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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,203 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,203
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 40
Gots: 344 | FT: 19
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012)
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured from the champagne bottle into a sam perfect pint glass.

Pours a copper orange color with very little foam. Actually, none. Funky yeasty smell. Orange. Juicy citrus taste and flavor. Mild mild hop that fades both in and out. Just enough carbonation to be noticed, Tasty like a fruit juice blend.

This was different - not like anything I've had. Nice work to both breweries. Real good.

08-04-2012 21:19:28 | More by KTCamm
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Cellared this for a year plus in hopes of some Brett development.

Bright golden color, persistent plume of racing carbonation. Long lasting head of foam that settles but never really dissipates.

Aromas of dried pineapple, flinty wet stone, and wet hay. There's Brett in here alright...

Dry, very light residual sweetness, slightly tangy. Flavors of wet hay and funky yeast character though it's fairly restrained. Some minerality, tangy unripe fruit, leather, vague spices, mild aftertaste of clover honey. Medium bodied and a little over-carbonated for my tastes. Flavorful and approachable, Brux falls on the lighter side of the Brett spectrum, and that's ok. It's enjoyable for what it is.

08-29-2013 02:11:54 | More by emerge077
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some medium lacing notes. Aroma of dry Brett notes with light funky tart notes and some pear notes are also perceptible. Taste is a complex and refreshing mix between some light funky Brett notes with a solid Belgian malt backbone with some dry notes and very little residual sugar. Some pear ester and white wine notes are also perceptible. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoy this beer with a great mix between complexities while retaining a good drinkability factor.

04-03-2013 20:36:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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zeff80

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

12-20-2012 05:00:29 | More by zeff80
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larryi86

Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden/copper color with a three finger white that fades in blink of an eye.

S- Brett, some funk, some sour lemons, some pepper, little fruits, apple and pear.

T- Pepper, some sour light fruits, pale malts, Brett.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, ton of carbonation.

O- More Saison like than sour. I really enjoy this and hope I can get another bottle to age. Would love to see this aged in Chardonnay barrels.

07-27-2012 00:57:34 | More by larryi86
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ToddHolder

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

08-21-2014 02:17:30 | More by ToddHolder
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EkimGram

New York

4.18/5  rDev +10%

Appearance: 25.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Colour is a bright hazy orange-brow. Half-finger head fades to a puffy film. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Spicy yeast and bubblegum are first and foremost. Aside from that I get a tart mixture of citrus, malts, and something along the lines of figs.

Taste: Tart is the prominent flavour, although not overpowering. I honestly cannot pinpoint a single familiar flavour in this - I'm lost! Yeast, spice, malts, metallic, and slightly musty are words I would use.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a pack of carbonation. Clean, crisp, and dry.

Overall: This is my first AWA and it has certainly opened my eyes regarding different flavours. While totally different than the usual, I'm excited to further my explorations of this style.

08-14-2012 02:56:18 | More by EkimGram
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +10%

I finally got a hold of one of these bottles, I've been looking for it since release. Poured from a corked and caged 750 into my Hennepin glass.

A: A wonderful golden orange color with a just off white one finger head. Glass lacing is spotty.

S: Loads of lighter fruit smells mix with some heavy brett straw, hay and some sweeter toffee notes. Brett really stands out.

T: Follow the nose. Fruit flavors of pear, apple, lemon and some darker fruits of sweet cherry mix with loads of toffee and bready sweetness. The grassy straw and wet hay flavors of the brett really come out at the end to lead into a dry and slightly tart finish. Not a sweet beer, but not a sour either. Nice mix of both, enjoyable.

M: Medium mouthfeel that is dry and a bit prickly. Carbonation is spot on and I didn't get any alcohol for the 8.3 abv. Very nice.

O: I think this is a winner of a beer. I love the 2 breweries that collab'd on it, so what is there not to like. I don't get the lower reviews as I thought it was a fantastic and very drinkable beer that works on all levels.

If you like brett, you'll like this beer. Some complain it's not tart enough, but it's not meant to be a sour. For me, this was a perfect blend of tart and sweet which makes the beer oh so drinkable and enjoyable. I'll take one anytime, please keep making it.

08-13-2012 15:01:52 | More by Kadonny
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flexabull

California

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice solid white head.

Aromas are faint, notes of lemon peel, sugar, and grass.

Taste picks up nicely from where the faint smell left off. Bright and dry up front, lightly mineral like, tonic, with hints if lemon, light funk that is present, but restrained, and crisp citrus bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, carbonation is good.

Overall, a very nice wild ale. The balance, and subtle flavors make you forget that this is 8+% ABV. A pleasure to drink, tasty, approachable, and refreshing. The only downer? The $15 price tag will probably keep me from buying another bottle.

