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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Avg:
4.29
pDev:
10.26%
 
 
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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing this one again since its been a few years and I believe it deserves another shot. This poured out as a vibrant red color with white head on top. Some light thin retention and scattered lacing. The smell of the beer give off some big oaky sour cherry aromas. The taste is tart up front with plenty of sweet & sour cherry flavors there is a bit of oak and vanilla. This beer finishes with a slight malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, smooth and dry in the finish. Overall it's a very good Flanders Red. Really glad to have tried this again. Worth checking out.

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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear red in color and poured with a thin off white head that dissipated relatively quickly, completely fading away. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sourness in the nose along with some notes of oak.
T: The beer tastes very sour and has some notes of oak flavors along with some hints of cherries.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and tart on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
O: This one is very easy to drink if you like sour beers.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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

As sours are all the rage, the Flander's reds might be the most complex with their wine-like notes, cherry, and oak flavors layered on a buffer of light chocolate and toast to buffer against the tart lactic acidity- this is what the Bockor Jacobins does masterfully.

The red ale pours with a garnet brownish red and dark clarity with ruby highlights toward the edge of the glass. Very fine and delicate creme forms on the beer with solid staying power for it's slight stature (the acidity rarely allows for much head character at all). Low on lace, the beer carries the thin alcoholic character of legging with each swirl of the glass. The look is caught somewhere between red wines and beers.

Sharp aromas of acidic cider, sour cherries, lemons/limes, under rippened red grapes and berries, with a hint of basalmic vinegar. Oak and malts give the sligtness of walnuts, mild toast, and chocolate to round out the nose.

Flavors follow suit as early malt sweetness and taste is short lived; favoring the assertive tartness as the beer hits the sides of the tongue. The brunt of lactic sourness (lemons and intense acidity) is melded by the flavor of cherries and berries before the shy balance of malt richness begins to buffer the sour taste. The light sweetness of toffee and toast are burried deep beneath the tartness but are recognized in a light creamy taste rather than sweetness. Only the mild vinegar character keeps it from extreme cleanliness.

Light malt textures offer a mild creaminess that surface more at the front of the palate and in finish, while the acidity supresses the malt character at mid palate. Impressions of thinness occur throughout because of the intese sourness and mild tanic astringency particularly in finish. All this leaves the beer clean, crisp, and refreshing-all with a return of chocolate and toasted malt in aftertaste as the tartness subsides.

This is a very well done Flander's red ale that retains just enough malt character to add balance and complexity to the sourness. Where vinegar and cidery overtones are a general flaw, the basalmic and fresh crabapple sturdiness is as much an asset as a deterant in this classic example.

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

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Bottle acquired at Whole Foods in Glendale, California. Expectations are extremely high as I've heard nothing but great things about this beer. I'm in the mood for a good sour.

Reviewed live.

Served at the midpoint between refrigerator cold and room temperature. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one and a half finger head of nice cream, fairly good thickness, and great retention. Sort of an off-white head colour. The body colour is a dark semitransparent ruby-amber. Definitely a hue of red. Rich and inviting. Yeast particles are difficult to find but they're definitely in there. Quite appealing.

Sm: Apple, souring wild yeast, bacteria, cherry, indistinct fruit esters, light hints of oak when I look for it, figs, and a very slight vanilla hint (only when I look for it). The label's description is actually true; if only American breweries would take note. A nicely subtle and complex aroma. Moderate in strength. Very appealing and alive. I can't wait to try it. Exactly how a sour ought to smell.

T: Quite sour, in a good way. A bit puckerworthy but not problematic. Fresh. This one's definitely alive and heavy with yeast that doesn't feel overly biscuity or earthy. Apple certainly comes through. Cherries are there. I don't get any cocoa or vanilla; I think they're buried behind the sourness (I probably don't have the palate to pick them out; all apologies). Cream right on the open. Very delicious. Full bodied - the foundation is clean unobtrusive bright malts. A lovely beer. Very subtle. Tart and fruity. The oak here is hard to detect, and emerges as a note not merely as a tone like in many imperial stouts. Masterfully complex, but it doesn't beat you over the head with bold notes. The brewers value subtlety, and so do I. I'm impressed with this one. The sourness is of ideal extent in my opinion.

Sourness lingers in the aftertaste, which I find enjoyable.

Mf: Crisp but also refreshing. Some cream on the open. Smooth, wet, and unobtrusive - as it should be. Light and delicate without being fragile. Just a touch too thin, but forgivable as the thinness adds to the delicacy. Complements the flavours incredibly well.

