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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
1,336
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
23.5%
 
 
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Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours with monster head. Aroma of sour funk and yeast. Flavor follows with nice sour, straw, grass. Some sour grape and pears, a bit of dry grassiness. Crisp and refreshing with strong carbonation. Worth a try. Sierra Nevada seems to be branching out and doing so rather well. I enjoyed this one a lot and it was super super drinkable.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, poured into a tulip

The body sits a slightly hazy golden orange color with a one finger cap that fizzled away rather quickly. Some stray lines and dots of lace.

Heavy brett straw-like funk with apple skins, grapes, and damp grass. There's a little bit of sweetness that is part grainy and part fruity.

Pears, apples, grapes, and a bready sweetness lead off with straw/hay funk through the middle and into the finish. The finish is dry and funky. This beer truly showcases the Brett and showcases it well.

Medium body with mild carbonation. A touch prickly with none of the 8.3% noticed at all.

This was a solid beer that really showcases Brett. This by no means blew me away, but I did enjoy the beer. Solid.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Figured I'd give it a go. Looks pretty lame in the glass, quick fading head, murky honey color, bland to my eyes. Picking up some honey, clover, spice, and esters on the nose. You would certainly have to be fermiliar with brett to find it in the aroma. The brux pops a little more in the flavor. A little dusty and farmy with hints of horse sweat. Spices, phenols, a nice little package. Very dry as it should be. For a beer that is clearly trying to be something like Orval this falls short, sorry guys.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a rose-tinted orange coloring, both opaquely clouded and steadily carbonated. A filmy ring and island of film decorate the surface of the brew. Aromas of fruit and floral blend together for an inticing funk. Currant, raspberry, lemongrass, jasmine, and many other characteristics blend together to assault the sense of smell. Flavors of citrus fruit and apples are first onto the palate, with a backbone of cloves and banana subtly in the background. The flavors almost lend themselves to a cider style of drink. Very light and effervescent in mouth, to the point of foaming if you move or swish at all with the tongue. There is an acidity feel and taste that touches the tip of the tongue initially, and also presents itself to the back of the tongue at the end of the palate. Pear and parsley/basil spicing in the aftertaste, with a filmy, quick, slightly frothed finish. Very unique and interesting beer, and much more mild overall than some other beers utilizing Brett. This would make a good transition for people new to Wilds, or even sours.

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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

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy deep yellow color with spotty lacing.

The brett nose is undeniable. Funky hay, grass, and young in ripe white fruit.

The taste is mildly tart, but with a fruity sweet balance. Pear and apple with hay.

It's very dry with prickly carbonation.

It's a pretty solid offering from two great breweries.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally got a hold of one of these bottles, I've been looking for it since release. Poured from a corked and caged 750 into my Hennepin glass.

A: A wonderful golden orange color with a just off white one finger head. Glass lacing is spotty.

S: Loads of lighter fruit smells mix with some heavy brett straw, hay and some sweeter toffee notes. Brett really stands out.

T: Follow the nose. Fruit flavors of pear, apple, lemon and some darker fruits of sweet cherry mix with loads of toffee and bready sweetness. The grassy straw and wet hay flavors of the brett really come out at the end to lead into a dry and slightly tart finish. Not a sweet beer, but not a sour either. Nice mix of both, enjoyable.

M: Medium mouthfeel that is dry and a bit prickly. Carbonation is spot on and I didn't get any alcohol for the 8.3 abv. Very nice.

O: I think this is a winner of a beer. I love the 2 breweries that collab'd on it, so what is there not to like. I don't get the lower reviews as I thought it was a fantastic and very drinkable beer that works on all levels.

If you like brett, you'll like this beer. Some complain it's not tart enough, but it's not meant to be a sour. For me, this was a perfect blend of tart and sweet which makes the beer oh so drinkable and enjoyable. I'll take one anytime, please keep making it.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle into a (512) Anniv3rsary goblet.

Classy-as-all-hell, the packaging is immaculate. The appearance doesn't quite live up to the bottle, as the apple juice golden body is thin and spritzy. An off-white head retreats all too quickly to a scant ring of foam. The aroma turns things around easily, with a delicate, Brett-rich nose of white grapes, apple skin, musty barn, and hints of cut grass and malty nuttiness.

