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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - AUG 3, 2012
750 ML bottle purchased at BevMo in Redding, CA. THE POUR / APPEARANCE: Pours a medium hazy golden color. AROMA / BOUQUET: Classic Gueuze aroma- pear, spices, grassyness, hay, barnyard funk. TASTE: Sherry dryness with champagne. Appropriate sourness with just a hint of herbal hoppiness to remind the drinker that this is a California brewed beer. PALATE: Correct fizzyness / carbonation, quenching, evokes memories of drinking the classic Belgian Gueuze beers. OVERALL: The moment I tasted BRUX, I was reminded of an beer that is a cross between a Boon Gueuze and a Saison DuPont. This is a great beer- pair it with a great goat cheese or blue cheese, foie gras, or enjoy as a great session beer. Blessings on this one!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcon25 (629) - Duvall, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2016
Bottle pour split, purchased at apex in Portland. Thin golden pour, soft brett aroma with a tone of oak brett flavor decent amount of carb still for 4 years old. Not much other flavors present.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luttonm (4633) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle in Seattle. Thanks Tcon. Thin white foam, hazed dark orange body. Candy sweet Brett aroma, darker fruity brown sugar. Apple brett dubbel like. Odd. Quite fizzy body. Not great.

2.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Claves77 (243) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2016
Funky taste. Flat, not a great smell, nor taste, is not sour enough. Clear color is good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rxeight (2588) - Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2016
750 ml. 2012 bottle. Cloudy orange yellow. Slightly dark. Aroma sweet. Banana. Belgian Brett. Taste dry Brett. Slight citrus.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1706) - California, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Pours a burnt golden orange color with a very short lived, fizzy white head. Vinegar, funk, tart, pear, apple, grass and yeast aroma. Vinegar, funk, tart, apple, pear, apricot, caramel, bread, lemon, biscuit and earthy flavors. Medium body and lively carbonation. Very dry finish. A bit bland, was expecting more. Very champagne like.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jw0406 (1125) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2015
750 ml bottle pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of grain, earthy, light spice. Light bodied, complex with a dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a 1.5 finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Earthy aroma with grass, oak and musty brett notes along with lactic funk, light fruit and pale malt. The earthy grass and straw notes compliment the brett nicely but as it warms, it becomes a bit one dimensional with the wild yeast overpowering things a bit. Subtle lactic funk with some apple, pear and biscuit. On the lighter end of medium bodied with a tart, puckering mouthfeel that drops off mid-palate where the funky wild yeast takes over. Musty, dry and funky with a really prominent brett character that lingers over some light fruit, lactic funk and pale malt into a slightly boozy, harsh acidic finish. Not a bad beer but the finish is a bit rough and after a while the brett flavor completely overpowers the other characteristics.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle shared in London - many thanks to The Peter. Pours clear yellow-gold with a creamy white head. The nose holds tangy lemon, lemon candies, dry grain. Light to medium sweet flavor with pale bread, some lemony tartness, hay. Medium bodied with fine to average carbonation. Tart, lemony finish, lightly boozy, with a bit of sweat and faint apple. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (3797) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Bottle shared tonight by Todd, thanks for the opportunity! Slightly murky light golden color with a quickly diminishing white head. Earthy funky with a light vinous almost grape aroma offset with a hint of herbal spiciness and aspirin. Almost no carbonation, didnít help make this any more than an average beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 5, 2015
Sampled February 2014
A soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produce a four-finger, plus more above the rim, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber hue that has a touch of red to it perhaps, when held up to the light the beer is absolutely brilliantly clear, with a bright, light copper hue that is quite beautiful. The foam has a taste of cherry pie like Brettanomyces character. The nose smells fruity, with notes of light, floral, slightly tart cherries, floral flower nectar like notes, and a touch of rotting fruit. This is backed by a touch of dried grass like, and perhaps a hint of whole grain cracker like malt character.

The beer tastes predominantly of fruit, with a mix of lightly tart cherry, perhaps some lightly rotting tropical fruit notes, and perhaps a hint of some vegetal flavor. The finish has a touch of phenolic like bite to it that is a touch plastic like, a bit musty, and with some light damp, ancient cellar character. The fruit character even has some tropical character to it, light pineapple perhaps, and maybe some hint of guava. The body is fairly light, and the carbonation seems to be less spritzy and effervescent than it should be given the amount of bubbles coming up through this beer; htere is a soft viscous character though.

This is very light on the traditional secondary derived, Brettanomyces like character, but that is the point of such a beer. It has taken on quite a bit of fruity character, with just a touch of phenolic funkiness to it. I always have a soft spot for these beers that donít use traditional yeast, just for the education factor, as long as they are well balanced a fairly tasty of course; luckily this one is.


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