Brux Domesticated Wild Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States
sierranevada.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,344
Reviews:
330
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
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51
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Photo of pschul4
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another bottle from my guy BDavids

A- Pours a light orange which is fitting since we're watching the Illini pwn Western Michigan. Some head but not much sticks around

S- More background beer flavor than most sours. I like that. Very mild scent with a little kick right where you want it to be

T- Just a touch of sourness with more malt and citrus flavors coming through. Good stuff!

M- Prickly in the front, smooth in the back. Mullet beer ;)

O- Good beer, not super sour but its a nice take on the style

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly leaving a few splashes of lace behind

Smell: Bready, with orchard fruit (apples, pears and peaches) with a vinous underlay and a bit of barnyard funk

Taste: Opens with a bready character that persists, underneath, while the vinous grape flavors add tartness; in the background, the orchard fruit adds another angle; after the swallow, the funkier flavors arrive and the Brett dries everything out in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Clearly an entry point to Brett beers for the uninitiated, this beer brings a fair bit of complexity, as well; it will be interesting to see how this develops

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Photo of flexabull
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a nice solid white head.

Aromas are faint, notes of lemon peel, sugar, and grass.

Taste picks up nicely from where the faint smell left off. Bright and dry up front, lightly mineral like, tonic, with hints if lemon, light funk that is present, but restrained, and crisp citrus bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, carbonation is good.

Overall, a very nice wild ale. The balance, and subtle flavors make you forget that this is 8+% ABV. A pleasure to drink, tasty, approachable, and refreshing. The only downer? The $15 price tag will probably keep me from buying another bottle.

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Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of BEER88
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of orangebison
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.

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Photo of RickS95
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange, nectarine color. Not really hazy, but opaque because the continually rising bubbles kind of get in the way. A finger and a half of white, uniformly small bubbles form the head. Good retention, it's been in my snifter for over five minutes and the head is still there.

The Brett dominates and I'm ok with that. Funky is the only way to describe it. Pear, green apple and some white pepper fill out the card.

Everything in the nose makes its way to the tongue. The Brett yeast is the star, with supporting roles by the pear, green apple, and pepper. Very spicy finish, along with some cut grass.

It's very, very dry. Fairly spicy finish. A bit tart. Funky. Almost sweet at the beginning, but that peters out quickly. Medium bodied and relatively easy to drink, despite the high ABV.

A heavy-weight collaboration by two beers gods from the States. It doesn't disappoint. A bit expensive at $15 a bottle (at least in Indiana that's expensive), but actually worth it.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Odd... An Idaho BA as the first review for a brew with such pedigree. Cool, I guess!

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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
What began as mutual admiration between Sierra Nevada’s Grossman Family and Russian River’s Cilurzos has grown and progressed into genuine friendship. Brux began as an idea and has grown into something altogether different:

The liquid manifestation of change over time.

Refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis, Brux will change and develop over time. Copper-colored, dry and complex, with slightly tart notes of green grass, pear, spice and lemon - this ale will progress in the bottle for many years.
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Picked up tonight at Bier Thirty for what I think is a pretty reasonable $15... Thanks Chris!!

My friend "beer guy at the COOP" Matt (reinheitsgematt) shared one of these earlier tonight... and we were both surprisingly happy.

Poured into my slim tulip... Decent head doesn't really stick around for too long... the brew is clear dark golden..

Nose is earthy with some nice fruity esters... pear and light white peach... some bits of fresh cut hay...

Flavor is much more dry than I would have guessed... again lightly earthy.. dry grass... hints of Basque Cider.. Bretty notes are mild... I honestly expected more.. maybe some minor "clove" phenols but that could be in my imagination.

With warmth more fruitiness arises.. so does some background maltiness .. sorta honey notes.... That will give the "BRUX" something to chew on for a while.. Sorta $$ pricey note for a reasonably available brew is cool.

Body is light/medium .... seems a touch thick for an AWA... carbonation is good (small bubble) and sorta spritzy..

