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
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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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4.29
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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin off white head that dissipated relatively quickly, completely fading away. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some notes of oak.
T: The beer tastes very sour and has some notes of oak flavors along with some hints of cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This one is very easy to drink if you like sour beers.

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Photo of bobjonesSD
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at toronadoSD. Had just finished a dogfish 90minute ipa and was in the mood for something new and different. Poured into a tulip. A little too cold fresh from the tap, as is often the case. Nice amber color, good aroma. Letting it linger in the mouth reveals some nice underlying malty brown ale-like flavors underneath the sourness.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Totally delicious. Sour but not too harsh, nice tart cherry flavor with some green apple and other stone fruits in the background. A bit astringent on the nose like nail-polish remover, but otherwise, a very tasty sour.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Small Bar Division.
Poured into a snifter.

A - Pours a light brown/dark reddish color. White fizzy head, some lacing left behind along the sides of the glass.

S - Tart/sour cherries, light fruit, funk.

T - Perfect mix of fuck, sour/tart, and subtle fruit.

M - Light and fizzy. Very nice and smooth. Clean dry finish.

D - Super-easy to drink. A very good sour!

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Photo of solvealways
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Initial smell of apple cider vinegar. Notes of vanilla.

Pour: Fizzy pour with no head.

Color: Slightly more red but similar color of coca cola.

Taste: Extremely sharp and sour as you would expect from a hard apple cider but more pronounced like a balsamic vinegar. Hints of tangy cherry - noticable wood barrel aging.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel but its supposed to be refreshing so it is enjoyable and expected from an intense bright carbonated drink. Lively and aromatic throughout the mouth. Leaves the saliva a little thick like a chewing on Vitamin C.

Soundwave visual metaphor: fast and hard attack, 3 second curved delay and sustain to about 50% intensity. fairly quick release. vinegary taste/feel @ 10% intensity lasts till about 10 seconds after drink.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber-red with big garnet and ruby highlights when held to the light, Good clarity. Small tan colored head vanishes quick but leaves a ring of foam around the edges. Good lacing but it vanishes quickly.

Very tart aroma. Grows more sour as time goes on. Sour cherry, vinegar, oak, and raspberry. Intense, sour and fruity.

Extreme sour cherry for the taste. Vinegar, green apple, and oak. Hints of spicy black pepper and creamy vanilla. Lemon and berry. Some sweet cherry flavors buried under the sour cherry.

Moderate body with medium carbonation. Extremely sour, especially on the swallow and aftertaste. Some creaminess in the middle. Dry at the end. Cherry, sourness, and dryness linger.

An intense drinking experience. Definitely not for a first time sour drinker. Maybe the sourest beer I've ever had. Big cherry notes.

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Photo of TheGreatFozzini
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time reviewing a sour ale.
Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark red color almost brown. Thin head quickly disappearing.

S- Smells of the sour apple that I expected.

T- Tart, vinegar, but not off-putting. Black cherry comes through.

M- Light carbonation

O- True to the style and aggressive from a Belgium brewery. Expect this more from an american flanders

Serving type: bottle

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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 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 BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a CCB snifter at Gainesville House of Beer. Pours very dark red, nearly no head. Vinegar sour cherries on nose, some pleasant cream aroma here. Very nice. Flavor follows suit with massive sour cherry and vinegar, but with a beautiful smooth and crisp finish. Easy drinking and relatively light mouthfeel. This is one of my favorites in the style, and put it right behind Duchesse and Rodenbach Vintage. Good stuff.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pint glass.

A: Burgundy-tinted brown. Good clarity despite its darkness. A thin fizzle of whitish head which quickly recedes to a ring. A few streaks of lacing. Retention is good despite the minimal amount of head.

S: Bold, full flavors of black cherry and red currant which impart a red wine-like character, along with earth/dirt and musky wood.

T: Intense tart cherry which manages to be balanced out by full fruit flavor, medium-full body, and moderate sweetness. Some raspberry, a touch of chocolate with a milky texture. The sourness lingers occasionally for quite a while.

M: High carbonation, though the milk-like texture obviates any sharpness/bite. Medium body.

O: Very tasty, better than a lot of American sours that are harder to get or much more expensive (*cough cough*).

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

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a stemless flute. Enjoyed next to tasters of young (6 month), old (18 month), and blended (6+18 month) lambics from the same brewer.

Burgandy body with bronze, cerise, and ruby highlights. Off-white, vaguely cream-tinged collar and a whispy slick. Thin lacing reflects the surface bubbles like a mirror image.

Light oak, bright cherry, berry, and grape notes in the nose; very inviting.

Easy-going lactic tartness, smooth and sophisticated wine-oak flavors - a touch of wild yeast/funk married to a burst of fruit and a pleasing slightly toasty maltiness. Very well balanced.

Medium-light bodied, well carbonated, mild brisk astringency weds well with the prickly tartness.

Very approachable to a novice sour drinker, but with enogh complexity and purity to staisfy a more demanding palate. A very fine and true example of the style.

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

Gorgeous body of ruby like red coloring was capped by a off white head of sticky froth.

The aroma was sweet and tart with a real Sweet Tart like aroma. Tangy cherry, slightly acidic with aromas of wine, vinegar, and sour raspberry.

