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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 42
Gots: 347 | FT: 18
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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Photo of pschul4
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

pschul4, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Fcolle2
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours light orange with hazy golden hues and a deep fizzy 2 finger off white head

Smell has some light Belgian yeast notes forward and some aromas of peppercorn
That give it a slightly spicy smell. There is also a slightly cider like tartness to the backend

Taste is great there is some more spicy peppercorn like yeasty phenols forward that is followed by a crisp light cider like flavor along side some grainy malt. There is a slightly sweet, slightly sour, dry finish that ties is all together nicely

Mouthfeel is hoot high carbonation give is a crisp fizzy frothy mouthfeel that Works well with the medium body and sour finish.

Fcolle2, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of RickS95
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a light orange, nectarine color. Not really hazy, but opaque because the continually rising bubbles kind of get in the way. A finger and a half of white, uniformly small bubbles form the head. Good retention, it's been in my snifter for over five minutes and the head is still there.

The Brett dominates and I'm ok with that. Funky is the only way to describe it. Pear, green apple and some white pepper fill out the card.

Everything in the nose makes its way to the tongue. The Brett yeast is the star, with supporting roles by the pear, green apple, and pepper. Very spicy finish, along with some cut grass.

It's very, very dry. Fairly spicy finish. A bit tart. Funky. Almost sweet at the beginning, but that peters out quickly. Medium bodied and relatively easy to drink, despite the high ABV.

A heavy-weight collaboration by two beers gods from the States. It doesn't disappoint. A bit expensive at $15 a bottle (at least in Indiana that's expensive), but actually worth it.

RickS95, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a short 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: fruit and a bit of grassiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: some caramel, pear, green grapes, green apples, and a nice amount of bitterenss. The sourness from the brett is mild and not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of drying late.

Overall: an easy to quaff beer, as the flavor profile is well balanced and a bit refreshing desite the style. Very enjoyable.

Gavage, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

A- Pours a rich, sparkling orange into my DFH glass. A crisp, two finger brilliant white head floats atop... but quickly fades away as it does with most wild ales. No real trace of lacing left behind. Looks really dense for something that sparkles with carbonation the way this one does.

S- Lemon zest, grape must with a healthy dose of barnyard and compost pile. Some orange and pineapple sweetness, nutty wheat, coriander, thai basil, pink peppercorns, and hints of banana lying beneath. A real nice balance of citrus, spice, sweetness, and that always familar manure/compost note.

T- Citrus and peppercorn spice surrounded by manure. Really nice balance of that barnyard/chicken shit funk that we all love. It has a caramel sweetness lying behind the sour funkiness. I love how the sour lingers and wraps around the tongue. Just a little touch of alcohol that opens it all up.

M- Crispy, bubbly, sour citrus, and a really dank manure finish. Some spice, sweetness and that lovely Brett yeast.

O- Definately gonna have to grab a couple more of these to cellar. I'd love to see what happens to this after a year. I bet it'll really open up and blossom.

Thickfreakness, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

Had this on tap at the Russian River brewpub.

Pours a hazy golden color, with a wispy, tight packed head. It doesnt last long but leaves plenty of lace behind. The aroma is pretty subdued with some brett barnyard, some bicuity malt and a bit of tartness. The taste is sour but in a much more restrained way than the other RR sour ales. Funkyness from the brett is less concentrated than I was expecting. The mouthfeel light bodied with a nice medium carbonation. The finish is minerally and tart with some leathery funk. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden throughout.

An excellent Wild Ale, but a little restrained. Some age will probably really open this up.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Givemebeer
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%

A: golden with an amber hue. Huge head as expected from a beer brewed with Brett.

S: tart light fruit

T: funky tart apples pears slightly grassy

M: dry and light/ medium bodied

O: a very nice complex treat. As expected, a winner from Russian river and Sierra Nevada.

Givemebeer, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of CloudStrife
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

CloudStrife, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

I'm in WV and somehow I'm the second person to review this? Anyway, here goes.

Purchased at the Irish Pub in Lewisburg, just arrived the day I bought it. Poured in a tulip glass.

A- pours a light copper color with a bit of an orange hue when held to the light. A little cloudy when cold, then turns to clear. Very little head with minimal lacing.

S- earthy, Forrest floor, straw, lemon grass, pears, and a kick of spicy hops on the back end.

T- fruity notes with a lemon tartness, funky and yeasty with a bit of clove, follows very similar to a typical Belgium. Finishes dry with a citrus/yeast linger.

M- med-light in body, light spritzy carbonation, quite drinkable. Does a great job of masking that 8.3 ABV.

O- I can see why wild ales can be off setting to some, the funkiness from the yeast inst for everybody. I found this one quite enjoyable, but I guess I was expecting a little more considering the collaboration this one came from. I imagine this would become much more complex with aging and would be interested in cellaring one if I can get my hands on another bottle.

