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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4033) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a copperish golden with an active white head. Aroma is funky, dry, some earth and dust. Mild dusty pineapple and berry frutiness. Flavor is fruity, dry, lots of berries and and pineapple. Mild earthy notes. Some pear, lots of earth. Pretty nice. Not sour, but perhaps imparted with a mild tartness. Slick body, earthy funky finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2012
On tap at RR. Aroma was light bubble gum, the slightest Brett, and lager. Tasted the same with main component of Bazooka Joe. Idk...can "domesticated" mean Budwiser's version of Brett? This really tastes like a super clean Belgian ale. Eh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Hazy golden color with a thin white head. The nose is yeasty Brett and banana with some assorted mild spices. Medium bodied and highly carbonated with apple-y tripel flavors transitioning to berry fruit as it warms. This is not a sour in any way, shape or form.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (5651) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 8, 2012
750 ml bottle. The cork pops nicely, but no foaming. The color a clear orange color with a fizzy off white head that shrinks to a thin layer. The aroma is dry with subtle brett funk, hay, dust and some minor notes of sweet malt. The flavor is spicy and fruity with some background phenolics and funk. Pretty nicely balanced now, but I could use a little more brett character. I think this one will get interesting in a year or two. The base beer could have been a little more interesting as well, but no surprise it’s very well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2012
Bottle from AZ Wine. Pours copper with a trim white head. Smells and tastes of Belgian yeast and pale malt. Straightforward. Reminds me a lot of Damnation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (8318) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Interesting bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a copper color with a small white head. The aroma is grassy lemons and some light funk. The flavor comes across as a German Hefe at times with some lemon and banana esters, a bit of dry funkiness. Certainly big Brux, very mellow. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LeftCoastRider (110) - , Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Consumed in the tap room at the Sierra Nevada Brewery in Chico. Pours a hazy, golden orange with a nose of cider, caramel and fruit. The taste is malty with hints of apple. Effervescent on the tongue, while still creamy, with a long finish. Strong ale at 8.3% alcohol. This is an interesting take on a Belgian yeast, and was worth trying. But Belgians not being my thing, I probably won’t have it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6290) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle, caged/corked. Fizzy pour, effervescent and lively, but with a mere thin head. Lightly yeasty and fruit-laden aroma. This drinks with the classical wild ale appeal, without being overpowered. Pleasantly easy to drink, with hinting aspects of the Belgian families of beers. Not an over the top sour (not at all) or wild (barley) exemplar, but an entertaining beer nonetheless. (#4720, 8/6/2012)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6878) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle purchased at Blacklick Wine & Spirits. Pours clear gold with a thick off-white head. Funky nose with some malt, citrus and tropical fruit. Malty and estery flavor with some citrus before a dry and funky finish. Can’t wait to taste this one with some age on it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Pours unfiltered amber orange with a nice bubbly head. Big time barn yard in the nose along with green apple, pear, lemon grass and chardonnay. Light to medium body that is very dry and has some harsh phenol bitter flavors. Pear and green apple underlay the overall earthy solventy flavor of this brew. This should get funkier and less aggressively bitter with age. Interesting.

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