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: 1143   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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Bestbrew1 (60) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2013
Probably my favorite sour. It tastes like a bunch of sour gummy bears. Probably the most sour beer I’ve had but also one of the best.

daleharshman (1064) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 9, 2013
11.2 ounce bottle purchased a year ago at Bine & Vine ($5.99). Pours a really nice clear garnet hue with one finger of fizzy grey-khaki foam that quickly reduces to nothing. Aroma of raspberry vinaigrette, spicy soy sauce, tart cherry, and a mild woody funk. Flavor of oaky red wine, tart cherry, tart raspberry, tart cranberry, vinegar, sweet-sour green apple Jolly Rancher, and a bit of caramel. Overall, the tartness beats out the sweetness by a fair margin. Semi-dry finish with lingering fruity sourness. Not to the level of Consecration or Duchesse (correlation with ABV?...this is rather low alcohol), but still a fine representative of the style. (514, 791)

jbruner (4691) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Pours a hazy reddish brown from the bottle with thin ring of off-white lace that doesn’t really stick. Aroma is sour tart funky fruit. Taste follows, not overly sweet and well balanced. Pretty damn good.

Christian (13605) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 6, 2013
Dark chestnut colour with a small, but lasting off-white head. Aroma of cherry, caramel, brown sugar and balsamic vinegar. Dry and acidic flavour with cherry, vinegar and a touch of oak. Rodenbach on speed!

tfredvik (1941) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2013
Pours a very dark red body, almost brown. The egg-white head is very long-lived and ends up as a partially covering film and a foamy ring that leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is quite strong and sour, with mostly fruity notes. Once again I feel that my sour ale vocabulary is rather limited, but I think I find an interesting mix of tart fruits, like sour cherries, and more overripe stuff, like fermented apples. The taste is initially light sour, and the sourness increases in the finish. There is hardly any sweetness, and any bitterness in the finish is covered by the sourness, an acetic feel and a moderate acidity. The sourness and the acidity might be a bit demanding, but the flavours are actually quite gentle and easy to like. There are hardly any complex barnyard notes or anything like that, it’s mostly nice fruity stuff. Again tart cherries, fermented apples and lots of acidic lemon. Also some apple cider vinegar. The mouthfeel is very refreshing. The body is medium, the texture dry and smooth and the carbonation is moderate. A nice one for the summer!
[33 cl bottle, enjoyed 15 months before BB date, from Vinmonopolet Ullevål, Oslo]

Cunningham (7860) - Halden, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2013

Appearance: Clear dark brown and subtle red color with a fine frothy tan head that leaves some lacing.
Aroma: Rich sour fruity.
Palate: Medium body. Dry and a moderate bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Balanced sour fruity. Balasmico, vinegar and wood. Immature apples.
Overall impression: A fresh and tasty sour ale.
Personal stats: Bottle from Vinmonopolet Oslo - Vika in Oslo, Norway.

gunnfryd (14825) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2013
Bottle. red golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sourness, berries, malt, yeast. Flavour is funk, sourness, berries, malt, cherry, yeast, wood. Nice beer.

thewolf (12535) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 30, 2013
Bottle, bought @ Delirium, Brussels.
Pours lovely, clear chestnut with a small, creamy, off-white head. Aroma has caramel, toasted, cherries, sharp tartness. Plums and vinegary apples. Highish carbonation, fine dry and fairly light mouthfeel. Flavour is very tart, very fresh, caramel, apple, cherries, lactic, orangezest. Really nice.

MrW (664) - Mechelen, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2013
Sour, fresh, fruity, raisins, caramel even. Dark copper, clear. Tan / beige head, average volume, not lasting. Rich fruity taste, fresh, sour, pickle. It was an explosion when it reached my mouth, but I’m not able to describe it. Fizzy mouthfeel, medium bodied, sticky sourness.

XmnwildX12 (2079) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle share thanks to Ian, nice amber pour with a white head. Aroma of malt, cherry, other dark fruits. Taste is some cherry, wood and nice tartness.

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