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

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Ratings: 1,302
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 49
Gots: 366 | FT: 21
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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Ratings: 1,302 | Reviews: 322
Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Hazy, medium orange amber/peach colored, pours with a big, fizzy off-white head - keeps a nice little cap, but doesn't leave much lacing

Smell: Yeast and brett - spicy Belgian yeast, with barnyard aromas, band-aids, and some wet horse and hay - funky and lightly tart - light bread and some lightly toasted grains - some light fruits as well

Taste: So much yeast - kind of tastes more like a Belgian Saison than a wild ale - spicy yeast, clove, and yeasty funk - some barnyard elements, but mostly peppery yeast - light, grainy bread - lightly tart, with some apple skins, a wine-like dryness, with some alcohol

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, prickly carbonation, smooth, very dry

Overall: Good, but doesn't quite live up to the pedigree

Maybe this just needs some time to mature. Right now, it's good, but my adoration of both Sierra Nevada and Russian River leads me to believe that it should be better. Very yeasty, very dry, but not much else.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a rose-tinted orange coloring, both opaquely clouded and steadily carbonated. A filmy ring and island of film decorate the surface of the brew. Aromas of fruit and floral blend together for an inticing funk. Currant, raspberry, lemongrass, jasmine, and many other characteristics blend together to assault the sense of smell. Flavors of citrus fruit and apples are first onto the palate, with a backbone of cloves and banana subtly in the background. The flavors almost lend themselves to a cider style of drink. Very light and effervescent in mouth, to the point of foaming if you move or swish at all with the tongue. There is an acidity feel and taste that touches the tip of the tongue initially, and also presents itself to the back of the tongue at the end of the palate. Pear and parsley/basil spicing in the aftertaste, with a filmy, quick, slightly frothed finish. Very unique and interesting beer, and much more mild overall than some other beers utilizing Brett. This would make a good transition for people new to Wilds, or even sours.

Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of korguy123
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip.

A- Slightly hazy, light orange pour. Two finger, fizzy snow white head. Head is short lived, deflating to a thin cap with minimal lacing.

S- Right off the bat you get whiffs of Brett, followed by sweet orange peel and a touch of lemon and grass. Slightly biscuity with a touch of tartness.

T- Brett again up front, it's enough to remind you it's there but not enough to overpower the sweetness and the tartness as well. Digestive cookies, lemons, orange rinds with a slightly grassy finish.

M- Light body, high carbonation as expected.

O- I can see why there are such mixed reviews on this beer; while it is good it does fall short in my honest opinion.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Released July '12
Russian River goblet

A: Pours out a slightly hazy light orange color. Initially I got a layer of bright white head that faded into a white ring. Tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottle conditioning.

S: Definitely get that Brett character on the nose: wet hay horseblanket type smells. Saison like for sure. Maybe some tart fruity notes.

T: Up front, you get some tart funkiness. It's not as crazy as as I was expecting. I want more Brett! Like others have mentioned, that might come out more with time. Middle of the mouth, some mild fruit: green apple, white grape, sweet orange peel maybe. Prickly carbonation really helps to keep this one on the lighter side. Don't taste that 8.3% at all. Close is dry, but not as mouth puckering as other traditional Saison or wild ales.

M: Medium bodied, but feels lighter. Nice hidden ABV.

O: B- to B. Maybe more time will help? Or more Brett in the batch.

Photo of MarkJBurch
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of recoveringmormon
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, minimally orange, with a solid lasting head

S - Fruity, with less funk than I expected based on previous reviews

F - Fruity nose quickly gives way to brett and mild hops. Not really tasting the grass so much, and not so tart as I like my sours.

M - Moderate to heavy carbonation gives way to a soft dryness.

Overall: tasty and quite complex. Admittedly, I love all sours and can't give them a bad review. That said I'm glad I tried it but probably won't buy again.

Photo of homebrew311
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter. Appearance is a slightly hazy golden color with a generous bright white head. Nice head retention and heavy lace left behind. Nose starts with somewhat musty white grapes, lemon zest, and sourdough come through as well. Smells like it is going to very dry with a touch of acidic tartness. Taste has a strong dry yeasty flavor up front, minimal tartness, and a hint of fruit. The grape character comes through stronger towards the finish. The end result is somewhat blah, it is super dry and has no real character. The end is somewhat grainy. I was hoping for more tartness. The mouthfeel is highly effervescent with a light body. Overall, the aroma promised a beer with more character, the taste is not as exciting as I would have hoped for.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Russian River brewery. Pours a super cloudy and hazy yellow with a very nice white head around 1" in size, damn good lace and retention to it, very small bubbles.

