Thursday, October 13, 2016

Ölbeat 106: Vander Ghinste Cuvée des Jacobins Rouge

Brewery: Brouwerij Omer Vander Ghinste
Country: Belgium 
Style: Sour Red
Abv: 5,5 %

What about the beer?
Colour is reddish brown with a large white head. Aroma has very sour berries and funky yeast. Taste starts with spiking redcurrant sourness. Sour and dry berry juice with a yeasty twist continues to beat the mouth gently. Near the finish dryness comes more in front. Aftertaste has dry and sour currant-gooseberry flavour.

Absolutely magnificent berry-rich sour ale. The original sour berry-like taste shows the meaning of natural fermentation and oak-aging. There are no shortcuts if one wants to make a deep and rich-tasting sour beer. Liquid excellence.


Simple explanation/excuse: there seems to be no sensible connection between the brew and this song. The brew's name refers to Rue de Jacobins, a street in Paris. There lies the French Dominican abbey, that in the 18th century used to serve as a meeting place for the most famous revolutionary group - the Jacobins - in France. The song has nothing to do with abbeys or French revolution. However, the beer is matured in French oak barrels and French women fit the description in the song. Still far fetched? Well, it just is a positively freaky and funky beer. That's the connection.

Rick James: Super Freak (YouTube)

From the 1981 album Street Songs, the song was written by Rick James and Alonzo Miller.

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