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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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RATINGS: 871   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Tap at the moth. Deep amber/red with a cream head. Nose is tart, acidic, wood, and tannic. Excellent on the palate, flavor is very tart/sour, acidic, sharp, bitter, delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scouser (261) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Pours a nice burgandy brown colour, with lots of creamy beige head and lacing. Aroma of wine, fruit in particular cherries. A nice cherry bitterness not over kill or too vinegary. Nice dry finish, I like this one!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Draft. $8.00 a glass at Pracna on Main. Served in a Snifter class. Dark brown reddish color with light tan head. Sweet cherry aroma with a slight sour twang to it. Some lemon as well. Light/medium mouthfeel. Sweet tart cherry flavor with a nice sour note to it. Not overly sour. Slight earthy ending. Dark fruit notes with a lingering tartness. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1836) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Dark red, small off-white head. Huge apple/cherry tartness but not to the point of being off-putting.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5038) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Draft. Poured a dark red color with a small head. Aroma was entirely solid sour fruit. Very tart. I saw multiple people turn this one down. Flavor was sour fruit, with a few touches of oak. I’m no expert on sour ales, but this one was good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Growler pour. Brownish color. Light head. A very nice sour beer. Actually one of the better ones I’ve had in a while. Refreshing smooth and tart.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (6416) - Lansing, Michigan, 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 (3714) - 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 (5616) - 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.


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