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

318 Reviews
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Reviews: 318
Hads: 1,304
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 49
Gots: 368 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden with an amber hue. Huge head as expected from a beer brewed with Brett.

S: tart light fruit

T: funky tart apples pears slightly grassy

M: dry and light/ medium bodied

O: a very nice complex treat. As expected, a winner from Russian river and Sierra Nevada. (272 characters)

Photo of PaBrewSki
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter.

Almost no head and what was present quickly faded to a thin white rim and then almost nothing. Slightly cloudy burnt orange appearance.

The nose reminds me of a homemade dandelion wine that my grandfather would get from one of his patients back in the day. Smell makes me think that this is going to be pretty funky.

First taste is a bit disappointing compared to the nose. It isn't the funky beast that I was hoping for but it isn't bad. It's actually pretty mild and balanced with dried apricot notes blending with a Belgian style yeast.

Finish is mildly dry. Not as dry as expected after reading the bottle.

Perfect beer with this sharp cheddar cheese. Overall it was a bit disappointing but not a bad beer. (753 characters)

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

A: Slightly hazy and golden hue with a huge sudsy, quickly dissipating head; not much lacing

S: Fruity and funky: apples, pears, pear juice, lemon, grass, hay, cheese; man, this smells musty and grainy and fruity and funky

T: Slightly tart and fruity up front: so much pear with subtle lemon and apple; it then dries up a bit leaving some musty grassy grains, funky but not as much as the aromas indicated--this did cellar for 6 months but I bet more time would allow this to funk out a bit more

F: The effervescent carbonation followed by a yeasty creaminess works well for this beer

O: I love funky, musty, cheesy beers and this one is delicious; I have had much better beers from both of these breweries but this one does a nice job and ends up being a decent collaborative effort (787 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light copper with no discernible head.

S: Spicy nose, some light fruit, cardamom, nutmeg.

T: Tastes like a very spicy Saison, Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus peel, orange, nutmeg, cardamom.

M: Light bodied, smooth and refreshing.

O: Not exactly what I'd call an American wild ale, but then again that term, like American strong ale, tells you next to nothing about the beer type. Overall, it tastes like a slightly tart saison. It's quite good, and I'd definitely recommend it. (482 characters)

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

First pour is a clear amber color with one finger of head that settled to a skim of suds. Very little lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of fruity esters. Notes of lemon, grapes, and grass. Funky aromas come through with barnyard/horse notes.

The Brett is making itself known but I feel it could benefit from even more time to mature. Fruit esters upfront with vinous qualities as well as the Belgian malt. The Brett comes in closer to the finish with mild funk. Finishes with a sweet vinous flavor. As I get deeper into the glass, the sweetness overpowers the funk.

Medium body and actively carbonated. Lively but not harsh. Could of even used a little more fizz to keep the palate interested in the beer.

Did not try this beer fresh as I heard it was not ready for the main stage. It is coming along nicely but would benefit from another year or two to develop further to live up to its lineage. (916 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a beautiful burnt orange color with light golden hues around the edges. The body is mildly hazy and filled with plenty of carbonation and is topped off with a light white head roughly a finger and a half thick. The head sticks around for some time and slowly transforms into a thin ring around the glass. There’s no lacing in this beer.
Citrus fruits, lemon grass, apple and figs come through the aroma and are well balanced.
The spices in this beer show up first and as it move toward the back of your throat, the spiciness calms down and turns into more floral flavors, wheat, apple and orange are apparent at this point. It’s mildly tart overall. There are some mild banana flavors in its aftertaste and it does sweeten up a bit. Over all the taste was pretty complex and very pleasing.
This ale has a medium to light mouth feel and really warms up your mouth, plus it makes for an awesome breakfast ale!
Overall, this was a great ale to drink and leaves wanting more. (985 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, pale, orangish yellow. Frothy head turns to decent lace.
Smell: Floral, citrus, grape, biscuit.
Taste: Grape, sour, citrus, biscuit maybe.

This was delightfully interesting. The first thing that caught me was the complexity of the smell. So much going on from floral to biscuit. The second thing was the sparkling attribute. It was very much champagne-like with around the same qualities as the smell. Not super drinkable, but very enjoyable. I would get it again. (484 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a yellow orange color.

