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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 1102
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%


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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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked champagne bottle poured into oversized tulip glass.

A - Fizzy white head collapses to the smallest ring around the edge. The beer is a light orange shade with a slight haze to it. No lacing left on the glass.

S - Tangerine/citrusy/lemony bright tones instantly. I get a bit of some tartness but no significant brett funk. Maybe a hint of esters. I topped up my glass with the final slurry of yeast at the bottom and it is coming across with more of the tartness and some more of the brett characteristics.

T - Has a delicate malt definition right away. The malt I get seems to be the lightest of caramel malt. The taste is quite dry throughout the whole palate. Earthy and some clove phenols late in the taste. The alcohol warms pleasantly in its dry finish.

M - Nice light body with a good dryness helps refresh my palate. Tingling high carbonation.

O - I found a good amount of complexity in the smell but the taste was tough to define/identify the many nuances. Maybe these flavors were a little muddled but perhaps I lack the capacity to fully identify them. The appearance was nice with a beautiful shade of orange yet with a small head. The smell was a consequence of being a little young in that the brett never really exposed itself yet. The mouthfeel and body reminded me much of my favorite saison, Sofie in that it was dry a light which is a pro in my book. I would much like to purchase another bottle to age a year or two and recomment further on down the road.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 02:13:49 | More by Jparker37
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured into a teku glass there was a big 4 finger head with lots of dead space making it rise and fall quickly. After two more pours the glass was filled and left with no foam at all. The liquid, a briliantly clear woody orange color with the occasional bubble popping up from the bottom.

S: Mild fruit candy esters, moderate tart aroma that is reminiscent of lemon zest and sour candys (warheads).

T: Very low bitterness with no distinguishable hop flavors coming through. The malts are mildly bready yet sweet. The highlight flavor in the beer, however, is the complex wild yeast flavor. The sweety horse hair, but in a good way, descriptor is accurate. Very animal, protien like flavors coming through. Also reminds me of over rippened fruit (pear, apples).

M: High carbonation and a dry finish combined with the tart aftertaste leave a strong tingling sensation on the tongue that lingers.

O: For my 100th Beer review on BA I thought I'd crack open a cellar beer. My first Brett Brux beer and I now understand the sweety horse blanket descrptor. A decent beer overall but not my thing overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 01:25:05 | More by guityler83
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +15%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:03:17 | More by nickthegun12
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy deep gold, maybe a muted orange color with 1 finger of very fizzy white head that very quickly dissipated leaving no evidence that it was ever there.

S- Smells funky with a hint of tartness. Ok, maybe more than a hint. It smells tart. Like granny smith apple skin tart. Un-ripe pear, almost bitter pears comes to mind also.

T- Follows nose well. The tartness of it is not overwhelming. It has plenty of spicy Belgian yeasty notes, along with a solid amount of a biscuity or crusty bread malt backbone.

M- High amount of carbonation, with a medium amount of body. Finishes nice and dry. Crisp and refreshing.

O- I think that Russian River really shines through on this one. The tart, funky, wild flavors in this beer are very Russian River. I'm not saying that there aren't some Sierra Nevada characteristics in this one, but Russian River comes through the most. Not the greatest beer in the the world, but not the worst either. Glad I have another one to see how it develops over time.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 01:26:35 | More by rfbenavi80
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Ghenna

California

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

quickly dissipating white head, amber color.

Pleasant saison funk (that is to say mild funk), bit of citrus, but of mildly sweet smelling malt.

First thing that shows up when I taste it is the champagne like carbonation. Following that there is a nice belgian spice, mild caramel malt, and dry finish. Almost has a persistent aspect of soda water.

All told, a nice beer- though at the moment not quite justifying the ~$14 price tag. However, once the bret works its magic in a year or two I really think this beer with shine. I'm glad I've got three more bottles of this sitting in my beer cellar and cant wait to try them again later.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 02:38:35 | More by Ghenna
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy, golden orange. Very fizzy head, which quickly melts to a ring. Highly carbonated. I don't see much lacing, if any.

Tangy and sour aroma. A slightly sweet backbone, and some hops.

