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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 Bouleboubier
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A; ruby red, clear - 1/2" head, died quick

S: lactic, mildly acetic - nice balance between fruity and musty odors - seems like some toasted malt coming through, too - a little more malt please?

T: oh wow! quite a robust overall taste from the start (colder) - not too sweet, but not enough malt body backing up the tart/sour - tiniest touch of band-aid phenolic in background - light cherry starting midway and some mellow lingering chocolate in the aftertaste

M: light-medium body up front (thankfully not champagne thin) - drops off pretty bone dry - tart/acidic stickiness left covering the mouth - very quaffable - a slow sipper

O: very well balanced - great depth, great tart/sour - not unique, just well-made - shows a balance between the uber tart and lightness of a Rodenbach Grand Cru and the thicker, sweeter qualities of Duchesse

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, reddish brown with two fingers of white head.

S: Tart acidity, sour cherry, vanilla, oak and bready malt.

T: Huge lactic acidity. Bright tart cherry. Vanilla and oak. Supremely tasty. Wow.

M: Effervescent, puckering, pungent. Very drinkable.

O: Far and away the best Flanders Red I've ever had. Expensive at $26 a 4-pack, but completely worth it. My favorite "shelf sour" beer.

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Photo of dsprainman
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Like a Dr.Pepper, a two finger head fades to zilch quickly.
S- This has a sweet but sour wif of cherries and plums. Almost like a candy made with real fruits.
T- Taste follows the nose, but there's something special here that's hard to qualify. Sort of a tang right as you swallow. Amazingly good. Sour lingers like a candy too.
M- The mouthfeel is somewhat dry, but not overly so. Not too thick.
O- I've only had 3 or 4 flemish sours so far, but this is up there with the best of them. Recommended!

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: Dark ruby cola appearance with a thin layer of micro bubble off white head. Small amount if active bubbles floating to the top.

S: Tart lemon zest, stone fruit, vanilla oak, and bing cherries. Dry powdery yeast and a faint aroma of dried slobber like after you wake up and realized you slobbers on the pillow.

T/M: Super tart lemon zest, apples, oak and vanilla. Hoppy stone fruit, white grapes and bitter apple peels. Light-medium sharp body and super aggressive carbonation thar really brings out the tartness. A puckering finish lingering apple peels and floral notes.

O: Wow! This is by far the best Flanders red I have drank. Super sour yet underlined fruit notes that bring this all together quite nicely. Hops and yeast really makes this better than an average Flanders that is just straight sour. Get this when you can. Cheers!

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Photo of MtnBiker
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Flanders goblet from a 33cl bottle. Pours a nice, dark reddish-brown with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Smell is of some sour fruits. The first few sips are almost like sucking on a lime it's so sour! Tastes like sour cherries and green apples, delicious! Great carbonation. This is in my book one of the best sours out there. Definitely the best I've had.

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Photo of DavidST
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this one in San Antonio during my honeymoon, I'm excited to try it. Poured from a 33cl bottle into a goblet, code of 03 on the back. This pours a slightly hazy dark brown with hints of read and a smaller fizzy short lived head. The smells are very tart and vinegary, sour cherries, brett, some barnyard funk and a hint of vanilla. The feel is medium, high carbonination. The taste is amazing, extremely tart / sour, almost overwhelming, but then you get a hint of sweet balance, some vanilla, plenty of sour cherries. I wish I bought more of these, this is excellent, one of the finest sours I've had.

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Photo of fdig23
4.84/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Murky reddish brown

Nose: Pungent over-ripe apple, sour cherry, strawberry, vanilla, and honey, some farm-yard funk. Very vinous.

Taste: Complex and delicious. Juicy apple, sour cherry, sweet honey, oaky vanilla, a bit of hay bale funk. Could identify dozens of flavors in here. Reminiscent of nice Pinot Noir, but more complex and bold.

Mouthfeel: perfectly creamy and carbonated.

One of the most complex, intriguing, and delicious beers I've had. Truly something you could sip on for hours and continuously discover new things. A favorite for sure.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours reddish brown with no head and only a slight ring of bubbly lace.

