Griffon Bruxellois | The Bruery

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Griffon BruxelloisGriffon Bruxellois

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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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.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Split with JLindros. Got this back in the 2013.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a hazy strawberry hue with a wispy head that fades to leave thin halo.

S - Aromas of cherries, vanilla, light malts. Fair amount of acid, tartness, real nice funk too.

T - Taste is lightly funky, nice cherries, good vanilla, pleasant light oak. Really subtle tartness. Good vinegar notes too.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, hardly there. Lightly flemmy.

O - Overall this beer was rather solid, very nice cherry notes. Excellent 300 bottle count beer.

Serving type: bottle

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours lively with currents of brown and red going through it, fine 1/3" head. Aroma was a plethora of what seemed to be cherries and blackberries.

Taste was delicious, one of the more enjoyable wild ales that can throw down with blackberries? Or is it just darker cherry varieties that have me going that way? Either way, its a dark fruit but not bitter experience, light funk touch, light vanilla touch, light oak touch. Kept getting more impressive each sip. Keeps a strong sour impact per Bruery's wild style.

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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.

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Griffon Bruxellois from The Bruery
4.13 out of 5 based on 218 ratings.
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