Unusual flavor. Not what I was expecting. Aside from the sourness, there is an emptiness to the flavor. Some might describe it as "watery."

The emptiness carries over to the mouthfeel. The carbonation is very high, and explodes as it enters your mouth. The finish is dry and lingering.

I'm sorry to say, I didn't like this beer very much. Normally, I love wild ales and sour beers. But, this one didn't have much going on in the flavor department. Generally speaking, I would prefer a bolder flavor and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 20:50:18 | More by UnderPressure
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JG-90

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml into glass, shared with friends

A - Hazy straw color, minimal to no lacing

S - Dry, Fruity. blind I would say its a pinot gritio (it really smells more like a wine than a beer)

T - Dry, fruity with pear and apple, tart

M - medium mouthfeel, with moderate-high carbonation

O - First taste of a wild ale, very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 03:01:48 | More by JG-90
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Samuel906

California

3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 03:58:38 | More by Samuel906
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EkimGram

New York

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 02:56:18 | More by EkimGram
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TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, pale, orangish yellow. Frothy head turns to decent lace.
Smell: Floral, citrus, grape, biscuit.
Taste: Grape, sour, citrus, biscuit maybe.

This was delightfully interesting. The first thing that caught me was the complexity of the smell. So much going on from floral to biscuit. The second thing was the sparkling attribute. It was very much champagne-like with around the same qualities as the smell. Not super drinkable, but very enjoyable. I would get it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 04:16:09 | More by TeamMathis
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Humulus85

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 23:47:56 | More by Humulus85
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MatthewWilde

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 01:00:10 | More by MatthewWilde
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Givemebeer

Vermont

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden with an amber hue. Huge head as expected from a beer brewed with Brett.

S: tart light fruit

T: funky tart apples pears slightly grassy

M: dry and light/ medium bodied

O: a very nice complex treat. As expected, a winner from Russian river and Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:14:39 | More by Givemebeer
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richj1970

Alabama

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle

A: Pours a nice orange color with crazy bubbly white head that disappears almost immediately. Lots of bubbles that continued for quite some time. No lacing at all.

S: Some citrus mixed with earthy funk. Grassy notes mixed with a bit of sourness.

T: Light fruity flavors like lemon, raisin with a bit of tartness mixed with an underlying funk. Very dry and perhaps a bit bitter.

M: Extreme carbonation. This one bubbled almost all the way down. Reminded me a bit of champagne. Very dry finish, light and refreshing. Alcohol content is hidden well.

O: Very easy to drink, and very enjoyable, but was hoping for a bit more sour notes and complexity to flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 23:50:51 | More by richj1970
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DonDirkA

Arizona

4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose of white wine, grapes, pears, and a slight sharpness probably from the Brett. Taste is slightly grassy, pears, green grapes, white wine and I feel like there's a hint of plum. Its sharp and bubbly but not overly effervescent. This definitely has that Russian River taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 06:21:56 | More by DonDirkA
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TruePerception

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Collaboration

Russian River / Sierra Nevada Brux: "Domesticated" wild ale, 8.3% ABV, highly carbonated, smoky haze, highly active head, quick dissolve; Appearance: dark hazy yellow, peach skin; Smell: tangerine, peach skin, subtle acid, very subtle banana pudding; Mouthfeel: fine and nice carbonation; Taste: long sourness in the background, peach skin, old leather, banana peel, peach pit, floral note; good.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 17:49:15 | More by TruePerception
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nova009

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked bomber into my Ommegang flute

A- pours a crystal clear golden orange, two finger fluffy white head, spotty to little lacing present

S- mmmm funky brett, dry crisp fruit, apples and pears, a lemon scent brings up the tail, sweet candi sugar, smells like an awesome wild ale

T- interesting, i'll start with the fruit, pretty close to the nose with pear and apple flavors, slight lemony citrus as well, bready malt, dry finish, not a whole of sour or tart mixed in,

M- medium body, dry and crisp finish, very nice balance of carbonation, couldn't detect any alcohol either, very nice feel

O- overall not a bad beer, i was just really excited considering RR's history with sour beers, i picked up another bottle and i'm gonna let it aged for a couple of years and really let that brett develop, i think in the long run this could be an extremely tasty beer, right now it's just kind of a fledgling

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 00:56:21 | More by nova009
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ThePaleRider

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw yellow, very clear, with a thick white head that receded quickly.

