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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,103 Ratings
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Ratings: 1103
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%


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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KelsoSaaz

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into tulip

A: Golden-amber body with a white with orange-tinged 2 finger head. Tons of visible carbonation which makes quite a nice noise.

S: Strong funky, earthy, barnyard hay smell that’s not unappealing. Hints of citrus and spices as well as well as a general white wine like aroma

T: Grass, hay and earth: dry with hints of orange, apple, pear, banana and white grapes. Tiny bit of hop bitterness hiding in there that helps with a bitter finish.

M: Medium to light body with lots of lively, tingling carbonation.

O: I didn’t have this fresh, but I assume time has only made it better. Brett lends its nice flavors and aromas here in a very drinkable beer. A good collaboration brew that I’m glad I picked up and cellared for a year. If you can find this be sure to try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:34:05 | More by KelsoSaaz
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a while now, time to give it a try.

Appearance. Pours a nice orange gold with two fingers of foamy cream coloured head.

Smell. Woody and vinous, some light orchard fruits and fruity yeast phenols.

Taste. Vinous again with a bit of light orchard fruits, a bit of sweet malt and those fruity phenols I was smelling.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, strong carbonation.

Overall. Not a bad brew, but I wouldn't buy another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 23:58:36 | More by Rutager
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TruePerception

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Collaboration

Russian River / Sierra Nevada Brux: "Domesticated" wild ale, 8.3% ABV, highly carbonated, smoky haze, highly active head, quick dissolve; Appearance: dark hazy yellow, peach skin; Smell: tangerine, peach skin, subtle acid, very subtle banana pudding; Mouthfeel: fine and nice carbonation; Taste: long sourness in the background, peach skin, old leather, banana peel, peach pit, floral note; good.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 17:49:15 | More by TruePerception
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cellared this for a year plus in hopes of some Brett development.

Bright golden color, persistent plume of racing carbonation. Long lasting head of foam that settles but never really dissipates.

Aromas of dried pineapple, flinty wet stone, and wet hay. There's Brett in here alright...

Dry, very light residual sweetness, slightly tangy. Flavors of wet hay and funky yeast character though it's fairly restrained. Some minerality, tangy unripe fruit, leather, vague spices, mild aftertaste of clover honey. Medium bodied and a little over-carbonated for my tastes. Flavorful and approachable, Brux falls on the lighter side of the Brett spectrum, and that's ok. It's enjoyable for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 02:11:54 | More by emerge077
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mverity

Florida

4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a straight sided tulip glass. Nice orangey/gold color with tons of bubbles. Lovely white bubbly head on this beer. Smells wonderful. I'm getting a ton of white grape aroma and that slight funk I love so much. Spice and grassiness also present in the aroma. Taste is slightly less tarty that I was expecting. Sweet grass, nice peppery spiciness, sticky pear, white grape and a nice dryness to back it up. I have been enjoying this beer too much to really write much about it; well this beer and some Mraz. Mouthfeel is light on the tongue, the carbonation makes it dance around your mouth like Tinkerbell in a light evening gown. I'm going to go back to drinking and singing. Good chat BA.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 23:59:42 | More by mverity
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wd40

New York

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled/released 2012
Sampled 10 August 2013
Hazy golden appearance. Smell is pleasant with sour and fruity notes. Taste is very light and almost watery. Very little sourness. Intended to develop over time and I guess a year isn't long enough for this one. Very vigorous carbonation. Overall a well crafted beer but not one that is all that amazing at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:13:59 | More by wd40
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Adamah_Adonai

Hawaii

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

It pours a hazy golden color with very thin white head.

The aroma has some nice citrus, funk and fruitiness to it.

The taste was dry at first with some light bitterness but then the sour kicks in and rounds out the flavor.

The body was light and lively.

This beer really is maturing, the fruitiness and tart flavor have become much more pronounced in the last year.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 10:44:37 | More by Adamah_Adonai
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Giant foamy white head, settles quickly. No real lacing.

