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: 1127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
houblonchien (89) - CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
Brings to mind the flavours and aromas of great balsamic vinegar - in a good way! Vanilla, cherry, and raspberry on the nose and tongue. A deep red mahogany in the glass with almost no head but some lacing. Citrus and fruit on the nose. Sour taste predominates. Complex. Not for everyone, but interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5772) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Here’s a post-midnight wink for myself, a bottle of a style I love dearly but haven’t had in a while. Nose is beautifully tart and sour with balsamic character, deep cherry. Pours deep blood red with a soapy off-tan head. Taste is puckeringly sour and tongue-stripping, strong fruit character that rewards the back and non-lingual organs of the mouth as much as the tongue, cherry with some raspberry and strong grainy smooth wood. Fat body, little carbonation, nice firm burn from the acidity, good acetic, too. Mild funk throughout (actually tends toward the cleaner side of that scale), light lactic. Much more than others, this has quintessential essence of cherry stones! Unexpectedly aggressive, but delicious and worth seeking out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vanbrewver (9) - - DEC 20, 2013 does not count
330ml Bottle. Pours a nice amber/brown, with no head, no lacing. Aroma is complex. Leather, wood, tobacco, and raspberry. Taste is of pungent sour fruit, starts sweet and finishes very sour. A seriously sour beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Chudwick (3073) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Advent beer #18: 11.2oz bottle - Jacobin: I associate it with the political club (featuring Robespierre!) during the French Revolution. Sour nose - no specific ingredient. Sip adds soopa cringe to muh face. Sourness aside, I get red berries (the unripe kind). My nose is sweating. I get no Cognac, vanilla or cocoa. Again, I don’t know why I have sour ales in the Beer Advent Calendar; AndyReynolds was there with me at Sergio’s when he suggested I get a Duchesse de Bourgogne. He saw my face when I tried it and he finished the beer. I get a sour apple aftertaste. As it warms and I acclimate to the sourness, it gets better, but not 3.91 better: my rating went from a 2.7 to a 3.2 in about five sips.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvsn (1897) - ISRAEL - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle sample at sour beers tasting at Beer&Beyond shop. Clear amber-brown with a nice head. Smell - funky, grapes, sour, wood and berries. Taste - sour, with wood, cherries, raspberry, green apples, dry finish. Medium-bodied, easy to drink, delicious. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Pours a very clear orange hued brown with little lasting head. Aroma is stone fruit, apple, funk and sour cherry notes. Taste echoes that with the slightest woodiness. Very nice and lingering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
apotekhin (79) - ISRAEL - DEC 17, 2013
Great crisp sour aroma with fruit: cherries apples and more. Sour cherries taste. With a nice dry yeasty finish. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dkrep (14) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle. Very little head formed and what did disappeared very quickly. Smells like a flanders should smell. Taste is very sour, big time pucker on this tart beer. Some berries on the flavor. Good beer, great example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5123) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2013
Frothy white head with a red body. Sour cherries, grape skins and wet earthy aroma. Tart, red velvet chocolate, licorice. Very tasty and quaffable. I would highly recommend this Flemish Sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
33 cL bottle from the LCBO, served in a stem glass. Pours clear copper-brown with a moderate tan head that fades to a thin cover and leaves a moderate amount of lace. On the nose there are notes of cherry, sour fruit, toasted malts and a touch of cocoa. The flavour is moderately sweet and tart at the same time, becoming more tart towards the end. Oak barrels come through, along with further sour notes of apple and perhaps peach. The finish is long, sour and fruity with a touch of malt. On the palate it is medium in body with a smooth, watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a decent sour red ale with nice cherry and apple notes. Well brewed and refreshing, though the tartness does begin to dominate after a while. 2013-06-12

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