atomeyes wrote:personal preference, right?
but make sure you're not confusing the Jacobins rouge with Jacobins kriek.
i know that the Kriek Max is a joke beer in belgium. i won't go into their complete thoughts behind these beer because it's pretty offensive, but the Kriek is really not a great beer and i'd be surprised if it saw real cherries.
Morello cherries (a flavour from my childhood) are supposedly getting rarer in Belgium. I too hate fake-fruity Belgian beers, the 'joke' beers but this is a enjoyable Kriek I would like to buy more of, at least from this batch.
Jacobins apparently use fresh juice of the label is correct. Seems legit to me but maybe not everyone's liking.https://goo.gl/images/FxJsaf
I'm now drinking a Duchesse de Bourgogne which, while good, it does have fairly dominant apple vinegar acetic and sugary / caramel notes. This one is exactly like the only other bottle I've ever tried. A beer that might be perfect in a recipe that calls for a somewhat sour beer, like beef Carbonnade de Flamande - I would buy it for that. But for a well-rated Red/Brown Sour to drink I find it a tad simplistic for my taste, go figure.
And speaking of Flanders Sours, anyone tried the Halcyon Gravity Well on tap & in 750 ml bottle? Is the bottled version something that would age and be well worth $16.95? I found the on tap version a bit plain but again, perhaps it lacked development that bottle-conditioned aging may contribute. I really like Infinity Mirror which I think is almost the best deal going at $9.95.