Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale

RATINGS: 575   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.

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Beaver (1828) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy light copper gold with w big fizzy/bubbly white head that retains well.

The aroma is sweet flowery tropical fruits with earthy brett.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits with earthy brett and a lightly floral bitter dry finish. The mouthfeel is pretty light bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a very nice brett beer. A little thin and watery though.

fidelis83 (2497) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Pours slightly hazy orange with a frothy 1 finger, off white head. Aroma is full of barnyard and basement funk, tart stone fruit, hints of dark fruit, pineapple, under ripe berries, hints of caramel and cereal grain. Flavor is tart and funky all the way through, at the same time sweet and fruity. Lots of wet basement, green wood, tart stone fruit, white strawberries, some booziness (lots of booziness comes out as it gets warmer), band aid, light notes of licorice as it warms and fallen leaves. Palate is medium bodied, slick and oily with a light, but sharp carbonation. Pretty tasty overall, but the booziness and slick feel really hold it back.

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 there’s 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.

FROTHINGSLOSH (8069) - 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.

Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2012
750ml bottle from Binny’s 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 isn’t 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.

andyhwcinc (1884) - 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 I’m a bit disappointed in this one, but feel that this is a good starter beer for introducing wild/sour ales to the masses.

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.

dwyerpg (6368) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Sometimes these collaborations blow you away and sometimes they don’t. 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.

kayres (888) - , 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

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.

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