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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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86
very good

327 Reviews
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Reviews: 327
Hads: 1,326
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 49
Gots: 373 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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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Reviews: 327 | Hads: 1,326
Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker yellow color with some orange hints, a nice white head hat falls fairly quick to just a ring. No real lace left behind.

Aroma is tart fruits mingled with nice brett on some sweet malts light honey some hay notes. It is sweeter smelling then I would of imagined but very pleasant aroma.

Taste is is not as sweet as the nose tart fruits right away lots of lemon mingled with some lime. Good brett in the tart fruits, finish is lingering funk and tart notes with some spice clove and pepper mingled together. Its not a bad wild ale but not on par with something from Vinnie.

Mouthfeel is good for wild ale nice and nice boost of pep right before the finish. Light and crisp brew.

Overall this one is not bad just expected it to be better I guess defiantly worth a try.

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Photo of spoony
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml into a tulip.

A-The brew pours with a tall, three-finger head of soapy foam that drops pretty quickly. It is bright, light and golden in color. Mostly clear, with a decent display of carbonation.

S-I smell slightly tart apples, lemon curd and cheesy, funky brett up front. There is some cereal grain underneath.

T-Taste follows the smell. The brew isn't sour, but it has a little twang of acidity to go along with the funky, cheesy, barnyard brett and grainy malts.

M-The feel is light to medium bodied with an assertive carbonation that keeps things lively on the palate.

O-This is a decent if ho-hum brett beer. It is better than some (Mo Betta Brett, for example), but not a world-beating beer by any means. I could have gone for a little more sour/tart flavors, but that is probably just my taste. Brett fans could do worse than Brux.

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Photo of Sterby
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle.
A - Golden yellow with little foam that dissipates quickly.
S- Tart fruit and oak
T- Light, dry, nice Brett character, but nothing complex or sophisticated. Pear and granny apple nuances with citrus zing.
M- Bubbly and effervescent
O- A nice, light crisp sour domesticated ale that is more worthy of the name than the actual taste. Does taste better after it has time to breath and warm up.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- clear shiny copper colored with streams of extremely tiny bubbles rising hurriedly upward. Despite this, the loose off-white foam quickly settles to a narrow ring with a continent in the middle that resembles Antarctica. No lacing, merely legs like wine.

S- highly phenolic and peppery aroma with tart fruity undertones from the brett. Very nice funky barnyard horse blanket with some of the structural barn wood thrown in as well. Orange, green apple, peach, plum and sour cherries, some grassy notes and mild grain.

T- spicy and mild with just enough brett to make things interesting. The tartness isn't forceful or bold at all though-- it sneaks in and sneaks out without making much noise perhaps because this bottle (I'm assuming) is only a few months old. The funky and fruity aromas carry over nicely to the flavor but trying to nail down actual fruit flavors is difficult due to the fleet footed brett. A generalized description of peach plum and cherries fits the bill, and bits of grassy herbal hops regulate the toasty and somewhat sweet, cartilagenous malt backbone. The finish is mostly phenolic and mildly tart, with suggestions of green peppercorns and Granny Smith apple peel.

MF- great refermented and yeasty feel with a soft powdery character and extremely plush carbonation. Tannic feel on the cheeks and somewhat numbing.

D- well hidden alcohol is an initial indicator of the craftsmanship that went into this beer but it still seems a little "green" and I feel it would benefit immensely from a couple years in the cellar. For the most part, it's a mild mannered creature and it's nature begets drinkability. This however is simply an evolutionary defense mechanism and the brux should be approached with caution when in its native environment.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter on 4/3/13

Deep gold color with tangerine and honey highlights. It isn't entirely clear; there is but a faint layer of haziness. Bubble cling to the side of the glass as other rise and form a two and a half finger, porous head. The billowy foam isn't suited to tarry, becoming a smoothed, thin layer. No lace remains.

The aroma is a peppery blend of lemony soap and funk, tart apple, damp hay, prairie grass, pollen and such. It is reasonably bright and quite pleasant. As it opens up, a mustiness emerges, but does not crowd out the the more pleasing smells.

