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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,288 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 45
Gots: 364 | FT: 19
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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Ratings: 1,288 | Reviews: 316
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Figured I'd give it a go. Looks pretty lame in the glass, quick fading head, murky honey color, bland to my eyes. Picking up some honey, clover, spice, and esters on the nose. You would certainly have to be fermiliar with brett to find it in the aroma. The brux pops a little more in the flavor. A little dusty and farmy with hints of horse sweat. Spices, phenols, a nice little package. Very dry as it should be. For a beer that is clearly trying to be something like Orval this falls short, sorry guys.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a rose-tinted orange coloring, both opaquely clouded and steadily carbonated. A filmy ring and island of film decorate the surface of the brew. Aromas of fruit and floral blend together for an inticing funk. Currant, raspberry, lemongrass, jasmine, and many other characteristics blend together to assault the sense of smell. Flavors of citrus fruit and apples are first onto the palate, with a backbone of cloves and banana subtly in the background. The flavors almost lend themselves to a cider style of drink. Very light and effervescent in mouth, to the point of foaming if you move or swish at all with the tongue. There is an acidity feel and taste that touches the tip of the tongue initially, and also presents itself to the back of the tongue at the end of the palate. Pear and parsley/basil spicing in the aftertaste, with a filmy, quick, slightly frothed finish. Very unique and interesting beer, and much more mild overall than some other beers utilizing Brett. This would make a good transition for people new to Wilds, or even sours.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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%

Photo of nova009
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked bomber into my Ommegang flute

A- pours a crystal clear golden orange, two finger fluffy white head, spotty to little lacing present

S- mmmm funky brett, dry crisp fruit, apples and pears, a lemon scent brings up the tail, sweet candi sugar, smells like an awesome wild ale

T- interesting, i'll start with the fruit, pretty close to the nose with pear and apple flavors, slight lemony citrus as well, bready malt, dry finish, not a whole of sour or tart mixed in,

M- medium body, dry and crisp finish, very nice balance of carbonation, couldn't detect any alcohol either, very nice feel

O- overall not a bad beer, i was just really excited considering RR's history with sour beers, i picked up another bottle and i'm gonna let it aged for a couple of years and really let that brett develop, i think in the long run this could be an extremely tasty beer, right now it's just kind of a fledgling

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

The beer is orange and mostly clear, showing only a mild haze. Atop the beer rests a thin white head. The aroma offers apples, malt, brettanomyces, light spice. The flavor is ok. A bit malty, with some well water character. Brett is there, but this beer seems to play it safe. A tiny bit of tangy citrus with an apple juice finish. Maybe this will improve with age, but even so, this is a step (or more) behind many other notables in this genre.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of EkimGram
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 25.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Colour is a bright hazy orange-brow. Half-finger head fades to a puffy film. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Spicy yeast and bubblegum are first and foremost. Aside from that I get a tart mixture of citrus, malts, and something along the lines of figs.

Taste: Tart is the prominent flavour, although not overpowering. I honestly cannot pinpoint a single familiar flavour in this - I'm lost! Yeast, spice, malts, metallic, and slightly musty are words I would use.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a pack of carbonation. Clean, crisp, and dry.

Overall: This is my first AWA and it has certainly opened my eyes regarding different flavours. While totally different than the usual, I'm excited to further my explorations of this style.

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

Slightly hazy deep yellow color with spotty lacing.

The brett nose is undeniable. Funky hay, grass, and young in ripe white fruit.

The taste is mildly tart, but with a fruity sweet balance. Pear and apple with hay.

It's very dry with prickly carbonation.

It's a pretty solid offering from two great breweries.

Photo of Kadonny
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally got a hold of one of these bottles, I've been looking for it since release. Poured from a corked and caged 750 into my Hennepin glass.

A: A wonderful golden orange color with a just off white one finger head. Glass lacing is spotty.

