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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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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 nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked

Pours heavily clouded quickly departing light tan head that results in next to no film and very minor lacing. Disappointing and frankly surprising from two so highly viewed breweries.

Fruity and inviting nose.

Fruity is the most dominant characteristic. Sour and tart? Not really, maybe in a few years, but the general theme with this brew is a bit of disappointment. I get mostly ripe plums and some apricot, but minor at best funkyness or herbal qualities. Ehh....pleasant enough and went well with lunch, but not really worth the price. (573 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds and had virtually no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was of a funky Belgian yeast and a mild straw malt with notes of green apple, pears, citrus (lemon) and possessed a nice mild tartness.

The taste was lightly sweet, a tad tart and a little acidic with a mild fruity ester early on, and then had a large musty yeast presence and a slight bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor hung on for an average duration proceeding the swallow, with a slight harsh bitter fruity taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and mildly dry in texture with a strong prickly carbonation.

Overall this was a rather tasty Wild Ale that was light and fruity with a somewhat bold bitterness and a great drinkability. It most definitely is a good collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River...

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Hazy, medium orange amber/peach colored, pours with a big, fizzy off-white head - keeps a nice little cap, but doesn't leave much lacing

Smell: Yeast and brett - spicy Belgian yeast, with barnyard aromas, band-aids, and some wet horse and hay - funky and lightly tart - light bread and some lightly toasted grains - some light fruits as well

Taste: So much yeast - kind of tastes more like a Belgian Saison than a wild ale - spicy yeast, clove, and yeasty funk - some barnyard elements, but mostly peppery yeast - light, grainy bread - lightly tart, with some apple skins, a wine-like dryness, with some alcohol

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, prickly carbonation, smooth, very dry

Overall: Good, but doesn't quite live up to the pedigree

Maybe this just needs some time to mature. Right now, it's good, but my adoration of both Sierra Nevada and Russian River leads me to believe that it should be better. Very yeasty, very dry, but not much else. (1,016 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy straw. Head is super white. Lively carbonation. Some bits of lacing. Head retention is minimal. Drops to a small wispy cap.

Smell: Brett from the start. Layers of hay, some grass, and yeasty funk. Touches of banana, but it's all about that powdery earthy yeast. Some minor touches of lemon flesh with a mild oily zestyness. Brett is everywhere. Pear and apple. Mealy fruit and earthy. Minor citric sourness.

Taste: Earthy. Slightly herbal. Hay, grass, lemon zest, Brett and some mild spiciness. Some clove, a touch of banana. So much Brett. Powdery, dry, and dusty. Mild musty basement. As it warms, the earthy flavors jump out. Minerals and old earth. Aged. Yeasty. Some pale crackery malts. Dry.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, dry, with a solid carbonation. Crisp.

Overall: A new take on a burgeoning style.

With these two breweries at the helm, I was expecting greatness. This fell short of the expected pedigree, but it's solid. Almost like Eussian River held Sierra Nevada's hands while they tried something new. Good, not great. Lacks an overall depth. (1,078 characters)

Photo of Donis
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber color, and a fat head.

S - Pear, lemon, and yeast. It took me back to a few trips I've made to San Francisco to some of the old school sourdough bakeries near the bay.

T - Very layered. This isn't as sour as some of the other sour beers I've had. To sour purists this probably wouldn't score very well but to me it was a nice balance.

M - Carbonation pops and subsides relatively quickly.

O - A great collaboration and I hope to see more between the two brewers. I can see how this beer straddles the fence a bit, but I will contend that if straddling were going to be done well... this beer does a great job of that. Price is a bit high in my opinion but the 24 bottles they received at my local beer vendor sold within a day so my opinion is obviously wrong! (784 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale orange. Fizzy 2 finger head that is gone in a flash.

S - Sour notes & yeast.

T - Lots of belgian influence than sour. One can definitely pick up some sour undercurrents but it's not overwhelming like I was expecting.

M - Light & effervescent on the tongue.

O - In the end I'm a little let down. I was hoping with these 2 breweries making a collaboration that it was sure to be a home run. Guess not... (426 characters)

Photo of ThePaleRider
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw yellow, very clear, with a thick white head that receded quickly.

S - A mix of sour and yeast. Smells like a sour ale.

T - part Belgian, part sour. Not as sour as the smell, but definitely picking up fruity yeast, cranberry, pear, and sweeter bakery malts.

M - Smooth and very light for the ABV

O - Very nice ale. Collaboration between two of America's best breweries that really stands out. When I think of Sierra Nevada or Russian River my mind doesn't go to a sour ale. Very interesting idea, and they made an amazing ale. (539 characters)

Photo of davey101
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Golden amber body with a massive fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a thin edging. Moderate amount of lacing and retention. Crazy amount of rising carbonation, like champagne level.

S - Lemons, pears, wet grass and hay, a touch of spice. Smell is very Belgian pale ale like...hey, like that Orval beer! The brettanomyces is noticeable in some light muskiness and funk, but at only three months old its just beginning to evolve.

