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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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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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear burgundy pushing toward a deep copper. No head. Minimal carbonation. Tiny collar of bright-white bubbles.

Smell: Tart dark fruit. Cherry juice. A touch of pomegranate. Some oak barrel. Mild underlying funk. Some acetic acid. Touches of leather. Sweet and lightly sour. Some vinegar.

Taste: Sweet acetic acid. Cherry balsamic vinegar. Some oak and touches of leather. Sour builds as the beer warms. Nicely tart. Some underlying earthy/musty notes. Nicely balanced. Tart and sweet. Some tart raspberry and cherry flesh. Acetic bite.

Mouthfeel: Light but pushing toward moderate body. Mild carbonation. Smooth with a little bite on the back. Mildly dry.

Overall: I will be buying and drink lots more of this.

I was talking to my local Ommegang rep about Rouge and lamenting its loss. He told me to try this at it's the closest beer he knows of to Rouge. He was right. Not quite the same, but damn if it doesn't remind me of it in the best possible way.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bretty nose and pretty tart for a Flanders Red, but turns out to be a classical example. Sour, but relatively balanced. Nice smooth mouthfeel on it. Tart cherry and maybe a faint trace of plum. Quite nice, and a good, a bold example of a Flanders Red.

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Photo of nachos
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle, batch no. 2 on the back.

Pretty red color with a nice head that sticks around

Smells sooo good, so very sour, lots of vinegar and red fruits

tastes amazing, like it smells, but double

Mouthfeel is perfect to me for a sour, I'd be tasting it on my teeth the next morning if i didn't brush

This is a fantastic sour to me, probably the best I've ever had, but I've not had the chance to have any RR or that crazy stuff people go nuts on here for, whats it called, candle poon? I don't know. This stuff is amazing to me. I'd drink it every day if I could.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
3.7/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pored from a 11.2oz bottle into a tulip.

A: pours a deep brown with dark red, about half a finger of lightly brown head that fades into a film that stocks around.

S: sour cherry and oak with a backbone aroma of sweet red vinegar aroma that reminds me of ketchup. As this brew warms I feel the vinegar becomes more and more pronounced.

T: much like the nose, I get a very plleasing tart cherry flavor with a hint of sour raspberry over a sweet red wine vinegar backbone, which again, to me, is very reminiscent of ketchup, it does have a nice tartness, bit i feel like there is a sweetness that overshadows it a bit.

M: medium body with medium carbonation, this brew is nice and lush and creamy, a very nice mouthfeel for the style, that leavs a bit of a sweet lingering sourness on the palate.

O: not my favorite sour, it reminds me of ketchup, bit do far everyone I have told this looks at me like I have three heads, I don't know what it is, I think it is a combination of the sweetness and the vinegar notes that just seay my palate that way. I wish the sour fruit notes took more of the drivers seat, but I seem to be an acception to the rule. @ least in the circle of people I imbibe sour beers with.

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Photo of spoony
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Nice reddish brown with very little head.

S-Sour (duh) with some cherry and...maybe some cedar. Surprising to smell alcohol, too for the ABV.

T-Tart (even for a sour) with pretty complex fruits and a long, pleasing finish. I don't get the cedar that I noted on the nose, however. I get some oak, instead.

M-Smooth, a little syrupy.

O-I like. If you're into sours, I can safely suggest this.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Not quite a finger of light tan head with larger bubbles. Body is a deep red and amber color. Almost cola like.

S - Super sour and sweet. Very strong. Cherries, strawberries, and raspberries. Only slight green berry aroma.

T - A strong sweet and sour mix. Well balanced but a bit over the top on both. Just like the aroma, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. Lemon.

M - Punishes the tongue with acidity. Good carbonation and overall mouthfeel.

O - A nice sweet/sour beer. Lots of fruit/berries.

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Photo of jsanford
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a slight ivory head that fades to a thin ring. Lovely aromas of cranberry, tart pie cherries, oak, red wine vinegar, and a touch of vanilla. Taste is similar to the nose, lots of cranberry, oak, and vanilla. Not as tart as the nose may have suggested, instead this is gentle and smooth, with a superb balance between tart and sweet. Expertly done. Mouthfeel is light and dry, with a medium body and ample carbonation. Overall an excellent Flanders Red, this stand up with some of the best easily.

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

A - Crimson, murky, with a thin off-white head that retains a bit with little lacing.

S/T - Beautiful. Sour cherries dominate up front, then notes from the barrel balance it out as it warms. Oak, touch of chocolate, vanilla, finishes sour with cherries and vinegar.

M - Medium body, delicate carbonation keeps a thick creamy consistency, finishes somewhat dry with lasting sourness.

O - Delicious. Of course I'll get 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 2,752 ratings.
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