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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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321 Reviews
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Reviews: 321
Hads: 1,309
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 4.96%
Wants: 49
Gots: 368 | FT: 21
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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 321 | Hads: 1,309
Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,325 characters)

Photo of wogreen
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a bronze golden color

S - great smell, but honestly nothing way above average for its style

T - a slight bubble gum flavor but not overpowering, very sweet, light and smooth

M - very carbonated/gassy feel

O - very balanced beer and one of the better golden ales i've had. would really be curious to see how this ages. (332 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Russian River glass from the corked and caged 750 ml. bottle.

A: Rich orange/amber in color with a thick head that quickly settles to a thin froth on the surface. Bubbles are big like soda, and lacing is minimal as to be expected from this style.

S: Some sweet caramel and orange peel, along with some barnyard funk. Not real prominent on the nose.

T: Begins a bit sweet, but tartness shows through quickly. Some sweet honey and dried orange peel, followed with grassy tones, yeasty funk, and a dry, somewhat floral finish.

Notes: Has more body than I expected. Great dry, clean mouthfeel with complex flavor that is sure to develop with age. Great now, but needs some time to improve. One of my favorite collaboration beers to come out in a long time. Well-done! (784 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (609 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really excited for this beer. I am huge fan of both Russian River and Sierra Nevada. I shelled out $16 for this brew, so I am expecting a lot.

Appearance - Wow. What an impressive looking beer. Not much of a head at all - very light carbonation. The froth disappears rapidly, leaving a white circular line around the rim of the glass.The center fountains up with a light torpedo of carbonation, but it does not add to the head. Light lacing. The beer is deliciously opaque. The color is a sparkling goldenrod amber.

Smell - Brett-yeast that adds sourness and fruity qualities. Mango and pear in the nose. A spritzy tingle on the nostrils. Both sour and sweet. A bit weak.

Taste - Sourness overcomes the sweetness by a tremendous amount. Delicious brett yeast backed up by orange/toffee malt. An extremely impressive display of tastes. Pear is the most prominent fruit, while mango is also apparent. Nice sour hops with a bit of a tangy pine zing.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - I downed this beer in no time. Flows over the tongue with extreme pear sourness. This beer is medium-bodied, fruity, and fresh. Sourness greets you at the front, while sweetness takes over midway and carries you to a fruity, tangy, aftertaste. (1,223 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (794 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright golden amber with a big, white and frothy 3 finger head. Retention is decent. Resulting lace is thin but consistent.

Smell - An array of fruity esters; pineapple is most notable, backed by a touch of mustiness.

Taste - Starts slightly sour and with some subtle tropical notes; mellow pineapple, hints of green banana, and maybe a bit of mango. Touches on clove spice about midtaste, along with the faintest hint of sourdough and adds a bit of butter as it fades into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a nice, tingly carbonation. Certainly goes down buttery smooth, perhaps caused by diacetyl?

Overall - Great beer. I could drink this all day... but for $15 a bottle... there are better beers out there for less. (769 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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. (696 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy gold with a soda-like head from the high carbonation.

S: A tart and sour aroma. A bit of spicy funk and a bit of pear.

T: Very interesting flavors in this beer. At first there is a strong alcohol and pear flavor that transitions to a funky, bitter and sour flavor with a bit of clove and then some grain and hop.

M: peppery carbonation and medium body. Finishes dry.

O: Very well crafted beer here. Flavors are all over the spectrum, but have a certain harmony and smoothness. Brett is tame, of course, but I really enjoyed it as all of the flavors were present, but none dominated. (605 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very warm orange/gold. Not much head or lace lowered the rating.

Apple and pale malts lead off the smell. Small ammount of funk in the back. Being that this is not aged and the Brett is added to the bottle, I'm not surprised.

The taste is very interesting. Sour apple and Brett start it off nicely. The sour fades into the slightly bready malts next with a mineral and bandaid kick near the middle. There are some hints of pear and earthy hops as well. Goes down very easily.

I think this would age very well. Can't wait to pop one in the cellar. Wouldn't label it as a wild ale at this point, more of an experimental farmhouse ale. Liked it quite a bit though. (673 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with an inch-plus head of white froth. Lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with ripe fruit and peppery spice. Pears, apples, cloves, bubblegum, and wet hay follow thorugh.

Light bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. Almost sharpish.

Crackling dry and wheaty on the palate, with pepper-rubbed straw and apples on the palate.
A hint of pineapple, pears, and juniper follow along.

Finishes bone dry with a wheaty twang, yellow fruits and cracked pepper.

