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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: 17
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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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a Sierra Nevada fanboy and a Belgian Beer tourist, I'd been anxiously awaiting the release of this collaborative product after seeing it hyped online. Finally found a 750ml bottle last weekend and quaffed it in a Chimay chalice while grilling out.

A: Nice copper orange color with mild turbidity. The head was weaker than I would have assumed, even with a pretty aggressive pour at the end. Subsided quickly with only the slightest lacing.

S: Good grassy barnyard aromas mixed with some citrusy / ester notes got me juiced for the funk. This smelled not unlike some wet hopped organic beers I've had.

T: Hay up front with citrus and green apple fruitiness through the middle. You can taste the wild yeast, but honestly in a blind tasting I would not even call this out as a Brett Beer, and would probably guess it was a Saison. This doesn't make it a bad beer, but if you are going to name your beer after Brettanomyces bruxellensis, the funk should be right up front and center. Nowhere near as funky as say, a Rayon Vert. I found it a little sweet, but that helps to cover the 8.4% ABV.

M: Good crispness and drinkability with a nice dry finish. Pretty refreshing and easy to polish off.

O: A nice beer, but one that didn't quite live up to the hype or the premium price ($14.99 for 750ml). I'm tempted to buy another and cellar it for 3 or 4 years to see if the funk shows up.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Released July '12
Russian River goblet

A: Pours out a slightly hazy light orange color. Initially I got a layer of bright white head that faded into a white ring. Tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottle conditioning.

S: Definitely get that Brett character on the nose: wet hay horseblanket type smells. Saison like for sure. Maybe some tart fruity notes.

T: Up front, you get some tart funkiness. It's not as crazy as as I was expecting. I want more Brett! Like others have mentioned, that might come out more with time. Middle of the mouth, some mild fruit: green apple, white grape, sweet orange peel maybe. Prickly carbonation really helps to keep this one on the lighter side. Don't taste that 8.3% at all. Close is dry, but not as mouth puckering as other traditional Saison or wild ales.

M: Medium bodied, but feels lighter. Nice hidden ABV.

O: B- to B. Maybe more time will help? Or more Brett in the batch.

Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given that Russian River was involved (Sierra Nevada - meh).

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, decent cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear vibrant yellow. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Heavy fresh bretts, yeast, cream, clean malts, and citrus. A very pleasant moderate strength aroma. I can't wait to try it.

T: Clean malts and heavy yet still somehow subtly executed bretts. The blend of yeast with lactic notes and malts is very pleasant yet lacks complexity. It's tasty and biscuity. Some lemon peel. Pear and spice add needed depth, whilst maintaining the fragile balance. Alcohol warms the stomach but is nowhere in the flavour profile. Per the label, there is some slight tartness.

Mf: Crisp, nicely coarse (per the crystal malt I assert), wet, and refreshing. Suits the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Drinkable, pleasant, and very enjoyable. Hides its ABV quite well. I like it, but it does lack complexity. It'll satisfy any brett cravings anyone has. It is what it advertises. I'd get it again. Might age well.

B-

Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard 750 ml. bottle, corked and caged. Poured into a Belgian globe glass. The bottle offeers a firm pop yet doesn't burst at the seems as I for some reason expected. The pour is a deep golden with a half inch cap.

Interesting aroma with a touch of Brett and a touch of Tripel yeast battling things out. Offers an intriguing yeast profile yet without the singularity. Touch of funk, touch of sweetness and a touch of mystery.

Flavor is a bit simple, particularly with regards to the aroma. Touch of yeast and spice, bit average.

Ditto the feel on this one.

Overall a bit pricey for an 'ok' brew...

Photo of brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light copper orange with little to no head.

S - Pear, hay, grapes, green apple, light funk, grassy.

T - Sweet malts, candi sugar, fruity esters, some peppery spice, alcohol, belgian yeast.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - Fairly disappointing. I bought a second bottle to age. Hopefully the Breet becomes more pronounced with time.

