1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Griffon Bruxellois - The Bruery

Griffon BruxelloisGriffon Bruxellois

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

156 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 156
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%

Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
We debuted Griffon Bruxellois late in 2012 at a few of our events and it was quite a hit. This dark, sour ale was aged in oak barrels on cherries, giving it an incredible fruit flavor, balanced by the roasted malt and lactic tartness. We must admit, this bottle-conditioned beer didn't turn out quite as carbonated as we were hoping for, but it is still an incredible beer, 100% worthy of our high standards to be sold, served, shared and enjoyed!

(Beer added by: jvillefan on 02-22-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 18 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of jmarsh123


4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours bright ruby red with just a small bit of carbonation. Not much, but there are some bubbles.

Nose features tart cherries, leather, caramel and some oaky vinegar tones. Smells a lot like cherry pie.

Cherry pie is a spot on descriptor for the flavor as well. Tart cherries are definitely the highlight although there is a considerable amount of oak and lactic sourness too. Flavor profile is rounded out with light caramel, vanilla and leather. Good tartness from the cherries and sourness contrasting with the base malt sweetness.

Medium bodied. Low carbonation although it is definitely present. Low carbonation isn't even much of an issue as it gives it a good creamy mouthfeel. I'd like to see what this one was intended to be, but the carbonation is by no means poor.

This is hands down the best Bruery sour I've ever had. Fantastic sweet and sour contrast and really was like cherry pie in a glass. It should come with a caution label though "Warning: May lead to a heavy Warrant playlist for the night"

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 17:16:13 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap for the Bruery Initiation Celebration held at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a murky red with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with cherry, berry, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a tart berry flavor on the finish. There is a fairly high amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great sour fruit aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2013 18:15:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of HuskyinPDX


4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 9.26.13

A - Pours a cloudy light brown with a few clear bubbles that are gone instantly.

S - Tart brown with a nice sweet fruity and floral background.

T - Super tart, lots of oak and cherries. Funky and nice.

D - Decent carbonation - lower with a thinner body.

O - Super tart with great cherry and oak flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 18:32:51 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of ngeunit1


4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy copper-red with a thin layer of bubbly head. Fades quickly.

S - Sweet caramel malts, sour cherries, other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, and some funk.

T - Sweet caramel malts, sour cherries and other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, funky yeasts, a touch of tart citrus zest, and a bit of candi sugars.

M - Medium bodied with mild-plus carbonation. Smooth with a sour and funky finish.

D - Great sour beer. Nicely balanced with the sour cherries and brown ale base beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 03:45:41 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 04/26/13 notes. Got a bottle of this being in the 2013 RS, split with my brother alongside some other Bruery beers, poured into a globe.

a - Pours a murky, ruddy reddish- brown color with less than an inch of off white head and low to no carbonation evident. Between the color, murkiness, and lack of head/carbonation, not a very good looking beer.

s - Smells of sour tart cherries, oak, vinegar, sour dark fruits, berries, lightly tannic, some light spice, and fruity malts. Nose is great; lots of tart cherries, sour dark fruits, and vinegar. I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, fruity malts, vinegar, oak, spices, light vanilla, acedic notes. Taste has more vinegar than the nose; it has a super sour taste. I like the nose a bit better as it has more fruit, but if you like then crazy sour and tart, you might like the taste better.

m - Med bodied sour with a low amount of carbonation, as expected. Body is acedic; it isn't totally flat so the low carbonation is fine to me.

o - Overall another nice sour from the Bruery; luckily it smells and tastes much better than it looks. I was a tiny bit disappointed as I was hoping for it to be mind blowing, but it is very good; I would put it right behind The Wanderer and Sans Pagaie, on par in Filmishmish, and slightly ahead of Otiose and Rueuze, personally.

A lot of sour cherries and fruit in the nose, making way for more vinegar and a mouth puckering taste. A very good sour I would love to get more bottles of if they made it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 15:54:18 | More by mdfb79
Photo of jvillefan


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

A: There is not much of the white lacy head after about 30 seconds. The body is a hazy ruby tinged brown.

S: There is the aroma of sour apples and sour cherries. There is also the pleasant smell of the souring yeast and bacteria.

