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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

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

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of rmp5262
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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

A- Pours a dark red color almost brown. It is possible that I poured too aggressively at the end because I was able to get about 1.5 fingers of head. The head went away very quickly and left a thin layer on the top.

S- Smells very sour, after pouring I walked away to prepare some Dubliner cheese and was smacked in the face by the smell when walking by. Noticed sour apple and grape juice, very faint hint of a good red wine.

T- Definitely tart, but not all that sour. From the smell I was bracing myself for more, but I am not in the slightest disappointed.

M- Light carbonation (keeping in mind I poured more aggressive)

O- This is a fantastic sour ale, I was having a difficult time putting the beer down while writing the review.

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

11.2oz. bottle with a red label of a jolly old happy monk with his hands on the name of the beer standing in front of a large barrel. The back label has all the mandatory US info and an inked number. My bottle says 04. I have no idea what that could mean. The neck label is the one that contains the description of the beer.

When poured into a Peg's Cantina Snifter, the Flemish Sour was a dark chestnut brown with a ruby center. It was a very interesting color. It was hard to tell if it was a reddish beer with brown highlights or a brown beer with reddish highlights. Either way I enjoyed the color. On top was a thin and bubbly khaki head of foam. This head of foam didn't bother to stick around. It bubbled up to around 1/4 of an inch and then it fizzled away in a flash. It only managed to leave behind a faint string of rings along the edge. At least the color was good.

The aroma was sour and tart, but not make your eyes water sour and tart. Up front was all the sour fruits. My nose picked up sour cherries, raspberries, and green apples. Following the fruits was a little yeast and a pinch of oak. There was a small surprise after the oak. This beer finished with a subtle whiff of vanilla. The vanilla scent was inconsistent. Most of the time the sour fruits covered it up.

The aroma sort of prepared me for the taste's sour and tart onslaught. The taste took the aroma's sour and tartness to a new level. Not a lower level. A much higher level. The taste was dry, sour, and tart with a small variety of fruits. Like the aroma, I got the sour cherries, raspberries, and green apples in the front. These fruits stuck around for a long time before it let through the oak. The oak didn't last before the taste finished with a small taste of yeast. There was no vanilla hiding in the taste. If there was any, the huge sour and tart fruits covered it up.

This was a light to medium bodied Flemish Sour with a decent level of carbonation and a lingering sour and tart aftertaste. This aftertaste was filled with more sour cherries, raspberry, and green apples. There was also a smidgeon of oak in there as well. This sour and tart aftertaste will stick around for a long time.

This small bottle sure was packing in the sour and tart goodness. I guess bottle size doesn't matter when in comes to the amount of sour and tart fruits. A very good delicious Flemish Sour. Would I buy it again? I will and in fact I've already done that.

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

Beautiful deep mahogany color with a small, but densely creamy head. Dark cherry, wood, and malt aromas combine seamlessly before meeting some mild, dusty funk and acidic notes. Wow...big, tart, juicy flavor. Sour fruit: cherry, apple, and berries, light spicy wood dryness, and some sweet, creamy maltiness buried beneath it all. Not quite as mouth-peeling astringent as some other Flemish sours, but nicely dry and refreshing. Lactic sourness and a medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. What a treat! Too bad it's so hard to come by around here.

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Photo of Jparker37
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium sized cap of tan head. Color is brown but has great clarity and a beautiful red glow when held to light. Adequate amount of lacing.

S - Popping bright unripe raspberries. Muddled chocolate malt. Slight hint of funk. Mild grassiness. Hinting some vinegar.

T - Zing! Wow that first sip made me pucker. Extremely tart upfront. Once I adjust, I find those underrippend raspberry flavors. Got some sweetness midway which cleans up near the end giving a crispness to it. The later half is where there is a slight window for other flavors to come through. I get some faint caramel malt and grassy hops. Leaves my mouth with a dry feel but tons of raspberry flavor when I even lick my lips.

M - Tart, medium-light body, medium carbonation, semi-dry.

O - Nice looking beer with a complex nose. I knew there would be a bit of sourness to this but the aroma left me vulnerable to the taste onslaught. After I finish my sip I can still pucker up simply from licking my lips. Fun beer and though I love my sours, this was reaching my threshold.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 fl. oz. bottle into 2011 SAVOR glass. "03" coded on the back of the bottle.