Tasty beer but a bit on the tame side of a wild ale. Perhaps some cellaring will bring out the brett beast! (626 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleased that tenderbranson69 was able to share this bottle with me -enjoyed chilled in a double-walled tumbler.

The color is deep golden with light haze and quick falling white cap with tight bead and no lace. The smell lightly tart with slight funky and tropical tinge with subtle sweet bubblegum notes and slight spice. The feel is great - the way it transitions from first sip to last is graceful and very nuanced. The slight tanginess of the brett with subtle earthy and spicy tinges w/ mild bitterness in the peripheral adds the complexity texture with some moderately spritzy carbonation up front and light creamy middle with a somewhat dry and spicy finish.

The Flavor of Brux is very developed and yet simple and enjoyable in that sense it has slight green hop elements and light melon notes up front which transition to a subtle tangerine and tropical note from the yeast. .The accent of funk is gentle which translates to spice on the palate with a mild toasted grain flavor with wheat taste and mild apple skin which adds complexity to the subtl bretty flavor in the dry finish. I was pleased with the overall drinkability of this beer - I think if you go into it thinking of Brett instead of sour you wiil like it, it is a 'domesticated' wild ale so it is exactly what I expected it to be -satisfying in every regard, Congratulations Russian River and Sierra Nevada on an excellent collaborative beer. (1,424 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (460 characters)

Photo of cichief
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml bottle with my girlfriend.

A- Pours a very clear golden with a nice white head.
S- Yeasty and bready, subtle hop aroma.

T- Somewhat malty and bready without being too sweet, well balanced by the hops.

M- Smooth on the tongue, not overly carbonated, nice medium body.

O- A very good beer, a bit expensive to drink regularly, but a good beer. (358 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
8.3% ABV, numbers printed on shoulder of bottle.

A - Brux is gently hazed, pouring a golden honey color with an effervescent light ivory head that diminishes to next-to-nothing pretty quickly. Not a trace is left on the glass, sadly.

S - Potent earthiness flourishes through Brux from the maltiness, hops, and yeast with suggestions of shaved, fresh oak. Dry biscuit with little more than a dribble of honey sweetness lays the groundwork for the complex yeast to work. Light citrus notes lap at the olfactory senses gently while a very mild, "domesticated" wild aroma subtly emerges, providing toned-down barnyard notes and a vanilla cream Yankee candle-like scent from a vigorous swirl.

T - The first sip quickly splashes a surprising banana Runts-like flavor on the tongue despite the lack of fruity esters on the nose! More malt-driven, biscuit and sweet pilsner attributes blend for a healthy backing capable of supporting wild development while a light citrus touch follows up with, once again, very mild yeast characteristics. Brux is complex but very subtle, finishing pretty cleanly, especially for a wild ale. After a few sips, Brux leaves a gentle, interesting tropical fruit blend-like flavor on the tongue.

M - Bright carbonation sparkles on the tongue while this medium-bodied wild smoothly crosses the palate with next to no trace of wild sourness, though faint tartness emerges gently. Earth and citrus notes add a balancing dryness to the finish which cleans the tongue while bringing you back for another lip-smacking sip.

O - Color me surprised, I had imagined this beer to be a little more assertive and wild but Brux is odd in that it's extremely subtle; something neither Sierra Nevada nor Russian River seem to output on a regular basis. Then again, the beer does call itself a "Domesticated Wild Ale", aka, something a little more suitable for the masses; a "training-wheel wild" if you will. After the initial, "huh" shock subsided, it became clear this is a damn fine beer that's incredibly well made suitable for aging, and I'm pretty excited to see what time does with the yeast! (2,175 characters)

Photo of danmouer
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hi-test Orval!
This is a beautiful Brett blond. Subtle but enticing aroma if sour cherries, pineapple and cinnamon along with light sweet malt. The mouth fills with peppery spice, bright fruit, and distinctive character of Brett. Finish is bone dry and lingering, warmed by alcohol with nicely balanced candy sweetness and hop bitter.

I would love to squirrel away a case and taste one or two a year to see how they develop. This could replace Orval as my standard sacramental beverage. (488 characters)

Photo of dwilkins
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark gold and hazy, but lighter and less hazy as it warmed, so there is some chill haze. I don't care and prefer unfiltered beer, so this is fine.

S - Subtle tangerine or other rich citrus sharpness - tangerine lifesavers.

T - Mustiness like Chimay white, but understated. Finishes with a tart bite at the back of the tongue. If there is any hop bitterness here, it is lost on me.

M - Creamy due to a whole bunch of carbonation. Dry feel as if it evaporates before swallowing.

