Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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Reviews: 322
Hads: 1,313
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 23.76%
Wants: 49
Gots: 370 | FT: 21
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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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Photo of KensWorld
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I hesitated opening this. I wanted to hold on to it a little longer but have read about some skunked bottles out there so here we go. No bottle date but I got this back in the fall of 2014. Pours a nice looking off white creamy 1 finger head that fades fast leaving vigorous carbonation swirled in my Chimay glass. Honey Amber looking. Smell is very different more wine like then ale. Apple brandy on the nose. Really lots of complex aromas thanks to the Brett. Taste is as smell very complex. I actually taste bubblegum apon first sip. That's strange but goes to show how complex this ale is. It's semi sweet and slightly tangy with smooth aftertaste. The alcohol is very pronounced with a nice warmness down the throat. Overall this turned out much different then expected with more of a wine feel. 4.75

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Photo of confer
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle dated 7/19/12. The label says it should age well for several years. I heard it was really wild when first released. I t definitely calmed down. It has a funky Band-Aid taste.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared tonight by Todd, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly murky light golden color with a quickly diminishing white head. Earthy funky with a light vinous almost grape aroma offset with a hint of herbal spiciness and aspirin. Almost no carbonation, didn’t help make this any more than an average beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy copper gold under a vigorous, pillowy, clingy 3” white foam collar. S: wet horse blanket, a touch lemon. T: Apricot, a little barnyard, good fruit, nice earthy hop finish on a moderate malt backbone. Tart with hints of pineapple, orange. F: very highly carbonated creamy and effervescent, almost champagne like. O: They have really nailed the Belgian texture, malt and flavors.

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Photo of Giantspace
2.66/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No carbonation. Expected a huge head but nothing at all. Not a bubble. Smell was big green apple and the taste was nothing. Very thin. Bad bottle? Four of us poured it out after a few ounces. I love Brett but this was a complete waste of money and time. Had this sitting since it was released.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL poured into an oversized tulip.

Ridiculous amounts of head including a cork that shot out from the bottle and made a mess of my kitchen. Body is plum-hued and copper, almost bordering on a rosé. Kind of pretty. 4

Smells like a ton of plum. Cotton candy and lollipop type of sugary, caramely sweetness. Floral spiciness. 4

Surprisingly more malty than I'd expected. Not quite what I'd expect a wild ale to taste like. It's very malt-heavy in flavor with a grape-like quality, thick grainy sweetness, and a champagne sort of yeast finish. There's a grape-yeast combination here that's interesting but perhaps a bit too sweet where I want tartness. T- 3.5 M- 3.5

A tad disappointing for me. I see wild ale and I expect something more tart and wild.

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Photo of orangebison
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad I picked this up, and even more glad that it aged so nicely as I held onto it for 3+ years. Beautiful copper/amber color, sweet/tart Granny Smith apple aroma from the opened bottle and in the glass, lots of cider-y/apple character, plus notes of pie crust, hay and apricot-like earthiness and tartness. Less funk than expected, but in place of the funk, some of the perceived booze-and-yeast-generated heat that you get from in BSPA's like Delirius Tremens or Tripel Karmaliet, but with a much drier finish than those. Lower carbonation than I'd expected, and not much head retention in the second and third pours from the bottle. In all, a lovely beer. Patience rewarded.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lovely, hazy, bubbly golden amber with a fairly thick pale golden-tan head that quickly vanishes. Aroma is strong and fruity, more like a cider than an ale, but has a malty undertone. Malty flavor has a firm fruity note, mainly apple with hints of pear and banana, and just a hint of horehound. Texture is very fizzy, though a bit on the watery side. Finish is none too strong. Overall, not too shabby. Can you tame this one?

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a very bubbly head and lots of carbonation.
The aroma is funky farmhouse with peach, citrus ans spice notes.
Taste follows with the nice funk, a bit of caramel sweetness, sweet fruit and a bit of buttery flavor in the middle with a dry, slightly peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is medium, dry and bubbly.
Aged nicely. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Mikus
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Brett - fermented beer (I think). Quite interesting in aroma (hints of the typical hay, wet blanket, etc), and super dry finish. Curious enough to keep you guessing. I really enjoyed this first foray into wild ales.

