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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Steasy66 (1158) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Straw with fast fading white head. Aroma is spicy with a hint of fruit. Overly carbonated and hollow tasting. Tastes like a bad orval clone.

tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle with Chris and Jay. Pours light golden with fluffy white head. Light caramel, mildly tart, sweet ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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!

Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
Amber with a white head. Aroma is cideresque, yeasty, light sourness. Taste is lightly sour, earthy, barnyard, fermenting dough. It’s okay.

IrishBoy (4228) - 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 it’s RR compatriates, maybe it just needs some age!

jstraw (1967) - 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.

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.

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

MartinT (10037) - 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 didn’t feel like it had come together yet. Quite disappointing considering the very high standards both collaborating brewers usually set.


Damico (3147) - 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. Can’t wait to revisit this in a year or so.

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