Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge | Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

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Cuvée Des Jacobins RougeCuvée Des Jacobins Rouge

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 06-28-2009

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Ratings: 2,837 |  Reviews: 511
Photo of npachl
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ckeegan04
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Rouge pours a dark deep red color, with no head, but lots of bubbles. Very sour aroma, with hints of yeast. Taste is also very sour, nice dry fruit flavors, with a mellow spice note. Pretty fizzy, but nice flavors. Overall, its a very tasty and very big sour red ale.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours deep ruby red with thin off white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

Aroma - Sour cherries, vinegar, cranberries, lemon, ripe peaches. There is a slight sweetness to it as well.

Taste - Jaw puckering tartness, great sour flavors cherry, lime, with a touch of sweetness. It really reminds me of a sour candy. Well balanced sour and sweet.

Feel - Light side of medium, well carbonated, nice tart bite to the mouth.

Overall - A very good Flanders, great flavors nice feel.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1,150th review! A bottle of this legendary fine Flemish Ale served cool into a Gouden Carolus chalice. Purchased this bottle (among others) from the LCBO for $3.95 CDN.

Appearance - A gorgeous, clear, dark amber colored beer spills out into the glass. A finger and a bit of fluffy off-white head is poured, leaving behind substantial amounts of streaky lacing.

Smell - oak initially, then strong sour aroma that borders on balsamic but never quite gets there. An underlying richness gives a suggestion of aged cherries. Wood and vinegar are also present, but very complex to decipher. Grapes as well.

Taste - Very tart and sour initially. So sour the taste is lime-ish flavor, sour cherries and balsamic. Subtle wood and aroma flavors come into being and there is even a brief stage of malty goodness. Some breads lurking in the background and earthy undertone. Yet simultaneously rich.

Mouthfeel - Seems fine but ends superbly, mouth-puckeringly dry. Carbonation is delicate.

Overall - To me it seems a half peg below Grand Cru by Rodenbach (and it's iterations of vintage ales) but definitely a full peg above the balance of the competition. A superbly crafted Flanders ale that is well worthy trying and would probably make every beer writers book of "500 beers you have to try before you die."

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Photo of ogman
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of breardon1776
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of -steve-
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Received from the LCBO. Poured into a snifter at about 6 Celsius.
A - Pours a beautiful ruby red colour. Head subsides quickly leaving foam lacing around glass and trace of head.
S - Smell of sweet cherries, some underlying vanilla. Really taking my time with the aromas here. I'm new to the sour beers so want to appreciate the newness. Really is a pleasant smell.
T - Immediately hit by sweetness and tart cherry. Sweetness washes away leaving the tart and vinegar that ends with sourness along the sides of the tongue. Dryness and puckering on the finish. For all the different flavors they blend well together.
M - Feels silky and oily in the mouth. Carbonation pleasantly cascades across the tongue.
O - I really like this beer and can see myself buying more of the sour ale style. The tastes stay with you. A beer to sip and enjoy over time. It would be interesting to try a North American take of this style.

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Photo of nullbort
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Yoann
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a tulip
A - Dark red with a thin foam
S - Very sweet malts evoking red fruits
T - That is really sugary, tastes like a soda or some medicine
M - Carbonation hidden by the sugar
O - Way too sugary I think, the smell inspired me but the taste deceived me.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baklo
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wisrarebeer
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcflorian
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ovaltine
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coronaeus
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JelickNight
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyable, dry, and smooth with an acidity akin to red wine vinegar.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 8 2019 and served at cellar temperature. I've wanted to try this one for a few years now, and am pleased to finally have the chance to do so.

Pours a clear crimson red colour when held to the light, taking on more of a reddish-copper colour without illumination. Nearly an inch of off white, yellow-tinged head is seated atop initially, but dissipates for the next several minutes, resulting in the production of a smooth, foamy cap and collar combo. Minimal lace. Red apples and sour cherries on the nose, with added notes of oak, cranberry, vanilla and a slight touch of wine vinegar. Pretty typical of the style thus far.

A delicious Flanders red, featuring an appealing array of fruit flavours amidst a potent, puckering acidity - red apple skin, tart green apple flesh, raspberry and cranberry all come to mind. Sour cherries and red wine vinegar also come through, with vinous flavours interacting nicely with those of the oak. Finishes with more vinegar acidity/berry tartness and a faint hint of vanilla, followed by a musty, sour aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Light in body, perhaps trending towards medium; the texture is smooth, soft and wet, with the low carbonation levels capable of producing only a gentle prickling sensation on the tongue.

Final Grade: 4.28, an artful A-. Make no mistake - if you're not a fan of sourness, then Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge is something you'll want to actively avoid. Its acidity is assertive, puckering, and near-relentless throughout the course of each sip, which means this is not a beer that I would necessarily recommend to someone unfamiliar with these styles. That being said - the red berry/fruit flavours and vinegar acidity work beautifully together, while the subtle oak character brings it all together nicely. A quality Flanders red; I'll definitely need to grab another bottle (or three) for safe keeping.

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Photo of gbvegeta
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very sour but very freaking good. Fruity and pungent, tart and mouth watering.

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Photo of sherillc
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very refreshing and delicious sour beer. Flavours of sour cherries, apples and vanilla with a touch of oakiness. Tartness is not overdone. Nicely balanced beer.

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Photo of emincems
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

dark red color with white small head. retention and lacing are enough.
smells cherry, wood and slight vanilla.
complex taste is overly sour and overly tart. taste is dominated by sourish cherries and lactic sourness. slight wood and very light caramel are in background.
very astringent finish, like a vinegar with some bubbles.
not easy to drink this respectable flanders. overly tart and astringent.

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Photo of FFreak
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

18 month old bottle. Poured into a teku. Appearance is a clear, dark mohagany red with a thin head that quickly dissipates to a persistent ring and with almost no lace. Smell is bright with vinous fruit and detectable vinegary sourness. Taste has some nice complexity. Puckeringly sour, but not overwhelming. Notes of cherries and vanilla combine with oak. Feel is medium-thin and very dry. Overall, a very solid and complex Flemish beer. It might have gone past it's peak a little, but was still excellent.

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Photo of steverx8
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours clear ruby red with a creamy frothy khaki colored foam head. Smells like chocolate, oak, acidic vinegar, apple, cherries, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, hay, with floral earthy grass. Tastes like slight chocolate, oak, acidic vinegar, tart apples, sour cherries, toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, hay, with floral earthy grass. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate high carbonation. Overall a really nice Flanders red ale.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 2,837 ratings
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