Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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86
very good

1,302 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 49
Gots: 366 | FT: 21
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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 JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice golden light copper color. There is a huge pillowy head that forms of about 2.5 inches. The head is white with some medium dense bubbles and some chinkier ones intermingled.

Aroma starts off with some funk, some slight corn husk notes and some nice mild yeasty phenols. There are some mild lemony and slightly tart notes present as well. Earthy grainy notes re present on the back end.

Flavor starts off with some yeasty and fruity grain notes. There is some slight tart and funk notes that come in with those grain notes. There are some spicy notes in there as well. The flavors are nice and dry. The flavor is pretty nice. Very straight froward and simple yet pretty well done. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry and finishes with some slight citrusy and spicy Belgian notes. There is some nice pear notes as it warms. Very nice.

This beer was a nice surprise. It isn't amazing but its is very good. Nice Belgian style flavors with some good funk and yeasty phenols and also some nice fruity esters.

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a caged and corked 750 ml bottle on the 4th of July for $13.99. Not a big fan of wild beers but i love RRBC and SNBC so i had to give this a shot.

Beer poured a golden orange with a fizzy champagne head that disapated pretty quickly.

Nose is tart apples.

Taste is lemongrass and tart apple.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with some pretty good smoothness.

Overall this is a tasty beer that is pretty well made. I am sure the brett heads are not thrilled as the wild factor is pretty mild but it plays well on my palate. Very pricey, would not do again but it was fun to try.

Photo of wd40
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled/released 2012
Sampled 10 August 2013
Hazy golden appearance. Smell is pleasant with sour and fruity notes. Taste is very light and almost watery. Very little sourness. Intended to develop over time and I guess a year isn't long enough for this one. Very vigorous carbonation. Overall a well crafted beer but not one that is all that amazing at the moment.

Photo of GPHarris
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick fizzy and bubbly eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left a thick ring of lace that disappeared halfway through the pour. the body was a bright, lively, bubbly amber color.
s - lemon and pear aromas throughout.
t - grassy with some lemon tartness. has just a "bit o brett" and i see where they got "domesticated" from.
m - medium coating. crisp, bubbly and dry. very biting on tongue. lively and well done.
o - i expected a little more from these two but it is very well done. i think it would be a great intro sour to some people. i thoroughly enjoyed it any way.

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 spoony
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-The brew pours with a tall, three-finger head of soapy foam that drops pretty quickly. It is bright, light and golden in color. Mostly clear, with a decent display of carbonation.

S-I smell slightly tart apples, lemon curd and cheesy, funky brett up front. There is some cereal grain underneath.

T-Taste follows the smell. The brew isn't sour, but it has a little twang of acidity to go along with the funky, cheesy, barnyard brett and grainy malts.

M-The feel is light to medium bodied with an assertive carbonation that keeps things lively on the palate.

O-This is a decent if ho-hum brett beer. It is better than some (Mo Betta Brett, for example), but not a world-beating beer by any means. I could have gone for a little more sour/tart flavors, but that is probably just my taste. Brett fans could do worse than Brux.

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 Donis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber color, and a fat head.

S - Pear, lemon, and yeast. It took me back to a few trips I've made to San Francisco to some of the old school sourdough bakeries near the bay.

T - Very layered. This isn't as sour as some of the other sour beers I've had. To sour purists this probably wouldn't score very well but to me it was a nice balance.

M - Carbonation pops and subsides relatively quickly.

O - A great collaboration and I hope to see more between the two brewers. I can see how this beer straddles the fence a bit, but I will contend that if straddling were going to be done well... this beer does a great job of that. Price is a bit high in my opinion but the 24 bottles they received at my local beer vendor sold within a day so my opinion is obviously wrong!

Photo of gottabetweed
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored from 750 ml. Bottle into Sam Adams glass. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a generous bubbly head. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell is malt, lemons, alcohol and mild funk.

Taste is malt, lemons, alcohol and slight bit of sour on the end.

Mouthful is substantial, nicely carbonated.

Overall I was expecting more sour from the wild ale, but a nice tase similar to a Belgian double.

Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clearish brown-red with fizzy head due to intense carbonation on top of an aroma that one could describe as moderately funky or slightly sour with touch of bread malt. Has some sour/funky fruit appeal and touch of citric hops and the Brett is in there but not overpowering. Light-bodied and sharp, this beer will prickle the tastebuds the entire time. Good balance and mix of some citric, lemony hops, clove and pepper spices, sour apple and pear fruits as well as some minor sugary malt sweetness and a touch of breadiness as well. Unfortunately, as I progess with the beer the flavors seem to die out and give way to more of the funk and sour charateristics of the beer. A good beer but it became a chore to finish off the whole bomber.

Photo of Tucquan
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-19 in Santa Rosa, CA at the brew pub.

A - Semi-hazy amber with a 1-2 finger white head that fades fast.

