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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,260 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,260
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 45
Gots: 355 | FT: 20
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

InfragilisBrew, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brux pours a cloudy golden color, with a nice large long lasting white head. There is a yeasty and very tart aroma. The taste has a nice crisp flavor, with a yeasty flavors, lots of tart notes, and some sourness. Good feel nice contrast from the tart and sweet. Overall a nice complex beer.

vette2006c5r, Apr 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

drewone, Apr 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

AndyEdgar, Apr 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

instinct2, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of heygeebee
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From Slowbeer, shared with RWalford74.

An interesting product. The brewers claim a Belgian style ale with Brett. And that is exactly what you get. Very very drinkable, with about a year of so of ageing the brett is coming thru nicely, and is quite tart. One glass pour was lively, good head, the other went to film almost immediatley.
But that is really all you get, and for the price point and the reputation of the brewers it is almost like they set their sights too low.

I have another which I will age for a couple more years.

O - marked down one mark due to prohibitive price point for end product.

heygeebee, Mar 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Rwalford74, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

HollyHops, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

dsshuck, Mar 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

thesarahfuller, Mar 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Tafyob41, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

md655321, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Syracuse12, Mar 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

JGLittle, Mar 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

thatoneguymike, Mar 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

dunix, Mar 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

dozier77, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Loco_Joe, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

420Rick, Mar 13, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brux - the contradictorily called "domesticated wild ale" - seems like it's been spared the human touch; this flat and murky beer doesn't look the least bit polished, almost as if it escaped quality control altogether. It resembles peach nectar in colour and complexion (and carbonation).

Just as it looked thick and pulpy as a fruit nectar, so too does it smell like one; the aroma bursts forth with a budding fruitiness, like a peach, pear, and apple orchard in full blossom. It's a reminder that yeast is truly one of the world's most magical members of the kingdom Fungi, capable of producing such intricate and nuanced aromas that are simultaneously sweet and sour.

Despite the brewery's (breweries?) claim that this would "progress in the bottle for many years" it doesn't seem to have changed much in the year and a half since its release. Those that complained of it lacking in sourness and funkiness will be disappointed to find it's changed little in those departments. It has some vinegar- and cider-like tang, but is nothing more than lightly tart.

That's not to say that it doesn't have some very redeeming (and somewhat reminiscent of Gueuze) flavours that include green apple, apricots and other orchard fruits, cereal grains, vanilla accented oak, citrus peel, and soft Oriental spicing (lemongrass, coriander and white pepper). It may not live up at all to the 'wild ale' hype but it's still a pretty tasty offering.

There's some 'barnyard', 'goaty', and 'horsey' elements to Brux but they are very minor, hardly enough to consider this beer anything more than a standard Belgian blonde that's been refermented with some Brett (which, in fairness, is all it claims to be). Still, given the brand-name power of its producers - to say nothing of the hefty price tag - I expected a little more.

biegaman, Mar 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

GuttaMane138, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mattreitz49, Mar 12, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden orange with a huge head of large, pebble-like bubbles. The head settles to a half-finger’s width height above the beer and then slowly fizzles away with mediocre retention. In body, the beer is opaque and murky, yet gorgeously bright in color with lots of lively carbonation bubbles running through the glass. On the nose, the beer has a grassy barnyard funk. It is not an overpowering funk, but is gentle and complex. Hay, soft cherry, prickly horse blanket, and fruit leather tickle over the nostrils. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially lightly tart with acidity and a funky sweetness. This dries into the finish with a touch of salinity and grassy bitters. In flavor, this beer shows many similarities to a nice gueuze, which I like, but it loses that on the finish. Bright lime and lemon peel flavors blend with subtle cherry, barnyard funk, and a touch of metallic copper. The middle of the sip develops an odd meatiness, while the finish places a splash of pineapple, slight earthy salt, and must alongside grassy bitters. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a fierce and fizzy carbonation and a crisp, snappy, and slightly slimy mouthfeel. The tongue is left tingly with acidity and the cheeks fill up with spittle, yet the mouth as a whole feels dry. Overall, this is a nice funky beer, though I wish I had aged it for a couple more months. The nose is superbly funky, almost like a well-crafted gueuze but the flavor doesn’t quite stand up. The meatiness develops more and more as the beer warms, which is too bad, and the funky flavors aren’t quite there yet. This beer is good, and has some awesome parts but doesn’t quite add up as a whole yet. A good beer, but if you have a bottle, age it longer.

Maxwell, Mar 09, 2014
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,260 ratings.