I guess I was expecting more for a collaboration from two such well established breweries.. Still pretty damn good... I will buy more and doubt I will touch one for a year.

Very cool collaboration idea.

3.5/4/4/4/4.5

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Photo of jpd026
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Fcolle2
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange with hazy golden hues and a deep fizzy 2 finger off white head

Smell has some light Belgian yeast notes forward and some aromas of peppercorn
That give it a slightly spicy smell. There is also a slightly cider like tartness to the backend

Taste is great there is some more spicy peppercorn like yeasty phenols forward that is followed by a crisp light cider like flavor along side some grainy malt. There is a slightly sweet, slightly sour, dry finish that ties is all together nicely

Mouthfeel is hoot high carbonation give is a crisp fizzy frothy mouthfeel that Works well with the medium body and sour finish.

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Photo of B_B
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a short 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: fruit and a bit of grassiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: some caramel, pear, green grapes, green apples, and a nice amount of bitterenss. The sourness from the brett is mild and not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a bit of drying late.

Overall: an easy to quaff beer, as the flavor profile is well balanced and a bit refreshing desite the style. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a rich, sparkling orange into my DFH glass. A crisp, two finger brilliant white head floats atop... but quickly fades away as it does with most wild ales. No real trace of lacing left behind. Looks really dense for something that sparkles with carbonation the way this one does.

S- Lemon zest, grape must with a healthy dose of barnyard and compost pile. Some orange and pineapple sweetness, nutty wheat, coriander, thai basil, pink peppercorns, and hints of banana lying beneath. A real nice balance of citrus, spice, sweetness, and that always familar manure/compost note.

T- Citrus and peppercorn spice surrounded by manure. Really nice balance of that barnyard/chicken shit funk that we all love. It has a caramel sweetness lying behind the sour funkiness. I love how the sour lingers and wraps around the tongue. Just a little touch of alcohol that opens it all up.

M- Crispy, bubbly, sour citrus, and a really dank manure finish. Some spice, sweetness and that lovely Brett yeast.

O- Definately gonna have to grab a couple more of these to cellar. I'd love to see what happens to this after a year. I bet it'll really open up and blossom.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Russian River brewpub.

Pours a hazy golden color, with a wispy, tight packed head. It doesnt last long but leaves plenty of lace behind. The aroma is pretty subdued with some brett barnyard, some bicuity malt and a bit of tartness. The taste is sour but in a much more restrained way than the other RR sour ales. Funkyness from the brett is less concentrated than I was expecting. The mouthfeel light bodied with a nice medium carbonation. The finish is minerally and tart with some leathery funk. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden throughout.

An excellent Wild Ale, but a little restrained. Some age will probably really open this up.

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Photo of JJOVa
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of robhbest
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip

A: Transparent yellow with huge white head.

S: Cloves, Bananas, Citrus, Corn tortillas.

T: Bubbly on the front. Seltzer, cloves, Minerals however not metallic. Tartness on the backside. Little bitterness.

M: Bubbly, high carbonation. Medium to light bodied.

O: Pair this with salty cheese or fish. Interesting beer, enjoyable.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle pours a clear golden yellow/orange with the first glass, and a lot of head! Second and third glass got progressivly hazier as the beer went on, with not as bad head as it was just gushing at the start of pouring. I thought each glass got better as the beer got more cloudy. Some slight spice, funk and almost like a mild belgian strong pale ale. Very easy to drink as the alcohol is well hidden. I tried to hold off on opening this as long as I could, but I couldn't wait any longer. Its a decent Sierra Nevada offering overall.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden with an amber hue. Huge head as expected from a beer brewed with Brett.

