Friday, January 8, 2016

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (review)

Beer Review #72

When I reviewed Allagash Interlude I remarked that it was my first review of a beer brewed with Brettanomyces  and that I was looking forward to exploring the style further in the months ahead. True to my word - only two days later - I'm having a taste of Brux Domesticated Wild Ale, a collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River.  The label describes Brux as "a dry and complex Belgian style ale refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis....that will change and develop over time."

I purchased this particular 755ml bottle for about $18 at The Jolly Farmer, Waverly NY. No "brewed on" date is visible on the label,  however a little research suggests that Brux first hit shelves in 2012, and nothing I can find indicates that it was brewed again. Comparing my tasting, in 2016, with reviews from 2012, seems to suggest that this bottle has had ample time to age.

From the pop-of the cork it is instantly apparent that this is an aggressively Champagne-like carbonated beer. The cork nearly got away from me, and the beer fizzed and foamed like a pro as I made my first pour. Visually this is a pale orange beer with a little bit of haze, which I'm learning seems to be a characteristic of Brett beers.

The aroma is big green sour apple mingled with a very slight "medical" Brett funk that, in the case of this bottle, seems to have had ample time to mellow.

The taste is a well balanced blend of dry white wine bitterness and fruitiness. Hints of lemon and apple. Nothing offensive here to those not hellbent on decimating their pallets with extreme flavors.

8.3%ABV

Musical Pairing: Winter Thrice by Borknagar

Twin Tiers Beer Trail:
-Twin Tiers Craft Beer Club
The Jolly Farmer, Waverly
Bluestone Brewing Company (Sayre)
- Diversion Brewing Co. (Chemung)
River Barge Brewing (Wyalusing)

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