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%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
359
For Trade:
18
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Ratings: 1,344 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a footed glass.

A: Clearish, hazy, with little head.

S: Vague, boring Belgian yeast. Some funk.

T: Delicious! Huge waves of Brett with subtle, funky, fruit. Dry wheat, clean finish, lots of interesting flavors. Acidic without being sour. Tangy.

M: Full, rewarding, absolutely.

O: interesting beer. Recommend Belgian. Would have again, if not recommended.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jay for the bottle! about 10 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a amber-copper color with nice clarity. The tulip helps create a stream of strong-looking carbonation in the middle. The head is a one finger white color with okay retention.

S: Some fruit esters, a bit of earthy hops, and *very* faint funk. If you told me this was just a brett-ed saison rather than a wild ale, I would have believed you more.

T: This isn't very impressive, especially for a wild ale. Faintly tart fruit esters help open the body, while the finish is somewhat expressive in grassy hops. I'm having a lot of trouble finding the brett, but concentrating the palate allows me to find slight touches of brett and sourness. It's okay, but it's not impressive.

M: I like that it's fairly light and dry, and the carbonation isn't insanely strong. Not perfect, but the texture is nice.

O: Decent, but not $15 decent. The process of aging this intrigues me - but not if I have to pay $15 for this again. Still, it's worth a try, especially considering it opens up nicely once it warms up.

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Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of BAsbill
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of WOLFGANG
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of off white head that fade into a few thin patches. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A very interesting funky, fruity, and mildly tart aroma. Yeast with a Belgian like funk and a good scent of Brett. Some pepper spice. Big fruit esters including banana, orange, pear, apple, white grapes, lemon zest, peach, and apricot. Also some hints of mildly tart cherries. Mild bready presence of malt with a hint of cracker and biscuit. Big hints of grass and floral hops. Smells fairly dry and wine like. Pretty nice.

Taste: Just as complex and funky as it smells. Big yeast strains with Brett funk and a mix of pepper spices. A big mix of bright fruit esters with notes of pear, apple, orange, banana, white grapes, lemon zest, apricot, peach, and tart cherry. Very grassy tasting with a solid presence of floral and herbal hops lingering around. Mild taste of malt with some biscuit and cracker. Tastes like a cross between a Belgian Farmhouse ale and an American Wild ale. Nicely complex, drying, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Spicy, crisp, and somewhat prickly. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden very well.

Overall: A really good tasting and unique take on a Wild ale. Good combination of funk, fruit, and grassy hops. A pretty good collaboration.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ccrida
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Brux is gold with a big, big bubbled, quickly settling white head, leaving modest lace. Disappointing after the pig pop of the cork.

Smell is very nice, lightly sweet cereals and some pithy minerality, like a saison. No must.

Taste sweet, floral, a little musty, and spicy. Not a lot of brett funk, more pineapple, which is tasty, but it's there, primarily on the back end.

Mouthfeel is light and sharply crisp. Overly high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice Belgian blonde, some complexity from the brett. I prefer the fruity end of the spectrum, which is where this leans.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
8.3% ABV, numbers printed on shoulder of bottle.

A - Brux is gently hazed, pouring a golden honey color with an effervescent light ivory head that diminishes to next-to-nothing pretty quickly. Not a trace is left on the glass, sadly.

S - Potent earthiness flourishes through Brux from the maltiness, hops, and yeast with suggestions of shaved, fresh oak. Dry biscuit with little more than a dribble of honey sweetness lays the groundwork for the complex yeast to work. Light citrus notes lap at the olfactory senses gently while a very mild, "domesticated" wild aroma subtly emerges, providing toned-down barnyard notes and a vanilla cream Yankee candle-like scent from a vigorous swirl.

T - The first sip quickly splashes a surprising banana Runts-like flavor on the tongue despite the lack of fruity esters on the nose! More malt-driven, biscuit and sweet pilsner attributes blend for a healthy backing capable of supporting wild development while a light citrus touch follows up with, once again, very mild yeast characteristics. Brux is complex but very subtle, finishing pretty cleanly, especially for a wild ale. After a few sips, Brux leaves a gentle, interesting tropical fruit blend-like flavor on the tongue.

M - Bright carbonation sparkles on the tongue while this medium-bodied wild smoothly crosses the palate with next to no trace of wild sourness, though faint tartness emerges gently. Earth and citrus notes add a balancing dryness to the finish which cleans the tongue while bringing you back for another lip-smacking sip.

O - Color me surprised, I had imagined this beer to be a little more assertive and wild but Brux is odd in that it's extremely subtle; something neither Sierra Nevada nor Russian River seem to output on a regular basis. Then again, the beer does call itself a "Domesticated Wild Ale", aka, something a little more suitable for the masses; a "training-wheel wild" if you will. After the initial, "huh" shock subsided, it became clear this is a damn fine beer that's incredibly well made suitable for aging, and I'm pretty excited to see what time does with the yeast!

