Le Roar Grrrz Druiven - Bullfrog Brewery
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Ratings: 14 | Reviews: 5 | Show All Ratings:
4.75/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Draft at the brewpub in Williamsport, PA.
Pours a beautiful deep ruby red color with slight tangerine/burnt orange edges and a 1.5 finger, pinkish off-white head that quickly settles into a thin, lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Ridiculous aroma that's bursting with juicy vinous fruit and a strong red wine barrel presence. Nice toasted oak tannins and subtle vanilla along with very prominent sweet red wine notes. Juicy grapes, sour cherry, strawberry and other dark berries countered by sweaty, earthy funk and musty farmhouse yeast. Plenty of earthy barnyard bugs/wild yeast balancing out the sweeter notes. One of the best smelling beers I've come across.
Sour and puckering with nice acidity but not harsh at all and no acetone/solvency to speak of. Tart yet very refreshing with a strong vinous red wine presence countering the funky bugs and acidic sourness. Dry oaky tannins and vanilla bean followed by strong red wine flavor, grapes, sour cherry, and strawberry and cream. Almost a perfect combination of funky bugs, acidic sourness, oak tannins and sweet red wine notes. Slightly minerally in the finish . Complex, delicious and very easy to drink. One of the best american sours I've had in a long time. Excellent!
Serving type: on-tap
12-19-2013 02:45:26 | More by corby112
4.16/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to Frank for this one. 750ml unlabeled corked and caged bottle into a Cantillon balloon. Reviewed from notes.
Color is clear purple. Head is thin and white. Spotty lace with decent stick. Very nice all around.
Nose is raspberry, slightly tart grape skin, sweet fruit, moss, and wood. Pretty mellow with a balanced, subdued funk.
Opens sweet grape and raspberry. Plastic, wood, cobweb and sweet tart fruit in the middle. Tart lemon pucker with hay and cheesiness. Finishes tart raspberry and grape skin. Aftertaste is vinous.
Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down sparkling. Puckering finish with a filmy, sticky aftertaste. Very good.
An awesome beer overall but it's certainly the worst of the bunch when compared to Grrrz and Grrrz Kriek. Still well worth trying though.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2013 15:28:32 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.21/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served on-tap at the Et Tu Brut release a few weeks back.
A - Pours deep dark red, bordering on brownish, with a small half finger tall white head, dissipating down to some foam around the edge of the glass, leaving very small trails of lace down parts of the glass.
S - Smells of vinous Merlot grapes, good amount of woody oak, mild funk and must and some earthy minerals. Not a ton going on at the moment, the grapes and wood are really strong right now.
T - Starts off just like the nose with a strong mix of merlot grapes and woody oak tannins slowly giving way to hints of barnyard funk, basement must, earthy minerals and some mild lactic sourness. Finish is pretty dry thanks to those oak tannins, lingering long after the finish.
M - Medium body with moderate to low carbonation. Feel is pretty vinous and dry but that should improve once the yeast really gets going.
O - This is probably my least favorite of the three, but they are all good. I think this one will need some extra time to really develop but once it does it is going to be awesome.
Serving type: on-tap
11-06-2013 20:47:31 | More by orangesol
4.25/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Draft offering at the Et Tu Brut release. Served in a standard pub glass. The brew appears a ruby mahogany color with orange clarity around the edges. Some spotty patches of lace stick to the glass as the cap fades.
The aroma is wild and enjoyable with vinous notes mingled with lactic character. Some earthen notes blend into something almost mineral-like before getting very juicy and fruity. A little sulfur emerges as it warms up. I dont know what else to say about the nose without becoming very redudant, it is clean and very enjoyable.
The taste is tart and quite juicy and vinous. A mild tang and earth gets almost grassy ar times. Plenty of lemony lactic tartness on the verge of strong greek yogurt flavoring before a hint of bitey acidity. A very faint dry fresh grain character lingers on the backend of the palate. This has a solid balance between straight wild ale and juicy vinous inclusion.
This is a medium bodied brew with modest amount of carbonation. A solid wild ale here that is downright crushable as far as drinkability goes. I was a big fan of the base beer when I had it served still. Hearing then about these fruited versions and now having this, I can say it has lived up to and possibly even exceeded my expectations...wow.
Serving type: on-tap
10-10-2013 18:25:51 | More by stakem
4.44/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pre release Unlabeled 750ml Corked bottle, Thanks Frank.
Druiven gets in the glass looking a dark ruby red color with a lot of clarity. The bubbles up top skim the surface and are off white in appearance. Some swirls bring the bubbles back for some seconds. The end of the bottle poured a lighter shade of red with less clarity, but not full of sediment. Clean looking beer altogether.
Smell is full of Merlot grape ripeness, it gets in the nose real easy and rivals the Lamvinous. No hops to speak of, the slightest bit of berry scent as the temp rises. The funk comes out in small doses at room temperature with some oak in the background. Very grape forward at this young stage, some time in the bottle should be interesting.
I gotta say, the future of Bullfrogs sour program is looking bright, if what i am tasting continues. Druiven delivers the goods with waves of Merlot grape flavor mixed in with some minor funk. A nice sour twang when swished, not eyeball bulging sourness, but enough to matter. The oak from the barrel comes through at the end mixing in with the grape, some begian yeast mixed in balancing it out. Yum...
Body on this is thin with some nice bubbles. Not overly carbed, enough to keep it together. Not too acidic going down, easy enough to drink A LOT of. This is a excellent beer, and like the regular Grrrz and Grrrz kriek, the closest thing that i have had to their Belgian counterparts. I hope i am able to take off of work when this one is released.
Serving type: on-tap
09-14-2013 23:52:30 | More by BARFLYB
Le Roar Grrrz Druiven from Bullfrog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.