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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,238 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,238
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 46
Gots: 352 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012)
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Photo of melissajtai
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

melissajtai, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of marvin213
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

marvin213, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Tucquan, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

PEIhop, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of sanford_and_son
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

sanford_and_son, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mdfb79, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of theempire
4.75/5  rDev +25%

theempire, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of cardern
4/5  rDev +5.3%

cardern, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Lantern, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Kaydogg
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Kaydogg, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with two fingers of beige head. Stays effervescent, a trace of lacing & even less head retention

S: Sour/funkyness & orchard fruit

T: Pears, funkyness, a touch of dirt & some white grapes up front, plus a touch of boozeyness. Some oaky dry notes with, pears, a touch more funk, winesap apple & honey as this warms, with some booozey pineapple dancing around the edge. Finishs slightly dry with some sourness, a touch of brett & orchard fruit with some booze soaked pineapple that enhances the whole experience

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, some sticky notes

A pretty good wild ale. Would preffer to get Russian River's mainstays, but this is one has a lot of character & plenty of drinkability, a bit expensive for a SN beer, but I dont feel cheated by any means

russpowell, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of CampusCrew
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well like everyone else said its a mild sour, really mild for wild ale. Possibly the least twang of any sour ale ive had. But, it has beuatiful color, quickly disapting head. Smell is faint, green apple jolly rancher, very balanced taste, this isna great into sour for people who already can handle some saisons. Love to see what this beer will be like ina few years thought. The malt backbone that ks there will be interesting.

CampusCrew, Jul 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

yeti123, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The resulting beer, from the great minds of Sierra Nevada and Russian River, manifests in a mildly rustic, Belgain fruity, and conservative "wild" ale that may not evoke excitement with the staunch fans of sour ales, but may provide the glimpse into the sour world for the uninitiated.

Pouring a hazy burnish gold color, the beer opens with yeasty appearances and topped by cottony yellowish foam. Solid retention outlasts the acidity and provides pockets of lace around the glass.

The scent of Belgian pale ales is alive and well and rests just beyond the limey and earthy overtones from the brett-brux. Underneath, there's the scent of bread dough, light apple and berry esters with a balancing tone of white pepper and perhaps a dash of cumin.

Flavors of fresh baking bread, semi-starchy sweetness and straw start the show and provides a firm foundation for the natural esters and spices of yeast to rest upon. Green apples, pears, under ripened berries and a tropical hint of papaya give the beer its understated fruitiness. Similarly, the taste of white pepper, celery seed, and fresh cut herbs, and grass balance the fruit, yeast, and malt character well. But the star of the show is the wild character of brettanomyces that casts an earthen shadow over the beer with hints toward weathered attic wood, must, brine, dried limes, mild leather and horse hair. Though the effects from wild micro flora seem young and restrained, they merely add a footnote of complexity and without turning the beer absolutely sour.

Early bready malt textures turn powdery and semi-dry to finish as the sweetness fades from the mouth and a light woody tannin pang substitutes hop bitterness and lead a light citrus acidity into the next sip.

Unlike the usually brash brett beers, this one plays well with others and allows the standard taste of Belgian pale ales to command the flavor profile, at least for now. Age will surly prove otherwise.

BEERchitect, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating on the bottle.

A= Pours a nice yellowish orange color with a thick off white head on it that rises and falls relativly quickly with a little lacing on the glass.

S= Smells nice and funky. A little tart apple and some pear in it. A nice hay character to it and some malty sweetness. A little tarness in it as well.

T= Tastes great. It has a nice sweetness to it that holds up nicely to the funk. I was expecting something a little more dry but this is a nice balance of sweetness and funk. There is again a nice pear flavor as well as some tart apple. Hay and maybe a little hop character is present. A nice funk. Really reminds me of some of Russian Rivers beers.

M= Great carbonation and weight.

O= This is up there with Russian Rivers great wild beers. Not the most sour thing in the world but it has a Damination type of funk. Worth trying for sure and worth buying several if you can.

jjanega08, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 into snifter

Cork Flew out of bottle and Hit the ceiling!!

