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Griffon Bruxellois | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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!

Added by jvillefan on 02-22-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,019
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
223
pDev:
8.16%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
53
Trade:
3
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of standardcherry
3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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2.94/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass from a capped 750 ml bottle. Pours a fairly clear copper amber and sports a somewhat fleeting off white cap of foam. Aroma is clean with subtle oak notes prominent, and cherry sour notes amidst it all.

Taste starts with a light malt character but finishes with notable fruit character with sweetness and a hint of dilute gatorade. Bit watery in feel and fairly blah blah in character as the sour influence is fairly low as is the malt profile. A fairly light bodied Oud Bruin. Decent feel and finish though quite dry on the finish.

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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of IKR
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Griffon Bruxellois from The Bruery
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 223 ratings
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