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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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86
very good

1,187 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.84%
Wants: 40
Gots: 338 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012)
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-15-2014 09:40:29 | More by zestar
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-20-2013 16:01:47 | More by InspectorBob
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a slightly dense deep copper color with a violent carbonation of microbubbles. The loud fizz supports a thick white head of foam.

S- The dry clean aroma has a faint hint of yeasty esters and mineral notes.

T- The nice dry crisp flavor is smooth with a tartness in the finish. There are some unripe pear notes that start to come through with a green apple hint in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a full creamy fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is nice yet very subtle flavors and the brett is not overpowering but it will be interesting to see if this chances over time.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 22:04:39 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy honey to apricot in color with some moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall there is a light aroma with notes of brett and barnyard funkiness. Just a touch of light fruits as well - white grape and pear.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale and slightly grainy malts with moderate amounts of light fruit (white grape, pear, and just a hint of peach). Light notes of brett funkiness towards the finish which gets a touch stronger as the beer warms. Light amounts of sourness with a touch of lemon citrus.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This was a very good beer but I was hoping for a little more tartness/sourness in this one (considering the Russian River portion of the collaboration). Easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 20:59:16 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

03-15-2014 12:57:35 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Zorro

California

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle with a tough to remove cork.

Clear golden amber colored beer with just a small amount of white head.

Smell is sweet with the beginnings acetic acid present. Fruity smells of peach and apple. Woody scents, oak and vanilla. Floral yeast aroma with a rather strong rose aroma.

Starts out mild with a slight sour taste but it isn't to strong. Belgian horse horse blanket and roses. Mild flavor especially for a wild ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall A VERY tame wild ale, it might even convert me to like them. $17 for the bottle though, this probably will benefit from a year of age on it, the carbonation is noticeably low.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 00:32:56 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-11-2014 03:18:24 | More by Georgiabeer
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into some snifters with a bunch of heads. Had to give this at least a few months for some magic to happen.

BRUX pours out a beautiful golden light yellowish shade in the glass with a nice amount of bright white bubbles forming a nice cap of solidness. The cap of white lasts for quite a bit of time. A small amount of specs on the glass on the way down.

Smell is bright with some floral appeal mixed in with ripe pineapple, apple, pear and some faint brett in the back.A sparse amount of pale malt in the backing. Not terribly funky smelling, kinda like a wild saison/blond. A great nose with building as it warms.

Not a very wild beer. I get the blond characteristics. Some faint grassy hops and light florals. The brett is understated (at this time) b makes a small impact on the tounge. Pineapple and pear with trace hits of malt here and there. The alcohol does not make an appearance.

The body is a step below medium with a nice touching carb bite going for it. Not sour, just a bit of a twinge in the mouth. Not tart really either. I see this going together nicely with some light cheese samples. This is a decent beer, but more of a saison/blond hybrid of some sort IMO.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 02:35:17 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-07-2013 23:14:18 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 8.30 %

LOOK: Pours a hazy deep golden color. White foam with lots of tiny bubbles forms, leaves some lace, and has decent retention. There was a small amount of sediment, which was swirled in.

SMELL: Yeasty, a bit funky, lightly sour smelling, with barnyard influence and has a typical rustic Belgian yeast aroma. Small flowery hop notes are there as well.

TASTE: Belgian yeast with a soft fruityness and a moderately tart twang from the Brett used in brewing. Not an over the top sour, this is more of a mainstream brew similar to an Orval with its bright Brett character and some hop notes as well. Candi sugar lends a subtle sweetness, but there is also a noticeable bitterness that keeps the brew balanced. Overall its almost like a Saison with Belgian yeast/Brett notes.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, mildly dry, small tang in the finish along with peppery and semi-fruity yeast notes.

OVERALL: A nice crossover beer for Sierra Nevada, and definitely has the Russian River trademark tang. Certainly a successful venture for all three parties, the breweries and consumer that is. This was a bit green, and should be aged for no less than half a year to let the flavors develop, I feel this can improve greatly over time. Would pair nicely with fruited cheeses, raisin crackers and fig spread.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 18:11:40 | More by Stinkypuss
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-28-2013 21:37:36 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brux - the contradictorily called "domesticated wild ale" - seems like it's been spared the human touch; this flat and murky beer doesn't look the least bit polished, almost as if it escaped quality control altogether. It resembles peach nectar in colour and complexion (and carbonation).

Just as it looked thick and pulpy as a fruit nectar, so too does it smell like one; the aroma bursts forth with a budding fruitiness, like a peach, pear, and apple orchard in full blossom. It's a reminder that yeast is truly one of the world's most magical members of the kingdom Fungi, capable of producing such intricate and nuanced aromas that are simultaneously sweet and sour.

Despite the brewery's (breweries?) claim that this would "progress in the bottle for many years" it doesn't seem to have changed much in the year and a half since its release. Those that complained of it lacking in sourness and funkiness will be disappointed to find it's changed little in those departments. It has some vinegar- and cider-like tang, but is nothing more than lightly tart.

That's not to say that it doesn't have some very redeeming (and somewhat reminiscent of Gueuze) flavours that include green apple, apricots and other orchard fruits, cereal grains, vanilla accented oak, citrus peel, and soft Oriental spicing (lemongrass, coriander and white pepper). It may not live up at all to the 'wild ale' hype but it's still a pretty tasty offering.

