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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 15/20
gramity (1600) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 5, 2014
Pours a golden color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty bretty aroma. Fruity malty spicy yeasty bretty flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty bretty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (5675) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2014
750ml bottle shared by crew at GTMW 2014 ticket line. Not impressive. Captures most of the negative traits of poorly made US sour. Light grainy infection. Low carbonation. Between SN and RR you’d think they’d nail this. In no way commanding a high price tag. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiddleBrau (1128) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Big corked bottle. Hazy orange/gold with quickly disappearing head but very lively. Very funky nose. Earthy, funky tart dry and horse blanket. Authentic and well crafted. I’d expect nothing less. If I found this in a small Belgian brewery, I’d be happy with the find.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - OCT 16, 2014
Earthy, tart aroma. Pretty champagne-like. A little dusty... Maybe subtle cleaning product? High carbonation. Sweet malt, with earthy and tart flavors. Pepper spiciness. Substantial bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle shared at a private tasting. I missed this when it was first released so I’m glad to see it show up. Pours a hazy golden with no head. Aroma of stone fruit, brett, earth, citrus, caramel. The taste is citrus, earth, tropical fruits, pale malt, mild brett. Medium bodied, mild lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9409) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Pricepoint about half way between SN & RR 750’s. Pretty tame, but pretty tasty brett beer that seems to be a lightish tripel base. Slightly sweet, dry, fairly heavily carbonated, with light fruit and a hint of bubble gum over a decent grassy amount of brett. Not very sour or tart, but we’ll sit on one or two and see how it evolves."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9019) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2014
750 ml bottle, and I can’t remember where I got it. I want to say it was one of the last bottles I acquired before moving from St. Louis to Cincinnati two years ago. Pours a clear deep, dark gold color with a finger of off-white head that settles quickly; later pours have some haziness. Aroma of bready and bretty funk, grass, mellow spice, pear, lime, dry grains, and straw. The flavor has the same slate of notes. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a dry, funky mouthfeel. For being a bottle-conditioned beer with a couple years on it, this seemed pretty restrained still to me. I had higher expectations, even though it’s a good beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
windycitylush (2) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2014 does not count
Very complex. Wonderful copper, gold color. The Brettanomyces creates a wonderful earthy, funk flavor that is perfect with the fruity undertones. Very effervescent. Favorite brew that I’ve had for a while. Not sure how old this bottle was.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (9786) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours hazy golden, light funk,sweet toffee, not too sour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (1149) - , Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2014
aged for a couple of years - not on purpose, just never really wanted to drink - was afraid it was way past prime but it worked out - complex aroma of many fruits, some citrus, funk and yeast. medicinal copper pour. taste starts sweet but quickly moves to bretts/medicinal and ends slightly tart. not my style but well constructed.

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