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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,103 Ratings
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Ratings: 1103
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%


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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billab914

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Russian River tulip. Bright orange amber in color with a thin, fizzy head to it. The head faded pretty quickly but a steady stream of carbonation bubbles continually rose from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice subtle funk to it. I get some sour citrus notes with both orange and lemon flavors coming out. Pale, bready malts give it some balancing sweetness. Very nice aroma to it, everything comes together very well.

The taste shows a little more of the juicy citrus coming out. I get some sour notes up front, but it turns a little more funky towards the finish. Some hop bitterness helps give it balance in the finish. The funky, sour flavors are very modest but add some great depth and complexity to the juicy citrus flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, it was a really nice beer. Everything came together very well in it. It was easy drinking, refreshing and well balanced for the style. The funk and sour flavors were a little more reserved then I normally would like, but overall I thought it was a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 20:56:08 | More by billab914
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Lare453

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

large format into a orval goblet

a golden with an orange hue, cloudy, small loud, yes loud, foamy and FAST dissipating head. no lacing, no legs. this is the least apeeling part of this beer.

s green apples, oak, yeast,

t starts out mild with a tart apple beginning. the midlle of it has a fresh clean yeast which faddes into a pear, grape and apricot ending. the aftertaste stays for a short perios of time and has a bitter fruit, yeast flavor

m crisp, sharp, prickly. it burns a little bit on the roof of your mouth, but i a good way and not from alcohol. there is a good amount of carbonation.

o extremely easy to drink. i like it. i have oe more left over and ill let it sit for a while.

i recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:23:16 | More by Lare453
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AgentMunky

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass.

A: Clearish, hazy, with little head.

S: Vague, boring Belgian yeast. Some funk.

T: Delicious! Huge waves of Brett with subtle, funky, fruit. Dry wheat, clean finish, lots of interesting flavors. Acidic without being sour. Tangy.

M: Full, rewarding, absolutely.

O: interesting beer. Recommend Belgian. Would have again, if not recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2012 04:36:19 | More by AgentMunky
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MordorMongo


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #7 cellar temp served in one of my new 2012 Duvel tulips

A : Pale orange, 3/4" white fluffy head from an aggressive pour recedes to a light cap which maintains throughout. Slight lacing, pretty sexy really.

S : Faint orange peel, mild funk, some malt evident

T : Light citrus, pear, some faint apple, touches of grass and hay. Unmistakeable breadiness present as well. Brett comes through a bit in the finish with a slight dryness.

M : Medium body with average carbonation, was hoping for a more crisp bite here but was let down.

O : Very mild Brett, maybe I have had too many Brett bombs lately but was certainly hoping for a bit more funk. Will likely buy a couple and sit on them for a year or two in hopes some more funk joins the party. Very balanced with a clear malt presence, most certainly an introductory Brett beer.

Nothing special but a solid beer which is to be expected from it's makers.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 01:26:59 | More by MordorMongo
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Brux pours a hazy color that falls somewhere between copper and straight orange. There are plentiful tangerine highlights when I hold the beer up to a liht. The head approaches three fingers in height of fluffy, just off-white foam. Head retention is alright, and there's not muh lacing left in its wake. The nose has a fair amount going on, with aromas of straw, pepper, and lemon zest all intermingling. It could all stand to be a little bit more intense though. The flavor profile is nice, and just about in line with what I'd expect a relatively fresh beer that was only bottle conditioned with brett (rather than having utilized brett for a primary or secondary fermentation) to taste like. I'm guessing that the base beer here is some sort of saison, because while the straw and light citrus/lemon notes that open and close the beer respectively taste like the result of wild yeast, the big cracked pepper flavor mid palate is reminiscent of a well brewed farmhouse ale. The body is very nicely dried out, especially for being above 8%ABV, and the carbonation has a very nice liveliness to it. Brux is drinking nicely right now as an essentially clean beer with just a little bit of funk to it. I suspect though that much like Orval, a bit of time in the bottle will turn it into something beautiful and complex.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 05:05:07 | More by axeman9182
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 8.30 %

LOOK: Pours a hazy deep golden color. White foam with lots of tiny bubbles forms, leaves some lace, and has decent retention. There was a small amount of sediment, which was swirled in.

SMELL: Yeasty, a bit funky, lightly sour smelling, with barnyard influence and has a typical rustic Belgian yeast aroma. Small flowery hop notes are there as well.

