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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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86
very good

1,275 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,275
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 43
Gots: 361 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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.

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.

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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!

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.

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.

Photo of wesley14
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of polishkaz
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of jh1982
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

Photo of Soneast
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jmaharaj
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden orange. Fleeting head.
S- Easily its strongest showing. Crisp, clean and fruity-sour. Green apples, pears and a nice spicy backdrop.
T- A little dissapointing. The elements were there but they seemed flat together. Strong belgian yeast flavors dominate and the fruits make a brief appearance that trails of into a spicy dry tartness. Not much funkiness at all.
M- Delicately carbonated. Medium light body, maybe a touch oily.
O- Not bad. An average belgian, but a dissapointing wild ale. Perhaps I built myself up a little too much for this one. Sierra Nevada, Russian River and a Wild Ale? I was expecting a lot.

Photo of dominic4beer
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a flat golden orange, little white cap which quickly fades

S: The nose lends a nice little fruit bouquet; greean and red apples with a little pear and spice

T: A little funky, Belgian yeast, sweet and fruity with pears, apples and some allspice. It has lightly funked, Earthy and lingering sweetnes on the finish

M: Medium bodied, a little slick, flat on the tongue I felt

O: Good but not one I would pay $16 for again.

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of 2neardead
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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!

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.

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.

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

Photo of Mavajo
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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