S: Yeast, raspberry, white grape.

T: Yeast and fermented raspberry.

M: Light body, slightly fruity, funky aftertaste.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, no real lacing though. Yeast and raspberry make up the nose. Likewise with the flavor profile... fermented raspberry is prominent... light grainy body otherwise. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 06:11:58 | More by bmwats
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swtchuck

Michigan

3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Brux. Domesticated Wild Ale. ~8% ABV. 750ml bottle - corked. Sierra Nevada - Russian River collaboration. Couldn't resist grabbing off the shelf.

A - Foggy golden tainted with orange, soapy white head that dissipates rapidly, heavy carb.

S - Pear, wild yeast, hints of lemon, white wine like.

T - Like bitting into a crisp apple-pear, semi sweet but finishes dry, some spice rises thru the carbonation - lemon peel like. Easy to drink - although none of the flavors really stand out - kinda blah.

O - Pretty well balanced - Clean - Crisp, Base of the beer seems to be missing - relying solely on the Brett for flavor, not worth the price tag.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:30:29 | More by swtchuck
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recoveringmormon

Vermont

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, minimally orange, with a solid lasting head

S - Fruity, with less funk than I expected based on previous reviews

F - Fruity nose quickly gives way to brett and mild hops. Not really tasting the grass so much, and not so tart as I like my sours.

M - Moderate to heavy carbonation gives way to a soft dryness.

Overall: tasty and quite complex. Admittedly, I love all sours and can't give them a bad review. That said I'm glad I tried it but probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 23:06:17 | More by recoveringmormon
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Procured by the world's best neighbor's, shout out to the Moser Family, while on their trip back to the states. Poured from the bomber into into a TommyKnocker's taster tulip...

A - Dark cloudy orange with a booming head of white that holds ground stolidly.

S - The aroma gives citrus and pear with a brett boost.

F - The flavor is thorough and mild. Begins dry with rose hips, belgian yeast, and mild hop bitterness. Further on the funk of brett becomes more apparent and the bottle descriptor mentioned green grass at some point, agreed.

M - A very lasting stickiness accompanies the medium body and light carbonation.

Overall a balanced, light, refreshing "wild ale". I understand the domesticated portion in the name, beautifully executed ale. Would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 11:41:26 | More by JoeAmerican77
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Drunkenass

California

4.84/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I bought this last year and waited until a buddy came to town to open.

Appearance: like every good Russian River brew. Hazy golden amber.

Smell: Citrus with a bit of Brett funk.

Taste: sour hoppy liquid goodness. Not sure if it is better than last year but it aged well in my fridge.

Mouthfeel: soft and well balanced.

Overall: this is a very good brew from two great breweries. The Brett was lighter than other Russian River Brew offerings and is a great beer to introduce someone to the sour style. Sierra Nevada did their part and put together a good beer with RRBC. Usually, I'm not a big fan of Sierra Nevada, but this one is outstanding. If you can locate a bottle, this is worth a try. I'm going to buy all the bottles my hometown store has left. It will be interesting to re review in another year.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 06:28:30 | More by Drunkenass
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alk3kenny

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This has been aged for about a year. Hazy orange color tons of carbonation flowing through this. Head is white and fizzy reminds me more of a soft drink then a beer in appearance. Nose is sweet... orange, candied fruit no real hops present but then again after a year not expecting a ton either. Flavor is very different from the nose as there is a nice tartness with a backing of that funky brett. I have had a few brett beers before and this one seems to tame them well while using them for their intention of adding a very different flavor. I'm sure the year has also helped tame them. One thing that is immediately present on the mouthfeel is all that carbonation. Stings the tongue along with the tartness to give an experience you don't normally get from a beer. I like it but don't know if I'd rush back to the feeling. Overall I really like this beer but probably wouldn't buy it again due to the price point. I am just getting into the sour side of beers and can't wait to try some more.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 00:37:18 | More by alk3kenny
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elNopalero

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a year:

This (still) pours an orange-auburn with a light foam.

