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RATINGS: 566   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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
bytemesis (4654) - 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 (5097) - 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 (901) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2012
750ml bottle into a tulip glass. A - Golden amber body with a massive fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a thin edging. Moderate amount of lacing and retention. Crazy amount of rising carbonation, like champagne level. S - Lemons, pears, wet grass and hay, a touch of spice. Smell is very Belgian pale ale like...hey, like that Orval beer! The brettanomyces is noticeable in some light muskiness and funk, but at only three months old its just beginning to evolve. T - Pear juice and hay with a light musk. Finish is almost syrupy with some lingering sweetness. Not too much on the brett front, this beer is still very approachable with some nice and simple BPA notes. M - The finish on this beer is super dry and abrupt. 8.3% abv? Not noticeable. Has that great silky "bottle conditioned" mouth feel with tons of effervescent carbonation. O - In its current state, its a rather average Belgian pale ale not worth the $18 I paid for it. But brettanomyces is a funny creature and I’m sure at the one year mark it will be drinking with the best of ’em.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2490) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Golden orange pour thin white head, very lively and bubbly .... aroma of pear, lemon, brett and some grassy hops .... taste is of pears, tart brett, lightly spicy, light lemon, fruity belgian yeast and light grassy hops .... light on flavor aroma is stronger .... very drinkable and the abv is hidden insanely well ... simple and tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3253) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2012
Pours cloudy pale yellow with white head. Doughy aroma with some apple, grapes, Sweet apple and bready flavors with some Belgian yeast. The brett hasn’t really started to come through yet. Medium body with average carbonation. I’d like to try another bottle in 8 to 12 months to see how this one develops.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Why can’t all beers be of this quality? Damn this is fantastic! Sweet and tart oh so complex and delicate. Creamy marshmellow aroma. peach and pineapple and light spice. Sierra Nevada makes some damn good beers but this has Vinny’s stamp all over it. I need a friggin keg of this golden elixer. This why I buy all the sub par brews in hope of finding a beer like this. I could go on and on the Belgium aspect and the west coast influence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7634) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2012
Tap, Russian River brewpub, Santa Rosa, CA, 13/08/12. Mild, papery wheat and lemon, streaks of depth and pepperiness, a little dankness. Level-headed yellow gold, lightly misted. Orange rind, pepper, parsley-like herb aroma. Good, but positively tame compared to some of the other treasures on the table.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (666) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Hazy bright golden orange color with 2 fingers of eggshell colored, effervescent foam. Fantastic aroma of oranges and caramel with some yeasty dank notes. The carbonation is lively, carrying some juicy, citrus hops atop medium sweet caramel flavor with some toasty bread crust to finish. It’s extremely refreshing, with the yeast emphasizing some of the citrusy aspects and then just a touch of dryness to close it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crosamich (431) - Twin Falls, Idaho, USA - SEP 8, 2012
moderate Belgian character. rate is from right when this came out so tart but barely there Brett/funk

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