Griffon Bruxellois
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #129
Ranked #1,142
4.3 | pDev: 8.14%
Bruery Terreux
California, United States
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Notes: 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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Photo of BeanBump
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, this is a well-balanced sour ale. Subtle hints of caramel intertwined with fruit that balance out the sour. It pours a deep, reddish brown with very little carbonation but the beer doesnt really need any - it works as is.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
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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Photo of colts9016
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received this as part of my quarterly offerings. Unsure what to think. What the heck I will try it.

A two finger head that is off white, the retention is poor, but did leave a little foam and ring on the glass. The color of the beer is a medium burnt orange and is mostly opaque. Carbonation level in the glass is medium.

Super huge funky barnyard aroma, fruity, wood, fruity esters, toasted malt, and yeast.

Big funky barnyard, cherries, wood, toasted malt, caramel, yeast, fruity ester, citrus, musty, and sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, medium plus carbonation, tarty dry finish.

This beer has some serious sour notes. The cherry flavors ramp up the tart flavors just a bit. The balance for me is a little more towards the sour side. The beer is pretty tasty stuff. Glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a dark cloudy, hazy brown with no head nor lacing.

A: Lots of cherries, rich cherry sweetness, caramel sweetness, light brown sugar notes, hints of sour and dark cherry tart notes as well, smells very promising.

T: Up front, balsamic vinegar and cherry tartness, finish has notes of dark, freshly dried sweet cherries along with light notes of brown sugar and caramel, light sour notes throughout that balances well with the beer's other notes, very nice.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and very dry balsamic vinegar-like finish.

O: This is really good, I love sour brown ales with cherries, this beer stands out from others because the cherries add tartness and sweetness, this beer is balanced, complex, and has some depth, definitely going to pick up another bottle or two for the cellar.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Lots of tart cherries, rich malt, light esters with a light sourness with a trace amount of vinegar.

A: Deep red, lightly hazy with a thin white head that quickly forms a ring around the glass.

T: Tart cherries upfront, light complex malt, with a touch of caramel sweetness, just a touch of vinegar with a moderate sourness that lasts through the finish.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation with a light, but pleasing acidity.

O: Very tasty; the beer has an excellent amount of cherries to contrast the malt's caramel sweetness.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of rudzud
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with rudzud

No real head, murky dark mahogany cherry color.

Nose tons of cherry, tart funk, sour cherry, candy syrupy notes, hint booze, acetic acid cherry funk, nice Brett sour funk.

Taste brings tons of sour cherry, tart flemmy funk, Brett funk and sourness, acetic acid bite, little sour brown malt and candy cherry notes, little vanilla barrel note. Finish acidic, little flemmy, tart funk and sour cherry.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, nice acidic bite.

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Photo of cvm4
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Pours a semi-opaque red mahogany body with basically no head.

S - Awesome smell on this beer. Tart cherries, funk and some acidity.

T - Whoa! Juicy tart cherries and earth. Funk abounds. Medium acidity on the back end with an oak aspect.

F - Light bodied and light carbonation. Dry bodied and a puckering ending.

O - Really glad to get to try this! Loads of cherries that definitely satisfy.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoarders Society 2013 bottle.

The beer is hazy and amber/brown hues with perhaps hints of crimson. Small, wispy head that quickly fades with a hiss. Aromas of tart cherries, lactic funk, oak. The flavor is more of the same. Sour cherries and an intense puckering finish. Acetic and bold. Overall pretty good, though best shared a few ways.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.94/5  rDev -31.6%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -7%
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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Photo of alpinebryant
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Stale dirty mudwater with bubbles caught on the inside of my Bruery tulip. No head, no lacing.

S: Aroma of tart cherries, lactose, old used oak barrels and vinegar. Typical Bruery wild ale yeast aromas.

T: Overly tart, too much for my taste. I being a huge sour brown ale fan was immediately disappointed off the bat that the brown ale flavors were nary present. Mostly tasting of grapefruit, sour citrus and vinegar, mixing with green grape flavors. Complexity is not there I do not think. Sour grapefruit flavors, some cherry tartness and a light mouthfeel.

