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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

1,282 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,282
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 45
Gots: 361 | 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:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature. The cork exploded off of this bottle without me touching it as soon as I took the cage off. A geyser of beer and foam ensued. Luckily, I didn’t lose much.

L – Pale amber color with a 4-finger bubbly white head that dissipates as rapidly as it appeared. Only a few patches of bubbles remain, and as a result, not much lacing appears. Slightly hazy with tons of bubbles.

S – There’s a strong presence of musty, barnyard Brett, as well as some sour lemon, green apple, and pear aromas. There may be a touch of bready malt, too, but it’s somewhat buried under the funkier aromas.

T – Slightly tart with apple, pear, and lemon notes followed by a bit of musty Brett. As the funkiness settles down, sweet bready malt and subtly bitter earthy, grassy, and spicy hops come through. There isn’t as much tartness or funkiness as the nose suggested, but it’s still tasty.

F – Light-bodied with too much carbonation, a prickly and airy mouthfeel, and a sweet, earthy, spicy, and dry finish. Really the thing that lingers the most is the tongue-prickling feeling from the carbonation.

O – This is a pretty good wild ale. The aroma is great and it tastes good, but the mouthfeel of this one holds this beer back. It is far too carbonated, so much so that it feels like it’s generating carbon dioxide while it’s in my mouth. Like really it feels like it’s so effervescent that it’s making gas in my mouth and down my throat. This sensation plus the prickling carbonation makes it tough to pick out the nuances of the taste. One positive aspect of the mouthfeel and the beer is that the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well. This is a nice beer, but I’m sorry to say that I was expecting more out of a Sierra Nevada-Russian River collabo.

Photo of Dunkelhund
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Thren
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of creez
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of dansmcd
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange-ish shade of gold. A bit darker than hoped for. Big fizzy white head. Sticks around for a bit but no lacing and fades entirely. Aroma is light. The main flavor that sticks out is a medicinal flavor that I'm not a huge fan of. There's also some earth, pale malt and a little funk. Mild grassy hops. Some brett fruitiness but very light. Taste is dry. There's a big earthy, fruity kick at first but it doesn't really go anywhere. Just a sort of nondescript Belgian tartness that dies quickly. It's a bit like taking a bite of an under ripe apricot - tart and fruity but lacking flavor. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Very dry feel. Mildly chalky. Quite effervescent. It still has the over-carbonated feel that many brett beers seem to have in the bottle - could dissipate with time. It's a decent beer, which is a disappointment given the pedigree. The underlying Belgian just doesn't seem to be all that great. I wish that they had gone with something closer to Sanctification. This has too much malt depth and that medicinal note is too much. I'm going to sock away my second bottle and pray that something more develops given enough time.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of atoulouk
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of unclekeith
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head that fade into a few thin patches. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very interesting funky, fruity, and mildly tart aroma. Yeast with a Belgian like funk and a good scent of Brett. Some pepper spice. Big fruit esters including banana, orange, pear, apple, white grapes, lemon zest, peach, and apricot. Also some hints of mildly tart cherries. Mild bready presence of malt with a hint of cracker and biscuit. Big hints of grass and floral hops. Smells fairly dry and wine like. Pretty nice.

Taste: Just as complex and funky as it smells. Big yeast strains with Brett funk and a mix of pepper spices. A big mix of bright fruit esters with notes of pear, apple, orange, banana, white grapes, lemon zest, apricot, peach, and tart cherry. Very grassy tasting with a solid presence of floral and herbal hops lingering around. Mild taste of malt with some biscuit and cracker. Tastes like a cross between a Belgian Farmhouse ale and an American Wild ale. Nicely complex, drying, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, crisp, and somewhat prickly. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A really good tasting and unique take on a Wild ale. Good combination of funk, fruit, and grassy hops. A pretty good collaboration.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A quickly forming head, up to two fingers, which mellowed out to a finger or so. The body's color is a hazy medium straw.
The aroma is wonderful: banana bread, apricot and lemon. Very bright.
The taste is also bright with the same fruits plus orange.
The texture a low point with a high level of carbonation. Crisp and medium body.
This is a wonderful beer. I need to find another bottle to stow away for a few years.

Photo of GPHarris
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers thick fizzy and bubbly eggshell-colored head into a tulip glass that left a thick ring of lace that disappeared halfway through the pour. the body was a bright, lively, bubbly amber color.
s - lemon and pear aromas throughout.
t - grassy with some lemon tartness. has just a "bit o brett" and i see where they got "domesticated" from.
m - medium coating. crisp, bubbly and dry. very biting on tongue. lively and well done.
o - i expected a little more from these two but it is very well done. i think it would be a great intro sour to some people. i thoroughly enjoyed it any way.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Swonkie
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy, orangish-copper color. Large white head. Scent is VERY funky! A good amount of Brett to the aroma...smells like this beer is gonna be sour (even though I know it isn't at this point in this beer's life). Tart, wood-like aromas with some orange zest. A little bit of pear and citrus fruit as well. Taste is slightly tart at first, not nearly as tart as it smelled though. Tons of pear with a good amount of Belgian yeast. Light barnyard character. Spicy with some lemon...bit of a bread-like finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Smooth and crisp. Drinkability is high...ABV very well hidden. Overall, I am DEFINITELY holding onto my other bottle of this for a VERY long time. It drinks as a solid beer now, but should become AWESOME in a few years.

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,282 ratings.