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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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327 Reviews
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Reviews: 327
Hads: 1,326
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 49
Gots: 373 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: 327 | Hads: 1,326
Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Caged and corked bottle poured into a snifter. A little above fridge temp.

Pours out a hazy/ cloudy sunset orange color, nearly golden. About a fingers worth of white head full of big bubbles that soon after faded to a ring and eventually nothing. Not much lacing to speak of.

Very floral Brett aromas. Slight hints of lemon citrus and must. Not too complex of an aroma.

Again, very floral, rose like almost. Hay, Lemon citrus with just a slight barnyard/ basement must.

A rather assertive carbonation. An airy mouthfeel, fairly light to medium in body. A bit of tartness, but nothing comparable to must popular wild ales.

Not a bad brett beer. Not terribly complex, but good for someone who is just getting into sours and Brett beers. I'd prolly come back to this if it wasn't for the rather big price tag as its quite the drinkable wild.

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

A: This poured a nearly clear light gold with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like tart unripe apricot and lemon zest and grassy hops, with some funky must and spicy white peppercorn.
T: It tasted like tart unripe apricot and lemon zest, with some grassy hops and sweet candi sugar and funky must and spicy white peppercorn. It had a clean and crisp aftertaste with lingering bittersweet.
M: It was watery with lots of bubbly carbonation. Like a heavy champagne.
D: This was a very nice wild ale, although not super wild. The scent and taste were balanced and enjoyable. The body was fitting, and the finish was incredibly smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. Worth buying a second bottle to age, but enjoyable fresh. Not mind blowing, but a solid brew. Recommended.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature. The cork exploded off of this bottle without me touching it as soon as I took the cage off. A geyser of beer and foam ensued. Luckily, I didn’t lose much.

L – Pale amber color with a 4-finger bubbly white head that dissipates as rapidly as it appeared. Only a few patches of bubbles remain, and as a result, not much lacing appears. Slightly hazy with tons of bubbles.

S – There’s a strong presence of musty, barnyard Brett, as well as some sour lemon, green apple, and pear aromas. There may be a touch of bready malt, too, but it’s somewhat buried under the funkier aromas.

T – Slightly tart with apple, pear, and lemon notes followed by a bit of musty Brett. As the funkiness settles down, sweet bready malt and subtly bitter earthy, grassy, and spicy hops come through. There isn’t as much tartness or funkiness as the nose suggested, but it’s still tasty.

F – Light-bodied with too much carbonation, a prickly and airy mouthfeel, and a sweet, earthy, spicy, and dry finish. Really the thing that lingers the most is the tongue-prickling feeling from the carbonation.

O – This is a pretty good wild ale. The aroma is great and it tastes good, but the mouthfeel of this one holds this beer back. It is far too carbonated, so much so that it feels like it’s generating carbon dioxide while it’s in my mouth. Like really it feels like it’s so effervescent that it’s making gas in my mouth and down my throat. This sensation plus the prickling carbonation makes it tough to pick out the nuances of the taste. One positive aspect of the mouthfeel and the beer is that the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well. This is a nice beer, but I’m sorry to say that I was expecting more out of a Sierra Nevada-Russian River collabo.

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Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange-ish shade of gold. A bit darker than hoped for. Big fizzy white head. Sticks around for a bit but no lacing and fades entirely. Aroma is light. The main flavor that sticks out is a medicinal flavor that I'm not a huge fan of. There's also some earth, pale malt and a little funk. Mild grassy hops. Some brett fruitiness but very light. Taste is dry. There's a big earthy, fruity kick at first but it doesn't really go anywhere. Just a sort of nondescript Belgian tartness that dies quickly. It's a bit like taking a bite of an under ripe apricot - tart and fruity but lacking flavor. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Very dry feel. Mildly chalky. Quite effervescent. It still has the over-carbonated feel that many brett beers seem to have in the bottle - could dissipate with time. It's a decent beer, which is a disappointment given the pedigree. The underlying Belgian just doesn't seem to be all that great. I wish that they had gone with something closer to Sanctification. This has too much malt depth and that medicinal note is too much. I'm going to sock away my second bottle and pray that something more develops given enough time.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head that fade into a few thin patches. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very interesting funky, fruity, and mildly tart aroma. Yeast with a Belgian like funk and a good scent of Brett. Some pepper spice. Big fruit esters including banana, orange, pear, apple, white grapes, lemon zest, peach, and apricot. Also some hints of mildly tart cherries. Mild bready presence of malt with a hint of cracker and biscuit. Big hints of grass and floral hops. Smells fairly dry and wine like. Pretty nice.

