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Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale



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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (6743) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle from Total Wine, Naples. The pour’s a hazy gold color with a large white head that quickly settles. The nose is light pineapple, some soap, marshmallow and wild yeast. Light marshmallow, dank basement. The taste is more pineapple fruit hops, some apple, light soapy finish. Plenty of mineral. Earthy barnyard, hints of wild funk. Medium body, heavy carbonation. Overall, decent. Nice, fruity hop body. The brett is only mildly present. Slightly heavy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1751) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half white head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing at all. Aroma is nice, it smells like pears, apricots, lemon peel, peppery spice, brett, and some hay. The brew tastes similar to the aroma, like apricots, hay, bready malt, funk, and some light banana and tropical fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium and a bit slick, but with very high carbonation. The high carbonation doesn’t help the drinkability of this brew for me. Overall I think this is a solid brew and it’s certainly worth trying, but I would have to think before spending $14.99 on this again. Hopefully the next time I try this I’ll get a bottle that’s less carbonated than this one was.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (5677) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
From a 22 oz bottle shared with friends. Pours a clear gold with a quickly disappearing white head. Funky bread aroma aroma. Sweet golden raisins with a champagne mouthfeel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (10678) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 15, 2012
A great Brett crafting. Yellow with lasting foamy head, it did foram over somewhat. Funky aroma. Very tasty and like a white wine pairing for lunch. Great drinkability. Soft mouthfeel. From Winooski’s.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5295) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle. Hazy golden straw color, with a large frothy white head. Biscuity malt, tart lemon zest, green apple, nice yeast reminiscent of russian river, light funk, and a bit white peppery and floral. Quite enjoyable, not a full blown sour. Should age well, but unfortunately I do not have additional bottles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle at home. Slightly hazy orange pour, thin head fades to nothing. Lovely complex nose, definite green pepper, big bretty vanilla spice, apple skins, light Belgian yeasty notes. Beautiful soft sweetness, big brett again, lovely biscuity malt, lightly floral bitter finish, hint of warm booze, and a rounded champagne-like mouthfeel. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2012
750ml bottle: pours an effervescent dark golden with a large froth of white head. Has a fresh biscuity malty nose with some lemon zest and light horse blanket funk. Starts with good fullness and lively carbonation with mild pale malty sweetness and light tart balance with a good amount of dry funk and floral hops before a bittersweet grassy finish. Very true to style and should age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1753) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2012
750 mL bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Yellowish-orange pour with a foamy off-white head. Aroma of light Belgian yeast, orange peel, and faint spices. The flavor is pleasantly tart but certainly nothing that would put this into the sour beer category. The light tartness is met with some bitterness from the hops and yeast. The high carbonation acts like champagne bubbles barely allowing any lingering flavor to remain on the palate. This is a very well done Belgian-style ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mlntroy23 (46) - Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Fairly lively at first, but fades away quickly. Refreshing with a dry finish. Slightly sour, with a little bit of funk. Pretty good, can’t wait to try again down the road.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
revolverlbc (22) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Yum. Beautiful beer well balanced fruity and yeasty. As it warms in your hand new flavor profiles develop. Highly recommended.

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