Dr: Absurdly drinkable. An excellent sour. I'd definitely had this again. I imagine it would age well, but I wouldn't have the fortitude not to drink it. Excellently priced, even as an import (thank God the Shelton Bastards aren't handling distribution). Its ABV isn't high, but for what it's worth it's well hidden. I really fancy this one, and would highly recommend it to sour fans. It will likely be too puckerworthy for newcomers to sours, but it's a great example of the style. Phenomenally brewed.

Drank just fine out of me Guinness golbet. I recommend goblets as the ideal serving vessel for this beer.

Don't pair this with anything; it's worth enjoying on its own. If you must, perhaps something simple like red grapes would be ideal.

A good candidate for aging methinks.

A-

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Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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 oline73
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at Frisco Taphouse. Poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a reddish dark amber color with not much head.

Smell: Sour and tart. Hints of fruit and vinegar, mildly sweet.

Taste: Quite tart. Lots of vinegar flavor with cherry and raspberry notes. A bit sweet from the malt and a tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very nice and smooth sour beer. The balance is quite nice as well. I enjoyed this one very much.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Small Bar Fullerton in Chicago.

Served in a 12 oz. tulip, it had an ecru head, and a muddy brown body. In the light, there was a slight reddish perception, but not a true red in color. There was some minor lacing as it disappeared, randomly leaving spots here and there.

Sour grape and mild vinegar sharpness in the nose, a mild level of funkiness (of unknown origin). Sipping this, there's a clear fruity component of lemon, sour grapes, and cherries. Puckering at first, leading into a drier finish. It's moderately sour, not as sharp as La Folie, more to the level of Rodenbach. It was very crisp and quenching. Well made and drinkable, this would be nice in warmer months.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a red color ale with a large pink color foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of oak, sour cherries with tart notes is quite nice. Taste is a very drinkable mix of oak and sour cherries with some tart notes and very little acidic notes with light lingering sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. This si a solid version of a Flander red beer.

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

On tap at Toronado. Crimson-hued with a thin white cap, nice clarity and color. Smells like sliced cherries soaked in balsamic vinegar. There's a light funk, a bit of musty wood. Firm acidic bite on the tongue with a touch of sweet dark malts beneath. Cherry skin and flesh, tart red apple, light oaky astringency. Acetic acid is at a nice level, prominent without being stomach-churning. Drying woody finish that ends on a green apple and cherry note. Really enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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 zestar
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/30/2014. Pours crystal clear deep ruby red/brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light cocoa, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, raspberry, cranberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, light cocoa, oak, leather, musty funk, light pepper, and yeast/oak earthiness. Large amount of acidic sourness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, raspberry, green apple, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, caramel, toast, leather, musty funk, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a nice sweetness/sourness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and acidic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible Flanders red ale! All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink even with the high level of acidity. An insanely delicious offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beige head. Color is a clear copper 

A: sweet cherry pie and sour funk.  Very clean and approachable . Bready and caramel. 

T : sour cherry and cherry pie filling. Very nice. Bready but sweet. Very sour. A lot of tart fruits. Jolly rancher goodness.

Mf; sour and tart. Light bodies with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

O:  this was a surprisingly good beer. It was very sour and tart.  Very drinkable . I am glad I had a chance to  have this one. 

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso - Georgetown.

Pours a nice cherry red with a bit of brown as well. Nose brings forward a good deal of sourness as well as some cherries and oak. A bit of an acetic character. The taste is vinegar, cherry, oak, and a bit of sweetness. Great, creamy mouthfeel. Drinks quite well, although the acetic character gets to be a bit much after awhile.

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

A - Pours with half a finger of tan foam on top of a perfectly clear, amber brown body. The head settles rapidly and leaves only traces of lace on the glass.

S - A strongly acidic aroma with notes of balsamic vinegar, molasses, and dark cherries.

T - Strong acidity up front with some black cherry notes. Dark caramel appears in the middle and lends some sweetness to the beer as it finishes with notes of vanilla, oak, and complex sweet/sour balsamic notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a classic Flemmish red with a complex balance between the sweet/fruity and sour/funky notes. Nicely done and reasonably drinkable despite a strong level of sourness.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Sessions in Greensboro.Poured into a tulip glass a deep ruddy brown mixed with a cherry color with a fluufy off white head atop.Deep sour cherry and dry sherry notes in the nose,a little intimidating for a non-sour lover like me.Sherry-like woody flavors mixed with sour cherries on the palate,when I say sour I mean sour like sherry vinegar and tart cherries.IT's a great beer for what it is,Iam not a huge fan of the style but I know it fits the bill very well.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
4.29 out of 5 based on 2,808 ratings.
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