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
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
1,344
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
359
For Trade:
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Photo of MordorMongo
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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 ThePaleRider
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Straw yellow, very clear, with a thick white head that receded quickly.

S - A mix of sour and yeast. Smells like a sour ale.

T - part Belgian, part sour. Not as sour as the smell, but definitely picking up fruity yeast, cranberry, pear, and sweeter bakery malts.

M - Smooth and very light for the ABV

O - Very nice ale. Collaboration between two of America's best breweries that really stands out. When I think of Sierra Nevada or Russian River my mind doesn't go to a sour ale. Very interesting idea, and they made an amazing ale.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of BierJager89
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light copper with no discernible head.

S: Spicy nose, some light fruit, cardamom, nutmeg.

T: Tastes like a very spicy Saison, Belgian yeast, lemon, citrus peel, orange, nutmeg, cardamom.

M: Light bodied, smooth and refreshing.

O: Not exactly what I'd call an American wild ale, but then again that term, like American strong ale, tells you next to nothing about the beer type. Overall, it tastes like a slightly tart saison. It's quite good, and I'd definitely recommend it.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Collaboration

Russian River / Sierra Nevada Brux: "Domesticated" wild ale, 8.3% ABV, highly carbonated, smoky haze, highly active head, quick dissolve; Appearance: dark hazy yellow, peach skin; Smell: tangerine, peach skin, subtle acid, very subtle banana pudding; Mouthfeel: fine and nice carbonation; Taste: long sourness in the background, peach skin, old leather, banana peel, peach pit, floral note; good.

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of acevenom
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large brandy snifter. Pours hazy orange with a quickly dissipating white head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. There is the barnyard yeast funk that comes through in the aroma. It smells fruity (apple, pear, lemon) and grassy. There is some spiciness as well. The Belgian yeast, grassy, and spice notes hit the mouth first. There is some tartness, but this is not strong. The body is light to medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. This is a very good beer that would likely improve with age. It doesn't quite live up to expectations, but it is still worth a try if you like wild ales.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow beer with a fizzy white head that dissipates completely. Smells of tart apples and pear. There a more faint wild yeast scent than I anticipated. Perhaps some aging would tone down the fruit and increase the funky barnyard smell I love. That said it is a very pleasant and appealing scent.

Taste is very clean crisp and dry. The apple is still strong, but a sharp clean dry finish is accentuated with a hop snap of flavor. The mouthfeel is lively and further contributes to the dryness. This would be an excellent pairing with almost any food due to the dry clean flavor, but lacks some depth and complexity. I'd be interested to see what it would taste like in a year, but I only have the single bottle.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Russian River and Sierra Nevada Brux

Appearance: orange, large head, and some lacing.

Smell: sweet tart sourness, slight yeast, and a few fruit notes.

Taste: very light sourness, pear, lemon, and a light yeast.

Mouthfeel: medium and carbonated.

Overall:
This is an interesting brew. The smell dictates a sour wild ale, but it seems more like a saison. It seems tad watery in the finish.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

SN/RR Brux

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 38/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 90/100

Real nice and complex Belgian. Has a dry and fruity profile. Has some bitter overtones and is vastly carbonated. This should be purchased if you enjoy wild ales or Belgium's in general~

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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 JeffreyJDavis
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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 nkelley77
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

got this bottle from a beer rep

A: small head, whiskey color

Smell: bourbon, funk, farmhouse, alcohol

Taste: whiskey, acidity, slight tart, vanilla, barrel

Mouth-feel: Over carbonated still, rolls down the tough nicely but an acidic burn going down

Overall: Not too impressed considering the breweries that made this brew.

P.S:
30 minutes later, these brew has really opened up. The flavors complement each other perfectly. THIS BEER IS FOR AGING!

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into Globe glass.

A. Pours a well carbonated 3 fingers of head that disappears quickly. Not much lacing, and retention is pretty fleeting. Color is a dark golden yellow.

S. Lemony, pear, some spices. Has quite a bit of yeast smell to it. Get a BSPA with a lot of the Brett notes thrown in.

T. Interesting. Pretty flavorful, but not in your face. Most of the flavors are more subtle. You get a hint of sour, banana, some clove, a little bit of pear. Some of the earthy yeast flavors are present as well.

M. Medium bodied. On the lighter side of medium. Pretty good carbonation.

O. Seems a little restrained at this point. Not sure if any of the flavors would intensify with this beer over time or not. I can see the Brett flavor becoming more pronounced, but maybe only that. Was kinda let down with this one.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice lighter shade of copper. Fairly opaque. Lively head settles fast leaving a spritzy top, bubbling up from excited carbonation.

