The Brux Project

A series of cellar projects by Christopher Barnes and I Think About Beer

A model similar to mine.

The Brux Project was initially inspired by the Russian River Brewing and Sierra Nevada Brewing collaboration beer: Brux Domesticated Wild Ale. I obtained a case and decided to taste one every 6 months to track its development. So far, I'm 10 bottles into the initial project with 2 more to go.

While this was the first beer in the project, I've since added several beers into my cellar to be tracked over time. Most of these beers would qualify as wild or sour ales featuring the Brettanomyces yeast strain, the most famous of which is Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. While the Brett yeast strain is present in most of the beers I like to cellar, it's not required. Some of the beers I'll be cellaring will just use standard yeast. Even with standard yeast, many beers are very age-worthy and will develop interesting characteristics over time.

All the beers being cellared in a temperature controlled Vinotemp wine cooler. The temperature is kept around 55 degrees Fahrenheit with the appropriate humidity level.

Orval Trappist Ale

Orval is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to modern Brett beers. First brewed in the early 1930's, Orval sought to brew something completely different than the other Trappist abbeys were at the time. Through a happy accident of a Brett infection, they succeeded!

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No. 2
Bottle no. 2 Review Appearing Soon

no. 11
Bottle no. 2 review appearing soon!

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale

The original project! This is a Belgian-style Golden Ale brewed with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis created by Russian River Brewing and Sierra Nevada Brewing. It was only released one time in 2012.

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Pfriem Family Brewers Brett Brux Pale Ale

Orval's famed beer has inspired many brewers to make a beer in homage to the Belgian Trappist's classic beer. This is Pfriem Family Brewers' attempt at creating an Orval like beer. So far, this version was only brewed once in 2015.

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No. 5
No. 2

Pfriem Family Brewers Brett Trois Pale

This is the newest version of Pfriem's homage to Orval. It's using a slightly different strain of Brettanomyces Bruxellensis. It's one that they've isolated as their house strain because of it's flavor and production profile.

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Pfriem Family Brewers Brett Wit

Pfriem's Brett Wit is a throwback to an older style of Belgian Wit/Blanche prior to their yeast being cleaned up. This beer is a bottle conditioned version of their house Wit with a nice kick of the house brett.

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No. 2
No. 3

Westvleteren XII

Westvleteren XII is one of the most sought after beers in the world and one of the hardest to obtain. You can only get it legally at the abbey's shop in West Flanders, although there is a thriving "gray market." This beer is, by many, considered to be a quintessential Belgian Quadrupel. Dark, rich, and yeasty; Westvleteren XII is often a favorite of beer agers.

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The Brux Project Reviews - Timeline

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) – Bottle No. 1 9/2/2012

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) – Bottle No. 1 9/2/2012

This review is part of the ongoing "The Brux Project" at I think about beer.  To read the details, follow...
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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) – Bottle No. 2 3/7/2013

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) – Bottle No. 2 3/7/2013

This review is part of the ongoing "The Brux Project" at I think about beer.  To read the details, follow...
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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) – Bottle No. 3 9/2/2013

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) – Bottle No. 3 9/2/2013

This review is part of the ongoing "The Brux Project" at I think about beer.  To read the details, follow...
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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) Bottle No. 4 – 3/5/2014

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) Bottle No. 4 – 3/5/2014

This review is part of the ongoing "The Brux Project" at I think about beer.  To read the details, follow...
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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) Bottle No. 5 – 9/5/2014

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

This review is part of the ongoing "The Brux Project" at I think about beer.  To read the details, follow...
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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) Bottle No. 6 – 3/1/2015

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration) Bottle No. 6 – 3/1/2015

This review is part of the ongoing "The Brux Project" at I think about beer.  To read the details, follow...
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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Brewing Collaboration) Bottle No. 7 – 8/30/2015

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Brewing Collaboration) Bottle No. 7 – 8/30/2015

This review is part of the ongoing “The Brux Project” at I think about beer.  To read the details, follow...
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Pfriem Brett Brux Pale – Bottle No. 1 – 12/14/2015

Pfriem Brett Brux Pale – Bottle No. 1 – 12/14/2015

It was only a matter of time before a brewery as adept at brewing Belgian-style beers as Pfriem Family Brewers...
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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Brewing Collaboration) Bottle No. 8 – 3/5/2016

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Brewing Collaboration) Bottle No. 8 – 3/5/2016

This review is part of the ongoing “The Brux Project” at I think about beer.  To read the details, follow...
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Pfriem Brett Brux Pale – Bottle No. 2 – 7/4/2016

Pfriem Brett Brux Pale – Bottle No. 2 – 7/4/2016

Well, six months have come and gone and it's time to review the 2nd bottle from my case of Pfriem...
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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Brewing Collaboration) Bottle no. 9 – 9/3/2016

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Brewing Collaboration) Bottle no. 9 – 9/3/2016

This review is part of the ongoing “The Brux Project” at I think about beer.  To read the details, follow...
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Pfriem Brett Brux Pale – Bottle No. 3 – 12/13/2016

Pfriem Brett Brux Pale – Bottle No. 3 – 12/13/2016

It's been one year since Pfriem Family Brewers released their  Brett Brux Pale Ale. One year ago, I did my...
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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Brewing Collaboration) Bottle No. 10 – 3/12/2017

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale (A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Brewing Collaboration) Bottle No. 10 – 3/12/2017

Here we are! We're in double digits with the 10th bottle of The Brux Project (You can read about the project and...
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Pfriem Brett Trois Pale – Bottle No. 1 – 3/16/17

Pfriem Brett Trois Pale – Bottle No. 1 – 3/16/17

This year's edition of pFriem Family Brewers' Orval inspired brettanomyces pale ale features a slightly different strain of brett. Last...
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Pfriem Brett Brux Pale Ale – Bottle No. 4 6/6/2017

Pfriem Brett Brux Pale Ale – Bottle No. 4 6/6/2017

4 bottles in and Pfriem Family Brewers Brett Brux Pale Ale is developing quite nicely! It 's been a little...
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