Brux Domesticated Wild Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale
BA SCORE
3.8/5
1,345 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
330
Ratings:
1,345
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
360
Trade:
18
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,345 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Clear light orange color. Two plus fingers of foamy white head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pear, light lemon, and apple fruits. Mustiness with cobwebs, dry wood, and old socks. Grassy with hay and wildflower herbalness. Pleasant with good funk and aromas, but needs more power and depth.

3.5 T: Lots more funk than the nose let on. Pear and red apple are the strongest fruits, but pear reigns supreme. There isn't much lemon in the taste. The mustiness is there, but most of the funk is herbal in nature. In fact, it's too herbal. It has a bitterness that can only be described as an "herbal bitterness," like if you just gnawed on couple spoonfuls of oregano or something. This is pretty damn dry. Anyway, lots of brett character for how young it is.

3.5 M: Lighter body. Carbonation is a bit explosive in the mouth, but it's just barely this way. For the most part I don't have trouble drinking it. Spritzy, but not creamy. Not bad.

3.5 D: It's good, but the existence of Orval assures that I won't need to buy another bottle of this, though I wouldn't mind seeing how this ages. Give it a try.

 1,161 characters

Photo of Tucquan
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-19 in Santa Rosa, CA at the brew pub. Had this same 2012 release in subsequent years in Pittsburgh, PA from saved bottles; most recently on 2016-11-25.

A - Semi-hazy amber with a 1-2 finger white head that fades fast.

S - Definite Brett yeasty-fruity aroma with a touch of hard lemon candy, light vanilla and pale malt.

T - Nice touch of malt then some tart white grape, there's a light grassy funk and very mild cinamon. Very beer-like flavor. Alcohol is hidden. Well balanced.

M - Light body and medium carbonation. A little effervescent. Dry.,

O - Really good. My youngest daughter liked it a LOT. It and Supplication were her two favorite brews today at the pub.

 694 characters

Photo of jfcaa193
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Mantooth
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tom10101
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into 7vnth Sun snifter.

A: Pours a copper-brown color, and is so hazy as to be nearly opaque. One finger white head with minimal to no lacing. Moderate visible carbonation.

S: Barnyard funk from the Brett, a bit of fruitiness (green apple and strawberry), and just a little tartness.

T: Not quite as pleasant as the nose. Some bready malt, some underripe fruity, sweet/tart, cider character, and ends with some unbalanced barnyard Brett. No particular sour presence at all. Dry, but not quite vinous, on the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation sensation on the tongue. The alcohol in the beer is pretty well hidden.

O: It's not a bad beer right now, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as it is. That said, I'm very hopeful that this gets better with age.

 812 characters

Photo of prototypic
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brux is an attractive gold color. It’s very clear. It takes on a bit of an orange look when held to light. Carbonation looks very active. It produces a soft, white head that rises to about two fingers in height. It falls back to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was definitely on the light and spotty side. Not bad at all.

The nose is good. It’s a mix of earthy, grainy, musky, and slightly funky scents. The funkiness is obviously attributed to Brett. It’s very subtle and reserved in its role. I don’t mind that. Light apple and pear are noted. Some spicy notes are present, but I can’t identify them here. They’re very much a secondary player. Belgian yeast is noted and is probably responsible for the spiciness. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t seem overly strong.

The flavor is pretty good. It kicks off with a strong mix of musky, earthy, and grainy flavors. There’s a little funk that follows. The use of Brett is unmistakable, although it does have a reserved impact on the flavor. It’s a little tart, but far from mouth puckering. Belgian yeast is also noted, but seems almost secondary. It adds some spicy notes, but they’re very subtle and leave you wanting more. There’s a little alcohol on the tail, but it’s not warm or hot. Finishes earthy and musky with lesser amounts of funky and spice.

Brux has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but it is soft and smooth. Given that alcohol is masked well, it is smooth and easy drinking. Finishing off a 750 won’t be much trouble at all.

This collaborative effort between Sierra Nevada and Russian River is pretty good, but seems a little tame. Brett is definitely notable, but it doesn’t come through quite as strong as I’d like. As it is, it’s probably going to introduce many to wild yeast flavors in beer. For that, it’s probably just about perfect. There’s enough to intrigue, but not enough to overwhelm. The label describes this as a "Domesticated Wild Ale." Nail on the head.

 2,028 characters

Photo of vermilcj
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of woosterbill
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazed orange-amber body under a super dense head of creamy white foam. Very light lace. Ok.

S: Powerfully sweet, complex fruitiness. Tropical fruit, pear, apple, and cotton candy. Very nice, enchanting fruity funk. Green apple, green onion, goodness.

T: Citrus, pear, apple, funky hay, and bread. Really good.

M: Lively, frothy, lightly prickly. Very effervescent.

O: I didn't know exactly what to expect based on what some of my friends had told me about this beer, but I really liked it. The nose in particular was enthralling, as its green apple funkiness in particular reminded me of an authentic Lambic. I wish it had been as sour as one, but it was delightful in its own way. I can't wait to see what a year or two does to my other bottle.

Cheers!

 804 characters

Photo of kell50
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dleiner
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-yellow color with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of tart green apples, lemon, earthy grains, lemon and barnyard funk.

The taste really delivered what the aroma set up with the layers of tartness, earth and yeasty Brett funk.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

This was pretty much what I expected from this collaboration from Russian River and Sierra Nevada. Definitely worthy of a try.

 454 characters

Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of shoegueuze
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Masters
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of sirsteve42
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden amber with lots of medium and large bubbles rising fast. 3 fingers of yellowish head has a sheen to it like candy glass, and fades moderately fast.

S: Fruity, I get pears and lemons, apricots and peaches, stone fruits galore, a sweet jam jelly component and the tart pectin of sour fruits all at once.

T: A sour fermented pear and nectarine first hits the tongue, followed by fruity apricots and a jam like sweetness that is subdued. A good hit of Belgian yeasts reminding me of a good tripel or farmhouse ale is definitely present. A snow like quality as well.

M: Medium thick body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: Amazing brew. Got this in Charlotte, NC, drank in Jacksonville, IL, Aug 11-12th, 2014. Been wanting this one for a while, and finally got my hands on it. My second Russian River Collaboration beer.

 837 characters

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ML bottle into three snifters (three of us split them up) at KnB Wine Cellars in San Diego, Calif., on July 28, 2012. One finger of head, but would have been more if poured all the way to the top. Hazy straw yellow golden honey color. Bubbly, frothy head/lacing with light retention.

Smelled curdly milk, pear, puke, lemon, tart.

Tasted similar to the smell – pear, tart, less puke, bland, not too tart of sweet.

Light-to-medium body. Slick texture. Above average carbonation. Long, sour finish. A bit refreshing.

A bit disappointed beer overall. I was expecting a bit more. It didn’t help that I had just had the Supplication, which was fantastic. Glad I tried it though.

 686 characters

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,345 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.