M: Light watery, stinging carbonation when first opened and stale water within a few minutes of opening. I hate being disappointed , this seems to have done the trick.

O: Overall, count me disappointed I was hoping for an Oude brune beer, but this seems to be a darker Oude Tart with more some additional cherry tartness. I guess i will have to compare this to the Cherry oude tart which I hope will have some additional complexities.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Photo of jeonseh
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of standardcherry
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From 04/26/13 notes. Got a bottle of this being in the 2013 RS, split with my brother alongside some other Bruery beers, poured into a globe.

a - Pours a murky, ruddy reddish- brown color with less than an inch of off white head and low to no carbonation evident. Between the color, murkiness, and lack of head/carbonation, not a very good looking beer.

s - Smells of sour tart cherries, oak, vinegar, sour dark fruits, berries, lightly tannic, some light spice, and fruity malts. Nose is great; lots of tart cherries, sour dark fruits, and vinegar. I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, fruity malts, vinegar, oak, spices, light vanilla, acedic notes. Taste has more vinegar than the nose; it has a super sour taste. I like the nose a bit better as it has more fruit, but if you like then crazy sour and tart, you might like the taste better.

m - Med bodied sour with a low amount of carbonation, as expected. Body is acedic; it isn't totally flat so the low carbonation is fine to me.

o - Overall another nice sour from the Bruery; luckily it smells and tastes much better than it looks. I was a tiny bit disappointed as I was hoping for it to be mind blowing, but it is very good; I would put it right behind The Wanderer and Sans Pagaie, on par in Filmishmish, and slightly ahead of Otiose and Rueuze, personally.

A lot of sour cherries and fruit in the nose, making way for more vinegar and a mouth puckering taste. A very good sour I would love to get more bottles of if they made it again.

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Photo of spicelab
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle thanks to nicks6217. Shared with mulder1010 and MrKenndy. Reviewed from notes

Turbid raspberry with a lazy, minimal off-white head that falls to a bare collar.

Oaked, sweaty cherry atop a slightly funky, composty background.

Seriously tangy, sherbety cherries. Quite unique in its sweaty-tanginess.

Light to medium with addicitive zingy acidity. Awesome dryness and chunky tannins. Great to drink.

Another top Bruery sour with a distinctive melding of sourness and woody notes.

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Photo of largadeer
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opens with a hiss, though the beer pours a largely flat and murky ruddy brown. Despite the lacking appearance, this smells great - tart pie cherries, cidery sourness, sour cream-like lactic notes. There's a touch of dark, crusty malt to the nose buried behind the fruit and acid. While more or less flat, this has a lot going for it. Sweet-tart cherry is dominant on the palate, backed by cidery green apple sourness and a big lactic backbone. Pretty yogurty, quite sour too, but gentle enough to be very drinkable. Carbonation is missed - the flavors would pop more with some effervescence. Very good beer despite its flaws, I hope The Bruery makes this again.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Pours bright ruby red with just a small bit of carbonation. Not much, but there are some bubbles.

Nose features tart cherries, leather, caramel and some oaky vinegar tones. Smells a lot like cherry pie.

Cherry pie is a spot on descriptor for the flavor as well. Tart cherries are definitely the highlight although there is a considerable amount of oak and lactic sourness too. Flavor profile is rounded out with light caramel, vanilla and leather. Good tartness from the cherries and sourness contrasting with the base malt sweetness.

Medium bodied. Low carbonation although it is definitely present. Low carbonation isn't even much of an issue as it gives it a good creamy mouthfeel. I'd like to see what this one was intended to be, but the carbonation is by no means poor.

This is hands down the best Bruery sour I've ever had. Fantastic sweet and sour contrast and really was like cherry pie in a glass. It should come with a caution label though "Warning: May lead to a heavy Warrant playlist for the night"

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Photo of IKR
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25


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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