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

Growler filled at GBX, split three ways.  Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a mahogany color with radiant highlights when held to light.  A large off-white head rises quickly and settles very, very slowly, leaving behind exceptional lacing on the edges of the glass. 

S: Tartness wafts out of the glass before I get to the first sniff.  Tart cherries, apples, and grape skins come out first with a bit of vinegar just behind.  There is a delicate sweetness attempting to balance out the sourness.  Vanilla and oak in the background. 

T: The taste is quite tart with cherries, sour apple, and vinegar up front.  Great lactic sour quality that is tasty and mouth watering.  Sweetness is a little less dominant in the flavor, but there is still a bit of vanilla and oak in the background.  Some earthiness comes out as it warms, but it is rather subtle as well.  Tartness is the highlight here, and it's excellent.

M: Medium-bodied with a lower level of carbonation.  Very smooth and creamy with a gentle tingle on the tongue.  Good drying effect after each sip, despite the salivation that occurs at the beginning of each sip. 

D: Excellent example of the style, and one of my favorites that I've had so far.  Really tasty, good tartness, and nice balancing characteristics that don't dominate or even begin to overwhelm.  I'd love to get another growler or bottle of this. 

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, with an 01 stamped on the back label. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy reddish/brown color and has about a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like tart cherries, oak, vinegar, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like tart and sweet cherries, vinegar, oak, dark fruit, and some sugar. Even though the tart flavors are stronger, the sweet ones are still noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and is well carbonated. I think it's a good brew, I liked it. $4.99 a bottle.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber-tinged brown with a thin, clinging white head. The ruddy hues I generally expect of a proper Flanders red were nowhere to be seen.

S: The nose is dominated by a strong balsamic vinegar aroma. As the beer warms, aromas of sweet 'n' sour, pomegranate, and tart cherries emerge.

T: Notes of sweet 'n' sour, pomegranate, cranberries, tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, pickle brine, and oak wash across the palate. The finish is sharp and tart with abundant balsamic vinegar, oak, and tart cherry flavors.

M: Light to medium in body with stinging, active carbonation. Very drinkable and very dry.

O: This is a near excellent Flanders red ale, though I feel that in terms of depth it does not compare to any of the authentic Rodenbach offerings. Still, it is good and is yet another step in the right direction for Brouwerij Bockor. Hopefully, I'll get the opportunity to try this again in the near future.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at ChurchKey poured into a sampler glass. Poured a cloudy brown color with a mostly lasting frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour tart cherry, fruit and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet&sour dark fruit flavor with a medium to heavy sour dark fruit finish of moderate to long duration.

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

Had a few days ago at Rattle 'n' Hum in NYC, from notes/memories. Served on tap.

A - dark brownish red, a bit of head. Left lots of lace, beautiful.

S - Tart fruits, mostly cherries...vinegar-like aroma as well. The sour cherries dominate, though...absolutely outstanding. Not complex, but that's okay.

T - sour cherry as all hell, in the absolute best possible way. It was very sour without being offensive. There are other dark fruits in the background, but the cherries dominate.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation was fine, smooth finish. Couldn't taste the booze at all, extremely well-hidden.

D/O - I could drink this every day if only this beer was sold by the bottle where I live. It's an outstanding example of the style. It would be one of my regulars if I could have it as such.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at just about every good beer bar in town. No idea where theses notes are from.

Dark rusty red. Solid finger of beige head. Sour cherry with hints of leather and tobacco. Flavors are similar to the nose. The sour cherry is the most dominating. However hints of leather, caramel, coffee and tobacco come through. Medium creamy body. Great all day sour for my money. Every time I go somewhere that has this i end up drinking several glasses. Can't wait for bottles to hit the states.

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

a - a deep, glowing read with ample head upon the pull into a snifter bearing the same name as the beer itself

s - cherries, tartness, sugar, wood, bit of vinegar

t - tart right away, covered with cherries...a sour back, with bits of sugar and a hint of caramel

m - Lighter to medium in body; bit acidic yet smooth.

o - somewhat harder beer to locate, but quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DIM
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dark, kind of murky amber color. it was served to me with a small ring of bubbles.

s: Prickly apple cider vinegar with lots of fruity aromas in the form of apples, pears, and raspberries.

t: Maybe not as comples as some, and certainly not as confrontationaly sour as some other examples of the style, but this was very satisfying. There was some puckering, vinegar-y sourness, but it was balanced nicely by tart berry and apple flavors. I also found something akin to sour candy.

m: Kind of heavy for the style and lightly carbonated.

o: Nice to try a flanders without the heartburn, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured into a pint glass.

A Beautiful dark ruby, like black cherries. Fluffy light tan head, about a finger. Leaves a murky, everglade-like foamas the head shrinks.

S Tart cherries and raspberries with sugar and sweet caramelized oak, apples, limes.

T Burst of tart and acidity, cherries and a multitude of berries with some really great lemon bringing in a bit of citrus, apparent sweetness and strong sourness.

M STRONG up front sourness and acidity makes me pucker! But its got a nice sweetness all around with it like granulated raw sugar, reminds me of the grainy sugary feeling of a pair.

