Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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Reviews: 318
Hads: 1,304
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 49
Gots: 368 | FT: 20
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Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UnderPressure
2.67/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy, golden orange. Very fizzy head, which quickly melts to a ring. Highly carbonated. I don't see much lacing, if any.

Tangy and sour aroma. A slightly sweet backbone, and some hops.

Unusual flavor. Not what I was expecting. Aside from the sourness, there is an emptiness to the flavor. Some might describe it as "watery."

The emptiness carries over to the mouthfeel. The carbonation is very high, and explodes as it enters your mouth. The finish is dry and lingering.

I'm sorry to say, I didn't like this beer very much. Normally, I love wild ales and sour beers. But, this one didn't have much going on in the flavor department. Generally speaking, I would prefer a bolder flavor and mouthfeel. (711 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-yellow color with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of tart green apples, lemon, earthy grains, lemon and barnyard funk.

The taste really delivered what the aroma set up with the layers of tartness, earth and yeasty Brett funk.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

This was pretty much what I expected from this collaboration from Russian River and Sierra Nevada. Definitely worthy of a try. (454 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Victory tulip

A- pours a cloudy shade of light orange with a two finger white head that fades extremely quickly. Not too great looking overall

S- lemon and funk. Oh yes. Tons of funk. Lovely

T- it tastes very...fresh, I guess. Not a ton of funk. Decent lemon. Very mild flavor overall

M- medium bodied, TONS of carb. Wow

O- this is approachable. Doesn't hold a candle to the RR sours we all know and love, but it's still solid overall (484 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy medium golden amber. Massive white head during pour that dissipated immediately into a thin layer of foam with light lacing. Aroma of light fruit; apple, pear, lemon; light saison yeast and a hint of brett. Flavor is the same light fruit, a nice light sweet malt and a hint of brett. Finishes slightly dry with light fruit and the memory of the brett. Light bodied with very active carbonation giving a nice mouth feel. They nailed this one for me; I'm not a big brett fan, but enjoy saisons with a light touch of wild yeast. I guess I'm too domesticated, but if so, they made this one for my taste. Really glad I took a chance on this. (683 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle. Poured into my Dogfish Head tulip glass. Keep chilled before opening. Cork opens with a pretty aggressive pop.

Appearance: Dark yellow to light orange in color. Pours a pretty aggressive fizzy white head that occupies about two thirds of the glass. Settles into a thin lacing pretty quickly.

Aroma: I definitely get a lot of brett in the aroma. I remember hearing that the brett wasn't aggressive when this was first released, but there is plenty of barnyard funk and brett now. A touch of light lemon is present as well.

Taste: Some sweet malt character upfront with just a touch of lemon/green apple tartness. A touch of clove, but the dominant note here for me is the brett and yeast tones. Really subtle all around. The barnyard notes are nice for sure. Balanced but somehow underwhelming. The assertiveness and complexity of the aroma is not quite all here yet.

Mouthfeel: Definitely on the lighter side in terms of body. Really nice champagne like carbonation level.

Overall, a really interesting collaboration that is good but doesn't quite live up to the billing. The flavors are solid, but still do not feel totally developed. Still, some very nice complexity and brett tones throughout. I think time will be kind to this as the sour background notes can develop. (1,324 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into some snifters with a bunch of heads. Had to give this at least a few months for some magic to happen.

BRUX pours out a beautiful golden light yellowish shade in the glass with a nice amount of bright white bubbles forming a nice cap of solidness. The cap of white lasts for quite a bit of time. A small amount of specs on the glass on the way down.

Smell is bright with some floral appeal mixed in with ripe pineapple, apple, pear and some faint brett in the back.A sparse amount of pale malt in the backing. Not terribly funky smelling, kinda like a wild saison/blond. A great nose with building as it warms.

Not a very wild beer. I get the blond characteristics. Some faint grassy hops and light florals. The brett is understated (at this time) b makes a small impact on the tounge. Pineapple and pear with trace hits of malt here and there. The alcohol does not make an appearance.

The body is a step below medium with a nice touching carb bite going for it. Not sour, just a bit of a twinge in the mouth. Not tart really either. I see this going together nicely with some light cheese samples. This is a decent beer, but more of a saison/blond hybrid of some sort IMO. (1,199 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with thick white head that lingers well.

Smell is characteristically Belgian. Brett aroma, funk, light notes of ripe fruit and a little musty grass.

Taste is ripe fruit, funkiness, lemon, and mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with heavy champagne-like carbonation. Very nice.