T - Pear juice and hay with a light musk. Finish is almost syrupy with some lingering sweetness. Not too much on the brett front, this beer is still very approachable with some nice and simple BPA notes.

M - The finish on this beer is super dry and abrupt. 8.3% abv? Not noticeable. Has that great silky "bottle conditioned" mouth feel with tons of effervescent carbonation.

O - In its current state, its a rather average Belgian pale ale not worth the $18 I paid for it. But brettanomyces is a funny creature and I'm sure at the one year mark it will be drinking with the best of 'em. (1,063 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hard to say it even has a head, all loose bubbles which evaporate even during the pour leaving nothing across the surface nor any lacing. That said, the carbonation could not be more aggressive visually, a maelstrom inside the glass, the liquid a light amber to rusty yellow color, clear and without any haze. The nose comes across as reluctant to share, starts to unfold and then pulls back, you kind of get half-offered yeast, matted field grasses, dried orange peels, uncracked peppercorns, dried apples and peaches, dried honey, are you getting it seems dried yet, truly not that funky and, as a result, maybe not as lengthy as it might be otherwise. Full-bodied, the high level of carbonation evident with each sip, churns inside the mouth, no settling down. Allowing for this, the sourness comes through crystal clear, some barnyard funk to animal fur accents. Lots of lemon, orange, grapefruit citrus but the texture dries it out even as there is indeed underlying juiciness. Attenuated apple, pear, peach fruit, the pepper and cut grass to hay fare better. What it lacks is decisiveness, decide who you want to be and go for it. Instead you get a dialed back version of a distinct personality. (1,201 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very white head, about a finger tall. Body is moderately cloudy and a yellow/orange mix. Not much lacing.

S - A little odd and not what I was expecting. Very sweet on the orange and lemon side. A little artificial. Really just tons of sweet citrus.

T - Again, lots of citrus, but still very sweet. Orange and grapefruit, but not sour. Pretty nice, just not what I was expecting from the style. Would be a great summer beer - refreshing on a hot day. Some green apple peel.

M - Tons of carbonation and light body.

O - A pretty good beer, but not sour enough for me on the wild side. We'll see how this develops in the bottle. (633 characters)

Photo of gottabetweed
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored from 750 ml. Bottle into Sam Adams glass. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a generous bubbly head. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell is malt, lemons, alcohol and mild funk.

Taste is malt, lemons, alcohol and slight bit of sour on the end.

Mouthful is substantial, nicely carbonated.

Overall I was expecting more sour from the wild ale, but a nice tase similar to a Belgian double. (403 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada/Russian River collaboration... Gimme, gimme, gimme.

Served in a Troegs "Mad Elf" snifter.

A: Poured an orange color, with a slight bit of cloudiness, and only a very small head (if you call it that).

S: Well, I could tell it was a Wild Ale, but it didn't have that milkiness that people generally associate with this style. Still, it was good... and I got a bit of pepper in there as well.

T: Man, this sucker needed more vingary, soury goodness. However, I'm cognizant of the true craft it took to make this, so I'll give it a break. Seriously, it tasted like a beer... not a sour.

M: Usually when reviewing this style, I turn to "vingariness, acidity, etc.), however, this was almost like a Brett infused pale ale or something. WTF? Not lacing.

O: Who wouldn't get excited about this sort of collaboration? However, I still feel honored to actually be able to get a Russian River brew in my area. (918 characters)

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

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two plus fingers of foamy white head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pear, light lemon, and apple fruits. Mustiness with cobwebs, dry wood, and old socks. Grassy with hay and wildflower herbalness. Pleasant with good funk and aromas, but needs more power and depth.

3.5 T: Lots more funk than the nose let on. Pear and red apple are the strongest fruits, but pear reigns supreme. There isn't much lemon in the taste. The mustiness is there, but most of the funk is herbal in nature. In fact, it's too herbal. It has a bitterness that can only be described as an "herbal bitterness," like if you just gnawed on couple spoonfuls of oregano or something. This is pretty damn dry. Anyway, lots of brett character for how young it is.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Carbonation is a bit explosive in the mouth, but it's just barely this way. For the most part I don't have trouble drinking it. Spritzy, but not creamy. Not bad.

3.5 D: It's good, but the existence of Orval assures that I won't need to buy another bottle of this, though I wouldn't mind seeing how this ages. Give it a try. (1,161 characters)

Photo of RickS95
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (989 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is orange in colour. A small white head disappears immediately and completely.

Brett sticks out in the nose, funky. Some light fruit scents: apple, pear. Nice.

Flavour-wise, the beer is bone dry with a strong spice flavour. Brett is clearly present, giving a bit of funk. Some fruit flavours, mainly green apple. No real tartness, perhaps very mildly.

Medium bodied, very highly carbonated. Irritating and makes it a bit hard to drink.

Overall, not great but it has some good qualities. (497 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazed orange-amber body under a super dense head of creamy white foam. Very light lace. Ok.