O This was a great drink, a bit of a sipper at first, even for me, but the sweetness really hangs on in the finish and in my mind after each sip.

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

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a stemless flute, this beer came to the table with a small, approximately 1/4" creamy medium tan head with fair head lacing, which dissipated fairly quickly. Carbonation was soft and the body was a muddy, very dark brown with ruby highlights.

AROMA: There was a heavy hit of vinegar-like sourness together with sour cherries, oak, and, as the beer warmed, a number of other light notes -- berries and grapes mostly.

TASTE: A light taste of toasted malts and yeast balanced the heavy vinegar sourness of cherries, a hint of wood and a light fruitiness. It was well-balanced but tilted just a little more toward a sour, tart astringency than I would have liked; nevertheless, a good example of a Flanders Red Ale.

MOUTHFEEL:Light to medium body with a smooth texture, moderate carbonation and fair body lacing that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was a moderately tart sourness, followed by a somewhat acidic sourness that was a bit bitter and dry. The finish was quite long.

DRINKABILITY: This is a sipping beer and I wouldn't want to have more than one in an evening -- probably as a first beer. It was very approachable, had substantial complexity and purity, and is a great example of the style. Definitely a big "wow factor" here but once you get used to the sourness, the flavors really start to pop out.

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Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the La Jolla Public House in La Jolla, CA. A good red ale, it is nevertheless a bit too tart and sour, with a tart sour cherry character dominating a bit too much.

Deep red, it had a medium off-white head thinning to a thin ring and wisps.

Aroma was nice strong, sweet-sour cherry, hint of vinegar and fermented wet bread dough.

Taste was some nice, sweet-sour cherry but overly tart and sour, lightly woody with finish of candy and grain, but tended to be too tart-sour, an element that soon dominated all else, making it one-dimensional and eventually tiresome.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy hazy copper-dark-red color with a finger of white head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is full of sour ant tart cherries. Touch of other fruit sweetness. Very sour and acidic.

T - Kicks off with some strong sour cherry tartness and sourness. Very sweet as well. Through the middle, the beer mellows a bit and some funkiness comes through. The finish is a mix of sour and tart cherries with some sweet darker fruits coming through.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a very sour and acidic mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Nice complex and rich sourness and sweetness.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Lion's Pride.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice rich, ruby garnet murky brown hue with a one finger creamy off white head that left nice, rich side lacing.

S - Very nice sour notes. Tart, dark fruits, and vinegar.

T - Sour, crisp, and tart right up front. More dark fruits (though this time cherries is distinguishable) and vinegar. Very sour.

M - Very puckeringly vinegar sour. Crisp, dry finish.

O - This was a very delicious flanders beer, one of my favorites in this style. Definately would have on tap again.

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

A-Pours brown/ruby with a light bubbly tan head with hints of cranberry. Light lacing. Hazy body. Looks pretty.

S-Smells awesome. Very tart. Tart unripened fruit and vinegar like notes. Fairly intense.

T-Oh so very sour. What a great tart taste. Sour red fruit flavors. One of the most tart beers i have ever had. Tastes like a Warhead candy on the first sip.

M-Very carbonated with a relatively light body. Crisp and super bubbly.

O/D-What a great Flanders Red. I love how intensely sour this is. Definitely a sipper. But very, very tasty. Happy to have had a glass.

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

Very dark red.

Nice nose. The tartness dominates the aroma, but I also pull some dark fruit and funk. I like the smell which is not usually the case for me and sours.

Taste is very tart with little to no carbonation. I am not a sour fan, however I have had quite a few because I have friends that keep trying to convert me to the sour side. That said, I like this one. Very tart, but the fruit sweetness balances it out. A pretty good beer.

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Photo of shortbus7
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Melt into a 12 oz glass.

A: A dark red ruby color. Very appealing.

S: Dark fruit and vinegar.

T: Cherries, figs, currents. Some slight vinegar and quite sour.

M: Smooth, tart, and the perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This is a very good beer. Definitely worth seeking out. A very big surprise to me.

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Photo of isitsavage
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Smoke and Barrel in DC.

I love sour beers! But honestly I'm a bit new to them and craft beers in general so don't base your decisions too heavily on this review.

Arrived at my table in a tulip glass. Nice dark red (Rouge) with about a finger of off-white head.

Usually with sour beers I get a lot of it in the nose. Here, I just wasn't getting much. The sourness was there but not really in a big way.

Taste is a nice fruity sour, thinking maybe cherries and apples but honestly I'm not sure. I think the balance of sweet to sour is pretty good here but I haven't met a sour brew yet that I thought was too tart, seems like I could always have more sour.

Nice mouthfeel, prickly carbonation and smooth. Nice, dry finish.

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

poured from draft and poured a nice dark red color with a small head.

excellent aromatics with some funk, sour apples, cherries and spices. Nice depth as well with a good tart quality too

medium/full bodied with a nice acidic bite to it. Very good feel as well. This is a real quality sour and gives just the right amount of sourness

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Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Farmers' Cabinet, served in a goblet. The brew alpears a dark clear ruby color with a creamy tan cap that holds exceptionally well across the top. An entire wall of lacing effect forms a webbing pattern all across the glass.

