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Griffon Bruxellois - The Bruery

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182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 107
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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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-22-2013 02:38:58 | More by Texasfan549
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

12-22-2013 01:59:28 | More by kjkinsey
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-21-2013 23:57:47 | More by bennetj17
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scotv

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-26-2013 13:51:27 | More by scotv
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EB1

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-17-2013 21:33:27 | More by EB1
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topdown

California

4/5  rDev -7%

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

Florida

2.93/5  rDev -31.9%
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
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pugartheterrible

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

11-03-2013 22:33:50 | More by pugartheterrible
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MontereyBay831

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-28-2013 19:19:37 | More by MontereyBay831
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deniserat

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-27-2013 21:36:16 | More by deniserat
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klipper

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

10-27-2013 02:07:02 | More by klipper
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.3/5  rDev 0%
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
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cfh64

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-22-2013 02:08:37 | More by cfh64
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mhksuccess

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-09-2013 22:21:56 | More by mhksuccess
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BeerSnobDougie

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

10-09-2013 18:29:37 | More by BeerSnobDougie
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mverity

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-08-2013 03:34:12 | More by mverity
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Holland

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

10-06-2013 20:25:07 | More by Holland
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 13:24:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -25.6%
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
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CityofBals

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7%

09-12-2013 18:25:27 | More by CityofBals
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ehammond1


3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
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
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JosephThompson

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

09-05-2013 23:32:50 | More by JosephThompson
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jeonseh

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 22:04:18 | More by jeonseh
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brystmar

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-30-2013 17:55:30 | More by brystmar
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

08-26-2013 21:44:09 | More by dfhhead25
Griffon Bruxellois from The Bruery
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