Appearence: Very Effervescent. Very thin head but im fine with that. Nice orangeish color. Very nice looking

Aroma: Pineapple, citrus, room temperature fruit aroma. Little funky, Slightly Spicy, Great Aroma.

Taste: Very clean for Brett Conditioning. I like the stage the Brett is in now. Once they get super sour I dont like This style nearly as much. But The Brett Complexity is Very Nice. As it warms it becomes more fruity and Dry Very Nice

Mouthfeel: Dry sort of Fungis feeling. Strange but dig it

Overall: Very good Beer. I very much like to stage I was able to try it at. Maybe Ill find some more and Age it.

JustinQ, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +5.3%

klipper, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Humulus85
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to finally get this. Haven't had a RR wild yet, but I love the style. From the corked/caged 750mL bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy golden with a one-finger eggshell white head. Recedes quickly with little lacing. Looks like a wild...

I'm liking this nose. Very Belgian pale ale upfront with a nice funky brett backing. Cardamom and cloves meet pear and green apple. Some funky barnyard and a bit of tartness. No booze.

Follows the nose. Nice Belgian flavors upfront; spicy and floral. Moderate brett funk in the middle blends with pear, lemon zest, apple cider, and some earthy hops. A slight tartness comes through with some nice pale malts. Still no alcohol. Finishes with a bit of funk, musty hops, and pale malt. Subtle but pretty complex flavor profile.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Finishes is well balanced and pretty clean for the style. Could maybe use a touch more carbonation.

Overall this was a really good Wild Ale and a perfect introduction to what the style can be. It is not a sour, and the Brett could use some time to build. I think a year or even two or three would do this brew well, and may even make it exceptional. If it wasn't so pricey I would recommended to all, but it is still worth picking up if your a fan of the style. Cheers!

Humulus85, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Chico1985
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml split amongst peeps...I think Cam shared this one, thanks Cam! As a big fan of both breweries, I've been interested in trying this.

Pours a coppery orange with a white head of a few fingers height. Fizzles down to a slight ring within a couple minutes.

Good smell, kinda faint, the taste follows suit with some more strength. Nice sharp bretty notes, lots of lemon, citrus, apple, some tropical notes. Some spice, grassiness and hay. Kinda on the simple side for a wild ale but pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is uber-foamy, but tolerable enough for the style, not bad. Booze is pretty well-hidden, easy to forget this is over 8%.

Overall this was pretty good, but not outstanding.

Chico1985, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured an orangish tawny color with a 1-1.5 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. However carbonation bubbles very active once head was gone.

S-Not an overwhelming smell, but pleasant none the less. Definitely a sweeter aroma that smells of light caramel.

T-A slight malty sweetness upfront before a mild tartness sets in and lingers a bit. Slight notes of citrus fruits and yeast on the back end with a bit of a tannic finish.

M-Excellent mouthfeel. A high level of carbonation that was balanced nicely with a medium to heavy body. Also had a nice dryness to it.

O-Overall this was a pretty solid beer, but I was expecting a bit more for the price and the names on the bottle. However I feel that it was a exceptionally balanced beer, that walked the line between sweet and sour. Glad I picked up two of these, looking forward to seeing what a bit of age does to this beer.

Wolfpack2005, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of wesley14
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

wesley14, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

polishkaz, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of jh1982
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jh1982, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of acevenom
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours hazy orange with a quickly dissipating white head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. There is the barnyard yeast funk that comes through in the aroma. It smells fruity (apple, pear, lemon) and grassy. There is some spiciness as well. The Belgian yeast, grassy, and spice notes hit the mouth first. There is some tartness, but this is not strong. The body is light to medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. This is a very good beer that would likely improve with age. It doesn't quite live up to expectations, but it is still worth a try if you like wild ales.

acevenom, Jul 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Soneast, Jul 22, 2012
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,238 ratings.