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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

1,188 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,188
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 40
Gots: 339 | FT: 20
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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Thickfreakness

New York

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

A- Pours a rich, sparkling orange into my DFH glass. A crisp, two finger brilliant white head floats atop... but quickly fades away as it does with most wild ales. No real trace of lacing left behind. Looks really dense for something that sparkles with carbonation the way this one does.

S- Lemon zest, grape must with a healthy dose of barnyard and compost pile. Some orange and pineapple sweetness, nutty wheat, coriander, thai basil, pink peppercorns, and hints of banana lying beneath. A real nice balance of citrus, spice, sweetness, and that always familar manure/compost note.

T- Citrus and peppercorn spice surrounded by manure. Really nice balance of that barnyard/chicken shit funk that we all love. It has a caramel sweetness lying behind the sour funkiness. I love how the sour lingers and wraps around the tongue. Just a little touch of alcohol that opens it all up.

M- Crispy, bubbly, sour citrus, and a really dank manure finish. Some spice, sweetness and that lovely Brett yeast.

O- Definately gonna have to grab a couple more of these to cellar. I'd love to see what happens to this after a year. I bet it'll really open up and blossom.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 22:39:50 | More by Thickfreakness
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BucannonXC5

California

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

750 ML bottle into three snifters (three of us split them up) at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif., on July 28, 2012. One finger of head, but would have been more if poured all the way to the top. Hazy straw yellow golden honey color. Bubbly, frothy head/lacing with light retention.

Smelled curdly milk, pear, puke, lemon, tart.

Tasted similar to the smell – pear, tart, less puke, bland, not too tart of sweet.

Light-to-medium body. Slick texture. Above average carbonation. Long, sour finish. A bit refreshing.

A bit disappointed beer overall. I was expecting a bit more. It didn’t help that I had just had the Supplication, which was fantastic. Glad I tried it though.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 22:29:39 | More by BucannonXC5
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-29-2012 19:24:27 | More by Kopfschuss
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-29-2012 18:25:01 | More by ASUBeer
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halo913

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-29-2012 17:35:54 | More by halo913
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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-29-2012 13:48:08 | More by thegerm87
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Golden, clear body, and the vigorous carbonation streamers rising up from the etched nucleation site at the bottom of the Duvel tulip glass gave this beer an attractive appearance. The smell of brett induced funk mixed with green apples, honey, and lavender was very intoxicating. The taste provided everything promised by the smell, and then some. The palette was dry like a saltine cracker, with an initial sour apple and herbal flavor, that transitioned into white pepper, honey, and coriander. The finish had a hint of cheese from the aged hops and then faded into a cider like aftertaste. The funk of Brett was there, but did not overpower. This appears to be a beer made to enjoy both fresh, and after aging, and I would love to pick up a couple of bottles for the cellar, so to see how it evolves.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 04:59:44 | More by rajendra82
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leinie13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-29-2012 03:29:04 | More by leinie13
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rlee1390

Indiana

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

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head with some carbonation.

S-Funk, wheat, oranges, lemon.

T-More tart than sour. Letting it age and get funkier would be a good idea. Orange notes once again. Wheat with spice, along with some lemon and grassy notes.

M-Light, highly carbonated, crisp and dry finish.

O-Needs to be funkier. Age this baby because right now it is no where near what I'd expect a sour that Russian River was apart of to be.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 02:27:30 | More by rlee1390
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Jwaks

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at M&R liquor in avon, ct a day prior. Corked and caged 750ml brown belgian bottle.

A less than careful pour creates a 1/2 finger tall cap of loose foam.Lackluster and ephemeral, the head completely dissipates within 30 seconds leaving an enticing translucent light golden orange body. Numerous pillars of medium sized bubbles are a testament to this brew's lively carbonation.

A quick whiff reveals clementine, orange zest, bready yeast, some light malt, hints of earth, white pepper and funk. The aroma is a bit reticent, I like it when a beer makes it clear what I'm in for right when I pop open the bottle.

Orange zest and lemon zest are the first to the party followed by crackery malt, earth, grassy hops, a restrained sour twang, dirty, bretty funk and a bit of peppery spice to round out the long, dry finish. Yeahhh! Nice! An excellent sipper for sure.

Lively carbonation, a thin to medium body and a wonderful dry finish make this a damn enjoyable brew.

It's hard to pin down. The head is disappointing and no one flavor really stands out. Does it live up to the brewer's intent? Absolutely. Is it enjoyable to drink? Hell yeah.