Taste: Just as complex and funky as it smells. Big yeast strains with Brett funk and a mix of pepper spices. A big mix of bright fruit esters with notes of pear, apple, orange, banana, white grapes, lemon zest, apricot, peach, and tart cherry. Very grassy tasting with a solid presence of floral and herbal hops lingering around. Mild taste of malt with some biscuit and cracker. Tastes like a cross between a Belgian Farmhouse ale and an American Wild ale. Nicely complex, drying, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, crisp, and somewhat prickly. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A really good tasting and unique take on a Wild ale. Good combination of funk, fruit, and grassy hops. A pretty good collaboration.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A quickly forming head, up to two fingers, which mellowed out to a finger or so. The body's color is a hazy medium straw.
The aroma is wonderful: banana bread, apricot and lemon. Very bright.
The taste is also bright with the same fruits plus orange.
The texture a low point with a high level of carbonation. Crisp and medium body.
This is a wonderful beer. I need to find another bottle to stow away for a few years.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick fizzy and bubbly eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left a thick ring of lace that disappeared halfway through the pour. the body was a bright, lively, bubbly amber color.
s - lemon and pear aromas throughout.
t - grassy with some lemon tartness. has just a "bit o brett" and i see where they got "domesticated" from.
m - medium coating. crisp, bubbly and dry. very biting on tongue. lively and well done.
o - i expected a little more from these two but it is very well done. i think it would be a great intro sour to some people. i thoroughly enjoyed it any way.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, orangish-copper color. Large white head. Scent is VERY funky! A good amount of Brett to the aroma...smells like this beer is gonna be sour (even though I know it isn't at this point in this beer's life). Tart, wood-like aromas with some orange zest. A little bit of pear and citrus fruit as well. Taste is slightly tart at first, not nearly as tart as it smelled though. Tons of pear with a good amount of Belgian yeast. Light barnyard character. Spicy with some lemon...bit of a bread-like finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and crisp. Drinkability is high...ABV very well hidden. Overall, I am DEFINITELY holding onto my other bottle of this for a VERY long time. It drinks as a solid beer now, but should become AWESOME in a few years.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy marmalade color. Quite cloudy. Head is volatile. The head is very bubbly and spacious. Head is not very cohesive. Brux doesn't lace much but when it does, it leaves fat clumps along the glass.

S-That odd, candied spiciness of the Brett is clear. Tart, unripened pears and apples. There is a noticeable malty sweetness laying beneath the tartness. Barnyardy. There is a good balance between the sweet and the sour.

T-Sweeter here. The tartness and funk switch places with the malt. Belgian hops and Brett. The flavor falls off quickly…its there for only a few seconds. Dried hay and some candied citrus. The flavor is not tart throughout but its abrupt finish is a mildly sour one.

M-Far too bubbly. The carbonation stings the tongue; it nearly burns it. My palate is singed from the bubbles after six or seven sips. Off-dry. Alcohol is hidden well.

O/D-Could have been better but kudos to these two elite breweries. I can never really complain when an easily available, decent quality Wild Ale pops up on the shelves.

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Photo of ADZA
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With a beautiful pop it pours a hazed orange hue with a ever rising creamy three finger head and lacing about the place,on smell im getting lots of oranges,brett,white grapes and stale pub ,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,a tad tart and well carbonated maybe a lil too carbonated and has tastes of lemon rind,orange cake,a touch of sour grapes,abit of funk,candy and finished with a sherbet dryness and overall its not bad and overall it is what it is a Belgian Ale with Brett no wow factor but its nice.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ST: 750ml poured into a tulip glass.

A: A pretty, clear orange-gold with a thin white head and fast champagne carbonation. Leaves spotty lacing.

S: Lemon, orange, wet stone, brettanyomyce funk, fruit doughnut, pilsner edge, a sour lemonade.

T: Very bitter and sour lemon with a hint of grapefruit upfront, dry stone and sour orange linger with peach and herbal notes and a light spice.

M: Dry and bitter / sour / tart.

O: Interesting and complex beer. The sour and bitter notes of stone fruit mesh with citrus and herbal spicy funk. How the beer would change with age would be worth knowing.

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Photo of JG-90
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml into glass, shared with friends

A - Hazy straw color, minimal to no lacing

S - Dry, Fruity. blind I would say its a pinot gritio (it really smells more like a wine than a beer)

T - Dry, fruity with pear and apple, tart

M - medium mouthfeel, with moderate-high carbonation

O - First taste of a wild ale, very impressed.

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Photo of maxk
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, kept cold, served in a tulip and allowed to warm before consumption.

Slightly hazy orange gold with a little white head which quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Minimal lacing.

Banana, fruity esters, a little bit of citrus fruit and mango. Just a little bit of a funky, bacteria smell.

Strong apple flavor, a little bit of clementine and citrus oil. There is some nice caramel sweetness, tinged with Brett funk. Oily mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, and negligible alcohol heat.

