Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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very good

1,268 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,268
Reviews: 311
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 45
Gots: 359 | 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 mynie
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of robmoak
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jason_nwx
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of dagubna
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright golden amber with a big, white and frothy 3 finger head. Retention is decent. Resulting lace is thin but consistent.

Smell - An array of fruity esters; pineapple is most notable, backed by a touch of mustiness.

Taste - Starts slightly sour and with some subtle tropical notes; mellow pineapple, hints of green banana, and maybe a bit of mango. Touches on clove spice about midtaste, along with the faintest hint of sourdough and adds a bit of butter as it fades into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a nice, tingly carbonation. Certainly goes down buttery smooth, perhaps caused by diacetyl?

Overall - Great beer. I could drink this all day... but for $15 a bottle... there are better beers out there for less.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
8.3% ABV, numbers printed on shoulder of bottle.

A - Brux is gently hazed, pouring a golden honey color with an effervescent light ivory head that diminishes to next-to-nothing pretty quickly. Not a trace is left on the glass, sadly.

S - Potent earthiness flourishes through Brux from the maltiness, hops, and yeast with suggestions of shaved, fresh oak. Dry biscuit with little more than a dribble of honey sweetness lays the groundwork for the complex yeast to work. Light citrus notes lap at the olfactory senses gently while a very mild, "domesticated" wild aroma subtly emerges, providing toned-down barnyard notes and a vanilla cream Yankee candle-like scent from a vigorous swirl.

T - The first sip quickly splashes a surprising banana Runts-like flavor on the tongue despite the lack of fruity esters on the nose! More malt-driven, biscuit and sweet pilsner attributes blend for a healthy backing capable of supporting wild development while a light citrus touch follows up with, once again, very mild yeast characteristics. Brux is complex but very subtle, finishing pretty cleanly, especially for a wild ale. After a few sips, Brux leaves a gentle, interesting tropical fruit blend-like flavor on the tongue.

M - Bright carbonation sparkles on the tongue while this medium-bodied wild smoothly crosses the palate with next to no trace of wild sourness, though faint tartness emerges gently. Earth and citrus notes add a balancing dryness to the finish which cleans the tongue while bringing you back for another lip-smacking sip.

O - Color me surprised, I had imagined this beer to be a little more assertive and wild but Brux is odd in that it's extremely subtle; something neither Sierra Nevada nor Russian River seem to output on a regular basis. Then again, the beer does call itself a "Domesticated Wild Ale", aka, something a little more suitable for the masses; a "training-wheel wild" if you will. After the initial, "huh" shock subsided, it became clear this is a damn fine beer that's incredibly well made suitable for aging, and I'm pretty excited to see what time does with the yeast!

Photo of Kromes
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy gold with a soda-like head from the high carbonation.

S: A tart and sour aroma. A bit of spicy funk and a bit of pear.

T: Very interesting flavors in this beer. At first there is a strong alcohol and pear flavor that transitions to a funky, bitter and sour flavor with a bit of clove and then some grain and hop.

M: peppery carbonation and medium body. Finishes dry.

O: Very well crafted beer here. Flavors are all over the spectrum, but have a certain harmony and smoothness. Brett is tame, of course, but I really enjoyed it as all of the flavors were present, but none dominated.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really excited for this beer. I am huge fan of both Russian River and Sierra Nevada. I shelled out $16 for this brew, so I am expecting a lot.

Appearance - Wow. What an impressive looking beer. Not much of a head at all - very light carbonation. The froth disappears rapidly, leaving a white circular line around the rim of the glass.The center fountains up with a light torpedo of carbonation, but it does not add to the head. Light lacing. The beer is deliciously opaque. The color is a sparkling goldenrod amber.

Smell - Brett-yeast that adds sourness and fruity qualities. Mango and pear in the nose. A spritzy tingle on the nostrils. Both sour and sweet. A bit weak.

