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

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RATINGS: 862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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The beer Cuvťe 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 íFoedersí 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - APR 8, 2010
Sampled at the Rose and Crown in Palo Alto. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours dark redish brown. Really a strong sour bite to it. Flavor is very good and well made. Malts are wonderful. Great brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6134) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2010
Sampled at RBWG 2010. A nice amber pour. The aroma is sweet and sour cherries with a nice malt backing. The flavor is super sour with cherries, sweet tarts, malt, and a nice softness. This really reminds me of sweet tarts.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Draught at The Trappist. My girlfriend is a flanders red fan, and she went back for seconds of this. One of the best Belgian sour ales that I have had, with great overall chracter, but the dryness-to-sour balance that American brewers like RR and Lost Abbey are going for these days. Rodebach should take note. Dark red in color with a beige head. Fantastic aroma of vanilla, oak, cherry and sour fruit. The flavor is pretty sour for a Belgian Flanders red, but has a nice malt balance nonetheless, and a slight cherry sweetness rounding it out. Medium-light body with a dry, acidic finish. I could just smell this for days. I had no idea what to expect when ordering this, but Iím definitely a fan.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 BottleÖ RBWG Ď10Ö This beer rocks!... Mostly clear, light brown ale with a small, fat-bubbled, off-white head. Earthy, woody, funky nose with black cherry and barnyard notes. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Fruity and fairly sour. Finishes tart, lightly sweet, then dry. Like Ommegangís version, I could drink this brew all day, every day. World class Flanders Red!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kinz (3347) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 This was the wifeís beer at Cap Alehouse Innsbrook, post Monument Avenue 10k, on tap. Deep amber, slight head. Nose of pleasant sweet malts and sour cherries. Flavors matched - sweet, cherry accented malts moving into a nice, lactic sour finish. Very well balanced. Pleasant on the palate. Maybe even a very faint hint of oak, although I donít even know if this ever saw a barrel. This is a superb Flemish Sour. RERATE: August 31, 2014, about 4 and half years after the initial rating. Also on draft, from De Fles Winkel growler fill. I would now describe the sour finish as a vinegar acetic sour finish, but otherwise, notes are the same. Still really nice stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2010
Name: Cuvee des Jacobins
Date: March 12, 2010
Mode: Growler
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear amber, fine beige head, drippy lace
Aroma: tart caramel aroma, fruity tartness, light mustyness
Flavor: sweet and tart fruity flavor, touch of musty funk, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2010
In short: An tasty Flemish-sour ale low on oak/tannins with an acidic touch. Very good beer.
How: Tap at Sunset Grill, Boston
The look: Clear ruby body topped by a small off-white head
In long: Nose of sour cherries and other Flemish sour. Taste is most classic Flemish Sour except with less oak-tannic than with a classic like Rodenbach Grand Cru and a little more acidic. A little sweet. I didnít take that much notes except that I noted that this tasted rather similar to Ommegang Rouge Grand Cru that I had not so long ago. Not that Iím entering my rating I realize that Ommegang Rouge Grand Cru is also brewed at Bockor! And both beer are not bottled, tap only! Strange coincidences. Could it be the same beer? I donít want to jump to conclusions. Iím just connecting the dots here. And when Iím done I may have a drawing of a giraffe, or maybe a bear with a jar of honey. Too early to tell.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wedgie9 (2029) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Tasted on draft at Quenchers. Pours very dark amber with a thin white head. Nose of brett, vinegar, red apple, citrus, and some cereal. Flavors of red wine vinegar, sour raspberry, red apple, and quince. Carbonation is very lively with a lighter body and a medium finish. This is a great example of what a sour beer should be. It isnít the best, but a prototypical example.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3063) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Bottle opened on the bus ride from Dunedin Brewing Co. to Cigar City Brewing. Pours clear amber color with off white head. Sour cherry aroma. Flavor is tart cherry, caramel and some wood. medium body with oderate carbonation. Thanks to whoever opened this.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle pours deep red with a thin off white head. Kriek like sour cherry aroma. Extremely tart cherry and apple skins.


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