S: Powerfully sweet, complex fruitiness. Tropical fruit, pear, apple, and cotton candy. Very nice, enchanting fruity funk. Green apple, green onion, goodness.

T: Citrus, pear, apple, funky hay, and bread. Really good.

M: Lively, frothy, lightly prickly. Very effervescent.

O: I didn't know exactly what to expect based on what some of my friends had told me about this beer, but I really liked it. The nose in particular was enthralling, as its green apple funkiness in particular reminded me of an authentic Lambic. I wish it had been as sour as one, but it was delightful in its own way. I can't wait to see what a year or two does to my other bottle.

Cheers! (804 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this wild ale pours a hazy pale golden yellow color with moderate amounts of carbonation feeding a big head that does fade quickly

S - a marvelous big sour funky aroma, not super funky like a real powerful La Folie type sour, but funky, sour, and whetting nonetheless

T - clear grapeskin flavors, combined with granny smith apples and champagne grapes in particular. Funky and yeasty like the aroma, with the added bonus of slight hop profile towards the end

M&D - super dry and fizzy, some distinct champagne elements, effervescent on the tongue, a decent brew, but not indicative of how sour the style can and usually does get (635 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange in body color with a fluffy white head. Head rises and falls quickly.

Smells bugged with orange and lemon. Not picking up much tartness.. Bready, funky, and sticky.

Lots of dry sticky pear. Brett stands out. No tartness, unfortunately. High carbonation with nice sweetness.

I couldn't drink much of this, but it's very nice for an Sierra Nevada Collab. I wish RR would have taken the upper hand.. Recommended, just not in large quantities. (451 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.
"Fresh" baseline review.

Golden-orange color with several minutes' worth of off-white soapy head that leaves behind minimal lacing on the glass. Vigorous champagne-like carbonation bubbles over a light and buoyant body texture. It feels... summery.

Smells mostly of tart green apple, pears, lemon peel, and a dash of florals and Brett Yeast aroma / tiny amount of funk... Tastes primarily like a green papaya salad on top of a thin slice of raw rustic bread. There is also a touch of granny smith, herbals, and the Brux barnyard *is* present, albeit at very light and restrained levels...to the point that this brew could barely be considered "funky" at all, except to Brett neophytes who haven't jaded their palates yet.

In that regards, it could very well serve as a good introduction to light, accessible amounts of Brett for your friends... but if you are expecting a -challenging- Brett presence, you will be sorely disappointed. Time will only tell if this develops for the better in the cellar. (1,025 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a still honey gold with an extremely lively white head that eventually settles to a thin collar that laces minimally.

Lots of clove, wheat, some honeycomb notes, green apple, fresh yeast flavors, nothing too funky as of yet.

BRUX? What brux? It's like a faintly tart, heavy weissebier with hooves. That said, there are elements of cereal malt, fresh spices, wheat, not too complex in my opinion. I hope the other bottle does a LOT of evolving before I open it. Very average on the tongue.

I think it's a shame that one of the first beers to see widespread distribution with the Russian River name is so ho-hum. I hope a year in the cellar will prove me wrong. (668 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into 7vnth Sun snifter.

A: Pours a copper-brown color, and is so hazy as to be nearly opaque. One finger white head with minimal to no lacing. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Barnyard funk from the Brett, a bit of fruitiness (green apple and strawberry), and just a little tartness.

T: Not quite as pleasant as the nose. Some bready malt, some underripe fruity, sweet/tart, cider character, and ends with some unbalanced barnyard Brett. No particular sour presence at all. Dry, but not quite vinous, on the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation sensation on the tongue. The alcohol in the beer is pretty well hidden.

O: It's not a bad beer right now, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as it is. That said, I'm very hopeful that this gets better with age. (812 characters)

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

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling code on the neck but couldn't decipher it - but I know it's pretty fresh as it's a new released. It's a slightly cloudy golden color with massive carb streams. It had a large foamy white head that never settled below a finger of foam. Great lacing with some sticking.

The aroma is fruity with apple and pear with a bit of funk as well. Not as much funk as I was expecting though. A little mild for me. The taste follows the aroma with good fruity base, some spicy yeast and a little bit of brett funk. Again, not as much as I was expecting or wanting. It's not bad tasting at all but feels like it still needs to develop as it's mild. Medium mouthfeel with tons of carbonation (too much for me as it's giving me huge burbs). Mild aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not great beer at this stage. Going to cellar a couple and see what happens as I know both breweries have some great beers so hoping that this is just a little young. Avail here in TX. Rotation - not too impressed at this point so going to cellar some (1,088 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour rather quickly.

Smell: I'm getting some light malt along with a mild note from the brett.

Taste: As in the smell, this is a light, malt forward beer. Not sweet at all, just a strong note from the grain. I'm also getting some brett and a mild hint of citrus fruit. The finish is full of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very prickly carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: This is a really young beer. I think it's going to be more sour over time. I'm glad I have another bottle hidden away. (693 characters)

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