The aroma has some barnyard funk and Bret character along with some fruit notes.

The flavor follows with some tart, a good amount of funk, and then this beautiful sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavor. A sweetness in there as well.

This is a good beginner Bret beer as the Bret character is not too strong and aggressive as well as this beer having fruity sweetness.

With age, this beer still drinks real well. (456 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale, dark, yellow. The head develops, and drops, quickly resulting in no head after a minute. No lace.
Smell is delightfully sour and musty. Some malt, spices, hint of hops maybe. Good balance.
Taste is malty, musty, banana (light), spices. Well balanced.
Warming, drying, medium-light body with a tart, sharp effervescence.
This particular bottle I purchased in November 2012, 13 months ago. It's really good. (438 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russian River and Sierra Nevada Brux

Appearance: orange, large head, and some lacing.

Smell: sweet tart sourness, slight yeast, and a few fruit notes.

Taste: very light sourness, pear, lemon, and a light yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium and carbonated.

Overall:
This is an interesting brew. The smell dictates a sour wild ale, but it seems more like a saison. It seems tad watery in the finish. (395 characters)

Photo of Sumosid
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the last bottle on the shelf because of Russian Rivers reputation despite the price ($16.00). Bottle opened with a pop like champange which kind of startled me. Very effervescent with a head that quicky disolved. Smell reminded me of my trip to Belgium especially the tour of the Cantillon Brewery. Very tart, dry but interesting taste. Enjoyable but I did not feel it was worth the price. Based on other reviews, I would pick up a another bottle at a reasonable price point and store it for a year. (509 characters)

Photo of Charlemagne7
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Bought this as I'm a RR fan. Little did I know the letdown I was about to drink

Appearance was typical, golden with a whole lotta carbonation. What I would expect from a saison.

Smell is where this beer took it home. The smell on this beer gave me multiple orgasms. It smells like sexy hook ups and no regrets.

Taste.... I found the regrets... I found them hard. This beer literally tastes like a malty pile of my puppy's leftover. No funk, no sour, no anything other than a depressing taste of why the fuck did I buy this 15 dollar bottle of BS.

MF: over carbed. done.

Overall, this beer is pathetic. It's over priced and tastes like garbage for that price point. Pretty shocked that SN and RR couldn't come up with something more than a drain pour. Whatever, enjoy my review, Im so disgustingly over this beer (817 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle

- Pours a copper clear with airy white foam. This beer is very clear with no haze, almost like a lager.

- Smell is sweet earthy funk with spice notes.

- Taste is crisp, sweet malt mixed with grassy citrus flavors. Not getting much funk and definitely no sour/tart flavors. Slightly drying on the palate.

- Overall an interesting beer. Very crisp and clean on the palate with an interesting sweet, earthy, citrus vibe. However, it is not sour (which is implied with "wild ale")... I would describe this as a sweet saison. Worth a try if that style sounds appealing, but I'm a bit disappointed honestly. (617 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange with hazy golden hues and a deep fizzy 2 finger off white head

Smell has some light Belgian yeast notes forward and some aromas of peppercorn
That give it a slightly spicy smell. There is also a slightly cider like tartness to the backend

Taste is great there is some more spicy peppercorn like yeasty phenols forward that is followed by a crisp light cider like flavor along side some grainy malt. There is a slightly sweet, slightly sour, dry finish that ties is all together nicely

Mouthfeel is hoot high carbonation give is a crisp fizzy frothy mouthfeel that Works well with the medium body and sour finish. (637 characters)

Photo of TheHumanFund
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

ST: Corked and caged bomber bought from Small Batch Liquors in Denver. Served chilled from the fridge in a 0.3 liter New Belgium tulip glass.

A: Rustic amber color with slightly hazy body. Highly carbonated but head is very transparent.

S: Sweet, lightly peppered smell, with a tart apple finish.

T: Distinct Brett Brux taste: tobacco, dry, and highly crisp (probably due to high effervescence). The body is very light and taste is pretty light in complexity.

M: Highly effervescent, crisp, and light bodied feel. Gains a leather complexion upon warmth.

