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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - AUG 20, 2012
750mL thanks to Matt at Campdown Brewdown. Pours a clear orange with weak head formation. Nose is at first is volatile phenols and plastic moving to spicy Brett, small Orval character with ginger and minerals. Taste is minerally, sweeter, small diacetyl. Still young, little to no funk. Not very aerated in the palate. Still needs a diacetyl rest to let the Brett clean up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (7286) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy light amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), moderately yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of lemon, gum, band-aid, pepper. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Pretty nice stuff...a "clean" kinda wildness, but in a good way. A little restrained as far as character goes, but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (2072) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Moderate sweet aroma with a light amount of sour. Hazy light orange color with a large white head. Sweet beginning with a sour finish. Palate is light and there is a lot of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Pours hazy golden orange with nice head which leaves quickly. Aroma is lemon, grass/hay, hint of Brett funk. Taste is bread with mildly tart lemon, Brett present but not quite what it could be. Palate is quite nice - dry and effervescent champagne carbonation. Hopefully better with age but still enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has tart notes of lemon, white fruits, spice, bready malts and funk. Medium dark orange hue with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished and left no lace. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly tart and sour. Palate is full bodied and oily lively. Overall a good start that will get better with age. A great beer to cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Pours a clear golden-orange with lots of champagne-like carbonation and a tiny white head. This is a stinky beer. Loads of Brett character, leather and barnyard hay aromas. Slight hint of a herbal lemon cough drop. Tropical fruits are all over the taste. Lemon, pear, and papaya is followed up nicely by wet hay and an earthy grass finish. Very sweet, biscuity mouthfeel and a dry finish. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle... Hazy amber ale with flashes of orange and a small, fizzy, white head that’s gone in a flash. The aroma offers fruity esters (pear and banana), tangerine peel, a clove-like phenol and more subdued notes of dustiness and funk. Medium to full-bodied with prickly carbonation. The flavor is a semi-sweet medley of pluot, pear, clove and spelt bread. Finishes bittersweet and just a smidge dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Clear orange amber pour with big but quickly disappearing head. Strong nose of fruity and farmy yeast and sweet malts. Light refreshing body. Hints of grass, lemon, tart pears and apple. Bitter peppery finish. Good wild ale but it left me a little disappointed. I will cellar another and see how it evolves.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (5951) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours light orange with a small, slightly off-white head. Scent is banana, cloves... Taste is tangy white fruits mix...apple, pear.... Fairly acidic... a bit of farmhouse funk to it. yeasty and tart.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (3264) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle 750ml. Pours blond with no head. Aroma is of fruits, sligth bretts. Taste is of sligth bretts, wine, fruits, citrus, some acidity. malt, sweet. Overall: Good body. Not bad, but I wonder where went the head. Not enough bretts in there, makes it almost dull.

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