Griffon Bruxellois | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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!

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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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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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Griffon Bruxellois from The Bruery
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