A: certainly on the darker side of most flanders reds. head starts frothy, but quickly diminishes to nothing. sort of expected with the style.

S: definitely an earthy, oak aroma starts things off. a mild cherry pie. aroma is has some sour/acidic qualities as well, but nearly as sour as the palate. nice diversity.

T: starts reasonably acidic and sharp. a lot of cherry and a lot of grape juice. acid dominates the palate for the most part and while enjoyable it definitely takes some attention to work beyond it. mild vanilla in there. finish gets by the sour and starts to dry out.

M: carb is rather mellow with the acidity giving the impression of fizz. light/medium bodied.

D: a good flanders red. good drinkability while having a sizeable amount of sourness. I recommend trying this if given the opportunity.

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Dark ruby. Thick tan head that fades out.

S Grapes, rhubarb, pepper, lemon peel. This is one of the most complex and aromatic beers I've had.

T Much like the smell. Tarty. Vinegar. Lime. There is some sweetness hidden here and it kicks in at the aftertaste.

M Light and fizzy. Typical for the style. Smooth finish.

O Exceptional. I could savor sip and enjoy this beer all day. The sourness giving way to the sweetness is so subtle yet so noticeable. Complex. This is a work of art.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The numbers "14 13" are printed in the back. I have no idea what this means, since neither could be the month and either could be the year.

Beer is deep red in colour, a bit purplish. Smallish off-white head, which starts to fade quickly.

Smell is nice. Tart cherries figure prominently, with balsamic vinegar. Some funk, but not like a lambic. Oak. Some apple. Very good, clearly a Flanders Red but a very good one.

Taste is quite sour, much more so than other Flanders that I have had. Sour cherry, oak, some cocoa, vinegar. Some green apple in the finish. Very big flavour and everything is well integrated into a cohesive whole. More complex than is typical for the style. Very nice.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, sticky. Puckers the mouth.

Overall, excellent beer. The best Flanders Red I have had.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up some foam which sizzles as it recedes rapidly and disappears in seconds leaving a burgundy/maroon color that has hues of cherry in it. When it is held up to the light, it glows an almost crimson color. The head is a reddish white with hints of brown. This is a very nice looking beer. It leaves no lacing at all.

Nose- Cherries. It's hard not to think of Cheerwine when looking at and smelling this beer. It also smells sort of like flat Coke. Lots of lactic notes that also has tart apple in the background. This one screams dark, red, fleshy fruits. Notes of plums, grapes, and other fruits as well. Very intense- this prefigures good things.

Taste- Cherries followed by a sharp tartness that fades quickly into strawberry and a bitter red fruit. I can see why fans of sour beers really like this beer. So far, I really like this beer. I just hope that it doesn't become too sour for me to drink at a reasonable pace. Crisp apple also comes out and I still can't find the specific red fruit that imparts the tart bitterness. Thankfully, it would appear that the tartness is not going to linger but is quick and adds some unparalleled zip. There is some plum and prunes followed by some Grape Koolaid at the end. Some oak and smoke start show up near the end. The tartness is also balanced by a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- This is a little bit above medium bodied with some syrup which quickly balanced by scant but tingly carbonation. Nice, crisp, and refreshing- matches the flavor profile of this beer.

Drinkability- The sourness is a delight and not an obstacle. I would not appear that this beer is going to stick around for much longer. The only obstacle to drinking this beer quickly is the 5.49 price tag. However, it is more than worth it. I won't be buying this a lot but I highly recommend this beer. This would be a very good beer for the non beer drinker.

Overall- This is a solid A with 4.5s pretty much all around.

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

A - dark ruby red. White head, a little bit of rosey tinge. Dissipates prett quickly.

S - green apples, vinegar, sour, some oak

T - green apple, some apple peel, dry oaky tannin, just right amount of sweetness.

M - high and lively carbonation, thin feel, right for the style if not just a tad over carbed.

O - great sour red. Hits all the elements really well, very sour without being over powering or syrupy.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark cherry transparent, medium lacing vanilla in color; decent legs

S- Sour cherry, some brett and kriek characteristics.

T- A bit sweet for me having gone full spectrum with sours; but it is still very good. Sour cherries, brett lacto

M- A bit to harsh with carb, but other than that pretty decent

O- This was one of the first three sours that started getting me huge into craft.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a glass. 05 inkjet on the back of the bottle.