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Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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

A: This poured a nearly clear light gold with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like tart unripe apricot and lemon zest and grassy hops, with some funky must and spicy white peppercorn.
T: It tasted like tart unripe apricot and lemon zest, with some grassy hops and sweet candi sugar and funky must and spicy white peppercorn. It had a clean and crisp aftertaste with lingering bittersweet.
M: It was watery with lots of bubbly carbonation. Like a heavy champagne.
D: This was a very nice wild ale, although not super wild. The scent and taste were balanced and enjoyable. The body was fitting, and the finish was incredibly smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. Worth buying a second bottle to age, but enjoyable fresh. Not mind blowing, but a solid brew. Recommended.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of xnicknj
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into taster - thanks goon

Pours a lightly hazed golden yellow color with a thin white head resting on top. Fades into some spotty lacing with a wispy touch of retention.

Funky and tart in the nose with hints of fruit. Citrus peel and pear with a few notes of spice and yeasty funk. Relatively mild for my taste.

Snap of tart lemon and citrus peel up front. Yeasty funk with spice, pear and citrus. Slight sweetness and biscuit malt backbone with straw. Lingering spice, lemon and tartness in the finish.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, dry and crisp on the tongue. This was decent, but when I hear "Sierra Nevada and Russian River are collaborating," I can't help but expect something really memorable.

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Photo of Gatordaddy
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a golden copper, light haze, light tan extremely tight tan head with incredible retention. The nose is heavy green vegetal and leathery Brett. There is a light golden fruit note behind but struggling to make its way through. The taste is a complete flip, extremely sweet and almost candied. Pear, golden raisin, candied lemon. The Brett notes are faint, vegetal in back with light leather. Decent carbonation, maybe a touch light, oily slick feel on the tongue and faintly heavy.

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Photo of pkalix
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

didnt know this was a sierra nevada product....
rich, billowy, creamy white head; tangerine colored liquid with lots of carbonation.
acidic, vinegar-y smell. i was told it's a 'sour' and is why i wanted to try it. lots of these bottles line the shelves at Total Wine.
taste... like a spoiled apple cider. not as sour as the others i have tried (and really liked). i dont really like this as much as those others, but i can finish the bottle easily.
overall, this one hides the abv pretty well but i can imagine a lot of people will not like the sourness of the type. in the same thought, this is not in the running for being one of the best sours. but then, it's calling itself a "wild ale", so i guess i'll take it at face value and just drink it. it's a decent brew, but it's still a sierra nevada (there's nothing i've had yet that i like from sierra nevada, no offense). i think the american brewers try too hard to create something and a lot of it kind of tastes the same. someone else mentioned it being like a saison, and i can see that comparison. it does seem to have a grassiness that isnt hop-related and after the second pour it doesnt seem to so sour...

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a lovely, hazy, bubbly golden amber with a fairly thick pale golden-tan head that quickly vanishes. Aroma is strong and fruity, more like a cider than an ale, but has a malty undertone. Malty flavor has a firm fruity note, mainly apple with hints of pear and banana, and just a hint of horehound. Texture is very fizzy, though a bit on the watery side. Finish is none too strong. Overall, not too shabby. Can you tame this one?

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Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pour is a clear amber color with one finger of head that settled to a skim of suds. Very little lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of fruity esters. Notes of lemon, grapes, and grass. Funky aromas come through with barnyard/horse notes.

The Brett is making itself known but I feel it could benefit from even more time to mature. Fruit esters upfront with vinous qualities as well as the Belgian malt. The Brett comes in closer to the finish with mild funk. Finishes with a sweet vinous flavor. As I get deeper into the glass, the sweetness overpowers the funk.

Medium body and actively carbonated. Lively but not harsh. Could of even used a little more fizz to keep the palate interested in the beer.

Did not try this beer fresh as I heard it was not ready for the main stage. It is coming along nicely but would benefit from another year or two to develop further to live up to its lineage.

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Photo of gtermi
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice cloudy apple cider looking body with a thick white head that slowly fades.

S: An extremely sour and tart smell with almost a sour candy type smell. I am also getting a tiny bit of bubble gum. I absolutely love the smell of wild ales and this is one of the better ones in my opinion.

T: The flavor is pretty mild at first, but then the longer that it sits, the better the flavor. There is a bit of sourness, some bubble gum and a nice amount of sweet grain that lingers for a long time.

M: Very smooth and easy to drink. There is a perfect amount of crispness on the back of the tongue and the back of my throat.

O: This is just a bad ass beer. I know the ratings really dont show up on here, but if you havent tried this yet, you for sure need to take a chance on it.

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Photo of bsuedekum
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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