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 | website

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
pDev:
24.48%
 
 
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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 Humulus85
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

EDIT: This is the first bottle of a 4-pack, the remaining three will be cellared for one, two, and three years. No bottle date, only a single "2" stamped on the back.

From a 11.2 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. Pours the classic deep reddish brown, crimson hues when held to light. Good clarity. One finger, eggshell-white head dissipates quickly with a small amount of lacing.

Funk, cherries, apple peel, oak, some more funk. More funky then sour in the nose.

Tart cherries and apple flavors upfront. There is some vanilla/oak that build in the middle. Some vinegar and a bit of wet hay in the near finish. Rounded out by more tart fruits. Finishes clean.

Medium-light in body. Moderate levels of effervescent carbonation help lift it off the tongue. Super dry finish.

Overall this is a really nice sour. Not super mouth-puckering, with a nice depth in character. The barrel aging lends its flavors nicely. I'm excited to see how this one develops or degrades over the years.

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Photo of HopHead29
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brownish red with a tannish white head. Swirling the beer reveals thick wine like legs along the wall of the glass. There is little to no lacing.

nose consists of sweet cherries and hints of raspberry and cocoa.

Many of the aromas are found as well as some pear, grape, apple and date in the taste. There is a prominent sourness that doesn't seem too overbearing.

Good stuff.

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

Had a few days ago at Rattle 'n' Hum in NYC, from notes/memories. Served on tap.

A - dark brownish red, a bit of head. Left lots of lace, beautiful.

S - Tart fruits, mostly cherries...vinegar-like aroma as well. The sour cherries dominate, though...absolutely outstanding. Not complex, but that's okay.

T - sour cherry as all hell, in the absolute best possible way. It was very sour without being offensive. There are other dark fruits in the background, but the cherries dominate.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation was fine, smooth finish. Couldn't taste the booze at all, extremely well-hidden.

D/O - I could drink this every day if only this beer was sold by the bottle where I live. It's an outstanding example of the style. It would be one of my regulars if I could have it as such.

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

As of this writing (Aug 20, 09), Chicago's Maproom has the Rouge on-tap - $7.0 for 12oz.

Appearance: pours with a nice head of tight bubbles producing some very nice lacing. Color is a rich auburn/ruby blend. Beautiful.

Smell: very nice nose of spicy sour. Some cinnamon and star anise phenols with some slight sour in the background.

Taste: first sip gives a nice cherry-sour punch up front quickly followed by a mix of cherry and malt sweetness. The finish is semi-dry.

Mouthfeel: slightly (appropriately) acidic.

Drinkability/overall: this is an amazing Flanders red. I've had quite a few and this might be the best balanced with emphasis on the right characteristics.

Seek it out and drink it down.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice three finger head pours straw in color. Thin foam fades fast leaving behind nice bubbles. Brew is very dark red/purple.

Very deep cherry and fruit. Oak is also very prominent, stands out nice vanilla scent. Smells mega tart! Slight fart scent.

Pucker-up! What an awesome flavor! Very smoooth and delicious! Lots of cherry, green apple, and pear in this brew. Oak aging has done this brew amazing. Dare I say almost too sweet? Wonderful light carbonation.

What a great find. If you're a Sour Patch Kid, this brew is for you! A must try. I'm anxious to see where this goes with some age...

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Photo of bcm75
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - dark ruby red. Looks a bit like a port wine with carbonation.

S - getting lots of sour apple and cherries

T - aggresively sour. Apples, cherries, raspberries, oak. This is a really sour beer.

M - nice moderate carbonation

O - this is not a sour for the timid. It is very aggressive with big, bold sourness and a complex range of fruit and oak flavors. A real winner.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Lion's Pride.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice rich, ruby garnet murky brown hue with a one finger creamy off white head that left nice, rich side lacing.

S - Very nice sour notes. Tart, dark fruits, and vinegar.

T - Sour, crisp, and tart right up front. More dark fruits (though this time cherries is distinguishable) and vinegar. Very sour.

M - Very puckeringly vinegar sour. Crisp, dry finish.

O - This was a very delicious flanders beer, one of my favorites in this style. Definately would have on tap 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 AjMiles
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on the train ride home from work. Poured into a 12oz. clear plastic cup (all i had at the moment).

