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: 367 | FT: 21
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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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about an inch and a half white head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing at all. Aroma is nice, it smells like pears, apricots, lemon peel, peppery spice, brett, and some hay. The brew tastes similar to the aroma, like apricots, hay, bready malt, funk, and some light banana and tropical fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium and a bit slick, but with very high carbonation. The high carbonation doesn't help the drinkability of this brew for me. Overall I think this is a solid brew and it's certainly worth trying, but I would have to think before spending $14.99 on this again. Hopefully the next time I try this I'll get a bottle that's less carbonated than this one was.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours a well carbonated 3 fingers of head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing, and retention is pretty fleeting. Color is a dark golden yellow.

S. Lemony, pear, some spices. Has quite a bit of yeast smell to it. Get a BSPA with a lot of the Brett notes thrown in.

T. Interesting. Pretty flavorful, but not in your face. Most of the flavors are more subtle. You get a hint of sour, banana, some clove, a little bit of pear. Some of the earthy yeast flavors are present as well.

M. Medium bodied. On the lighter side of medium. Pretty good carbonation.

O. Seems a little restrained at this point. Not sure if any of the flavors would intensify with this beer over time or not. I can see the Brett flavor becoming more pronounced, but maybe only that. Was kinda let down with this one.

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color with a honey hue. The pure white head is pillowy and is fed by a constant stream of bubbles. Good retention.

The aroma is oaky with a green apple tartness. Some musty white grapes and hay. Lightly peppery and lemony.

The taste is of a pale malt, somewhere between crackery and bready. I am picking up some rust notes as well. There is a light fruitiness to the brew; green apple and lemon. The beer has an oak like flavor from the brett and some hay. A bit of a grassy bitterness.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation which leads to a crisp feel. Good balance between sweet, tart and bitter. Drinks quite well and very refreshing.

Not the most flavorful wild ale that I have had. The yeast provides some flavor but not as much as I have seen in the style. It might not have strong flavors but is damn drinkable.

Photo of babaracas
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with one finger of white foam, streaming carbonation, head settles to a thin ring quickly, with a few dots left on the glass. Smell: grassy, spicy, some green apple and lemon. Taste: pale sweetness, grassy, lemon, mild tartness, and a little spicy funkiness. Light-medium bodied, somewhat slick. I get the name... not super exciting, but it's well made.

Photo of ADZA
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

With a beautiful pop it pours a hazed orange hue with a ever rising creamy three finger head and lacing about the place,on smell im getting lots of oranges,brett,white grapes and stale pub ,the mouthfeel is medium bodied,a tad tart and well carbonated maybe a lil too carbonated and has tastes of lemon rind,orange cake,a touch of sour grapes,abit of funk,candy and finished with a sherbet dryness and overall its not bad and overall it is what it is a Belgian Ale with Brett no wow factor but its nice.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL poured into an oversized tulip.

Ridiculous amounts of head including a cork that shot out from the bottle and made a mess of my kitchen. Body is plum-hued and copper, almost bordering on a rosé. Kind of pretty. 4

Smells like a ton of plum. Cotton candy and lollipop type of sugary, caramely sweetness. Floral spiciness. 4

Surprisingly more malty than I'd expected. Not quite what I'd expect a wild ale to taste like. It's very malt-heavy in flavor with a grape-like quality, thick grainy sweetness, and a champagne sort of yeast finish. There's a grape-yeast combination here that's interesting but perhaps a bit too sweet where I want tartness. T- 3.5 M- 3.5

A tad disappointing for me. I see wild ale and I expect something more tart and wild.

Photo of tdm168
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pale, yellowish gold with a huge, fizzy, bubbly, white head that fades after a few seconds

S - grapes, pear, a hint of spice, some Belgian yeast

T - grapes, pear, faint Belgian yeast, some grass, maybe a little husky or wheaty

M - crisp, a bit warm, medium bodied

This is as advertised; Belgian style beer with Brett. It comes across as something akin to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale or a toned down Tripel. It has decent flavor, but ultimately I found it a bit disappointing. I won't be getting another bottle, but I'm glad I tried it once.

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with rudzud.

Big fizzy head fades fairly quickly, hazy golden tan color.

Nose definite Brett but light, funk, Belgian golden malts and light fruity esters, light fusel booze, hint of grassy, meaty Belgian yeast aroma. The more it warms the more Brett comes out but never big.

Taste lots of Belgian golden sweet malts, hint of candy sugar like, caramelized toasty malts. Booze comes on strong, with light fusel alcohol. Some fruity esters, and light Belgian yeast. Fairly sweet, and barely any Brett. It's got some bitterness too probably from the yeast. Finish drier and light bitter, hint of funk and bready malts, and light Belgian yeast and malt flavors, and bit of booze. As it warms more funk and earthy Brett yeast.

Mouth is med bodied, good carb, plenty of booze.