What an odd nose. Tart cherries, vinegar, ammonia-like fermented fruit and seed. Sound gross? It isn't. This smells complex and like a well put together beer.

Tart fruit up front, turning to sour funk. Sour is acidic and lingers on the palate. I want a bit more balance with some seed/pit bitterness, but instead I get a more pleasing smoothing out of the tart. This one just fades on the palate until the end has a raw wood note. Wow.

Fizzy, acidic. Gets in your nose.

Terrific beer, and a great reason to try the style.

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Photo of claspada
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark amber color with some ruby highlights along the edge. Smell eggshell head that recedes immediately to leave little to no lacing.

Aromas begin with fruity dark cherry, light cider vinegar, oak and some emerging lemon acidity. There is also a lacitc, yogurty presence as well.

The tastes follow the nose with a dark cherry fruitiness up front, with granny apples and stone fruitiness as well. The sour and tart flavors begin to assert themselves more as it warms with a lactic sourness and oak presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is pleasantly tart and slightly drying from the oak.

Overall I was not expecting much from this beer as I had never heard of it before but I was super pleased and surprised by the above average complexity and flavor profile. For a moderately priced shelf sour I am super pleased with this and will definitely revisit this going forward when I need a sour fix and the inventory at home is low.

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks much to Jayhoop and willandperry for both getting me a bottle of this, a big want!

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear, deep amber-brown with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Tart cherries and musty old wood with just a little dark malts and brown sugar.

Taste. Sour, tart cherries, some malt vinegar, a bit of wood, tart apples and pears, and just a little brown sugar. The sour, tart and sweet balance is very nice, for this guy anyways.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. A great Flanders red with more sourness than most. I like that.

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Photo of riored4v
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep ruby color in to my tulip glass. 1/2 finger, white head that faded quickly to a thin ring on the outside.

Aroma was amazing. Dark fruit, cherry, and a good amount of acidity. Some oak aroma and a light maltyness. A bit of raisen as well.

Sour and tart. Good amount of cherry, prune and dark fruit upfront. Turned a mellow sweetness, then a smack you in the sides/back of your mouth tart/sourness. Good amount of tannins and acidity. Light oak flavors. Clean finish with mild acidity and grape flavors leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel was medium body, medium/high carb and a super dry finish.

One of the better/best sours I've had. Great balance of flavors with some nice complexity in the flavors that blend really well.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into wine chalice glass at holy grale in Louisville. Wow..
Not sure if I ever had a Flanders red before....
Pours a ruby brown with a finger of bubbley head disapates quick...
Smell of crazy wild yeast, cherry.
Taste is sour cherry tobacco and wild yeast....I may taste a bit of chocolate?
Nicely bitter but so smooth...
Truly fantastic brew. If you see it...get it!

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Photo of MaximalC
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive, murky, plum color with ruby highlights. Off-white head is minimal even with a moderately vigorous pour. Aroma is modest but complex, with palpable sourness and notes of cherry, nutmeg, and apple cider vinegar.

Now here's a sour ale that lives up to its name. Prickly carbonation offsets a big sour kick akin to the apple cider vinegar detected in the nose. This baby is nearly bile-like in its sourness (and I mean that in the most positive way). Teasing out other complexities beneath the acetic foreground is somewhat difficult. Cherry, saltwater taffy, nutmeg, and cinnamon sound about right. The bottle touts stone fruit, cocoa, and vanilla, but I can't say I can discern any of the above, at least not at cooler temperatures. Come to think of it, I don't think I could discern stone fruit regardless, considering I've never heard of it, let alone tasted it. The 18+ months of barrel-aging doesn't come through in the taste much, either. The mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the carbonation lends an appropriate amount of texture for the style.

It's hard to think of a beer that better exemplifies a sour ale, however I would have liked a bit more nuance and complexity. With that said, this is still obviously a high-class brew that does one thing extremely well.