Overall this was really good. Would definitely pick this up again. (383 characters)

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a caged and corked 750 ml bottle on the 4th of July for $13.99. Not a big fan of wild beers but i love RRBC and SNBC so i had to give this a shot.

Beer poured a golden orange with a fizzy champagne head that disapated pretty quickly.

Nose is tart apples.

Taste is lemongrass and tart apple.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with some pretty good smoothness.

Overall this is a tasty beer that is pretty well made. I am sure the brett heads are not thrilled as the wild factor is pretty mild but it plays well on my palate. Very pricey, would not do again but it was fun to try. (594 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet pale malts, tart light fruits, some funk, sourness, oak, Brett, and light spices.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet pale and grainy malts with some lemon zest, tart light fruits, and a bit of funk. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some Brett, sourness, and a hint of spice. The finish is a mix of tart light fruits, funky Brett, some sourness, oak, and some lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with sour, tart, and dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice complex and balanced Wild Ale with good funk and tartness. (734 characters)

Photo of stumac
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this tonight for my corn dog's bday! Pours up a murky golden with super bubbly white head. Aroma of apricot, lemon zest, white pepper. Tastes of light fruits, funk, spices. Very dry brew, nice moderate carbo, bitter funky Brett (er...Brux) finish. Very cool how it's just Brett in the bottle fermentation and not the original fermenting yeast used. Only cocks...I mean chickens (383 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the cage and cork and pour a brew of rich golden amber coloring, with more pale yellow hues when held to the light. It holds a two finger head of voracious white bubbles, that audibly bubble and crackle away. Retention is nice, with only flecks of lacing left around the glass. A light haze comes with the last half of the bottle, and carbonation appears to be wild. The aroma sings with lemongrass, citric hops, bittering rind, and huge Bretty yeast. Light clovey phenols, and soft vanilla esters come with warmth, while a more fruity, citric component independent of the hops comes to cut the biting yeasty bitterness a bit more. The malts are pale and sweeter, with light candy chalkiness and musk. Our first impression is that the Brett is wildly bitter, while the carbonation knocks your socks off. As we sip, grapey sugars of juice mix with biting bitterness of yeast, and chalky grain. The malt bill enhances to the peak, where pale, toasty, and chalky malts are the bulk of the show. There is a light mix of white sugars, and the ever present background of souring Brett, more grape, and a faint oakiness. The transition to the finish is smooth, with pale malts, clean grain, basement musk and dampness, and a light citric hop. Booze, black pepper, and Brett, with light plastic phenols mark the very end. The aftertaste breathes of fusel alcohols, grape juice-like sugar, hollow Brett, mineral, pale malts, and chalky baker’s yeast. The body is medium, and almost slightly syrupy, and the carbonation is massive. The mouth is left dripping wet, but mild dryness from the ending booziness. There is nice slurp and smack, with decent finishing pop and glug. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. The Brett sung high against everything else. While this was less balanced, it made for a very exciting and inviting start to the tasting. The flavoring followed nicely, but with more sweetness than anticipated. This was not, however, to its detriment, but more to the fact that we were given an interesting mix in the end. (2,110 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Brux is gold with a big, big bubbled, quickly settling white head, leaving modest lace. Disappointing after the pig pop of the cork.

Smell is very nice, lightly sweet cereals and some pithy minerality, like a saison. No must.

Taste sweet, floral, a little musty, and spicy. Not a lot of brett funk, more pineapple, which is tasty, but it's there, primarily on the back end.

Mouthfeel is light and sharply crisp. Overly high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice Belgian blonde, some complexity from the brett. I prefer the fruity end of the spectrum, which is where this leans. (650 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A slow pour produced a billowing 4 finger monster of white mushrooming foam. A coppery colored body is filled with a explosive nature of effervesce. Head retention is remarkable, a slow crawl.

S: Nose of soft green pear, the wild and musky side is rather tame, some soft lemons, green apple skin is at best of low awareness.

T: Flavor is sweet malt and lemons, musky pear fromt the yeast, a touch of dry cola with a sweet spiciness of caramel and citronella. The wild brett is not so wild being bottle fermented and not open fermented. Tame, appreciable but not for the die hard brett fan.

M: Bubbly strong carbonation is detected on the tongue, crisp nature, turning frothy with a light to medium body mention.

