Brux Domesticated Wild Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale
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From:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.84%
Ratings:
1,359
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 17, 2022
Added:
Jun 24, 2012
Wants:
  52
Gots:
  360
SCORE
86
Very Good
Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale
Notes: None
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Ratings by ehammond1:
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ehammond1

Bottle (2012)

The Banshee
Chico, Ca

Hazed golden with a quickly forming, moderately sized near-white head, leaving irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass.

Some citrus notes (lemon and orange peel) and mild Brett character make for a pleasant aroma, along with a bit of bread.

The flavor is similar, with only a mild Brett presence butting up against citrus zest and lemon along with some sweet, bready, malt, and mild pepper.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Simple but tasty.

Aug 10, 2012
More User Ratings:
 
3.12 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Tried in 2021 after cellaring since 2012. Sour nose as expected however not as sour in taste. Good aged balanced beer. Superb product after aging. Do it.

Nov 07, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bret27 from California

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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by VABA from Virginia

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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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by mothmanscott from Georgia

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
 
3.75 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin on Oct 02, 2019
 
4.15 by khargro2 from Tennessee on May 16, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by TheGent from New Jersey

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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2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25
by PEBKAC from North Carolina

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jopezu from Georgia

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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4.81/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Offa from California

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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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Havabeer from New York

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
 
5 by ianpstephens from Michigan on Jun 16, 2018
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

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
 
3.85 by shelby415 from Oregon on Dec 09, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pathman from Ohio

9/23/17 bottle

Sep 23, 2017
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4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Roguer from Connecticut

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
 
3.54 by tommy5 from Michigan on Apr 16, 2017
 
3.58 by krl2112 from Illinois on Apr 13, 2017
 
4.02 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on Mar 24, 2017
 
3.61 by sanitarium16 from New Jersey on Feb 06, 2017
 
4.06 by B_B from California on Jan 17, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
 
3.85 by scott2269 from Ohio on Nov 24, 2016
 
3.48 by BubbleBobble from New York on Sep 20, 2016
 
3.5 by t2grogan from Arizona on Sep 12, 2016
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3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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
 
3.88 by JMS1512 from New Jersey on May 23, 2016
 
4 by chefhatt from Pennsylvania on May 06, 2016
 
3.75 by TravisMason from Indiana on Apr 14, 2016
 
3.25 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on Apr 07, 2016
 
3.43 by mendvicdog from Maryland on Apr 07, 2016
 
4.31 by vande from Illinois on Mar 31, 2016
 
4.09 by MonkeyBread from Nevada on Mar 27, 2016
 
3.6 by iwanatalk2sampson from Rhode Island on Mar 23, 2016
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3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Moose90 from Washington

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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3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by kaseydad from California

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
 
3.59 by lochef81 from Michigan on Jan 28, 2016
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3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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
Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1359 ratings