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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

1,239 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,239
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 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
Photo of fubofnic
4/5  rDev +5.3%

fubofnic, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4/5  rDev +5.3%

CheapBeerBuzz, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Zaphog, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head, rather fizzy, with minimal retention. No lacing on any of the glass.

S: Better as it warms. SOme faint aprcito, a little peach, pear, and pineapple. There is slight green grassy aroma as well. Slightly funky, not really tart though. Slight generic lacto aroma.

T: More pear/apple than apricot, which was slightly the reverse on the aroma. The beer is slightly spicy with a little bit of clove and a bit of biscuity malt.

M: Medium bodied, slightly heavier than most AWAs I have had. Lively carbonation, but very sour/tart.

O: A pretty good beer, with the Brett shining through. I guess I was hoping for more of a sour. I think this beer has some aging potential, but only grabbed one bottle. At $15, a little steep IMO.

mdaschaf, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of CTBeerPope
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a glowing copper color with less than a half finger head. Slightly hazy.

Aroma is of light pears and lemons with a vinaigrette like aroma underneath. It has that Brett funk but its very subtle.

Taste is lemon, banana and peppery. Finishes pretty dry. As I go along it reminds me of those sour brite worms. Sweet and sour. Definitely lighter than other beers of this style I've had which is pleasant to me. I also got some hoppy citrus notes going on in there.

Mouthfeel is champagne like. Nice soft body with lively carbonation that works well with the flavors of the beer.

For some reason I've never really enjoyed brews of the same style as a lot of them were much more tart or sour than this which I usually can't get past to really enjoy. This is very young and a bit hoppy and more restrained than the others I've had and in the end I really liked it. This may be a beer that opens me back up to revisiting this style again.

CTBeerPope, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of fehrminator
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

fehrminator, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

GennyCreamAle, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of BeerHunter76
4/5  rDev +5.3%

BeerHunter76, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of dsuedbeck
4/5  rDev +5.3%

dsuedbeck, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazed copper/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to nothing. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Plasticy, phenolic Brett yeast. Cracked pepper, biscuit/doughy malts. Citrus and tart lemons.
T: Follows the nose. Phenolic, funky yeast. Peppery spice. Biscuit malts and tart tangy lemons. Finishes very dry.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and dry. Not hard to drink, the bottle is enjoyable. Don't know if I would purchase another though.

Enjoyable enough. The Brett is really apparent and makes this a little to phenolic and plastic for my tastes. Still worth a try.

champ103, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of alpinebryant
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an Orange goldenrod colr with a milkshake head that is less than a finger. no lacing left on my Duvel tulip

S: Aroma of light pineapple, golden pear, strong isolated brett only "wild ale" presence, no lacto to make this a sour. Caramel, a bit of green apple and a belgian ale yeast strain underneath the brett finish.

T: Mostly pear with a bit of grapefruit on the fruit side of flavors. Backbone of a light caramel crystal malt in the 40 range. A bit of biscuity bite but very smooth and well rounded. There is a sweetness to this that does well with the brett flavors leading me to believe that over time, this will continue to age and change a little however with the amount of pressurization already present, that could be dangerous if there is enough unattenuated sugar left in here. Base beer flavors seem to be basically half pale ale taste and half Belgian ale.

M: Medium to heavy for an American Wild ale, good high level of carbonation that seems right for the style.

O: Two great breweries coming together to create a pretty good beer. This beer was made to accentuate the brett flavors and I think it has accomplished that goal pretty well. Much better so than some of the others that have made a straight brett beer with that goal in mind. Recommended , and curious to see how this ages

alpinebryant, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

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

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

MacStinson, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of July2Nov
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

July2Nov, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +5.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 14, 2012
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.