a true treat.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge
Brouwerij Bockor

Appearance: A beautiful Flemish red color, poured vigorously leaves a sturdy creamy head that fades. Some lace clings to the side and effervescent carbonation is rising to the top.

Smell: Rich aroma of wild yeasts, chocolates, cherry, ripe stone fruit, lemon, apple, musty basement and faint apple cider vinegar.

Taste: Wholeheartedly sour. Layers of sour. Sharp sourness like biting an unripe lemon, giving way to a sour apple tartness and vinegar tones following. Cherry, young raspberry pits and even chocolate flavors emerge. There is a subtle candy sugar sweetness. Dry oaky tannins last in an elegant finish with plenty of sourness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated. Drying. Pretty much puckering sour, and in the best possible way.

Overall: About as perfect example of the traditional red ales in Flanders as you will ever find. Sip and savor this one.

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Photo of kazmanbrew
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First time for this beer. I want disappointed. The pour into a goblet-style vessel was a little flat, just a thin light reddish brown head. The aroma was, however quite nice, a light acid, more fruit...probably cherry or berry:
Mouthfeel was perfect. Effervescent, sharp enough, but not puckering. Taste just great. Perfect balance of acid, richness of raisins and wine.

It's hard to believe I hadn't heard of this fine beer before...although I'm still fairly new to the style.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
95 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.
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