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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,257 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,257
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 45
Gots: 357 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012)
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Reviews by biegaman:
Photo of biegaman
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brux - the contradictorily called "domesticated wild ale" - seems like it's been spared the human touch; this flat and murky beer doesn't look the least bit polished, almost as if it escaped quality control altogether. It resembles peach nectar in colour and complexion (and carbonation).

Just as it looked thick and pulpy as a fruit nectar, so too does it smell like one; the aroma bursts forth with a budding fruitiness, like a peach, pear, and apple orchard in full blossom. It's a reminder that yeast is truly one of the world's most magical members of the kingdom Fungi, capable of producing such intricate and nuanced aromas that are simultaneously sweet and sour.

Despite the brewery's (breweries?) claim that this would "progress in the bottle for many years" it doesn't seem to have changed much in the year and a half since its release. Those that complained of it lacking in sourness and funkiness will be disappointed to find it's changed little in those departments. It has some vinegar- and cider-like tang, but is nothing more than lightly tart.

That's not to say that it doesn't have some very redeeming (and somewhat reminiscent of Gueuze) flavours that include green apple, apricots and other orchard fruits, cereal grains, vanilla accented oak, citrus peel, and soft Oriental spicing (lemongrass, coriander and white pepper). It may not live up at all to the 'wild ale' hype but it's still a pretty tasty offering.

There's some 'barnyard', 'goaty', and 'horsey' elements to Brux but they are very minor, hardly enough to consider this beer anything more than a standard Belgian blonde that's been refermented with some Brett (which, in fairness, is all it claims to be). Still, given the brand-name power of its producers - to say nothing of the hefty price tag - I expected a little more.

biegaman, Mar 13, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to buy this a few weeks ago. It's brewed by sierra nevada and russian river. Let me first start by saying the only way to have this beer is if it has been aged. The guy at the store told me they saved about 30 bottles in the back and let the age for 2 years. This beer had a very complex taste with a sort of "funky" smell to it. I've never had an American Wild Ale before so I don't really know how to compare it to other beers. It's definitely one of the most interesting tasting beers i've ever had. I think most people who review this beer have never let it age, because this is a beer mean to sit around for a while!

MaltLickyWithTheCandy, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Be careful with that cork, my bottle was lightly chilled when I opened it and the pressure went out enthusiastic, sending a little particle into my eye. No damage so on the the review.

A: This pours a a medium gold with orange highlights a light haze which could have very well been a result of how the bottle was handled just prier to pouring. It has a rocky off-white head that persists for some time.

S: This smells like a good gueuze with sharp sour, somewhat acidic aroma dominating. There is a earthy brett aroma with some light barnyard funk in the background. There are some moderate fruit esters of grapefruit and apples. The three dominate aromas of sour, brett and fruit nicely balanced.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the moderate sour and low bitter flavors seem to play of each other with a slight malt sweetness giving some balance. The grapefruit and green apple aromas carry into the flavor as well. The bitterness and tartness linger past the dry finish.

M: This beer has a medium-light body with a moderately high level of carbonation.

I'd say this is sort of a Gueuze meets American Pale Ale which should surprise that much given the breweries collaborating on this fine brew. Despite the sharp sour and funk this is a well balanced beer and a couple of bottle definitely deserve a space in my cellar so I can so how this one ages.

MadScientist, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of kaimcm
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich honey body, little head but that's not unusual for a bret beer.

S: Soft but pleasant bret sharpness. Some sweetness and barely ripe fruit plus citrus.

T: This beer is a battle: sugar vs. bret and both are losing. The base belgian style is a little too sweet to integrate fully with the tart and mild funk of the brett. I'd say dial down the sugar to begin with or up the spontaneous character. Finish is lingering sweetness that dare I say, somehow reminds me of a Vienna lager.

M: Fine, nice

O: Overall I love the collaborative spirit but this beer is not greater than the sum of its parts. Sierra and Russian River are better than this.

kaimcm, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

wesbrownyeah, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

tbryan5, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review of my second bottle because my first was when it first came out and I thought it needed some time, albeit only a few months, to sit.
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.
Gold/orangish hue, mild head which faded pretty fast but stayed pretty carbonated.
Flavor was sweet and tart..not all that bad given the style. At first taste the aroma and flavors combined to remind me for some reason or another of Big League Chew...strange, I know. Dry mouthfeel...reminded me of champagne.
I was hoping for this to get better, even after only a few months, and it DID, just not to the level that I had hoped.
Given the two breweries, I would have hoped for something better, though maybe time will tell on this one. Perhaps they can collab on something else down the road.

SanFranJake, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Drunkenass
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this last year and waited until a buddy came to town to open.

Appearance: like every good Russian River brew. Hazy golden amber.

Smell: Citrus with a bit of Brett funk.

Taste: sour hoppy liquid goodness. Not sure if it is better than last year but it aged well in my fridge.

Mouthfeel: soft and well balanced.

