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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1085   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3438) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2012
330 ml. bottle. Pours a thick ivory head, long retention, with extensive lacing, over a clear, reddish copper (SRM 20) body....nose is acid, cherry, barnyard funk....taste is dried cherry, hints of plum, light cocoa, chocolate, hints of vanilla, medium acetic/lactic acid sourness, musty funk, minimal hints of sweetness as the sour ebbs on the finish....mouth feel light of medium, carbonation adds tingle to the sourness. This meets the style of a Flanders Red Ale (part of the larger Sour Ale grouping) exactly. The sourness, complex aromas and flavors of this beer are exceptional. It is quite delicious. BJCP 8/3/16/4/7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
schoolofchuck (135) - Kansas, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Dark, ruby color with beige head. Poured from the bottle to a tulip. Aroma is like the sour section of a candy shop. Grape candy(not real grape), and tary, giving off more of a processed candy aroma than traditional sweets. Taste is sweet until the sour patrol hits you seconds later. Unique and unlike anything I’ve ever tasted with the label "beer". Almost like a liquid version of warheads or shocktarts. Gone in minutes it drinks so easily. Uniqueness overall defines this brew. DO NOT drink it too cold. Let it open up a little in the warm air. The relevance makes it difficult to compare to anything I have ever tried in terms of beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjuf1853 (1301) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2012
Draft at Southern Brewing in Tampa. Pours a clear, reddish amber color with a small beige head. Aroma is amazing with the perfect amount of sourness. Flavor is outstanding! Truly delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8194) - Indiana, USA - MAY 26, 2012
Bottle to oversized snifter. Looks good; rusty with little to no carbonation and thin lacing. Smells Good; tart and wild. Tastes very good; full and sour with a nice mouthfeel. Good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Delirium (657) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2012
On tap at Roebling Tea Room in Brooklyn. Pours clear red, a sort of bright cherry-red veering into mahogany. Aroma is sour berries, hint of funkiness, and some miscellaneous other notes I can’t quite pin down. Flavor is dominated by the sour/tart/acidic notes, which are a complex mixture of fruit-tartness, lactic sour, even some lemon-ish acidity. Quite a bit of fruit sweetness just behind that. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2012 Powerful sour in this bottle, with a whole slew of delicious puckering face-slapping tastes. Starts with a sweet cherry lean, one that turns green and envious rather fast, with a sour apple middle that rolls into a tart, rich, deeply-oaked finish. The oak and sourness linger on the palate for ages, despite a rather brisk carbonation. A modest funky note begins to show as the beer warms, but it brings with it a fruity sweetness that rides an old leather saddle. Not a pretty beer, but absolutely wonderful nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5718) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2012
Very cherry on the nose. Clear chestnut,medium head. Tangy cherry, a bit sweet for the style.Alcohol well concealed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 16, 2012
Bottle at home, from my Minneapolis Town Hall glass. I probably walked past this unassuming little bottle 5 or 6 times when I was Zipp’s, really glad Tyler pointed it out to me as I wouldn’t have picked it up without his recommendation. Pours deep ruby/brown,with a thin off-white head, and poor lacing. Nose is leather, tart cherries, funk, acid, demerara sugar, rum, and preserved fruits. Flavours are bracingly sour, but not acetic or over-the-top; lots of cherry, strawberry, funk, leather, semisweet in the mouth, then very drying as it moves into the finish. Like a better Duchesse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
vettefan77 (4) - - MAY 16, 2012 does not count
OK - Im a dark beer lover, but the wife is gone for two weeks, and im trying to expand my horizons a bit. This was not the ticket apparently. The smell was ok, and i can definitely taste the cherries, etc. Has too much of a ’bite’ though...strong vinegar, and not enough balance. I wouldnt say it was filtered through a jock strap, but it wouldnt be a stretch. I guess it’s a highly acquired taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (14282) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2012
33cl bottle thanks to Dutchdrebus. Dark red-brown color, small off-white to beige head. Smell pretty sour, vinegar, lightly fruits. Taste is very sour, vinegar, tart. Not dry sour and some sour fruityness is clearly present as well. Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Too much sharp sourless for me though.

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