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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 42
Gots: 347 | FT: 18
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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jay for the bottle! about 10 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a amber-copper color with nice clarity. The tulip helps create a stream of strong-looking carbonation in the middle. The head is a one finger white color with okay retention.

S: Some fruit esters, a bit of earthy hops, and *very* faint funk. If you told me this was just a brett-ed saison rather than a wild ale, I would have believed you more.

T: This isn't very impressive, especially for a wild ale. Faintly tart fruit esters help open the body, while the finish is somewhat expressive in grassy hops. I'm having a lot of trouble finding the brett, but concentrating the palate allows me to find slight touches of brett and sourness. It's okay, but it's not impressive.

M: I like that it's fairly light and dry, and the carbonation isn't insanely strong. Not perfect, but the texture is nice.

O: Decent, but not $15 decent. The process of aging this intrigues me - but not if I have to pay $15 for this again. Still, it's worth a try, especially considering it opens up nicely once it warms up.

ThisWangsChung, Sep 29, 2012
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.

MattyG85, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of baybum
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

baybum, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

gatornation, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter on 4/3/13

Deep gold color with tangerine and honey highlights. It isn't entirely clear; there is but a faint layer of haziness. Bubble cling to the side of the glass as other rise and form a two and a half finger, porous head. The billowy foam isn't suited to tarry, becoming a smoothed, thin layer. No lace remains.

The aroma is a peppery blend of lemony soap and funk, tart apple, damp hay, prairie grass, pollen and such. It is reasonably bright and quite pleasant. As it opens up, a mustiness emerges, but does not crowd out the the more pleasing smells.

I'll admit being surprised at how peppery this tastes; lots of white pepper and a subtle herbal concoction to back it up. Lemon aplenty and notions of peach tea, grass, toasty grains and musty undertones. Hints of perfume and pollen dust on the back end. Each fresh pour has a soapy penchant that subsides over time.

I find the feel to be well-suited to the progression of the beer. That is, it's crisp and tight with carbonation earlier on, matching the peppery lemon zest. As the carbonation falls away and the body stills, it's suited to the slightly musty finish.

I've been waiting to try this one for a while. The reasons were two-fold; one being I wasn't chomping at the bit to pay $15 for this creation and the other being that there have been bottles sitting around for months. I had heard underwhelming things from several people. Knowing their tastes in beer, I figured I'd like this a lot. I figured right.

Ryan011235, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of brewandbbq
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

brewandbbq, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice golden light copper color. There is a huge pillowy head that forms of about 2.5 inches. The head is white with some medium dense bubbles and some chinkier ones intermingled.

Aroma starts off with some funk, some slight corn husk notes and some nice mild yeasty phenols. There are some mild lemony and slightly tart notes present as well. Earthy grainy notes re present on the back end.

Flavor starts off with some yeasty and fruity grain notes. There is some slight tart and funk notes that come in with those grain notes. There are some spicy notes in there as well. The flavors are nice and dry. The flavor is pretty nice. Very straight froward and simple yet pretty well done. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry and finishes with some slight citrusy and spicy Belgian notes. There is some nice pear notes as it warms. Very nice.

This beer was a nice surprise. It isn't amazing but its is very good. Nice Belgian style flavors with some good funk and yeasty phenols and also some nice fruity esters.

JoEBoBpr, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of brotherloco
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml C&C bottle. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazed deep orange-gold with two fingers of off-white foam. Cascading and popping bubbles take a long time to settle. Some broad lacing left in glass.

Aroma is, well of course, brett. Bright fruit notes, fresh cut grass, honeysuckle. Slight sourness. Plenty of sweet malt, and no real hint of booze.

Flavor is more sweet and less tart than I was expecting. Plenty of sweetness through the middle. The finish dries up some but stays a little too sweet. Leaves you with lingering flavors of bright fruits and earthy cereal grains. Still absolutely none of the relatively high ABV.

Just about medium bodied with a lot of natural spritzy carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Good, but wish it finished a little drier.

Given the collaborative nature of this beer I was expecting it to deliver the subtle notes that brett can contribute to a beer without being extreme. It does that exactly.

Looking forward to how the 2nd bottle in the cellar will develop.

brotherloco, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard 750 ml. bottle, corked and caged. Poured into a Belgian globe glass. The bottle offeers a firm pop yet doesn't burst at the seems as I for some reason expected. The pour is a deep golden with a half inch cap.

Interesting aroma with a touch of Brett and a touch of Tripel yeast battling things out. Offers an intriguing yeast profile yet without the singularity. Touch of funk, touch of sweetness and a touch of mystery.

Flavor is a bit simple, particularly with regards to the aroma. Touch of yeast and spice, bit average.

Ditto the feel on this one.

Overall a bit pricey for an 'ok' brew...

HalfFull, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

joemcgrath27, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of FreshHawk
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

FreshHawk, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

schnarr84, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of bmwats
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Giant foamy white head, settles quickly. No real lacing.

S: Yeast, raspberry, white grape.

T: Yeast and fermented raspberry.

M: Light body, slightly fruity, funky aftertaste.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, no real lacing though. Yeast and raspberry make up the nose. Likewise with the flavor profile... fermented raspberry is prominent... light grainy body otherwise. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of CampusCrew
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well like everyone else said its a mild sour, really mild for wild ale. Possibly the least twang of any sour ale ive had. But, it has beuatiful color, quickly disapting head. Smell is faint, green apple jolly rancher, very balanced taste, this isna great into sour for people who already can handle some saisons. Love to see what this beer will be like ina few years thought. The malt backbone that ks there will be interesting.

CampusCrew, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3/5  rDev -21.1%

bigbeers84, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of djaeon
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

djaeon, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of mpayne5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

mpayne5, May 28, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Zachtheporter, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of PorterLambic
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale, dark, yellow. The head develops, and drops, quickly resulting in no head after a minute. No lace.
Smell is delightfully sour and musty. Some malt, spices, hint of hops maybe. Good balance.
Taste is malty, musty, banana (light), spices. Well balanced.
Warming, drying, medium-light body with a tart, sharp effervescence.
This particular bottle I purchased in November 2012, 13 months ago. It's really good.

PorterLambic, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of bum732
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Grass, apple peels. White pepper, slight mustiness, some floralness.

L: Fairly clear, golden yellow, carbonated white head. Great retention.

T: Fresh apples, slightly honey malt. Medium light spicy bitterness leading to some grassiness and mustiness. Some stone fruit plays on the palate. Finishes slightly fruity and semi-dry. Some funk opens up as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

Solid, one of the better Brett beers I've had. I just wish it didn't cost so much.

bum732, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

doremite, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

bobv, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light copper orange with little to no head.

S - Pear, hay, grapes, green apple, light funk, grassy.

T - Sweet malts, candi sugar, fruity esters, some peppery spice, alcohol, belgian yeast.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - Fairly disappointing. I bought a second bottle to age. Hopefully the Breet becomes more pronounced with time.

brewcrew76, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Mantooth, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

JohnnieNepal, Nov 03, 2013
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.