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Photo of zander4dawin
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Murky golden ale with soapy head. Funky, sour tart nose. Grassy, saw dust, bret funk, tart notes but overall under whelming flavors and taste a little watered down. Overall disappointing offering from two great breweries.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

SN/RR Brux

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 90/100

Real nice and complex Belgian. Has a dry and fruity profile. Has some bitter overtones and is vastly carbonated. This should be purchased if you enjoy wild ales or Belgium's in general~

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Photo of JonahNW
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Had a couple 750 ml. bottles at the Gate, in Brooklyn. Labels were corroded and stained which suggests they'd been sitting and aging for a while. Poured into tulips. Beautiful bright orange. Big brett on the nose, and in the taste, though more funky than sour, in the neighborhood of Orval -- my buddy noted the faint but undeniable taste of gorgonzola; he was dead-on.

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Photo of bnes09
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale orange color with a soda like head that leaves a ring of foam clinging to the glass. Lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Fruity, earthy aroma with hints of white pepper and a mild funk.

Flavor follows the nose pretty well. Prominent orange and apricot. Mild spices. Not too sour but has a pleasant funky character. Subtle herbal hop. Well balanced.

Medium, bordering on full-bodied. High carbonation.

Overall, pretty good. Nice funky notes but I would enjoy a little bit more sour character from the Brettanomyces.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle with no visible BB date. Purchased some time last year from Trembling Madness in York. The label describes it as a Belgian-style ale refermented with Brettanomyces bruxellensis.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. A bright orange-amber hue with fine sediment and plentiful carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a thin surface layer.

S: Aroma of funky yeast esters with hints of tart yeast, hay, barnyard funk, apples, pears, white pepper, dry spice, a touch of lemon, earthiness and faint stewed leaves. A whiff of solventy booze in the background. Very nice.

T: Tastes of sharp, funky yeast esters with a bone-dry finish. Notes of tart yeast, barnyard aromas, hay, earthiness, mould, green apples, faint apricots, dry spice, mild white pepper, lemon and stewed leaves. A twinge of alcohol in the background. Very highly attenuated, followed by a leafy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and exceptionally dry, with effervescent carbonation and good body for the style. Dries the palate thorougly. Intensely astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of sour, funky yeast esters, fruitiness, stewed leaves and booze.

O: Boom - a brett bomb! Funky and complex, not to mention drier than a desert. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are amazingly yeasty with hints of tart fruitiness. Pretty boozy but generally well balanced. Mouthfeel is lovely - fizzy and dry. Resembles a well-aged Orval in character, with plenty of brett influence. A worthy brew that goes where other beers don't - give it a whirl if you have the chance.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late spring 2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of bright lemon, tangerine, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white pepper, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon, tangerine, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white pepper, hay, straw, grass, candi sugar, bread, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/peppery spiciness with slight tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, tangerine, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, white pepper, hay, straw, grass, light musty funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice nice complexity and robustness of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; with a very crisp malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderately dry on the finish as well. High carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Brett Belgian pale ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/funky/spicy yeast and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of scootny
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

A) 3.50 Cloudy and dusky gold. Small head and not much glass decoration

S) 3.90 Lots of funks wood. Notes of pear, grape, pale malt and light overall sourness. Horse blanket and vinous The underlying malt dinner roll sweetness lays a nice bed for the yeast and earthy hop counterpoint.

T) 4.10 Since this has been in the bottle for almost two years it has had a bit of a chance to develop. I really like what I have in the glass. Pale malt with all the pear, apple and grape to add sweet light structure. Lots of oak and a bit of light vanilla. Belgian funk lays down a lot of depth. Sharp, pronounced, but delicate bitterness.

M) 3.75 Medium light body has a light crispness and smooth carbonation.

O) 4.0 Great beer for summer food. An excellent alternative to a whit wine. Drier with add grain complexity.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden amber with lots of medium and large bubbles rising fast. 3 fingers of yellowish head has a sheen to it like candy glass, and fades moderately fast.

S: Fruity, I get pears and lemons, apricots and peaches, stone fruits galore, a sweet jam jelly component and the tart pectin of sour fruits all at once.

T: A sour fermented pear and nectarine first hits the tongue, followed by fruity apricots and a jam like sweetness that is subdued. A good hit of Belgian yeasts reminding me of a good tripel or farmhouse ale is definitely present. A snow like quality as well.

