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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

1,256 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,256
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 45
Gots: 357 | FT: 19
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012)
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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Russian River glass from the corked and caged 750 ml. bottle.

A: Rich orange/amber in color with a thick head that quickly settles to a thin froth on the surface. Bubbles are big like soda, and lacing is minimal as to be expected from this style.

S: Some sweet caramel and orange peel, along with some barnyard funk. Not real prominent on the nose.

T: Begins a bit sweet, but tartness shows through quickly. Some sweet honey and dried orange peel, followed with grassy tones, yeasty funk, and a dry, somewhat floral finish.

Notes: Has more body than I expected. Great dry, clean mouthfeel with complex flavor that is sure to develop with age. Great now, but needs some time to improve. One of my favorite collaboration beers to come out in a long time. Well-done!

WYVYRN527, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of jjveverka
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this beer from work, pours a hazy orange-gold with a good head. It has a light smell of yeast with some hints of orange. Excellent taste with a very long finish. Smooth on the tongue with good sour nodes that give the beer a fresh and crisp taste. will have to buy another and let it age for a year to see the changes. A nice mouthful but not as full as I had hoped. Overall a very good beer. i am definitively going to age a bottle and see what crazy taste it as in a year or so.

jjveverka, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of SHODriver
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured into a Duvel Tulip to a cloudy golden orange with a two finger white head that recedes quickly to a small pool.
S: slight vinegar acidity in the nose with some citrus. bretty yeast smell but not a lot of funk or barnyard. some pale malt as well
T: funky horseblanket and band aid, very slight tartness, a bit of pale malt and some peppery flavor. more horseblanket toward the end. aftertaste is a bit more horseblanket, some spicey yeast, and a wisp of fruitiness
M: prickly and crisp with a fairly light mouthfeel. a bit drying as well on the finish.
O: pleasantly surprised. Maybe this bottle got funky faster or something based on the other reviews. We'll see what happens with the other three bottles I have.

SHODriver, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Greenmachine07
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i will just flatout say i really enjoyed this beer. it was differnet and had layer upon layer of flavor especially as it began to reach room temp.

A-light brown light head. clear, very faint residue near the bottom

S-smell is similar to almost every Belgium i have tried, but there is a very fresh smell almost crisp. with age this may change

T-crisp taste almost similar to some triples i have tired. there is a spicy lemon taste and the end notes have a sour/grassy/bitter flavor.

O-this was a great beer, i really enjoyed the entire bottle and bought two more to age/review later in the next few years. It was unique and i feel it was worth the money. my next review may be different of this beer but i know for sure it will be excellent

Greenmachine07, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Mavajo
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Mavajo, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +5.3%

eawolff99, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of jwat
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jwat, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Stumpy29er
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Stumpy29er, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of bradner
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

bradner, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of rsawyer
4/5  rDev +5.3%

rsawyer, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Russian River brewery. Pours a super cloudy and hazy yellow with a very nice white head around 1" in size, damn good lace and retention to it, very small bubbles.

Mild aroma, chunky fresh brett, really needs more time to get any funk, its not here yet, none of that wet dog in a phonebooth thing going. Double edged sword, sometimes I likes it clean, sometimes dirty. Some mild citrus aspects to it.

Taste, well it hides the alcohol nice, but is, I dunno, kinda pedestrian. A little lemon and grass in there, but really nothing in the way of real good tart or funk development. A little resemblance to belgian yeast esters in the mouthfeel. Really the description of a domesticated wild ale goes a long way, this one is in a weird spot, its price is high, which is going to seem to keep potential converts away, and for those who are already into this kind of thing, I dunno how apeshit people will go for this. Is it good? Yes. But its not knock your socks off spend $15 a bottle good. Nonetheless, yes, I am still holding onto a bottle to see what happens down the road.

I'd recommend to try, but don't buy more than one until you know whether this is your thing. For me, just so many more enjoyable options from both breweries that are so much cheaper.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Adamostella
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Adamostella, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.75/5  rDev +25%

barbellsNbeers, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of joshtrich
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

joshtrich, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of JohnLynch
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

JohnLynch, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Steimie
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Steimie, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of cichief
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml bottle with my girlfriend.

A- Pours a very clear golden with a nice white head.
S- Yeasty and bready, subtle hop aroma.

T- Somewhat malty and bready without being too sweet, well balanced by the hops.

M- Smooth on the tongue, not overly carbonated, nice medium body.

