Florisgaarden Griotte | Brouwerij Huyghe

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3.34 w/ 6 ratings

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Huyghe

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2002

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pushes the limits of what beer is usually recognized as, but for what it is it is quite delightful. Poured from a 330 ml brown bottle with red foil around the neck and cap, and best before date marked on the back label. It's the colour of good old fashioned cream soda, although the carbonation isn't as intense. A rich ruby red, with a frothy pink head that settles to a thin cap and leaves layer upon layer of lace down the glass. Nose is of sweet, tart preserved cherries and nothing else I could pick out. Flavour is sweet through and through, the cherries readily give way to a surprisingly strong presence of honey all the way to the finish. Very very smooth. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and velvety, a lot of texture in there. A very drinkable fruit beer, but I think the sweetness would start to upset my stomach after 2 of them. Would make a wonderful dessert beer though, I served mine in a Stella goblet.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
2.06/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A witbier, with cherry flavouring. Glacé cherry on the nose, sweet, but with some nice sour edges, but leans more towards the sweet side, some leafy/stemmy flavours. Pretty well balanced and clean and all that, but i'm not really a fan of these sweetened fruit beers. Tastes like candy. Taste like Lifesavers.

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Photo of elricorico
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours red, very very red with a pink(yes pink!) head that is about 1 finger thick. The head falls back a bit after pouring but seems to be leaving all sorts of lacing.

This beer smells as cherry as I would have thought possible. Very sweet smell.

Taste is, like the smell, very much cherry. The finish is a sugary and tart simulated cherry candy type flavour. Only in that finish does the cherry seem false, taking something away from the effect. The more you drink, the more the taste leans towards too much.

Mouthfeel is a weak point, it feels like a juice mixed from powder. It leaves a bit of a film on the tongue.

Drinkability is going to depend on how much cherry you can stand. I like cherry, but not all the time, so I'll have to give this one an average rating.

Worth a try if you are into sweet beers. I prefer the Ninkeberry in almost all of the categories though.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the red-foiled bottle into the glass, churning visciously. The head, while it lasted, was a pink-tinged foam. After a minute, I am left with virtually no head at all, so lacing is non-existent. The beer is a sparkling ruby red colour. Almost looks like red wine, especially with no head. Black cherries dominate the aroma, with a hint of yeast. This beer smells syrupy, like cough drops. Besides this there are some other fruits, perhaps grapefruit or pomegranate. In a word, the aroma is sweet; very sugary. There is really not much to describe in the aroma besides the cherries; and that goes for the taste as well. Thick and syrupy, with very little carbonation. Fresh black cherries all over the mouth, this beer is sweet all the way through. The most fleeting malt taste, which is in the finish. No discernible hop or yeast flavour. This is more like fruit juice than beer. A definite sour feel on the middle and back of the tongue. The mouthfeel is slick, with little carbonation, and light in body. Thirst quenching, but the sugary feeling might limit its drinkability for some people; and at 3% you do not have to worry about the alcohol catching up. This and the fact that I like a sweet beer makes me rate drinkability well. A summertime drink, undoubtedly. Griotte is uncomplex and one-flavoured, but I have had many fruit beers worse than this. Worthy of trying at least once, and I have the feeling that the female gender might actually enjoy this one more than men.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/25/2007 (Bottle @ Delerium cafe, Brussels, Belgium):

Pours a cherry red colored body, with a smallish whitish red-pink colored head. Tart cherry aroma. Syrupy cherry taste, sweet. Very tart cherry taste. Almost like a cough drop. Good sweet desert drink.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep pink, stark raspberry color, shockingly so, with a fine helping of foam, itself pink and light...Aroma, sour cherries, but not too much so, there's a smidgen of candy sweetness butting up against the tart.
Taste: Ooo! Tart, bracing, puckering, sweet, sour, fruity, then it goes off...grips the palate for a bit, then floats lightly away. Nothing wrong with that, surely does the trick as a fruity girly-drink, as a tidy dessert chaser, a sweet little nothing to tickle the tongue for a moment, then swiftly sorted away among the box of things done and had, and soon forgotten.
Hardly as good as even the saddest krieks out there, but not so knockable, neither.

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Florisgaarden Griotte from Brouwerij Huyghe
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