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Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale



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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 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 13/20
hopscotch (10645) - 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 (6096) - 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 (3297) - 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.

   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 (3597) - 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 (3543) - 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 (1591) - 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.

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