It’s been one year since Pfriem Family Brewers released their Brett Brux Pale Ale. One year ago, I did my first review of this beer followed by a 2nd one 6 months later. This is the 3rd bottle and review after a year in my cellar. I’ll open another every 6 months until I’m through the case of 12.
For a brief recap: Brett Brux Pale is an homage to Orval, the famous Belgian Trappist Ale. Orval is first brewed as a standard ale with Saccharomyces yeast then it’s put into horizantal conditioning tanks to be dry-hopped along with the yeast strain Brettanomyces bruxellensis. The addition of the Brett enables the beer to age and develop over several years. Because Brett Brux Pale is brewed in this style, I’ve decided it’s an ideal beer to add to my ongoing cellar projects.
This bottle no. 3 which was bottled on 12/09/2015 and tasted on 12/13/2016.
Appearance: Hazy orange, beige head, good retention.
Aroma: Citrus, pineapple, orange blossom, earthy notes, “sweaty” notes.
Taste: Floral, fruity, honey tones, peppery in the finish.
Overall Impression: One year in, the brett is starting to throw some very fruity notes in the tropical range. It was like a creamy tropical fruit salad with a bit of funky undertones. It’s on the bright flavor spectrum. Similarly aged Orval’s I’ve tried have been more in the woodsy/earthy flavor range. If you have some Brett Brux Pale, it’s drinking very nicely!
Availability: This beer is no longer on shelves and a new vintage hasn’t been released.
You can read the earlier reviews for Pfriem Brett Brux Pale here.