There’s a great nose on this. I picked up orange zest with a light bit of developing Brett funk—wet hay, light citrus zest, musty blanket, some hints of things to come.

The flavor developed quite a bit of depth. Comes off peppery with some orange zest and a light funk rounding it off. There’s a tight effervescence on this which keeps it light.

After a year’s time on this I have to say that this beer developed some terrific nuances. It doesn’t hit any extremes, nor does it come off as such, but what it does offer is a fantastic blend of flavors—some emerging, some present when first tasted, and some new developments.
Shared this in the company of good friends. Wish I could have another.

OG Review:

Picked this one up in bottle form but I had the opportunity to try it on draught too. So it will be fun to compare my notes down the road.

This poured light, clear, golden and capped by a tremendous avalanche of cloudy white foam—but as it rested not a trace remained. The aroma has a whisper of Brett breath. Very muted, very nuanced, and it is not evident without really searching for it. Some floral notes complement it. The flavor is nicely rounded with some slight sweet notes and a floral finish.

This is exceptionally smooth and can only get better with some time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 03:16:20 | More by elNopalero
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utopiajane

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After a real champagne pop from the cork this pours a radiant yellow, cloudy, with a bumptious head that settles down quickly to a cap. Minimal lacing. On the nose it’s heavenly sweet, brett, funky with a strong biscuit malt character underneath and a little tart breath from the grassy hops. On the palate it’s smooth despite the heavy carbonation. It’s got orange, a little medicinal alcohol and a sour bite that’s alive and dry. Good balance between the sweet nose and the dry drinking. Truly wild and fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 15:02:16 | More by utopiajane
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.15/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Gold, solid gold color with big bubble dome head erupting from my initial pour. Wave tube shaped skim of retention.

Coppery wheat, mint aroma with a initial twang of sweet/sour brett. Brett smell fades after a few minutes in the glass.

Tastes very minty. Almost menthol. Dry, mint seltzer is pretty comparable. Not very bretty.

No sir, I don't like it. I dumped it, my wife dumped it: the dreaded double drainpour.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 22:30:59 | More by donkeyrunner
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clearish brown-red with fizzy head due to intense carbonation on top of an aroma that one could describe as moderately funky or slightly sour with touch of bread malt. Has some sour/funky fruit appeal and touch of citric hops and the Brett is in there but not overpowering. Light-bodied and sharp, this beer will prickle the tastebuds the entire time. Good balance and mix of some citric, lemony hops, clove and pepper spices, sour apple and pear fruits as well as some minor sugary malt sweetness and a touch of breadiness as well. Unfortunately, as I progess with the beer the flavors seem to die out and give way to more of the funk and sour charateristics of the beer. A good beer but it became a chore to finish off the whole bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 13:10:31 | More by clayrock81
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy honey to apricot in color with some moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall there is a light aroma with notes of brett and barnyard funkiness. Just a touch of light fruits as well - white grape and pear.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale and slightly grainy malts with moderate amounts of light fruit (white grape, pear, and just a hint of peach). Light notes of brett funkiness towards the finish which gets a touch stronger as the beer warms. Light amounts of sourness with a touch of lemon citrus.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This was a very good beer but I was hoping for a little more tartness/sourness in this one (considering the Russian River portion of the collaboration). Easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 20:59:16 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin Ayer of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of brett are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the taste, the taste has light flavors of barnyard funk and sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad but I was expecting more sourness from a wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 20:54:22 | More by metter98
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richj1970

Alabama

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle

A: Pours a nice orange color with crazy bubbly white head that disappears almost immediately. Lots of bubbles that continued for quite some time. No lacing at all.

S: Some citrus mixed with earthy funk. Grassy notes mixed with a bit of sourness.

T: Light fruity flavors like lemon, raisin with a bit of tartness mixed with an underlying funk. Very dry and perhaps a bit bitter.