Zingy aroma. All cider and perry wrapped up in zesty citrus. Funk? Maybe just a bit, but it melds pretty well with the overall light fruitiness.

Sharp citrus juice up front. Settles to dry sparkling cider. Faint pear throughout. Funk is ever-present, but not pushy, as though you'd thrown a lime-wedge in, with just the barest funk. Finish is clean and quenching.

Highly carbonated, gives a nice zing.

A fine enough beer, but not particularly challenging as is. Wish I had left it for awhile.

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Photo of MaltLickyWithTheCandy
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the opportunity to buy this a few weeks ago. It's brewed by sierra nevada and russian river. Let me first start by saying the only way to have this beer is if it has been aged. The guy at the store told me they saved about 30 bottles in the back and let the age for 2 years. This beer had a very complex taste with a sort of "funky" smell to it. I've never had an American Wild Ale before so I don't really know how to compare it to other beers. It's definitely one of the most interesting tasting beers i've ever had. I think most people who review this beer have never let it age, because this is a beer mean to sit around for a while!

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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 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 outdoor7or24
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml shared with mothman, poured into tulip glass.
A: pours a medium copper color with gold hints, one finger off white head that slowly fades, plenty of carbonation, delicate light lacing.
S: tart, sour, vinous, citrus, light Brett (barnyard hay smell)
M: thin, light creamyness, carbonation tingles the tongue
T: light sweetness up front, grape, citrus hints, Brett funk, sourness, dry finish
O: glad I tried this, would buy again

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a slightly cloudy mix of yellow and orange colors. There is about two fingers worth of frothy white foam. The large bubbles fizzle out quickly though and dissipate completely.

S - the nose is subtle yet pleasant. Lots of classic Belgian yeast characters such as ripe banana peel and black pepper. Notes of apples, pears, doughy bread. As it warms there is a touch of brett funkiness.

T - off dry. Notes of lightly sweet doughy bread and subtle tartness of white grapes. The center is bolder with bright peppery spice and slightly funky notes and plenty of fruit character in the form of crisp red delicious apples and ripe banana. Finish is quick but the peppery spice lingers.

M - lighter medium bodied. Frothy medium carbonation.

O - a flavorful wild ale but not all that wild just yet. It is plenty flavorful though and has a lot of potential of developing over time.

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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 Jesse13713
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really excited for this beer. I am huge fan of both Russian River and Sierra Nevada. I shelled out $16 for this brew, so I am expecting a lot.

Appearance - Wow. What an impressive looking beer. Not much of a head at all - very light carbonation. The froth disappears rapidly, leaving a white circular line around the rim of the glass.The center fountains up with a light torpedo of carbonation, but it does not add to the head. Light lacing. The beer is deliciously opaque. The color is a sparkling goldenrod amber.

Smell - Brett-yeast that adds sourness and fruity qualities. Mango and pear in the nose. A spritzy tingle on the nostrils. Both sour and sweet. A bit weak.

Taste - Sourness overcomes the sweetness by a tremendous amount. Delicious brett yeast backed up by orange/toffee malt. An extremely impressive display of tastes. Pear is the most prominent fruit, while mango is also apparent. Nice sour hops with a bit of a tangy pine zing.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - I downed this beer in no time. Flows over the tongue with extreme pear sourness. This beer is medium-bodied, fruity, and fresh. Sourness greets you at the front, while sweetness takes over midway and carries you to a fruity, tangy, aftertaste.

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Photo of cichief
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml bottle with my girlfriend.

A- Pours a very clear golden with a nice white head.
S- Yeasty and bready, subtle hop aroma.

T- Somewhat malty and bready without being too sweet, well balanced by the hops.

M- Smooth on the tongue, not overly carbonated, nice medium body.

O- A very good beer, a bit expensive to drink regularly, but a good beer.

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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 pmlondrigan
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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 rfbenavi80
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a hazy deep gold, maybe a muted orange color with 1 finger of very fizzy white head that very quickly dissipated leaving no evidence that it was ever there.

S- Smells funky with a hint of tartness. Ok, maybe more than a hint. It smells tart. Like granny smith apple skin tart. Un-ripe pear, almost bitter pears comes to mind also.

T- Follows nose well. The tartness of it is not overwhelming. It has plenty of spicy Belgian yeasty notes, along with a solid amount of a biscuity or crusty bread malt backbone.

M- High amount of carbonation, with a medium amount of body. Finishes nice and dry. Crisp and refreshing.

O- I think that Russian River really shines through on this one. The tart, funky, wild flavors in this beer are very Russian River. I'm not saying that there aren't some Sierra Nevada characteristics in this one, but Russian River comes through the most. Not the greatest beer in the the world, but not the worst either. Glad I have another one to see how it develops over time.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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