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Griffon Bruxellois - The Bruery

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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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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!

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Griffon Bruxellois from The Bruery
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