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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Photo of BlkHawkFan01
3.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was recommended to me by an associate at work, so I gave it a try. He said it was sour, but It's that and then some. Too much for me, I'm more the IPA , or stout type. Anyway to each his own, but not for me.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a deep clear ruby amber with a thin cap of beige head that leaves snowcapped mountain range lace as it recedes.

Smells of sour cherries, raspberries and cranberries, red wine vinegar, faint dried vanilla and soft earthy funk.

Tastes of more juicy sour berries and cherries, green apple, sharp red wine, barrel wood vanilla notes and more gentle soil-like funk.

Feels soft and light. Medium-light bodied with frothy carbonation. Finishes dry and sour.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. If you like sour beer, this one is spectacular.

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Photo of puck1225
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Dark, clear ruby red with minimal head and lacing. Bright berry smell, sour cherries. Taste is rich and bright , red wine, tart cherries, currants. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a deep blood red body with occasional cluster of off white bubbles
Smells like port and Broon mix
Cherry & red wine vinegar
Just amazing mf
Just amazing mofo red sour

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Best before: Feb-10-2019
Thanks, Jacob!

Pours a brilliant clear ruby red that almost looks mahogany in the glass. Two fingers of thick dirty white head settles to decent film, some lacing. (4)

Bright, tart cherries, Underripe peaches, balsamic vinegar sharpness; funky, musty and earthy backbone. (4.25)

Tart red fruits, hint of vinegar, musty wood. (4)

Light-medium, little sharp bubbles, lingering tart tingle, nice even twinge through the whole mouth. (4.25)

Nice looking beer that has a tart funky aroma and a flavor that wavers between sweet and tar and sour and earthy. As drinkable as a sour beer can be to me, since it is not my favorite style. This is a nice beer that might be good with food. Would have again. (4.25)

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Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/07/15 bottling date

A: A very dark reddish-brown pour. Very tall and very dense light brown head. Great head retention and large walls of lacing everywhere.

S: Mildly tart berry aroma.

T: Okay, mildly tart doesn't cut it. Very sour apples and cherries up front. A good bit of vinegar acidity in the finish with a hint of lemon peel. Double wave of sourness in the finish, this is definitely a sharp one.

M: Medium bodied, quite sour.

O: Whew. If you like sour cherries or sour apples this one is for you. Great big sour bite of both that comes back for more in the finish.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very hazy amber with no head.

S - Fruity with strong cherry and vanilla notes.

T - Very sour fruits, including cherry. Hints of vanilla.

M - Medium body without a strong alcohol presence. Lots of carbonation burn.

O - Pretty good for a sour, but an odd taste for regular beer drinkers.

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Photo of andy712
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am not a real sour aficionado so take this for what it's worth. I have had 2 Belgium sours now: this one and the Rodenbach Grand Cru. To my taste the Rodenbach is superior (mostly because it's not as sour/tart), but I enjoyed the Cuvée. It was on tap at my local taproom. The look is a beautiful deep red/mahogany and pours with a minimal head. It smells of cherry, cranberry and vinegar. The taste is tart, with some lingering oak. It took a few sips before my tastebuds adjusted to the sourness, but there is a nice combination of flavors beyond the tartness; oak, cherry and sour apple. Sour lovers will enjoy.

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Photo of CojakSilverBack
3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a great aroma is a little bubbly on the tounge for a sour. Was much better at almost room temperature then when first pulled out. Would drink again.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap at Flying Saucer.

Pour is a very dark maroon, nearing a dark brown hue with nice soft, tight white bubbled head with excellent lacing on the glass. Not as noisy or as fizzy as some Flanders Reds I've had in the past.

Smell is definitely sour cherry foward, with an equal blend of raspberries and cranberries. Plenty wood and oak in the back end to compliment the sweet fruit aromas.

Nice tartness at initial sip, quickly changes to a bouquet of cherries, sour apples and strawberries with an excellent oak back bone to finish it.

Mouthfeel is the highlight of this. Not overly dry, rather palate coating as the tartness sticks around for a while. Carbonation is relatively low for a sour, not overly fizzy and no abv detection whatsoever.

