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

1,302 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 1,302 | Reviews: 322
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of Boneheadmx
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
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).

Photo of rainydays2020
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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 bashiba
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of robhbest
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of wogreen
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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 Gameover170
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of DenverLogan
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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 lacqueredmouse
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of dgilks
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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 Samuel906
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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 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 OldPenguinHunter
2.51/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

Photo of Beerswag
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Caged and corked bottle poured into a snifter. A little above fridge temp.

Pours out a hazy/ cloudy sunset orange color, nearly golden. About a fingers worth of white head full of big bubbles that soon after faded to a ring and eventually nothing. Not much lacing to speak of.

Very floral Brett aromas. Slight hints of lemon citrus and must. Not too complex of an aroma.

Again, very floral, rose like almost. Hay, Lemon citrus with just a slight barnyard/ basement must.

A rather assertive carbonation. An airy mouthfeel, fairly light to medium in body. A bit of tartness, but nothing comparable to must popular wild ales.

Not a bad brett beer. Not terribly complex, but good for someone who is just getting into sours and Brett beers. I'd prolly come back to this if it wasn't for the rather big price tag as its quite the drinkable wild.

Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear light gold with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like tart unripe apricot and lemon zest and grassy hops, with some funky must and spicy white peppercorn.
T: It tasted like tart unripe apricot and lemon zest, with some grassy hops and sweet candi sugar and funky must and spicy white peppercorn. It had a clean and crisp aftertaste with lingering bittersweet.
M: It was watery with lots of bubbly carbonation. Like a heavy champagne.
D: This was a very nice wild ale, although not super wild. The scent and taste were balanced and enjoyable. The body was fitting, and the finish was incredibly smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. Worth buying a second bottle to age, but enjoyable fresh. Not mind blowing, but a solid brew. Recommended.

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature. The cork exploded off of this bottle without me touching it as soon as I took the cage off. A geyser of beer and foam ensued. Luckily, I didn’t lose much.

L – Pale amber color with a 4-finger bubbly white head that dissipates as rapidly as it appeared. Only a few patches of bubbles remain, and as a result, not much lacing appears. Slightly hazy with tons of bubbles.

S – There’s a strong presence of musty, barnyard Brett, as well as some sour lemon, green apple, and pear aromas. There may be a touch of bready malt, too, but it’s somewhat buried under the funkier aromas.

T – Slightly tart with apple, pear, and lemon notes followed by a bit of musty Brett. As the funkiness settles down, sweet bready malt and subtly bitter earthy, grassy, and spicy hops come through. There isn’t as much tartness or funkiness as the nose suggested, but it’s still tasty.

F – Light-bodied with too much carbonation, a prickly and airy mouthfeel, and a sweet, earthy, spicy, and dry finish. Really the thing that lingers the most is the tongue-prickling feeling from the carbonation.

O – This is a pretty good wild ale. The aroma is great and it tastes good, but the mouthfeel of this one holds this beer back. It is far too carbonated, so much so that it feels like it’s generating carbon dioxide while it’s in my mouth. Like really it feels like it’s so effervescent that it’s making gas in my mouth and down my throat. This sensation plus the prickling carbonation makes it tough to pick out the nuances of the taste. One positive aspect of the mouthfeel and the beer is that the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well. This is a nice beer, but I’m sorry to say that I was expecting more out of a Sierra Nevada-Russian River collabo.

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 MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head that fade into a few thin patches. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very interesting funky, fruity, and mildly tart aroma. Yeast with a Belgian like funk and a good scent of Brett. Some pepper spice. Big fruit esters including banana, orange, pear, apple, white grapes, lemon zest, peach, and apricot. Also some hints of mildly tart cherries. Mild bready presence of malt with a hint of cracker and biscuit. Big hints of grass and floral hops. Smells fairly dry and wine like. Pretty nice.

Taste: Just as complex and funky as it smells. Big yeast strains with Brett funk and a mix of pepper spices. A big mix of bright fruit esters with notes of pear, apple, orange, banana, white grapes, lemon zest, apricot, peach, and tart cherry. Very grassy tasting with a solid presence of floral and herbal hops lingering around. Mild taste of malt with some biscuit and cracker. Tastes like a cross between a Belgian Farmhouse ale and an American Wild ale. Nicely complex, drying, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, crisp, and somewhat prickly. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A really good tasting and unique take on a Wild ale. Good combination of funk, fruit, and grassy hops. A pretty good collaboration.

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