Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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very good

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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 49
Gots: 367 | FT: 21
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 VncentLIFE
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is highly carbonated. Light yellow with small white head. The smell is funky. touch of apple cider, white grape tannins. Even a hint of acetic sourness as well. This thing smells really good.

The taste is a let down. Chalky type taste with grassy dryness from the young Brett. The Brett flavors really need some time to grow and shine. I get that light dry citric grassiness characteristic of Brett, just not enough of it. Base beer is clean and crisp. With age, that will allow the Brett to shine.

All in all, it needs age. After a year of Brett growth, this thing will taste fantastic, just not yet.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head, rather fizzy, with minimal retention. No lacing on any of the glass.

S: Better as it warms. SOme faint aprcito, a little peach, pear, and pineapple. There is slight green grassy aroma as well. Slightly funky, not really tart though. Slight generic lacto aroma.

T: More pear/apple than apricot, which was slightly the reverse on the aroma. The beer is slightly spicy with a little bit of clove and a bit of biscuity malt.

M: Medium bodied, slightly heavier than most AWAs I have had. Lively carbonation, but very sour/tart.

O: A pretty good beer, with the Brett shining through. I guess I was hoping for more of a sour. I think this beer has some aging potential, but only grabbed one bottle. At $15, a little steep IMO.

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

Pours a glowing copper color with less than a half finger head. Slightly hazy.

Aroma is of light pears and lemons with a vinaigrette like aroma underneath. It has that Brett funk but its very subtle.

Taste is lemon, banana and peppery. Finishes pretty dry. As I go along it reminds me of those sour brite worms. Sweet and sour. Definitely lighter than other beers of this style I've had which is pleasant to me. I also got some hoppy citrus notes going on in there.

Mouthfeel is champagne like. Nice soft body with lively carbonation that works well with the flavors of the beer.

For some reason I've never really enjoyed brews of the same style as a lot of them were much more tart or sour than this which I usually can't get past to really enjoy. This is very young and a bit hoppy and more restrained than the others I've had and in the end I really liked it. This may be a beer that opens me back up to revisiting this style again.

Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazed copper/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to nothing. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Plasticy, phenolic Brett yeast. Cracked pepper, biscuit/doughy malts. Citrus and tart lemons.
T: Follows the nose. Phenolic, funky yeast. Peppery spice. Biscuit malts and tart tangy lemons. Finishes very dry.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and dry. Not hard to drink, the bottle is enjoyable. Don't know if I would purchase another though.

Enjoyable enough. The Brett is really apparent and makes this a little to phenolic and plastic for my tastes. Still worth a try.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an Orange goldenrod colr with a milkshake head that is less than a finger. no lacing left on my Duvel tulip

S: Aroma of light pineapple, golden pear, strong isolated brett only "wild ale" presence, no lacto to make this a sour. Caramel, a bit of green apple and a belgian ale yeast strain underneath the brett finish.

T: Mostly pear with a bit of grapefruit on the fruit side of flavors. Backbone of a light caramel crystal malt in the 40 range. A bit of biscuity bite but very smooth and well rounded. There is a sweetness to this that does well with the brett flavors leading me to believe that over time, this will continue to age and change a little however with the amount of pressurization already present, that could be dangerous if there is enough unattenuated sugar left in here. Base beer flavors seem to be basically half pale ale taste and half Belgian ale.

M: Medium to heavy for an American Wild ale, good high level of carbonation that seems right for the style.

O: Two great breweries coming together to create a pretty good beer. This beer was made to accentuate the brett flavors and I think it has accomplished that goal pretty well. Much better so than some of the others that have made a straight brett beer with that goal in mind. Recommended , and curious to see how this ages

Photo of MadScientist
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Be careful with that cork, my bottle was lightly chilled when I opened it and the pressure went out enthusiastic, sending a little particle into my eye. No damage so on the the review.

A: This pours a a medium gold with orange highlights a light haze which could have very well been a result of how the bottle was handled just prier to pouring. It has a rocky off-white head that persists for some time.

S: This smells like a good gueuze with sharp sour, somewhat acidic aroma dominating. There is a earthy brett aroma with some light barnyard funk in the background. There are some moderate fruit esters of grapefruit and apples. The three dominate aromas of sour, brett and fruit nicely balanced.

T: The first thing that strikes me is the moderate sour and low bitter flavors seem to play of each other with a slight malt sweetness giving some balance. The grapefruit and green apple aromas carry into the flavor as well. The bitterness and tartness linger past the dry finish.