TASTE: Belgian yeast with a soft fruityness and a moderately tart twang from the Brett used in brewing. Not an over the top sour, this is more of a mainstream brew similar to an Orval with its bright Brett character and some hop notes as well. Candi sugar lends a subtle sweetness, but there is also a noticeable bitterness that keeps the brew balanced. Overall its almost like a Saison with Belgian yeast/Brett notes.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, mildly dry, small tang in the finish along with peppery and semi-fruity yeast notes.

OVERALL: A nice crossover beer for Sierra Nevada, and definitely has the Russian River trademark tang. Certainly a successful venture for all three parties, the breweries and consumer that is. This was a bit green, and should be aged for no less than half a year to let the flavors develop, I feel this can improve greatly over time. Would pair nicely with fruited cheeses, raisin crackers and fig spread.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 18:11:40 | More by Stinkypuss
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JG-90

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml into glass, shared with friends

A - Hazy straw color, minimal to no lacing

S - Dry, Fruity. blind I would say its a pinot gritio (it really smells more like a wine than a beer)

T - Dry, fruity with pear and apple, tart

M - medium mouthfeel, with moderate-high carbonation

O - First taste of a wild ale, very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:01:48 | More by JG-90
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy marmalade color. Quite cloudy. Head is volatile. The head is very bubbly and spacious. Head is not very cohesive. Brux doesn't lace much but when it does, it leaves fat clumps along the glass.

S-That odd, candied spiciness of the Brett is clear. Tart, unripened pears and apples. There is a noticeable malty sweetness laying beneath the tartness. Barnyardy. There is a good balance between the sweet and the sour.

T-Sweeter here. The tartness and funk switch places with the malt. Belgian hops and Brett. The flavor falls off quickly…its there for only a few seconds. Dried hay and some candied citrus. The flavor is not tart throughout but its abrupt finish is a mildly sour one.

M-Far too bubbly. The carbonation stings the tongue; it nearly burns it. My palate is singed from the bubbles after six or seven sips. Off-dry. Alcohol is hidden well.

O/D-Could have been better but kudos to these two elite breweries. I can never really complain when an easily available, decent quality Wild Ale pops up on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 03:13:44 | More by VelvetExtract
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bashiba

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange with a big and creamy off white head, good carbonation running throughout.

Has a nice light musty nose with a touch of breadyness, not as bretty as I was expecting.

The flavor is very mild, just a light bit of bready sweetness along with a touch of musty old basement flavor a nice mixture of subtle brett goodness. There is just a touch of grassy hop bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with a long dry finish.

Nice Brett forward beer, easy to drink and hides the strength quite well.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 20:00:16 | More by bashiba
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TruePerception

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Collaboration

Russian River / Sierra Nevada Brux: "Domesticated" wild ale, 8.3% ABV, highly carbonated, smoky haze, highly active head, quick dissolve; Appearance: dark hazy yellow, peach skin; Smell: tangerine, peach skin, subtle acid, very subtle banana pudding; Mouthfeel: fine and nice carbonation; Taste: long sourness in the background, peach skin, old leather, banana peel, peach pit, floral note; good.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 17:49:15 | More by TruePerception
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a teku glass there was a big 4 finger head with lots of dead space making it rise and fall quickly. After two more pours the glass was filled and left with no foam at all. The liquid, a briliantly clear woody orange color with the occasional bubble popping up from the bottom.

S: Mild fruit candy esters, moderate tart aroma that is reminiscent of lemon zest and sour candys (warheads).

T: Very low bitterness with no distinguishable hop flavors coming through. The malts are mildly bready yet sweet. The highlight flavor in the beer, however, is the complex wild yeast flavor. The sweety horse hair, but in a good way, descriptor is accurate. Very animal, protien like flavors coming through. Also reminds me of over rippened fruit (pear, apples).

M: High carbonation and a dry finish combined with the tart aftertaste leave a strong tingling sensation on the tongue that lingers.

O: For my 100th Beer review on BA I thought I'd crack open a cellar beer. My first Brett Brux beer and I now understand the sweety horse blanket descrptor. A decent beer overall but not my thing overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:25:05 | More by guityler83
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russian River and Sierra Nevada Brux

Appearance: orange, large head, and some lacing.

Smell: sweet tart sourness, slight yeast, and a few fruit notes.

