Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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very good

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 321
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
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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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my friends at Logboat Brewing.

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, copper color with a one-finger head of fizzy foam. It left thin sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Good, tart aroma with a touch of funkiness. Sour apple and grapes, too.

T - It tasted sour and fruity with a nice funky, horse blanket bite. Some caramel and yeasty flavors, too.

M - Very clean a dry. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a very tasty beer. I love a wild ale and this one hits the mark.

Photo of MadScientist
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Drunkenass
4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

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.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a very bubbly head and lots of carbonation.
The aroma is funky farmhouse with peach, citrus ans spice notes.
Taste follows with the nice funk, a bit of caramel sweetness, sweet fruit and a bit of buttery flavor in the middle with a dry, slightly peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is medium, dry and bubbly.
Aged nicely. Tasty and refreshing.

Photo of marvin213
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of mverity
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of paulfinocchiaro
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

Photo of Avangion
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Beerswag
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Caged and corked bottle poured into a snifter. A little above fridge temp.

Pours out a hazy/ cloudy sunset orange color, nearly golden. About a fingers worth of white head full of big bubbles that soon after faded to a ring and eventually nothing. Not much lacing to speak of.

Very floral Brett aromas. Slight hints of lemon citrus and must. Not too complex of an aroma.

Again, very floral, rose like almost. Hay, Lemon citrus with just a slight barnyard/ basement must.

A rather assertive carbonation. An airy mouthfeel, fairly light to medium in body. A bit of tartness, but nothing comparable to must popular wild ales.

Not a bad brett beer. Not terribly complex, but good for someone who is just getting into sours and Brett beers. I'd prolly come back to this if it wasn't for the rather big price tag as its quite the drinkable wild.

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

The Banshee
Chico, Ca

Hazed golden with a quickly forming, moderately sized near-white head, leaving irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass.

Some citrus notes (lemon and orange peel) and mild Brett character make for a pleasant aroma, along with a bit of bread.

The flavor is similar, with only a mild Brett presence butting up against citrus zest and lemon along with some sweet, bready, malt, and mild pepper.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Simple but tasty.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head that fade into a few thin patches. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very interesting funky, fruity, and mildly tart aroma. Yeast with a Belgian like funk and a good scent of Brett. Some pepper spice. Big fruit esters including banana, orange, pear, apple, white grapes, lemon zest, peach, and apricot. Also some hints of mildly tart cherries. Mild bready presence of malt with a hint of cracker and biscuit. Big hints of grass and floral hops. Smells fairly dry and wine like. Pretty nice.

Taste: Just as complex and funky as it smells. Big yeast strains with Brett funk and a mix of pepper spices. A big mix of bright fruit esters with notes of pear, apple, orange, banana, white grapes, lemon zest, apricot, peach, and tart cherry. Very grassy tasting with a solid presence of floral and herbal hops lingering around. Mild taste of malt with some biscuit and cracker. Tastes like a cross between a Belgian Farmhouse ale and an American Wild ale. Nicely complex, drying, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, crisp, and somewhat prickly. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A really good tasting and unique take on a Wild ale. Good combination of funk, fruit, and grassy hops. A pretty good collaboration.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased some time last year from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as a Belgian-style ale refermented with Brettanomyces bruxellensis.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright orange-amber hue with fine sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thin surface layer.

S: Aroma of funky yeast esters with hints of tart yeast, hay, barnyard funk, apples, pears, white pepper, dry spice, a touch of lemon, earthiness and faint stewed leaves. A whiff of solventy booze in the background. Very nice.

T: Tastes of sharp, funky yeast esters with a bone-dry finish. Notes of tart yeast, barnyard aromas, hay, earthiness, mould, green apples, faint apricots, dry spice, mild white pepper, lemon and stewed leaves. A twinge of alcohol in the background. Very highly attenuated, followed by a leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and exceptionally dry, with effervescent carbonation and good body for the style. Dries the palate thorougly. Intensely astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sour, funky yeast esters, fruitiness, stewed leaves and booze.

