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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,239 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,239
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 46
Gots: 352 | FT: 18
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

visualmartyr, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Andragos
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Andragos, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of teromous
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

teromous, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of NickBeery
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

NickBeery, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of primrose54
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

primrose54, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of jsherlock
4/5  rDev +5.3%

jsherlock, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of MarkJBurch
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

MarkJBurch, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of rdooley
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

rdooley, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of jlisuk
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

jlisuk, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

KelsoSaaz, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of LockeSD
3/5  rDev -21.1%

LockeSD, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Jessenimmo
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Jessenimmo, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Rutager
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Rutager, Sep 11, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

edenstjames, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TheDoak, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

harpus, Sep 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ejimhof, Sep 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

BUNZILLA, Sep 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Jame515, Sep 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Sonofalime, Sep 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Paccamacca, Sep 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

schmidtmattsays, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of TruePerception
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

TruePerception, Sep 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Stinger80OH, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Gr8Lakes, Aug 31, 2013
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,239 ratings.