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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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86
very good

1,174 Ratings
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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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale, A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration. A dry and complex Belgian-style ale refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Brewed and bottled by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA, in collaboration with with Russian River Brewing Company.

Caged and cork, 750 ml bottle. Clear, bright amber color, under a slim white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: this one will take some time, as it's not throwing out any ordinary flavors or associations. There's some fruit, but no sweetness, no hops, very dry, and none of the typical descriptors for a sour brew come out of this nose. There's some of that horse blanket rearing it's head, now, some of the cat pee shows up, some of the funk.

Taste: lean bodied, short finish, light on flavor. Mild malt character, negligible hop contribution, but the yeast is felt, and tasted. The cat pee returns to the flavor, hints of lemon, dry, yes, again, but , alas, there's very little of anything else going on.

I'll take a minute to read the label. "What began as a mutual admiration between Sierra Nevada's Grossman family and Russian River's Cilurzos has grown and progressed into genuine friendship. Brux began as an idea and has grown into something altogether different. …The liquid manifestation of change over time….Refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brux will change and develop over time. Copper-colored, dry and complex, with slightly tart notes of green grass, pear, spice and lemon---this ale will progress in the bottle for many years."

Well. damnit, why didn't I read this first? Why did I make the dunder-headed move of actually drinking this bottle fresh and expecting something good, when I should have sat on it for years, to see what happens when it develops? Will it gain flavor, where now it has virtually none?

I'm sorry, but beers should be judged based on how they taste when they're placed on the shelves. This one as it is should be filed under: "meh." No, wait, make that "Blah."

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 08:54:20 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is brown and hazy with a tan off white head and some lacing, low retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is malty with a definite brett b aroma.

Beer is medium to light in body and has this maltiness and a nice yeast palate, with a good brett presence, the beer might get more yeast palate as it ages but it is a nice beer already, i liked it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 16:15:48 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with two fingers of beige head. Stays effervescent, a trace of lacing & even less head retention

S: Sour/funkyness & orchard fruit

T: Pears, funkyness, a touch of dirt & some white grapes up front, plus a touch of boozeyness. Some oaky dry notes with, pears, a touch more funk, winesap apple & honey as this warms, with some booozey pineapple dancing around the edge. Finishs slightly dry with some sourness, a touch of brett & orchard fruit with some booze soaked pineapple that enhances the whole experience

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, some sticky notes

A pretty good wild ale. Would preffer to get Russian River's mainstays, but this is one has a lot of character & plenty of drinkability, a bit expensive for a SN beer, but I dont feel cheated by any means

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:25:58 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 02:32:11 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 18:44:08 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with rudzud.

Big fizzy head fades fairly quickly, hazy golden tan color.

Nose definite Brett but light, funk, Belgian golden malts and light fruity esters, light fusel booze, hint of grassy, meaty Belgian yeast aroma. The more it warms the more Brett comes out but never big.

Taste lots of Belgian golden sweet malts, hint of candy sugar like, caramelized toasty malts. Booze comes on strong, with light fusel alcohol. Some fruity esters, and light Belgian yeast. Fairly sweet, and barely any Brett. It's got some bitterness too probably from the yeast. Finish drier and light bitter, hint of funk and bready malts, and light Belgian yeast and malt flavors, and bit of booze. As it warms more funk and earthy Brett yeast.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, plenty of booze.

Overall eh. I was expecting a lot with the two breweries involved, and Brett, but was fairly lackluster overall, a bit too sweet, not enough Brett, not so enticing bitterness, and too much booze. Quite disappointed I got so many bottles, but we'll see how they age.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:14:23 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-26-2013 23:22:21 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 07/25/12 notes. Ordered this from Gary's, 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of oranges, brett, fruit, citrus, lemon, earthy notes, grass, and spices. A light tang to it, but not too sour at all. Not a ton of brett, but still a really nice nose that works well.

t - Tastes of pepper, oranges, brett, fruit, spices, hay, grass, earthy notes, lemongrass, citrus. Much more pepper and spice in the nose, and the same amount of brett. Nice, though a little too much pepper for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty good beer from RR and SN. If you're looking for something sour, it is not this beer, but if you like brett you'll enjoy this one. The taste has a lot of pepper like a peppery saison/Belgian ale, so if you like that in a beer, you'll probably love this one. Would have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 14:11:46 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 22:26:23 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%

08-04-2012 01:32:27 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

09-05-2012 02:00:15 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a short 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: fruit and a bit of grassiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: some caramel, pear, green grapes, green apples, and a nice amount of bitterenss. The sourness from the brett is mild and not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of drying late.

