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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

1,257 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,257
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 45
Gots: 357 | FT: 19
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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Photo of TheHumanFund
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

TheHumanFund, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of millelacsmark
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

millelacsmark, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of TheLevi4000
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TheLevi4000, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of Theortiz01
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Theortiz01, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of BeerSnobDougie
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

BeerSnobDougie, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jheezee, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of damienblack
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

damienblack, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of ChanceK
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ChanceK, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of djtomain
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

djtomain, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of wanderlust389
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

wanderlust389, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of Hugonaut13
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Hugonaut13, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Jimmys, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of army01
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

army01, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of 111213forlife
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

111213forlife, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of guityler83
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

guityler83, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of visualmartyr
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
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

NickBeery, Sep 19, 2013
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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
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,257 ratings.