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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
baraciisch (3136) - California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Cloudy golden orange in color... Sour citrus aroma... Flavor is slightly sour, mild citrus and malty notes, with hints of pepper and bread... Pretty solid stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (2877) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle from premier gourmet. Pours orange amber hue, small head with little retention. Lots of bubbling carbonation. Nose is of pepper and yeast. Taste has pepper and cracker malt upfront, a nice light tartness and lemon zest on the finish. Medium bodied. I need to go back and find a few more (6) bottles to age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poisoneddwarf (2493) - Coeur d Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 10, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2013 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours hazy cantaloupe with a medium cream-colored head that collapses into a skiff after a few minutes. Aroma is refreshingly fruity, wild--I get huckleberries. Taste is sweet, tart and dry; finishes with an umami presence. Its a bit too highly carbonated right now, IMO. I have another bottle and will re-rate it in a year or two and see what changes--Im betting a lot, and for the better.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GTAEgeek (2155) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
750 mL bottle. Pours gold with a small, bubbly, white head. The aroma is green apples, granite, lemon peels, and grass. The flavor is nicely sweet, with a mild and very nice sourness. The palate is light to medium, sticky and hard. Overall, this is a pleasant and drinkable beer, but not very complex or interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2012
$14.99 in Grass Valley, CA. Was stoked to see this pair of breweries, but wasnt as stoked as Id thought I might be on the beer. Pours a beautiful cloudy golden orange, foamy head. Fantastic nose of her...blades of fresh grass mixed with citrus notes and a lovely faint brett smell as well. When tasted though it starts out like a mild bretty German hefe and quickly becomes wet with bitter citrus and notes of hops. The smallest hint of brett is in there blended with the hop touch, and well, but to me, its just not that loud. I was probably expecting a big brett hit though. A singe of hoppy brett lingers on the palate tastily for a moment though, which is nice. Damn good stuff, could maybe use a bit of a boost though. Would be curious to try this aged 8-12 months or so...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - AUG 9, 2012
smell of dryness and brett.and grass, color poured a deep amber gold with just a dustingn of head. taste is slightly sweet with a hint of citrus and grass. I cant wait to see what a few yrs does to this one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours a not-so-sexy and lackluster cheddar orange with a quickly fading white head. Aroma is grassy Pilsner-esque sourdough with a light touch of lemon zest, autumn leaves, and orange rind. Flavor is grassy rose hips baked into a lemony sourdough bread left outside in late October. A erage mouthfeel. Clean and refrshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a copperish golden with an active white head. Aroma is funky, dry, some earth and dust. Mild dusty pineapple and berry frutiness. Flavor is fruity, dry, lots of berries and and pineapple. Mild earthy notes. Some pear, lots of earth. Pretty nice. Not sour, but perhaps imparted with a mild tartness. Slick body, earthy funky finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2012
On tap at RR. Aroma was light bubble gum, the slightest Brett, and lager. Tasted the same with main component of Bazooka Joe. Idk...can "domesticated" mean Budwiser's version of Brett? This really tastes like a super clean Belgian ale. Eh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Hazy golden color with a thin white head. The nose is yeasty Brett and banana with some assorted mild spices. Medium bodied and highly carbonated with apple-y tripel flavors transitioning to berry fruit as it warms. This is not a sour in any way, shape or form.

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