07-02-2012 03:56:55 | More by flexabull
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Humulus85

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Excited to finally get this. Haven't had a RR wild yet, but I love the style. From the corked/caged 750mL bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy golden with a one-finger eggshell white head. Recedes quickly with little lacing. Looks like a wild...

I'm liking this nose. Very Belgian pale ale upfront with a nice funky brett backing. Cardamom and cloves meet pear and green apple. Some funky barnyard and a bit of tartness. No booze.

Follows the nose. Nice Belgian flavors upfront; spicy and floral. Moderate brett funk in the middle blends with pear, lemon zest, apple cider, and some earthy hops. A slight tartness comes through with some nice pale malts. Still no alcohol. Finishes with a bit of funk, musty hops, and pale malt. Subtle but pretty complex flavor profile.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Finishes is well balanced and pretty clean for the style. Could maybe use a touch more carbonation.

Overall this was a really good Wild Ale and a perfect introduction to what the style can be. It is not a sour, and the Brett could use some time to build. I think a year or even two or three would do this brew well, and may even make it exceptional. If it wasn't so pricey I would recommended to all, but it is still worth picking up if your a fan of the style. Cheers!

07-23-2012 23:47:56 | More by Humulus85
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AKellar


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

I reviewed this beer on my blog Insight by the Pint, check it out for more info. In short hand I found it to be a delicious beer, it was light yet carried a punch of flavor without having the bitterness of an IPA.
http://insightbythepint.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/two-breweries-are-better-than-one/

08-29-2012 15:10:20 | More by AKellar
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +8.2%

BRUX. Got mine in a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Looks light orange/amber. Slightly hazy. Very bleachy white head. Short-lived and not a spot of lacing.

Lemony tartness with great Bretty funk with added aromas of musty dampness, dryer sheets, and moldy citrus fruits. Mild nose regarding malts. Light and crackery with that fully-realized funk note.

Flashing tartness hits the tongue and vanishes. Mid-palate, heaps of savory funk notes and some liquor-y booze. Flowery bitterness, mold, Wheat Thin malts, old cheese, whiskey mash, a busty Belgian yeast, lemon zest, bitter almond, and wet hay. Still can’t get over this ripe alcohol presence that is distracting me. Love the Brett elements. Finally, a wild ale built on the foundation of being funky and not just super sour.

Great spritziness. The bubbles seem so fine and well-diffused. Pretty smooth in the body, but detracting from the feel is that ‘wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing’ of alcohol bite.

BRUX has great complexity for being so young. Truly, a sophisticated wild ale just as the label states. I’m enjoying this enough to make me consider going back for another bottle for the cellar. Recommended.

10-16-2012 02:42:22 | More by thecheapies
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Pencible

Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +8.2%

A: This poured a nearly clear light gold with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like tart unripe apricot and lemon zest and grassy hops, with some funky must and spicy white peppercorn.
T: It tasted like tart unripe apricot and lemon zest, with some grassy hops and sweet candi sugar and funky must and spicy white peppercorn. It had a clean and crisp aftertaste with lingering bittersweet.
M: It was watery with lots of bubbly carbonation. Like a heavy champagne.
D: This was a very nice wild ale, although not super wild. The scent and taste were balanced and enjoyable. The body was fitting, and the finish was incredibly smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. Worth buying a second bottle to age, but enjoyable fresh. Not mind blowing, but a solid brew. Recommended.

02-03-2013 21:44:06 | More by Pencible
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a bright orange with a half finger off-white head that remained for quite some time. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, bardyard funk, funk, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, fruit, and horse blanket. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Upon first looking at this one it really reminded me of Supplication which I am a HUGE fan of. The only thing that kept it from getting a 4.5 in that category was the lack of lacing during the glass. Bummer… However, the aroma offered a really nice find as the Brett definitely dominated it in all aspects. There were some nice fruit and subtle tart notes poking through as well. On the flavor this one was definitely Brett dominated. This fact covered up quite a few of the more subtle flavors that almost made them impossible to identify. If you are a lover of Brett, you need to get your hands on this one without question. A definite must try.

07-28-2012 15:22:06 | More by thagr81us
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gtermi

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

A: This beer pours a nice cloudy apple cider looking body with a thick white head that slowly fades.

S: An extremely sour and tart smell with almost a sour candy type smell. I am also getting a tiny bit of bubble gum. I absolutely love the smell of wild ales and this is one of the better ones in my opinion.

T: The flavor is pretty mild at first, but then the longer that it sits, the better the flavor. There is a bit of sourness, some bubble gum and a nice amount of sweet grain that lingers for a long time.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink. There is a perfect amount of crispness on the back of the tongue and the back of my throat.

