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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 1,313
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 49
Gots: 370 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great Brett crafting. Yellow with lasting foamy head, it did foam over somewhat. Funky aroma. Very tasty and like a white wine pairing for lunch. Great drinkability. Soft mouthfeel. From Winooski’s. Earthy, grassy hops. Slight lemon. With mild pepper, a little like a saison.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some mild funky aromas. Taste is much the same with an earthy quality in the flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it seems like this one is going to need some time to develop in the bottle.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: little head which rapidly dissipates on a hazy with orange and golden body.

S: this one is more sour citrus/tropical fruit than sour dark fruit with chardonnay, floral and a hint of molasses notes.

T: tart citrus, chardonnay, especially in the finish, some funk, brett, yeast and some light pepper notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: the champagne and chardonnay notes are strong here. I like the more dark fruit character in this style whereas this one is more tropical fruit.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin Ayer of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of brett are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the taste, the taste has light flavors of barnyard funk and sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad but I was expecting more sourness from a wild ale.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not at all what i expected from this collaboration brew with russian river. it pours an excited pale peach color with a bubbly off white head. its got a very bretty nose, almost vinegary, with lighter wheat and pale malts behind it. also a touch of something root vegetably, like ginger or turmeric or something. the flavor isnt sour at all, although the nose suggests it will be. its got a little brett tartness in the finish, but nothing major it first. this sourness really expands as the beer warms up to room temperature, but still isnt too powerful. some subtle spice, and a little honey sweetness as well. not the most dramatic beer in terms of taste, but its balanced and yummy. the mouthfeel is good, bright and airy carbonation on top of a just medium body. its got a bone dry finish too. this is a beer ive been wanting to try since it first came out, and while i cant say i am disappointed, i also cant say it lived up to what i thought sierra nevada and russian river were capable of. hopefully they do something else together again before too long.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Sierra Nevada tulip. Didn’t pull out the Russian River goblet for the side-by-side Light cherry and earth. Funk and slight phenolics. Shows lots of promise. Good, not great.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly leaving a few splashes of lace behind

Smell: Bready, with orchard fruit (apples, pears and peaches) with a vinous underlay and a bit of barnyard funk

Taste: Opens with a bready character that persists, underneath, while the vinous grape flavors add tartness; in the background, the orchard fruit adds another angle; after the swallow, the funkier flavors arrive and the Brett dries everything out in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Clearly an entry point to Brett beers for the uninitiated, this beer brings a fair bit of complexity, as well; it will be interesting to see how this develops

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Photo of Knapp85
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours out as a clear golden color, it has a fizzy white head on top that fades quickly. The aroma is very tame compared to other wild ales out there. All I can pick up on is a minimal sour aroma on the nose as well has some grains too. The taste is nice, it gives off a slightly tart pop in the very beginning and leave a champagne like finish in the mouth. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and has a light body. Overall it is a very drinkable wild ale. I am happy to have tried it but it doesn't compete with some of the others out there.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The resulting beer, from the great minds of Sierra Nevada and Russian River, manifests in a mildly rustic, Belgain fruity, and conservative "wild" ale that may not evoke excitement with the staunch fans of sour ales, but may provide the glimpse into the sour world for the uninitiated.

Pouring a hazy burnish gold color, the beer opens with yeasty appearances and topped by cottony yellowish foam. Solid retention outlasts the acidity and provides pockets of lace around the glass.

The scent of Belgian pale ales is alive and well and rests just beyond the limey and earthy overtones from the brett-brux. Underneath, there's the scent of bread dough, light apple and berry esters with a balancing tone of white pepper and perhaps a dash of cumin.

Flavors of fresh baking bread, semi-starchy sweetness and straw start the show and provides a firm foundation for the natural esters and spices of yeast to rest upon. Green apples, pears, under ripened berries and a tropical hint of papaya give the beer its understated fruitiness. Similarly, the taste of white pepper, celery seed, and fresh cut herbs, and grass balance the fruit, yeast, and malt character well. But the star of the show is the wild character of brettanomyces that casts an earthen shadow over the beer with hints toward weathered attic wood, must, brine, dried limes, mild leather and horse hair. Though the effects from wild micro flora seem young and restrained, they merely add a footnote of complexity and without turning the beer absolutely sour.

Early bready malt textures turn powdery and semi-dry to finish as the sweetness fades from the mouth and a light woody tannin pang substitutes hop bitterness and lead a light citrus acidity into the next sip.