O: A nice Brett-like beer. It might have been served too young, as bottle notes it gains distinct flavor upon age. I would casually recommend it, but not worth actively seeking. (740 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

750mL bottle into snifter. cant make out this bottle coding.

A: hazy. orangey blond body. head is bright white and has some big bubbles. head has good retention, lacing is super minimal though. pours pretty vivacious initially.

S: not nearly as tart as I would like it. a little sweet sugar as well. virtually no hop component.

T: similar to the nose, some horsehair and barn, but limited. a little bit of grain on the back end. no bitterness. not lingering or starting. hop flavor is nonexistent.

M: pretty vivacious bottle carb. medium body.

D: two suggestions for this brew: a) let it warm before drinking. b) age. age this bottle for a couple of years. well maybe that is a stretch, but give it time for the Brett to take hold in the bottle and develop its flavor and aroma. (786 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a teku glass there was a big 4 finger head with lots of dead space making it rise and fall quickly. After two more pours the glass was filled and left with no foam at all. The liquid, a briliantly clear woody orange color with the occasional bubble popping up from the bottom.

S: Mild fruit candy esters, moderate tart aroma that is reminiscent of lemon zest and sour candys (warheads).

T: Very low bitterness with no distinguishable hop flavors coming through. The malts are mildly bready yet sweet. The highlight flavor in the beer, however, is the complex wild yeast flavor. The sweety horse hair, but in a good way, descriptor is accurate. Very animal, protien like flavors coming through. Also reminds me of over rippened fruit (pear, apples).

M: High carbonation and a dry finish combined with the tart aftertaste leave a strong tingling sensation on the tongue that lingers.

O: For my 100th Beer review on BA I thought I'd crack open a cellar beer. My first Brett Brux beer and I now understand the sweety horse blanket descrptor. A decent beer overall but not my thing overall. (1,105 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: It has a hazy golden body with a fizzy bubbly white head that seems to be going nuts. Popping all over the place in a myriad of bubbles. Despite the persistent bubbles, the head fades quickly leaving absolutely no head or lacing.

S: I pick up what smells like cherry Starburst, followed by what smells like soap, then a funky musty aroma. Lots of sour fruit smell.

T: There's more of that funky mustiness. It's that old house quality, but in a flavor. There's a bit of sourness, but it's an initial burst of sour and doesn't have any follow-through. It literally seems to depend on the size of the drink. A sip doesn't seem to deliver enough flavor for me to enjoy this beer. When I take a big gulp, there's much more presence to the beer. There's a cottony flavor and a bit of wood in there too. Kind of like sucking on a tooth pick. I didn't think it was especially great tasting. There really wasn't much aftertaste.

M: The mouthfeel leaves much to be desired. It feels empty, plain, and insipid. It isn't completely dry, leaving this light flavorless coating on the palate.

O: Overall I thought the beer was just "okay." It has just enough flavor to feel interesting, but could use more. It just doesn't feel dry enough either. That's probably the biggest detractor to a beer like this. The bottle recommends aging, but I have no idea how old this bottle is to begin with. It's worth drinking, but I can't say that I would be all that excited about aging this. (1,471 characters)

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled sometime early summer 2012, placed in cellar for one year. Served at fifty degrees, a gentle pour into a clean tulip glass produces a large three inch white head, which crackles away noisily towards the bright golden beer that lies beneath.

Smell of delicate fruit, lemon, grass and a slight earthy funk.

Mouth puckering and tart during the first sip, not very sour, this sensation is finished with the second sip. Dry and not overly complex, the taste is peppery with hints of grass and lemon, similar to the nose. A lingering astringency is present, tannins? This is not to be confused with the slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Characteristics of the brettanomyces are evident, earthy funk and gentle sourness.

This beer is on the thinner side, carbonation is spot on for the style.

I think Brux is successful, however, not worth its original price tag. Still see this on store shelves and the price has dropped. I may be inclined to pick up another bottle and see how it progresses with another year in the cellar. My advice to anyone that has been holding onto a bottle would be to give it time if you want more from the brettanomyces bruxellensis. For food pairing I would recommend pear tart or a Roquefort salad. (1,239 characters)

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of mverity
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of wd40
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (363 characters)

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