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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: 794   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (2727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2010
This is a very fine sour ale which pours a crystal clear amber color w/ a neat white head that’d make you think you were getting a boring old amber ale from the looks of things. Spending a second w/ the nose on this thing though will avow you of this notion. It has a deep tart cherry character which is very lovely and it gets even better once you taste it. The palate has a decent weight to it but the beer is quite sour w/ vigorous carbonation so it drinks quite easily. I am impressed by this beer. It strikes me as somewhat refreshing and something that you could drink in moderate quantity but you could also linger over it for some time if you so choose.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4099) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Tap @ Victory... Poured deep, burgundy with a white head. Some noticeable funk, but still very clean. Hints of berries, cherries, candied sugars, bubblegum, grains, and a yeast sourness in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
rubbishystuff (1795) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Rather tart but some nice sweetness to balance. Wine like qualities. Serving: Draft

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IainOg (75) - Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2010
quality stuff here with some really nice complexity. notes of curry, balsamic/malt vinegar, mineral notes with some iron-like character, coriander. very little true "malt" character, more sort of raw and doughy mid-palate. even lower on the hops. really nice brett presence -- tart cherries that fade to more of an almost strawberry taste, and the typical "barnyard" ntes come off to me as, well, dry cloth, but in a much more appealing way than that sounds. complex, delicious, layered, and very refreshing. a perfect accompaniment to banh canh do bien, as it turns out.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (4856) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2010
Bottle, via Maxxdaddy I think @ RBWG 2010. Pours a clear reddish body with a small fizzy white head. Nice sour nose with lots of cherry skins, a little acetic with a touch of oak. The flavor is dry and tart with a more noticeable oak note. A little brighter than the Ommegang Rouge. Mouthfeel is crazy drying with a heavy raw oak tannic finish. Nice, but not as good as the Ommegang Rouge.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2010
On draft at Capital Alehouse Innsbrook. Pours a clear brown with fair khaki head ring and some lacing. Nose is like an old, stale cherry poptart. Flavor is very sweet, almost like a pixie stick, but has a mildly acidic, solid sour tone that gives a nice balance. Dark fruitiness, sweet and dry on the palate. Decent enamel remover. Not the best sour, but not the worst either. The high price is a shame though....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 19, 2010
Like a slightly toned down/less acidic Rodenbach Grand Cru. Normally, that would be a bad thing, but it went down great on draft at the Map Room, Chicago. I’d like to try this again while less "hop enhanced", as I remember it being delicious, but the above is all I had jotted down as notes.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BelgBeerGeek (1297) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUN 16, 2010
1990 bottle @ kulminator

head: tiny
colour: dark amber, caramel
smell: salty/sour, caramel, malts, water
taste: sweet/sour start, vintage , licqourice , fruity sweet finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Draft at CAH. Pours ruby with earthy, fruity tart nose. Tastes of sour fruit, cherry, malt, berry, with an earthy palate and a smooth finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Draft @ Brouwer’s Sour Fest; dense brown with trace white head; zesty cherries with a strong, warming sourness; mild vinegar with yummy sour cherries, barnyard funk and mild poopy cheese; so much more texture and zesty sourness here compared to the other sours sampled; lovely strong tartness with creamy texture; great stuff
Earlier Rating: 4/15/2010 Total Score: 4.2
Draft @ Bottleworks; clear light brown prickly nose and nice acidic sourness; light tam head lasting ; mild grape skins, brown sugar; not too heavy, a little oaky sweetness too; good stuff; some berry creaminess; yummy; dry, cookie finish; raspberries too; a damn good sour


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