M: Medium thick body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: Amazing brew. Got this in Charlotte, NC, drank in Jacksonville, IL, Aug 11-12th, 2014. Been wanting this one for a while, and finally got my hands on it. My second Russian River Collaboration beer.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear copper, some loose bubbles and streams rise quickly. Murkier as I approach the end of the bottle. Champaigne-quality head with better retention. Artwork hints towards a retro-70's coloring and font, a little bland, but concise and clear.

S: Wildflower, honey, tart fruit, a bit of spice. Maybe a little of the classic 'malt and yeast' smell.

T: Tartness is all up front, and a little mild; afterwards I get herbacious notes, some yeast, and rounded off with malt. Dry. Yeasty finish. I would prefer more of the tart-sour character to come through, and would expect it seeing from the refermentation with brett. Maybe it needs more aging?

M: Light, dry, prickly. Perfect combinations for a refreshing effect.

O: Pretty darn good, consider my S & T scores to be 3.87- falling just short of getting rounded up to 4. A good mix of flavors and smells, but they somewhat trip over and end up hindering each other. A beer I will always enjoy, despite some minor shortcomings.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked this one up around the time of the release, but never got around to opening it...until now. enjoyed from a russian river flute/tulip.

a - brew pours a murky orange brown...same as the color scheme on the label. finger of fizzy head half vanishes after the pour and the champagne like carbonation keeps replenishing the fizz that zaps away.

s - nose is nice, leading with crisp brett and some soft lemon notes. tart tingly alcohol phenols tickles the nose. sweet and grassy.

t/m/o - fairly complex leading with some plasticy brett that is quickly washed over by a bright clean vibrant fruity burst and then a dryness sweeps over. the first thing i noticed was the feel which has a prickly carbonation, but a creaminess to it at the same time...similar to authentic belgian stytles. the dryness on the finish is a bit off putting. there is a really nice sweetness in there, but too much other noise that comes with it for this to be a good drinking beer. i'm definitely let down since this is 2 great breweries taking on a style that one would expect to be a slam dunk but sadly doesn't really work. i had heard mixed things about it when it was fresh so i held off and although can't compare to fresh to say if it has improved or not, what i can say is that it is pretty meh for the price point and the players at the table. might not finish the

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to buy this a few weeks ago. It's brewed by sierra nevada and russian river. Let me first start by saying the only way to have this beer is if it has been aged. The guy at the store told me they saved about 30 bottles in the back and let the age for 2 years. This beer had a very complex taste with a sort of "funky" smell to it. I've never had an American Wild Ale before so I don't really know how to compare it to other beers. It's definitely one of the most interesting tasting beers i've ever had. I think most people who review this beer have never let it age, because this is a beer mean to sit around for a while!

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Photo of ericdavidmorris
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aged for nearly two years, finally decided to uncork this bottle and try this collaboration between Russian River/Sierra Nevada.

Poured from bottle to glass, you can tell the beer has a really nice golden color with hints of orange. It's also just a bit cloudy. The beer is highly carbonated which helps open up the palette once it hits your mouth. There's a really light white head that is nice.

The beer displays some tart notes but it is crisp. There are hints of lemon and other zesty elements. It's a nice sour. Not the best I've ever had but I enjoyed it!

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Photo of nkelley77
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

got this bottle from a beer rep

A: small head, whiskey color

Smell: bourbon, funk, farmhouse, alcohol

Taste: whiskey, acidity, slight tart, vanilla, barrel

Mouth-feel: Over carbonated still, rolls down the tough nicely but an acidic burn going down

Overall: Not too impressed considering the breweries that made this brew.

30 minutes later, these brew has really opened up. The flavors complement each other perfectly. THIS BEER IS FOR AGING!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appears a complex light caramel copper note with light beige head forms thick with a lot of lacing...aroma has tart notes of mild citrus hints of bubblegum and apricot with other wild yeast components...domesticated yeast in this sense including Brettanomyces Bruxellensis ferment very clean compared to the thought that some of these beers are going to be full of barnyard and funk, I'll admit Brett has those tendencies but in this well aged bottle I get none of that character. Just highly carbonated pale ale full of some interesting characteristics including honey notes, bubblegum, green apple, and fresh sliced pear notes. Overall the flavor is fantastic a really enjoyable sessionable complex ale in all it's glory I'll include more of those descriptors in the flavor profile, can't wait to try some Crooked Stave ales...a lot of Brett gone wild beers from them.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.