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Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale



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RATINGS: 573   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 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 (7202) - 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 (3637) - 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 (2515) - 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 (6450) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5565) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Crisp amber and golden coloured body with a trillion bubbles rising from the bottom and a thick, perfect three centimetre tall just off-white head - nice looking for sure. Aroma of sour grapes, yeast, wheat, hay, grass and a bunch of coriander seed. Medium-bodied; Assertive effervescence, as expected with a good hay and grassy character and a mild bready note that shows off the yeast strain fairly well. Aftertaste is one-dimensional with the wheat and yeast really coming through and less so of a sour or even slightly fruit/sweet flavour - just wheat, grass, hay and yeast. Overall, a nice beer to try and a well executed beer, but with the options available and the price - probably a one-time beer for me. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from K&E Discount Beverage in New Paltz, New York on 21-July-2012 for US$15.99 sampled at home in Washington on 13-September-2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBeerFanatic (996) - Friona, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Pours a highly carbed light cloudy yellow with orange hues producing a fizzy yet foamy head. Aromas of light candy malt, cork, light barrel, sour apples, slight hint of funk, and some yeastyness. Flavors of wet grass, little lemon, wheat, and light sour pear. Not very sour, slightly sweet, tart, and has a crisp bite. More drinkable than would be expected as can almost decieve because it seems like the abv would be close to 6%. This sour has more of a balance theme going on where there is more of a sweetness from the sugars that take out the sour/tart notes prominent to sours. Its almost like I drank it to early, as with age it could reach its best potential noted with famous sours. The belgian yeast really take things for a twist in more of a good way.

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