Overall: an easy to quaff beer, as the flavor profile is well balanced and a bit refreshing desite the style. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 22:53:36 | More by Gavage
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-08-2014 03:17:28 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given that Russian River was involved (Sierra Nevada - meh).

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, decent cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear vibrant yellow. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Heavy fresh bretts, yeast, cream, clean malts, and citrus. A very pleasant moderate strength aroma. I can't wait to try it.

T: Clean malts and heavy yet still somehow subtly executed bretts. The blend of yeast with lactic notes and malts is very pleasant yet lacks complexity. It's tasty and biscuity. Some lemon peel. Pear and spice add needed depth, whilst maintaining the fragile balance. Alcohol warms the stomach but is nowhere in the flavour profile. Per the label, there is some slight tartness.

Mf: Crisp, nicely coarse (per the crystal malt I assert), wet, and refreshing. Suits the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Drinkable, pleasant, and very enjoyable. Hides its ABV quite well. I like it, but it does lack complexity. It'll satisfy any brett cravings anyone has. It is what it advertises. I'd get it again. Might age well.

B-

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 07:36:55 | More by kojevergas
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-18-2013 06:59:00 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a 1.5 finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with grass, oak and musty brett notes along with lactic funk, light fruit and pale malt. The earthy grass and straw notes compliment the brett nicely but as it warms, it becomes a bit one dimensional with the wild yeast overpowering things a bit. Subtle lactic funk with some apple, pear and biscuit.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a tart, puckering mouthfeel that drops off mid-palate where the funky wild yeast takes over. Musty, dry and funky with a really prominent brett character that lingers over some light fruit, lactic funk and pale malt into a slightly boozy, harsh acidic finish. Not a bad beer but the finish is a bit rough and after a while the brett flavor completely overpowers the other characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 06:47:14 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

10-22-2012 19:23:12 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-21-2012 04:20:11 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River? Sign me up! Tall 750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a clear, bright, slightly coppery golden colour, with a fizzling head that froths at first, and the subsides to a very mild ring. Body is fine, slippery and light, holding some minimal carbonation. No lace. It's actually remarkably unassuming, and much less exciting than I thought it might be.

Nose is better. Definite earthy Brett tones, apple skin, sweet sugar toffee, fairy floss, some banana leaf. But it's actually much more subdued than I expected. There's a hint of funk, but no more, and certainly no wild acidity. I'm a little bit surprised and a little unenthused.

Taste is similarly subdued: in fact, perhaps even more so. There's that sugary sweetness coming through again, more toffee, laced with just suggestions of earthiness, some faint horsey tones, and some cherry- and apple-skin on the finish. Feel is exceptionally light and thin.

Overall, I'm massively unimpressed. This is tame, dull flat and uninteresting. Holy crap this needed something more: it really is lifeless. It ends up "domesticated" to such a degree that it's insipid, weak and unable to fend for itself in the wild.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 03:57:49 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a flat golden orange, little white cap which quickly fades

S: The nose lends a nice little fruit bouquet; greean and red apples with a little pear and spice

T: A little funky, Belgian yeast, sweet and fruity with pears, apples and some allspice. It has lightly funked, Earthy and lingering sweetnes on the finish

M: Medium bodied, a little slick, flat on the tongue I felt

O: Good but not one I would pay $16 for again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 13:55:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 18:57:36 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense deep copper color with a violent carbonation of microbubbles. The loud fizz supports a thick white head of foam.

S- The dry clean aroma has a faint hint of yeasty esters and mineral notes.

T- The nice dry crisp flavor is smooth with a tartness in the finish. There are some unripe pear notes that start to come through with a green apple hint in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a full creamy fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is nice yet very subtle flavors and the brett is not overpowering but it will be interesting to see if this chances over time.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 22:04:39 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-10-2013 14:44:13 | More by oriolesfan4
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-13-2013 02:12:47 | More by XmnwildX12
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,174 ratings.