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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

1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 42
Gots: 347 | 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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Photo of corby112
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a 1.5 finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with grass, oak and musty brett notes along with lactic funk, light fruit and pale malt. The earthy grass and straw notes compliment the brett nicely but as it warms, it becomes a bit one dimensional with the wild yeast overpowering things a bit. Subtle lactic funk with some apple, pear and biscuit.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a tart, puckering mouthfeel that drops off mid-palate where the funky wild yeast takes over. Musty, dry and funky with a really prominent brett character that lingers over some light fruit, lactic funk and pale malt into a slightly boozy, harsh acidic finish. Not a bad beer but the finish is a bit rough and after a while the brett flavor completely overpowers the other characteristics.

corby112, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of allstar255
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

allstar255, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not at all what i expected from this collaboration brew with russian river. it pours an excited pale peach color with a bubbly off white head. its got a very bretty nose, almost vinegary, with lighter wheat and pale malts behind it. also a touch of something root vegetably, like ginger or turmeric or something. the flavor isnt sour at all, although the nose suggests it will be. its got a little brett tartness in the finish, but nothing major it first. this sourness really expands as the beer warms up to room temperature, but still isnt too powerful. some subtle spice, and a little honey sweetness as well. not the most dramatic beer in terms of taste, but its balanced and yummy. the mouthfeel is good, bright and airy carbonation on top of a just medium body. its got a bone dry finish too. this is a beer ive been wanting to try since it first came out, and while i cant say i am disappointed, i also cant say it lived up to what i thought sierra nevada and russian river were capable of. hopefully they do something else together again before too long.

StonedTrippin, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of MCDub
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MCDub, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Envelopes
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Envelopes, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of guillemiro
4/5  rDev +5.3%

guillemiro, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, for a beer that is tied to Russian River, there are definitely expectations. But, I don't think that those expectations are unrealistic. This beer does not follow through on execution with what should be an interesting collaborative effort between two serious breweries. This seems boring in that it is merely a wild ale with minimal interesting characteristics about it. Very standard and, frankly, blase.

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BRUX. Got mine in a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Looks light orange/amber. Slightly hazy. Very bleachy white head. Short-lived and not a spot of lacing.

Lemony tartness with great Bretty funk with added aromas of musty dampness, dryer sheets, and moldy citrus fruits. Mild nose regarding malts. Light and crackery with that fully-realized funk note.

Flashing tartness hits the tongue and vanishes. Mid-palate, heaps of savory funk notes and some liquor-y booze. Flowery bitterness, mold, Wheat Thin malts, old cheese, whiskey mash, a busty Belgian yeast, lemon zest, bitter almond, and wet hay. Still can’t get over this ripe alcohol presence that is distracting me. Love the Brett elements. Finally, a wild ale built on the foundation of being funky and not just super sour.

Great spritziness. The bubbles seem so fine and well-diffused. Pretty smooth in the body, but detracting from the feel is that ‘wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing’ of alcohol bite.

BRUX has great complexity for being so young. Truly, a sophisticated wild ale just as the label states. I’m enjoying this enough to make me consider going back for another bottle for the cellar. Recommended.

thecheapies, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a slightly cloudy mix of yellow and orange colors. There is about two fingers worth of frothy white foam. The large bubbles fizzle out quickly though and dissipate completely.

S - the nose is subtle yet pleasant. Lots of classic Belgian yeast characters such as ripe banana peel and black pepper. Notes of apples, pears, doughy bread. As it warms there is a touch of brett funkiness.

T - off dry. Notes of lightly sweet doughy bread and subtle tartness of white grapes. The center is bolder with bright peppery spice and slightly funky notes and plenty of fruit character in the form of crisp red delicious apples and ripe banana. Finish is quick but the peppery spice lingers.

M - lighter medium bodied. Frothy medium carbonation.

O - a flavorful wild ale but not all that wild just yet. It is plenty flavorful though and has a lot of potential of developing over time.