S: tart light fruit

T: funky tart apples pears slightly grassy

M: dry and light/ medium bodied

O: a very nice complex treat. As expected, a winner from Russian river and Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of AGust82
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brux pours a cloudy golden color, with a nice large long lasting white head. There is a yeasty and very tart aroma. The taste has a nice crisp flavor, with a yeasty flavors, lots of tart notes, and some sourness. Good feel nice contrast from the tart and sweet. Overall a nice complex beer.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, corked and caged. Split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque hazy golden orange with a 1 finger head that disappears immediately. Tons of visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Right of the bat a sourish fruit with a hint of funk. An earthy mint like quality gives it a zing. Some fig and roasted malt as it warms.

T: Fruity wine like taste with great sour overtones. Can get a nice oak and vanilla from it too. Spice is in there like cinnamon and allspice.

M: Has a nice crisp carbonation but is still very smooth. Has a full bodied. Real carbonated throughout the glass. Very drinkable for the abv.

Overall I want another one to age. This will become a great sour down the line. The spiciness was a nice addition I wasnt expecting.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm in WV and somehow I'm the second person to review this? Anyway, here goes.

Purchased at the Irish Pub in Lewisburg, just arrived the day I bought it. Poured in a tulip glass.

A- pours a light copper color with a bit of an orange hue when held to the light. A little cloudy when cold, then turns to clear. Very little head with minimal lacing.

S- earthy, Forrest floor, straw, lemon grass, pears, and a kick of spicy hops on the back end.

T- fruity notes with a lemon tartness, funky and yeasty with a bit of clove, follows very similar to a typical Belgium. Finishes dry with a citrus/yeast linger.

M- med-light in body, light spritzy carbonation, quite drinkable. Does a great job of masking that 8.3 ABV.

O- I can see why wild ales can be off setting to some, the funkiness from the yeast inst for everybody. I found this one quite enjoyable, but I guess I was expecting a little more considering the collaboration this one came from. I imagine this would become much more complex with aging and would be interested in cellaring one if I can get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden orange with a huge head of large, pebble-like bubbles. The head settles to a half-finger’s width height above the beer and then slowly fizzles away with mediocre retention. In body, the beer is opaque and murky, yet gorgeously bright in color with lots of lively carbonation bubbles running through the glass. On the nose, the beer has a grassy barnyard funk. It is not an overpowering funk, but is gentle and complex. Hay, soft cherry, prickly horse blanket, and fruit leather tickle over the nostrils. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially lightly tart with acidity and a funky sweetness. This dries into the finish with a touch of salinity and grassy bitters. In flavor, this beer shows many similarities to a nice gueuze, which I like, but it loses that on the finish. Bright lime and lemon peel flavors blend with subtle cherry, barnyard funk, and a touch of metallic copper. The middle of the sip develops an odd meatiness, while the finish places a splash of pineapple, slight earthy salt, and must alongside grassy bitters. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a fierce and fizzy carbonation and a crisp, snappy, and slightly slimy mouthfeel. The tongue is left tingly with acidity and the cheeks fill up with spittle, yet the mouth as a whole feels dry. Overall, this is a nice funky beer, though I wish I had aged it for a couple more months. The nose is superbly funky, almost like a well-crafted gueuze but the flavor doesn’t quite stand up. The meatiness develops more and more as the beer warms, which is too bad, and the funky flavors aren’t quite there yet. This beer is good, and has some awesome parts but doesn’t quite add up as a whole yet. A good beer, but if you have a bottle, age it longer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with a light haze and a robust effervescence. Head pours several fingers of fizzy ivory foam which dissipates rather quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a light, refreshing tartness. Simple, but clean and enticing.

Taste: sweet malt with a good, rich flavor rather like a tripel. Tartness is low, which I wasn't expecting, based on the smell, but it works well here. There's a little bit of Brett-y funk in the mix along with a chalkiness that smooths the whole thing out. An interesting selection of flavors that I think works quite well.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a mammoth carbonation and concomitant bodacious creaminess. Hot damn tamale! Love it.

Overall: a very interesting wild ale. It is not over the top, but it develops a nice range of wild ale flavors. Good stuff; I'd have it again.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,344 ratings.
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