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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
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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Reviews: 479 | Ratings: 2,726
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 Taybeh
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Town Hall Tap, into a wine glass/chalice

a: dark coppery red with hardly any head, bubbles
s: great! crabapple, bing cherries, faint vinegar, mellow oaky wood
t: even better...follows the nose, comes in layers that are delightful to savor. Also a little vanilla and roasted notes that I didn't get in the nose.
f: pleasant sour pucker, dry at the end...perfect carbonation.

great beer

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Photo of Long813
3.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle
BBE: 06-02-15

A: Pours a clear red body with a thin line of bubbly head. Retention and lacing are poor and minimal.

S: Aroma mixed of cherries, vinegar and other sweet fruits. Vinegar smell is quite strong here.

T: Flavours are forward with sour cherries, very sweet then finishes off with a bitter vinegar taste. The sourness is definitely there with a tad to much vinegar taste.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Water like texture with no presence of alcohol. The aftertaste is very sour and vinegary, but does not linger to long.

D: Interesting brew, one of few flemish styles I've had. The cherry sourness is nice, but the vinegar is to strong here.

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

10oz. Tap pour. Amber red, small head with good lacing.

Smells fruity and yeasty.

Very fruity, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries. Sour but not too much vinager.

Some mouth pucker, not much, a few bubbles just enough to make it enjoyable on the tongue.

Great red sour. I'm still newish to sours this seems like a good baseline.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark cherry transparent, medium lacing vanilla in color; decent legs

S- Sour cherry, some brett and kriek characteristics.

T- A bit sweet for me having gone full spectrum with sours; but it is still very good. Sour cherries, brett lacto

M- A bit to harsh with carb, but other than that pretty decent

O- This was one of the first three sours that started getting me huge into craft.

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Photo of Beerandboards
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark ruby red. White head, a little bit of rosey tinge. Dissipates prett quickly.

S - green apples, vinegar, sour, some oak

T - green apple, some apple peel, dry oaky tannin, just right amount of sweetness.

M - high and lively carbonation, thin feel, right for the style if not just a tad over carbed.

O - great sour red. Hits all the elements really well, very sour without being over powering or syrupy.

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

11.2 oz poured into a snifter. 6.99 a pop.

Clear rust brown with hints of red; medium head with average retention and lacing. Aroma is lactic and acetic... yogurt, balsamic vinegar, funk and acid in general. Very sour taste of tart plums, and intense bite of vinegar... perhaps too intense. Or I am drinking it too warm. Medium body, good carbonation and clean finish. Good. Better than other beers of its kind, and a good balance of acetic and lactic.

Downsides? Too sour, maybe. Some balancing bitterness wouldn't have hurt. But between the current taste and too bitter, I would go with current.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4

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

Clear ruby colored body. No sediment or haze, visible carbonation streaming from the bottom. Two finger frothy white head sits atop. The head recedes rather quickly. Thick spotty lacings left clinging to the glass.

The aroma is a bit surprising, I was certainly not expecting this level of complexity. Strong tart cherry notes balance with a rather pleasant earth tones. Slight aectic aroma lingers just behind, very appropriate for the style. Bits of cocoa and toasted malt lie in the background.

A pleasant caramel like sweetness greets the tongue, as the beer moves towards the back of the palate an assertive, biting tart flavor develops. As the tart bite begins to diminish a bright cherry flavor emerges. The acidic cherry flavor lingers and overshadows most of the more subtle flavors on the back end.

Light bodied Flanders Red. Carbonation is on the high side, as to be expected of the style. The finish is dry, slight tart cherry flavor lingers on the tongue.

I went into this beer with no real expectations. This was truly an impressive beer. Tremendous amount of complexity in the nose is followed by an assertive and impressive flavor. Very easy to drink, highly enjoyable.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep purple-brown with a thin covering & thick collar of loose, bubbly head. When held up to the light, turns a beautiful golden ruby.

Nose is moderately sour, with some green apple, sour cherry, a little balsamic vinaigrette, & a tiny bit of oak & vanilla. Complex smell & moves in waves, really good.

Taste reveals even more layers: starts off with a lemon & green apple tartness, moving into a cherry-like sweetness & sourness, then some balsamic, oak, a little cocoa, a little vanilla, dry red wine. Holy, there's so much good stuff going on here. Leaves a long, lingering aftertaste that's like sucking on delicious sour cherry skin. Maybe even a little overwhelming, but damn good.

Acidity hits hard in this one, with a full body, & a pretty tannic finish & aftertaste. Again, maybe overwhelming, but still awesome.

Wow, this is a great Flanders Red. So much flavor & sensation packed into this beer, it almost needs an intermission. One of the best Flanders Reds I've had.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Milky ruby-brown, no head and no lace. Clean. Bottle art is nicely dorkish/anti-sleek. No reportable carbonation.

S: Slight pucker, cherry, trace vinegar in palatable amounts for my American palate (those who enjoy vinegar probably want more.) Very slight undertone of oak and vanilla.

T: Great puckering ability, bright cherry, a bit of grain and yeast. Dry.

M: Fluid, no syrup or saccharine qualities that are common in sours. No gritty teeth feeling. Weak but appropriate carbonation.

O: An honest-to-goodness sour beer. It'll make you pucker, but also includes some nuance with the wood and vanilla that is telltale of the patient quality in this beer.