Interesting beer. I wasn't sure quite what to expect but I've loved everything I've had from RR and like many SN offerings so I decided to give this a shot. It's a good wild ale, but not spectacular. One big thing it has going for it is availability, every beer store in my area still has bottles of it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Sierra Nevada tulip. Didn’t pull out the Russian River goblet for the side-by-side Light cherry and earth. Funk and slight phenolics. Shows lots of promise. Good, not great.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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

Pours frothy but head quickly dissipates. Champagne-like bubbles fizz throughout, making this look like a living beverage, translucent but not clear or cloudy, golden amber color, not too dark. Smells like a gueze, with musty, yeasty, weedy aromas but not overpowering ones. Very smooth taste, not full-bodied and definitely tilted toward the tart/sour end of the spectrum. Apple taste. Slight, short alcohol finish. Extremely dry and pleasant for something so sour. I plan on cellaring one.

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Photo of fatmusic14
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with some friends. Review based off of about 7 oz.

A - Hazy, golden, beautiful. Reminiscent of autumnal leaf changes in Vail Valley.

S - Pungent, tart - refreshingly sour.

T - less "in your face" than the smell. Really well done, smooth, tangy, hints of mint and summer.

M - no complaints. Great carbonation and aftertaste.

O- get your hands on this.

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

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow, monster 3+ inch fizzy head and good lacing.

Smell - Brett funk, floral notes, yeasts, caramel, apple, peach, lemon and banana. Very saision like with a grassy aroma.

Taste - Sour brett mixed with farmhouse floral and herbal flavors. Lemon and apple is a main flavor along with some peppery spices. Caramel malts add a little bold flavor. Some sweet yeasts and a little alcohol comes out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sour brett coats tounge along with lemon and apple. Palate gets some malts, yeasts and spices. The aftertaste is lemony, brett sour and dry.

Overall - Pretty good, more mild and smooth, the brett doesnt sour you all to hell. Balanced well, minus the brett though this would be a straight up saision, loads of floral notes and sweet yeasts. Worth a drink but at 15.99$ i wouldnt buy this again.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, and honey colored in the glass, Brux
features a minimal head that provides sparse lacing. Difficult to put a nose on this one. Slightly fruity, bready, and with a touch of brettanomyces. A wide range of flavors splash across the pallet. Hints of pear, caramel, green apple, funk, grass, pepper, and alcohol were all noticeable, as well as a few flavors we couldn't put our tongue on. A higher level of carbonation meets a medium body in this brew. Not overly sour, but a nice tartness that should develop over time, and luckily we have one stashed in the cellar.

Cheers!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half white head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing at all. Aroma is nice, it smells like pears, apricots, lemon peel, peppery spice, brett, and some hay. The brew tastes similar to the aroma, like apricots, hay, bready malt, funk, and some light banana and tropical fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium and a bit slick, but with very high carbonation. The high carbonation doesn't help the drinkability of this brew for me. Overall I think this is a solid brew and it's certainly worth trying, but I would have to think before spending $14.99 on this again. Hopefully the next time I try this I'll get a bottle that's less carbonated than this one was.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy/bubbly straw, big white 2 finger head,

S: belgian yeast, fresh bread, floral, lemon peel

T: same as nose, firm souring pucker, hint of bitter/oily

M: med body, bubbly/mild oily mouth

O: Great to see 2 famous California breweries team up!
Still can't decide if I like the style, but interesting treat
+ love breweries taking beer in different directions.
Curious to try other Wild Ales and see how it compares. Have
tried tons of SN + Russian River due to NorCal trip and amazing
wife who said OF COURSE we will go to Russian River for you!
Worth trying and supporting these 2 CA beer gods.

VERY GOOD, GIVE IT A GO!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a relatively clear golden yellow with absolute loads of carbonation producing a 4+ inch rocky white head. Wonderful retention...just seems to continously re-feed itself...lasts forever.
S: Pleasantly fresh brett aroma predominates...tart, sweet, and sour. Melon and fresh fruit. Spice and white pepper too.
T: Doesn't quite hold up to the promise of the aroma...but still nice. Milder notes of brett, candi sugar, light caramel malt, melon, lemongrass, and hint of spice (more apparent with warming).
M: Extremely effervescent...tons of carbonation tingle. Light body (and a bit thin)...lighter than you'd expect from the ABV. Sweet with a hint of tart/sour. The beer is pleasant while in your mouth, but doesn't linger much at all on the palate...which knocks it down a peg for me.
D: A lighter, nicely complex, and easily drinkable beer. Good with lighter picnic fare. Started off excellently and finished solidly. Nice to have once, but I don't see myself revisiting this one.

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

A great Brett crafting. Yellow with lasting foamy head, it did foam over somewhat. Funky aroma. Very tasty and like a white wine pairing for lunch. Great drinkability. Soft mouthfeel. From Winooski’s. Earthy, grassy hops. Slight lemon. With mild pepper, a little like a saison.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.