This is really a wonderful beer. Except for the crabonation, it has subtle expressions of sourness, fresh fruitiness, and the earthiness that makes a traditional Saison a joy (No idea if they think of this as a Saison, but I do). No one component overpowers the other and they all compliment each other nicely. A gentle introduction to the beauty of the funk for anyone who might be curious yet bashful. (888 characters)

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into tulip

A: Golden-amber body with a white with orange-tinged 2 finger head. Tons of visible carbonation which makes quite a nice noise.

S: Strong funky, earthy, barnyard hay smell that’s not unappealing. Hints of citrus and spices as well as well as a general white wine like aroma

T: Grass, hay and earth: dry with hints of orange, apple, pear, banana and white grapes. Tiny bit of hop bitterness hiding in there that helps with a bitter finish.

M: Medium to light body with lots of lively, tingling carbonation.

O: I didn’t have this fresh, but I assume time has only made it better. Brett lends its nice flavors and aromas here in a very drinkable beer. A good collaboration brew that I’m glad I picked up and cellared for a year. If you can find this be sure to try it. (807 characters)

Photo of Boneheadmx
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a hazy orange-amber with a thick off-white colored head that subsides slowly.

The smell is fragrant and sweet, and I can detect hints of honey and fruit.

The flavor is slightly sweet and bready, just as how the smell hinted. There's a light citrusy bite that goes along well with the carbonation. The hops taste warm and blunt, and remains in the mouth for a subtle, lingering finish.

The mouthfeel is balanced, fairly watery but with a decent bit of carbonation that goes well with the citrusy bite of the flavor.

This is a very drinkable beer that's flavorful and smells great (which is really important to me). (630 characters)

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slight white head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Honey, grass, leaves, earth, marigolds, sour funk.

T: Grass, biscuit malt, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, earth, leaves and some sour funk in the finish.

M: Thin mouth feel with a medium to high level of viscosity.

O: I see where they were going with this one, and I like it. The citrusy and fruity presence of Amarillo and Cascade hops give this wild ale a quality different than the European varieties. However, due to the price point I think I would rather go for a Cantillon Vigneronne instead. (550 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a year:

This (still) pours an orange-auburn with a light foam.

There’s a great nose on this. I picked up orange zest with a light bit of developing Brett funk—wet hay, light citrus zest, musty blanket, some hints of things to come.

The flavor developed quite a bit of depth. Comes off peppery with some orange zest and a light funk rounding it off. There’s a tight effervescence on this which keeps it light.

After a year’s time on this I have to say that this beer developed some terrific nuances. It doesn’t hit any extremes, nor does it come off as such, but what it does offer is a fantastic blend of flavors—some emerging, some present when first tasted, and some new developments.
Shared this in the company of good friends. Wish I could have another.

OG Review:

Picked this one up in bottle form but I had the opportunity to try it on draught too. So it will be fun to compare my notes down the road.

This poured light, clear, golden and capped by a tremendous avalanche of cloudy white foam—but as it rested not a trace remained. The aroma has a whisper of Brett breath. Very muted, very nuanced, and it is not evident without really searching for it. Some floral notes complement it. The flavor is nicely rounded with some slight sweet notes and a floral finish.

This is exceptionally smooth and can only get better with some time. (1,372 characters)

Photo of Adamah_Adonai
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a hazy golden color with very thin white head.

The aroma has some nice citrus, funk and fruitiness to it.

The taste was dry at first with some light bitterness but then the sour kicks in and rounds out the flavor.

The body was light and lively.

This beer really is maturing, the fruitiness and tart flavor have become much more pronounced in the last year. (372 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light copper with no discernible head.

S: Spicy nose, some light fruit, cardamom, nutmeg.

T: Tastes like a very spicy Saison, Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus peel, orange, nutmeg, cardamom.

M: Light bodied, smooth and refreshing.

O: Not exactly what I'd call an American wild ale, but then again that term, like American strong ale, tells you next to nothing about the beer type. Overall, it tastes like a slightly tart saison. It's quite good, and I'd definitely recommend it. (482 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden orange colour with a big, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good.

Solid stonefruit and Brett aroma. Lots of earthy funk and peaches. Lots of peaches. Nice and easy.

A lovely flavour. There is a lot of stonefruit and some orange. The funk is subdued but earthy and delicious. Very mild tartness but there isn't much at all. A delightful wild rather than sour ale.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp.

A wonderful beer. Crisp, refreshing and tasty. It is a beginner's wild beer but it works really nicely. (549 characters)

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 321 ratings.