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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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Ratings: 1,174
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 39
Gots: 334 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

10-04-2013 23:46:04 | More by ChanceK
Photo of djtomain


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-04-2013 21:23:10 | More by djtomain
Photo of wanderlust389


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-04-2013 01:48:13 | More by wanderlust389
Photo of Hugonaut13


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-27-2013 13:24:48 | More by Hugonaut13
Photo of Jimmys


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750mL bottle into snifter. cant make out this bottle coding.

A: hazy. orangey blond body. head is bright white and has some big bubbles. head has good retention, lacing is super minimal though. pours pretty vivacious initially.

S: not nearly as tart as I would like it. a little sweet sugar as well. virtually no hop component.

T: similar to the nose, some horsehair and barn, but limited. a little bit of grain on the back end. no bitterness. not lingering or starting. hop flavor is nonexistent.

M: pretty vivacious bottle carb. medium body.

D: two suggestions for this brew: a) let it warm before drinking. b) age. age this bottle for a couple of years. well maybe that is a stretch, but give it time for the Brett to take hold in the bottle and develop its flavor and aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:48:10 | More by Jimmys
Photo of army01


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-24-2013 20:36:30 | More by army01
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-24-2013 13:11:14 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
Photo of 111213forlife


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

09-24-2013 04:40:41 | More by 111213forlife
Photo of guityler83


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-24-2013 00:42:26 | More by visualmartyr
Photo of Andragos

New York

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

09-20-2013 00:29:42 | More by Andragos
Photo of teromous


3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: It has a hazy golden body with a fizzy bubbly white head that seems to be going nuts. Popping all over the place in a myriad of bubbles. Despite the persistent bubbles, the head fades quickly leaving absolutely no head or lacing.

S: I pick up what smells like cherry Starburst, followed by what smells like soap, then a funky musty aroma. Lots of sour fruit smell.

T: There's more of that funky mustiness. It's that old house quality, but in a flavor. There's a bit of sourness, but it's an initial burst of sour and doesn't have any follow-through. It literally seems to depend on the size of the drink. A sip doesn't seem to deliver enough flavor for me to enjoy this beer. When I take a big gulp, there's much more presence to the beer. There's a cottony flavor and a bit of wood in there too. Kind of like sucking on a tooth pick. I didn't think it was especially great tasting. There really wasn't much aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. It feels empty, plain, and insipid. It isn't completely dry, leaving this light flavorless coating on the palate.

O: Overall I thought the beer was just "okay." It has just enough flavor to feel interesting, but could use more. It just doesn't feel dry enough either. That's probably the biggest detractor to a beer like this. The bottle recommends aging, but I have no idea how old this bottle is to begin with. It's worth drinking, but I can't say that I would be all that excited about aging this.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 22:47:45 | More by teromous
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-19-2013 12:04:40 | More by NickBeery
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-18-2013 02:03:32 | More by primrose54
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-16-2013 13:49:26 | More by jsherlock
Photo of MarkJBurch

New York

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled sometime early summer 2012, placed in cellar for one year. Served at fifty degrees, a gentle pour into a clean tulip glass produces a large three inch white head, which crackles away noisily towards the bright golden beer that lies beneath.

Smell of delicate fruit, lemon, grass and a slight earthy funk.

Mouth puckering and tart during the first sip, not very sour, this sensation is finished with the second sip. Dry and not overly complex, the taste is peppery with hints of grass and lemon, similar to the nose. A lingering astringency is present, tannins? This is not to be confused with the slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Characteristics of the brettanomyces are evident, earthy funk and gentle sourness.

This beer is on the thinner side, carbonation is spot on for the style.

I think Brux is successful, however, not worth its original price tag. Still see this on store shelves and the price has dropped. I may be inclined to pick up another bottle and see how it progresses with another year in the cellar. My advice to anyone that has been holding onto a bottle would be to give it time if you want more from the brettanomyces bruxellensis. For food pairing I would recommend pear tart or a Roquefort salad.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:24:02 | More by MarkJBurch
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-15-2013 21:50:28 | More by rdooley
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-14-2013 01:44:40 | More by jlisuk
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:34:05 | More by KelsoSaaz
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.1%

09-11-2013 13:10:26 | More by LockeSD
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-11-2013 04:43:00 | More by Jessenimmo
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a while now, time to give it a try.

Appearance. Pours a nice orange gold with two fingers of foamy cream coloured head.

Smell. Woody and vinous, some light orchard fruits and fruity yeast phenols.

Taste. Vinous again with a bit of light orchard fruits, a bit of sweet malt and those fruity phenols I was smelling.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, strong carbonation.

Overall. Not a bad brew, but I wouldn't buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 23:58:36 | More by Rutager
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

09-09-2013 20:46:07 | More by edenstjames
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-08-2013 23:55:32 | More by TheDoak
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

09-08-2013 19:55:58 | More by harpus
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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