The flavor cuts across the palate sharply with an effervescence that leaves behind note of apple rinds and tangy, musty Brett in its wake. Not a lot of depth to the flavor yet, and the overall palate comes off as largely disconnected from the aroma--something Russian River wilds rarely do. Brux rolls across the tongue in a sea of large, unruly bubbles that seem to multiply as the sip lingers. Unfortunately, I was not all too impressed with this release. Unfortunate because I love both brewers, and unfortunate because this may be one of the only times a Russian River beer with be available on the Texas shelves...hoping that Brux gets better with a little age on it.

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Photo of The_Blodge
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Served in a tulip glass. Vibrant cloudy orange color with a one finger head that quickly disintegrates into nothing.

S: Tart and spicy. Alcohol notes are there, but don't overwhelm. Clean and floral. Cherries and oranges.

T: Sweet and tart. Sweet in the front, tart and funky in the finish. Hops are subdued, hardly recognizable. Grain lingers on the back of the tongue. Great taste...very unique.

M: Medium-light body with average carbonation. Really has just the right amount of body for this flavor combination.

O: Good beer. I am not overly familiar with this style, but I like it. Head and retention were basically not even there. Wine-like feel to the entire beer experience. I like it, but it didn't floor me.

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Photo of beertunes
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Chimay chalice. Poured a hazy orange-yellow color with just a thin cap of off-white head that had no retention or lacing. The aroma had a nice grain base with just a mellow tartness around the edges and a nice yeast scent.

The taste was the same, a nice grainy, yeasty base beer (sort of Saison-like) with some mild tartness around the edges. The body was decent, thinner than I had hoped for, but crisp and dry.

Drinkability was good, the beer was fairly smooth. Overall, a very nice brew. I suspect they made this beer to be a bit more approachable to a wider customer base, so it isn't the big funkster us geeks might wish it was. Certainly worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of John_M
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a nice coppery color w/ lively, effervescent carbonation, fluffy loose head that settles steadily.

Aroms is a nice grassy Brett funk - pepper & spice. Reminds me of a saison.

Taste leads off w/ crackery, biscuity malt, some sharp spicy notes from the yeast, apple and pear. Light, crisp and refreshing. This is not a sour - not sure if it was meant to be. The biscuity malt has an almost metallic quality.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light w/ a dry finish. Just a tad thin.

Overall this is an approachable, drinkable wild ale - which also makes it a little dull. The label says it will "progress over many years," so maybe I'll lay down a couple bottles and see what develops.

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Photo of MordorMongo
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review #7 cellar temp served in one of my new 2012 Duvel tulips

A : Pale orange, 3/4" white fluffy head from an aggressive pour recedes to a light cap which maintains throughout. Slight lacing, pretty sexy really.

S : Faint orange peel, mild funk, some malt evident

T : Light citrus, pear, some faint apple, touches of grass and hay. Unmistakeable breadiness present as well. Brett comes through a bit in the finish with a slight dryness.

M : Medium body with average carbonation, was hoping for a more crisp bite here but was let down.

O : Very mild Brett, maybe I have had too many Brett bombs lately but was certainly hoping for a bit more funk. Will likely buy a couple and sit on them for a year or two in hopes some more funk joins the party. Very balanced with a clear malt presence, most certainly an introductory Brett beer.

Nothing special but a solid beer which is to be expected from it's makers.

Cheers!

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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.

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Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ZippyThePinhead
2.87/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

For $14 per bottle, I was really expecting to be wowed by this. Did I miss something here?

In the cigar world, new cigars that sell for small money are commonly regarded as dog rockets. The mentality is, if the cigar is good, the price should reflect that, and if it is not, well, the price is a tacit admission of quality, etc.

Is the same happening in the beer world?

This is definitely drinkable, as it should be for $14 per 750 ml, but it does not seem extraordinary in any way. In fairness, my palate is a little compromised today, after drinking some IPA, but still... this comes across like a home-brew that got some Brett contamination, not like a bottle of $14 store beer.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a Sierra Nevada fanboy and a Belgian Beer tourist, I'd been anxiously awaiting the release of this collaborative product after seeing it hyped online. Finally found a 750ml bottle last weekend and quaffed it in a Chimay chalice while grilling out.