A-- Dark reddish-brown with a barely existent white head that had very little lacing.

S-- Mostly cherry with hints of sour apple.

T-- Cherry, vanilla, sour apple, light oak. The sour fades very nicely into a creamy vanilla finish.

M-- Lightly carbonated and finishes slowly as it really coats your entire mouth. The tannins from the oak leave you wanting more.

D-- Very impressed with this one. Has all the good qualities of this style and manages to keep them all in perfect harmony.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Liberty Tap Room. Review from notes.

A: Pours a brownish/red with a small off-white head, minimal retention and lacing.

S: Fantastic aroma, lots of tart cherry and some grape. There is some other red and stone fruits mixed in There is a little bit of oak and light funky. The aroma is a bit vinegary, but very inviting.

S: Surprisingly tart and acidic, even for a flanders red, which instantly made me a big fan. Fantastic cherry flavor along with a little bit of grape and a bit of oak.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The beer is certainly on the sour end, mouth puckering.

O: One of the best flanders red ales I have had thus far. Certainly picking some up when I see it.

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Photo of output01x
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1/2-finger off-white head that quickly disappears within seconds, leaving only a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a dark chocolate mahogany with traces of coagulated blood red when held to light. A strong amount of carbonation bubbles can be seen racing each other to the surface. Every sip of this beer reveals a thin line of lacing that quickly disappears back into the body of the beer.

The nose is definitely both sweet and tart with just a touch of funk. Aromas of apple cider vinegar, black cherries, and overly ripe raspberries are just a few of the components in this complex nose.

And I thought this beer just smelled great! Each sip starts with flavors tart cherries, raspberries, and mulberries. As the beer is swallowed, a smooth apple cider vinegar flavor takes over the entire mouth and slowly mellows to a super dry finish.

Medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer is as slick as it is sour. The body is very accessible and definitely smooth, but isn't exactly a thirst-quencher. The carbonation is slightly fizzy and prickly when held in the mouth but really foams up in the swallow.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bridge in St. Louis.

A - Poured a dark cola brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It did not last long and left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of sour black cherries and grapes.

T - Great sour taste - dark cherries and grapes. A touch of plum.

M - It was puckeringly sharp. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really delicious Flanders Red Ale. Glad I found this one on tap.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into a 5 oz tasting glass.

A: Pale off-amber brown. Head pours dense and falls but laces okay.

S: Bright tart cherry, crabapple. A little spiced apple aroma.

T: A lot of tart cherry and some other nondescript unripened berry (raspberry, mulberry). No overwhelming vinegar like aftertaste. Very clean. A light oaky presence redolent of red wine must.

M: Excellent balance of tartness on the palate and rounded mouthfeel.

O: Excellent example of the style, makes me want more.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep ruby red color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a very thin ring of lace

S: Lots of sour/tart fruitiness along with some oak and light vanilla and cocoa notes. Fruitiness consists of cherries, raspberries, and stone fruits. Nice subtle barrel notes (including the oak and vanilla) round things off nicely

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a rush of sour, acidic fruitiness that mellows out to light barrel notes. Cherries and stone fruits stand out with the barrel after the initial sour blast. Finishes with lingering fruitiness

M: Medium bodied with moderate spritzy carbonation

O: Balances sour, tart, and oaky goodness with great drinkability. Definitely a stand-out in the style and worth the $20 for a 4-pack (especially considering how long it ages). Get some!

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Photo of Jas45678
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle into tulip

Pours a clear reddish brown with a one finger off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is lactic sourness, tart cherries and a little oak. Taste is a little dry and fairly tart with tart cherries flavor. Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Overall a great sour very crisp.

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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 VashonGuy
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap. Lovely flanders red ... great balance of fruit and tart. The sourness is pretty mild ... tart is a better term than sour for this beer. Just perfect for my tastes.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the finest craft bar in Western MD...Always Ron's in Hagerstown. This is very fine sour red ale. Not too much funky or horseblanket on the nose. Moderate sourness and some slight sweet complexity going in this beer to help balance slightly. Not quite up there with a few other more complex sours but still extremely well made and enjoyable. Definitely fixed my sour beer craving that has been missed for several weeks. Will never turn this one down. Very good.