I'll admit being surprised at how peppery this tastes; lots of white pepper and a subtle herbal concoction to back it up. Lemon aplenty and notions of peach tea, grass, toasty grains and musty undertones. Hints of perfume and pollen dust on the back end. Each fresh pour has a soapy penchant that subsides over time.

I find the feel to be well-suited to the progression of the beer. That is, it's crisp and tight with carbonation earlier on, matching the peppery lemon zest. As the carbonation falls away and the body stills, it's suited to the slightly musty finish.

I've been waiting to try this one for a while. The reasons were two-fold; one being I wasn't chomping at the bit to pay $15 for this creation and the other being that there have been bottles sitting around for months. I had heard underwhelming things from several people. Knowing their tastes in beer, I figured I'd like this a lot. I figured right.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some medium lacing notes. Aroma of dry Brett notes with light funky tart notes and some pear notes are also perceptible. Taste is a complex and refreshing mix between some light funky Brett notes with a solid Belgian malt backbone with some dry notes and very little residual sugar. Some pear ester and white wine notes are also perceptible. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoy this beer with a great mix between complexities while retaining a good drinkability factor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Golden orange. Big head that settles quickly to a continuous layer of foam. No lacing.

Smell - Extremely bretty. A little bit acidic. Earthy brett aroma. Slight apple aroma too.

Taste - Overpowered by brett. Sharp acidic flavor, but not sour. Slight fruity malt flavor comes through before an earthy brett takes over. Dry with a slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Very dry. Brett has made it feel light. High carbonation.

Overall - The second brett bomb of the evening. This one hasn't fared as well as Saison du Swamp. Many similarities, but this is too bretty.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a hazy orange-amber with a thick off-white colored head that subsides slowly.

The smell is fragrant and sweet, and I can detect hints of honey and fruit.

The flavor is slightly sweet and bready, just as how the smell hinted. There's a light citrusy bite that goes along well with the carbonation. The hops taste warm and blunt, and remains in the mouth for a subtle, lingering finish.

The mouthfeel is balanced, fairly watery but with a decent bit of carbonation that goes well with the citrusy bite of the flavor.

This is a very drinkable beer that's flavorful and smells great (which is really important to me).

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Photo of rainydays2020
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Hazy gold color with lots of white thin head

S- slight alcohol scent, grassy, slightly fruity

T- Very dry, Brett upfront, toasty, slightly fruity aftertaste

M- a bit light, somewhat slick, and heavily carbonated

I liked it (I'm a big fan of brett beers) but I should have saved this one in the basement. I think in a few years time the taste should improve (ideally the fruity character will increase) and the carbonation should decrease.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A. A light amber color with an off white head that disappeared pretty quickly.

S.Pretty light on the nose with just a bit of maltiness and a touch of sweetness.

T. The flavor is pretty light and starts with some sweet malt and has a slightly bitter finish.

M. Pretty thin on the mouth with a little carbonantion

O. It looks good, smells pretty good, but tastes pretty light.

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Photo of bashiba
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange with a big and creamy off white head, good carbonation running throughout.

Has a nice light musty nose with a touch of breadyness, not as bretty as I was expecting.

The flavor is very mild, just a light bit of bready sweetness along with a touch of musty old basement flavor a nice mixture of subtle brett goodness. There is just a touch of grassy hop bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light with a long dry finish.

Nice Brett forward beer, easy to drink and hides the strength quite well.

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Photo of robhbest
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip

A: Transparent yellow with huge white head.

S: Cloves, Bananas, Citrus, Corn tortillas.

T: Bubbly on the front. Seltzer, cloves, Minerals however not metallic. Tartness on the backside. Little bitterness.

M: Bubbly, high carbonation. Medium to light bodied.

O: Pair this with salty cheese or fish. Interesting beer, enjoyable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a snifter this beer was a bright copper color. It had a very thick white head, which dissipated fairly quickly. There was no lace.

The aroma was fresh, outdoors, and grassy. There was a little bit of citrus noted.

Grassy hops taste, a little lemon. Hint of mild spice.

Light and easy drinking.