A: Nice copper orange color with mild turbidity. The head was weaker than I would have assumed, even with a pretty aggressive pour at the end. Subsided quickly with only the slightest lacing.

S: Good grassy barnyard aromas mixed with some citrusy / ester notes got me juiced for the funk. This smelled not unlike some wet hopped organic beers I've had.

T: Hay up front with citrus and green apple fruitiness through the middle. You can taste the wild yeast, but honestly in a blind tasting I would not even call this out as a Brett Beer, and would probably guess it was a Saison. This doesn't make it a bad beer, but if you are going to name your beer after Brettanomyces bruxellensis, the funk should be right up front and center. Nowhere near as funky as say, a Rayon Vert. I found it a little sweet, but that helps to cover the 8.4% ABV.

M: Good crispness and drinkability with a nice dry finish. Pretty refreshing and easy to polish off.

O: A nice beer, but one that didn't quite live up to the hype or the premium price ($14.99 for 750ml). I'm tempted to buy another and cellar it for 3 or 4 years to see if the funk shows up.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Released July '12
Russian River goblet

A: Pours out a slightly hazy light orange color. Initially I got a layer of bright white head that faded into a white ring. Tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottle conditioning.

S: Definitely get that Brett character on the nose: wet hay horseblanket type smells. Saison like for sure. Maybe some tart fruity notes.

T: Up front, you get some tart funkiness. It's not as crazy as as I was expecting. I want more Brett! Like others have mentioned, that might come out more with time. Middle of the mouth, some mild fruit: green apple, white grape, sweet orange peel maybe. Prickly carbonation really helps to keep this one on the lighter side. Don't taste that 8.3% at all. Close is dry, but not as mouth puckering as other traditional Saison or wild ales.

M: Medium bodied, but feels lighter. Nice hidden ABV.

O: B- to B. Maybe more time will help? Or more Brett in the batch.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given that Russian River was involved (Sierra Nevada - meh).

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger head of beige colour, decent cream, decent thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear vibrant yellow. No bubble show. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Heavy fresh bretts, yeast, cream, clean malts, and citrus. A very pleasant moderate strength aroma. I can't wait to try it.

T: Clean malts and heavy yet still somehow subtly executed bretts. The blend of yeast with lactic notes and malts is very pleasant yet lacks complexity. It's tasty and biscuity. Some lemon peel. Pear and spice add needed depth, whilst maintaining the fragile balance. Alcohol warms the stomach but is nowhere in the flavour profile. Per the label, there is some slight tartness.

Mf: Crisp, nicely coarse (per the crystal malt I assert), wet, and refreshing. Suits the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Drinkable, pleasant, and very enjoyable. Hides its ABV quite well. I like it, but it does lack complexity. It'll satisfy any brett cravings anyone has. It is what it advertises. I'd get it again. Might age well.

B-

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Photo of HalfFull
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard 750 ml. bottle, corked and caged. Poured into a Belgian globe glass. The bottle offeers a firm pop yet doesn't burst at the seems as I for some reason expected. The pour is a deep golden with a half inch cap.

Interesting aroma with a touch of Brett and a touch of Tripel yeast battling things out. Offers an intriguing yeast profile yet without the singularity. Touch of funk, touch of sweetness and a touch of mystery.

Flavor is a bit simple, particularly with regards to the aroma. Touch of yeast and spice, bit average.

Ditto the feel on this one.

Overall a bit pricey for an 'ok' brew...

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light copper orange with little to no head.

S - Pear, hay, grapes, green apple, light funk, grassy.

T - Sweet malts, candi sugar, fruity esters, some peppery spice, alcohol, belgian yeast.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - Fairly disappointing. I bought a second bottle to age. Hopefully the Breet becomes more pronounced with time.

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Photo of babaracas
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with one finger of white foam, streaming carbonation, head settles to a thin ring quickly, with a few dots left on the glass. Smell: grassy, spicy, some green apple and lemon. Taste: pale sweetness, grassy, lemon, mild tartness, and a little spicy funkiness. Light-medium bodied, somewhat slick. I get the name... not super exciting, but it's well made.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.
86 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.
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