Overall an easy drinker, very well balanced and nothing too expiremental. It doesn't need to be.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle poured into tulip 30/6/16

A clear maroon glow when held to the light, a few bubbles feed a very short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S cherry cola, strawberries, raspberries, cranberry, vanilla, vinegar, faint wet wood, heaps of burnt brown sugar, smells nice

T more vinegar, sour cherry, not as much fruit as the nose, vinous notes, sour candy like notes that work well, again it represents the style well

M lighter side of medium, has some sour pucker to it, very slick almost slimy on the inside, heaps of sour cherry linger

O sour and tart but drinkable, heaps going on in something I could drink a few of, I'll be revisiting this one again soon

Not sure how this flew under my radar for so long in my home market, fairly priced I can see this one doing well for those who like the style

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Photo of FBarber
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp still reddish brown. When held to the light its a ruby red color. Not much head, just a thin white film that quickly dissipated.

Smell was a tart aroma of cherries, grape and oak. Nice funky aroma is noted and a strong woody scent is also noted. The smell alone makes your mouth water from the expected sourness.

Taste is exactly as expected with a wonderful sour tartness along with flavors of cherries, grape, oak, funk and yeast. Nice woody flavors mellow out the different flavors and blend them together. Some notes of balsamic vinegar are also noted. Just lovely.

This beer is certainly sour/tart, but I personally didn't find it to be excessive. Its going to pucker you up, but thats what it should do. Mild carbonation.

Overall this beer is world class all the way. Im not sure there is a better Flanders Red Ale out there. Just a lovely beer to enjoy at any time.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a relatively clear dark red color with almost no head whatsoever. The head is gone as quickly as you realize it wasn't really there in the first place.

The aroma brings a ton of lightly tart cherries and green apples, with a splash of vinegar on the end.

The taste follows the nose pretty much to a T. Cherries and green apples up front, with vinegar not far behind.

The feel is relatively light bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is incredibly dry with lots of lingering tartness.

Overall, a pretty good and interesting beer. I'm not really into the vinegar flavors and aromas but they are balanced out by the tartness of the cherry and apple characters. For the price, definitely not something I'd try again but overall a good beer.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer was not cheap at all at $6.50 for an 11 oz bottle, but it has got such fantastic reviews that I had to try it out. This Flanders red pours a very dark amber color with a minimal white head that quickly dissipates. The smell is of cherry, like most Flanders reds, but it is less pronounced than some and it also has a slight apple scent, which is different. Wow, the flavor is very bold! The initial taste is kind of light and very refreshing. It has pronounced notes of cherry, apple, and grape. It’s the aftertaste that is really interesting though, the cherry really comes to the forefront and you are hit by an almost shocking, but in a pleasant way, amount of sourness. It also has a slightly dry crisp finish. There isn’t a hint of alcoholic flavor anywhere in here. This beer is very far removed from a traditional beer, but that’s kind of what sour beers are going for I think. Many other Flanders reds I’ve found to be kind of wine like, but this isn’t even like a wine. It’s something completely unique, which I don’t get to say a lot. I don’t think it’s my favorite style of beer, but this is really interesting and quite good every once in a while.

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Photo of JPNesker
4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty much perfect.

Ideal lip smacking puckering sour. More lacto snap than Brett barnyard funk. Sharp and precise.

Super complex. Just flat out Amazing. One of my favorites, if not my outright favorite beer.

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Photo of depiesdesjacobins
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

My favorite beer. Delightfully sour, the complex flavor profile fades from the tongue with strong notes of tart cherries, giving the taste of fruit without being overly sweet. Pours a deep rouge color and the light carbonation keeps the beer very light. Excellent pairing for salmon or red meat entrees

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Photo of stevoj
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.Draft at PreFunk. This style is growing on me, and I’ll always give a nod to the Belgians. Not much to look at, but a pleasure for the senses. Big tart fruity notes abound, aroma and taste buds overwhelmed, dry puckering finish. A beauty from the originators.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice sour beer that I enjoyed on tap recently. Body is a rich ruby color, with a very thin, fizzy white head. Some lingering fizzy foam lingers on top of the beer. Smells like cranberry juice (tart fruitiness) and caramel sweetness. Flavor is very tart up front with cranberry, and unripe raspberry and cherry flavor. As it gets to midpalate and finishes, there's an underlying sweetness akin to apples and caramel. Long lingering faintly tart aftertaste. Passed it around to friends for laughs, and they all described it as "liquified Sour Patch Kids." I found the sourness pleasant and not overwhelming. Feels light and fizzy, nice prickliness on the tongue like carbonated cranberry juice. Very refreshing beer for the summer!

