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


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RATINGS: 1128   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scipio (984) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Pours a dark reddish amber with a light beige head. Extremely potent aroma. Enticing as well. Very, very sour and tart, with grape, cherry, and apple. Taste is so sour it made my mouth pucker! Cherry and apple come out the most, grape is still there, with vanilla notes underneath. This is quite oily and sticky when you drink it. Carbonation is softer, yet is easily apparent. And needless to say the aftertaste is strongly sour and tart. It lingers a long time also. I must say that this is the most extreme example of this this style that I have ever tasted. If you like these, you will be thrilled. I am beside myself that I have found something this delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wixie (549) - BELGIUM - APR 24, 2017
Clear light brown liquid, small head. Weak fruity aroma. Light body, average carbonation. Taste is sweet and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jvhemert (392) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 23, 2017
Aroma: vinegar cherry Appearance: red clear minimal head Taste: very sour little Bitter Palate: thin watery Overall: interesting aromas but overwhelmed by too strong a sour taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
azzurro (150) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 21, 2017
My 3rd sour ale after the Rodenbachs. Truly taste the apple side of it and I like the ’Low’ % of alcohol which is not too pronounced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Freaky_tiki (1183) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2017
Bottle from LCBO. Pours a deep purple (!) in the glass. This is a beautiful, mouth puckering sour, like a thick & rich sour candy (minus the sugar). Tastes of balsamic vinegar mixed with unsweetened grape kool-aid & sour cherry juice. Really. Decent member of the sour canon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sseb69 (1872) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2017
Couleur rouge-brunâtre foncé, mince mousse. Arômes de bois fruits rouge, notes acides, En bouche, un beau mélange de boisé, cerises sûres et une acidité prononcée. Très bonne.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
emincems (79) - - MAR 28, 2017
it has quality and should gain respect, but tastes too much sour even for a sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sjohnny (604) - - MAR 26, 2017
Tart fruit (cherries?). Hard candy. Dark garnet. Lots of effervescence. Light tan quickly fading head. Very dry. Very tart. Pretty sure it's cherries. Medium bodied. Lingering sour finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Erasmus_ro (2820) - Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2017
Bottle. Pours a dark auburn brown with a good, yellowish-brown head. Aroma is slight cherry, sour, balsamic vinegar. Taste is sour, some red, sour cherry, balsamic vinegar, nicely sour. Tad thin and lively.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (862) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2017
Bottle from the LCBO. Clear dark ruby copper with a tiny off white head that is quickly gone. Nose is strong cherry, with lighter wood and vanilla notes. Taste is tart cherry and cranberry with a light fruit sweetness. Mouth is medium with soft carbonation and a slow fading tart finish. 8-/3+/8-/3/15

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
jybi (237) - FRANCE - MAR 18, 2017
Lambic de couleur rubis, non coupé et mûri 18 mois en fûts de chêne, cette bière se veut d’après le brasseur (Omer Vander Ghinste) complexe mais très balancée et acide. Le nez confirme en effet l’acidité. A la dégustation la première bouche laisse découvrir une superbe acidité. La seconde bouche ne nous en laisse pas pour compte, avec une acidité intense. C’est alors que l’acidité s’affirme davantage en troisième bouche pour laisser exploser l’acidité sur un final des plus linéaire. Pour la complexité et la bière "balancée", cela reste un mystère. Une ode à l’acidité. Omer Vander Ghinste a su sublimer le vinaigre. Pour cela salades et autres carottes rappées pourront lui en être reconnaissant.

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