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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle, pours a light brown, aroma is kind of grainy, the flavour is a bit tart and the theres a grainy mouth feel. This one will definitly do well with some age, I will see how this one does in a year or two, nice offering.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very nice. Quite light, refreshing and easy to drink for a Bretted beer. I need to buy another bottle or two to age. This could get very interesting over time, especially since it didn’t have any overpowering flavors to hid the Brett development. The first beer in a while that made me take prolific notes. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a fairly-clear-for-being-bottle-conditioned, light to medium orangey amber that could be described as the color of a polished copper kettle. It also had some of the most beautiful carbonation I’ve ever seen using a non laser-etched glass. It also had an average to large, frothy, off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. On the second pour it was much more cloudy. The aroma had light notes of something like honey; light to moderate grassy hops; moderate to heavy funky and earthy yeast; light leather yeast; slightly spicy yeast; green raisins; MacIntosh and Granny Smith apples; pear; white wine; light fruits; champagne; and light lemons. The initial flavor was lightly sweet sour and acidic and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was light to moderately sweet and acidic, and moderately sour and bitter with a duration that was average when it came to flavor, but long when it came to dryness. There was something sort of like hone, tons of yeast, light tart fruit like MacIntosh or Granny Smith apples, pears and white grapes; slight lemon, earthy yeast, slightly funky yeast, spicy and fruity yeast, champagne, white wine, grassy hops, almost leathery yeast; and more lemon toward the end. The light to medium body had nearly abrasive dryness at times and surprisingly soft carbonation for all the visual carbonation and yet is was still a bit tingly and had a dry, slightly astringent and ever so slightly alcoholic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Color of cider in the glass with an initially huge white head due to the aggressive carbonation. Aroma is light sour with green apple, spice, dry brett and light tart as well. Taste is heavy dry brett up front followed by apple and lemon with some tart notes and graininess into the finish. The brett imparts and almost champagne like dryness and flavor. Clean, dry mouthfeel. I like it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (959) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Niagara Falls New York. Pours a crystal copper and gold colour with a massive bubbly white head that disappears right away. If you look at the glass from the top down, it bubbles like a volcano. Nose is really

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2012
750mL bottle: Pours bright orange with a nice white head. Aroma of grassy hops, corriander and doughy yeast. Bubbly and slightly sours. Lots of effervescent, finishes dry and slightly bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2614) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Pours an effervescent hazed golden with an orange hue; quite lively like a champagne with similar white bubbles for head. Dry, lightly musty aroma with notes of clementine/peel. A dry light bodied beer, bubbly with clementine-orange flavors as well as the peel and a bit of funk edge; certain characters are reminiscent to me of Polar Orange Dry soda and Orval.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6935) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
750 ml bottle from Fischman’s Liquors (Chicago, IL). Been sitting on this for awhile. Pours a dulled golden orange hue, touches of haze, darkness in the body and middle. Some richer striking orange glowing edges and in the light. A cakey whitish head atop, high carbonation as it dies to a mellow layer, small lacing overall. Aromas are stauch bretty funk, florals, and gentle cobwebs. Some pineapple and firmer fruit elements, pear and grapefruit, lemon, and tartness come into the fold. More dryness, bretty funk, touch of cheese. Florals, grass. Dandelions, gentle spritzy quality on the nose. More brett, gentle tartness. Initial is lighter end of the fold, touches of dryness, cheese and cobwebs up front. Gentle tartness, dry funky brett, straw, and some horseblanket. Gentle dandelion, grass. Some bready dry malts, cereal elements. Backend is gentle cheese, dryness, some grapefruit and fuzz, dry cereal elements, florals, grass. Mellow cereal elements, straw. Nice nice flavors, well bretted and funky, with a gentle tartness that grows, lively carbonation. Overall, a solid wild experiment, dry overall, some touches of grain and cereal elements into the backend peek through, but bring back the florals, dryness, and funky brett influence. Solid offering.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3151) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
This beer is a very complex colab wild beer. with the funkiness being the dominate aspect. the aroma is malty with some fruit and honey. the taste as flavors of apricots, spices and wild yeast making the bread quality.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4372) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
The aroma is funk and sour with the leathery dank quality of brux. There is definitely malt here as well as hops and fruit. The appearance is copper gold with a small head. The taste is rich and complex with a bread like finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a nice tasting beer but I don’t like the aroma of brux.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6640) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. This is golden and hazy. A very small white foam. Funky yeast and is the aroma. This is earthy as in farmhouse beer. The wild taste is definitely there. Light fruit and some soft hop notes. It is lemony and grassy. I like this and find it complex and interesting as well as tasty.


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