Taste - Sourness overcomes the sweetness by a tremendous amount. Delicious brett yeast backed up by orange/toffee malt. An extremely impressive display of tastes. Pear is the most prominent fruit, while mango is also apparent. Nice sour hops with a bit of a tangy pine zing.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - I downed this beer in no time. Flows over the tongue with extreme pear sourness. This beer is medium-bodied, fruity, and fresh. Sourness greets you at the front, while sweetness takes over midway and carries you to a fruity, tangy, aftertaste.

Photo of danmouer
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hi-test Orval!
This is a beautiful Brett blond. Subtle but enticing aroma if sour cherries, pineapple and cinnamon along with light sweet malt. The mouth fills with peppery spice, bright fruit, and distinctive character of Brett. Finish is bone dry and lingering, warmed by alcohol with nicely balanced candy sweetness and hop bitter.

I would love to squirrel away a case and taste one or two a year to see how they develop. This could replace Orval as my standard sacramental beverage.

Photo of wogreen
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Russian River glass from the corked and caged 750 ml. bottle.

A: Rich orange/amber in color with a thick head that quickly settles to a thin froth on the surface. Bubbles are big like soda, and lacing is minimal as to be expected from this style.

S: Some sweet caramel and orange peel, along with some barnyard funk. Not real prominent on the nose.

T: Begins a bit sweet, but tartness shows through quickly. Some sweet honey and dried orange peel, followed with grassy tones, yeasty funk, and a dry, somewhat floral finish.

Notes: Has more body than I expected. Great dry, clean mouthfeel with complex flavor that is sure to develop with age. Great now, but needs some time to improve. One of my favorite collaboration beers to come out in a long time. Well-done!

Photo of brewandbbq
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with an inch-plus head of white froth. Lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with ripe fruit and peppery spice. Pears, apples, cloves, bubblegum, and wet hay follow thorugh.

Light bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. Almost sharpish.

Crackling dry and wheaty on the palate, with pepper-rubbed straw and apples on the palate.
A hint of pineapple, pears, and juniper follow along.

Finishes bone dry with a wheaty twang, yellow fruits and cracked pepper.

Tasty beer but a bit on the tame side of a wild ale. Perhaps some cellaring will bring out the brett beast!

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold/honey with two fingers of beige head. Stays effervescent, a trace of lacing & even less head retention

S: Sour/funkyness & orchard fruit

T: Pears, funkyness, a touch of dirt & some white grapes up front, plus a touch of boozeyness. Some oaky dry notes with, pears, a touch more funk, winesap apple & honey as this warms, with some booozey pineapple dancing around the edge. Finishs slightly dry with some sourness, a touch of brett & orchard fruit with some booze soaked pineapple that enhances the whole experience

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, some sticky notes

A pretty good wild ale. Would preffer to get Russian River's mainstays, but this is one has a lot of character & plenty of drinkability, a bit expensive for a SN beer, but I dont feel cheated by any means

Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the champagne bottle into a sam perfect pint glass.

Pours a copper orange color with very little foam. Actually, none. Funky yeasty smell. Orange. Juicy citrus taste and flavor. Mild mild hop that fades both in and out. Just enough carbonation to be noticed, Tasty like a fruit juice blend.

This was different - not like anything I've had. Nice work to both breweries. Real good.

Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cellared this for a year plus in hopes of some Brett development.

Bright golden color, persistent plume of racing carbonation. Long lasting head of foam that settles but never really dissipates.

Aromas of dried pineapple, flinty wet stone, and wet hay. There's Brett in here alright...

Dry, very light residual sweetness, slightly tangy. Flavors of wet hay and funky yeast character though it's fairly restrained. Some minerality, tangy unripe fruit, leather, vague spices, mild aftertaste of clover honey. Medium bodied and a little over-carbonated for my tastes. Flavorful and approachable, Brux falls on the lighter side of the Brett spectrum, and that's ok. It's enjoyable for what it is.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with my friends at Logboat Brewing.

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, copper color with a one-finger head of fizzy foam. It left thin sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Good, tart aroma with a touch of funkiness. Sour apple and grapes, too.

T - It tasted sour and fruity with a nice funky, horse blanket bite. Some caramel and yeasty flavors, too.

M - Very clean a dry. A medium bodied ale.