Photo of elkinbrown
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Diomede
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Davit
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Robeerto89
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of babaracas
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with one finger of white foam, streaming carbonation, head settles to a thin ring quickly, with a few dots left on the glass. Smell: grassy, spicy, some green apple and lemon. Taste: pale sweetness, grassy, lemon, mild tartness, and a little spicy funkiness. Light-medium bodied, somewhat slick. I get the name... not super exciting, but it's well made.

Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with a light haze and a robust effervescence. Head pours several fingers of fizzy ivory foam which dissipates rather quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a light, refreshing tartness. Simple, but clean and enticing.

Taste: sweet malt with a good, rich flavor rather like a tripel. Tartness is low, which I wasn't expecting, based on the smell, but it works well here. There's a little bit of Brett-y funk in the mix along with a chalkiness that smooths the whole thing out. An interesting selection of flavors that I think works quite well.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a mammoth carbonation and concomitant bodacious creaminess. Hot damn tamale! Love it.

Overall: a very interesting wild ale. It is not over the top, but it develops a nice range of wild ale flavors. Good stuff; I'd have it again.

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of mdillon86
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Packman4IL
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ejw127
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Kreizler
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of smchenry75
2.28/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This beer is really not very good at all. I am a huge fan of sours. This is just bad. Not very sour or flavorful. Rather boring and unbalanced... Hops are way out of place here. I wish I had more to say to get to 250 characters. This was a quick drain pour. Going to go crack a Westy 12 as an apology to my palate.

Photo of smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A faint thin soapy head is produced which doesn't really last at all or hang around much, but sits on a juicy orange and tangerine body, with lots of rising carbonation. Kind of looks like a nice peach color almost. There is practically no collar on this once it has settled.

Nose is very dry grain, with a juicy almost sweet candy orange smell and faint brett. Some mild funk sensations, but kind of toned down. Almost penny candy juice sweet.

Large punch of dry yeast in the mid palate, with large effervescent carbonation. Dry white wine finish, but also taking along the real nice fruit juice orange character with it. Some real nice malt backbone comes out on the aftertaste, giving those nice baked bread sensations too. There's a little bit of noticeable alcohol heat.

Overall rather enjoying this, a bit different and not mind blowing but a solid wild ale nonetheless.

Photo of SawDog505
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a cloudy orange yellow, with a one inch bubbly white head that disappears very quickly, leaving no lace at all. Smell is grapes, musk, champagne, and clove. Taste is all of those things, loads of flavor, not my favorite style. Body is thinner than I expected, lots of carbonation, not crazy dry for this style, and easy drinking all and all. This is a good beer, not my thing normally, but a nice change from my normal hoppy beers.

Photo of Saxmusik45
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass.

A: Clearish, hazy, with little head.

S: Vague, boring Belgian yeast. Some funk.

T: Delicious! Huge waves of Brett with subtle, funky, fruit. Dry wheat, clean finish, lots of interesting flavors. Acidic without being sour. Tangy.

M: Full, rewarding, absolutely.

O: interesting beer. Recommend Belgian. Would have again, if not recommended.

Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of brotherloco
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazed deep orange-gold with two fingers of off-white foam. Cascading and popping bubbles take a long time to settle. Some broad lacing left in glass.

Aroma is, well of course, brett. Bright fruit notes, fresh cut grass, honeysuckle. Slight sourness. Plenty of sweet malt, and no real hint of booze.

Flavor is more sweet and less tart than I was expecting. Plenty of sweetness through the middle. The finish dries up some but stays a little too sweet. Leaves you with lingering flavors of bright fruits and earthy cereal grains. Still absolutely none of the relatively high ABV.

Just about medium bodied with a lot of natural spritzy carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Good, but wish it finished a little drier.

Given the collaborative nature of this beer I was expecting it to deliver the subtle notes that brett can contribute to a beer without being extreme. It does that exactly.

Looking forward to how the 2nd bottle in the cellar will develop.

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