Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured into a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter on 4/3/13
Deep gold color with tangerine and honey highlights. It isn't entirely clear; there is but a faint layer of haziness. Bubble cling to the side of the glass as other rise and form a two and a half finger, porous head. The billowy foam isn't suited to tarry, becoming a smoothed, thin layer. No lace remains.
The aroma is a peppery blend of lemony soap and funk, tart apple, damp hay, prairie grass, pollen and such. It is reasonably bright and quite pleasant. As it opens up, a mustiness emerges, but does not crowd out the the more pleasing smells.
I'll admit being surprised at how peppery this tastes; lots of white pepper and a subtle herbal concoction to back it up. Lemon aplenty and notions of peach tea, grass, toasty grains and musty undertones. Hints of perfume and pollen dust on the back end. Each fresh pour has a soapy penchant that subsides over time.
I find the feel to be well-suited to the progression of the beer. That is, it's crisp and tight with carbonation earlier on, matching the peppery lemon zest. As the carbonation falls away and the body stills, it's suited to the slightly musty finish.
I've been waiting to try this one for a while. The reasons were two-fold; one being I wasn't chomping at the bit to pay $15 for this creation and the other being that there have been bottles sitting around for months. I had heard underwhelming things from several people. Knowing their tastes in beer, I figured I'd like this a lot. I figured right.
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2013 03:38:36 | More by Ryan011235
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Clear copper, some loose bubbles and streams rise quickly. Murkier as I approach the end of the bottle. Champaigne-quality head with better retention. Artwork hints towards a retro-70's coloring and font, a little bland, but concise and clear.
S: Wildflower, honey, tart fruit, a bit of spice. Maybe a little of the classic 'malt and yeast' smell.
T: Tartness is all up front, and a little mild; afterwards I get herbacious notes, some yeast, and rounded off with malt. Dry. Yeasty finish. I would prefer more of the tart-sour character to come through, and would expect it seeing from the refermentation with brett. Maybe it needs more aging?
M: Light, dry, prickly. Perfect combinations for a refreshing effect.
O: Pretty darn good, consider my S & T scores to be 3.87- falling just short of getting rounded up to 4. A good mix of flavors and smells, but they somewhat trip over and end up hindering each other. A beer I will always enjoy, despite some minor shortcomings.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 06:41:15 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.