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


on tap

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RATINGS: 795   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
undsioux7 (793) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Tap. Pours deep ruby red with a small tan head. Lots of tart/sour cherries with a nice woody finish. Finishes dry. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (697) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2011
8-oz draft at Rattle w Erica. Pours deep red/purple with small head and leaves a vapory lacing on the glass. Aroma is faint fruit but little tart; taste is a grapey/winey tart explosion with long legs, which I always enjoy with sours. Good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 On tap @ the Common Table. Deep red pour with a decent off-white head. Lots of oak in the nose with cherry, cocoa, and vanilla - flavor is tart cherry with some funk and wood. Really well done sour!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (3934) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2011
On tap at Cheeky Monk in Denver. Deep dark copper with light haze, and a small tan head. Aroma of earthy sourness, slight dairy funk, and cherries. Taste started a little too sour but it clamed down in the middle. Dry throughout. Flavor tones of earthy malt characters, but it interrupts the tart cherry goodness, and it doesn’t come out sweet enough. Sourness is almost lemony, or citric. I wasnt a fan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Dark brown color with a red hue. No one from TN should ever say hue but I done did it. Aroma is amazing, sour cherries, apples, vinegar, nutmeg. Flavor is very sour with cherries, apples, spices. Face pukering sour. Id do a keg stand with this seriously. Amazing. Why did I only get a 4oz pour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bmerz (687) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2011
It is so tart with a full berry sweetness and nice long funky linger. Deep cherry red with little head from a growler (yeah!!!) Very bright sour noise. It is almost teeth gratingly sour. Fruit pits. Earth. Dry finish. Really nice. Glad i have another half growler.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 21, 2011
Dark ruby pour with eggy compact head. Nose is sour cherry. Medium body. Super sour cherry. Slighly bitter finish. Similar vein to rodenbach or monks cafe. Very tasty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2011
On draft at Issacs. Red pour with a strong aroma of cherry and acid. Again cherries appear in the taste with a mild, vanilla, wood and bit tart finish. Real Good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - AUG 15, 2011
AROMA: Big nose, very lovely, fruity, sour (red cherries), something else working there, not sure about coca but vanilla is likely, has an elusive quality; APPEARANCE: dark brown red - wonderful and clear, not much head or lacing, slightly off white, nicely effervescent though; TASTE: sour full, big mouth, very tart; PALATE: Long sour finish; OVERALL: Robust and complex indeed

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2011
On draft (guest)

I knew I had to come back for this after the staff at Lizardville was raving when it went on tap during a previous visit a few days prior. I am glad I did - this ranks right up there with Rodenbach Grand Cru as an excellent example of a Flemish sour. Striking that fine line between sweet and bone dry one pour of this will highlight any evening.

Aroma and appearance - A mysterious blood red body sparkled like the last vestiges of light battling against the rise of the moon. A dusty white head looked like flecks of dirt on a pristine winter snowfall. The sour burst of cherries pulls no punches about the intent of this beer. Tart and vinegary it is almost as sour as a good lambic.

Flavor and palate - Tart vinegar and cherries bite at the tongue. Nipping the taste buds with a robust sour intensity rivaled by few other Flemish beers it is not meek. By the end of the glass every corner of the palate is crying out for mercy. I would love to see this resurface again as it deserves a revisit.

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