S: Loads of lighter fruit smells mix with some heavy brett straw, hay and some sweeter toffee notes. Brett really stands out.

T: Follow the nose. Fruit flavors of pear, apple, lemon and some darker fruits of sweet cherry mix with loads of toffee and bready sweetness. The grassy straw and wet hay flavors of the brett really come out at the end to lead into a dry and slightly tart finish. Not a sweet beer, but not a sour either. Nice mix of both, enjoyable.

M: Medium mouthfeel that is dry and a bit prickly. Carbonation is spot on and I didn't get any alcohol for the 8.3 abv. Very nice.

O: I think this is a winner of a beer. I love the 2 breweries that collab'd on it, so what is there not to like. I don't get the lower reviews as I thought it was a fantastic and very drinkable beer that works on all levels.

If you like brett, you'll like this beer. Some complain it's not tart enough, but it's not meant to be a sour. For me, this was a perfect blend of tart and sweet which makes the beer oh so drinkable and enjoyable. I'll take one anytime, please keep making it.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a (512) Anniv3rsary goblet.

Classy-as-all-hell, the packaging is immaculate. The appearance doesn't quite live up to the bottle, as the apple juice golden body is thin and spritzy. An off-white head retreats all too quickly to a scant ring of foam. The aroma turns things around easily, with a delicate, Brett-rich nose of white grapes, apple skin, musty barn, and hints of cut grass and malty nuttiness.

The flavor cuts across the palate sharply with an effervescence that leaves behind note of apple rinds and tangy, musty Brett in its wake. Not a lot of depth to the flavor yet, and the overall palate comes off as largely disconnected from the aroma--something Russian River wilds rarely do. Brux rolls across the tongue in a sea of large, unruly bubbles that seem to multiply as the sip lingers. Unfortunately, I was not all too impressed with this release. Unfortunate because I love both brewers, and unfortunate because this may be one of the only times a Russian River beer with be available on the Texas shelves...hoping that Brux gets better with a little age on it.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of The_Blodge
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served in a tulip glass. Vibrant cloudy orange color with a one finger head that quickly disintegrates into nothing.

S: Tart and spicy. Alcohol notes are there, but don't overwhelm. Clean and floral. Cherries and oranges.

T: Sweet and tart. Sweet in the front, tart and funky in the finish. Hops are subdued, hardly recognizable. Grain lingers on the back of the tongue. Great taste...very unique.

M: Medium-light body with average carbonation. Really has just the right amount of body for this flavor combination.

O: Good beer. I am not overly familiar with this style, but I like it. Head and retention were basically not even there. Wine-like feel to the entire beer experience. I like it, but it didn't floor me.

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3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Chimay chalice. Poured a hazy orange-yellow color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had no retention or lacing. The aroma had a nice grain base with just a mellow tartness around the edges and a nice yeast scent.

The taste was the same, a nice grainy, yeasty base beer (sort of Saison-like) with some mild tartness around the edges. The body was decent, thinner than I had hoped for, but crisp and dry.

Drinkability was good, the beer was fairly smooth. Overall, a very nice brew. I suspect they made this beer to be a bit more approachable to a wider customer base, so it isn't the big funkster us geeks might wish it was. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into my delirium tremens tulip, the beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and light, fair lacing. The nose is absolutely exotic in this beer, as I pick up cherry, light sour funk, ginger, light vanilla, lavendar and toffee nouget. Alas, the beer doesn't taste quite as good, but it's not bad. I really think SN got a bit carried away with the amount of brett they managed to innoculate this beer with, as it's a bit over the top. Otherwise, I get considerable cherry, light butter and vanilla at the forefront, all of which is completely dominated by the brett flavor (I really think that's where the butter flavor is coming from). There's something of a woodruff syrup flavor to this beer as well, which is odd, to say the least. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a moderately sweet, brett infused finish. The funky brett flavor is really a bit much.

A very interesting beer, but ultimately, not something I can see wanting very often.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.