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Grisette Brux | McKenzie Brew House

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Brewed by:
McKenzie Brew House
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by PEBKAC on 07-14-2009

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Deuane:
Photo of Deuane
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tom for the hook up! Been holding on to this one for a while...properly refrigerated.
Shared with thain709.

A-One glass bright golden orange the other a murky cloudy swirl of light brown, orange and gold. Amazing what the addition of a little sediment will do! A thin white head settles to a patchy veil and leaves spotty lace.

S-Light mustiness and wet hay with a healthy dose of freshly ground black pepper, coriander and light candi sugar sweetness. Sublte hints of astringency in the background.

T-Black pepper bite and a touch of lemon zest with underlying wet hay mustiness. Lightly sweet biscuit malt adds balance and support. Mildly tart in the finish.

M-Medium-light bodied with a triple play of spicy notes, malt sweetness and drying Brett. Plenty sharp and crisp with nice lingering flavours that last throughout.

D-A tasty brew with plenty of flavour and quite a bit going on. Would like for it to be a bit drier but that would be nit picking.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.27/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with blue wax. Unlabeled expect for a small hand written sticker "Grisette Brux". Pours into my glass a slightly hazy orange-ish yellow with a small white head on top. Aroma is bright and vibrant with light grain and fruit surrounded by a blast of Brett that is earthy and funky with a slight acidic undertone. Mellow oak melds in with a touch of lemon zest. Quite enticing.

First sip brings a smooth, crisp light grain malt upfront that quickly twisted up by a blast of Brett. Light fruit and oak accents mingle throughout alongside a touch of lemon zest and a flavor I can only describe as akin to green olives. Flows down with a nice tartness and a touch of earthy yeast. Mild vinous quality as well. Lots going on here and great flavor profile!

Mouthfeel is smooth and light with spot on carbonation...this is an incredibly drinkable brew. Low abv with a great Brett character. I'm quite glad I got the chance to sample this thanks to warriorsoul. My first McKenzie brew and a tasty one at that!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle. A saison that has been soured sounds very interesting.

The beer pours a basic yellow color with a white head. The aroma is tart cherries with quite a bit of Brett characteristics. I also get some lemon and yeast notes.

The flavor is lightly tart cherries, yeast, wheat, toffee and some light funk from the Brettanomyces.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for this 750 mL blue wax-capped bottle. A hand-written sticker lists the name.

A: The saison is a cloudy mess of an ale. Brown and orange hues, a lighter marmalade color, are complete hazed over with sediment suspended mid-glass for good measure. 'Mess' is clearly meant in jest, so don't all Dren on me.

S: Just enough funk to betray the B. bruxellensis hanging around. The mild horseblanket is met with peppery coriander and light candi sugars. The nose could be drier, but it seems as through the yeast has done all that it can.

T: Light horseblanket, just dirty enough to feel, well, dirty. There is still some sweetness, supporting my thought that the yeast hasn't done everything that is possibly can. Underneath the horseblanket funk, the saison has biscuity malts and spicy sweetness. Pepper is evident, as are lighter fruits. Both linger before being subsumed by the brett. An inviting sour, funky but not too much so.

M: The mouthfeel is a juxtaposition of saison sweetness and dry brett. I like that there is still saison flavor lurking underneath the B. brux.

O: A strong saison, nicely paired with the funk.

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3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL blue wax capped bottle to snifter. Only a small sticker reveals the handwritten identity of this beer. The age is undetermined but his bottle has been in my possession for 6 months. $14 at the brewhouse.

A: A vigorous pour produces only an average sized head, creamy and white in color. Retention is short, but a collar persists. The body is a light yet radiant yellow-orange hue which starts out very clear, but becomes opaque towards the end of the bottle as the yeast sediment is incorporated. Other than the color of the body, the appearance is pretty disappointing.

S: Uncapped, I haven't even poured the beer and I can already tell that the aroma is incredible. Very kriek-like and brett heavy. I popped a younger bottle a while back and the aroma wasn't nearly as good. Straw, barnyard and very musty with clean lemony hop character.

T: The flavor is less impressive than the nose would suggest. And much less intense. Cherry and raspberry flavor comes through with a lightly sour, slightly acidic edge.

M: The body is light and the thin texture isn't helping the cause either. The carbonation starts off somewhere between lively and fizzy then loses effervescence as the bottle level lowers. Semi tart the whole way through with an astringent finish.

D: Six months has transformed this brew from below average to well above average. I'm impressed mostly how such a short period of time can make such significant improvements to the nose, flavor and mouthfeel. I'm interested in watching this one develop over time.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750ml bottle shared at Paul's place. My fat sampling mug was very grateful. :)

"In bottles, you ask? Yes they're back, and they will be staying a while. We've got a wall of oak barrels assuring that. Our first beer from those barrels spent a year along that wall and has been released under the name Grisette Brux. It's a light bodied saison brewed with brettanomyces for a real cool sour funk."