M: Extreme carbonation. This one bubbled almost all the way down. Reminded me a bit of champagne. Very dry finish, light and refreshing. Alcohol content is hidden well.

O: Very easy to drink, and very enjoyable, but was hoping for a bit more sour notes and complexity to flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 23:50:51 | More by richj1970
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Auraan

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful orange, with a two finger white head that quickly receded. Abundant bubbles rose through the orange. No lacing was left on the glass. Pretty, but would look a bit better if the head stuck around. Scents of barnyard funk, slight bubblegum and light floral notes. Flavors of brett funk and sour notes, Belgian yeast, some fruity notes, including apricot and golden raisin. A tiny bit of spices, I cannot tell what type. Finishes a bit dry with sour brett notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with high carbonation. Easy to drink, hiding it's ABV quite well. A good beer. Not near as sour as I expected, but very similar to a tripel with a bit of a brett funk to the beer that makes it a good time to drink. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 05:43:41 | More by Auraan
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A very active mammoth two plus fingers worth of audibly fizzy crisp clean off-white colored head comprised of huge big chunky bubbles... Quickly receding head gives way to a surprisingly lush full forth... A cyclone of micro bubbled rapid paced carbonation... A couple larger carbonation bubbles cling to the sides of the glass... The color is a muted amber...

S - A light tartness... Pie crust... Apples... Pears... A bit musky... A bit funky... Some subtle floral notes... Light cantaloupe... Good depth and complexity...

T - Grassy notes... The fruity notes are quite subdued... The brett is quite subtle... A light spice component as well... Lots of heavy oak on the finish at lingers and lingers... Lots of nuanced complexity with each sip which helps to elevate the overall effect...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Brisk sharp carbonation... The finish is sturdy and dry... Some wine like qualities...

D - A decent American Wild Ale... Easy drinking, but missing a lot of depth and complexity that I have come to expect from the sty... I could honestly take it or leave it... The bottle was easy enough to finish, but I'm not sure I would recommend...

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 02:09:09 | More by philbe311
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker yellow color with some orange hints, a nice white head hat falls fairly quick to just a ring. No real lace left behind.

Aroma is tart fruits mingled with nice brett on some sweet malts light honey some hay notes. It is sweeter smelling then I would of imagined but very pleasant aroma.

Taste is is not as sweet as the nose tart fruits right away lots of lemon mingled with some lime. Good brett in the tart fruits, finish is lingering funk and tart notes with some spice clove and pepper mingled together. Its not a bad wild ale but not on par with something from Vinnie.

Mouthfeel is good for wild ale nice and nice boost of pep right before the finish. Light and crisp brew.

Overall this one is not bad just expected it to be better I guess defiantly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 01:28:54 | More by mntlover
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spoony

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-The brew pours with a tall, three-finger head of soapy foam that drops pretty quickly. It is bright, light and golden in color. Mostly clear, with a decent display of carbonation.

S-I smell slightly tart apples, lemon curd and cheesy, funky brett up front. There is some cereal grain underneath.

T-Taste follows the smell. The brew isn't sour, but it has a little twang of acidity to go along with the funky, cheesy, barnyard brett and grainy malts.

M-The feel is light to medium bodied with an assertive carbonation that keeps things lively on the palate.

O-This is a decent if ho-hum brett beer. It is better than some (Mo Betta Brett, for example), but not a world-beating beer by any means. I could have gone for a little more sour/tart flavors, but that is probably just my taste. Brett fans could do worse than Brux.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 23:12:00 | More by spoony
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Sterby

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle.
A - Golden yellow with little foam that dissipates quickly.
S- Tart fruit and oak
T- Light, dry, nice Brett character, but nothing complex or sophisticated. Pear and granny apple nuances with citrus zing.
M- Bubbly and effervescent
O- A nice, light crisp sour domesticated ale that is more worthy of the name than the actual taste. Does taste better after it has time to breath and warm up.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:09:48 | More by Sterby
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,103 ratings.