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Photo of wogreen
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a bronze golden color

S - great smell, but honestly nothing way above average for its style

T - a slight bubble gum flavor but not overpowering, very sweet, light and smooth

M - very carbonated/gassy feel

O - very balanced beer and one of the better golden ales i've had. would really be curious to see how this ages.

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Photo of Gameover170
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

My second "wild" ale (first being a Stone) I was expecting big things from a Russian River/Sierra Nevada collaboration. I was pretty disappointed.

A-golden straw color, huge white head with no lacing

S- light fruity smell, very decent nose. Definitely smell the Brett

T- this was a let down. Expected a much bigger flavor. The "domesticated" in the title doesn't even do it justice. Too tame IMHO.

Not a terrible beer, I think the expectation of two great breweries (one with a great rep for wilds) working together was too much. That and the $17 price tag.

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Photo of DenverLogan
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from corked bottle into Corsendonk chalice. Bottle: 2045609159
Loud pop of cork.
Pours an effervescent yellow gold with big head that goes down fast.
Aromas of straw, honey, sweet malts, slight horse saddle, pluots.
Modest carbonation and mouthfeel.
Flavors of light malts, slight honey, chamomile, tangerine rind, lemon grass, white pepper, banana, sourdough, apricot rind. Let's give it 5 minutes...
OK...head is nearly gone...and there's a touch more of the barnyard aroma. Hummm...I'll admit having this before but I don't remember it being so smooth...like an easy saison or almost like a Belgian blonde or golden. I actually waited quite awhile as I was hoping to share this, thinking it was a big brett bomb, but it's not! This is a smooth and easy drinking brew, slightly dry and earthy, crisp and making you wonder if you're missing something...it's far easier than the vast majority of the Russian River "tion" beers (e.g. Temptation, Damnation), which I also enjoy.
Fifteen minutes into this brew I've had over half and it tastes as good if not better than the first glass...yikes, the 8.3% abv is nicely subdued but the aroma and complex but compelling flavors are ever present.
Honestly, along with a Yeti and Ska Decadent, I wouldn't mind having, at least once, a home keg of this...I'd consider it in the farmhouse, saison category of flavors...very fulfilling, tasty, slightly challenging in a positive way on the taste buds.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into NB snifter.
A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber color with a huge, active, off-white head that steadily faded into a lasting film that left no lacework.
S: Dry, light, fresh and spicy nose. I get scents of vinous white wine, earthy brett, dry oak, peach, apricot, spicy hops, black pepper, and a hint of lemon zest. I get faint medicinal notes as it warms further.
T: Good but not as good as the nose. Earthy brett, peppery hops and yeast, spiced pear, straw/hay, lemon juice, clove, orange rind and dry oak come through along with a few medicinal notes of fruity phenols. The finish is has a light fruity sweetness to it, and the aftertaste is full of spice, earthy hops, and lingering brett.
M: Fizzy (ample) carbonation, not prickly but rather foamy and short-lived; medium-full body, and a chewy mouthfeel that I felt could have been lighter.
O: Not bad at all but nothing to get too excited over. A good brett beer but there are far better. Maybe a few years in the cellar will put some life into this beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River? Sign me up! Tall 750ml caged and corked bottle purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a clear, bright, slightly coppery golden colour, with a fizzling head that froths at first, and the subsides to a very mild ring. Body is fine, slippery and light, holding some minimal carbonation. No lace. It's actually remarkably unassuming, and much less exciting than I thought it might be.

Nose is better. Definite earthy Brett tones, apple skin, sweet sugar toffee, fairy floss, some banana leaf. But it's actually much more subdued than I expected. There's a hint of funk, but no more, and certainly no wild acidity. I'm a little bit surprised and a little unenthused.

Taste is similarly subdued: in fact, perhaps even more so. There's that sugary sweetness coming through again, more toffee, laced with just suggestions of earthiness, some faint horsey tones, and some cherry- and apple-skin on the finish. Feel is exceptionally light and thin.

Overall, I'm massively unimpressed. This is tame, dull flat and uninteresting. Holy crap this needed something more: it really is lifeless. It ends up "domesticated" to such a degree that it's insipid, weak and unable to fend for itself in the wild.

