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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483
Ratings:
2,735
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
24.48%
 
 
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Photo of Leif_Eriksson
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful red colour. Sour beginning and finish that moves through the mouth like a sour gum ball. Does not induce puckering. Rhubarb, cherry, and gum ball.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle - nice to see another instance of this rare style to find just pop up around here!

This beer pours a clear, bright medium red-brick amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy off-white head, which leaves a few instances of Ogopogo 'sighting' lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sharp cherry, underripe raspberry, and green apple fruitiness, gritty caramel malt, a wee earthy funk, some middling grainy barrel woodiness, red wine vinegar, and a weak musty hop bitterness. The taste is semi-sweet caramel malt, apple vinegar, muddled dark berry fruit, a faintly white cheesy funkiness, dank oak (more woody and estery than anything else), a twinge of vanilla pods, and more tame earthy and musty hop bitters.

The bubbles are decent in their structural and supportive, fizzy and frothy emanations, the body an adequate middleweight, and not particularly smooth, but hardly displeasing in the other direction, either. It finishes sour and fruity, and just a little woodsy.

Overall, a pleasantly engaging Flanders Red Ale, the barrel treatment subtle and fine, to the manner born. Lots going on, and not too sour or tart, so with the only mildly upticked ABV, this could be one for which I wouldn't mind settling in for another, given the proper occasion.

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Photo of erk0607
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer overall...

Look: Nice, clear red/amber color, minimal 1/4" head that disappeared after a minute or two

Smell: On the fruity side, although not so specific as to narrow down anything beyond cherry/raspberry-ish

Taste: Sour, cherry/berry fruity, some sips are quite tart, not overly farmhouse-y, more of the flavor was the fruityness.

Feel - light, crisp, makes you pucker up, gets slightly foamy when you swish it around but it is not overly complex when it comes to mouthfeel

Overall: very happy with this beer, leave it out for a while to warm up as they're much better that way. Would I get it again? For sure. Would I make a special trip to go get some? Not necessarily, but if I saw some on a shelf among other Flanders reds, I would get some without hesitation.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vibrantly bright red pour with amazing clarity, make noobs think you're drinking something that isn't beer. Lots of oak and bright cherry in the aroma.

Super intense sour for a flanders. Its up there in Oude Tart levels. Plenty of body to it, gritty, hearty, lots of oak tannins. No funkiness, this is a very clean flanders. Super enjoyable, relatively affordable, I always buy at least one bottle (preferably four pack) anytime I see it. Its one of those beers you want to have a shit ton of laying around because its good all year in any season.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ruby brown (24) pour with dark beige head;some clarity under cap which retreated quickly; good ring of lace. Tart stone fruit nose with plum and cherries; not much yeasty earthy aromas. Tart fruit flavors of plums and cherries initially whereas the middle is a little astringent bitter cranberry juice, which gives way to a touch of oaky vanilla and fruity red wine in the finish. Moderate lite carbonation with a medium mouthfeel that is a tad dry, with a slightly acidic and tannic tongue coating. Overall, most excellent - sour plum and black cherries complement the dry red wine linger.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a Propolis tulip. Darkish, cherry red body and a very thin white head. The head lasted probably 10 seconds. A few bubbles here and there to show there's still carbonation.

Smell: Sour green apples and cherries, cranberries, red grapes, and some wood.

Taste: Same as the above.

Feel: Super tart. Medium carbonation and body.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Totally delicious. Sour but not too harsh, nice tart cherry flavor with some green apple and other stone fruits in the background. A bit astringent on the nose like nail-polish remover, but otherwise, a very tasty sour.

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Photo of Suds
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on Thanksgiving day while the turkey was roasting. The beer is a dark auburn color with a beautiful off white foam. The scent is tart, with a little barnyard and wet hay underneath. There is also a touch of malt. In taste, it is a very dry and moderately sour beer, with complexity....apples, cherries, wood, and candy. Tart finish. Excellent.

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Photo of Premo88
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz. bottled poured into tulip
(4/21/15 born on date ... consumed 11/22/15)

L: dark red-brown ... clear ... almost a 1-inch head of beige foam that doesn't stick but keeps a super-thick collar, really something to see with a little skin; no lacing

S: vinegar apples ... plenty of tartness/sourness with plenty of sweetness, great mix, and sweet/sour apples nails it for me; also some toasted cranberries, but with a pinch of sour thrown in; has a slight musty barn thing to it, and finger-nail polish/remover

T: follows the nose pretty well ... very tart apples, sweetens as it warms and also allows a nice lingering sweetness to help balance a pretty tart bite up front ... tart cranberries, raspberries; a hint of the musty farmhouse/wild ale flavor but only a hint -- the sour flavor here is a bit sweeter and cleaner; a big earthy bitter bite shows up at times and gives it what I think of as an American wild ale flair (though maybe this is an original note of the style?)

F: perfect ... big Belgianesque carbonation in a lightweight brew ... so easy to drink

O: it's everything I'm learning to love about this style, a great mix of very tart flavors with a lot of sweet flavors ... apples, cranberries, raspberries mostly come to mind, and the best part is neither the tart nor the sweet fly out of balance for very long. I will buy this beer again.

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Photo of tomghiley
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a beautiful sour beer. incredibly tart, wonderful dark red color, well balanced malts, and a nice level of sweetness, perfect for any summer or fall day.

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Photo of Stolenface1
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep burgundy red. Head does not stick around long. Aroma of cherry, plum, raspberry, oak lactic tartness.. flavors are in the the same range as aromas but also include underlying hints of green apple, oak, currants, cherry, cranberry, acetic, and a slight vanilla, leather, and an almost Lambic-esque funk.. You can definitely taste the foeder and the wrath of its bugs. Feel is light and sparkly.. a touch more body than others in the style. Overall I could drink this with breakfast or dinner. A wonderful example of a non-sweetened Flanders Red.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark, cherry soda red with a slim head and some lacing.

