Le Roar Grrrz Druiven - Bullfrog Brewery

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Le Roar Grrrz Druiven
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 6.19%
Wants: 103
Gots: 21 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BARFLYB on 09-14-2013

Steeped on Merlot grapes.
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Ratings: 97 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by corby112:
Photo of corby112
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

More User Reviews:
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at the Et Tu Brut release and sampled from the bottle at the Le Roar release to confirm awesomeness. Review from tap.Pour is bright red, mostly clear, with a light white head. Nose is woody and bretty with ripe grape notes and cherry fruitiness, nice earthy rind throughout with subtle lactic touches. Taste is fairly sour with a very bright grape and cherry fruit. Well balanced sourness and strong oaky sawdust notes. Moderate rind, Belgian style lambic. Bight, expressive, sour, light body and strong carb with a moderately dry finish. Absolutely amazing!

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.16/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #162/353.

Appearance - Pale reddish body. Very small white head. Settles to nothing.

Smell - Quite a complex nose. I guess that's grape. Very fruity. Oaky. Lightly lemony. Yogurt.

Taste - Lots of berry fruit. Sour. Yogurty lactic sour. A little lemony, but then it gets really overwhelmed by oak.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Remarkably complex flavor profile from an American sour. Just a little too oaky for me.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle generously shared at zwanze ale wife by grumpy mike. Enjoyed at the event and took the bottle home for a label...there was still a few oz in there too!

a - brew has a soft orange look with hints of purple pretty cool looking. No real head or lace to talk of.

s - nose is all about the grape. Soft mustiness.

t/m/o - taste is also grape face. The oak gives some light woodiness and the mustiness is present. Almost like a grape gueze. Easy drinker, light...feels older than it is. Overall this is the only bottle of the grrrrz I have tried (so far) and it is good but I don't understand the insanity. Perhaps because of that gueze vibe? Great beer though, not sure if worth the price of admission.

Photo of orangesol
4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright red with white collar of head. Nose has a fair amount of funk and Brett character with some notes of spice, sourdough, and grape skin. Taste with nice tartness up front, the funk increases as it goes with notes of caraway, grapes, and tannic notes. Effervescent carbonation and light body. Incredibly complex and delicious.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this bottle with my brother and friends at our Palindrome week sour ale tasting.
poured chilled from the corked and caged 750ml in a tulip.

The color is light purple with small head of white with fine bead -very attractive in the glass with mild haze and lace sticks well. The smell is fruity with a vinous odor and lightly sour smell with acetic quality and a mild spice element. The feel has a slight vinous tinge with sour and juicy balance and slightly above medium carbonation with semi-tart finish.

The taste is tangy with low sweetness...citrusy mixed with lemony and lactic with woody character and slight alcohol in the background with mild sweetness and dry spice aspect more earthy than sour. Overall different than I remember but very good with a grape quality that is not sweet or intensely sour..the base comes through with a lot of wood character -well above average for this type of wild ale

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Le Roar Grrrz Druiven from Bullfrog Brewery
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