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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

1,282 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,282
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 45
Gots: 361 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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."

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of prototypic
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brux is an attractive gold color. It’s very clear. It takes on a bit of an orange look when held to light. Carbonation looks very active. It produces a soft, white head that rises to about two fingers in height. It falls back to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was definitely on the light and spotty side. Not bad at all.

The nose is good. It’s a mix of earthy, grainy, musky, and slightly funky scents. The funkiness is obviously attributed to Brett. It’s very subtle and reserved in its role. I don’t mind that. Light apple and pear are noted. Some spicy notes are present, but I can’t identify them here. They’re very much a secondary player. Belgian yeast is noted and is probably responsible for the spiciness. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t seem overly strong.

The flavor is pretty good. It kicks off with a strong mix of musky, earthy, and grainy flavors. There’s a little funk that follows. The use of Brett is unmistakable, although it does have a reserved impact on the flavor. It’s a little tart, but far from mouth puckering. Belgian yeast is also noted, but seems almost secondary. It adds some spicy notes, but they’re very subtle and leave you wanting more. There’s a little alcohol on the tail, but it’s not warm or hot. Finishes earthy and musky with lesser amounts of funky and spice.

Brux has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but it is soft and smooth. Given that alcohol is masked well, it is smooth and easy drinking. Finishing off a 750 won’t be much trouble at all.

This collaborative effort between Sierra Nevada and Russian River is pretty good, but seems a little tame. Brett is definitely notable, but it doesn’t come through quite as strong as I’d like. As it is, it’s probably going to introduce many to wild yeast flavors in beer. For that, it’s probably just about perfect. There’s enough to intrigue, but not enough to overwhelm. The label describes this as a "Domesticated Wild Ale." Nail on the head.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of axeman9182
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Brux pours a hazy color that falls somewhere between copper and straight orange. There are plentiful tangerine highlights when I hold the beer up to a liht. The head approaches three fingers in height of fluffy, just off-white foam. Head retention is alright, and there's not muh lacing left in its wake. The nose has a fair amount going on, with aromas of straw, pepper, and lemon zest all intermingling. It could all stand to be a little bit more intense though. The flavor profile is nice, and just about in line with what I'd expect a relatively fresh beer that was only bottle conditioned with brett (rather than having utilized brett for a primary or secondary fermentation) to taste like. I'm guessing that the base beer here is some sort of saison, because while the straw and light citrus/lemon notes that open and close the beer respectively taste like the result of wild yeast, the big cracked pepper flavor mid palate is reminiscent of a well brewed farmhouse ale. The body is very nicely dried out, especially for being above 8%ABV, and the carbonation has a very nice liveliness to it. Brux is drinking nicely right now as an essentially clean beer with just a little bit of funk to it. I suspect though that much like Orval, a bit of time in the bottle will turn it into something beautiful and complex.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy, orange color. There is a fizzy, off-white head which quickly fades to nothing.

S: Tart and crisp. Green apple, champagne, lemon rind, and mild barnyard must.

T: Champagne is prominent. Sour grape and apple. Strong vinous alcohol flavor, but it is not unpleasant; similar to a dry white wine. Alcohol blends with lemon tart and lactic sour to make a lingering, bitter but mouthwatering finish.

M: Thin, alcoholic and very foamy. With the slightest of agitation, it really foams up.

O: Very interesting. Compare to both champagne and cider with a sour twist.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sour and funky, yet a touch green. In the taste, a dry sourness, quite carbonated, and it tastes a bit green too. A sour like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sourness in the aftertaste. Nice sour and dryness, but a bit green, I want to lay one down for a year or two.

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

Appearnce: Poured a slightly hazy copper-orange color with about one finger of off-white colored head which dissipated pretty fast. Very effervescent. Not much in the way of head retention and/or lacing on this one.

Aroma: Apricots, Wet Grass, Lemon Rind, Rubber Bands, Kumquats, and faint Brown Paper Bag.

Taste: Dry and fruity up front with hints of dried apricot, lemon zest, as well as some grassy characteristics (follows the nose). The carbonation fizzes on the tongue, helping to wake up the taste buds. The tart flavor is present throughout, but it was at it's most dominant towards the back-end. Still, it's not so sour that it makes you pucker or anything. I'm getting more fruit on the finish which goes well with a lingering dryness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium-high carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: I think that this would be a great introduction into the world of Sours. It's funky, but not too funky (at least not yet). It's tart, but not puckering. As much as I enjoy bolder sours, I liked this beer quite a bit. Alcohol is hidden well too. Cheers.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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

Pours a golden straw color with a honey hue. The pure white head is pillowy and is fed by a constant stream of bubbles. Good retention.

The aroma is oaky with a green apple tartness. Some musty white grapes and hay. Lightly peppery and lemony.

The taste is of a pale malt, somewhere between crackery and bready. I am picking up some rust notes as well. There is a light fruitiness to the brew; green apple and lemon. The beer has an oak like flavor from the brett and some hay. A bit of a grassy bitterness.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation which leads to a crisp feel. Good balance between sweet, tart and bitter. Drinks quite well and very refreshing.

Not the most flavorful wild ale that I have had. The yeast provides some flavor but not as much as I have seen in the style. It might not have strong flavors but is damn drinkable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $13.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, deep amber-gold body with a craggy, rocky, white head that peters out fairly quickly but never quite vanishes.

Smell: Varied, mingled, sweaty notes of tart pears, Italian bread crumbs, finely-ground spices, oily citrus fruits, lavender, pickled ginger slices, and mildly funky Brett.

Taste: Golden barley, gently toasty with sweetish hints of well-spiced sugar-spice cookies. The sweetness dries out almost instantaneously. Embellishes of Chiclets and Sweet-Tarts midway into the flavor. Citric oils with some phenolic Brett character coming through, but it's never overtly wild. Peppery spice and some fleeting wild yeastiness on the sparkling finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated with a downright crackling mouthfeel.

Overall: I would say this could greatly benefit from some time away to let that lovely wild character develop. Brux, you are in TIME OUT.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,282 ratings.