O: Boom - a brett bomb! Funky and complex, not to mention drier than a desert. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are amazingly yeasty with hints of tart fruitiness. Pretty boozy but generally well balanced. Mouthfeel is lovely - fizzy and dry. Resembles a well-aged Orval in character, with plenty of brett influence. A worthy brew that goes where other beers don't - give it a whirl if you have the chance.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Russian River brewery. Pours a super cloudy and hazy yellow with a very nice white head around 1" in size, damn good lace and retention to it, very small bubbles.

Mild aroma, chunky fresh brett, really needs more time to get any funk, its not here yet, none of that wet dog in a phonebooth thing going. Double edged sword, sometimes I likes it clean, sometimes dirty. Some mild citrus aspects to it.

Taste, well it hides the alcohol nice, but is, I dunno, kinda pedestrian. A little lemon and grass in there, but really nothing in the way of real good tart or funk development. A little resemblance to belgian yeast esters in the mouthfeel. Really the description of a domesticated wild ale goes a long way, this one is in a weird spot, its price is high, which is going to seem to keep potential converts away, and for those who are already into this kind of thing, I dunno how apeshit people will go for this. Is it good? Yes. But its not knock your socks off spend $15 a bottle good. Nonetheless, yes, I am still holding onto a bottle to see what happens down the road.

I'd recommend to try, but don't buy more than one until you know whether this is your thing. For me, just so many more enjoyable options from both breweries that are so much cheaper.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears a complex light caramel copper note with light beige head forms thick with a lot of lacing...aroma has tart notes of mild citrus hints of bubblegum and apricot with other wild yeast components...domesticated yeast in this sense including Brettanomyces Bruxellensis ferment very clean compared to the thought that some of these beers are going to be full of barnyard and funk, I'll admit Brett has those tendencies but in this well aged bottle I get none of that character. Just highly carbonated pale ale full of some interesting characteristics including honey notes, bubblegum, green apple, and fresh sliced pear notes. Overall the flavor is fantastic a really enjoyable sessionable complex ale in all it's glory I'll include more of those descriptors in the flavor profile, can't wait to try some Crooked Stave ales...a lot of Brett gone wild beers from them.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ST: 750ml poured into a tulip glass.

A: A pretty, clear orange-gold with a thin white head and fast champagne carbonation. Leaves spotty lacing.

S: Lemon, orange, wet stone, brettanyomyce funk, fruit doughnut, pilsner edge, a sour lemonade.

T: Very bitter and sour lemon with a hint of grapefruit upfront, dry stone and sour orange linger with peach and herbal notes and a light spice.

M: Dry and bitter / sour / tart.

O: Interesting and complex beer. The sour and bitter notes of stone fruit mesh with citrus and herbal spicy funk. How the beer would change with age would be worth knowing.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense deep copper color with a violent carbonation of microbubbles. The loud fizz supports a thick white head of foam.

S- The dry clean aroma has a faint hint of yeasty esters and mineral notes.

T- The nice dry crisp flavor is smooth with a tartness in the finish. There are some unripe pear notes that start to come through with a green apple hint in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a full creamy fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is nice yet very subtle flavors and the brett is not overpowering but it will be interesting to see if this chances over time.

Photo of Auraan
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful orange, with a two finger white head that quickly receded. Abundant bubbles rose through the orange. No lacing was left on the glass. Pretty, but would look a bit better if the head stuck around. Scents of barnyard funk, slight bubblegum and light floral notes. Flavors of brett funk and sour notes, Belgian yeast, some fruity notes, including apricot and golden raisin. A tiny bit of spices, I cannot tell what type. Finishes a bit dry with sour brett notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with high carbonation. Easy to drink, hiding it's ABV quite well. A good beer. Not near as sour as I expected, but very similar to a tripel with a bit of a brett funk to the beer that makes it a good time to drink. I'd have it again.

Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, corked and caged. Split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque hazy golden orange with a 1 finger head that disappears immediately. Tons of visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Right of the bat a sourish fruit with a hint of funk. An earthy mint like quality gives it a zing. Some fig and roasted malt as it warms.

T: Fruity wine like taste with great sour overtones. Can get a nice oak and vanilla from it too. Spice is in there like cinnamon and allspice.

M: Has a nice crisp carbonation but is still very smooth. Has a full bodied. Real carbonated throughout the glass. Very drinkable for the abv.

Overall I want another one to age. This will become a great sour down the line. The spiciness was a nice addition I wasnt expecting.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.