M: This beer has a medium-light body with a moderately high level of carbonation.

I'd say this is sort of a Gueuze meets American Pale Ale which should surprise that much given the breweries collaborating on this fine brew. Despite the sharp sour and funk this is a well balanced beer and a couple of bottle definitely deserve a space in my cellar so I can so how this one ages.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
8.3% ABV, numbers printed on shoulder of bottle.

A - Brux is gently hazed, pouring a golden honey color with an effervescent light ivory head that diminishes to next-to-nothing pretty quickly. Not a trace is left on the glass, sadly.

S - Potent earthiness flourishes through Brux from the maltiness, hops, and yeast with suggestions of shaved, fresh oak. Dry biscuit with little more than a dribble of honey sweetness lays the groundwork for the complex yeast to work. Light citrus notes lap at the olfactory senses gently while a very mild, "domesticated" wild aroma subtly emerges, providing toned-down barnyard notes and a vanilla cream Yankee candle-like scent from a vigorous swirl.

T - The first sip quickly splashes a surprising banana Runts-like flavor on the tongue despite the lack of fruity esters on the nose! More malt-driven, biscuit and sweet pilsner attributes blend for a healthy backing capable of supporting wild development while a light citrus touch follows up with, once again, very mild yeast characteristics. Brux is complex but very subtle, finishing pretty cleanly, especially for a wild ale. After a few sips, Brux leaves a gentle, interesting tropical fruit blend-like flavor on the tongue.

M - Bright carbonation sparkles on the tongue while this medium-bodied wild smoothly crosses the palate with next to no trace of wild sourness, though faint tartness emerges gently. Earth and citrus notes add a balancing dryness to the finish which cleans the tongue while bringing you back for another lip-smacking sip.

O - Color me surprised, I had imagined this beer to be a little more assertive and wild but Brux is odd in that it's extremely subtle; something neither Sierra Nevada nor Russian River seem to output on a regular basis. Then again, the beer does call itself a "Domesticated Wild Ale", aka, something a little more suitable for the masses; a "training-wheel wild" if you will. After the initial, "huh" shock subsided, it became clear this is a damn fine beer that's incredibly well made suitable for aging, and I'm pretty excited to see what time does with the yeast!

Photo of t420o
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sierra Nevada/Russian River Brux

$14.99 @ BevMo

A- pour produces a 1 finger fizzy white head quickly disapating leaving no lace. Beer is a hazy golden and burnt orange color 4

S- lemongrass, green apple, begian yeast, a very nice fruity aroma, Brett, dry. Smells excellent 4.5

T- very nice mix of Belgian yeast, spices, green apple, grain, lemongrass, Brett, and finishes dry. Very nice. 4  

M- lighter on the carbonation. Good body. 4 

O- a tasty, and well crafted brew. I'd like to get a few more bottles to see how this progresses over time. 4

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Photo of Richard33
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange. The 1/2 white head dissapates quickly.

The usual brett nose is there, but not in a big way. Mild funk gives way to notes of grass, citrus, and green apple.

Tart green apples and black pepper up front with pear and earthy funk on the finish. This beer is very young so I expect that the brett will come into it's own in the bottle I'm aging. That being said, still very tasty. incredibly balanced, and easy drinking. Sounds odd, but I was hoping for less balance!

There is a sweetness there that I'm sure the brett will eat up in 6-12 months time. Great beer, looking forward to reviewing again.

Photo of DonDirkA
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose of white wine, grapes, pears, and a slight sharpness probably from the Brett. Taste is slightly grassy, pears, green grapes, white wine and I feel like there's a hint of plum. Its sharp and bubbly but not overly effervescent. This definitely has that Russian River taste.

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Golden orange in color, heavy internal carbonation, pours a mild white foamy head, translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, notes of citrus and mild tropical fruit, very yeasty and quite apparent wheat elements, even a bit of grape must is present

T: Much akin to the nose, wheat and grape must dominate mixed with citrus, traces of clove and mint are present, very light alcohol, not incredibly flavorful, definitely needs some age

M: Very smooth, light in the mouth, not lingering or overpowering on the palate, almost no aftertaste

O: A complex and interesting wild ale, would have been nice if it had more sour elements, without a doubt needs to be aged

Photo of Sunhunters
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Draft at Russian River Brewery

Appearance (3.0) - Hazy orange liquid. Fairly clear while still a little cloudy. Thin head less than half a finger dissapates almost immediately, no lacing to speak of. Very thin ring of fine bubbles around glass. Haziness and color are pleasant while the rest is underwhelming.