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

review #420... possibly the best flanders red i've ever had. or is it an unblended old lambic? makes me wish there was a rating between 4.5 and 5.0. clear brown with a tan head that has decent retention and leaves some chunks of lace as it goes. nose is brighter, cleaner, purer and less sweet than it's more commercial counterparts. dark fruit, vinegar, wood, a touch of almost salty minerality, and some really nice earth as well as just a hint of bretty cherry pie. hard to explain what i mean by clean or pure here, but the funk seems unadulteratedly natural. taste is balance and harmony of all of the above with sweet and sour at near perfect levels. medium body is soft and silky with enough pucker power to make me salivate, and nowhere near cloying or sticky. just seems to go down sooo easily and way too quickly. flavors explode on the palate to be wiped clean by acid and mild carbonation. truly a great experience. amazing beer.

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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 PeprSprYoFace
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small snifter. Fits the 11.2oz bottle perfectly. Pours a deep garnet red. Fairly clear. Light tan head dissipated fast to nothing. You can see bubbles. No lacing.

Aroma is awesome. Tart cherries and raspberries with a little bit of barn yard funk and some red wine sort of merlot characters going on. Smells great.

Taste is great. Not much flavor in the start but as you swallow a bit of tart cherries hits your tongue then the sourness takes over and then some more cherry and some chocolate/dark fruits and then a bit of funk. Very tasty and complex beer. Not a lot of the balsamic you get from other Flanders.

Mouthfeel is great for a sour. I prefer a bit more dry but it's great for a Flanders which is usually a bit more malty.

Overall maybe my fav Flanders red. I typically dont like the style because of the maltyness but this one is great because it's more dry. I'll be getting this one in the future for sure.

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

Pours a red tinted dark brown with a thin off white head. The smell is mainly apples with a hint of cherry and wood. There is also some vinegar in there too. It tastes sweet and sour with lots of cherry and vinegar, with some hints of fresh green apple. The beer is thick with low carbonation and a tangy dry finish. I really enjoyed this sour, I think it's one of the best ones I've tried.

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Photo of gory4d
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a 32-oz. swingtop growler from WF on the Bowery a couple of days ago -- cracked it tonight. It pours a clear russet with a thin, very active light tan head, leaving a little lacing down the glass. The smell is cider vinegar, brown sugar, gooseberries, a little resinous wood. The taste is much the same, with the brown sugar notes more emphatic as the beer warms, and the vinegar/tart berry finish quite sharp. It's thin in body but coats the mouth quite well, and is moderately carbonated. You don't have to sip this one quite as gingerly as others in the style.

The guy who filled my growler said this beer was more or less the same as Ommegang Rouge -- that Bockor had been brewing it under contract. It's definitely very similar, but, as he also said, a little fresher. Looking forward to seeing this one in bottles some day.

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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 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 philipquarles
3.3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught at Dirty Truth. Pours opaque dark red without much of a head. Smells surprisingly sweet, with lots of typical sour cherry. Pretty acetic. A bit of barnyard 'funkiness', though that's really in the back seat here. Tastes of sour cherry, with artificial sweetening pretty evident, unfortunately. Quite fruity. Not what one would expect of a sour/lambic mix.

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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 berley31
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a white, small head that diminished quickly to a thin wisp. Body is a dark ruby-red color, and brilliantly clear.

S: Strong aroma of fruit... mostly cherries, and a high sourness in the smell as well. Quite intense.

T: But not as intense as the flavor... wow! That is one tart, sour beer. Definitely on the stronger end in terms of sourness for the Flanders Reds that I have sampled. The cherry fruitiness as there, too. No hop bitterness that I could detect.

M: Extremely mouth-puckering, of course. Medium bodied, low-medium carbonation.

D: Very intense... but I loved it. Sure, I couldn't drink it all day, but beers like this are showing me how much I enjoy this style.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The liquid is clear, mahogny, deep red-brown color with a thin, beige head.

Nose: Fruity, apples, cherries, oak, vinegar, vanilla and funk.
Taste: So good! Sour, funk, vinegar, oak, vanilla, red berries, cherries, dried fruit, caramel malt and red apples.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp carbonation. Fresh. Tart. Medium body.

This is a perfect sour beer! Light but very mature. Great, full taste with a deep, oak taste of the 18 months barrel aging. The nose is amazing!

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Photo of taylor714914
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had low expectations for this based on my experience with it on tap. Luckily, it didn’t meet my low expectations, and blew me away. Great complexity. Very fruity up front with some nice toasted oak complexness, tart berries, a hint of damp funk, and a nice finishing dryness with a tartness that lingers. So tasty, so complex, so worth it. Go buy some if you can.

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

11.2 oz. bottle served in a tulip. Pours a very reddish brown with a finger of off white head. Bottle conditioned. Sour cherries and vinegar in the aroma. Light bodied. Very tart and acidic, more tart cherries. Sour pucker in the finish. Little bit of oak. Very drinkable. Nice to see this in bottles.

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Photo of blbarnett3
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle date 4/14 into a 12 oz. tulip. Scant one finger head that dissipated quickly. Beautiful red color, nice tart aroma, significant sourness, fruit notes, slightly oily mouth feel. Intense and delicious.

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Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge from Brouwerij Bockor N.V. / Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
95 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.
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