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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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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1384) - 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 (1961) - 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 (4136) - 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 (3969) - 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 (3524) - Lewisburg, 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
Pours dark red/brown with a thick white head. Aroma is of sour cherries, dirt, cloves, and a little bit of vinegar. Flavor is very acidic with notes of tart cherries, oak and caramel. Still not my favorite style, but not bad.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
77ships (4251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 23, 2011
1980 Vintage bottle@Kulminator: +/- 30 year old, the taste has become a bit thin and weak, slight chlorine taste has started creeping in, slightly sour with touch of vinegar and red berries & dusty cherries, very slightly acidic, thin body, pretty much no carbonisation

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2419) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2011
Draft at The Map Room in Chicago. Wonderful surprise. Deepest ruby-red pour, thin off white head on still body. Nose is rich fruit, cherry, cranberry but also apples. Effervescent, tart sip - really full and tasty fruit body. Red and tart. Much fruitier than most ’reds’ of the style. A step up into the sour world. Very very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2011
On draft at Falling Rock. Pours dark red-amber with a white head. Nose is funk, vinegar, sour cherries, slight yeast, and some sour fruit (red grapes, maybe?). Flavor is similar with a hint of dark sour fruity sweetness before vinegar and tart take over. Medium-bodied and an enjoyable beer.


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