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Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden orange colour with a big, off-white head that dissipates quickly. Good.

Solid stonefruit and Brett aroma. Lots of earthy funk and peaches. Lots of peaches. Nice and easy.

A lovely flavour. There is a lot of stonefruit and some orange. The funk is subdued but earthy and delicious. Very mild tartness but there isn't much at all. A delightful wild rather than sour ale.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp.

A wonderful beer. Crisp, refreshing and tasty. It is a beginner's wild beer but it works really nicely.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml shared with mothman, poured into tulip glass.
A: pours a medium copper color with gold hints, one finger off white head that slowly fades, plenty of carbonation, delicate light lacing.
S: tart, sour, vinous, citrus, light Brett (barnyard hay smell)
M: thin, light creamyness, carbonation tingles the tongue
T: light sweetness up front, grape, citrus hints, Brett funk, sourness, dry finish
O: glad I tried this, would buy again

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Photo of Samuel906
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light and crisp, mild but suitable carbonation. Pine hops apple and citrus in the nose, slightly bready. Heavy Yeast flavor and Lots of bretts Which makes it sweet and tart. Refreshing and no booze. Flavor a bit underwhelming. Very reminiscent of liefmans gudenband.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Golden orange color with a voluminous two-finger head that lingers with quite a bit of turbulence
S: Citrus, earth, herbs, a hint of light malt and a touch of a chemical smell. Complex with pleasant subtleties overall
T: Fairly delicate, primarily herbs and spice with some apricot, citrus, malt and just a touch sour. I'm not noticing the brett as much as most mention, though this does have a bit of a 'wild' streak. My biggest issue with it is it has almost no finish whatsoever- a nice burst of flavor up front and three seconds later it's all gone
M: Light-bodied with a fresh crispness and aggressive carbonation. But like the taste it disappears in about three seconds
O: This has so much potential but doesn't carry through from start to finish. My scores on T/M/O are giving it the benefit of the doubt at this point but I would be curious to see if it develops additional complexity with age. Just for kicks I tried the last pour from the bottle in a flute alongside the tulip glass- the flute made the nose far superior but lessened the intensity on the palate fwiw.

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Photo of imscotty
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a full white head that lasts a while. Not much lacing. Well carbonated. The beer is a pretty light golden color, somewhat cloudy.

S: Smells sour, citrus, hay, this was all good. Detected a somewhat soapy smell that detracted.

T: This wild ale is sour, but not too sour. just the right level for my tastes. Also tasted apricot, bread and that wild Brett barnyard taste. (Actually, I think Brett tastes like dirty socks (not that I taste dirty socks). Don't let that description turn you off, I like Brett. Had a nice sweet/ spicy aftertaste that lingered for a bit.

M: Light, crisp, well carbonated, refreshing.

O: This is an easy drinkinwant to buy a few bottles to put away for when I am in the mood for a subtle sour.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
2.51/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Popped the bottle a few days ago, was pretty disappointed... Poured into a tulip.

A. Fizzy and golden, maybe a bit too over-carbonated, sustaining head.
S. Band-aids and tart fruit
T. Sour dough bread, a bit of nutmeggy-ish spice, very dry and sort of anti-septic.
M. Very dry, the carbonation explodes into a pillow-y foam on the tongue.
O. I can see some Orval-esque notes in the beer, that may just be the Brett. Brux. but I can't get over the flaws, the beer tastes antiseptic and smells like Band-Aids.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 1pt 9.4oz bottle into a snifter shaped ale glass

A-champagne head, with active bubbles and immediate head of over 4 fingers thick. Head gone within 1 minute. Copper color with an unfiltered look. No lacing whatsoever on the glass. No thickness.
S-pear and fig tones on the nose. Alcohol upfront. Light on the clove smell.
T-head feels tart and beer finished fruity. Definitely find the "domestic" style coupled with the Belgian style ale.
M-smooth mouthfeel upfront with a bite and dry finish.
O-expected more out of a Russian River/Sierra Nevada collab. This beer should have sat on the shelf for a few years since aging would enhance this beers qualities. Might be enjoyed by some who is a follower of the Saison/sour-beer genres.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.