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Griffon Bruxellois - The Bruery

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197 Ratings
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 111
Gots: 51 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: jvillefan on 02-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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!
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Ratings: 197 | Reviews: 21
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2.94/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Photo of 3SH33TS
3/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of alpinebryant
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of CoolEthan
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  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.

Photo of djaeon
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of standardcherry
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of spicelab
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Griffon Bruxellois from The Bruery
95 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.