O - This is a very tasty beer. I love a wild ale and this one hits the mark.

Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden/copper color with a three finger white that fades in blink of an eye.

S- Brett, some funk, some sour lemons, some pepper, little fruits, apple and pear.

T- Pepper, some sour light fruits, pale malts, Brett.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, ton of carbonation.

O- More Saison like than sour. I really enjoy this and hope I can get another bottle to age. Would love to see this aged in Chardonnay barrels.

Photo of poonanners
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of ToddHolder
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of EkimGram
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 25.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Colour is a bright hazy orange-brow. Half-finger head fades to a puffy film. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Spicy yeast and bubblegum are first and foremost. Aside from that I get a tart mixture of citrus, malts, and something along the lines of figs.

Taste: Tart is the prominent flavour, although not overpowering. I honestly cannot pinpoint a single familiar flavour in this - I'm lost! Yeast, spice, malts, metallic, and slightly musty are words I would use.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a pack of carbonation. Clean, crisp, and dry.

Overall: This is my first AWA and it has certainly opened my eyes regarding different flavours. While totally different than the usual, I'm excited to further my explorations of this style.

Photo of Kadonny
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally got a hold of one of these bottles, I've been looking for it since release. Poured from a corked and caged 750 into my Hennepin glass.

A: A wonderful golden orange color with a just off white one finger head. Glass lacing is spotty.

S: Loads of lighter fruit smells mix with some heavy brett straw, hay and some sweeter toffee notes. Brett really stands out.

T: Follow the nose. Fruit flavors of pear, apple, lemon and some darker fruits of sweet cherry mix with loads of toffee and bready sweetness. The grassy straw and wet hay flavors of the brett really come out at the end to lead into a dry and slightly tart finish. Not a sweet beer, but not a sour either. Nice mix of both, enjoyable.

M: Medium mouthfeel that is dry and a bit prickly. Carbonation is spot on and I didn't get any alcohol for the 8.3 abv. Very nice.

O: I think this is a winner of a beer. I love the 2 breweries that collab'd on it, so what is there not to like. I don't get the lower reviews as I thought it was a fantastic and very drinkable beer that works on all levels.

If you like brett, you'll like this beer. Some complain it's not tart enough, but it's not meant to be a sour. For me, this was a perfect blend of tart and sweet which makes the beer oh so drinkable and enjoyable. I'll take one anytime, please keep making it.

Photo of chefbigjon
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of flexabull
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice solid white head.

Aromas are faint, notes of lemon peel, sugar, and grass.

Taste picks up nicely from where the faint smell left off. Bright and dry up front, lightly mineral like, tonic, with hints if lemon, light funk that is present, but restrained, and crisp citrus bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, carbonation is good.

Overall, a very nice wild ale. The balance, and subtle flavors make you forget that this is 8+% ABV. A pleasure to drink, tasty, approachable, and refreshing. The only downer? The $15 price tag will probably keep me from buying another bottle.

Photo of Humulus85
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to finally get this. Haven't had a RR wild yet, but I love the style. From the corked/caged 750mL bottle into my Darkness snifter.

Pours a hazy golden with a one-finger eggshell white head. Recedes quickly with little lacing. Looks like a wild...

I'm liking this nose. Very Belgian pale ale upfront with a nice funky brett backing. Cardamom and cloves meet pear and green apple. Some funky barnyard and a bit of tartness. No booze.

Follows the nose. Nice Belgian flavors upfront; spicy and floral. Moderate brett funk in the middle blends with pear, lemon zest, apple cider, and some earthy hops. A slight tartness comes through with some nice pale malts. Still no alcohol. Finishes with a bit of funk, musty hops, and pale malt. Subtle but pretty complex flavor profile.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Finishes is well balanced and pretty clean for the style. Could maybe use a touch more carbonation.

Overall this was a really good Wild Ale and a perfect introduction to what the style can be. It is not a sour, and the Brett could use some time to build. I think a year or even two or three would do this brew well, and may even make it exceptional. If it wasn't so pricey I would recommended to all, but it is still worth picking up if your a fan of the style. Cheers!

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,268 ratings.