O: This is just a bad ass beer. I know the ratings really dont show up on here, but if you havent tried this yet, you for sure need to take a chance on it.

10-06-2012 04:24:01 | More by gtermi
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t420o

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Sierra Nevada/Russian River Brux

$14.99 @ BevMo

A- pour produces a 1 finger fizzy white head quickly disapating leaving no lace. Beer is a hazy golden and burnt orange color 4

S- lemongrass, green apple, begian yeast, a very nice fruity aroma, Brett, dry. Smells excellent 4.5

T- very nice mix of Belgian yeast, spices, green apple, grain, lemongrass, Brett, and finishes dry. Very nice. 4  

M- lighter on the carbonation. Good body. 4 

O- a tasty, and well crafted brew. I'd like to get a few more bottles to see how this progresses over time. 4

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07-12-2012 02:03:10 | More by t420o
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Wolfpack2005

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

A-Poured an orangish tawny color with a 1-1.5 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. However carbonation bubbles very active once head was gone.

S-Not an overwhelming smell, but pleasant none the less. Definitely a sweeter aroma that smells of light caramel.

T-A slight malty sweetness upfront before a mild tartness sets in and lingers a bit. Slight notes of citrus fruits and yeast on the back end with a bit of a tannic finish.

M-Excellent mouthfeel. A high level of carbonation that was balanced nicely with a medium to heavy body. Also had a nice dryness to it.

O-Overall this was a pretty solid beer, but I was expecting a bit more for the price and the names on the bottle. However I feel that it was a exceptionally balanced beer, that walked the line between sweet and sour. Glad I picked up two of these, looking forward to seeing what a bit of age does to this beer.

07-23-2012 02:08:54 | More by Wolfpack2005
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazed orange-amber body under a super dense head of creamy white foam. Very light lace. Ok.

S: Powerfully sweet, complex fruitiness. Tropical fruit, pear, apple, and cotton candy. Very nice, enchanting fruity funk. Green apple, green onion, goodness.

T: Citrus, pear, apple, funky hay, and bread. Really good.

M: Lively, frothy, lightly prickly. Very effervescent.

O: I didn't know exactly what to expect based on what some of my friends had told me about this beer, but I really liked it. The nose in particular was enthralling, as its green apple funkiness in particular reminded me of an authentic Lambic. I wish it had been as sour as one, but it was delightful in its own way. I can't wait to see what a year or two does to my other bottle.

Cheers!

09-07-2012 02:24:06 | More by woosterbill
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +7.6%

A- clear shiny copper colored with streams of extremely tiny bubbles rising hurriedly upward. Despite this, the loose off-white foam quickly settles to a narrow ring with a continent in the middle that resembles Antarctica. No lacing, merely legs like wine.

S- highly phenolic and peppery aroma with tart fruity undertones from the brett. Very nice funky barnyard horse blanket with some of the structural barn wood thrown in as well. Orange, green apple, peach, plum and sour cherries, some grassy notes and mild grain.

T- spicy and mild with just enough brett to make things interesting. The tartness isn't forceful or bold at all though-- it sneaks in and sneaks out without making much noise perhaps because this bottle (I'm assuming) is only a few months old. The funky and fruity aromas carry over nicely to the flavor but trying to nail down actual fruit flavors is difficult due to the fleet footed brett. A generalized description of peach plum and cherries fits the bill, and bits of grassy herbal hops regulate the toasty and somewhat sweet, cartilagenous malt backbone. The finish is mostly phenolic and mildly tart, with suggestions of green peppercorns and Granny Smith apple peel.

MF- great refermented and yeasty feel with a soft powdery character and extremely plush carbonation. Tannic feel on the cheeks and somewhat numbing.

D- well hidden alcohol is an initial indicator of the craftsmanship that went into this beer but it still seems a little "green" and I feel it would benefit immensely from a couple years in the cellar. For the most part, it's a mild mannered creature and it's nature begets drinkability. This however is simply an evolutionary defense mechanism and the brux should be approached with caution when in its native environment.

04-08-2013 02:07:38 | More by hustlesworth
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Richard33

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a hazy golden orange. The 1/2 white head dissapates quickly.

The usual brett nose is there, but not in a big way. Mild funk gives way to notes of grass, citrus, and green apple.

Tart green apples and black pepper up front with pear and earthy funk on the finish. This beer is very young so I expect that the brett will come into it's own in the bottle I'm aging. That being said, still very tasty. incredibly balanced, and easy drinking. Sounds odd, but I was hoping for less balance!

There is a sweetness there that I'm sure the brett will eat up in 6-12 months time. Great beer, looking forward to reviewing again.