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Holds a pretty ruby red colour when held up to the light, a small off white head thins out to a covering of scattered bubbles in seconds. It looks alive and vibrant with new swirls of micro bubbles forming with every swish of the glass.

Sour cherries, lemon and a wild yeastiness on the nose.

Starts with a hit of lemon juice sourness, quickly progressing to a fruitier balance of sour cherry and unripe berries and aged red vinegar. A nice mild funkiness gives depth and balance, even a hint earthy herbs. Worlds of flavours here. There is a hint of sweet fruit but finishes dry.

Quite a full body, light and liquid on the tongue with satisfying but not overbearing micro carbonation.

Great to get easy access to these more interesting styles here in Ontario. This a very well balanced sour with plenty of depth in the cherries, raspberries flavours and characteristic wild yeast character. This would be refreshing on a hot day or comforting on a cold night in front of the fire. Cant miss.

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Photo of portwood
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose: tart cherries, wine vinegar, crushed berries, slight funk, very pleasant. Taste: sweet/sour, tart cherries, acidic, low carbonation. Finish: unripe raspberry, sour apple. Finish entices another sip where the taste buds are smacked by unpleasant tart/sour/vinegar notes. (bb 10 02 19)
I want to score a "1" for taste but that would undervalue the overall quality of this beer.

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Photo of Phi11
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear red with an effervescent, but quickly dissipating head.

Smells of fruit and vinegar. Cherries, plum, maybe some orange.

Tastes very tart. Sour cherries and orange. Not very dry. Sticks around on the pallet for a few minutes. All in all very pleasant.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Decent head which dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing. Dark red tint to the beer itself. Even with light behind it you can barely see through it.
S: Tart cherries and slight vanilla background.
T: As with the smell, tart cherries come through strong, but I'm also getting some notes of apple. This beer presents is right in the sweet spot for tartness; it isn't face puckering nor is it so slight it seems like a flaw. Taste lingers on the tongue rather nicely, though possibly a bit too long.
M: Gives a nice tingly feel, but not overly so; goes down pretty smooth. As with taste, this strikes a nice balance.
O: I'm sure it's because I've been drinking a lot of 10%+ ABV stouts lately, but I almost forget that I'm drinking alcohol here. It's just tart enough to make this a sipper and allow me to savor it. This may not be the best of the best, but I'll be picking up some more the next time I see it.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite flanders red ale. Currant come through with some cherry notes.
The aftertaste kind of bothers me even f you can't tell exactly what it Is. Maybe some aging might do the trick. It's definitely better as it warms up

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Photo of smcolw
3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Red to brown color. Hazy but light passes through the center. Steady but small head. Little lace.

I'm going to be careful in describing the smell as I detect dishwasher soap. Behind that I get a light sourness.

Tart cherry is the predominant flavor here. It leaves a lip-puckering finish on the tongue. Full bodied with a light carbonation. The aftertaste is long and chewy. No bitterness or sweetness comes through, but the flavor remains interesting throughout the tasting.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very dark reddish brown with a moderate head that is short lived and leaves no lacing down the glass.

The nose is primarily sweet malt with some notes of cranberry, granny smith apples and wet grass.

The taste is delightful and an excellent sour. Not over acidic like many sours that cause the jaw clenching I despise. The beer is very effervescent and has greatly complex flavors a strong cranberry and bitter apple mix combined with some sour notes like a sourdough bread. This beer if a sweet and sour and has a heavy fructose taste that is very tamed by the complexity of the sour flavors.

The mouthfeel is nice and rich with out being cloying like many sours. The finish is clean and crisp. The experience is a tidal wave of complex and delicious sours that falls off very quickly leaving a sour apple finish.

Overall this is an exceptional beer and I will definitely drink it again.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,787 ratings.
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