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Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale



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RATINGS: 575   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (1986) - 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 (796) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5290) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle (750 ml). Clear golden with no head and no lacing. Aroma of malt, belgian yeast, wine, fruits and slight brettanomyces. Taste is winey with malt, fruits and slight brett. Mouthfeel is winey like. A bit deceiving but I think we drank it too young, the brett wasnít probably didnít have enough time to develop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2375) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2012
750 ml bottle. Copper colored pour with a small white head that quickly fizzes away to zero. Aroma was bold with funky notes of brett, sour grapes, wet dog and a bit of sweaty horse. The flavor really does not live up to the foreshadowing promised by the nose, there are some lemons, soured apricots and sour grapes. The palate is silky smooth with prickly carbonation. The finish is medium in duration and dry with lingering sour malts . Overall: I sure hope this improves with time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (9306) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 12, 2012
Deep yellow, high frothy head going to nothing. Lemony nose, a bit of barnyard and grass, but simple. Sweet lemon flavor, a touch of cream, a little barnyard, but basically very simple and needs to sit a while to get the brett character going. Thin and light. Very disappointing for the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (2873) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Cloudy golden orange in color... Sour citrus aroma... Flavor is slightly sour, mild citrus and malty notes, with hints of pepper and bread... Pretty solid stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2638) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle from premier gourmet. Pours orange amber hue, small head with little retention. Lots of bubbling carbonation. Nose is of pepper and yeast. Taste has pepper and cracker malt upfront, a nice light tartness and lemon zest on the finish. Medium bodied. I need to go back and find a few more (6) bottles to age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur dí Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 10, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours hazy cantaloupe with a medium cream-colored head that collapses into a skiff after a few minutes. Aroma is refreshingly fruity, wild--I get huckleberries. Taste is sweet, tart and dry; finishes with an umami presence. Itís a bit too highly carbonated right now, IMO. I have another bottle and will re-rate it in a year or two and see what changes--Iím betting a lot, and for the better.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (1929) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
750 mL bottle. Pours gold with a small, bubbly, white head. The aroma is green apples, granite, lemon peels, and grass. The flavor is nicely sweet, with a mild and very nice sourness. The palate is light to medium, sticky and hard. Overall, this is a pleasant and drinkable beer, but not very complex or interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1908) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2012
$14.99 in Grass Valley, CA. Was stoked to see this pair of breweries, but wasnít as stoked as Iíd thought I might be on the beer. Pours a beautiful cloudy golden orange, foamy head. Fantastic nose of her...blades of fresh grass mixed with citrus notes and a lovely faint brett smell as well. When tasted though it starts out like a mild bretty German hefe and quickly becomes wet with bitter citrus and notes of hops. The smallest hint of brett is in there blended with the hop touch, and well, but to me, itís just not that loud. I was probably expecting a big brett hit though. A singe of hoppy brett lingers on the palate tastily for a moment though, which is nice. Damn good stuff, could maybe use a bit of a boost though. Would be curious to try this aged 8-12 months or so...

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