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RATINGS: 574   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keanex (1787) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2012
No bottling date, one-time release.

A: Oh this beer is beautiful, a slightly hazy amber body showcases an erupting geyser of carbonation from the nucleation point to a thick light tan head on top. The head is dense and creamy while having great retention and this beer fills out my glass nicely.

S: Iím new to sours so bear with me. Vinegar and a sour aroma are about all I can pick up now, the vinegar is mild, the sourness takes over, but isnít overpowering. I canít pick out anything else, but itís inviting.

T: Well this is very mild right now, the intro is a bit bland compared to what I was expecting from the nose, but this is still good. Very mild and slightly sweet mildly funky flavor that I canít describe meets the tongue right away hinting the funk that the brett is working towards. I can pick up hints of honey and apple along with the Brett. Thereís a hint of sourness on the finish, but this is very mild so far.

M: Medium fizzy body, but in a fuzzy way instead of a sharp way.

O: This is very bland, but very interesting at the same time. At first it seemed very basic but it left me sipping trying to figure out what was going on. The aroma is definitely stronger than the flavor right now, but this is still a great beer right now, very mild and easy to drink. Iím glad I picked up one to age for a bit, I may get another...as many as I can afford!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours cloudy golden with a huge off-white head and a sour fruit aroma. There is a sturdy caramel malt flavor with some pear and a heavy yeast presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
musinj6 (500) - Dedham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Pours a clear straw color with moderate head that lingers leaving moderate lacing. Tart up front with sourness lingering throughout. Citrus peel hop flavors. Full body, slightly creamy with medium carbonation. Long tart finish strongly representing the wild yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmerz (741) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle from Breukelen Bier Merchants. Gold yellow with a big initial head that dissipates quickly. The aroma and flavor are most strongly of green apples and earth (aroma mostly) with a little sweetness, citrus, and funk. Itís fairly vinous and not hardly bitter but reamins balanced with restrained sweetness. The texture is lightly oily with prickly carbonation. This isnít blowing me away but its good and would probably be excellent with food. And can imagine it getting funky and more interesting over time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BucannonXC5 (1423) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
750 ML bottle into three snifters (three of us split them up) at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif., on July 28, 2012. One finger of head, but would have been more if poured all the way to the top. Hazy straw yellow golden honey color. Bubbly, frothy head/lacing with light retention. Smelled curdly milk, pear, puke, lemon, tart. Tasted similar to the smell Ė pear, tart, less puke, bland, not too tart of sweet. Light-to-medium body. Slick texture. Above average carbonation. Long, sour finish. A bit refreshing. A bit disappointed beer overall. I was expecting a bit more. It didnít help that I had just had the Supplication, which was fantastic. Glad I tried it though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Cloudy yellowish body with a big quickly disappearing head. Highly carbonated. bitter and slightly sour. Wasnít all that impressed, but it did go really good with a lemon bundt cake.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rajendra82 (1047) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Golden, clear body, and the vigorous carbonation streamers rising up from the etched nucleation site at the bottom of the Duvel tulip glass gave this beer an attractive appearance. The smell of brett induced funk mixed with green apples, honey, and lavender was very intoxicating. The taste provided everything promised by the smell, and then some. The palette was dry like a saltine cracker, with an initial sour apple and herbal flavor, that transitioned into white pepper, honey, and coriander. The finish had a hint of cheese from the aged hops and then faded into a cider like aftertaste. The funk of Brett was there, but did not overpower. This appears to be a beer made to enjoy both fresh, and after aging, and I would love to pick up a couple of bottles for the cellar, so to see how it evolves.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 28, 2012
bottle. glowing gold with a slight haze and small white head. dusty, fruity(pear, apple) nose. lively, highly carbonated palate with a light body. warming finish from abv. flavors of dusty, basement, light fruits and a wintergreen mint-like finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (11459) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2012
750ml, caged and corked bottle. Poured a golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, some funkiness, brett, fruity apples, and citrus. Tastes of brett, citrus, apples, and some earthiness. Interested in seeing how this one ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (5205) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. Pours an ever hazy blonde with a white head of foam that retains itself at first, but then diminishes quickly. Aroma reminds me a great deal of orval and cheese. The cheese notes either fade away, or I quit noticing. In the taste I picked up a nice apple note with some acidity to it. This beer isnít all that sour, maybe letting it condition a little while longer will bring that out. I do prefer my sours to have a little more kick than this one has in that department, though.

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