Overall eh. I was expecting a lot with the two breweries involved, and Brett, but was fairly lackluster overall, a bit too sweet, not enough Brett, not so enticing bitterness, and too much booze. Quite disappointed I got so many bottles, but we'll see how they age.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The resulting beer, from the great minds of Sierra Nevada and Russian River, manifests in a mildly rustic, Belgain fruity, and conservative "wild" ale that may not evoke excitement with the staunch fans of sour ales, but may provide the glimpse into the sour world for the uninitiated.

Pouring a hazy burnish gold color, the beer opens with yeasty appearances and topped by cottony yellowish foam. Solid retention outlasts the acidity and provides pockets of lace around the glass.

The scent of Belgian pale ales is alive and well and rests just beyond the limey and earthy overtones from the brett-brux. Underneath, there's the scent of bread dough, light apple and berry esters with a balancing tone of white pepper and perhaps a dash of cumin.

Flavors of fresh baking bread, semi-starchy sweetness and straw start the show and provides a firm foundation for the natural esters and spices of yeast to rest upon. Green apples, pears, under ripened berries and a tropical hint of papaya give the beer its understated fruitiness. Similarly, the taste of white pepper, celery seed, and fresh cut herbs, and grass balance the fruit, yeast, and malt character well. But the star of the show is the wild character of brettanomyces that casts an earthen shadow over the beer with hints toward weathered attic wood, must, brine, dried limes, mild leather and horse hair. Though the effects from wild micro flora seem young and restrained, they merely add a footnote of complexity and without turning the beer absolutely sour.

Early bready malt textures turn powdery and semi-dry to finish as the sweetness fades from the mouth and a light woody tannin pang substitutes hop bitterness and lead a light citrus acidity into the next sip.

Unlike the usually brash brett beers, this one plays well with others and allows the standard taste of Belgian pale ales to command the flavor profile, at least for now. Age will surly prove otherwise.

Photo of acevenom
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours hazy orange with a quickly dissipating white head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. There is the barnyard yeast funk that comes through in the aroma. It smells fruity (apple, pear, lemon) and grassy. There is some spiciness as well. The Belgian yeast, grassy, and spice notes hit the mouth first. There is some tartness, but this is not strong. The body is light to medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. This is a very good beer that would likely improve with age. It doesn't quite live up to expectations, but it is still worth a try if you like wild ales.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle into three snifters (three of us split them up) at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif., on July 28, 2012. One finger of head, but would have been more if poured all the way to the top. Hazy straw yellow golden honey color. Bubbly, frothy head/lacing with light retention.

Smelled curdly milk, pear, puke, lemon, tart.

Tasted similar to the smell – pear, tart, less puke, bland, not too tart of sweet.

Light-to-medium body. Slick texture. Above average carbonation. Long, sour finish. A bit refreshing.

A bit disappointed beer overall. I was expecting a bit more. It didn’t help that I had just had the Supplication, which was fantastic. Glad I tried it though.

Photo of davey101
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Golden amber body with a massive fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a thin edging. Moderate amount of lacing and retention. Crazy amount of rising carbonation, like champagne level.

S - Lemons, pears, wet grass and hay, a touch of spice. Smell is very Belgian pale ale like...hey, like that Orval beer! The brettanomyces is noticeable in some light muskiness and funk, but at only three months old its just beginning to evolve.

T - Pear juice and hay with a light musk. Finish is almost syrupy with some lingering sweetness. Not too much on the brett front, this beer is still very approachable with some nice and simple BPA notes.

M - The finish on this beer is super dry and abrupt. 8.3% abv? Not noticeable. Has that great silky "bottle conditioned" mouth feel with tons of effervescent carbonation.

O - In its current state, its a rather average Belgian pale ale not worth the $18 I paid for it. But brettanomyces is a funny creature and I'm sure at the one year mark it will be drinking with the best of 'em.

Photo of jrenihan
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is orange in colour. A small white head disappears immediately and completely.

Brett sticks out in the nose, funky. Some light fruit scents: apple, pear. Nice.

Flavour-wise, the beer is bone dry with a strong spice flavour. Brett is clearly present, giving a bit of funk. Some fruit flavours, mainly green apple. No real tartness, perhaps very mildly.

Medium bodied, very highly carbonated. Irritating and makes it a bit hard to drink.

Overall, not great but it has some good qualities.

Photo of Chico1985
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml split amongst peeps...I think Cam shared this one, thanks Cam! As a big fan of both breweries, I've been interested in trying this.

Pours a coppery orange with a white head of a few fingers height. Fizzles down to a slight ring within a couple minutes.

Good smell, kinda faint, the taste follows suit with some more strength. Nice sharp bretty notes, lots of lemon, citrus, apple, some tropical notes. Some spice, grassiness and hay. Kinda on the simple side for a wild ale but pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel is uber-foamy, but tolerable enough for the style, not bad. Booze is pretty well-hidden, easy to forget this is over 8%.

Overall this was pretty good, but not outstanding.

Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into 7vnth Sun snifter.

A: Pours a copper-brown color, and is so hazy as to be nearly opaque. One finger white head with minimal to no lacing. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Barnyard funk from the Brett, a bit of fruitiness (green apple and strawberry), and just a little tartness.