O- A very good beer, a bit expensive to drink regularly, but a good beer.

cichief, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of jethrodium
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is green apple, apricot, and a light peppery note. There is a light funky brett earthiness, but not much. The initial taste is sweet with green apple, a bit of brett earthiness, and some apricot. The finish has a hint of brett and some lingering apple. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was quite disappointing. It's too sweet for the style and there is not much brett funkiness. It will probably improve with time, but I'm not going to buy more bottles to find out given the price.

jethrodium, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1397th Review on BA
Bottle to RR Stem
750 C/C

2012
Purchased at Bevmo Chino Hills, CA for $14.99

App- The bottle was correct, was a copper color but more dirty. A two finger fast receding white head was present but fell to a canola oil like look without any lace or cling.

Smell- When it 1st opens you get a bit of apple on the nose and finally this was intentional and not infection apple. Clean with a bit of funk but still young. Lacks a certain depth and pop.

Taste- You really get most of the base beer. Its a Belgian Golden with a nice yeasty flavor. A small bit of funk and a bit of pear on the flavors. Dry on the back and has more of a wine tannic finish.

Mouth- I liked this the best about said beer. It wasn't as light as most AWA are and I can appreciate that. A bit of a fuller medium body with a medium carbonation. Nice bubbles on it. Residual spice, fruit and grass.

Drink- Well I will say that I thought it was good. Wasnt great. I wanted to be blown away and I want to say I am a bit jaded by Wild Ales after having a ton of GREAT ones. For the $$ I wanted more but was still tasty.

FosterJM, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of avalon07
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a hazy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A very fruity aroma, with hints of yeast in it as well.

T: Tasted of light fruit (citrus, apricots, bananas), a bit of malt, and a good amount of yeast. This is one of those flavors that tends to grow on you the more you drink it.

M: A fair (could have been better) amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: While this beer is bumpy in spots, it is generally drinkable. Worth a try.

avalon07, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

GRG1313, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Mullinger1980
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Mullinger1980, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One hell of a wild collaboration from two incredible breweries – and with a style of yeast I’m not too familiar with. Love new beer territory like this.

A: Oddly bubbly; there’s a ton of white fizz as soon as the beer is poured, but a violent surge of popping sends all the bubbles down in a hurry. A thin layer of retention is sustained by big jets of carbonation from the glass’s bottom, though lacing is essentially nonexistent. Bright orange-golden color to the body, shimmering in direct light.

S: Smells fruity, acidic, and only lightly funky: tart, sweet lemon, grassy grains, fresh cherry and pineapple, all layered in with a prevalent scent of caramel and candi sugar. Sweetly aromatic, but full of natural character, you might say. The yeast makes a beautiful appearance, remarkably herbal and acidic. You might say it smells a bit “young;” full of estery barnyard scents, but with a noticeable brightness.

T: A gorgeous blend of light malt and intriguing funk, mainly: crisp, grassy grains, apple skin, pear, and a touch of oat take center stage first. Barnyard is there in force, of course, with lemon pulp and earthy esters that give this palate a green flavor (akin to the “youth” of the nose) – it’s all very distinct, but not strong enough to overwhelm the senses. Touches of honey and vanilla from the malts come through, with some clove and orange peel from the yeasts. The aftertaste is very grainy, with tastes akin to the grain husk flavors of a pilsner (mixed with the peppery aftereffects of Belgian yeast, too).

M: A body that’s definitely thin, but with tons of bubbly character – almost like champagne. Light and dry on the end, but balanced all-around.

O: Wow – what a year would do to this beer. It’s already excellent as is, but I would love to see what would happen when the brux has its way with this palate. And that enthusiasm, my fellow beer-lovers, is a sign of a truly good beer.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Kromes
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy gold with a soda-like head from the high carbonation.

S: A tart and sour aroma. A bit of spicy funk and a bit of pear.

T: Very interesting flavors in this beer. At first there is a strong alcohol and pear flavor that transitions to a funky, bitter and sour flavor with a bit of clove and then some grain and hop.

M: peppery carbonation and medium body. Finishes dry.

O: Very well crafted beer here. Flavors are all over the spectrum, but have a certain harmony and smoothness. Brett is tame, of course, but I really enjoyed it as all of the flavors were present, but none dominated.

Kromes, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is highly carbonated. Light yellow with small white head. The smell is funky. touch of apple cider, white grape tannins. Even a hint of acetic sourness as well. This thing smells really good.

The taste is a let down. Chalky type taste with grassy dryness from the young Brett. The Brett flavors really need some time to grow and shine. I get that light dry citric grassiness characteristic of Brett, just not enough of it. Base beer is clean and crisp. With age, that will allow the Brett to shine.

All in all, it needs age. After a year of Brett growth, this thing will taste fantastic, just not yet.

VncentLIFE, Jul 17, 2012
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,256 ratings.