There's some 'barnyard', 'goaty', and 'horsey' elements to Brux but they are very minor, hardly enough to consider this beer anything more than a standard Belgian blonde that's been refermented with some Brett (which, in fairness, is all it claims to be). Still, given the brand-name power of its producers - to say nothing of the hefty price tag - I expected a little more.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 01:00:51 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is orange and mostly clear, showing only a mild haze. Atop the beer rests a thin white head. The aroma offers apples, malt, brettanomyces, light spice. The flavor is ok. A bit malty, with some well water character. Brett is there, but this beer seems to play it safe. A tiny bit of tangy citrus with an apple juice finish. Maybe this will improve with age, but even so, this is a step (or more) behind many other notables in this genre.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 00:44:51 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into my delirium tremens tulip, the beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and light, fair lacing. The nose is absolutely exotic in this beer, as I pick up cherry, light sour funk, ginger, light vanilla, lavendar and toffee nouget. Alas, the beer doesn't taste quite as good, but it's not bad. I really think SN got a bit carried away with the amount of brett they managed to innoculate this beer with, as it's a bit over the top. Otherwise, I get considerable cherry, light butter and vanilla at the forefront, all of which is completely dominated by the brett flavor (I really think that's where the butter flavor is coming from). There's something of a woodruff syrup flavor to this beer as well, which is odd, to say the least. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a moderately sweet, brett infused finish. The funky brett flavor is really a bit much.

A very interesting beer, but ultimately, not something I can see wanting very often.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 22:00:03 | More by John_M
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drewone

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-06-2014 14:30:34 | More by drewone
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

01-15-2013 20:32:30 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-20-2013 02:53:08 | More by rab53
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-09-2014 03:39:16 | More by Gonzoillini
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-15-2014 17:30:38 | More by Mebuzzard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A slow pour produced a billowing 4 finger monster of white mushrooming foam. A coppery colored body is filled with a explosive nature of effervesce. Head retention is remarkable, a slow crawl.

S: Nose of soft green pear, the wild and musky side is rather tame, some soft lemons, green apple skin is at best of low awareness.

T: Flavor is sweet malt and lemons, musky pear fromt the yeast, a touch of dry cola with a sweet spiciness of caramel and citronella. The wild brett is not so wild being bottle fermented and not open fermented. Tame, appreciable but not for the die hard brett fan.

M: Bubbly strong carbonation is detected on the tongue, crisp nature, turning frothy with a light to medium body mention.

O: Overall smooth drinking wild, though some die hard musky barnyard belgian fans will find this rather a bit relaxed. Was expecting a bit more ommph from the brett and flavor from russian river. Average regards 82 would be my vote.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 16:41:19 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A faint thin soapy head is produced which doesn't really last at all or hang around much, but sits on a juicy orange and tangerine body, with lots of rising carbonation. Kind of looks like a nice peach color almost. There is practically no collar on this once it has settled.

Nose is very dry grain, with a juicy almost sweet candy orange smell and faint brett. Some mild funk sensations, but kind of toned down. Almost penny candy juice sweet.

Large punch of dry yeast in the mid palate, with large effervescent carbonation. Dry white wine finish, but also taking along the real nice fruit juice orange character with it. Some real nice malt backbone comes out on the aftertaste, giving those nice baked bread sensations too. There's a little bit of noticeable alcohol heat.

Overall rather enjoying this, a bit different and not mind blowing but a solid wild ale nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 18:39:13 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-24-2014 02:08:05 | More by Latarnik
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head, rather fizzy, with minimal retention. No lacing on any of the glass.

S: Better as it warms. SOme faint aprcito, a little peach, pear, and pineapple. There is slight green grassy aroma as well. Slightly funky, not really tart though. Slight generic lacto aroma.

T: More pear/apple than apricot, which was slightly the reverse on the aroma. The beer is slightly spicy with a little bit of clove and a bit of biscuity malt.

M: Medium bodied, slightly heavier than most AWAs I have had. Lively carbonation, but very sour/tart.

O: A pretty good beer, with the Brett shining through. I guess I was hoping for more of a sour. I think this beer has some aging potential, but only grabbed one bottle. At $15, a little steep IMO.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:52:10 | More by mdaschaf
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Russian River brewery. Pours a super cloudy and hazy yellow with a very nice white head around 1" in size, damn good lace and retention to it, very small bubbles.

Mild aroma, chunky fresh brett, really needs more time to get any funk, its not here yet, none of that wet dog in a phonebooth thing going. Double edged sword, sometimes I likes it clean, sometimes dirty. Some mild citrus aspects to it.

Taste, well it hides the alcohol nice, but is, I dunno, kinda pedestrian. A little lemon and grass in there, but really nothing in the way of real good tart or funk development. A little resemblance to belgian yeast esters in the mouthfeel. Really the description of a domesticated wild ale goes a long way, this one is in a weird spot, its price is high, which is going to seem to keep potential converts away, and for those who are already into this kind of thing, I dunno how apeshit people will go for this. Is it good? Yes. But its not knock your socks off spend $15 a bottle good. Nonetheless, yes, I am still holding onto a bottle to see what happens down the road.

I'd recommend to try, but don't buy more than one until you know whether this is your thing. For me, just so many more enjoyable options from both breweries that are so much cheaper.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 18:36:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 20:41:05 | More by tdm168
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.