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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 25, 2012
75cl, new exclusive American collab. brew Anno 2012, with Brettanomyces, thx to Secret Santa!, complex brew, spicy/woody and slightly sour/fruity, not balanced, hazy, nearly no head, nothing special, yet expensive!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Amber with a white head. Aroma is cideresque, yeasty, light sourness. Taste is lightly sour, earthy, barnyard, fermenting dough. Its okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4181) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
750 ml bottle from BevMo Valencia. Nose is light brett, cloves, light sugary caramel, and timothy hay. Clear dark golden with a small cream colored head. Flavor is brett, pepperiness, light bitterness, and very light contrasting sweetness. Not as bretty as its RR compatriates, maybe it just needs some age!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jstraw (1966) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Hazy gold with good, fine-bubbled, white head / Delicate, bretty nose of orchard & citrus fruit, and hay / Medium body, some honeyed sweetness, lively champagne-like carbonation, big fruit with well balanced with hopping, and good, sweet and lightly bitter finish / Flavors of pineapple, orange, apple, hay, and a mild dose of horse blanket / On the simple and plain side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Pours a hazy golden orange with about 3 fingers of fizzy white head. Aroma of brett, some citrus and grapefruit and a little doughy yeast. Taste is light sour and light bitter. Spicy yeast, green apples, citrus fruits and just a hint of sour. Medium bodied with a slick texture. Fizzy carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty good. Im interested to see how it ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Clear amber color with ivory sheen. Cobwebs, dust, cherry, lemon aromas. medium body. Nice dusty pale malt, dry hay, used book store musty flavors with dry light fruits--tasty sour

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2012
My Bottom Line :
Wooden, floral hops greet brettanomyces and citrusy edges in this very drinkable though soporific Wild Ale.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A ring of foam surrounds the misty beige.
-The prickly carbonation feels detached from the rest of the brew.
-That head sure disappeared quickly; the brew feels flat too after a few minutes...
-This one just didnt feel like it had come together yet. Quite disappointing considering the very high standards both collaborating brewers usually set.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Pops hugely with a ton of carbonation. Pours clear golden with a huge bubbly white head. You can tell this beer is young with the aroma and flavor having Brett prevalent but not dominating. The wild and grassy flavors are quite nice. Cant wait to revisit this in a year or so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 22, 2012
750ml bottle - $13.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, deep amber-gold body with a craggy, rocky, white head that peters out fairly quickly but never quite vanishes.

Smell: Varied, mingled, sweaty notes of tart pears, Italian bread crumbs, finely-ground spices, oily citrus fruits, lavender, pickled ginger slices, and mildly funky Brett.

Taste: Golden barley, gently toasty with sweetish hints of well-spiced sugar-spice cookies. The sweetness dries out almost instantaneously. Embellishes of Chiclets and Sweet-Tarts midway into the flavor. Citric oils with some phenolic Brett character coming through, but its never overtly wild. Peppery spice and some fleeting wild yeastiness on the sparkling finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated with a downright crackling mouthfeel.

Overall: I would say this could greatly benefit from some time away to let that lovely wild character develop. Brux, you are in TIME OUT.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours a hazy golden body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of brett, straw, pear skins, mustiness, husks, and corn. Flavor of herbs, grass, nuts, brett, pear, and grass with a dry finish.

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