Unlike the usually brash brett beers, this one plays well with others and allows the standard taste of Belgian pale ales to command the flavor profile, at least for now. Age will surly prove otherwise.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some medium lacing notes. Aroma of dry Brett notes with light funky tart notes and some pear notes are also perceptible. Taste is a complex and refreshing mix between some light funky Brett notes with a solid Belgian malt backbone with some dry notes and very little residual sugar. Some pear ester and white wine notes are also perceptible. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoy this beer with a great mix between complexities while retaining a good drinkability factor.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cellared this for a year plus in hopes of some Brett development.

Bright golden color, persistent plume of racing carbonation. Long lasting head of foam that settles but never really dissipates.

Aromas of dried pineapple, flinty wet stone, and wet hay. There's Brett in here alright...

Dry, very light residual sweetness, slightly tangy. Flavors of wet hay and funky yeast character though it's fairly restrained. Some minerality, tangy unripe fruit, leather, vague spices, mild aftertaste of clover honey. Medium bodied and a little over-carbonated for my tastes. Flavorful and approachable, Brux falls on the lighter side of the Brett spectrum, and that's ok. It's enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my friends at Logboat Brewing.

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, copper color with a one-finger head of fizzy foam. It left thin sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Good, tart aroma with a touch of funkiness. Sour apple and grapes, too.

T - It tasted sour and fruity with a nice funky, horse blanket bite. Some caramel and yeasty flavors, too.

M - Very clean a dry. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a very tasty beer. I love a wild ale and this one hits the mark.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden orange color with a tall white head. Nice yeast component to the nose, a bit of citrus peel, spice, and peaches. Sweet malt aroma in the background with a little brett, but not all that much. Really good fruitiness, particularly citrus, peach, and pear. The spice notes are enjoyable and work well with the fruit and sweet bread. Like the nose, not all that much brett character, but quite good. Just a hint of lemon and tartness as it warms up.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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 it's 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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Light funk and tropical fruit with some bready malt and herbal hops.

T - Subtle acidity up front with some caramel and bread. Earthy fruit comes out in the middle with notes of pineapple and pear. Finishes with light funk and toffee as well as light bitterness.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Nicely done, more subtle than most of RR's lineup but still funky and interesting. The base beer is smooth and well made and supports the fruity, lightly earthy Brett character nicely.

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour rather quickly.

Smell: I'm getting some light malt along with a mild note from the brett.

Taste: As in the smell, this is a light, malt forward beer. Not sweet at all, just a strong note from the grain. I'm also getting some brett and a mild hint of citrus fruit. The finish is full of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very prickly carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: This is a really young beer. I think it's going to be more sour over time. I'm glad I have another bottle hidden away.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with rudzud.

Big fizzy head fades fairly quickly, hazy golden tan color.

Nose definite Brett but light, funk, Belgian golden malts and light fruity esters, light fusel booze, hint of grassy, meaty Belgian yeast aroma. The more it warms the more Brett comes out but never big.

Taste lots of Belgian golden sweet malts, hint of candy sugar like, caramelized toasty malts. Booze comes on strong, with light fusel alcohol. Some fruity esters, and light Belgian yeast. Fairly sweet, and barely any Brett. It's got some bitterness too probably from the yeast. Finish drier and light bitter, hint of funk and bready malts, and light Belgian yeast and malt flavors, and bit of booze. As it warms more funk and earthy Brett yeast.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, plenty of booze.

Overall eh. I was expecting a lot with the two breweries involved, and Brett, but was fairly lackluster overall, a bit too sweet, not enough Brett, not so enticing bitterness, and too much booze. Quite disappointed I got so many bottles, but we'll see how they age.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleased that tenderbranson69 was able to share this bottle with me -enjoyed chilled in a double-walled tumbler.

The color is deep golden with light haze and quick falling white cap with tight bead and no lace. The smell lightly tart with slight funky and tropical tinge with subtle sweet bubblegum notes and slight spice. The feel is great - the way it transitions from first sip to last is graceful and very nuanced. The slight tanginess of the brett with subtle earthy and spicy tinges w/ mild bitterness in the peripheral adds the complexity texture with some moderately spritzy carbonation up front and light creamy middle with a somewhat dry and spicy finish.

The Flavor of Brux is very developed and yet simple and enjoyable in that sense it has slight green hop elements and light melon notes up front which transition to a subtle tangerine and tropical note from the yeast. .The accent of funk is gentle which translates to spice on the palate with a mild toasted grain flavor with wheat taste and mild apple skin which adds complexity to the subtl bretty flavor in the dry finish. I was pleased with the overall drinkability of this beer - I think if you go into it thinking of Brett instead of sour you wiil like it, it is a 'domesticated' wild ale so it is exactly what I expected it to be -satisfying in every regard, Congratulations Russian River and Sierra Nevada on an excellent collaborative beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given that Russian River was involved (Sierra Nevada - meh).

