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


on tap

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RATINGS: 836   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2009
(draft) Clear deep red body with a touch of brown, topped by a small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, wood, sour cherry. Taste is medium sweet, wood, cherry, good sourness, fair sweetness to complement the sourness. Light-medium body, light stickiness, acidity. A wonderful Flemish sour -- a bit bolder than the Duchesse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Draft @ The Trappist. Pretty much just stumbled upon this one (Ali was the one who actually ordered it, after I’d ordered a pour of Allagash Confluence.) Pours a deep, clear ruby-red color; off-white head with glistening, fine-bubbled lacing; good retention. Generous aroma of tart red fruits: well-soured, highly acidic, cherry pits and lemon, with a light core. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: very nicely sour, mouthwatering: tart citrus, red fruits, high acidity; just a touch of oak in the background, if at all; a very solid, rather straightforward and intense sour red ale. Sweet tart red fruit. Lasting finish of sour red fruits, citrus; tartness lasts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Draft op tap at the Binnys South Loop taproom (Chicago, IL). Pours a deep dark brown with glowing rusty red, dark and not quite opaque, a moderate brownish tan head that stays at a decent film, laces well. Aromas are a good potent sour cherries feel, a touch sweeter, with a good sourness, light vinegar, and wet wood with a bit of funkiness in there. Nice sourness, moderate. Initial is a decent body, decent sourness with a touch of vinegar, dry and lightly vanilla oak come into play, some lactic sourness sticks to the palate, decent sourness, decent acidity, with a touch of vinegar, sour cherries that push a little more sweetness that temper the sourness a little more and kinda mute the finish and aftertaste just a bit. A solid sour, more sessionable but lacking a ton of complexity. Still, quite tasty and very welcome after a long work weekend. Cheers all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2009
This is a surprise, its rare to be able to gte a new sour these days without trying. Tap @ Small Bar in SD. Pours orange with a tan head. Big tart nose, taste is decently tart too. Surprisingly deent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
trancecyclist (42) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2009
On tap at The Belgian Cafe in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. Very deep maroon color, little head, and with a deliciously tart and nicely sour cherry flavor. Right up there with the best of the Flemish sours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2009
12oz pour at Pizza Paradiso in Dupont Circle, Washington D.C. Pours a slightly translucent purple, mahogany amber with a very very thin, ringing white head. The aroma is my only complaint about this beer. At first the nose has very little, as it warms some tart berry aromas come out, cherry and cranberry mostly, red grapes, a little funk, a little hay, a little bit of citrus fruit. Flavor is spot on for a sour: bitter from citrus fruits, tart from the acid, strong lactic acid flavor, sweet ripe fruits, slight funk, toasted grain, a little splash of wood. Finish is tart, bitter, sweet and dry. I liked Ommegang Rouge better based mostly on the aroma but the flavors were also more developed. This was very drinkable though, something you could drink many of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3256) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 12, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2009 Tap at small bar. Pours a ruby red with a beige head. Notes of sour cherries, horse blank funk. Flavor is. Medium tartness,chocolate, funk. Like a fua funkier version of la folie? But I’m drunk and typing this on my fucked up phone. Awesome beer though. Great balance. Nice funky tartness. don’t pass up the chance to try this

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 10, 2009
On tap at The Trappist. This black beer poured with a generous beige head and a wild fruity aroma. There is an excellent sour brown flavor with a little bit of cherry and a strong dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. After hearing of the connection between this and Ommegang Rouge, I assumed this was a different batch of the same beer, but apparently I was mistaken. The profile is remarkably similar. Pours brownish red. Subtle tart fruit aroma I wish were more intense. Lots or cranberry, cherry, and strawberry flavors with a strong funky bite. In comparison to Ommegang Rouge, this has slightly more bite and a dryer finish. All in all, it’s a slightly different angle of the same wonderful beast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2009
On tap at the Maproom, Chicago, IL. Hazy, ruby red with small white/pinkish head. Aroma is sour cherry, oak, dryer, grapey, acidic. Flavor is sour cherry, light grapiness, a little acidity, light oak, a little cola, sweeter. Medium to light body with light carbonation. Love the aroma, very similar to rodenbach grand cru but the flavor is a little too much cola.

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