Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
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!
07-29-2012 00:42:32 | More by Jwaks
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
07-28-2012 15:22:06 | More by thagr81us
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
07-28-2012 03:54:30 | More by snaotheus
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
07-28-2012 00:50:14 | More by Greywulfken
4.08/5 rDev +7.4%
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
07-28-2012 00:47:31 | More by brentk56
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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. . . .
07-27-2012 22:55:18 | More by Kendo
4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
07-27-2012 18:44:08 | More by Slatetank
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
07-27-2012 00:57:34 | More by larryi86
3.75/5 rDev -1.3%
I love these caged & corked Belgian-style ales. Like Rice Crispies, it snaps, crackles, and pops on the pour. The fizzy head rises as if champagne. The look is otherwise apple juice, or sweet tea.
That smell is tart: green apples, lemongrass, and lime rind. There's a pear infusion and a slight vinegar acidity present in its air as well. The brett yeast offers a bready feel on top of a surprising--albeit light--maltiness. There is an apple cidery feel to it, but it's almost like each of the subtle flavors competes in vain, for there is no characteristic winner that allows anywhere near a conclusion like "this beer tastes like ___." That's somewhat neat, but I'm left wanting more clarity on the flavor profile. It's light and genuinely refreshing--glad to have gotten one.
07-26-2012 21:56:23 | More by marvin213
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
Had this on 2012-07-19 in Santa Rosa, CA at the brew pub.
A - Semi-hazy amber with a 1-2 finger white head that fades fast.
S - Definite Brett yeasty-fruity aroma with a touch of hard lemon candy, light vanilla and pale malt.
T - Nice touch of malt then some tart white grape, there's a light grassy funk and very mild cinamon. Very beer-like flavor. Alcohol is hidden. Well balanced.
M - Light body and medium carbonation. A little effervescent. Dry.,
O - Really good. My youngest daughter liked it a LOT. It and Supplication were her two favorite brews today at the pub.
07-26-2012 20:13:07 | More by Tucquan
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
From 07/25/12 notes. Ordered this from Gary's, 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.
a - Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of oranges, brett, fruit, citrus, lemon, earthy notes, grass, and spices. A light tang to it, but not too sour at all. Not a ton of brett, but still a really nice nose that works well.
t - Tastes of pepper, oranges, brett, fruit, spices, hay, grass, earthy notes, lemongrass, citrus. Much more pepper and spice in the nose, and the same amount of brett. Nice, though a little too much pepper for me.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is easy to drink.
o - Overall a pretty good beer from RR and SN. If you're looking for something sour, it is not this beer, but if you like brett you'll enjoy this one. The taste has a lot of pepper like a peppery saison/Belgian ale, so if you like that in a beer, you'll probably love this one. Would have it again.
07-26-2012 14:11:46 | More by mdfb79
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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