Treyliff, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of robhbest
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from bottle into tulip

A: Transparent yellow with huge white head.

S: Cloves, Bananas, Citrus, Corn tortillas.

T: Bubbly on the front. Seltzer, cloves, Minerals however not metallic. Tartness on the backside. Little bitterness.

M: Bubbly, high carbonation. Medium to light bodied.

O: Pair this with salty cheese or fish. Interesting beer, enjoyable.

robhbest, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured into a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter on 4/3/13

Deep gold color with tangerine and honey highlights. It isn't entirely clear; there is but a faint layer of haziness. Bubble cling to the side of the glass as other rise and form a two and a half finger, porous head. The billowy foam isn't suited to tarry, becoming a smoothed, thin layer. No lace remains.

The aroma is a peppery blend of lemony soap and funk, tart apple, damp hay, prairie grass, pollen and such. It is reasonably bright and quite pleasant. As it opens up, a mustiness emerges, but does not crowd out the the more pleasing smells.

I'll admit being surprised at how peppery this tastes; lots of white pepper and a subtle herbal concoction to back it up. Lemon aplenty and notions of peach tea, grass, toasty grains and musty undertones. Hints of perfume and pollen dust on the back end. Each fresh pour has a soapy penchant that subsides over time.

I find the feel to be well-suited to the progression of the beer. That is, it's crisp and tight with carbonation earlier on, matching the peppery lemon zest. As the carbonation falls away and the body stills, it's suited to the slightly musty finish.

I've been waiting to try this one for a while. The reasons were two-fold; one being I wasn't chomping at the bit to pay $15 for this creation and the other being that there have been bottles sitting around for months. I had heard underwhelming things from several people. Knowing their tastes in beer, I figured I'd like this a lot. I figured right.

Ryan011235, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with a light haze and a robust effervescence. Head pours several fingers of fizzy ivory foam which dissipates rather quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a light, refreshing tartness. Simple, but clean and enticing.

Taste: sweet malt with a good, rich flavor rather like a tripel. Tartness is low, which I wasn't expecting, based on the smell, but it works well here. There's a little bit of Brett-y funk in the mix along with a chalkiness that smooths the whole thing out. An interesting selection of flavors that I think works quite well.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a mammoth carbonation and concomitant bodacious creaminess. Hot damn tamale! Love it.

Overall: a very interesting wild ale. It is not over the top, but it develops a nice range of wild ale flavors. Good stuff; I'd have it again.

flagmantho, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of WeedKing4
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Corked bottle pours a clear golden yellow/orange with the first glass, and a lot of head! Second and third glass got progressivly hazier as the beer went on, with not as bad head as it was just gushing at the start of pouring. I thought each glass got better as the beer got more cloudy. Some slight spice, funk and almost like a mild belgian strong pale ale. Very easy to drink as the alcohol is well hidden. I tried to hold off on opening this as long as I could, but I couldn't wait any longer. Its a decent Sierra Nevada offering overall.

WeedKing4, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Sunhunters
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Serving Type - Draft at Russian River Brewery

Appearance (3.0) - Hazy orange liquid. Fairly clear while still a little cloudy. Thin head less than half a finger dissapates almost immediately, no lacing to speak of. Very thin ring of fine bubbles around glass. Haziness and color are pleasant while the rest is underwhelming.

Smell (3.0) - Not much going on here either. Faint smell carries whiffs of Belgian yeast, bread, apricot, and a hint of clove. Underpowered in my mind, but perhaps that's intentional. Wild yeast is unapparent.

Taste (4.5) - Here the beer begins to shine. Mild balanced flavor belies the 8.3% ABV. Pleasant notes of farmhouse, tart fruits - especially sour kiwi, light golden cherry, and faint tangerine. Yeasty breadiness throughout. Satisfying and refreshing, with a very smooth character that is quite nice. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Another point for Brux, the mouthfeel is extremely pleasing. Creamy, round, medium bodied, this brew has balanced carbonation with a crisp, dry, mildly acidic finish. At the same time the feel is watery enough to prove very refreshing.

Overall (4.0) - An interesting and enjoyable beer, though not life- changing. Drinkable and refreshing, crisp and mildly tart, Brux is a smooth operator. It's drinking very well young.

Sunhunters, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Brux pours a cloudy golden color, with a nice large long lasting white head. There is a yeasty and very tart aroma. The taste has a nice crisp flavor, with a yeasty flavors, lots of tart notes, and some sourness. Good feel nice contrast from the tart and sweet. Overall a nice complex beer.

vette2006c5r, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

iemailjack, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

GreenMountainBoy, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jaminjohnson, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

ehammond1, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +5.3%

tyleeis, Sep 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jtladner, Jun 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Beer21, Aug 10, 2012
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.