Brown Bag Blind Tasting, and hopefully its going to end with a good Flanders Red Ale. For those not familiar with the style, Flanders Red is an ale that is exposed to the air in coolships and spontaneously fermented with the natural yeast. In addition, Cuvee des Jacobins is aged for at least 18 months in an oak barrel.
Dirty light brown head falls quickly enough that it's dropped by half by the time I get a picture. Distinct sourness in the nose along with a sharp cherry supported by dark fruit, malt and clean oak. Puckering sourness, fresh cherry and sweet malt in the taste the lingers pleasantly. Acidic punch lessens and the oak expands as it warms, improving the balance.
Oddly, this is a name I recognize, but I had never tried it or any beer from Brouwerij Bockor. Assertive and well blended, Cuvee des Jacobinsis a classic of the style and I intend to keep a look out for it and other beers from Bockor.