Nose is very malty with sour cherry candy, baked wheat bread, and vanilla extract.

Taste is sour, with lemon and cherry.

Mouthfeel is clean at first then coats the tongue. Lots of carbonation.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Such a great example of a traditional Belgian flanders ale. So tart and has such complex flavor. It pours a dark, almost purple color with slight off white head that dissipates very quickly. The carbonation is on point.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber-red with big garnet and ruby highlights when held to the light, Good clarity. Small tan colored head vanishes quick but leaves a ring of foam around the edges. Good lacing but it vanishes quickly.

Very tart aroma. Grows more sour as time goes on. Sour cherry, vinegar, oak, and raspberry. Intense, sour and fruity.

Extreme sour cherry for the taste. Vinegar, green apple, and oak. Hints of spicy black pepper and creamy vanilla. Lemon and berry. Some sweet cherry flavors buried under the sour cherry.

Moderate body with medium carbonation. Extremely sour, especially on the swallow and aftertaste. Some creaminess in the middle. Dry at the end. Cherry, sourness, and dryness linger.

An intense drinking experience. Definitely not for a first time sour drinker. Maybe the sourest beer I've ever had. Big cherry notes.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a tapered New Glares tapered sour glass.
Look = 4.5 Pours a pale red into a clear dark brown with red highlights and streaming bubbles; 1 finger of off white head that fades to cap; pretty good lace, nice color.
Aroma = 4.25 Intense sour aroma; sweet tart cherries and vinegar; sweet and strong
Taste = 4.25 Intense sour throughout the taste; starts on the tongue and rolls through the mouth; flavor notes include cherry and dark fruits; overall sweet and tart, with hints of mild oak.
Feel = 4.5 Medium bodied with high carbonation; fizzy, good for the style
Drinkability = 4.25 Pretty intense sour but that’s what you’re looking for here
Overall = 4.325 Strong sour level, good flavors, good look; really solid Flemish Red ale.

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Fruity dark red look. plum berry taste. Not very bubbly. No head really. Bitter entrance up front. Smooth trail across the pallet. Chalky gross finish. Otherwise very well done.

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Photo of Child_Pugh
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: gorgeous red, crystal clear, thin head. S: smells mainly of fruit, very subtle. T: overwhelming fruit, like drinking juice. I didn't get any hints of vanilla, but did taste incredible cherry and stone fruit. Ends off on a bit of a cocoa note, very unusual but yummy. F: very bubbly on the palate, very little after taste, some slickness on the palate towards the end. O: would drink again for sure! Low ABV sour with tons of fruity notes, very good!

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Photo of winningwes91
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark red color. Smells of vinegar, some sour cherries, and more vinegar. Taste is straight vinegar. Did I mention it tastes like vinegar? Glad I got to try this, but wasn't a fan.

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

Beautiful Flanders Red with mild sweet notes. Solid pucker on the front end with mild tannins and some sugars on the back end. Mouth feel was slightly thinner than expected but barely noticeable.

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Photo of jhartley
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark reddish brown body with a fluffy soap bubble like head which dissipated down to a thin amount on the surface.

Aromas of sour cherries and a touch of vinegar on the back.

Super tart, almost sucks your cheeks in it's so tart and sour!

Great amount of carbonation to off-set that sourness

Overall, a great sour beer! It sure is a sipper and not one to chug down indiscriminately; must be savored.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap the the Republic in Minneapolis.

Deep red-brown body; clear with a thin head that soon reduced to a ring.

I had a typical reaction to this in that the aroma was a bit unappealing but the flavor was good However, in this case the aroma was nearly neutral (but too much 'vinegar') and the flavor was very good. Nicely tart and moderately fruity,

O: Excellent for style.

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Photo of gshanc
4.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 oz bottle from Total Wine. Lovely dark cherry color. Starts with hint of cherry, and sourness comes on strong, followed by a lingering mild taste of cherries. Very nice.

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Photo of Svingjo
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured a nice copper almost ruby colour with a minimal white head that disappeared quickly. The nose was slightly vinegary but sweet at the same time. There was some green apple and brown sugar rounding it off. That vinegar went away on the taste, but was replaced by sour apple and cherry notes. It is rounded off with slight malt and wood hints. The carbonation is quite active but helps to balance out the sour tartness that perfuse the back and sides of your tongue. One of the better sours I've had lately.

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Photo of Beejay
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A nice ruby brown color, fairly clear, with a somewhat small amount of tan head.

S: Tart and vinegary, with some slight fruit notes, and a little bit of a brown sugar smell.

T: Oh my, lovely fruity notes, and a beautiful sourness. Some dark berry/cherry flavor, and clean acidity that cuts through. This beer is pretty phenomenal.

M: Medium light in body, with very active carbonation and a wonderful smoothness.

O: Damn. This beer is just fantastic. Smooth, acidic, and intriguing.

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Photo of Myotus
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle (bottled 13Jan15) into a Rona snifter. Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates to a quarter's worth within 30 seconds. The darkest and rubiest of reds in color. Has strong sour apple and yeast aromas that blend really well with mild cherry sweetness and smoke aromas and a hint of oak. Initial taste is of strong green apple flavors that combine with mild cherry flavors. Strong, sour yeast flavors along with subtle smokey and oak flavors enter immediately after as initial flavors persist. The symphony doesn't end there as flavors reverse in exiting order with yeast, oak, and smokey flavors ending first and apple and cherry flavors remaining well into after taste. Medium bodied, mild carbonation and dryness with a crisp finish. This was one heck of a Flanders red ale. I say another!

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
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