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, decent cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear vibrant yellow. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Heavy fresh bretts, yeast, cream, clean malts, and citrus. A very pleasant moderate strength aroma. I can't wait to try it.

T: Clean malts and heavy yet still somehow subtly executed bretts. The blend of yeast with lactic notes and malts is very pleasant yet lacks complexity. It's tasty and biscuity. Some lemon peel. Pear and spice add needed depth, whilst maintaining the fragile balance. Alcohol warms the stomach but is nowhere in the flavour profile. Per the label, there is some slight tartness.

Mf: Crisp, nicely coarse (per the crystal malt I assert), wet, and refreshing. Suits the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Drinkable, pleasant, and very enjoyable. Hides its ABV quite well. I like it, but it does lack complexity. It'll satisfy any brett cravings anyone has. It is what it advertises. I'd get it again. Might age well.


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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, for a beer that is tied to Russian River, there are definitely expectations. But, I don't think that those expectations are unrealistic. This beer does not follow through on execution with what should be an interesting collaborative effort between two serious breweries. This seems boring in that it is merely a wild ale with minimal interesting characteristics about it. Very standard and, frankly, blase.

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Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with two fingers of beige head. Stays effervescent, a trace of lacing & even less head retention

S: Sour/funkyness & orchard fruit

T: Pears, funkyness, a touch of dirt & some white grapes up front, plus a touch of boozeyness. Some oaky dry notes with, pears, a touch more funk, winesap apple & honey as this warms, with some booozey pineapple dancing around the edge. Finishs slightly dry with some sourness, a touch of brett & orchard fruit with some booze soaked pineapple that enhances the whole experience

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, some sticky notes

A pretty good wild ale. Would preffer to get Russian River's mainstays, but this is one has a lot of character & plenty of drinkability, a bit expensive for a SN beer, but I dont feel cheated by any means

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears a complex light caramel copper note with light beige head forms thick with a lot of lacing...aroma has tart notes of mild citrus hints of bubblegum and apricot with other wild yeast components...domesticated yeast in this sense including Brettanomyces Bruxellensis ferment very clean compared to the thought that some of these beers are going to be full of barnyard and funk, I'll admit Brett has those tendencies but in this well aged bottle I get none of that character. Just highly carbonated pale ale full of some interesting characteristics including honey notes, bubblegum, green apple, and fresh sliced pear notes. Overall the flavor is fantastic a really enjoyable sessionable complex ale in all it's glory I'll include more of those descriptors in the flavor profile, can't wait to try some Crooked Stave ales...a lot of Brett gone wild beers from them.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late spring 2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of bright lemon, tangerine, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white pepper, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon, tangerine, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white pepper, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/peppery spiciness with slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white pepper, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice nice complexity and robustness of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a very crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderately dry on the finish as well. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Brett Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/25/12 notes. Ordered this from Gary's, 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, brett, fruit, citrus, lemon, earthy notes, grass, and spices. A light tang to it, but not too sour at all. Not a ton of brett, but still a really nice nose that works well.

t - Tastes of pepper, oranges, brett, fruit, spices, hay, grass, earthy notes, lemongrass, citrus. Much more pepper and spice in the nose, and the same amount of brett. Nice, though a little too much pepper for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good beer from RR and SN. If you're looking for something sour, it is not this beer, but if you like brett you'll enjoy this one. The taste has a lot of pepper like a peppery saison/Belgian ale, so if you like that in a beer, you'll probably love this one. Would have it again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale, A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration. A dry and complex Belgian-style ale refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Brewed and bottled by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA, in collaboration with with Russian River Brewing Company.

Caged and cork, 750 ml bottle. Clear, bright amber color, under a slim white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: this one will take some time, as it's not throwing out any ordinary flavors or associations. There's some fruit, but no sweetness, no hops, very dry, and none of the typical descriptors for a sour brew come out of this nose. There's some of that horse blanket rearing it's head, now, some of the cat pee shows up, some of the funk.

Taste: lean bodied, short finish, light on flavor. Mild malt character, negligible hop contribution, but the yeast is felt, and tasted. The cat pee returns to the flavor, hints of lemon, dry, yes, again, but , alas, there's very little of anything else going on.

I'll take a minute to read the label. "What began as a 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."

Well. damnit, why didn't I read this first? Why did I make the dunder-headed move of actually drinking this bottle fresh and expecting something good, when I should have sat on it for years, to see what happens when it develops? Will it gain flavor, where now it has virtually none?

I'm sorry, but beers should be judged based on how they taste when they're placed on the shelves. This one as it is should be filed under: "meh." No, wait, make that "Blah."

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.