Smell (3.0) - Not much going on here either. Faint smell carries whiffs of Belgian yeast, bread, apricot, and a hint of clove. Underpowered in my mind, but perhaps that's intentional. Wild yeast is unapparent.

Taste (4.5) - Here the beer begins to shine. Mild balanced flavor belies the 8.3% ABV. Pleasant notes of farmhouse, tart fruits - especially sour kiwi, light golden cherry, and faint tangerine. Yeasty breadiness throughout. Satisfying and refreshing, with a very smooth character that is quite nice. Good stuff.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Another point for Brux, the mouthfeel is extremely pleasing. Creamy, round, medium bodied, this brew has balanced carbonation with a crisp, dry, mildly acidic finish. At the same time the feel is watery enough to prove very refreshing.

Overall (4.0) - An interesting and enjoyable beer, though not life- changing. Drinkable and refreshing, crisp and mildly tart, Brux is a smooth operator. It's drinking very well young.

Photo of paulfinocchiaro
4.92/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beer I was waiting for for a long time. Petes' Liquor in Tracy, check em out. Anyway, poured into a pint glass, served chilled. Pours with very little head, which dissipates quickly. It has a light amber color. Very bubbly, even after pour. Smells like an ale, and has a wonderful taste, almost a taste of cinnamon. It is a little dryer than expected, but still amazing. This beer is definitley worth the wait, and I highly suggest it to anyone.

Photo of AwYeh
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Jesse13713 for splitting a bottle of this with me. Poured into tulip, and reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a cloudy, vibrant orange-golden color. There's half a finger of white head, which dissipates quickly.

S: Tangy Brett is the first thing I pick up. There's a nice malty sweetness– caramel and bready.

T: Sweet and tangy much like the smell– things are well balanced here, making for easy drinking. A light piny and grassy bitterness is present on the finish, which I found unique for the style, and possibly due to the very young age of this bottle.

M: Thin-bodied and lightly carbonated. Lightly creamy, and quite smooth, with a dry finish.

O: This is a solid beer; it's an interesting take on the style given the hoppy flavors. Not the most tart or most sour, but very easy to drink and one that I'm glad to have tried. The price tag is a bit high, but I'm glad that Sierra Nevada has enabled this one to make it to markets where sours are rare.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really excited for this beer. I am huge fan of both Russian River and Sierra Nevada. I shelled out $16 for this brew, so I am expecting a lot.

Appearance - Wow. What an impressive looking beer. Not much of a head at all - very light carbonation. The froth disappears rapidly, leaving a white circular line around the rim of the glass.The center fountains up with a light torpedo of carbonation, but it does not add to the head. Light lacing. The beer is deliciously opaque. The color is a sparkling goldenrod amber.

Smell - Brett-yeast that adds sourness and fruity qualities. Mango and pear in the nose. A spritzy tingle on the nostrils. Both sour and sweet. A bit weak.

Taste - Sourness overcomes the sweetness by a tremendous amount. Delicious brett yeast backed up by orange/toffee malt. An extremely impressive display of tastes. Pear is the most prominent fruit, while mango is also apparent. Nice sour hops with a bit of a tangy pine zing.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - I downed this beer in no time. Flows over the tongue with extreme pear sourness. This beer is medium-bodied, fruity, and fresh. Sourness greets you at the front, while sweetness takes over midway and carries you to a fruity, tangy, aftertaste.

Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice solid white head.

Aromas are faint, notes of lemon peel, sugar, and grass.

Taste picks up nicely from where the faint smell left off. Bright and dry up front, lightly mineral like, tonic, with hints if lemon, light funk that is present, but restrained, and crisp citrus bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, carbonation is good.

Overall, a very nice wild ale. The balance, and subtle flavors make you forget that this is 8+% ABV. A pleasure to drink, tasty, approachable, and refreshing. The only downer? The $15 price tag will probably keep me from buying another bottle.

Photo of Zorro
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle with a tough to remove cork.

Clear golden amber colored beer with just a small amount of white head.

Smell is sweet with the beginnings acetic acid present. Fruity smells of peach and apple. Woody scents, oak and vanilla. Floral yeast aroma with a rather strong rose aroma.

Starts out mild with a slight sour taste but it isn't to strong. Belgian horse horse blanket and roses. Mild flavor especially for a wild ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall A VERY tame wild ale, it might even convert me to like them. $17 for the bottle though, this probably will benefit from a year of age on it, the carbonation is noticeably low.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some mild funky aromas. Taste is much the same with an earthy quality in the flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it seems like this one is going to need some time to develop in the bottle.