A: Pours a clear ruby brown with a half finger off white head that is quick to dissipate. Some visible carbonation in the glass. No lacing.

S: Great Flanders aroma going on here. A fruity cherry lambic tone with a strong funkiness. Oak comes through nicely as a vanilla note.

T: Fantanstic tart and sour flavor. Full flavored lambic with an oakiness. A touch of apple tartness. Very complex, difficult to explain all of the flavors going on here.

M: Just where you want a Flanders to be. A lot of carbonation gives this a real clean finish. Puckers you up after the first sip. Crisp finish.

Overall an absolutely amazing beer. Exemplifies the style and is one of my favorite types of beer. A must try by any sour fans. New to get some more of these.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-clear ruby color with hints of brown and a smallish off-white head and minimal lacing

S-sour cherries, earthy, malt, yeasty funk

T-yeasty malt, sour cherries/berries, earthiness, slight bitterness, hints of floral

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, refreshing

O-delicious and beautifully balanced, really enjoyed this sour

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Photo of AJ01923
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow, think melted cherry sour patch kids. Great balance between tartness and drinkability.
Pours deep beet red, no lacing and the smell allows you to anticipate the sourness. Your taste buds will be thrown off but in a great way. Great value, will be purchasing more.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a wine glass

A: Pours a copper-ruby color, clear but deeply colored. There is a very small, light tan head which fades quickly to a ring of foam.

S: The nose explodes with tart, earthy, sourness. Some funk develops, especially hay, as the beer warms. I detect touch of oak blends into some lively fruit aromas.

T: A similarly potent sour profile as the aroma on the attack, but more tart and less funky. A bright, tart red cherry flavor quickly comes to complement the overall tartness. Even suggestive of raspberry or blackberry given how bright and tart it is. Apple vinegar. The lactic side of the sour becomes more pronounced as I savor the sip, and frames the incredibly long finish. Lactic sourness slowly fades, leaving behind a dry, grain flavor on the back, roof of my mouth, until that, too, is gone.

M: Mouthwateringly tart. Medium low body and low carbonation.

O: An amazing beer. I don't know why I don't drink this more often. Fruity and tart in the best ways.

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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 kawilliams81
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey teku glass.

A- pours a very dark amber with a 1 finger tan head. A few blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- sour cherries, funky cheese, straw

T- very sour/tart cherries right away, light chocolate, cherry pie filling

M- medium body and high carbonation. Fairly acidic and effervescent.

O- very good Flanders red. Has more sourness than most for the style.

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

A: Dark burgundy, nice head with a vigorous pour that dissipated quickly. Not much lacing.

S: Very lactic, tart cherries, and leathery notes.

T: Amazing. Tart cherries, leather, tart, and sweet. very well balanced.

M: Coats the tongue, the tartness induce salivation which is good.

O: Surprisingly good. I am impressed. I would recommend this to anyone that loves tart wild ales.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. The number "01" was printed on the back label, but I don't know what it means.

3.5 A: Nearly clear burgundy color. Short beige head came and fell quickly.

4.25 S: The nose on this is extemely well balanced. Great mix of fruity, earthy, and sour. Cherry and mixed berry start things off with toasted malts and a rotting wood funkiness not far behind. Acetic and lactic acid in good proportion to the other aromas.

4.5 T: Taste is even better than the nose. Like the nose, the flavor profile is completely balanced to the point of perfection. Sour tinge that gets your attention, but doesn't block out other flavors. Fruity cherry and berry via lactic acid. Toasty malts with a light caramel sweetness. Rotting wood and basement type funk and oak from the barrel.

4.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation, which falls midway between spritzy and bity. Light pucker on finish.

5.0 D: Easily in my top five most drinkable sours. It's not the most flavorful, but it is perfectly capable to keeping my taste buds entertained. The beauty of this beer is that I keep wanting more well after I finish my last sip.

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Photo of draheim
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz into a tulip. Pours a clear reddish brown w/ a 1-finger beige head that leaves behind a layer of lace.

Aroma is tart, oaky, just shy of vinegary. Sour cherries and wild yeast.

Taste is brightly tart, sharp, cidery. Zow! Really crisp and light, wonderful dry oak presence. Excellent balance among a number of competing elements. Simultaneously both sweet and sour in a powerful way.