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Photo of WynnO
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer's appearance is what you expect for the style--dark brown, reddish. The smell is like old fruit that's gone sour. It prepares you for what's coming :-)

The initial taste is *quite intense*, knocking me a little harder than others in this class. I must admit a love for flagellation from Flanders Red's though, and this one does not disappoint. This seems a slightly bigger beer than its Belgian brothers (Rodenbach, Duchesse) only because the palette doesn't take to it as quick; the last drink from the glass still had a great sour kick to it.

It is a bit bubbly on the tongue but not overwhelmingly so. The beer is well balanced and dry, although I must say, this one wants to make sure that the drinker does not forget what it is!

Near perfection to this reviewer. I cannot wait (but I must) to drink the remaining two in my stock.

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: dark, rich, ruby red hue with a clear body and a strong effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy medium tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: nice malty aroma with a fair hit of sourness. Sweet caramel with a cherry-like fruitiness combine with a tannic quality that suggests maturation on wood. Quite good indeed.

Taste: sweet, caramelly malt with a bracing, even jarring, sourness. Some of the fruitiness is retained, but I feel like the flavor lacks some of the complexity of the aroma in favor of a wallop of acid. Not bad, but not as good as the smell.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a decent carbonation; more of a prickly effervescence than a creaminess, but in this context it works well.

Overall: a good beer, and the huge sourness has a refreshing quality and is an incitement to drink more. Great drinkability, a side effect perhaps of its relatively low complexity in flavor. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2012-11-04 in Columbia, PA

A - Dark mahogany with a 2-finger light tan head. Pretty bubbly. Beautiful.

S - Malt, belgian yeast, vinegar, sweet and fruity. fresh fig, grape skin.

T - Wonderfully sour all the way to the back of the mouth. Belgian yeast and souring bugs. Fig, stone fruit - cherry, less malt in the taste than the smell, lightly vinous. Dries fast but the flavors linger a bit.

M - Medium body and medium high carbonation.

O - Just a marvellous beer. My wife thoroughly enjoyed it. Up there with Russian River Supplication.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz served in a snifter. Lots of speckled lacing.

A - Pours a reddish brown with a thin cap of tan bubbles.

S - Very acetic sour aroma, old wet basement wood, good amount of funk, old bruised fruit, tart raspberries, some sweetness as well.

T - Slap your Grandma sour! There's a brief second of sweet malt upfront but then the lacto sour slowly builds reaching it's toe curling climax at the very end. Lots of tart and fermented fruit going on. Highly acetic but a great blend of light brown sugar sweetness. Raspberries are the most notable fruit. Salty wood and balsamic hit right at the finish.

M - Light bodied, crisp sour finish.

Wow this was lip smacking sour with just the right amount of sweetness. More funky brett presence than I expected. My favorite Flanders Red.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel snifter. Pours a nice, clear dark ruby-red color with impressive head and retention for a sour beer. The nose is pretty strong and acidic. There is a fair amount of lactic sourness on the nose as well as some oaky, woody notes and red-wine like aromas.

Medium body beer with good, firm mouthfeel. Lots of pleasant, refreshing sour flavors up front with just a hint of sweetness behind it. The sour tones dominate, but the beer is still very appetizing and pleasant to drink. The acidic flavors are all across the palate and carry through the finish, which is mouth-drying and very pleasant. Other flavors include cherries, lemon, and grapes.

This is one of the finest examples of the style I have tried yet. I rate it right up there with Rodenbach Grand Cru, which I consider the gold standard for this style. Someday, I shall have to try a head-to-head to more closely see how they compare to each other.

