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


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RATINGS: 908   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5499) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2010
Tap @ Boston/NY 2009. Clear brownish color, short head. Aroma of cherry, raspberry, oak wood. Tart taste, oaky. Why did I have to travel all the way to the US to get this? :-)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7133) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Draft. Dark ruby beer with a dark cream colored head. Tart/sour aroma. Sour/tart flavor with acetic notes, red fruit, and light oak. Medium bodied. Tart, sour flavors linger with acetic notes and fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
popery (1561) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 24, 2010
Toronado. A good to very good Flanders Red, which is always a treat. I tried this beer against Rodenbach Grand Cru, and, though it wasn’t quite up to that world class beer, it still had a quite good showing. Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge looks about the same as any Flanders Red, perhaps leaning toward red rather than mahogany. Small white head. This beer smells and tastes of raspberries, cherries, oak and sour. It’s actually not too far from the Rodenbach beers - perhaps three quarters of the step between normal Rodenbach and the Grand Cru, though without that beer’s lovely feel. The beer was a bit more acidic than the Grand Cru, and it was fruitier and sourer to the GC’s woodier, more refined nature; still quite good. This was a satisfying Flanders red and a very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (4899) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2010
On tap at The Ginger Man. Pours a dark ruby with a small creamy off white head that leaves good sticky lacing. The aroma is a sweet fruit with cherry and yeast. Thin mouthfeel with a sour fruit with a nice dry finish. Easy to drink, a very good sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2011 Tap at Palm Tavern. Pours to a red body with a decent off-white head. The aroma is sour with a very nice cherry and big toasted malt on the back end. Acidic flavor of cherries and malt and big palate that has a growing sweetness on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (3739) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Pours a brilliant red, copper, brown color with an off white head. The aroma is very complex with lots of tart berries, leather and old, wet blanket funk. The flavor is a real sour shot to the palate with mouthwatering sour berries, and a rich caramel cherry backbone. Not real funky, just pure sour ecstacy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Draft at Hopleaf. Deep dark and brooding. The aroma has definite aspects of vinegar. Textbook Flanders, this drinks with a velvatine sourness -- glistening with a kiss of cherry, this is a delicious night cap. (#3907, 5/8/2010)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2010
On tap at Flatbread, Burlington.
Aroma : Big cherries. Tart. Lots of cherries.
Taste : Cherries and tart. Hints of oak and a bit sour.
Overall : Pretty straight forward but quite good. Nice cherry profile and nice tartness. Not as good as the Cascade Kriek to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brokensail (12169) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
A: The pour is a muddy mahogany color with plenty of red highlights to it. There’s not much in the way of head, however. S: The nose is very typical for a Flanders red ale. While there’s certainly a strong vinegar component, it’s not overwhelming. There are also plenty of sour cherries and some oak. T: The flavor is quite acidic, but well balanced between the lactic and acetic acids. The sour cherries are prominent and juicy, along with a touch of oak which dries the beer out a bit. M: The carbonation is moderate, but the beer still has a slightly slick feel on the tongue. The finish is dry and crisp. D: One of the better examples of a Flanders red ale that I’ve had lately. Very nice acidity and fruit flavors. I look forward to having this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
On tap at Stone. Dark copper brown with cream colored head. Nose gives only a hint of what’s to happen in the mouth. Big burst of deep pungent sour followed by yeast smack. Not the high dry sour. Deep and in the back. Full mouthfeel. Lout of salivation but never the dry finish. Long lingering mouthfeel and afters. Nice one.

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