S - Definite Brett yeasty-fruity aroma with a touch of hard lemon candy, light vanilla and pale malt.

T - Nice touch of malt then some tart white grape, there's a light grassy funk and very mild cinamon. Very beer-like flavor. Alcohol is hidden. Well balanced.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. A little effervescent. Dry.,

O - Really good. My youngest daughter liked it a LOT. It and Supplication were her two favorite brews today at the pub.

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature. The cork exploded off of this bottle without me touching it as soon as I took the cage off. A geyser of beer and foam ensued. Luckily, I didn’t lose much.

L – Pale amber color with a 4-finger bubbly white head that dissipates as rapidly as it appeared. Only a few patches of bubbles remain, and as a result, not much lacing appears. Slightly hazy with tons of bubbles.

S – There’s a strong presence of musty, barnyard Brett, as well as some sour lemon, green apple, and pear aromas. There may be a touch of bready malt, too, but it’s somewhat buried under the funkier aromas.

T – Slightly tart with apple, pear, and lemon notes followed by a bit of musty Brett. As the funkiness settles down, sweet bready malt and subtly bitter earthy, grassy, and spicy hops come through. There isn’t as much tartness or funkiness as the nose suggested, but it’s still tasty.

F – Light-bodied with too much carbonation, a prickly and airy mouthfeel, and a sweet, earthy, spicy, and dry finish. Really the thing that lingers the most is the tongue-prickling feeling from the carbonation.

O – This is a pretty good wild ale. The aroma is great and it tastes good, but the mouthfeel of this one holds this beer back. It is far too carbonated, so much so that it feels like it’s generating carbon dioxide while it’s in my mouth. Like really it feels like it’s so effervescent that it’s making gas in my mouth and down my throat. This sensation plus the prickling carbonation makes it tough to pick out the nuances of the taste. One positive aspect of the mouthfeel and the beer is that the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well. This is a nice beer, but I’m sorry to say that I was expecting more out of a Sierra Nevada-Russian River collabo.

Photo of heygeebee
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Slowbeer, shared with RWalford74.

An interesting product. The brewers claim a Belgian style ale with Brett. And that is exactly what you get. Very very drinkable, with about a year of so of ageing the brett is coming thru nicely, and is quite tart. One glass pour was lively, good head, the other went to film almost immediatley.
But that is really all you get, and for the price point and the reputation of the brewers it is almost like they set their sights too low.

I have another which I will age for a couple more years.

O - marked down one mark due to prohibitive price point for end product.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, orangish-copper color. Large white head. Scent is VERY funky! A good amount of Brett to the aroma...smells like this beer is gonna be sour (even though I know it isn't at this point in this beer's life). Tart, wood-like aromas with some orange zest. A little bit of pear and citrus fruit as well. Taste is slightly tart at first, not nearly as tart as it smelled though. Tons of pear with a good amount of Belgian yeast. Light barnyard character. Spicy with some lemon...bit of a bread-like finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and crisp. Drinkability is high...ABV very well hidden. Overall, I am DEFINITELY holding onto my other bottle of this for a VERY long time. It drinks as a solid beer now, but should become AWESOME in a few years.

Photo of TeamMathis
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, pale, orangish yellow. Frothy head turns to decent lace.
Smell: Floral, citrus, grape, biscuit.
Taste: Grape, sour, citrus, biscuit maybe.

This was delightfully interesting. The first thing that caught me was the complexity of the smell. So much going on from floral to biscuit. The second thing was the sparkling attribute. It was very much champagne-like with around the same qualities as the smell. Not super drinkable, but very enjoyable. I would get it again.

Photo of scootny
3.8/5  rDev 0%

A) 3.50 Cloudy and dusky gold. Small head and not much glass decoration

S) 3.90 Lots of funks wood. Notes of pear, grape, pale malt and light overall sourness. Horse blanket and vinous The underlying malt dinner roll sweetness lays a nice bed for the yeast and earthy hop counterpoint.

T) 4.10 Since this has been in the bottle for almost two years it has had a bit of a chance to develop. I really like what I have in the glass. Pale malt with all the pear, apple and grape to add sweet light structure. Lots of oak and a bit of light vanilla. Belgian funk lays down a lot of depth. Sharp, pronounced, but delicate bitterness.

M) 3.75 Medium light body has a light crispness and smooth carbonation.

O) 4.0 Great beer for summer food. An excellent alternative to a whit wine. Drier with add grain complexity.

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a Sierra Nevada fanboy and a Belgian Beer tourist, I'd been anxiously awaiting the release of this collaborative product after seeing it hyped online. Finally found a 750ml bottle last weekend and quaffed it in a Chimay chalice while grilling out.

A: Nice copper orange color with mild turbidity. The head was weaker than I would have assumed, even with a pretty aggressive pour at the end. Subsided quickly with only the slightest lacing.

S: Good grassy barnyard aromas mixed with some citrusy / ester notes got me juiced for the funk. This smelled not unlike some wet hopped organic beers I've had.

