Sunday, October 5, 2014

Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge

This is a 5.5% ABV Flemish sour ale aged for 18 months in oak barrels. It is brewed and bottled by Brouwerij Bockor in Bellegem, Belgium. 

The beers a very dark ruby, beautifully gleaming when held to the light. There is nearly an inch of tan head, but it quickly dissipates. The aroma is tart, woody, earthy, caramel, geraniums and wool blanket. The taste is a mouth-puckering, lip-smacking, eyes-closed, tartness and sourness. There is also some wood, caramel and tart cherry, but this is an overwhelmingly sour sour beer. The finish is dry, the sourness lingers, goes to the back of the throat and up the sinuses. The sourness in this beer has a like-effect to eating horseradish (I don’t mean the burn, but the way it just fills up your entire head). 

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