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Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale



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RATINGS: 575   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4379) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (6720) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a fluffy white head that tries it’s best to never go away. Smell is a dry, tart funk. Not much else to say about it. Taste is similarly dry, slightly sour with a very light fruitiness in the finish. Extremely crisp, highly effervescent. It’s not a particularly complex or interesting beer, but I do find it refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7489) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2012
750ml bottle pours a hazy, mango orange with some thin, white head. Nose is straw, grass, dried lemon peel, lightly herbal, some green apple skins. Flavor was lightly tart, lightly acidic, green apple, straw, lemon, a little dusty, some cardboard, a little herbal. Medium bodied, heavy carb. I will probably put this bottle down for quite a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a clear medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds and had virtually no lacing to speak of. The aroma was of a funky Belgian yeast and a mild straw malt with notes of green apple, pears, citrus (lemon) and possessed a nice mild tartness. The taste was lightly sweet, a tad tart and a little acidic with a mild fruity ester early on, and then had a large musty yeast presence and a slight bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor hung on for an average duration proceeding the swallow, with a slight harsh bitter fruity taste left lying on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was light in body and mildly dry in texture with a strong prickly carbonation. Overall this was a rather tasty Wild Ale that was light and fruity with a somewhat bold bitterness and a great drinkability. It most definitely is a good collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammer (1118) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2012
This beer is everything it should be. Tart, fruity and funky. Nice, smooth finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Pours clear gold/lt amber with a large white head...nice bright color...good lacing. Aroma has faint funk and tart lemon, wildflowers, and pear. Flavor has light leathery funk, spicy/earthy hop notes, and barnyard notes. Mouthfeel is full and very silky with a leathery/barnyard finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scooter520 (185) - - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle. Appearance: clear golden, effervescent, sudsy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: distinct Brett aroma but not heavy (just a little of that barnyard smell), lemon, banana, grass and hay. Taste: floral, lemon, banana, coriander, grassiness, Brett notes but again not strong. Mouthfeel: thin to medium with heavy carbonation. Overall: expected more but it's still a nice entry to the style and very refreshing with that wild ale character. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
pushkinwow (2570) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2012
750ml bottle from WInooski Beverage. Amber with a white head that fades. Very light brett/funk, lemon, grains, very mild, yeast and orange peal. High carbonation, mild body, somewhat sweet, becomes dry with some chardonnay notes, bit of oak at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6730) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Tap. Pours clear light amber with a small white head and minimal lacing. Aroma is brett, lemon, malt, some fruitiness (pear?). Flavor is the same, lightly tart and sweet at the same time. Quite light bodied. Will be interesting to see how the bottle in my cellar matures.

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