Taste: very light sourness, pear, lemon, and a light yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium and carbonated.

Overall:
This is an interesting brew. The smell dictates a sour wild ale, but it seems more like a saison. It seems tad watery in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 07:11:00 | More by megahurts4
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale, dark, yellow. The head develops, and drops, quickly resulting in no head after a minute. No lace.
Smell is delightfully sour and musty. Some malt, spices, hint of hops maybe. Good balance.
Taste is malty, musty, banana (light), spices. Well balanced.
Warming, drying, medium-light body with a tart, sharp effervescence.
This particular bottle I purchased in November 2012, 13 months ago. It's really good.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 00:43:16 | More by PorterLambic
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 21:11:56 | More by lordofthewiens
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CTBeerPope

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing copper color with less than a half finger head. Slightly hazy.

Aroma is of light pears and lemons with a vinaigrette like aroma underneath. It has that Brett funk but its very subtle.

Taste is lemon, banana and peppery. Finishes pretty dry. As I go along it reminds me of those sour brite worms. Sweet and sour. Definitely lighter than other beers of this style I've had which is pleasant to me. I also got some hoppy citrus notes going on in there.

Mouthfeel is champagne like. Nice soft body with lively carbonation that works well with the flavors of the beer.

For some reason I've never really enjoyed brews of the same style as a lot of them were much more tart or sour than this which I usually can't get past to really enjoy. This is very young and a bit hoppy and more restrained than the others I've had and in the end I really liked it. This may be a beer that opens me back up to revisiting this style again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 01:56:35 | More by CTBeerPope
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very fruity aroma, with hints of yeast in it as well.

T: Tasted of light fruit (citrus, apricots, bananas), a bit of malt, and a good amount of yeast. This is one of those flavors that tends to grow on you the more you drink it.

M: A fair (could have been better) amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer is bumpy in spots, it is generally drinkable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 12:09:56 | More by avalon07
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: little head which rapidly dissipates on a hazy with orange and golden body.

S: this one is more sour citrus/tropical fruit than sour dark fruit with chardonnay, floral and a hint of molasses notes.

T: tart citrus, chardonnay, especially in the finish, some funk, brett, yeast and some light pepper notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: the champagne and chardonnay notes are strong here. I like the more dark fruit character in this style whereas this one is more tropical fruit.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 01:24:14 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Light funk and tropical fruit with some bready malt and herbal hops.

T - Subtle acidity up front with some caramel and bread. Earthy fruit comes out in the middle with notes of pineapple and pear. Finishes with light funk and toffee as well as light bitterness.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Nicely done, more subtle than most of RR's lineup but still funky and interesting. The base beer is smooth and well made and supports the fruity, lightly earthy Brett character nicely.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 01:26:39 | More by nickfl
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$14.35 for the 750ml corked and caged bottle.

It pours a slightly hazy and bubbly coppery orange with about an inch of foam. It's also a very loud beer. <g>

It smells of Brett, and has some bitter and se.mi sweet notes. Maybe a hint of tartness.

Lightly bitter on first sip, the Brett at this stage is mild. Other points to mention, there's a very light tartness here that may also develop over time. The finish is a mix of basically all I've mention with sweet and some fruity tartness most noticeable.

Medium bodied with the carbonation at...sometimes lively, sometimes mild. Yeah, it starts of in the sips as mildish and finishes with quite a bit of fizz.

This is good. I have to say I didn't expect an overly sour Wild when I saw the name...Domesticated Wild Ale. ;^)

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 22:49:57 | More by Bitterbill
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange pour with fizzy 1-finger of near white head. Not much retention nor lace.

Nose is a bit disappointing at first. Light tart fruit with green apple, candied cherries. Brett starts to come on as the glass warms and aerates.

Taste is sour/bitter right away and finishes with even more sour/bitterness. Green apple without the candied cherries. Get more brett as the glass warms. A faint hit of smoked meat sneaks in towards the end. Did not care for this at first sip, but really grows on you.

Feel is slightly thin, but there is a slick, oily quality to it.

