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


on tap

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RATINGS: 936   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
On tap at Toronado - asked the bartender about the beer and he said he personally thought it compared to RR Consecration... Big enough reccomendation for me to try it right there. Very dark red color and little head. Quite tart but not a pucker face sour level for me. Nice, but not too strong a hint of cherries. Nice smooth mouthfeel, and by the time I got to the bottom of the small glass, I really had grown a large liking for this sour. A very nice "hidden gem" for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4781) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Tap at Ebenezer’s. Pours deep, red-tinged mahogany into a tulip. Off-white head quickly recedes to hug rim. Dark cherry aromas. Spritzy tart cherry upfront with a lasting sour finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2010
Garnet pour with a half finger beige head. The aroma is cherry dark fruit, lots of woody acetic notes, and funk. The flavor holds tons of acetic acid with a huge sour overripe dark fruit character. The palate is thick and viscous for the style with supple carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Pours brown with a red hue off white head. aroma of dark sour cherries. Taste incredibly sour as well with cherry predominating once more and lots of sour funk. Love it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleDude (41) - USA - AUG 4, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2010 Great sour and fruit (cherry) aroma. Dark red. Ballet on your tongue! Sour and fruit in flavor with lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 4, 2010
On tap at Toronado SF. Clear red pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of tart cherry and malt. Nice crisp sour flavor with some fruit and a sweet malty and tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Murky mahogany in need of a good polish and dull garnet lurk underneath a fluffy head of tan puff while lace wanders hither and fro. Lifting the taster to my nose reveals a cornucopia of red apple skins, kiwi, apricot, granny smith tartness, red and black plums, green grapes, and black cherries; hold the syrup please. Phew! Tart and sweet, backing her up is a solid cast of melba, bread crust, and burnt sugars, especially of the brown variety. Her tart character nips at the back of my nose with each snuff, and I have to fight to remain seated. I am a sucker for sour, after all. Smitten, I willingly go in for the kill. She is gentle at first, a lure to bring me in further where she hits me head-on with a rich middle and silken finish of cream, vanilla, and frothed milk. Her finish leads me right into the next quaff where I revel in plum, green, and red grape skins, delightfully bitterly acidic and tart. Green apples, granny smith especially, round out her middle before surrendering me once more to her silky finish. As my tongue squeals in tart delights, black and red cherries with pits crunch between my teeth. Her malt backbone is a silent partner which is just fine with me. Instead, I revel in an increasingly acidic presence tempered only by her creamy vanilla finish. Exquisite. I could sup her all day long. After my hefty 10 Commandments from Lost Abbey, she was a wonderfully timed refreshing treat.

Revisiting the classics is all well and good, but sometimes nothing can beat that virgin taste adventure where one is totally caught by surprise in the most delightfully invigorating ways possible. If you have a sour tooth like me, or think you might, grab a bottle (or draft) of the Cuvee de Jacobins Rouge from Bockor Brewery and let the affair begin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2012 Only a slightly sour nose. Deep amber, runny, and not much head. Very tart flavor and so dry it leaves you thirsting for water. Causes severve chest congestion or allergic reaction for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Draft at Map Room. Poured a clear garnet color with an off white head. Smelled of clove, cherry, and a splash of red wine vinegar. Light to medium bodied and decidedly acidic with sour cherry, oak, and red wine vinegar flavors. Tart and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
Clear deep reddish amber with a medium beige head. Sour aroma with plenty of lacto, red berries and wood. Flavour was sour with lacto, sour berries, roasted malt, caramel and oak. Finished sour and dry.

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