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Brewed by Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste (Bockor)
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Bellegem, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 1071   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The beer Cuvée des Jacobins is unblended old lambic, aged for at least 18 months in (French) oak barrels from the cognac region. These oak barrels are called ’Foeders’ in Dutch. It has a robust character but is beautiful and sophisticated with a full body and overtones of vanilla, dried cherry, stone fruit and cocoa. It is a complex, beautiful sour beer.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chris__hartley (394) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
It pours ruby with mahogany highlights; the head is tan and foamy. The aroma has notes of: pungent acute barnyard funk, lemon-juice, toffee, hay, and sour berry. The taste is very-heavy sour and medium sweet and high acidity; there are notes of: lemon-juice, sour berries, toffee, and red-fruit jam. The palate is full-bodied, has light carbonation, and really long sour and sticky finish. Overall, it’s extreme pungency is a welcomed change from more subdued sour beers.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
330mL bottle lickbo. Clearish red with a huge beige head. The aroma is spot-on for the style with loads of acidity and cherries. Flavour hits right away with very sharp acidity and musky cherry. Somewhat woody although it’s in the background. Finishes sweet and then quite tart. Feels lightly carbonated for the style. Over-all very well done, albeit a style that I don’t typically get much out of.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1590) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2013
Very well put together. The berry-balsamic tartness is powerful, acidic. Some stemmy tannins from the wood. I find it lacks the deeper stone-cellar funk and cherry-fruit complexity / spicy overtones of Goudenband, so for my own likings I won’t be picking up a lot to drink. But would make awesome carbonade.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pilgrimoutlaw (888) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle pours dark red with quickly dissipating brownish red head. Head is completely gone after a minute or two. Barnyard, spoiled vegetables, cherry, red wine. Very sour with medium body. Tartness gives the impression of crisp body, but the medium body is actually kind of smooth and syrupy. Very nicely done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (681) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
330 mL bottle. Pours a reddish brown with a thin white head. Aromas of apple, sour cherry, nectarine, a touch of vanilla and oak, and a fragrant tea-like note. Full on sour with a fine mouth feel and medium body. Lingering sourness and minimal hop bitterness or aroma. Complex and smooth, undoubtedly well made. A great sour.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spab (3336) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
330 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear dark brown with orange tinge and decent-sized, tight, light tan head. Aroma is modestly sour fruit with defined cherry note and hints of oakiness. Flavour absolutely bursts with cherry, quite sour, gentle woodiness, some hints of other fruits (maybe apple and plum) and a little saltiness. Cabonation is fine and somewhere between average and lively. Very flavourful and drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2013
330 ml bottle - clear copper =red ale smallish cap goes quickly to a surface lace. Aroma is sour cherry over hors blanket. Peppery moth feel, dry and puckering. Flavour has big sour fruit in front ...mid palate some complexity with apple, stone fruit, cocoa, vanilla light wood tones....finish dry an puckering with a sour cherry kiss at the end. After finishing my last Rodenbach Gran Cru last night I can say this sour red is brighter and a bit more complex

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7117) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle 330 ml
Aroma: very nice set up made of sour cherry fruit with hint of hay and woody cask. Touch of brown sugar, hazelnut and soil. Splendid.
Look: poured as amber with red hints. Large thick, dense tanned cap. Some lace. Nice presentation.
Taste: quiet tart front. Thin bodied yet with plenty of character. More sourness than in aroma. Cherry is hidden a bit. Salty grainy blend. Soft on top. Medium plus carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
acasteel (26) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Excellent sour. Like candied cherries in vanilla Greek yogurt. The bite from the sour is so light you’ll find you’ve sipped this away too fast.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
330 ml bottle from the lcbo. Pours deep red with a lasting off white head. A stunningly complex and refined sour ale. I’ll be back for more and make additional comments but the is edging toward perfection the more I drink.


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