Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale

RATINGS: 580   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (964) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Niagara Falls New York. Pours a crystal copper and gold colour with a massive bubbly white head that disappears right away. If you look at the glass from the top down, it bubbles like a volcano. Nose is really

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chicowv (478) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2012
750mL bottle: Pours bright orange with a nice white head. Aroma of grassy hops, corriander and doughy yeast. Bubbly and slightly sours. Lots of effervescent, finishes dry and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dnstone (2979) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Pours an effervescent hazed golden with an orange hue; quite lively like a champagne with similar white bubbles for head. Dry, lightly musty aroma with notes of clementine/peel. A dry light bodied beer, bubbly with clementine-orange flavors as well as the peel and a bit of funk edge; certain characters are reminiscent to me of Polar Orange Dry soda and Orval.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (7130) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
750 ml bottle from Fischmans Liquors (Chicago, IL). Been sitting on this for awhile. Pours a dulled golden orange hue, touches of haze, darkness in the body and middle. Some richer striking orange glowing edges and in the light. A cakey whitish head atop, high carbonation as it dies to a mellow layer, small lacing overall. Aromas are stauch bretty funk, florals, and gentle cobwebs. Some pineapple and firmer fruit elements, pear and grapefruit, lemon, and tartness come into the fold. More dryness, bretty funk, touch of cheese. Florals, grass. Dandelions, gentle spritzy quality on the nose. More brett, gentle tartness. Initial is lighter end of the fold, touches of dryness, cheese and cobwebs up front. Gentle tartness, dry funky brett, straw, and some horseblanket. Gentle dandelion, grass. Some bready dry malts, cereal elements. Backend is gentle cheese, dryness, some grapefruit and fuzz, dry cereal elements, florals, grass. Mellow cereal elements, straw. Nice nice flavors, well bretted and funky, with a gentle tartness that grows, lively carbonation. Overall, a solid wild experiment, dry overall, some touches of grain and cereal elements into the backend peek through, but bring back the florals, dryness, and funky brett influence. Solid offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palidor19 (3177) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
This beer is a very complex colab wild beer. with the funkiness being the dominate aspect. the aroma is malty with some fruit and honey. the taste as flavors of apricots, spices and wild yeast making the bread quality.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4387) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
The aroma is funk and sour with the leathery dank quality of brux. There is definitely malt here as well as hops and fruit. The appearance is copper gold with a small head. The taste is rich and complex with a bread like finish. The palate is smooth. Overall a nice tasting beer but I dont like the aroma of brux.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (7117) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. This is golden and hazy. A very small white foam. Funky yeast and is the aroma. This is earthy as in farmhouse beer. The wild taste is definitely there. Light fruit and some soft hop notes. It is lemony and grassy. I like this and find it complex and interesting as well as tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2012
Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a fluffy white head that tries its best to never go away. Smell is a dry, tart funk. Not much else to say about it. Taste is similarly dry, slightly sour with a very light fruitiness in the finish. Extremely crisp, highly effervescent. Its not a particularly complex or interesting beer, but I do find it refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7944) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2012
750ml bottle pours a hazy, mango orange with some thin, white head. Nose is straw, grass, dried lemon peel, lightly herbal, some green apple skins. Flavor was lightly tart, lightly acidic, green apple, straw, lemon, a little dusty, some cardboard, a little herbal. Medium bodied, heavy carb. I will probably put this bottle down for quite a few years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a clear medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds and had virtually no lacing to speak of. The aroma was of a funky Belgian yeast and a mild straw malt with notes of green apple, pears, citrus (lemon) and possessed a nice mild tartness. The taste was lightly sweet, a tad tart and a little acidic with a mild fruity ester early on, and then had a large musty yeast presence and a slight bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor hung on for an average duration proceeding the swallow, with a slight harsh bitter fruity taste left lying on the taste buds. Mouthfeel was light in body and mildly dry in texture with a strong prickly carbonation. Overall this was a rather tasty Wild Ale that was light and fruity with a somewhat bold bitterness and a great drinkability. It most definitely is a good collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River...

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