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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) Bottle No. 5 – 9/5/2014

Brux Domesticated Wild AleThis review is part of the ongoing “The Brux Project” at I think about beer.  To read the details, follow this link: The Brux Project.

The fifth bottle was reviewed on 09/05/2014.

Appearance: Lightly hazy gold with amber notes, off white head, no head retention.

Aroma: Floral, white pepper, honeysuckle, herbal notes, anise, basil, sage, honey.

Taste: Herbal, anise, light funk notes, with a light white pepper finish.

Overall Impression: After 2 years, the beer is really settling in!  The last of the diacetyl has been taken up by the yeast and things are getting very integrated and complex.  So far, I think the beer is at it’s best since it was new.  The beer is smooth, complex, and interesting.  While there isn’t any head retention, there’s still a good level of spritz.  The mouthfeel is balanced with a light oily feel and a light tartness.  If you have a bottle, I’d give a high recommendation for opening it now.  There’s still plenty of time left on this beer, but it’s in a fantastic phase right now.

Cellar: If your curious about what the conditions are that I’ve been keeping the bottles at, check out the link above to The Brux Project to see how I’m storing it.  If you’re storing yours warmer, it may be a bit further in its progression than mine.  If it’s cooler, a bit less.

Availability: Probably gone from stores.  I’ve seen it up in some “vintage” sales.

8.3% ABV


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  1. I bought a few of these about a year ago and liked them but saved one to see how the Brett yeast would change over time. I’ve got one left and some good friends coming over tonight, so your review here has persuaded me to pop it open whne they show up. Great blog. Thanks.

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