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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,220 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,220
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 42
Gots: 347 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

GreenMountainBoy, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Gatordaddy, Jul 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

TXhomebrewer, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

MacStinson, Jul 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

July2Nov, Jul 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

PorterBoy14, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of MadScientist
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%

Be careful with that cork, my bottle was lightly chilled when I opened it and the pressure went out enthusiastic, sending a little particle into my eye. No damage so on the the review.

A: This pours a a medium gold with orange highlights a light haze which could have very well been a result of how the bottle was handled just prier to pouring. It has a rocky off-white head that persists for some time.

S: This smells like a good gueuze with sharp sour, somewhat acidic aroma dominating. There is a earthy brett aroma with some light barnyard funk in the background. There are some moderate fruit esters of grapefruit and apples. The three dominate aromas of sour, brett and fruit nicely balanced.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the moderate sour and low bitter flavors seem to play of each other with a slight malt sweetness giving some balance. The grapefruit and green apple aromas carry into the flavor as well. The bitterness and tartness linger past the dry finish.

M: This beer has a medium-light body with a moderately high level of carbonation.

I'd say this is sort of a Gueuze meets American Pale Ale which should surprise that much given the breweries collaborating on this fine brew. Despite the sharp sour and funk this is a well balanced beer and a couple of bottle definitely deserve a space in my cellar so I can so how this one ages.

MadScientist, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
8.3% ABV, numbers printed on shoulder of bottle.

A - Brux is gently hazed, pouring a golden honey color with an effervescent light ivory head that diminishes to next-to-nothing pretty quickly. Not a trace is left on the glass, sadly.

S - Potent earthiness flourishes through Brux from the maltiness, hops, and yeast with suggestions of shaved, fresh oak. Dry biscuit with little more than a dribble of honey sweetness lays the groundwork for the complex yeast to work. Light citrus notes lap at the olfactory senses gently while a very mild, "domesticated" wild aroma subtly emerges, providing toned-down barnyard notes and a vanilla cream Yankee candle-like scent from a vigorous swirl.

T - The first sip quickly splashes a surprising banana Runts-like flavor on the tongue despite the lack of fruity esters on the nose! More malt-driven, biscuit and sweet pilsner attributes blend for a healthy backing capable of supporting wild development while a light citrus touch follows up with, once again, very mild yeast characteristics. Brux is complex but very subtle, finishing pretty cleanly, especially for a wild ale. After a few sips, Brux leaves a gentle, interesting tropical fruit blend-like flavor on the tongue.

M - Bright carbonation sparkles on the tongue while this medium-bodied wild smoothly crosses the palate with next to no trace of wild sourness, though faint tartness emerges gently. Earth and citrus notes add a balancing dryness to the finish which cleans the tongue while bringing you back for another lip-smacking sip.

O - Color me surprised, I had imagined this beer to be a little more assertive and wild but Brux is odd in that it's extremely subtle; something neither Sierra Nevada nor Russian River seem to output on a regular basis. Then again, the beer does call itself a "Domesticated Wild Ale", aka, something a little more suitable for the masses; a "training-wheel wild" if you will. After the initial, "huh" shock subsided, it became clear this is a damn fine beer that's incredibly well made suitable for aging, and I'm pretty excited to see what time does with the yeast!

BeerFMAndy, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

TrickkyGangsta, Jul 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Texasfan549, Jul 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

TheRuss9585, Jul 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

leschkie, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

avaldivia, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of t420o
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Sierra Nevada/Russian River Brux

$14.99 @ BevMo

A- pour produces a 1 finger fizzy white head quickly disapating leaving no lace. Beer is a hazy golden and burnt orange color 4

S- lemongrass, green apple, begian yeast, a very nice fruity aroma, Brett, dry. Smells excellent 4.5

T- very nice mix of Belgian yeast, spices, green apple, grain, lemongrass, Brett, and finishes dry. Very nice. 4  

M- lighter on the carbonation. Good body. 4 

O- a tasty, and well crafted brew. I'd like to get a few more bottles to see how this progresses over time. 4

A-

t420o, Jul 12, 2012
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4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a hazy golden orange. The 1/2 white head dissapates quickly.

The usual brett nose is there, but not in a big way. Mild funk gives way to notes of grass, citrus, and green apple.

Tart green apples and black pepper up front with pear and earthy funk on the finish. This beer is very young so I expect that the brett will come into it's own in the bottle I'm aging. That being said, still very tasty. incredibly balanced, and easy drinking. Sounds odd, but I was hoping for less balance!

There is a sweetness there that I'm sure the brett will eat up in 6-12 months time. Great beer, looking forward to reviewing again.

Richard33, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

kornkid8600, Jul 10, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +19.7%

Nose of white wine, grapes, pears, and a slight sharpness probably from the Brett. Taste is slightly grassy, pears, green grapes, white wine and I feel like there's a hint of plum. Its sharp and bubbly but not overly effervescent. This definitely has that Russian River taste.

DonDirkA, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Bubbalito, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

seaweedsoup, Jul 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Brewsed, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

skullsplitter, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of MatthewWilde
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Golden orange in color, heavy internal carbonation, pours a mild white foamy head, translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, notes of citrus and mild tropical fruit, very yeasty and quite apparent wheat elements, even a bit of grape must is present

T: Much akin to the nose, wheat and grape must dominate mixed with citrus, traces of clove and mint are present, very light alcohol, not incredibly flavorful, definitely needs some age

M: Very smooth, light in the mouth, not lingering or overpowering on the palate, almost no aftertaste

O: A complex and interesting wild ale, would have been nice if it had more sour elements, without a doubt needs to be aged

MatthewWilde, Jul 09, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Serving Type - Draft at Russian River Brewery

Appearance (3.0) - Hazy orange liquid. Fairly clear while still a little cloudy. Thin head less than half a finger dissapates almost immediately, no lacing to speak of. Very thin ring of fine bubbles around glass. Haziness and color are pleasant while the rest is underwhelming.

Smell (3.0) - Not much going on here either. Faint smell carries whiffs of Belgian yeast, bread, apricot, and a hint of clove. Underpowered in my mind, but perhaps that's intentional. Wild yeast is unapparent.

Taste (4.5) - Here the beer begins to shine. Mild balanced flavor belies the 8.3% ABV. Pleasant notes of farmhouse, tart fruits - especially sour kiwi, light golden cherry, and faint tangerine. Yeasty breadiness throughout. Satisfying and refreshing, with a very smooth character that is quite nice. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Another point for Brux, the mouthfeel is extremely pleasing. Creamy, round, medium bodied, this brew has balanced carbonation with a crisp, dry, mildly acidic finish. At the same time the feel is watery enough to prove very refreshing.

Overall (4.0) - An interesting and enjoyable beer, though not life- changing. Drinkable and refreshing, crisp and mildly tart, Brux is a smooth operator. It's drinking very well young.

Sunhunters, Jul 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

GehenHerzog, Jul 08, 2012
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.