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Griffon Bruxellois - The Bruery

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 112
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:
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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4.16/5  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!

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.17/5  rDev -3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

750ml bottle poured into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears mahogany brown with an off-white cap. Some spotty lace hangs on the glass.

The smells of this brew is awesome. Very fresh earthy cherry pits with an underlying of funk and some acidic character.

The tastes is super tart with earthy cherry pits blending to lemony lactic with some earth and a very natural cherry flavoring. At times this borders on feeling brine-like and acidic but surprisingly does not get too acidic or sour like some Bruery sours do.

This is medium bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. An awesome natural cherry character that dare I say might be unrivaled by any other sour cherry beer ive had to date. It is just that juicy with fruit.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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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.

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4.17/5  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.

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Griffon Bruxellois from The Bruery
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