Overall, glad I tried it but wished I'd aged my single bottle a bit longer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:18:49 | More by beer2day
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not at all what i expected from this collaboration brew with russian river. it pours an excited pale peach color with a bubbly off white head. its got a very bretty nose, almost vinegary, with lighter wheat and pale malts behind it. also a touch of something root vegetably, like ginger or turmeric or something. the flavor isnt sour at all, although the nose suggests it will be. its got a little brett tartness in the finish, but nothing major it first. this sourness really expands as the beer warms up to room temperature, but still isnt too powerful. some subtle spice, and a little honey sweetness as well. not the most dramatic beer in terms of taste, but its balanced and yummy. the mouthfeel is good, bright and airy carbonation on top of a just medium body. its got a bone dry finish too. this is a beer ive been wanting to try since it first came out, and while i cant say i am disappointed, i also cant say it lived up to what i thought sierra nevada and russian river were capable of. hopefully they do something else together again before too long.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 18:20:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the cage and cork and pour a brew of rich golden amber coloring, with more pale yellow hues when held to the light. It holds a two finger head of voracious white bubbles, that audibly bubble and crackle away. Retention is nice, with only flecks of lacing left around the glass. A light haze comes with the last half of the bottle, and carbonation appears to be wild. The aroma sings with lemongrass, citric hops, bittering rind, and huge Bretty yeast. Light clovey phenols, and soft vanilla esters come with warmth, while a more fruity, citric component independent of the hops comes to cut the biting yeasty bitterness a bit more. The malts are pale and sweeter, with light candy chalkiness and musk. Our first impression is that the Brett is wildly bitter, while the carbonation knocks your socks off. As we sip, grapey sugars of juice mix with biting bitterness of yeast, and chalky grain. The malt bill enhances to the peak, where pale, toasty, and chalky malts are the bulk of the show. There is a light mix of white sugars, and the ever present background of souring Brett, more grape, and a faint oakiness. The transition to the finish is smooth, with pale malts, clean grain, basement musk and dampness, and a light citric hop. Booze, black pepper, and Brett, with light plastic phenols mark the very end. The aftertaste breathes of fusel alcohols, grape juice-like sugar, hollow Brett, mineral, pale malts, and chalky baker’s yeast. The body is medium, and almost slightly syrupy, and the carbonation is massive. The mouth is left dripping wet, but mild dryness from the ending booziness. There is nice slurp and smack, with decent finishing pop and glug. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. The Brett sung high against everything else. While this was less balanced, it made for a very exciting and inviting start to the tasting. The flavoring followed nicely, but with more sweetness than anticipated. This was not, however, to its detriment, but more to the fact that we were given an interesting mix in the end.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 01:40:05 | More by TheBrewo
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richj1970

Alabama

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle

A: Pours a nice orange color with crazy bubbly white head that disappears almost immediately. Lots of bubbles that continued for quite some time. No lacing at all.

S: Some citrus mixed with earthy funk. Grassy notes mixed with a bit of sourness.

T: Light fruity flavors like lemon, raisin with a bit of tartness mixed with an underlying funk. Very dry and perhaps a bit bitter.

M: Extreme carbonation. This one bubbled almost all the way down. Reminded me a bit of champagne. Very dry finish, light and refreshing. Alcohol content is hidden well.

O: Very easy to drink, and very enjoyable, but was hoping for a bit more sour notes and complexity to flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 23:50:51 | More by richj1970
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utopiajane

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After a real champagne pop from the cork this pours a radiant yellow, cloudy, with a bumptious head that settles down quickly to a cap. Minimal lacing. On the nose it’s heavenly sweet, brett, funky with a strong biscuit malt character underneath and a little tart breath from the grassy hops. On the palate it’s smooth despite the heavy carbonation. It’s got orange, a little medicinal alcohol and a sour bite that’s alive and dry. Good balance between the sweet nose and the dry drinking. Truly wild and fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 15:02:16 | More by utopiajane
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Procured by the world's best neighbor's, shout out to the Moser Family, while on their trip back to the states. Poured from the bomber into into a TommyKnocker's taster tulip...

A - Dark cloudy orange with a booming head of white that holds ground stolidly.

S - The aroma gives citrus and pear with a brett boost.

F - The flavor is thorough and mild. Begins dry with rose hips, belgian yeast, and mild hop bitterness. Further on the funk of brett becomes more apparent and the bottle descriptor mentioned green grass at some point, agreed.

M - A very lasting stickiness accompanies the medium body and light carbonation.

Overall a balanced, light, refreshing "wild ale". I understand the domesticated portion in the name, beautifully executed ale. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 11:41:26 | More by JoeAmerican77
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.