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Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale

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RATINGS: 569   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
What began as mutual admiration between Sierra Nevada’s Grossman Family and Russian River’s Cilurzos has grown and progressed into genuine friendship. Brux began as an idea and has grown into something altogether different:

The liquid manifestation of change over time.

Refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brux will change and develop over time. Copper-colored, dry and complex, with slightly tart notes of green grass, pear, spice and lemon - this ale will progress in the bottle for many years.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (14431) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to The Peter. Pours clear yellow-gold with a creamy white head. The nose holds tangy lemon, lemon candies, dry grain. Light to medium sweet flavor with pale bread, some lemony tartness, hay. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Tart, lemony finish, lightly boozy, with a bit of sweat and faint apple. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2986) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle shared tonight by Todd, thanks for the opportunity! Slightly murky light golden color with a quickly diminishing white head. Earthy funky with a light vinous almost grape aroma offset with a hint of herbal spiciness and aspirin. Almost no carbonation, didn’t help make this any more than an average beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3900) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Sampled February 2014
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produce a four-finger, plus more above the rim, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber hue that has a touch of red to it perhaps, when held up to the light the beer is absolutely brilliantly clear, with a bright, light copper hue that is quite beautiful. The foam has a taste of cherry pie like Brettanomyces character. The nose smells fruity, with notes of light, floral, slightly tart cherries, floral flower nectar like notes, and a touch of rotting fruit. This is backed by a touch of dried grass like, and perhaps a hint of whole grain cracker like malt character.

The beer tastes predominantly of fruit, with a mix of lightly tart cherry, perhaps some lightly rotting tropical fruit notes, and perhaps a hint of some vegetal flavor. The finish has a touch of phenolic like bite to it that is a touch plastic like, a bit musty, and with some light damp, ancient cellar character. The fruit character even has some tropical character to it, light pineapple perhaps, and maybe some hint of guava. The body is fairly light, and the carbonation seems to be less spritzy and effervescent than it should be given the amount of bubbles coming up through this beer; htere is a soft viscous character though.

This is very light on the traditional secondary derived, Brettanomyces like character, but that is the point of such a beer. It has taken on quite a bit of fruity character, with just a touch of phenolic funkiness to it. I always have a soft spot for these beers that don’t use traditional yeast, just for the education factor, as long as they are well balanced a fairly tasty of course; luckily this one is.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beechner224 (961) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Old bottle found in fridge. Pours an orange with white head. Aroma is a funky, bready, fruity brett. Get some apricot in the nose. Taste is light, dry, super dry, dont get the fruityness, or the funk, just drying, like a champagne. Better than I remember.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsd08460 (270) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Aroma: earthy, hay, cider, grass Appearance: hazy gold, thin white head Taste: light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, cider Palate: light body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Excellent

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
kaser (4193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Dark red / copper color, poured from 22oz bottle from Blackwells. Banana was dominate in this, smooth and fruity flavor. Delicious beer, not even a fan of this style and loved it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (917) - Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden color with one finger head that stays. Wine and berry, grape aroma. Taste is funky, fruity, ends dry. Pretty good.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PlinyDad1952 (111) - - JUN 2, 2015
HELLO PLINEY DEVOTIES I AM BACK SO YOU CAN BE WELCOME! YOUR’E WELCOME HAHA! SO MY FRIENDS’ BOYFRIEND SISTERS M’ANS UNCLEs BABY TOLD ME THAT SERRA NEVEDA HOOCH MAKERS MAKE A NEW BEVERIDGES WITH PLINEY GODS AND CREATERS RUSHAN RIVERS. THIS CAME IN A SUPRISE TO MYSELF BECAUSE I THINK SERRA NEVEDA IS LIKE BUD LIGHTS OF THE WEST AND THEY USE MINIMAL IBU (NOT 200+++) AND NO HOP. THIS ONE HALF NOSES OF DRYED UP STEVEN SOX AND OLD MAN SMELLS THAT COME ON SWEATERS IN THE GOODWILLS OF AMERICAS. I DONT’ KNOW WHAT A BRUX ARE BUT I USE TO CLIMB ROCK BEFORE I GOT BEER AND HAVE GUNS AND WE SAYS CRUXES IN CLIMBS. BUT CRUX IS ROCK AND BRUX IS BEERS. HAHA SERRA NEVEDA IS STUPID ALONG TOP OF NOT KNOWING NIGHT FROM EVERY DAYS. NO PLINY TASTE HERE (I LOVE PLINY AS A GOOD BEER) LET ME TELL YOU. TIP ON THE HATS TO ALL MY FANS THANK YOU!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (5839) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Bottle shared at Bruce’s farewell drinks. Many thanks to thepeter for this one. Hazed golden orange coloured pour with a thin white head. Aroma is orange peel, wit yeast, wheaty, doughy. Flavour is light and crisp mineral, hint of salt, wheaty, light citrus, orange peel. Palate is light crisp, bit thin, refreshing. Highish carbonation. Pretty fresh. Not much wild.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9420) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Bottle thanks to thepeter. It pours clear amber with a thick white head. The nose is earthy, doughy, brett, funk, must, vinous, white grape and a touch of alcohol. The taste is bitter, earthy, brett, wood, gooseberry, white grape, lemon sherbet, light spice, must and some underlying sweetness. Medium body, high carbonation and foamy mouth-feel. Pretty nice all in all.


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