Mild aroma, chunky fresh brett, really needs more time to get any funk, its not here yet, none of that wet dog in a phonebooth thing going. Double edged sword, sometimes I likes it clean, sometimes dirty. Some mild citrus aspects to it.

Taste, well it hides the alcohol nice, but is, I dunno, kinda pedestrian. A little lemon and grass in there, but really nothing in the way of real good tart or funk development. A little resemblance to belgian yeast esters in the mouthfeel. Really the description of a domesticated wild ale goes a long way, this one is in a weird spot, its price is high, which is going to seem to keep potential converts away, and for those who are already into this kind of thing, I dunno how apeshit people will go for this. Is it good? Yes. But its not knock your socks off spend $15 a bottle good. Nonetheless, yes, I am still holding onto a bottle to see what happens down the road.

I'd recommend to try, but don't buy more than one until you know whether this is your thing. For me, just so many more enjoyable options from both breweries that are so much cheaper.

Photo of Kmccabe33
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very nice copper color, slight orange hues, looks very similar to what I see in some IPA's and IIPA's. Very good color in my opinion.

S- Smell is pretty lacking on this beer. It has some hints of citrus or sourness and tart, but overall just seems it is not as complex as I would expect, and just appears to be missing something.

T- Same thing I found on the smell, I get on the taste. The taste has hints of sour, faint tartness, and a finish that is slightly bready or yeasty. This beer just appears to be missing something, the Brett probably needs some more time to mature.

M- Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and overall very good, this is one of the best things about the beer, as it is quite lacking otherwise.

O- Overall a slight letdown for the price point, but going to let the my others get some age on them and revisit again. This has some great potential, but at this point it is just not living up to expectations.

Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour rather quickly.

Smell: I'm getting some light malt along with a mild note from the brett.

Taste: As in the smell, this is a light, malt forward beer. Not sweet at all, just a strong note from the grain. I'm also getting some brett and a mild hint of citrus fruit. The finish is full of yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very prickly carbonation and a really dry finish.

Overall: This is a really young beer. I think it's going to be more sour over time. I'm glad I have another bottle hidden away.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.
"Fresh" baseline review.

Golden-orange color with several minutes' worth of off-white soapy head that leaves behind minimal lacing on the glass. Vigorous champagne-like carbonation bubbles over a light and buoyant body texture. It feels... summery.

Smells mostly of tart green apple, pears, lemon peel, and a dash of florals and Brett Yeast aroma / tiny amount of funk... Tastes primarily like a green papaya salad on top of a thin slice of raw rustic bread. There is also a touch of granny smith, herbals, and the Brux barnyard *is* present, albeit at very light and restrained levels...to the point that this brew could barely be considered "funky" at all, except to Brett neophytes who haven't jaded their palates yet.

In that regards, it could very well serve as a good introduction to light, accessible amounts of Brett for your friends... but if you are expecting a -challenging- Brett presence, you will be sorely disappointed. Time will only tell if this develops for the better in the cellar.

Photo of Jmamay22
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow beer with a fizzy white head that dissipates completely. Smells of tart apples and pear. There a more faint wild yeast scent than I anticipated. Perhaps some aging would tone down the fruit and increase the funky barnyard smell I love. That said it is a very pleasant and appealing scent.

Taste is very clean crisp and dry. The apple is still strong, but a sharp clean dry finish is accentuated with a hop snap of flavor. The mouthfeel is lively and further contributes to the dryness. This would be an excellent pairing with almost any food due to the dry clean flavor, but lacks some depth and complexity. I'd be interested to see what it would taste like in a year, but I only have the single bottle.

Photo of xnicknj
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks goon

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a thin white head resting on top. Fades into some spotty lacing with a wispy touch of retention.

Funky and tart in the nose with hints of fruit. Citrus peel and pear with a few notes of spice and yeasty funk. Relatively mild for my taste.

Snap of tart lemon and citrus peel up front. Yeasty funk with spice, pear and citrus. Slight sweetness and biscuit malt backbone with straw. Lingering spice, lemon and tartness in the finish.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, dry and crisp on the tongue. This was decent, but when I hear "Sierra Nevada and Russian River are collaborating," I can't help but expect something really memorable.

Photo of KajII
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds and had virtually no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was of a funky Belgian yeast and a mild straw malt with notes of green apple, pears, citrus (lemon) and possessed a nice mild tartness.