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Photo of troysoy2
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 11.2 oz bottle during my Boston trip, on recommendation by a Julio's Liquors employee. That guy deserves a raise! This is only my second sour beer, but now I know that I need to find more to try.

Poured into a tulip. A finger and a half of light tan head with large bubbles, subsides to an attractive smattering over the surface, and stays there. The body is a lively brown with a ruby tinge.

The smell is of soured belgian yeast, cherry, apple, malt, and a hint of balsamic vinegar. All of these are well balanced and subtle, well crafted. Just from the smell, you can tell that this is a quality ale.

After my initial shock, I quickly got to know each and every beautiful flavor. At first sip, you are greeted with sharp cherry. As the beer warms in your mouth, a magical transformation occurs. The sour takes over, the crisp mouthfeel becomes almost "snowy", apple comes out to play, as well as the slightest vanilla note from the oak aging. The aftertaste is mildly puckering, a tad vinegary, but pleasant throughout.

I'm impressed, to say the least. A fine example of the flanders red ale, if I may so inexperienced-ly may say so. Amazing flavor, cascading, and complex, just as the label mentions.

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Photo of lemongelo
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first review:
I am in love with sours. I think they are by far the best example of why beer is way cooler than wine. They illustrate diversity. They define boundaries of beer that are leaps and bounds wider than vino.

A: This beer has a dark ruby hue. It's minimal head suggests a wide range of possibilities. Carbonation works its way up the middle of the glass. It does not cling to the side the way Champagne does. To me, this suggests this beer will not be light. We must look at what we are consuming deductively. Once you put your head in a box, you will never get out.

S: Slightly sharp is what I think. I get a combination of grapefruit, lemon peel and sour cherries. I smell this beer and I know what is coming on the palate. It is without a doubt sour. Give me some charcuterie and goat cheese please. Also as I smell this beer, I instantly think about the food that would go with it. This is where I think sours excel. The possibilities are endless. Chocolate dessert, cheese, because of the acidity certain soups could be phenomenal.

T: Darker than the smell is my initial thought. The taste offers up the conclusion to your initial thoughts on the A and S. This beer has depth and the level of sour is completely balanced. Dark cherries...that you hope are with chocolate that has a creamy undertone. If it does this beer will cut through the cream and pair incredibly.

M: The weight of this beer is perfect. It is exactly what I want out of a sour. When I think of too little mouthfeel I think of Mikkeller...when I think of too much I think of D.O.R.I.S.. This beer delivers and I think they did a fantastic job.

O: A little rough on the finish, but this is a fantastic sour. It is extremely well balanced and does a great job fitting into its style. Sometimes beers try to be what they are not and these guys know what they are good at.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a 33cl bottle into a snifter.

Quick review: this beer poured a nice deep red with a decent head that stuck around for a while. The smell was sour and fruity almost a bit like cider. The taste was sour up front followed by some nice fruit accents. The carbonation is nice and the with the sources this is a great beer to go with rich foods to cut that with.

This is my first venture into the sour beer world and I am pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed this beer and I can see how many people find this type so enjoyable. It has me thinking about similarities between styles as well, as feel it is similar to others not in this category.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cranberry reddish color with no head and a ring like thin lace. Intense vinegar and sour cherry aroma along with some malt as the drink warms. Taste is very tart, sour with a very dry finish. A light and crisp mouthfeel.
Not your everyday beer for sure. I've had other sours that are a little sweeter and less intense. Overall, I liked it a lot.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

Thanks to Keanlacrosse for sharing

The body sits a deep mahogany/ruby red with a fluffy white cap. Some lines and dots of lace strewn about. Good retention throughout.

The nose is of tart cherries, cider vinegar, oak, sugar, and a light funk I can't quite place. This is a very inviting aroma and is not as one dimensional as most in the style. This one has a substance to it.

Tart cherries up front before giving way to cider vinegar and huge notes of oak and vanilla. The finish is a touch sugary before the lactic and acetic sour notes comes back into play. The vanilla and cherries combine to make a sugary sweet combo that balances out the sour and never truly tipping the scales in either direction.

The feel is amazingly smooth. Silky and creamy mainly due to the vanilla, which really thickens up the body. Low carbonation. Crisp, sugary, tart, and dry in the finish.

This is a high caliber beer. Delicate and bold, hitting all ends of the spectrum in between. A new entry to my rotation.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
95 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.
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