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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2012
pours cloudy orange. Clean bready and yeast aroma. Foamy white, dissipating head. Medium body, wheat and clove like notes, with a hint of finishing sourness. Classic Brett barnyard characters all the way through

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle-Thanks to Dakine and Ibrew2or3 for these bottles-Pours lightly hazy orange with a fizzy champaign like white head. the head was gone in a matter of seconds. nose is very strong estery (banana, clove), fresh bret funk, lightly musty, somewhat phenolic. Not what i was expecting actually. flavors of phenolic spice, dry malt husks, and a touch of dry bret character however, its not all that present. tastes more like a standard BSA with a dose of brett for good measure. I hope the bret will continue to grow in the beer. finish is very husky (clean belgian pale grains) with a touch of horseblanket/hay. Decent yet somewhat disappointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Dark gold, excellent head. Some spices in the flavor and the brett is not overdone (thank goodness!). They’ve achieved a nice balance of brett/hops/malt with this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (3409) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 14, 2012
The beer is orange and mostly clear, showing only a mild haze. Atop the beer rests a thin white head. The aroma offers apples, malt, brettanomyces, light spice. The flavor is ok. A bit malty, with some well water character. Brett is there, but this beer seems to play it safe. A tiny bit of tangy citrus with an apple juice finish. Maybe this will improve with age, but even so, this is a step (or more) behind many other notables in this genre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1586) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Picked up at SL... Golden blonde/orange-ish color. Decent head. Nose of of a slight tartness and spices. Taste follows the nose. Slight tartness with a spicyness to it. Lite fruits, grassy and earthy/dirt taste. Dry, light and refreshing. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Deep golden pour with a coarse white head. Aroma of hay, old dough, lemons, and light spice. Obviously lots of Brett. Flavor presents more of a malt than than I expected, sweet grains, lemons, dough and spice. Solid carbonation, crisp and a drying finish. Not bad, lacking some complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arkurzynski (2196) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Deep orange with active carbonation and white head that explodes, then dissipates. Dried citrus, light spice, and a little leather. Flavor is dried orange/apricot/pear, light spice, and citrus. Lightly sour lemon. Nice and dry with a small amount of citrus sour and leather lingering. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zgaier (1884) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Pours a cloudy gold with a dissipating white head and aroma of yeast, fruit, and spices. Taste is complex and sweet, of yeast, fruits, spices, citrus, and grass with a tart, sour finish. Nice wild ale and a collaboration that lived up to the billing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (1963) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Pours a copper, amber color. Nose is yeasty, fruity and a bit spicy. Taste is tart with yeasty notes. Finish is tart, dry and moderately lasting. Quaff Score 7/ 10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerGolem (776) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle 750 m. Pours hazy golden with tiny white head, quickly diminishing. Aroma: wine, slight brett (little disapointment here), alcohol, fruits, and Belgian yeast. Taste: slight winey acidity. Brett is very not that much present. Still a good beer nevertheless. Malty sweetness, quite pleasant.

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