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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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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Photo of TMoney2591
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a globe at SmallBar Fullerton.

Going from one historical reference to another... This one pours a clear scarlet-garnet topped by a finger-and-a-half of off-cream foam. The nose comprises red wine vinegar, oak, tart black cherry, light caramel, and light tomato juice. The taste holds notes of tomato, red vinegar, black pepper, raisins, toffee, deep cherry, light oak, and hot cinnamon. It all comes together very well without coming across as abrasive or stinging. The body is a slight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a tasty Flanders red, one of the most enjoyable of the style I've yet encountered.

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Photo of b3shine
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to fluted tulip. Looks good; very little head and a deep mohagony. Smell is good too. You can definitely tell it's a sour red. Tastes GREAT! Like an upgraded Monk's Cafe. Mouthfeel is great too, considering it's style. Overall, a great beer that is my new favorite of it's type.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 9oz snifter. Sampled 6/27/11.

The menu has this beer listed at 6% ABV and refers to it as an unblended lambic. Aged in oak vats for 18 months.

A: Arrives with the head already dissipated and only a think white collar remaining. The body is a deep garnet or ruby color and has excellent clarity. Minimal slings of lace adorn the glass.

S: Nose is a combination of cherry and raspberry. No barnyard, very little funk. Just fruit forward and mild lactic impressions. The nose is completely restrained compared to what the taste buds are about to experience. Not bad; just slightly above average.

T: Red apple, fresh berry and cantaloupe. Wonderfully sour. A pleasant oak character adds to the overall complexity. The funk that was missing in the nose comes through well on the palate.

M: The extremely fine and long-tingling effervescence helps to lengthen the flavors and clean up the tongue as well. Tart, mouth puckering. I wouldn’t change a single thing about the mouthfeel.

O: WOW. For such an incredible beer, you don’t hear much talk about Cuvee des Jacobins, and there are plenty of reviews to affirm its impressiveness. This is one fine brew.

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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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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,781 ratings.
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