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Griffon Bruxellois - The Bruery

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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 106
Gots: 50 | 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:
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)
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

03-14-2013 19:25:36 | More by CAbeerCAbeerCA
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California

4/5  rDev -7%

07-08-2013 07:31:11 | More by PlinyBeMiney
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CityofBals

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

09-12-2013 18:25:27 | More by CityofBals
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

08-26-2013 21:44:09 | More by dfhhead25
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7%

03-30-2014 23:41:31 | More by yourefragile
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Quackus

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

02-21-2014 20:29:36 | More by Quackus
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marine1975

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

07-21-2013 20:30:00 | More by marine1975
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7%

08-01-2013 01:18:35 | More by pmarlowe
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -7%

05-10-2014 20:09:57 | More by BAsbill
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

02-03-2014 17:30:37 | More by BMart
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topdown

California

4/5  rDev -7%

11-17-2013 19:19:54 | More by topdown
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California

4/5  rDev -7%

05-11-2014 02:21:10 | More by Smarty_Pints
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largadeer

California

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
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
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IKR

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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
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The3rdbeer

California

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
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
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2beerdogs

California

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
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
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HopHead84

California

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

03/16/2013

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
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jvillefan

California

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoarders Society 2013 bottle.

The beer is hazy and amber/brown hues with perhaps hints of crimson. Small, wispy head that quickly fades with a hiss. Aromas of tart cherries, lactic funk, oak. The flavor is more of the same. Sour cherries and an intense puckering finish. Acetic and bold. Overall pretty good, though best shared a few ways.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 20:48:14 | More by Huhzubendah
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

this thing is awesome, a relic of the past i thought i may never get to try. one of the coolest cherry flavors in any beer, so intense and authentic that it almost seems fake, if thats even possible. murky brick red liquid with plenty of yeast hanging around and basically no head, which i think was the problem with this thing according to its creators, but i didn't really miss there bubbles honestly. mostly because the acidity is so high here, but carbonation shortage is not really on my mind. the nose is so fruit forward, tart though too, minimal sweetness, almost like a warhead in sourness, its incredibly lactic, but not without plenty of oak on it too to mellow its overall aroma and to add just a touch of darker charred smell. they call this a sour brown, but its light for that. not an oud bruin by any stretch, a much lighter (in color and flavor and density) malt bill, more red than brown in color. pink really. the cherries in the flavor just explode, and the tartness comes from both the bacteria cultures in this one and the fruit itself, which is short of ripe and very acidic. lemon notes with just a touch of cocoa malt, its very nicely done on all levels. the oak really brings it all together and frankly flavors the beer as much as the grain does. phenomenal use of cherries and just awesome beer overall. a bottle to share though, all the acidity can catch up with your guts, but what a treat this is!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 18:42:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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
Griffon Bruxellois from The Bruery
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