S - A mix of sour and yeast. Smells like a sour ale.

T - part Belgian, part sour. Not as sour as the smell, but definitely picking up fruity yeast, cranberry, pear, and sweeter bakery malts.

M - Smooth and very light for the ABV

O - Very nice ale. Collaboration between two of America's best breweries that really stands out. When I think of Sierra Nevada or Russian River my mind doesn't go to a sour ale. Very interesting idea, and they made an amazing ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 07:40:13 | More by ThePaleRider
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Jwaks

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at M&R liquor in avon, ct a day prior. Corked and caged 750ml brown belgian bottle.

A less than careful pour creates a 1/2 finger tall cap of loose foam.Lackluster and ephemeral, the head completely dissipates within 30 seconds leaving an enticing translucent light golden orange body. Numerous pillars of medium sized bubbles are a testament to this brew's lively carbonation.

A quick whiff reveals clementine, orange zest, bready yeast, some light malt, hints of earth, white pepper and funk. The aroma is a bit reticent, I like it when a beer makes it clear what I'm in for right when I pop open the bottle.

Orange zest and lemon zest are the first to the party followed by crackery malt, earth, grassy hops, a restrained sour twang, dirty, bretty funk and a bit of peppery spice to round out the long, dry finish. Yeahhh! Nice! An excellent sipper for sure.

Lively carbonation, a thin to medium body and a wonderful dry finish make this a damn enjoyable brew.

It's hard to pin down. The head is disappointing and no one flavor really stands out. Does it live up to the brewer's intent? Absolutely. Is it enjoyable to drink? Hell yeah.

Overall, I would drink it again even if the cost of entry is a bit high. Go ahead, give it a shot! I'm sure you've spent money on worse things haha! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 00:42:32 | More by Jwaks
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kaimcm

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 01:49:54 | More by kaimcm
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alk3kenny

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This has been aged for about a year. Hazy orange color tons of carbonation flowing through this. Head is white and fizzy reminds me more of a soft drink then a beer in appearance. Nose is sweet... orange, candied fruit no real hops present but then again after a year not expecting a ton either. Flavor is very different from the nose as there is a nice tartness with a backing of that funky brett. I have had a few brett beers before and this one seems to tame them well while using them for their intention of adding a very different flavor. I'm sure the year has also helped tame them. One thing that is immediately present on the mouthfeel is all that carbonation. Stings the tongue along with the tartness to give an experience you don't normally get from a beer. I like it but don't know if I'd rush back to the feeling. Overall I really like this beer but probably wouldn't buy it again due to the price point. I am just getting into the sour side of beers and can't wait to try some more.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 00:37:18 | More by alk3kenny
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Boneheadmx

California

4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 00:31:30 | More by Boneheadmx
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wd40

New York

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled/released 2012
Sampled 10 August 2013
Hazy golden appearance. Smell is pleasant with sour and fruity notes. Taste is very light and almost watery. Very little sourness. Intended to develop over time and I guess a year isn't long enough for this one. Very vigorous carbonation. Overall a well crafted beer but not one that is all that amazing at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:13:59 | More by wd40
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MagicJeff

Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

Appearance: 1/8 inch head retained throughout drinking, nice. Looks like a hazy gold. Decent lacing afterwards.

Smell: I smell orange peels, very crisp and pleasant. Pleasant sugary, yeasty scent too.

Taste: Initial citrus (mild banana too?) yields to sweet bready, yeast. Also some mild pepper on the end--alcohol certainly warms the palate as well. Quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, solid carbonation.

Overall: As others have noted, I suspect this beer would change over a couple years if aged--that isn't saying that it would be any better or worse. That said, it's simple but very good, and worth drinking right now instead of the future. A good introduction into wild ales for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 23:59:14 | More by MagicJeff
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Lare453

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:23:16 | More by Lare453
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.