Unsettled, grainy pale yellow pour. Sizzling baking soda head.

Smell is intense. Lemon sour acidity, pepper, lots of sweat & musk. Sweet florals. Earthy funk.

Taste drops off & goes in a different direction. An honest saison, but lacking that expected earthy spice. Instead, it is very, very dry & oaky. Too woody. You can just imagine yourself chewing on a toothpick till it falls apart into single fibers. Barely a twinge of zest, it just registers a touch of tartness. It just seems more then a tad empty when compared to what I smelled up front.

Some yeast in suspension, but otherwise pretty spritzy & light.


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Photo of bundy462
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Michael. Served in a McKenzie tulip. Nose has a touch of malt. Moderate earthy Brett. Bit of oak. Dry. Light funk and hay. Very light. Impressive that this really held up over time, and shows that McKenzie isn't just a one hit wonder with Vautour du Bois

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Photo of thain709
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottled shared by Deuane. Thanks buddy!

A - The body poured a golden-orange color with lots of carbonation...albeit it produced only a thin head that was reduced to just a cap in the middle and a ring around the glass...not very much lace work

S - I can pick up some tart notes along with the funky, horse-blanket...spices are also lingering

T - There are a few more inviting flavors on the palate...the spices are subtle but some cracked pepper stands out...there is a bright yet sour lemon flavor in the middle...that is quickly cut down by the yeast and the Brett in the beer...it finished with some sweetness trying to come through in the form of grapes

M - Light bodied...it dries out quickly...some light tartness

O - An introduction to a new style...Grisette...all the same elements as a Saison though...funk, horseblanket, lemon, and yeast...a nice beer to have on the back porch with Deuane

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Photo of JAXSON
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Early 2010 rate.

Bottle. Pours a clear light honey gold with a soapy white head. Nice tart nose, reminiscent of a really mild geuze, with light citrus fruits, brett. Flavors initially lighter and a bit muted, but become progressively more pungent through the bottle. Lightly sour peaches, apricots, a bit of a white wine, very mild. Brett and some barnyard. Flavors really blossom as you work through the bottle. Nice, slightly bitter saison yeasts bring out the back. I'm really surprised at some of the early low scores on this, it seems to have mellowed and matured pretty nicely.

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Photo of Nickls
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From notes)

Thanks, Eric!

A - Hazy yellow-orange color; poured with a thing white head; lots of noticeable floaties

S - Funky; a bit barnyard; hay; touch of hoppiness

T - Funk shows up again, but not as interesting as in the nose; abrupt end in the flavors; touch medicinal

M - Lighter to medium; subtle carbonation; didn't seem to fit well

D - Not great; couldn't do much more of this one; just as if the flavors were a bit out-of-whack

Overall, not a terrible brew, but don't kill yourself to get it.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle dipped in blue wax with a typical McKenzie ink jet-esque label, with a French maiden pictured. Description from the brewery: "Brewed in early 2008 then aged in French oak for one year with wild yeasts and bacteria. This beer has developed a huge fruity tart charm that borders on sour. At only 5% ABV it is a drinkable wild ale that offers intrigue and refinement." From the label: "Farmhouse-style ale aged one year in French oak with brettanomyces".

On to the beer. Always excited to try a new McKenzie wild, though this one doesn't quite live up to the precedent set by the others I've reviewed. Pours a hazed lemon yellow with slight tints of orange. Head is thin and short lasting, with fizzy off white bubbles and specks of lacing. Aroma hits you as soon as the cap is removed, pungent, funky, zesty and earthy. Lemony and bretty with mild saison spiciness. Light bodied, with fizzy carbonation and an acidic, sour juicy finish, not quite the clean, crisp, dry refreshing body expected from a saison. Finish is quite sour and puckering with the brett making it's strongest appearance here. Flavor is similar to the nose, starting with zesty lemon tartness and strong sweetness from the oak, tasting like similar barrels used in the Saison Brune Reserve. Something seems off in the balance and composition of this beer, and at times the oak seems to be fighting the base beer rather than complementing and enhancing it. The aroma was the highlight of this beer for me and while not on the level of other McKenzie bottles I've recently had, I still enjoyed this.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to yourefragile for this one.

The beer is golden orange with a thin white head. The aroma offers some wine, grapes, yeast, funk, oak. Smells nice. The flavor brings white grapes among a nice wild yeast funk character. Brett and a hint of lemons with a touch of spice. Tangy on the palate. Moderate carbonation and relatively light in body. Another solid brew from the folks at McKenzie.

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Grisette Brux from McKenzie Brew House
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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