O: Overall smooth drinking wild, though some die hard musky barnyard belgian fans will find this rather a bit relaxed. Was expecting a bit more ommph from the brett and flavor from russian river. Average regards 82 would be my vote. (954 characters)

Photo of WeedKing4
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle pours a clear golden yellow/orange with the first glass, and a lot of head! Second and third glass got progressivly hazier as the beer went on, with not as bad head as it was just gushing at the start of pouring. I thought each glass got better as the beer got more cloudy. Some slight spice, funk and almost like a mild belgian strong pale ale. Very easy to drink as the alcohol is well hidden. I tried to hold off on opening this as long as I could, but I couldn't wait any longer. Its a decent Sierra Nevada offering overall. (542 characters)

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy deep gold, maybe a muted orange color with 1 finger of very fizzy white head that very quickly dissipated leaving no evidence that it was ever there.

S- Smells funky with a hint of tartness. Ok, maybe more than a hint. It smells tart. Like granny smith apple skin tart. Un-ripe pear, almost bitter pears comes to mind also.

T- Follows nose well. The tartness of it is not overwhelming. It has plenty of spicy Belgian yeasty notes, along with a solid amount of a biscuity or crusty bread malt backbone.

M- High amount of carbonation, with a medium amount of body. Finishes nice and dry. Crisp and refreshing.

O- I think that Russian River really shines through on this one. The tart, funky, wild flavors in this beer are very Russian River. I'm not saying that there aren't some Sierra Nevada characteristics in this one, but Russian River comes through the most. Not the greatest beer in the the world, but not the worst either. Glad I have another one to see how it develops over time. (1,048 characters)

Photo of dfillius
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderate pour yields 2 fingers of aggressive fizzy white head with fair to poor retention. Hazy greenish-gold liquid. Actively bubbling away - a tad too much.
S: Sweet, unfermented wort; slight farmhouse character. Slight citrus and SLIGHT tropical fruit.
Too one-dimensional
T: A tad unfermented. Might this be better further on down the road? Not cloying. A lisghtly farmhouse-y version of a kolsch or a less Belgain tripel. More the latter.
M: Syrupy, sweet, smooth, clean - a little too clean. No apparent alcohol.
O: Not bad, but the worst beer I've had from either Russian River or Sierra Nevada. Too one-dimensional. Not sour or wild enough. Not worth $15. (666 characters)

Photo of Thads324
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a clear yellow with a puffy and loose white head. Big froth with no lacing. Head dissipates quickly to next to nothing, similar to a fountain soda.
S: smells a bit sweet like a cider, faint vinegar notes. Maybe a bit of husky grains but they are light. Mostly like a tart hard apple cider smell.
T : starts watery, then both tart and sweet. Tastes mostly like a light cider. A bit of apple juice flavor mixed with pale malt grain. Both are light and easy going. The tart flavor is short. Very light on the flavor.
M : light bodied, slightly over carbonated (which is nice). Bubbly, easy drinking and free of alcohol.

Not bad but not what I really was expecting. Much too much like a cider and not many Belgian beer like characteristics. The best part is how well the alcohol is hidden. It's almost non-existent. Ok, but I would spend the money again. (862 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fighting Hurricane Sandy with beer!

A: Clear, golden color that is not unlike straw. Initially a lot of head builds up, billowing over my secondary glass, but after not too long it's completely gone. I'm a bit disappointed, but the constant stream of bubbles is welcomed.

S: The aroma is, first and foremost, funky. The barnyard funk-style with hay and tartness. With Brett and lemon, the smells are inviting.

T: The taste is not what I was expecting. A slight hoppiness is noted with the barnyard funk underneath. The lemon and other light fruits are more noted and a hint of malt graces the backend. The taste is a little...I don't want to say bland, but it's just not jumping out and impressing me. The sourness is subtle and the hops just aren't strong enough to shine in the beer. I'm not saying it's not good, I just wanted something a bit more from it.

MF: Very light body with a nice amount of carbonation. The beer goes down crisp and clean, making it very drinkable. The ABV isn't noted at all. I really can't remember an American Wild Ale that I thought I could drink a full 750ml bottle of.

