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RATINGS: 577   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
What began as mutual admiration between Sierra Nevadaís Grossman Family and Russian Riverís 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Hazy gold with good, fine-bubbled, white head / Delicate, bretty nose of orchard & citrus fruit, and hay / Medium body, some honeyed sweetness, lively champagne-like carbonation, big fruit with well balanced with hopping, and good, sweet and lightly bitter finish / Flavors of pineapple, orange, apple, hay, and a mild dose of horse blanket / On the simple and plain side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Pours a hazy golden orange with about 3 fingers of fizzy white head. Aroma of brett, some citrus and grapefruit and a little doughy yeast. Taste is light sour and light bitter. Spicy yeast, green apples, citrus fruits and just a hint of sour. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Fizzy carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty good. Im interested to see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Clear amber color with ivory sheen. Cobwebs, dust, cherry, lemon aromas. medium body. Nice dusty pale malt, dry hay, used book store musty flavors with dry light fruits--tasty sour

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Wooden, floral hops greet brettanomyces and citrusy edges in this very drinkable though soporific Wild Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A ring of foam surrounds the misty beige.
-The prickly carbonation feels detached from the rest of the brew.
-That head sure disappeared quickly; the brew feels flat too after a few minutes...
-This one just didnít feel like it had come together yet. Quite disappointing considering the very high standards both collaborating brewers usually set.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Pops hugely with a ton of carbonation. Pours clear golden with a huge bubbly white head. You can tell this beer is young with the aroma and flavor having Brett prevalent but not dominating. The wild and grassy flavors are quite nice. Canít wait to revisit this in a year or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2012
750ml bottle - $13.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, deep amber-gold body with a craggy, rocky, white head that peters out fairly quickly but never quite vanishes.

Smell: Varied, mingled, sweaty notes of tart pears, Italian bread crumbs, finely-ground spices, oily citrus fruits, lavender, pickled ginger slices, and mildly funky Brett.

Taste: Golden barley, gently toasty with sweetish hints of well-spiced sugar-spice cookies. The sweetness dries out almost instantaneously. Embellishes of Chiclets and Sweet-Tarts midway into the flavor. Citric oils with some phenolic Brett character coming through, but itís never overtly wild. Peppery spice and some fleeting wild yeastiness on the sparkling finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated with a downright crackling mouthfeel.

Overall: I would say this could greatly benefit from some time away to let that lovely wild character develop. Brux, you are in TIME OUT.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of brett, straw, pear skins, mustiness, husks, and corn. Flavor of herbs, grass, nuts, brett, pear, and grass with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 Bottle at dans, courtesy of Aaron. Thanks Man! Poured golden orange in appearance with a small off-white head. Fruity, citrusy, tangy, funk, light brett, light alcohol, a touch of pepper, some grapefruit, and phenols in the aroma. Really interesting aroma. Taste is white pepper, sweet fruits, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, light brett, and vanilla with a lightly tart finish. Medium mouthfeel with huge carbonation. Really smooth and well-balanced beer, easy to take down. Not quite what I expected, but nice, nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Tastes wild, as the name of the beer hints... Wish it were a bit more sour. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburís Foco. Pours a cloudy orange appearance with a small white head. Bretty, pineapple, orange citrusy, fairly tart, vanilla, tangy aroma. Tangy, slightly vinous, orange, slightly tropical fruity, blood orange, tart flavor. Interesting but not nearly as good as some of Russian Riverís offerings.

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