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

bottled
common

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common

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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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (5996) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Pours dark reddish black, like a black cherry, with off white head. Aroma has notes of green apple slight raspberry and blackberry, cherry, touch of apple vinegar, and some sweet bread. Taste is big acetic tart apple, raspberry, cherry, and blackberry sweet notes in the background with a touch of straw and biscuit, with a very dry finish. Delicious and sour, though not overly complex and a touch thin.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2011
I didn’t know of this beer before I saw it on the menu but I went for it and was really really pleased. It has a great sourness which, while not jaw-numbing, resonates well. The fruits are rich and dark, with blackberry and wild cherry, and they finish with a nice sweet note. Great palate, both sour and tingly. Very fine beer. (on tap at Rattle N Hum, NYC)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
benjaminbier (45) - Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Draft, goblet, poured lovingly. Just a bit of head that quickly recedes to a gentle lacing around the glass. Aroma is slightly woodsy, malty, a touch of sherry. Color is a rainbow of tawny amber at the edge of the glass, to garnet, to a deep core of ruby brown. Palate is very balanced, medium mouthfeel, low to medium effervescence. Flavor is a grainy malt with a very light hint of residual sweetness. Sour character is present but not dominant and follows the malt closely towards a dry finish. Quite simply one of my top favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5219) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Draft at RnH during the Sours Gone Wild Event with Pat, Andrew, Dallas & Bobby. It was pretty great getting the opportunity to sample this in 5 different stages. But the Rouge was a head above the rest. Pours a deep ruby red body. Aroma is sour fruit. Mouthfeel is very tart but not overly sweet, with some notes of cherry coming through.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1315) - Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
On tap at the map room. Pour is murky dark amber with a modest off white head into this tulip. This is a brew that I had to warm up to; letting it breath a bit really helped. Cranberry and cherry on the nose, with a bit of earthy quality, coupled with a modest hop profile. I feel like I keep getting hellertau hops from this brew, but I doubt that is the case. The brew is ultimately very fruity; cherry pits, cranberries, apple skins, while a vinegar and earthy base is present on the back end. Its not too sour, really, as far as I am concerned. This is just a terrific brew

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 21, 2011
At rattle n hum during beers gone wild. Given out in installments... Young, 50/50, and old. Old was tart and sour; eh.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Pours reddish with with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is sour cherries, oak and vinegar. Very sour to start off with then is balanced out by fruits. Overall a great beer. I love this style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (3958) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2012 Pours dark ruby with two fingers of creamy tan head. Nose shows cherry skins, a mild sweetness balanced with a mildly acetic acidity. Some sweet spice. Nice cherry tartness with a mild perceptual sweetness. Acidity shows much more at the beginning, loses it with warmth. Nice tart palate

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Draught at Milltown. Pours a dark plum red with some small white lace. Almost eveything looks nice in these little cantillon glasses. Nose of vinegar, oak, cherry skins. Extremely drinkable yet still sour, nice cherry fruit, slight vinegar finish. A lovely flemish red.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2011
Pours a ruby red that almost looks black in the right light. Looks like merlot. Nice cherry notes on the nose. The taste has a sourness that balances out the fruit. It’s a very delicate beer. It’s far from smarties in a glass. The sourness shocks the taste buds and then this subtle fruit taste washes down the back.


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