The taste was lightly sweet, a tad tart and a little acidic with a mild fruity ester early on, and then had a large musty yeast presence and a slight bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor hung on for an average duration proceeding the swallow, with a slight harsh bitter fruity taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and mildly dry in texture with a strong prickly carbonation.

Overall this was a rather tasty Wild Ale that was light and fruity with a somewhat bold bitterness and a great drinkability. It most definitely is a good collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River...

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Photo of Sumosid
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up the last bottle on the shelf because of Russian Rivers reputation despite the price ($16.00). Bottle opened with a pop like champange which kind of startled me. Very effervescent with a head that quicky disolved. Smell reminded me of my trip to Belgium especially the tour of the Cantillon Brewery. Very tart, dry but interesting taste. Enjoyable but I did not feel it was worth the price. Based on other reviews, I would pick up a another bottle at a reasonable price point and store it for a year.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey, glowing amber, no head.

Citrus, grapefruit, sour cherry.

Hops? Sierra Nevada seems to have a hoppy influence in this sour. Little bit of funk but not really sour. Earth, pine.

Toned down, medium carbonation with a spritsy bite - maybe a bit too bubbly.

Not too exciting, maybe years will make this interesting. Not too excited about this earthy hoppy slightly funky beer.

Photo of rudzud
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer as we try to figure out beers for our third beer dinner. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear golden amber hue with a nice half finger white head that left nice wisps and a halo.

S - Aromas of golden malts and grassy hops. There's a nice light young Brett aroma. This definitely needs some time on it as the Belgian aspects are still a bit too estery and strong.

T - Taste is young as well lots of Belgian malts and grassy hops along with a fair amount of booze. The Brett is there but still incredibly young and in needed of age. Really kind of a muddled mess.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated, sharp, enjoyable.

O - Overall I am somewhat disappointed with this beer. Russian River makes such awesome Brett beers and to out this out is a huge disappointment. Oh well....

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is orange and mostly clear, showing only a mild haze. Atop the beer rests a thin white head. The aroma offers apples, malt, brettanomyces, light spice. The flavor is ok. A bit malty, with some well water character. Brett is there, but this beer seems to play it safe. A tiny bit of tangy citrus with an apple juice finish. Maybe this will improve with age, but even so, this is a step (or more) behind many other notables in this genre.

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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given that Russian River was involved (Sierra Nevada - meh).

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, decent cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear vibrant yellow. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Heavy fresh bretts, yeast, cream, clean malts, and citrus. A very pleasant moderate strength aroma. I can't wait to try it.

T: Clean malts and heavy yet still somehow subtly executed bretts. The blend of yeast with lactic notes and malts is very pleasant yet lacks complexity. It's tasty and biscuity. Some lemon peel. Pear and spice add needed depth, whilst maintaining the fragile balance. Alcohol warms the stomach but is nowhere in the flavour profile. Per the label, there is some slight tartness.

Mf: Crisp, nicely coarse (per the crystal malt I assert), wet, and refreshing. Suits the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Drinkable, pleasant, and very enjoyable. Hides its ABV quite well. I like it, but it does lack complexity. It'll satisfy any brett cravings anyone has. It is what it advertises. I'd get it again. Might age well.

B-

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours a slightly hazy honey yellow with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of grain, yeast, and some mild funky aromas. Taste is much the same with an earthy quality in the flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it seems like this one is going to need some time to develop in the bottle.

Photo of kaimcm
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich honey body, little head but that's not unusual for a bret beer.

S: Soft but pleasant bret sharpness. Some sweetness and barely ripe fruit plus citrus.

T: This beer is a battle: sugar vs. bret and both are losing. The base belgian style is a little too sweet to integrate fully with the tart and mild funk of the brett. I'd say dial down the sugar to begin with or up the spontaneous character. Finish is lingering sweetness that dare I say, somehow reminds me of a Vienna lager.

M: Fine, nice

O: Overall I love the collaborative spirit but this beer is not greater than the sum of its parts. Sierra and Russian River are better than this.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber gold with a quick head; no lace

S: lemony, grassy, musky

T: earthy, grassy, watered down lemon, tangy bitter yeast and hops

M: crisp, slightly astringent, bitter, chalky

O: never had a wild ale - reminded me of a more bitter, drier saison or biere de garde; also had some champagne-like qualities, but without any sweetness. so I don't know how it stacks up to the style, and it may be that I'm not partial to the style (although I do enjoy saisons and the like). I also drank it fresh, though I understand its character will age and improve. It went well with food, but I wasn't as fond of it without an accompaniment.

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,302 ratings.