Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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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.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 01:00:51 | More by biegaman
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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.