Overall: this is a very good brew from two great breweries. The Brett was lighter than other Russian River Brew offerings and is a great beer to introduce someone to the sour style. Sierra Nevada did their part and put together a good beer with RRBC. Usually, I'm not a big fan of Sierra Nevada, but this one is outstanding. If you can locate a bottle, this is worth a try. I'm going to buy all the bottles my hometown store has left. It will be interesting to re review in another year.

Drunkenass, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev +5.3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of joel66
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

joel66, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was a bright copper color. It had a very thick white head, which dissipated fairly quickly. There was no lace.

The aroma was fresh, outdoors, and grassy. There was a little bit of citrus noted.

Grassy hops taste, a little lemon. Hint of mild spice.

Light and easy drinking.

lordofthewiens, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of gregmoscetti
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

gregmoscetti, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of NWer
3/5  rDev -21.1%

NWer, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of DaftPatrick
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

DaftPatrick, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of marvin213
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love these caged & corked Belgian-style ales. Like Rice Crispies, it snaps, crackles, and pops on the pour. The fizzy head rises as if champagne. The look is otherwise apple juice, or sweet tea.

That smell is tart: green apples, lemongrass, and lime rind. There's a pear infusion and a slight vinegar acidity present in its air as well. The brett yeast offers a bready feel on top of a surprising--albeit light--maltiness. There is an apple cidery feel to it, but it's almost like each of the subtle flavors competes in vain, for there is no characteristic winner that allows anywhere near a conclusion like "this beer tastes like ___." That's somewhat neat, but I'm left wanting more clarity on the flavor profile. It's light and genuinely refreshing--glad to have gotten one.

marvin213, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy light copper gold with w big fizzy/bubbly white head that retains well.

The aroma is sweet flowery tropical fruits with earthy brett.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits with earthy brett and a lightly floral bitter dry finish. The mouthfeel is pretty light bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a very nice brett beer. A little thin and watery though.

Beaver13, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of mverity
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a straight sided tulip glass. Nice orangey/gold color with tons of bubbles. Lovely white bubbly head on this beer. Smells wonderful. I'm getting a ton of white grape aroma and that slight funk I love so much. Spice and grassiness also present in the aroma. Taste is slightly less tarty that I was expecting. Sweet grass, nice peppery spiciness, sticky pear, white grape and a nice dryness to back it up. I have been enjoying this beer too much to really write much about it; well this beer and some Mraz. Mouthfeel is light on the tongue, the carbonation makes it dance around your mouth like Tinkerbell in a light evening gown. I'm going to go back to drinking and singing. Good chat BA.

mverity, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of paulfinocchiaro
4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer I was waiting for for a long time. Petes' Liquor in Tracy, check em out. Anyway, poured into a pint glass, served chilled. Pours with very little head, which dissipates quickly. It has a light amber color. Very bubbly, even after pour. Smells like an ale, and has a wonderful taste, almost a taste of cinnamon. It is a little dryer than expected, but still amazing. This beer is definitley worth the wait, and I highly suggest it to anyone.

paulfinocchiaro, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Avangion
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours frothy but head quickly dissipates. Champagne-like bubbles fizz throughout, making this look like a living beverage, translucent but not clear or cloudy, golden amber color, not too dark. Smells like a gueze, with musty, yeasty, weedy aromas but not overpowering ones. Very smooth taste, not full-bodied and definitely tilted toward the tart/sour end of the spectrum. Apple taste. Slight, short alcohol finish. Extremely dry and pleasant for something so sour. I plan on cellaring one.

Avangion, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev +5.3%

iemailjack, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of Beerswag
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 1pt 9.4oz bottle into a snifter shaped ale glass

A-champagne head, with active bubbles and immediate head of over 4 fingers thick. Head gone within 1 minute. Copper color with an unfiltered look. No lacing whatsoever on the glass. No thickness.
S-pear and fig tones on the nose. Alcohol upfront. Light on the clove smell.
T-head feels tart and beer finished fruity. Definitely find the "domestic" style coupled with the Belgian style ale.
M-smooth mouthfeel upfront with a bite and dry finish.
O-expected more out of a Russian River/Sierra Nevada collab. This beer should have sat on the shelf for a few years since aging would enhance this beers qualities. Might be enjoyed by some who is a follower of the Saison/sour-beer genres.

Beerswag, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked

Pours heavily clouded quickly departing light tan head that results in next to no film and very minor lacing. Disappointing and frankly surprising from two so highly viewed breweries.

Fruity and inviting nose.

Fruity is the most dominant characteristic. Sour and tart? Not really, maybe in a few years, but the general theme with this brew is a bit of disappointment. I get mostly ripe plums and some apricot, but minor at best funkyness or herbal qualities. Ehh....pleasant enough and went well with lunch, but not really worth the price.

Billolick, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

GreenMountainBoy, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

olradetbalder, Friday at 11:41 AM
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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,257 ratings.