Brux Domesticated Wild Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale
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Wild Ale
3.82 | pDev: 11.78%
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale
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bret27 from California

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle purchased at brewery.
Bottle courtesy of Pstone530.
Dark cloudy copper. Fizzy head.
Smells of pear, candied sugar, oak.
Tastes same with a little tart brett on the tail end. Estery. Belgian-esque.
Fairly dry. Decent carbonation.
Fairly good. Obviously old. Probably cellared properly since recently purchased from brewery. Would prefer a bit more tartness than sweetness.

Feb 25, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky amber color with a nice head and slight lacing
Aroma has Belgian yeast hints
Taste follows the nose with a pleasant Belgian yeast flavor
A light bodied very well carbonated and crisp beer
A well balanced Wild Ale

Jan 01, 2021
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes 2/18/13: Pours a clear coppery amber bubbling with carbonation which produces a huge and aggressive, moderately lasting, finely bubbled, off-white head that leaves a patchy wash of lace. Aroma is thin white bread, hints of Belgian yeast funk, hay, floral (daffodil like) and a hint of green apple. Taste is sour throughout with a hint of sweetness at the start, Belgian yeast mustiness that is faintly Brett like, green grapes, vinous, acidic and dry with an astringency in the still sour but short-lived aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied, lively carbonation, crisp, dry and chalky but creamy and almost chewy.

Oct 15, 2019
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a translucent, bright, amber color. A gentle pour and attempt at decanting the beer yields a massive off white head that eventually settles down to a half finger. Infinite streams of carbonation are rising up from the bottom of my tulip glass. No lacing.

A fruity and slightly spicy, phenolic nose. Freshly zested lemon and lime. That acidic note of the fruit, but complemented nicely by the sweetness of the zest. A lot of dried apricot and white raisin. Slight skunkiness, crackery, hay, spicy and herbal, some dry white wine notes, and an ever so faint, barely detectable, not even sure if its there, manure. Overall a nice aroma that hits the bright, fresh, sweet and sour and herbal aspects. Fruit forward with spicy phenols as well. Prickly carbonation. Drying. I am really enjoying this beer. There is enough going on to keep it interesting. It is easily drinkable 8.3%ABV. It is not an overpowering Brett beer. More along the lines of Orval.

Feb 09, 2019
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PEBKAC from North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

6th anniversary re-release. Bottle purchased from Mills River Brewery in July 2018.

Mojito glass. Sudsy, cream-colored head. Cloudy, peach tea pour.

Floral, cherry pit, sight vinegar & bitter herb nose.

Taste is bitter booze, faintly fruity, thin, very leathery, cherry skin, aspirin. Lightly oxidized malt.

Yes, it tastes like an old beer. What did you expect?

Dec 01, 2018
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jopezu from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a murky, bright copper with a thin head that completely disappears within seconds. nose; odd... musty fruit, chamomile, & dusty furniture. taste; belgian yeast, grain, under ripe pear, band-aid/brett, a dying pile of grass clippings, & light ethanol. low carbonation & medium mouthfeel. a tamed, mellow brett ale that has some odd herbal/floral character. doesn't have the typical pungent kick, tartness or heavy fruit that most wild ales have; an anemic puzzler of a beer. not my style.

Nov 20, 2018
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Offa from California

4.81/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this 6 May 2015, bottle aged in the basement 2 years. Despite the boring appearance, in character, this is a phenomenal wild ale, one of the best I've had.

Aroma is wonderful funky/rustic quality of soured pears, grass, wet hay - rich and pungent

Taste is wonderful, also - balanced, well rounded, not too tart or dry, some sweetness; grass, hay, sour pears, stewed fruits, spice, lemon, rustic barnyard character overall. Simply a balanced, yet complex and characterful beer , not dry and characterless as many are.

Nov 05, 2018
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Havabeer from New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first review is long overdue. I met the Alstrom brothers in Boston around 1999 shortly after they launched Beer Advocate. Been a fan here ever since. Guess I’ve had this bottle about 6 years. Well carbonated, a little funk in the aroma, a bit musty flavor and on the sweet side for the style. Wish it was more sour but this is pretty good.

Aug 28, 2018
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the 1st beers I started my "cellar" with. Probably a bit past it's prime. Less flavorful but nicely carbed. Hint of apple, Belgian yeast esters, a tiny bit of Brett. Creamy feel. Extremely short finish. This is a very domesticated wild ale but it's pleasant.