T: Hay up front with citrus and green apple fruitiness through the middle. You can taste the wild yeast, but honestly in a blind tasting I would not even call this out as a Brett Beer, and would probably guess it was a Saison. This doesn't make it a bad beer, but if you are going to name your beer after Brettanomyces bruxellensis, the funk should be right up front and center. Nowhere near as funky as say, a Rayon Vert. I found it a little sweet, but that helps to cover the 8.4% ABV.

M: Good crispness and drinkability with a nice dry finish. Pretty refreshing and easy to polish off.

O: A nice beer, but one that didn't quite live up to the hype or the premium price ($14.99 for 750ml). I'm tempted to buy another and cellar it for 3 or 4 years to see if the funk shows up.

Photo of philbe311
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A very active mammoth two plus fingers worth of audibly fizzy crisp clean off-white colored head comprised of huge big chunky bubbles... Quickly receding head gives way to a surprisingly lush full forth... A cyclone of micro bubbled rapid paced carbonation... A couple larger carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... The color is a muted amber...

S - A light tartness... Pie crust... Apples... Pears... A bit musky... A bit funky... Some subtle floral notes... Light cantaloupe... Good depth and complexity...

T - Grassy notes... The fruity notes are quite subdued... The brett is quite subtle... A light spice component as well... Lots of heavy oak on the finish at lingers and lingers... Lots of nuanced complexity with each sip which helps to elevate the overall effect...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Brisk sharp carbonation... The finish is sturdy and dry... Some wine like qualities...

D - A decent American Wild Ale... Easy drinking, but missing a lot of depth and complexity that I have come to expect from the sty... I could honestly take it or leave it... The bottle was easy enough to finish, but I'm not sure I would recommend...

Photo of AwYeh
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jesse13713 for splitting a bottle of this with me. Poured into tulip, and reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy, vibrant orange-golden color. There's half a finger of white head, which dissipates quickly.

S: Tangy Brett is the first thing I pick up. There's a nice malty sweetness– caramel and bready.

T: Sweet and tangy much like the smell– things are well balanced here, making for easy drinking. A light piny and grassy bitterness is present on the finish, which I found unique for the style, and possibly due to the very young age of this bottle.

M: Thin-bodied and lightly carbonated. Lightly creamy, and quite smooth, with a dry finish.

O: This is a solid beer; it's an interesting take on the style given the hoppy flavors. Not the most tart or most sour, but very easy to drink and one that I'm glad to have tried. The price tag is a bit high, but I'm glad that Sierra Nevada has enabled this one to make it to markets where sours are rare.

Photo of Domingo
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold, almost orange. A fair amount of carbonation and a nice foamy head as a result.
Brett funkiness is there first, but mild. It's followed by a slight citric and peachy note, but no crazy green apple sourness like some. The malts even creep up. However one nice thing is that the finish is clean and "normal" while many have a harsh wild yeast bitterness that I don't care for.
Pretty simple, and it reminds me a bit of the New Belgium Brett Beer, with a cleaner finish and a kiss more sourness. In some ways, this is the beer I wish that one was.
A good intro to wild ales, and a pretty tasty one even if you've had a ton.
The main thing you can't help buy pick up is how clean and polished it is. I imagine it should speak to a lot of different people.

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/25/12 notes. Ordered this from Gary's, 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, brett, fruit, citrus, lemon, earthy notes, grass, and spices. A light tang to it, but not too sour at all. Not a ton of brett, but still a really nice nose that works well.

t - Tastes of pepper, oranges, brett, fruit, spices, hay, grass, earthy notes, lemongrass, citrus. Much more pepper and spice in the nose, and the same amount of brett. Nice, though a little too much pepper for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good beer from RR and SN. If you're looking for something sour, it is not this beer, but if you like brett you'll enjoy this one. The taste has a lot of pepper like a peppery saison/Belgian ale, so if you like that in a beer, you'll probably love this one. Would have it again.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Sierra Nevada tulip. Didn’t pull out the Russian River goblet for the side-by-side Light cherry and earth. Funk and slight phenolics. Shows lots of promise. Good, not great.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with monster head. Aroma of sour funk and yeast. Flavor follows with nice sour, straw, grass. Some sour grape and pears, a bit of dry grassiness. Crisp and refreshing with strong carbonation. Worth a try. Sierra Nevada seems to be branching out and doing so rather well. I enjoyed this one a lot and it was super super drinkable.

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Figured I'd give it a go. Looks pretty lame in the glass, quick fading head, murky honey color, bland to my eyes. Picking up some honey, clover, spice, and esters on the nose. You would certainly have to be fermiliar with brett to find it in the aroma. The brux pops a little more in the flavor. A little dusty and farmy with hints of horse sweat. Spices, phenols, a nice little package. Very dry as it should be. For a beer that is clearly trying to be something like Orval this falls short, sorry guys.

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,302 ratings.