T: Very sweet. The sweetness comes from a deep cherry flavor. There is a potent balance to the sweet flavors from the bite of the sourness. It is very tart but not over done.

M: The carbonation is a little low but the body is silky and creamy.

O: Great sour. Worth getting or trading for.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2013 23:32:29 | More by jvillefan
Photo of HopHead84


4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25


Bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Bubbles appear from the force of the pour but I wouldn't call it carbonation. Nice color, a sort of ruby red.

S: Tart cherry, pineapple, and grapefruit. Restrained vinegar presence with oak, vanilla, and lactic notes. Earthy and leathery with musty notes. Bright and complex.

T: Tart cherries with a pleasant blend of citric, lactic, and acetic acids. A nice oak backbone is evident and vanilla rounds things out. Lower moderate lactic sour was with a pleasant but firm vinegar presence that gets stronger as I drain the glass. There's a little malt sweetness with cherry flesh and pit. Leather is present. Piquant citric finish.

M: Upper medium body with low carbonation. The beer is pretty much flat. High carbonation might have taken this to the next level because the quality is there.

Overall: Carbonation aside, this is pretty damn good. Carbonation would have improved this but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 17:37:41 | More by HopHead84
Photo of 2beerdogs


4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bruery Reserve/Hoarder's Society Initiation Celebration on Feb. 23, 2013 @ The Phoenix Club.
Caveat: I'm not a huge sour fan.

I found this one very interesting.

The smell jumps out of the glass. Hints of dried sour fruits: cherry, cranberries, maybe even a hint of prunes.

The tase is bold. Sour, yes. But much more complex. There is a full, almost leathery hint to the omnipresent cherry flavor, mixed with subtle hints of darker fruits like figs.

Mouthfeel is fairly full.

The finish balances the sour, dark fruit flavor with hints of candied dried fruits along the lines of dates.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 00:54:09 | More by 2beerdogs
Photo of The3rdbeer


4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at the bruery tasting room on tap

A- murky dark rust orange red with the smallest dark Tan lacing

S- you smell the lactic acid and the cherries and the oak, it's got a malty back aroma.

T- oak then cherries and a tart yeast then a full invasion of toasted malt, the malt comes in strong to finish the flavor, tartness is medium.

M- lite medium body, just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue and make the beer enjoyable.

O- not my favorite sour from the bruery but its not a let down at all. If you like a strong malt presence you will find this sour inviting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2013 22:56:53 | More by The3rdbeer
Photo of IKR


4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly cloudy reddish-brown color. Small white head that dissipated immediately. Fairly still in appearance but there is enough carbonation for the taste and mouth-feel.

Smell: Funk and tart cherries.

Taste: Upfront sour cherries and a touch of funk. A healthy dose of sour comes across with all the flavors. The tart cherries make their presence known in the finish.

Mouth-feel: On the light side of medium-bodied with a low but sufficient level of carbonation.

Overall: The Bruery is ever expanding their repertoire of good sours. good beer as is but I wonder how this beer would come across if it were carbonated as the Bruery intended. Let's hope we find out.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 20:45:59 | More by IKR
Photo of largadeer


4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opens with a hiss, though the beer pours a largely flat and murky ruddy brown. Despite the lacking appearance, this smells great - tart pie cherries, cidery sourness, sour cream-like lactic notes. There's a touch of dark, crusty malt to the nose buried behind the fruit and acid. While more or less flat, this has a lot going for it. Sweet-tart cherry is dominant on the palate, backed by cidery green apple sourness and a big lactic backbone. Pretty yogurty, quite sour too, but gentle enough to be very drinkable. Carbonation is missed - the flavors would pop more with some effervescence. Very good beer despite its flaws, I hope The Bruery makes this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 08:50:51 | More by largadeer
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to Bruery tulip.

A - Dark amber/brown colour. Opaque. Only a few loosely scattered bubbles are present. Carbonation appears to be very low.

S - Acidic tartness with oak and sour cherry aromas and a big bready sweetness.