Dec 15, 2017
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed July 2017. This bottle may well be 5 years old.

Beautiful brew: golden-orange, clear with just a tiny hint of cloudiness; head production is strong but restrained for an aged Bret ale.

Aroma is lightly musty and fruity, and barely tart. Pears, light bananas, flowers, and a dusty, aged sense to it all. Any noticeable lemon/citrus notes have faded to nothing more than a memory.

Dry and drinkable. The 8.3% ABV shows in the body, but there's no heat whatsoever.

This is a delightful treat. I would like to have tried it fresh as well, but given the choice, I'm glad I had it aged. It's far more reminiscent of the gueuzes of Belgium than the sours of the US, although it's missing some of the acidity and funk of the former (and all of the sour of the latter). Grab this if you're in the mood for a light, slightly sweet and malty gueuze.

Delicate on the palate, with many of the same notes as the aroma. Lightly honeyed bread, crisp apples, funky cheese, and a touch of acidity. The Brett has left a strong influence, but it's nowhere

Jul 07, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Very light yellow; slightly murky but still see-through.

White foam head which slowly dissipates; zero lacing.

Nose of fresh apple or pear; would guess it's a cider from the look and smell of this. Pleasant.

Very thin mouthfeel.

Leads with the pear flavor, hops & carbonation bite the tongue, before more mild fruits on the way out. Belgian yeast is there but not overpowering. This tastes like a hopped-up cider to me; pretty good!

Dec 23, 2016
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy amber with a large fizzy white head. The head recedes quickly settling into a nice thin ring.

S - Aroma is heavy Brett, pears, lemon pee, and light malt sweetness.

T - The taste starts with malty sweetness and Belgian yeast upfront followed by pear and green apple with some funky Brett notes. The finish has a light spiciness.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A nice Wild ale. The flavors tend to be on the sweeter side. Still a very refreshing and drinkable beer.

Jun 26, 2016
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Moose90 from Washington

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split into two tulip glasses

A — Pours a light lemony and hazy yellow color into the glass, a pure white head forms and recedes rather quickly but leaves behind some light rings of lacing around the edges of the glass.

S — Smell is light and somewhat funky, starts out tart and vinous with notes of Meyer lemon and some light white wine characteristics, some light vanilla and funky grassy notes.

T — Lightly sweet initially with some Belgian yeast characteristics and pehnolics, a little bit musty, somewhat funky notes of barnyard and fresh cut grass, a little bit of lemon and green apple, white wine, not overly sour.

M — Medium bodied, clean and crisp with a little bit of a lingering funky finish.

O — Nice overall, doesn't bring the sour power like any of the RR 'tions, but that's okay, this is very well balanced and drinkable.

Feb 29, 2016
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kaseydad from California

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Review from 6/14

Pours a hazy, yet clear, amber/apricot colored ale. Bubbly head at first though it dissipates rather quickly to a film and ring around the glass.

The aroma is fruit forward. Pears, apples, floral, brett, sweet malt and a touch of funk.

The taste is almost white wine-ish. Some tartness with a funky finish. Has the Belgian malt element and a light, spicy finish.

Carbonated well.

Overall I read mixed reviews for this and I, sadly, am on the not overly impressed. Two powerhouse breweries collaborate and unfortunately I was a little let down. I expected more of a sour element, but got more Belgian quality….which isn’t a bad thing, just not my thing. Priced a tad high and although I waited a year, I’m not sure more time would do much for this.

Jan 31, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.36/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Real cloudy beer, hope that's the brett. Yellow, full on once inch head on it. Leaves impressive lace.

Brett is still pretty young in this one. A little bit of a citrus note.

Taste was chewy, minimized the alcohol, some grassy feels, a tiny bit of lemon. A little bit of spice rack. Heavy price tag for what it is, dare I say this one was underwhelming given the heavy hitters on the collaboration.

Jan 03, 2016
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Labeorphile from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure when bottled, but have been holding for about 3 years. Nice cloudy copper with very fizzy white head. Mostly Brett in the nose, a hint of grass. Taste is Brett with some citrus. Pleasant and drinkable, but a bit thin and high taste fatigue. Going to be tough to nurse a whole bottle. Probably should have split it.

