Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale

 
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RATINGS: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
What began as mutual admiration between Sierra Nevadas Grossman Family and Russian Rivers 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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atheist_Peace (981) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - SEP 30, 2012
750ml cork n cage. Pours a dark gold/light amber sort of colour with mountains and mountains of head that lasts forever. Ten minutes in and theres still a metric shit ton sitting on top of the glass. Peaches and woody funk on the nose. Not really sour at all on the palate. The funk hits fairly hard up front and the fruit is mostly gone except for a little lemon tartness in the back. No...the fruit is still there. It just comes along fast. This sort of reminds me of a tripel with some added funkiness. Good, but different from what I was expecting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7288) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a murky apricot color with a small foamy white head that left no lacing. The aroma was dry, tart and bretty with notes of honey, orange and pepper. The flavor was dryish with a strong bretty presence, fairly strong orange, honey and a tangy undertone. Long tangy, bretty, honey and orange finish. Moderately full bodied and chewy. Well done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2012
750ml bottle from Binnys Lakeview. Pours a clear, copper-gold colored body with an inch thick, dense, frothy and fizzy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing throughout. Aroma is dry straw and pale malts with a touch of sweetness, a light funk, pear, a few florals, a light grassy spice, and a bit of a pineapple-lemon citrus. Flavor is similar. Pale malts with a light sweetness and some dry straw up front before a light bretty funk, a good amount of florals, and a light grassy spice come in. Nice pear notes with some more pineapple-lemon with a hint of tartness as this finishes dry and clean with a light grassy bitterness, light pale malt sweetness, light funk, and decent fruitiness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a lively, soft carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid wild ale. Clean and dry with a nice pale maltiness, straw, and grass. The funk isnt overpowering right now and neither is the light tartness or pear, but I can imagine this aging pretty well and getting more complex. Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andyhwcinc (1871) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Purchased at a place that sells liquor in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home after a long work week while watching football. Appearance is a slightly cloudy gold with almost no head. Aroma can be described as light floral, with a hint of sourness and Brettanomyces yeast, I also had thai food for dinner and it kinda smells like that. Taste is very carbonated, light sour / stinky cheese, goes down dry. For a sour ale there are definitely better options and Im a bit disappointed in this one, but feel that this is a good starter beer for introducing wild/sour ales to the masses.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bomber Bottle from HEB... The aroma is very floral and kinda skunky. Also a little sweet. The appearance is a hazy gold with a nice creamy head. The taste is of fresh flowers, but also a little sour and skunk. The after taste is of a sweet floral, akin to honeysuckle a bit. The palate is light and very nicely carbonated. Overall, I found this to be a very refreshing beer. Too expensive for what it actually tastes like, but would be interested in trying this one with some age on it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5883) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Sometimes these collaborations blow you away and sometimes they dont. I must say I was disappointed overall with this. Some funkiness in the aroma but not much, a sourness to it that is incredibly mellow. Pretty good but quite prohibitive at fifteen a bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kayres (849) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Cloudy orange with a thin white head. Huge floral clove aroma. Very spicey yeasty wheat. Dry finish excellent brew ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle, pours a light brown, aroma is kind of grainy, the flavour is a bit tart and the theres a grainy mouth feel. This one will definitly do well with some age, I will see how this one does in a year or two, nice offering.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very nice. Quite light, refreshing and easy to drink for a Bretted beer. I need to buy another bottle or two to age. This could get very interesting over time, especially since it didnt have any overpowering flavors to hid the Brett development. The first beer in a while that made me take prolific notes. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a fairly-clear-for-being-bottle-conditioned, light to medium orangey amber that could be described as the color of a polished copper kettle. It also had some of the most beautiful carbonation Ive ever seen using a non laser-etched glass. It also had an average to large, frothy, off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. On the second pour it was much more cloudy. The aroma had light notes of something like honey; light to moderate grassy hops; moderate to heavy funky and earthy yeast; light leather yeast; slightly spicy yeast; green raisins; MacIntosh and Granny Smith apples; pear; white wine; light fruits; champagne; and light lemons. The initial flavor was lightly sweet sour and acidic and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was light to moderately sweet and acidic, and moderately sour and bitter with a duration that was average when it came to flavor, but long when it came to dryness. There was something sort of like hone, tons of yeast, light tart fruit like MacIntosh or Granny Smith apples, pears and white grapes; slight lemon, earthy yeast, slightly funky yeast, spicy and fruity yeast, champagne, white wine, grassy hops, almost leathery yeast; and more lemon toward the end. The light to medium body had nearly abrasive dryness at times and surprisingly soft carbonation for all the visual carbonation and yet is was still a bit tingly and had a dry, slightly astringent and ever so slightly alcoholic finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1468) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2012
Color of cider in the glass with an initially huge white head due to the aggressive carbonation. Aroma is light sour with green apple, spice, dry brett and light tart as well. Taste is heavy dry brett up front followed by apple and lemon with some tart notes and graininess into the finish. The brett imparts and almost champagne like dryness and flavor. Clean, dry mouthfeel. I like it.


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