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

bottled
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RATINGS: 837   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.


4.3
   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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2975) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Appearance is razor clear reddish brown with tight bubbles, 1 finger head and good retention. Aroma is cherries, sourness, wheat, and cider vinegar. Taste is puckeringly sour with cherries and wheat on the aftertaste, also a hint of funk on the finish. Body is medium with lower than average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, and dry finish. Overall, this beer kicks ass. I love sours and this is a really delicious example!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3836) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Draft at Imbibe Wine. Nose is light acidity, caramelized sugar, fruity berries, yeast, and merlot wineyness. Clear red-brown with a medium, heavily lacing off white head. Flavor is tart cherries, significant sour notes, and very light woody vanilla. Great stuff to happen onto on a random visit to a local shop!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Indra (2617) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Draft. Enticingly tart, gently sweet and fruity aroma, lightly acetic and woody, with notes of cherry and red grape, some definite yeast funk is present here as well. Deep, dark red in color, clear, with a lasting, fine head. Flavor profile is fruity and features a strong degree of sourness throughout, tannic, dry, oaky and with a brief flash of sweetness, more yeast funkiness and farmy character appearing as well. Somewhat winey finish. "Warms" the mouth, with a sufficiently sharp, acidic bite, active on the palate, body is medium. Incredibly flavorful and complex, also stunningly sour. Wow.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1935) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2011
On Tap at the Bullddog NE. Poured a dark ruby almost brown with a tight thick tan-ish head. aroma was light acidic fruity cherry, hints of wood. Flavour was tart vinagary, cherry, medium to decent sourness. Very tasty and balanced sour.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (1342) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 23, 2011
On tap at Falling Rock Tap House, pours a dark ruby with a slight amber hue and a medium khaki head. Aroma of brett and cherries. Really sharp hanging sweetness of cherries wraps around the tongue and falling into brett. Full bodied and delicious!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
cracklefish (108) - Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2011
Smells of acidity and nag champa. Flavor is bold sour and malt, like a Belgian hippie in my glass. Very clear with no head to speak of. Enjoyable but the acidity of this beer hurts my stomach after a glass. Painful bliss!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1847) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Tap. Murky ruby brown with a pure white head. Dark cherries, slight sweetness and light vinegar in the aroma. Nice sourness, tart, vinegar, very sour fruitiness, acidic, and a lactic finish. Medium to lighter for the body with vibrant carbonation. Very solid.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4333) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2011
This poured a ruby red color with a biege head. Aroma was very sour, lots of funky and dust too. Flavor was dampened towel, light cheese and light tart fruits. Decent.


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