Teleweizen2, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

zenithberwyn, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Backlash209
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Backlash209, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bsuedekum, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of danieelol
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

danieelol, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of 12owls
4.75/5  rDev +25%

12owls, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of BWH999
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

BWH999, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 8.30 %

LOOK: Pours a hazy deep golden color. White foam with lots of tiny bubbles forms, leaves some lace, and has decent retention. There was a small amount of sediment, which was swirled in.

SMELL: Yeasty, a bit funky, lightly sour smelling, with barnyard influence and has a typical rustic Belgian yeast aroma. Small flowery hop notes are there as well.

TASTE: Belgian yeast with a soft fruityness and a moderately tart twang from the Brett used in brewing. Not an over the top sour, this is more of a mainstream brew similar to an Orval with its bright Brett character and some hop notes as well. Candi sugar lends a subtle sweetness, but there is also a noticeable bitterness that keeps the brew balanced. Overall its almost like a Saison with Belgian yeast/Brett notes.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, mildly dry, small tang in the finish along with peppery and semi-fruity yeast notes.

OVERALL: A nice crossover beer for Sierra Nevada, and definitely has the Russian River trademark tang. Certainly a successful venture for all three parties, the breweries and consumer that is. This was a bit green, and should be aged for no less than half a year to let the flavors develop, I feel this can improve greatly over time. Would pair nicely with fruited cheeses, raisin crackers and fig spread.

Stinkypuss, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +5.3%

FreshmanPour77, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange pour with fizzy 1-finger of near white head. Not much retention nor lace.

Nose is a bit disappointing at first. Light tart fruit with green apple, candied cherries. Brett starts to come on as the glass warms and aerates.

Taste is sour/bitter right away and finishes with even more sour/bitterness. Green apple without the candied cherries. Get more brett as the glass warms. A faint hit of smoked meat sneaks in towards the end. Did not care for this at first sip, but really grows on you.

Feel is slightly thin, but there is a slick, oily quality to it.

Overall, glad I tried it but wished I'd aged my single bottle a bit longer.

beer2day, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of epistate
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

epistate, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of nickthegun12
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance is orange hazy with a fast fading head that eventually dissipates

smell like lactic acid bacteria....i smell some light fruit such as pears

taste is hard to swallow....rich with lactic acid....bitter on the front then a light fruit note, then a burning from lactic acid in back

feel is crisp and dry

overall this one is a great version of an american wild ale

nickthegun12, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a golden copper, light haze, light tan extremely tight tan head with incredible retention. The nose is heavy green vegetal and leathery Brett. There is a light golden fruit note behind but struggling to make its way through. The taste is a complete flip, extremely sweet and almost candied. Pear, golden raisin, candied lemon. The Brett notes are faint, vegetal in back with light leather. Decent carbonation, maybe a touch light, oily slick feel on the tongue and faintly heavy.

cpetrone84, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of mfield14
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mfield14, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Lare453
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

large format into a orval goblet

a golden with an orange hue, cloudy, small loud, yes loud, foamy and FAST dissipating head. no lacing, no legs. this is the least apeeling part of this beer.

s green apples, oak, yeast,

t starts out mild with a tart apple beginning. the midlle of it has a fresh clean yeast which faddes into a pear, grape and apricot ending. the aftertaste stays for a short perios of time and has a bitter fruit, yeast flavor

m crisp, sharp, prickly. it burns a little bit on the roof of your mouth, but i a good way and not from alcohol. there is a good amount of carbonation.

o extremely easy to drink. i like it. i have oe more left over and ill let it sit for a while.

i recommend it.

Lare453, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Russian River brewpub.

Pours a hazy golden color, with a wispy, tight packed head. It doesnt last long but leaves plenty of lace behind. The aroma is pretty subdued with some brett barnyard, some bicuity malt and a bit of tartness. The taste is sour but in a much more restrained way than the other RR sour ales. Funkyness from the brett is less concentrated than I was expecting. The mouthfeel light bodied with a nice medium carbonation. The finish is minerally and tart with some leathery funk. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden throughout.

An excellent Wild Ale, but a little restrained. Some age will probably really open this up.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of GregoryMo
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

GregoryMo, Oct 06, 2012
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.