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

318 Reviews
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Reviews: 318
Hads: 1,304
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 49
Gots: 368 | FT: 20
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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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (433 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
2.57/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white head that disappears quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is green apple, apricot, and a light peppery note. There is a light funky brett earthiness, but not much. The initial taste is sweet with green apple, a bit of brett earthiness, and some apricot. The finish has a hint of brett and some lingering apple. Medium body. Low carbonation. This was quite disappointing. It's too sweet for the style and there is not much brett funkiness. It will probably improve with time, but I'm not going to buy more bottles to find out given the price. (613 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear copper, some loose bubbles and streams rise quickly. Murkier as I approach the end of the bottle. Champaigne-quality head with better retention. Artwork hints towards a retro-70's coloring and font, a little bland, but concise and clear.

S: Wildflower, honey, tart fruit, a bit of spice. Maybe a little of the classic 'malt and yeast' smell.

T: Tartness is all up front, and a little mild; afterwards I get herbacious notes, some yeast, and rounded off with malt. Dry. Yeasty finish. I would prefer more of the tart-sour character to come through, and would expect it seeing from the refermentation with brett. Maybe it needs more aging?

M: Light, dry, prickly. Perfect combinations for a refreshing effect.

O: Pretty darn good, consider my S & T scores to be 3.87- falling just short of getting rounded up to 4. A good mix of flavors and smells, but they somewhat trip over and end up hindering each other. A beer I will always enjoy, despite some minor shortcomings. (981 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (1,449 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, and honey colored in the glass, Brux
features a minimal head that provides sparse lacing. Difficult to put a nose on this one. Slightly fruity, bready, and with a touch of brettanomyces. A wide range of flavors splash across the pallet. Hints of pear, caramel, green apple, funk, grass, pepper, and alcohol were all noticeable, as well as a few flavors we couldn't put our tongue on. A higher level of carbonation meets a medium body in this brew. Not overly sour, but a nice tartness that should develop over time, and luckily we have one stashed in the cellar.

Cheers! (577 characters)

Photo of zander4dawin
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Murky golden ale with soapy head. Funky, sour tart nose. Grassy, saw dust, bret funk, tart notes but overall under whelming flavors and taste a little watered down. Overall disappointing offering from two great breweries. (222 characters)

Photo of maxk
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (802 characters)

Photo of ptykozoon
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of marvin213
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love these caged & corked Belgian-style ales. Like Rice Crispies, it snaps, crackles, and pops on the pour. The fizzy head rises as if champagne. The look is otherwise apple juice, or sweet tea.

That smell is tart: green apples, lemongrass, and lime rind. There's a pear infusion and a slight vinegar acidity present in its air as well. The brett yeast offers a bready feel on top of a surprising--albeit light--maltiness. There is an apple cidery feel to it, but it's almost like each of the subtle flavors competes in vain, for there is no characteristic winner that allows anywhere near a conclusion like "this beer tastes like ___." That's somewhat neat, but I'm left wanting more clarity on the flavor profile. It's light and genuinely refreshing--glad to have gotten one. (781 characters)

Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (412 characters)

Photo of Samuel906
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of Kmccabe33
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of MatthewWilde
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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 (682 characters)

Photo of Jparker37
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,494 characters)

Photo of deschutes_fan
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle

- Pours a copper clear with airy white foam. This beer is very clear with no haze, almost like a lager.

- Smell is sweet earthy funk with spice notes.

- Taste is crisp, sweet malt mixed with grassy citrus flavors. Not getting much funk and definitely no sour/tart flavors. Slightly drying on the palate.

- Overall an interesting beer. Very crisp and clean on the palate with an interesting sweet, earthy, citrus vibe. However, it is not sour (which is implied with "wild ale")... I would describe this as a sweet saison. Worth a try if that style sounds appealing, but I'm a bit disappointed honestly. (617 characters)

Photo of Humulus85
4.15/5  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! (1,296 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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 (374 characters)

Photo of Ghenna
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured an orangish tawny color with a 1-1.5 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly. However carbonation bubbles very active once head was gone.

S-Not an overwhelming smell, but pleasant none the less. Definitely a sweeter aroma that smells of light caramel.

T-A slight malty sweetness upfront before a mild tartness sets in and lingers a bit. Slight notes of citrus fruits and yeast on the back end with a bit of a tannic finish.

M-Excellent mouthfeel. A high level of carbonation that was balanced nicely with a medium to heavy body. Also had a nice dryness to it.

O-Overall this was a pretty solid beer, but I was expecting a bit more for the price and the names on the bottle. However I feel that it was a exceptionally balanced beer, that walked the line between sweet and sour. Glad I picked up two of these, looking forward to seeing what a bit of age does to this beer. (888 characters)

Photo of KelsoSaaz
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 vintage poured into tulip

A: Golden-amber body with a white with orange-tinged 2 finger head. Tons of visible carbonation which makes quite a nice noise.

S: Strong funky, earthy, barnyard hay smell that’s not unappealing. Hints of citrus and spices as well as well as a general white wine like aroma

T: Grass, hay and earth: dry with hints of orange, apple, pear, banana and white grapes. Tiny bit of hop bitterness hiding in there that helps with a bitter finish.

M: Medium to light body with lots of lively, tingling carbonation.

O: I didn’t have this fresh, but I assume time has only made it better. Brett lends its nice flavors and aromas here in a very drinkable beer. A good collaboration brew that I’m glad I picked up and cellared for a year. If you can find this be sure to try it. (807 characters)

Photo of nova009
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 (920 characters)

Photo of MagicJeff
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (738 characters)

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.