Photo of lovindahops
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the chance to try BRUX. When I saw that this collab-o was going to happen, this was on my target to try

A- BRUX pours a hazy orange body with a glaring glow as the carbonation rips towards the top of my glass. White foam lingers around as it settles from the initial pour. Very vibrant and impressive with the haze and glowing combo

S- Very dry scent that is bundled with grassy themes, spices, and some lemony zest. I certainly pick up some Brett in the background, but it's not very strong. I would probably say that the lemon and spices are the strongest features of the scent profile

T- good spicy flavor kicks off an earthy and lemon like taste profile. The flavors are blended to make for a good tasting wild ale that has a completely dry finish. Really good flavors meshed together.

M- Carbonation is spot on and the extremely fresh flavors coate the palate.

O- BRUX is very enjoyable, no question about it. I am pretty sure this is pretty fresh, so a little age might settle out some of the zestiness and let the Brett burst through. I have to mention I am always spoiled by ithaca sours, so I might be judging BRUX a lil to roughly (trust me, I have had enough brute and lebleu to be spoiled for life). I will definitely seek out more of this

Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, corked and caged. Split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque hazy golden orange with a 1 finger head that disappears immediately. Tons of visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Right of the bat a sourish fruit with a hint of funk. An earthy mint like quality gives it a zing. Some fig and roasted malt as it warms.

T: Fruity wine like taste with great sour overtones. Can get a nice oak and vanilla from it too. Spice is in there like cinnamon and allspice.

M: Has a nice crisp carbonation but is still very smooth. Has a full bodied. Real carbonated throughout the glass. Very drinkable for the abv.

Overall I want another one to age. This will become a great sour down the line. The spiciness was a nice addition I wasnt expecting.

Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm in WV and somehow I'm the second person to review this? Anyway, here goes.

Purchased at the Irish Pub in Lewisburg, just arrived the day I bought it. Poured in a tulip glass.

A- pours a light copper color with a bit of an orange hue when held to the light. A little cloudy when cold, then turns to clear. Very little head with minimal lacing.

S- earthy, Forrest floor, straw, lemon grass, pears, and a kick of spicy hops on the back end.

T- fruity notes with a lemon tartness, funky and yeasty with a bit of clove, follows very similar to a typical Belgium. Finishes dry with a citrus/yeast linger.

M- med-light in body, light spritzy carbonation, quite drinkable. Does a great job of masking that 8.3 ABV.

O- I can see why wild ales can be off setting to some, the funkiness from the yeast inst for everybody. I found this one quite enjoyable, but I guess I was expecting a little more considering the collaboration this one came from. I imagine this would become much more complex with aging and would be interested in cellaring one if I can get my hands on another bottle.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Odd... An Idaho BA as the first review for a brew with such pedigree. Cool, I guess!

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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
What began as mutual admiration between Sierra Nevada’s Grossman Family and Russian River’s Cilurzos has grown and progressed into genuine friendship. Brux began as an idea and has grown into something altogether different:

The liquid manifestation of change over time.

Refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brux will change and develop over time. Copper-colored, dry and complex, with slightly tart notes of green grass, pear, spice and lemon - this ale will progress in the bottle for many years.
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Picked up tonight at Bier Thirty for what I think is a pretty reasonable $15... Thanks Chris!!

My friend "beer guy at the COOP" Matt (reinheitsgematt) shared one of these earlier tonight... and we were both surprisingly happy.

Poured into my slim tulip... Decent head doesn't really stick around for too long... the brew is clear dark golden..

Nose is earthy with some nice fruity esters... pear and light white peach... some bits of fresh cut hay...

Flavor is much more dry than I would have guessed... again lightly earthy.. dry grass... hints of Basque Cider.. Bretty notes are mild... I honestly expected more.. maybe some minor "clove" phenols but that could be in my imagination.

With warmth more fruitiness arises.. so does some background maltiness .. sorta honey notes.... That will give the "BRUX" something to chew on for a while.. Sorta $$ pricey note for a reasonably available brew is cool.

Body is light/medium .... seems a touch thick for an AWA... carbonation is good (small bubble) and sorta spritzy..

I guess I was expecting more for a collaboration from two such well established breweries.. Still pretty damn good... I will buy more and doubt I will touch one for a year.

Very cool collaboration idea.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,302 ratings.