Overall, I would drink it again even if the cost of entry is a bit high. Go ahead, give it a shot! I'm sure you've spent money on worse things haha! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 00:42:32 | More by Jwaks
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jburchett

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

07-28-2012 19:56:16 | More by jburchett
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a bright orange with a half finger off-white head that remained for quite some time. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, bardyard funk, funk, and subtle tart. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, fruit, and horse blanket. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. Upon first looking at this one it really reminded me of Supplication which I am a HUGE fan of. The only thing that kept it from getting a 4.5 in that category was the lack of lacing during the glass. Bummer… However, the aroma offered a really nice find as the Brett definitely dominated it in all aspects. There were some nice fruit and subtle tart notes poking through as well. On the flavor this one was definitely Brett dominated. This fact covered up quite a few of the more subtle flavors that almost made them impossible to identify. If you are a lover of Brett, you need to get your hands on this one without question. A definite must try.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 15:22:06 | More by thagr81us
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snaotheus

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into two belgian style glasses

Pours fairly clear (until the bottom of the bottom) straw golden with a slightly brassy tint, medium-large head, lots of carbonation. Smell is extremely muted (but I do have a cold -- even so, I can usually smell *something*). I get something mildly sweet and fruity. My wife gets something "like Belgian yeast".

Taste is also fairly mild, slightly sour, slightly spicy, slightly earthy, some banana.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, it's not bad. Flavors and smell are good, but so incredibly muted. I'm not a huge purveyor of the American Wild Ale style, so I don't have a lot to judge it against, plus I have a cold so...take my opinion for what it's worth.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:54:30 | More by snaotheus
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denimdemon

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-28-2012 03:42:07 | More by denimdemon
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Greywulfken

New York

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

A: amber gold with a quick head; no lace

S: lemony, grassy, musky

T: earthy, grassy, watered down lemon, tangy bitter yeast and hops

M: crisp, slightly astringent, bitter, chalky

O: never had a wild ale - reminded me of a more bitter, drier saison or biere de garde; also had some champagne-like qualities, but without any sweetness. so I don't know how it stacks up to the style, and it may be that I'm not partial to the style (although I do enjoy saisons and the like). I also drank it fresh, though I understand its character will age and improve. It went well with food, but I wasn't as fond of it without an accompaniment.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 00:50:14 | More by Greywulfken
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly leaving a few splashes of lace behind

Smell: Bready, with orchard fruit (apples, pears and peaches) with a vinous underlay and a bit of barnyard funk

Taste: Opens with a bready character that persists, underneath, while the vinous grape flavors add tartness; in the background, the orchard fruit adds another angle; after the swallow, the funkier flavors arrive and the Brett dries everything out in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Clearly an entry point to Brett beers for the uninitiated, this beer brings a fair bit of complexity, as well; it will be interesting to see how this develops

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 00:47:31 | More by brentk56
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Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the 750 ml (caged & corked) into a Chimay chalice. Body is slightly hazy honey-amber in color with a small whitish film on top.

S: Slight sourness is evident in the nose. Not a lot going on, however, which is surprising.

T: First impression: lighter and cleaner than expected. Slight sourness and sweet malt up front. Finishes with more sourness and some funky-ness. Modest but bright hoppiness seems to offset the more funky and sweet flavors, leading to a fairly clean finish on the palate. Again, that's a surprise.

M: Medium in heft, carbonation is active but fairly fine-prickled.

O: Good. Interesting. Fairly vibrant and feels lighter than expected, but there's a lot of different flavors going on. . . .

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 22:55:18 | More by Kendo
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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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AApparel

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-27-2012 14:53:53 | More by AApparel
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MightiestBeard

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-27-2012 11:44:05 | More by MightiestBeard
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-27-2012 04:09:38 | More by UltimateLivewire
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kslsc400

Washington

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-27-2012 03:53:36 | More by kslsc400
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n00blar

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-27-2012 02:35:01 | More by n00blar
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phattman073

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-27-2012 01:36:20 | More by phattman073
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larryi86

Delaware

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden/copper color with a three finger white that fades in blink of an eye.

S- Brett, some funk, some sour lemons, some pepper, little fruits, apple and pear.

T- Pepper, some sour light fruits, pale malts, Brett.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, ton of carbonation.

O- More Saison like than sour. I really enjoy this and hope I can get another bottle to age. Would love to see this aged in Chardonnay barrels.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 00:57:34 | More by larryi86
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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