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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

1,275 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 44
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.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of animal69
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.

Photo of Shawkabukoo
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of wagenvolks
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.

Photo of boot11222
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.

Photo of beertunes
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.

Photo of jnikkel
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of leedorham
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.

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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

750mL into a tulip. Pours a nice coppery color w/ lively, effervescent carbonation, fluffy loose head that settles steadily.

Aroms is a nice grassy Brett funk - pepper & spice. Reminds me of a saison.

Taste leads off w/ crackery, biscuity malt, some sharp spicy notes from the yeast, apple and pear. Light, crisp and refreshing. This is not a sour - not sure if it was meant to be. The biscuity malt has an almost metallic quality.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light w/ a dry finish. Just a tad thin.

Overall this is an approachable, drinkable wild ale - which also makes it a little dull. The label says it will "progress over many years," so maybe I'll lay down a couple bottles and see what develops.

Photo of MordorMongo
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #7 cellar temp served in one of my new 2012 Duvel tulips

A : Pale orange, 3/4" white fluffy head from an aggressive pour recedes to a light cap which maintains throughout. Slight lacing, pretty sexy really.

S : Faint orange peel, mild funk, some malt evident

T : Light citrus, pear, some faint apple, touches of grass and hay. Unmistakeable breadiness present as well. Brett comes through a bit in the finish with a slight dryness.

M : Medium body with average carbonation, was hoping for a more crisp bite here but was let down.

O : Very mild Brett, maybe I have had too many Brett bombs lately but was certainly hoping for a bit more funk. Will likely buy a couple and sit on them for a year or two in hopes some more funk joins the party. Very balanced with a clear malt presence, most certainly an introductory Brett beer.

Nothing special but a solid beer which is to be expected from it's makers.

Cheers!

Photo of MagicJeff
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

Appearance: 1/8 inch head retained throughout drinking, nice. Looks like a hazy gold. Decent lacing afterwards.

Smell: I smell orange peels, very crisp and pleasant. Pleasant sugary, yeasty scent too.

Taste: Initial citrus (mild banana too?) yields to sweet bready, yeast. Also some mild pepper on the end--alcohol certainly warms the palate as well. Quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, solid carbonation.

Overall: As others have noted, I suspect this beer would change over a couple years if aged--that isn't saying that it would be any better or worse. That said, it's simple but very good, and worth drinking right now instead of the future. A good introduction into wild ales for sure.

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

The Banshee
Chico, Ca

Hazed golden with a quickly forming, moderately sized near-white head, leaving irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass.

Some citrus notes (lemon and orange peel) and mild Brett character make for a pleasant aroma, along with a bit of bread.

The flavor is similar, with only a mild Brett presence butting up against citrus zest and lemon along with some sweet, bready, malt, and mild pepper.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Simple but tasty.

Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ZippyThePinhead
2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

For $14 per bottle, I was really expecting to be wowed by this. Did I miss something here?

In the cigar world, new cigars that sell for small money are commonly regarded as dog rockets. The mentality is, if the cigar is good, the price should reflect that, and if it is not, well, the price is a tacit admission of quality, etc.

Is the same happening in the beer world?

This is definitely drinkable, as it should be for $14 per 750 ml, but it does not seem extraordinary in any way. In fairness, my palate is a little compromised today, after drinking some IPA, but still... this comes across like a home-brew that got some Brett contamination, not like a bottle of $14 store beer.

Photo of stpaulsipper07
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ambruns1979
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of UnknownKoger
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,275 ratings.