T - A very sharp sourness hits the tongue right away with an almost vinegar like feel. A big oak flavour and sour cherries show up mid-palate with the bready sweetness and a tartness lingering in the finish.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation that was much more present than the pour indicated.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 13:24:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of spicelab


3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle thanks to nicks6217. Shared with mulder1010 and MrKenndy. Reviewed from notes

Turbid raspberry with a lazy, minimal off-white head that falls to a bare collar.

Oaked, sweaty cherry atop a slightly funky, composty background.

Seriously tangy, sherbety cherries. Quite unique in its sweaty-tanginess.

Light to medium with addicitive zingy acidity. Awesome dryness and chunky tannins. Great to drink.

Another top Bruery sour with a distinctive melding of sourness and woody notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 03:27:25 | More by spicelab
Photo of jeonseh


3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark cherry wood. Opaque as no light gets through it. Light carbonation trailing upwards and there is only a small white head

S - Dark tart cherry is the main presence in the nose. Balsamic vinegar and oak as well. The cherries definitely smell ripe and juicy. As it warms up the tartness and the balsamic vinegar begin to pick up.

T - Dark sour cherries up front with balsamic vinegar and cherry warhead sourness that gives it a tart bit near the back end. The finish is definitely tart and leaves a tart bite in the finish.

M - Rather low carbonation for the style. Light body and with all of the tartness the beer does manage to have a good zing. The finish leaves a slightly butter thickness on the tongue which I get in a lot of Breury sours.

O - Pretty good dark sour from the Breury. It isn't one of their best sours but it is better than average. It has a good tartness to it as well as a lot of cherry flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 22:04:18 | More by jeonseh
Photo of standardcherry


3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

CBC Clerkenwell bottleshare

A: Cloudy brown/reddish (mostly brown) color. Tiny white head that dissipated immediately.
S: Some rubber at first but followed by cherries, sour fruits, citrus and lactic acid.
T: Earthy, funky, musty. Lots of fruits, especially cherries. Some berries, some lemons.
M: Could have used more carbonation but it had a nice, tart, dry finish.
O: This beer had great flavors but overall wasn't too impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:48:38 | More by standardcherry
Photo of ehammond1

3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2013)

The Bruery
Placentia, CA

A still, light cranberry in color. Only a few small bubbles of emerging carbonation, but, for the most part, this beer is flat. Just dots of stick are left down the glass.

A nice aroma. Good amounts of lactic sour character, sharp cherry notes, some oak, and just a bit of vinegar. Appropriate and quite nice.

As with the aroma, the flavor is packed with cherry and sour flavors, along with mild oak, and a bit of a vinegar character, though it's not too much it's distracting or a pervasive flaw. Tasty, but very sour.

Medium bodied with basically zero carbonation. This would clearly be better with appropriate carbonation.

Good enough, and quite tasty, but with a minor, but important, flaw.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 23:57:47 | More by ehammond1
Photo of alpinebryant


3.2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Stale dirty mudwater with bubbles caught on the inside of my Bruery tulip. No head, no lacing.

S: Aroma of tart cherries, lactose, old used oak barrels and vinegar. Typical Bruery wild ale yeast aromas.

T: Overly tart, too much for my taste. I being a huge sour brown ale fan was immediately disappointed off the bat that the brown ale flavors were nary present. Mostly tasting of grapefruit, sour citrus and vinegar, mixing with green grape flavors. Complexity is not there I do not think. Sour grapefruit flavors, some cherry tartness and a light mouthfeel.

M: Light watery, stinging carbonation when first opened and stale water within a few minutes of opening. I hate being disappointed , this seems to have done the trick.

O: Overall, count me disappointed I was hoping for an Oude brune beer, but this seems to be a darker Oude Tart with more some additional cherry tartness. I guess i will have to compare this to the Cherry oude tart which I hope will have some additional complexities.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 21:53:26 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of Alieniloquium


2.93/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Flat brown body. Reddish too. Just a couple bubbles.

Smell - Acetic. Lots of oak and vanilla. Cherry aroma.

Taste - Really sour. Damn. Acetic and vinegary. Still retains some caramel and vanilla. Cherry fruit flavor.

Mouthfeel - Low carbonation and over sour. Harsh.

Overall - This is a struggle. Too sour. Unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 00:32:03 | More by Alieniloquium
Griffon Bruxellois from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.