O: This was a good beer, and I'd like to see how it ages. Not the best fresh, but certainly nothing wrong with it. I would have rather paid less to enjoy it, but I don't regret it at all! (1,295 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

didnt know this was a sierra nevada product....
rich, billowy, creamy white head; tangerine colored liquid with lots of carbonation.
acidic, vinegar-y smell. i was told it's a 'sour' and is why i wanted to try it. lots of these bottles line the shelves at Total Wine.
taste... like a spoiled apple cider. not as sour as the others i have tried (and really liked). i dont really like this as much as those others, but i can finish the bottle easily.
overall, this one hides the abv pretty well but i can imagine a lot of people will not like the sourness of the type. in the same thought, this is not in the running for being one of the best sours. but then, it's calling itself a "wild ale", so i guess i'll take it at face value and just drink it. it's a decent brew, but it's still a sierra nevada (there's nothing i've had yet that i like from sierra nevada, no offense). i think the american brewers try too hard to create something and a lot of it kind of tastes the same. someone else mentioned it being like a saison, and i can see that comparison. it does seem to have a grassiness that isnt hop-related and after the second pour it doesnt seem to so sour... (1,167 characters)

Photo of dwilkins
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark gold and hazy, but lighter and less hazy as it warmed, so there is some chill haze. I don't care and prefer unfiltered beer, so this is fine.

S - Subtle tangerine or other rich citrus sharpness - tangerine lifesavers.

T - Mustiness like Chimay white, but understated. Finishes with a tart bite at the back of the tongue. If there is any hop bitterness here, it is lost on me.

M - Creamy due to a whole bunch of carbonation. Dry feel as if it evaporates before swallowing.

This is really a wonderful beer. Except for the crabonation, it has subtle expressions of sourness, fresh fruitiness, and the earthiness that makes a traditional Saison a joy (No idea if they think of this as a Saison, but I do). No one component overpowers the other and they all compliment each other nicely. A gentle introduction to the beauty of the funk for anyone who might be curious yet bashful. (888 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks goon

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a thin white head resting on top. Fades into some spotty lacing with a wispy touch of retention.

Funky and tart in the nose with hints of fruit. Citrus peel and pear with a few notes of spice and yeasty funk. Relatively mild for my taste.

Snap of tart lemon and citrus peel up front. Yeasty funk with spice, pear and citrus. Slight sweetness and biscuit malt backbone with straw. Lingering spice, lemon and tartness in the finish.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, dry and crisp on the tongue. This was decent, but when I hear "Sierra Nevada and Russian River are collaborating," I can't help but expect something really memorable. (735 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-cloudy gold with a hint of orange and a thin white head

S-smells very tart. The Brett is very evident. It has an artificial sweetness to it. Has a Belgian pale aleness to it as well. Strong scent!

T-comes in with a pretty awesome taste of a lemon lime crispness and tartness. It has crisp Belgian grains as well. It's actually a great flavor. It's not strong but it's very refined with a great matching after-taste.

M-heavy carbonation with a crisp finish. It's pretty good.

O-this is a great sour ale. It's really not too sour really but there is a subtle tartness and it has great flavor. I'm impressed with the fusion of these two breweries. This is a great drinker. The higher abv is not apparent either. (715 characters)

Photo of crissy456
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice fluffy head. The look of the beer was cloudy/ hazy / orangey. To me, it smelled yummy, i smelled a lot of fall spices, which i love. Taste is not awful but it is obvious that it needs to age I do wish I would have saved the bottle for a year. (256 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice golden light copper color. There is a huge pillowy head that forms of about 2.5 inches. The head is white with some medium dense bubbles and some chinkier ones intermingled.

Aroma starts off with some funk, some slight corn husk notes and some nice mild yeasty phenols. There are some mild lemony and slightly tart notes present as well. Earthy grainy notes re present on the back end.

Flavor starts off with some yeasty and fruity grain notes. There is some slight tart and funk notes that come in with those grain notes. There are some spicy notes in there as well. The flavors are nice and dry. The flavor is pretty nice. Very straight froward and simple yet pretty well done. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry and finishes with some slight citrusy and spicy Belgian notes. There is some nice pear notes as it warms. Very nice.

This beer was a nice surprise. It isn't amazing but its is very good. Nice Belgian style flavors with some good funk and yeasty phenols and also some nice fruity esters. (1,057 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice lighter shade of copper. Fairly opaque. Lively head settles fast leaving a spritzy top, bubbling up from excited carbonation.

Zingy aroma. All cider and perry wrapped up in zesty citrus. Funk? Maybe just a bit, but it melds pretty well with the overall light fruitiness.

Sharp citrus juice up front. Settles to dry sparkling cider. Faint pear throughout. Funk is ever-present, but not pushy, as though you'd thrown a lime-wedge in, with just the barest funk. Finish is clean and quenching.

Highly carbonated, gives a nice zing.

A fine enough beer, but not particularly challenging as is. Wish I had left it for awhile. (631 characters)

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.