Griffin Claw Lou LeLemon Beer Review

"This is some wine drinkin’, Snuggie wearin’, book readin’ beer”

Style: Belgian Tripel
ABV: 8.5%
9 Stars

I finally got to Griffin Claw Brewing in Birmingham! I’ve been meaning to go for quite a while. I love beer and food and well, those are things they have, in both quantity and quality. It’s a great place to go when you are a person who wonders“why get a flight when you can get a skateboard full of beer?”.

I was attracted by the idea of a Griffin Claw tripel. We all know how I feel about Dragonmead’s Final Absolution so I wanted to give this one a try. The smell reminds me of a German meadow. Very much a clover and grain scent. There is a great head and very nice lacing with a deep amber, almost red color to it.

I was really surprised by the flavor of this beer. I actually started laughing when I took my first sip. Initially there is a nice bit of hop flavor and then your mouth is flooded by an intense sweetness. I passed the beer around the table to my fellow diners and we all nodded and laughed. It was one of those great “this is a good beer”, moments shared among friends. As one of my companions put it, “Dem trips tho”. Dem trips indeed.

It’s pretty intense just how toothsome and lemony this beer is. It honestly blew my mind a bit. It’s intensely drinkable for 8.5% and honestly something worth checking out. I can’t give it a 10 because it’s a bit too cloying. I had a difficult time finishing the goblet because of the sugar overload. If you like sweet beers, especially with citrus (namely lemon) flavors, this is a must try.

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A craft beer fan since 19, used to look for your non-regular beers on frequent trips to downtown Windsor with friends, at 21 Ken basically took over an entire refrigerator with monthly visits to Merchants. With 5 years of podcasting prior, Ken decided to create the brand and show Better on Draft in the spring of 2015, and began creating his dream of a beer-centric website that wasn't too full of itself. He now runs the board and does a lot of the back office stuff while the show goes on, keeping everyone in line, and the beer flowing!


  1. drinkable? 8.5% Now that’s a combo. Strawberry blonde is like that for me. Relatively high percent, but tastes like sugar.