The flavor is full on sweet, sour, tangy and delicious. Sour tangy cherry, candied Sweet Tarts, balsamic characters with a slight raspberry and sour malt all meld well to make a easily drinkable ale.

The feel is a tinge sour but as the palate warms to it all it becomes all too easy to drink.

I'm partial to Flanders and this ranks as one of the better one I've had.

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Photo of n2185
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

A: pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with half a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: tart cherries dominate with sweet candy sugar, some acetic notes, and a bit of barnyard funk.

T: tart cherries and raspberries along with other sour fruits dominate with a decent hit of acetic cinegar flavor. There is a nice bit of underlying funk before a tart, dry finish.

M: light body with moderate carbonation, this beer is light, puckeringly tart, and refreshing.

O: a great beer, overall. Super tart and sour but delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of bmwats
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a teku.

A: Medium dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Quickly settles leaving a smattering of bubbles and a nice beer ring. Slight spotty lacing mostly retreats into the body quickly.

S: A bit of a woody fermented raspberry.

T: Tastes like it smells. Sour fermented raspberry... that's about it.

M: Syrupy, sour, bitter, and pungent. Mouth-puckering dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is excellent. Nice body, decent head, serviceable lacing. Nose is fruity and powerful with a bit of a woody or earthy tone. Mouth puckering sour fermented raspberry. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of berley31
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a white, small head that diminished quickly to a thin wisp. Body is a dark ruby-red color, and brilliantly clear.

S: Strong aroma of fruit... mostly cherries, and a high sourness in the smell as well. Quite intense.

T: But not as intense as the flavor... wow! That is one tart, sour beer. Definitely on the stronger end in terms of sourness for the Flanders Reds that I have sampled. The cherry fruitiness as there, too. No hop bitterness that I could detect.

M: Extremely mouth-puckering, of course. Medium bodied, low-medium carbonation.

D: Very intense... but I loved it. Sure, I couldn't drink it all day, but beers like this are showing me how much I enjoy this style.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle on 6/29/12

Pour: Deep clear burgundy, like a deep red wine. Not much head.

Smell: Berry and some funk. Also got a little bit of woodiness.

Taste: Sour cherries right away. Nice and tart. Acidic vinergar. Slightest hay funk at the end.

Mouthfeel: Acidic and good carbonation prickles the tongue. Very refreshing and crisp.

Overall: Really great, and love the availability.

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

Had on Thanksgiving day while the turkey was roasting. The beer is a dark auburn color with a beautiful off white foam. The scent is tart, with a little barnyard and wet hay underneath. There is also a touch of malt. In taste, it is a very dry and moderately sour beer, with complexity....apples, cherries, wood, and candy. Tart finish. Excellent.

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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 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 blbarnett3
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle date 4/14 into a 12 oz. tulip. Scant one finger head that dissipated quickly. Beautiful red color, nice tart aroma, significant sourness, fruit notes, slightly oily mouth feel. Intense and delicious.

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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 joeseppy
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crimson tincture with minimal tan head and light lacing.

Full-on assault of sour funk that makes my head tic and wince. Balsamic vinegar and tart cherry follow. Generally fruity and a hint of oak.

Taste of sour cherry upfront then going to the back in a sweet/sour fruity finish. I imagine Sweetart candy to get my mind off a sour cheese and dirty sock, but its ahhight.

Finish is astringent and crisp.

I haven't had a lot of sours and figure this may be the best to try again. I can see this is an acquired taste and keep the style in mind for review. Can't say I'm loving it but it keeps me coming back for more.

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Photo of NODAK
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one into my oversized Duvel glass...took up just about half of it!!

Brilliantly fruity and tart aroma. Among the more tart that I've smelled....makes the taste buds twinge a bit with the vinegar on the nose here.

Taste wise, this one is no joke when it comes to sours. Unlike some others which highlight fruity sweetness a bit, this one is a citric acid extravaganza! So fruity....so full of vinegar. My taste buds water with this one. I even wince at first. But it's a good wincing. I love tart things, and this is no exception. And my acid reflux doesn't like it, either! I probably couldn't drink more than one.

Oh man, this is quite an experience. One of the most sour beers I've ever had. But I look forward to drink after drink, even though my eyes close sometimes at just how sour it is.

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Photo of Damian
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westborough, MA
Served in a tulip

Deep, dark, crimson-mahogany appearance. The liquid was topped by a bubbly, two-finger, light tan crown that faded to a thin ringlet. Dots of lacing trickled along the glass.

Lots of interesting stuff happening in the nose. Crisp, tart and fruity with subtle strawberry notes. Good dose of funk. Very winey/grapey with a fairly strong oaky presence. A powdery yeastiness was also detectible. Overall, rather dry for the style.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the aroma. Super tart and crisp with strong red wine-like qualities. Heavy barrel character. Touch of sweetness in the center. Sour cherries were apparent. Hints of underripe raspberries and lemon lingered in the sharply acidic finish.

Crisp, lighter bodied and creamy on the palate. The liquid contained a plush, frothy, tongue blanketing effervescence.

Most Flemish sour ales have a moderate amount of sweetness, but this version was exceedingly tart and acidic. Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge reminded me a lot of a fruit-infused American wild ale. While this might not be the most balanced example of the style, it is nevertheless a very tasty and interesting rendition.

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