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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8249) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 23, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013
Draught @ the brewpub (RR). Rated on 21.07.2012
Aroma has sourish apples and leathery notes. Feels like a cider. Flavourt is tart and sour with some apple-like aromas and woody notes. Dry finish with lactic acid. Quite unique.

75 cl bottle @ hotel room, Las Vegas. BBE 20486 (julian date, I suppose)
Aroma is sourish and slightly tart with earthy notes, some apples, lactic acid and hints of hay. Flavour is tart with somewhat floury apples, earthy and leathery notes. Quite foamy palate. Confusing stuff; not sure if I like this or not.

7+3+7+3+15 = 3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (6151) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 23, 2012
(750ml bottle thanks to AdumbC) clear gold, lasting tan fine bubbled head. Nose of funk, lightly tart, orange pulp, umami, smells good. Taste of funk, light earth, orange pulp, no real tartness, very well carbonated and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (10441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2012
750 cc from Frank Smiths and Capones. Pours medium copper with a lot of carbonation and a fizzy white head that goes away quickly. Looks like a smacked ass really. Nose is acidic tartness, Sweet-Tarts, lactosy earthiness, fruit. Tastes tart, fruity, with mild cherry hints, acidic lactosy tartness, yeasty Bretty notes, definite pear and lemon late in addition to the cherry. This one is complex and evolves nicely as it warms, but Id it didnt blow me away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bartzilla (622) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Hey. Very tasty. Dont worry, I bought another one to "age". And by age, I mean until I run out of beer the next time. Anyway, off to the rating... has a bit of a sour smell, looks great... a bit cloudy (or is that condensation?). Tastes great. Not really sour. Lots of the bret funk. No discernable alcohol notes. A really great beer. I imagine those who age it to its potential will reap big rewards. I just dont have that kind of patience. Sorry. I do, however, think this was a great beer. And Ill pay the price again to get some more from my super secret beer store that has lots of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
Draft sample at Russian River. Pours clear orange; thin white head, poor lacing. Nose is tart winter fruit: pears, apples, etc. Further nosing reveals a quite simple sour note, with more apples, jicama, and light clean malt. Flavours are equally as simple (yet pleasing) with tart apple, berries, candy, light funk, and spice... Im considering this a placeholder rating until some of my bottles get a year or two on them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Sampled on 7/7/2012. This wild ale pours a light yellow from a 750ml bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head with nice retention. The aroma is fruity and sweet, tart and funky. A medium bodied wild ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, slightly tart and slightly funky. The hops are earthy. A little tart and funky tasting, but mostly dry and bretty. Still fairly young, but I think this one will funk up with some age. Just going to have to age a few bottles and find out. Interesting that all the brett action was done in the bottle. Curious to see how this one will age. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Almost perfect! Could use a little more head retention though. Wonderful flavor that include a minor tartness. World class!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 22, 2012
On tap at RRBC. Clear golden with a fizzy white head. Apricot pear apple and Brett funkiness to the aroma and taste with a sweet tangy candy and lemon finish. Silky bright palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7483) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 22, 2012
750 thanks to Sparky in Summer 12 Secret Santa. Pours a big carbonation. Aroma is yeasty and slightly brett like. Very nice saison taste with lemon and zest. Brett is not strong and sour is not strong, but this is a solid saison either way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14189) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle. Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy citrus sour fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This beer exceeded my expectations.

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