T: Not quite as pleasant as the nose. Some bready malt, some underripe fruity, sweet/tart, cider character, and ends with some unbalanced barnyard Brett. No particular sour presence at all. Dry, but not quite vinous, on the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation sensation on the tongue. The alcohol in the beer is pretty well hidden.

O: It's not a bad beer right now, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as it is. That said, I'm very hopeful that this gets better with age.

Photo of russwbeck
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fighting Hurricane Sandy with beer!

A: Clear, golden color that is not unlike straw. Initially a lot of head builds up, billowing over my secondary glass, but after not too long it's completely gone. I'm a bit disappointed, but the constant stream of bubbles is welcomed.

S: The aroma is, first and foremost, funky. The barnyard funk-style with hay and tartness. With Brett and lemon, the smells are inviting.

T: The taste is not what I was expecting. A slight hoppiness is noted with the barnyard funk underneath. The lemon and other light fruits are more noted and a hint of malt graces the backend. The taste is a little...I don't want to say bland, but it's just not jumping out and impressing me. The sourness is subtle and the hops just aren't strong enough to shine in the beer. I'm not saying it's not good, I just wanted something a bit more from it.

MF: Very light body with a nice amount of carbonation. The beer goes down crisp and clean, making it very drinkable. The ABV isn't noted at all. I really can't remember an American Wild Ale that I thought I could drink a full 750ml bottle of.

O: This was a good beer, and I'd like to see how it ages. Not the best fresh, but certainly nothing wrong with it. I would have rather paid less to enjoy it, but I don't regret it at all!

Photo of maxk
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle, kept cold, served in a tulip and allowed to warm before consumption.

Slightly hazy orange gold with a little white head which quickly dissipates to almost nothing. Minimal lacing.

Banana, fruity esters, a little bit of citrus fruit and mango. Just a little bit of a funky, bacteria smell.

Strong apple flavor, a little bit of clementine and citrus oil. There is some nice caramel sweetness, tinged with Brett funk. Oily mouthfeel, nicely carbonated, and negligible alcohol heat.

Interesting beer. I wasn't sure quite what to expect but I've loved everything I've had from RR and like many SN offerings so I decided to give this a shot. It's a good wild ale, but not spectacular. One big thing it has going for it is availability, every beer store in my area still has bottles of it.

Photo of ONUMello
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle served in my CL tulip. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a dense, fluffy, three inch, off-white head that quickly disperses into a thin, fizzy band around the shoulders and a light, sudsy slick across the surface - no lacing on this one. Nose expresses light pit fruit, citric acid and a light, vinegary quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, there is a distinct, tart medicinal character to the flavor profile and the fruit suggested by the nose takes somewhat of a backseat to the rest. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively, almost gassy carbonation, that leaves a residual prickle at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, an interesting foray for Sierra Nevada; however, the price tag on this is a bit hefty for what you get in my opinion. I'd like to see this beer with a year or two on it to see if the carbonation mellows and some more complexity is revealed, but I'm not sure I'm willing to shell out another $16.99 to see.

Additional Note: A Brett character begins to reveal itself as the brew approaches room temperature, suggesting that this beer may continue to develop.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Golden orange in color, heavy internal carbonation, pours a mild white foamy head, translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, notes of citrus and mild tropical fruit, very yeasty and quite apparent wheat elements, even a bit of grape must is present

T: Much akin to the nose, wheat and grape must dominate mixed with citrus, traces of clove and mint are present, very light alcohol, not incredibly flavorful, definitely needs some age

M: Very smooth, light in the mouth, not lingering or overpowering on the palate, almost no aftertaste

O: A complex and interesting wild ale, would have been nice if it had more sour elements, without a doubt needs to be aged

Photo of pkalix
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

didnt know this was a sierra nevada product....
rich, billowy, creamy white head; tangerine colored liquid with lots of carbonation.
acidic, vinegar-y smell. i was told it's a 'sour' and is why i wanted to try it. lots of these bottles line the shelves at Total Wine.
taste... like a spoiled apple cider. not as sour as the others i have tried (and really liked). i dont really like this as much as those others, but i can finish the bottle easily.
overall, this one hides the abv pretty well but i can imagine a lot of people will not like the sourness of the type. in the same thought, this is not in the running for being one of the best sours. but then, it's calling itself a "wild ale", so i guess i'll take it at face value and just drink it. it's a decent brew, but it's still a sierra nevada (there's nothing i've had yet that i like from sierra nevada, no offense). i think the american brewers try too hard to create something and a lot of it kind of tastes the same. someone else mentioned it being like a saison, and i can see that comparison. it does seem to have a grassiness that isnt hop-related and after the second pour it doesnt seem to so sour...

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of imscotty
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a flat golden orange, little white cap which quickly fades

S: The nose lends a nice little fruit bouquet; greean and red apples with a little pear and spice

T: A little funky, Belgian yeast, sweet and fruity with pears, apples and some allspice. It has lightly funked, Earthy and lingering sweetnes on the finish

M: Medium bodied, a little slick, flat on the tongue I felt

O: Good but not one I would pay $16 for again.

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