07-10-2012 23:21:31 | More by Richard33
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Odd... An Idaho BA as the first review for a brew with such pedigree. Cool, I guess!

***
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
What began as mutual admiration between Sierra Nevada’s Grossman Family and Russian River’s Cilurzos has grown and progressed into genuine friendship. Brux began as an idea and has grown into something altogether different:

The liquid manifestation of change over time.

Refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brux will change and develop over time. Copper-colored, dry and complex, with slightly tart notes of green grass, pear, spice and lemon - this ale will progress in the bottle for many years.
***

Picked up tonight at Bier Thirty for what I think is a pretty reasonable $15... Thanks Chris!!

My friend "beer guy at the COOP" Matt (reinheitsgematt) shared one of these earlier tonight... and we were both surprisingly happy.

Poured into my slim tulip... Decent head doesn't really stick around for too long... the brew is clear dark golden..

Nose is earthy with some nice fruity esters... pear and light white peach... some bits of fresh cut hay...

Flavor is much more dry than I would have guessed... again lightly earthy.. dry grass... hints of Basque Cider.. Bretty notes are mild... I honestly expected more.. maybe some minor "clove" phenols but that could be in my imagination.

With warmth more fruitiness arises.. so does some background maltiness .. sorta honey notes.... That will give the "BRUX" something to chew on for a while.. Sorta $$ pricey note for a reasonably available brew is cool.

Body is light/medium .... seems a touch thick for an AWA... carbonation is good (small bubble) and sorta spritzy..

I guess I was expecting more for a collaboration from two such well established breweries.. Still pretty damn good... I will buy more and doubt I will touch one for a year.

Very cool collaboration idea.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

06-24-2012 06:12:48 | More by JohnGalt1
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a relatively clear golden yellow with absolute loads of carbonation producing a 4+ inch rocky white head. Wonderful retention...just seems to continously re-feed itself...lasts forever.
S: Pleasantly fresh brett aroma predominates...tart, sweet, and sour. Melon and fresh fruit. Spice and white pepper too.
T: Doesn't quite hold up to the promise of the aroma...but still nice. Milder notes of brett, candi sugar, light caramel malt, melon, lemongrass, and hint of spice (more apparent with warming).
M: Extremely effervescent...tons of carbonation tingle. Light body (and a bit thin)...lighter than you'd expect from the ABV. Sweet with a hint of tart/sour. The beer is pleasant while in your mouth, but doesn't linger much at all on the palate...which knocks it down a peg for me.
D: A lighter, nicely complex, and easily drinkable beer. Good with lighter picnic fare. Started off excellently and finished solidly. Nice to have once, but I don't see myself revisiting this one.

12-18-2012 05:45:26 | More by mwilbur
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John_M

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Pour into my delirium tremens tulip, the beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and light, fair lacing. The nose is absolutely exotic in this beer, as I pick up cherry, light sour funk, ginger, light vanilla, lavendar and toffee nouget. Alas, the beer doesn't taste quite as good, but it's not bad. I really think SN got a bit carried away with the amount of brett they managed to innoculate this beer with, as it's a bit over the top. Otherwise, I get considerable cherry, light butter and vanilla at the forefront, all of which is completely dominated by the brett flavor (I really think that's where the butter flavor is coming from). There's something of a woodruff syrup flavor to this beer as well, which is odd, to say the least. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a moderately sweet, brett infused finish. The funky brett flavor is really a bit much.

A very interesting beer, but ultimately, not something I can see wanting very often.

08-11-2012 22:00:03 | More by John_M
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pschul4

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Another bottle from my guy BDavids

A- Pours a light orange which is fitting since we're watching the Illini pwn Western Michigan. Some head but not much sticks around

S- More background beer flavor than most sours. I like that. Very mild scent with a little kick right where you want it to be

T- Just a touch of sourness with more malt and citrus flavors coming through. Good stuff!

M- Prickly in the front, smooth in the back. Mullet beer ;)

O- Good beer, not super sour but its a nice take on the style

09-01-2012 18:13:18 | More by pschul4
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly leaving a few splashes of lace behind

Smell: Bready, with orchard fruit (apples, pears and peaches) with a vinous underlay and a bit of barnyard funk

Taste: Opens with a bready character that persists, underneath, while the vinous grape flavors add tartness; in the background, the orchard fruit adds another angle; after the swallow, the funkier flavors arrive and the Brett dries everything out in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Clearly an entry point to Brett beers for the uninitiated, this beer brings a fair bit of complexity, as well; it will be interesting to see how this develops

07-28-2012 00:47:31 | More by brentk56
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,203 ratings.