Mouthfeel is soft, light, finishes bone dry. Oh so drinkable.

Overall just a delightful, tasty, well-crafted beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a rubyish brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and small wisps of surface foam. Slippery, non-resilient lacing.

S- Strong whiff of lactic acid is very sour and causes the the tongue to salivate. Also plenty of fruit notes such as black cherry, sour apple and fermented grape juice.

T- Was expecting a sour bomb judging from the aroma but the flavor is actually quite smooth and fruit forward. Yes, there's plenty of tart to go along with the sweet, but it's a nice balance. Not much oak as the label declares it was aged for eighteen months in the barrel but I think the sourness just overpowers it. Notes of sour apple, sour cherry and lemon Warheads.

M- Crisp, dry and very tart with medium-low carbonation and a medium body.

O- Could use a little more carbonation for my tastes, but it's a very enjoyable sour ale.

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

A- Dark plum looking brew with cherry highlights. A bit of tannish-off white head that comes down to a thin ring. Steady stream of bubbles rising up one side of the glass.

S- Definite sour cherry and oak on the nose. Some other dark fruits, and the red wine profile.

T- Sour cherry, bit of red wine. A lot of oak profile, not drying but quite refreshing actually. not a hard bite on the sourness, but just enough. I feel it later in the glass, this has a lasting aftertaste.

M- Light bodied and crisp. Mid to high carbonation. Palette coating.

O- Not the boldest Flanders out there but it makes it's presence known in the aftertaste. Quite easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of Brew33
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A generous extra from brikelly. Thanks!

The color, pour, and aroma of this beer are all spot on for a Flanders Red Ale. Spot on. Dark ruby, thin head that disappears instantly. The aroma is sweet dark malts, vinous barrel notes, and red wine vinegar.

The taste isn't as acetic as a lot of the Flanders Reds I've had. Lots of lactic tartness on the back end but the thing that stands out for good and bad reasons is the heft of the malt profile. Chewy brown malt flavor is intensely sweet on the front end. Then rushed away by an acidic swallow. The flavors linger in the mouth and the medium bodied beer hangs around for some time. The sweet and sour characteristics aren't balanced like some of the best examples of the style instead they operate seperately and offer 2 totally different flavors. Oil and water. It's certainly not the intense sweet and sour rollercoaster that Duchesse is but it's an interesting beer.

I'm very glad I was able to try it. While not the cream of the crop, certainly an above average Flanders Red that I'd happily drink anytime.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1733rd Review on BA
Bottle to Speiglau Tulip

Not sure what the 4 on the back is for.

App- This poured like a nice red wine but with more bubbles. The deep reds were in the center with some purples and browns scattered around. The head was a nice 1-1/2" off white head that faded pretty quickly. I didn't notice a ton of lace or cling. Just a couple spots.

Smell- On the nose I got a bunch of things going on. A bit of pressed cherries, cranberry juice, some acidic fruits, more oak and vanilla from the aging and full malt backbone.

Taste- I am pretty sure this is the first beer to make me cough the whole way through. Highly acidic and lactic with a small touch of sour behind it. The barrel adds a nice full oak flavor and amps up the beer to create this 1-2 punch that I haven't gotten from most sours. The fruits shine as the character of this beer is highly cherry/cranberry and pressed skins.

Mouth- For a sour this is a bit thick for me. A solid medium body with a fairly dense and lush medium carbonation. The residual flavors are the tart and sour fruits. Small oak and barrel character come into play as well.

Drink- This as I said was the one sour make me cough and hack the whole way through. Tart, sour and lush. I would like to see what a aged bottle tastes like. This was a good beer.

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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 yamar68
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed mahogany red - like a dark merlot with a finger of creamy beige... Old Greg would be all over this shit. Thick drapes of lace that don't stick all that well. Great, cloudy beading beneath the carbonation.

Tart red fruits, mild dessert sugars, smooth oak, vanilla, beautifully sour in a very approachable kind of way. Wine grapes, pear skin... all that good shit.

Sour cranberry front and center... some faint chocolate or caramel is buried in here somewhere. Tart pear flavors, cherry and raspberry. Finish is perfect - not too wet and not too dry with a smooth tart lingering on the back of the palate.


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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,752 ratings.
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