The smell of this brew is cherry meets vinegar. It gives you the indication that this is going to be sour but also includes a touch of vanilla sweetness to contrast. There are some herbal to medicinal aspect to the nose but cherry and vinegar dominate the experience.

The taste is sour with some cherry flavoring and vinegar notes. Light funk and big salivation factor from the sourness. Earthy throughout until the finish with a light caramel malt and vanilla sweetness which contrasts and mellows the brew just a bit. The flavoring of vanilla sweetness comes out more as it warms and gets interesting verse the bacterial sourness that lingers.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Easy drinking and enjoyable at first, it is nice and sharp. Overall a good representation of the style but I was not enjoying it as much through the 2nd half of the glass. As it got warm, it got less enjoyable.

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

Poured into an oversized wine glass at 2011 Zwanze day in Louisville at Holy Grale.

Clear brownish copper with a head upon pouring. Dissipates immediately into a ring of foam around the edges.

Extremely vinous with highlights of fruit. Cranberries and currants are the most prominent, and a touch of stone fruit vinegar. Some aged balsamic sourness as well.

Fruit forward with cranberries, grapes and currants with some fruit vinegar-like acidity. Much less wine like on the tongue than the nose, but very dry and puckering.

Thin-medium with spotty carbonation. Plenty of drying and a nice pucker from the acidity.

Good wine-like fruit qualities on the nose with a great balance of fruit and acidic flavors on the tongue. Plenty of drying and puckering moutfeel as well. A well rounded Flanders red.

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville.
Brownish amber pour, about a finger of off white head.

Aroma, red wine vinegar, some apple and lemon zest, faint cherry.

Taste is tart up front. Lemon zest, tart cherry and green apple. Quite sour, unless you're desensitized to it.

Light bodied, but the carb made it almost creamy. Becomes a bit acidic to me though. Very interesting, however I don't have much to compare it too.

As it went on I found this to be quite a chore to drink. Probably still not quite my thing.

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Photo of Em0r
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I was looking for a low alcohol, light beer to finish off a near perfect afternoon of a craft burger and craft beers at Bad Apple. The "tart and fruity" description piqued my interest, so I pulled up my best college French and ordered it up.

The beer had a nice deep red appearance with a fruity nose. The subtlety ended at the first sip. This beer packs a punch! As a kid, if you didn't like stuffing a load of SweetTarts in your mouth for the pure pain/pleasure, this beer isn't for you. However, if you like tartness and interesting flavors, this is one of the most unique and and enjoyable beers I've tasted.

The initial punch is followed up by subtle cherry notes. The beer finishes smoothly (sorta like March...in like a lion, out like a lamb). This was a perfect finish to my meal, which included some potent chilis. The sour start complimented the heat, and the fruity finish was "desserty" without being too sweet or gimmicky.

I can't wait to have this beer again. It's truly a memorable pour.

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Photo of Jparkanzky
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Melt Bar and Grilled, Lakewood OH.

Served in a coctail/rocks glass.

A) Ruby red, little lacing, nothing else.

S) Smells like sour fruits

T) Tastes like tart cherry although a friend felt it was raspberries.

M) Bubbly carbonation dancing around, very different!

O) I realize this review is "sparse" to say the least, but I'm reviewing it in order to keep this one in mind so I can revisit it. As a "sour rookie" I find many to resemble hard-ciders (which I detest) and this one at no time reminded me of that. Friends continuously tasted it, and said "It tastes like vinegar!" (again, I didn't feel that way) We actually got a sample, in addition to the glass I ordered, and we dipped Fries in it, and it was oddly wonderful!! (of course, with the wife eating something called the Sloth and Chunk sandwich which gave me diabetes just looking at it, it is safe to say it was a night of experimentation)

Being new to sours, I don't know if I could drink it over and over, etc... but I enjoyed this one thoroughly and it was a great beer to enjoy with salty food.

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Photo of corcoranjc
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Muddy Waters new location over by lyn/lake...doing this one by memory, but it was so different for me and such a nice beer i think i can remember well enough for the review.

appearance: dark red...very attractive. little head on this one, but a nice looking beer.

smell: tart. cherries. little vinegar. very nice...makes you want to drink.

taste: lots of great sourness right away that dissipates into a dark fruit sweetness at the end. very dry in the end (i'm surprised the abv isn't higher)...

mouthfeel: really nice. great carbonation upfront and nice cloying, drying feel at the end...really nice.

Overall: i will drink this beer again the moment i have the chance. really wonderful stuff.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

growler from gbx, could not wait to tear into this one

deep and dark red in color with a light tan head that came up to a height of around two inches before settling back down and leaving tons of lace all over the sides and bottom of the glass while never really falling much below the one inch level. The aroma was lightly tart, sour cherries, hints of earthy and spicy notes and even a touch of what seemed like brown sugar or something along those lines. Really very well done and quite complex. The flavor was a little less tart then what I would have liked but I have to admit was still done very well. Rich and full, it was never flat or boring and I have to admit I found myself returning back

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
95 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.
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