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Photo of match1112
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: deep dark amber body with a nice creamy tan head. some spotty lacing is left behind.

s: sour cherries, acid, vinegar and ketchup.

t: very sour and acidic up front with a semi sweet finish. i can taste everything i smell, especially the ketchup on the finish.

m: puckering sourness, nice carb level. i'd say the body is right for a sour, heavy enough to carry the sour cherries without being too thin and vinegary.

o: just can't get past the ketchup on the finish, feel like i'm ten years old and my mom put cherrry medicine in my ketchup to get me to take it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark reddish mahogany amber. Thin, fine off-white head with good retention and nice lacing. Vinous aroma of cherries with light vinegar and wood. Flavor is intense cherry, acidic but also sweet, little malt presence. Finishes dry and sharp with a hint of wild yeast; I'm not detecting the oak from the aroma in the taste.. Light to medium bodied and the mouthfeel is good from the combination of carbonation and the acidic nature of the beer. I'm not a big sour beer fan, but this flanders red, with its clearly defined and strong flavors, is quite nice. The intense cherry element is very fresh tasting. Finish is a bit medicinal, but the balance of the flavor progression is great.

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

A: Killer dark ruby read. Thin head. Light bubbles.

S: Sour apple, grape. Wine like notes with some gentle tannins. Smells like liquid candy.

T: Very smooth sour fruitiness. Goes down smooth with notes of grape. A slight bitterness is more of a compliment than a nuisance.

M: Actually sits pretty intensely. The bubbles really compound the sourness and it's hard to let this one linger. Goes down smooth though.

A killer beer. I tend to like the more fruity beers so this was a winner for me. Great balance, great flavors. Definitely check this one out.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours like a Cabernet with a head; ruby red with russet tones; the head leaves a nice pattern of squiggly lace

Smell: Tart cherry with lemon undertones; very yoghurty

Taste: Fruity, up front, with cherry, apple and stone fruit flavors; the tartness builds quickly, adding a lactic sourness the reigns through the finish; oaky tones join the lactic sourness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation; appropriately puckery

Overall: A lovely example of the style; has all of the right elements

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

had this at blue palms brewhouse on tap
it was served in 10 oz glass which is satisfactory

smell was very nice mellow
pours a nice mahogany reddish color with little head
taste is puckering sour with a smooth tone not heavy alcholol
could drink most of the night as it is great beer to drink
overall i would rate this a top level sour and very pleasant beer to drink

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

Pours a beautiful mahogany red with very minimal head (just a very slight light tan lacing). Decent amount of small white bubbles streaming to the surface.

Smells of vinegar and sour berries: cherries, raspberries. Tastes very tart up front with a hint of sweetness to back it up. Cherry and raspberry notes as well. A nice crisp cabonation. Medium-light body as well. Finishes crisp and fruity.

Overall: Very drinkable for a sour. Light, crisp and delicious. If it were cheaper, this would be a regular beer of mine.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From: Binny's in Champaign, IL
Date: "02" stamped on back. What?
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge is a very good Flanders Red, giving off nicely complex tart fruits and malt flavors. All aspects of the beer are pleasing to the beer drinker who enjoys sour beers. The only sad part is the price point, which is out of my range for any sort of regular enjoyment.

Pours a 1cm head of light tan bubbles, very small and dense in size, with average retention. As the head descends to a ring around the glass, it leaves some significant streaks of lacing on the sides. Body is a moderately dark brown with hints of red, transparent, with light bringing out reddish hues and making some modest carbonation visible.

Aroma of lacto and pedio-coccus acid byproducts (ie, tart, lightly vinegar-like), oak wood, tart cherry juice, raspberry and blackberry-like esters (particularly when warm). Generally, mix malt sweetness with tart dark fruit esters and mild acids, and you'd have a good idea what this smells like.

Taste opens with some interesting oak flavors and sweet malts with tart cherry-like fruit esters. Later on the front of the palate, and then mid-palate, is where the sourness becomes noticeable, like tart cherries mixed in a a mildly acidic, vinegar-like bath. The oak remains somewhat noticeable throughout this. Back of palate develops fruit complexity a bit more, bringing in nods towards both tart cherries and raspberries alongside continued tartness and a bit of slight herbal character. Aftertaste is pleasantly tart and fruity.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium to medium-high levels of carbonation. A bit overcarbonated for the weight of the body, but this initial sharpness dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a fairly smooth, enjoyable mouthfeel. Sourness is able to be felt as it puckers the throat and lips a bit, and the acidity can be felt on the back of the throat afterwards. Finish is dry, as expected.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,747 ratings.
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