Sierra Nevada / Russian River BRUX Domesticated Wild Ale

 
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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
VsXsV (4522) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 19, 2012
Free bottle at the Toronado, San Diego. Thanks! Hazy, light amber liquid with small to medium white head. Aroma of minty, fruit brett, barnyard, biscuit, cereal, spice and some noble hops. Taste is dry and light to medium bitter with notes of barnyard and fruit brett. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

3.5
Nickls (2554) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Bottle. Head barely shows up and then disappears quickly; very hazy bright orange-copper. Light leather, green apple skin, peach pith, and slight hay in the aroma. Peach pith, some grassiness, light fruits, hay, a little leather, some minerals, not catching any sweetness which is nice. Not very funky or sour at this point, but decently dry. Lighter body with bubbly carbonation.

3.8
billshmeinke (13) - USA - JUL 18, 2012
Smells of marmalade, funk, and spice reminiscent of sage/coriander. Some wisps of baked bread. Orange, golden color with a finger of white head. Dies down to a patch of foam on top. Tastes of marmalade, pineapple, some stone fruits. Those are quickly washed away by brett funk, reminiscent of Orval (which has always reminded me of shellfish a bit). Also, some citrus notes. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Well carbonated. A touch spicy. Quite dry with a decent acidic and carbonic bite on the finish. Really nice. Refreshing. Great summer beer. Sort of a brighter, fresher Orval. Definitely gonna try it again.

2.5
jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 18, 2012
750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is green apple, apricot, and a light peppery note. There is a light funky brett earthiness, but not much. The initial taste is sweet with green apple, a bit of brett earthiness, and some apricot. The finish has a hint of brett and some lingering apple. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was quite disappointing. It’s too sweet for the style and there is not much brett funkiness. It will probably improve with time, but I’m not going to buy more bottles to find out given the price.

3.3
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2012
On tap 2 oz. sample at the Russian River brewpub in Santa Rosa, CA. Part of a 10 beer "Belgian Sampler," which is a bit much to try to keep straight, even with written notes. Clear straw color with white head and fair lacing. Fruity, sweet and sour aroma of citrus and yeast. Tart taste of pepper, spice, pear, citrus, yeast and biscuit malt. Medium/light body and high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
specsliquor06 (4) - webster, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2012 does not count
Now here at specs Webster on bay area. 12 bottles left. RUSSIAN RIVER FINALLY HERE IN TEXAS

3.7
j12601 (12973) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2012
Bottle that I took to a tasting at Andy’s the day after doing a tasting at Paul’s. Pours a hazed amber with a thin white head. Lemony, musk, and brett. Medium bodied, musky, lemon and a touch of wheat and toast. Not a lot going on here and I don’t get much brett. Dries out a bit, a bit more musk and yeast. I’d be interested to see how this changes in a year or so, if the brett gets more prominent, but I can’t foresee buying another bottle, as this was stupid expensive.

3.7
drowland (8888) - Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2012
7/17/12. 750mL bottle from Grassroots. How is this still on the shelves? A RR collab in Florida? Very slightly hazy dark orange/light amber pour with a huge off-white head that fades and laces in small, spotty rings. Somewhat light but definite Brett aspects in the aroma. We have some nice small funk, hay, green apples, lemon, and a light tartness. Dry entry with some pale malts, plenty of grassy and hay aspects, a touch of funk, and hints of tart lemons, apples, and apricots. Tasty and refreshing, but I was hoping for a bit more.

3.6
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Bahdull. Pours an apple juice shade, any resulting head from the pour disappears too quickly to remember. Nose of apple and grape essence and white pepper with hints of floral brett character. I liked this beer when drunk at colder temps as the belgian yeast character is more pronounced as it warms, and I’ve grown to dislike the typical traits of most belgian yeast strains...but, even at warmer temps, they are not too forward here, so its only a slight distraction..in any event, its still a nice, clean, bretty but not too bretty beer and it comes across as nicely refreshing. Decent beer.

3.6
portableparty (2366) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear bright orange with a soft white head that dissipates to nothing, but gentle bubbles. Aroma is light tart lemons and straw and funk. Taste is subtle tartness and wild yeast with a good malty straw and grain backbone and funky pepper/spice aftertaste. Palate is thin and slick with gentle carbonation and a drying finish.


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