Barrel Aged Grizz | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93.8%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 16 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States
bearrepublic.com

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Grizz is an already limited Belgian-style brown ale. This version enjoys a 14-month vacation on the sunny beaches of French oak barrels. Still profoundly malty but with a sharp tartness from the wild yeast.

Added by MasterSki on 02-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,821
Reviews:
3
Ratings:
16
Liked:
15
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
6.19%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of CraftFan5
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of rob133
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one at The Grill Next Door in Haverhill, Massachusetts. It’s a dark, golden brown color with a decent off-white cover and good lacing. The nose picks up an edgy, sprucey malt. Nothing complex or highly decisive but pleasant. Then the first taste brings on some interesting and enjoyable flavors including tart cherry and subtle sweet maple-butterscotch. I get some woodsy edges but not as much bite as I typically enjoy most from this style. Still quite tasty. It's solidly medium body with reasonable, light carbonation to provide a drinkable, easy feel. I like it, but would not be high on my list of sours. Would drink again though!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Whole Foods - Santa Rosa. Served in a tulip glass.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a thick collar, partial cap, and splotchy spots of lace. Very dark brown body that is lighter at the fringes.

S - This is quite jammy - perhaps this is actually the blackberry version? In any case, there's a good amount of toasted grains, sugary malts, light chocolate, and only mild funk and tartness. Not much barrel presence.

T - Taste is again quite fruity, with chocolate and berries dominating the palate. Some light vinous oak notes, and only mild sourness, but more presence than in the aroma. This is definitely more in the Flanders Brown mold than American Wild Ale.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with moderate and pleasant carbonation. Lightly dry vinous with some tannic oak. Alcohol is quite well-hidden.

D - Pretty easy to drink, but I think more time in the barrels to give this a tad more tartness would probably be beneficial. Still, it's a step up from the other sours I've tried from Bear Republic (other than Tartare).

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Photo of Bieniek30
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JoeMans
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown. Nearly no head. No lace, only rim bubbles.

Syrupy sweet aroma. Reminds me of Chambord, sweet with raspberry overtones.

The flavor is very sugary. The body is as rich as any beer I've ever had. The low carbonation makes this seem even more rich. Think of a thick, sweet after dinner drink and you'll get a sense of this beer.

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Photo of ronricorossi
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoponit
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ Toronado SD. Listed as a Belgian Dark Strong ale aged in Brandy barrels.

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Photo of KMani
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barrel Aged Grizz from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93.8% out of 100 with 16 ratings
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