Dec 19, 2015
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worldsworstextra from California

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brux has some nice earthiness qualities but I didn't care for the amount of brett and the amount of carbonation in particular. It wasn't all too funky in my opinion and was on the drier side.

Dec 08, 2015
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ClavisAurea from New York

4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Review date: 10/26/2015

Cellared bottle served cold in a wine glass. Bottle dated 07/2012

Appearance: remarkably clear. Pure gold color with a beautiful white head. Simple bottle design that tells me everything I need to know.

Nose: wet hay, funky, apricots, pears, sweetness

Taste: highly carbonated and bone dry from the Brett at bottling. Funky but delicate. Stone fruit, apricots, pears, not very complex but nice barnyard funk.

Overall: this is a very enjoyable beer. I feel I could crush a bottle or two by myself. I'd buy this again if I saw it. I was lucky to see one on a shelf in Buffalo, NY a few months ago. The funk is there but the body is really thin (to be expected). Again, a nice beer.

Oct 27, 2015
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KensWorld from Florida

4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I hesitated opening this. I wanted to hold on to it a little longer but have read about some skunked bottles out there so here we go. No bottle date but I got this back in the fall of 2014. Pours a nice looking off white creamy 1 finger head that fades fast leaving vigorous carbonation swirled in my Chimay glass. Honey Amber looking. Smell is very different more wine like then ale. Apple brandy on the nose. Really lots of complex aromas thanks to the Brett. Taste is as smell very complex. I actually taste bubblegum apon first sip. That's strange but goes to show how complex this ale is. It's semi sweet and slightly tangy with smooth aftertaste. The alcohol is very pronounced with a nice warmness down the throat. Overall this turned out much different then expected with more of a wine feel. 4.75

Sep 22, 2015
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confer from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle dated 7/19/12. The label says it should age well for several years. I heard it was really wild when first released. I t definitely calmed down. It has a funky Band-Aid taste.

Aug 23, 2015
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle shared tonight by Todd, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly murky light golden color with a quickly diminishing white head. Earthy funky with a light vinous almost grape aroma offset with a hint of herbal spiciness and aspirin. Almost no carbonation, didn’t help make this any more than an average beer.

Aug 08, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy copper gold under a vigorous, pillowy, clingy 3” white foam collar. S: wet horse blanket, a touch lemon. T: Apricot, a little barnyard, good fruit, nice earthy hop finish on a moderate malt backbone. Tart with hints of pineapple, orange. F: very highly carbonated creamy and effervescent, almost champagne like. O: They have really nailed the Belgian texture, malt and flavors.

Aug 04, 2015
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Giantspace from Pennsylvania

2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No carbonation. Expected a huge head but nothing at all. Not a bubble. Smell was big green apple and the taste was nothing. Very thin. Bad bottle? Four of us poured it out after a few ounces. I love Brett but this was a complete waste of money and time. Had this sitting since it was released.

Jul 21, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL poured into an oversized tulip.

Ridiculous amounts of head including a cork that shot out from the bottle and made a mess of my kitchen. Body is plum-hued and copper, almost bordering on a rosé. Kind of pretty. 4

Smells like a ton of plum. Cotton candy and lollipop type of sugary, caramely sweetness. Floral spiciness. 4

Surprisingly more malty than I'd expected. Not quite what I'd expect a wild ale to taste like. It's very malt-heavy in flavor with a grape-like quality, thick grainy sweetness, and a champagne sort of yeast finish. There's a grape-yeast combination here that's interesting but perhaps a bit too sweet where I want tartness. T- 3.5 M- 3.5

A tad disappointing for me. I see wild ale and I expect something more tart and wild.

Jul 03, 2015
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orangebison from New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Glad I picked this up, and even more glad that it aged so nicely as I held onto it for 3+ years. Beautiful copper/amber color, sweet/tart Granny Smith apple aroma from the opened bottle and in the glass, lots of cider-y/apple character, plus notes of pie crust, hay and apricot-like earthiness and tartness. Less funk than expected, but in place of the funk, some of the perceived booze-and-yeast-generated heat that you get from in BSPA's like Delirius Tremens or Tripel Karmaliet, but with a much drier finish than those. Lower carbonation than I'd expected, and not much head retention in the second and third pours from the bottle. In all, a lovely beer. Patience rewarded.

May 26, 2015
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