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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Photo of Jparker37
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked champagne bottle poured into oversized tulip glass.

A - Fizzy white head collapses to the smallest ring around the edge. The beer is a light orange shade with a slight haze to it. No lacing left on the glass.

S - Tangerine/citrusy/lemony bright tones instantly. I get a bit of some tartness but no significant brett funk. Maybe a hint of esters. I topped up my glass with the final slurry of yeast at the bottom and it is coming across with more of the tartness and some more of the brett characteristics.

T - Has a delicate malt definition right away. The malt I get seems to be the lightest of caramel malt. The taste is quite dry throughout the whole palate. Earthy and some clove phenols late in the taste. The alcohol warms pleasantly in its dry finish.

M - Nice light body with a good dryness helps refresh my palate. Tingling high carbonation.

O - I found a good amount of complexity in the smell but the taste was tough to define/identify the many nuances. Maybe these flavors were a little muddled but perhaps I lack the capacity to fully identify them. The appearance was nice with a beautiful shade of orange yet with a small head. The smell was a consequence of being a little young in that the brett never really exposed itself yet. The mouthfeel and body reminded me much of my favorite saison, Sofie in that it was dry a light which is a pro in my book. I would much like to purchase another bottle to age a year or two and recomment further on down the road.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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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 AKellar
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I reviewed this beer on my blog Insight by the Pint, check it out for more info. In short hand I found it to be a delicious beer, it was light yet carried a punch of flavor without having the bitterness of an IPA.
http://insightbythepint.wordpress.com/2012/08/22/two-breweries-are-better-than-one/

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale, A Russian River & Sierra Nevada Collaboration. A dry and complex Belgian-style ale refermented in the bottle with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. Brewed and bottled by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico, CA, in collaboration with with Russian River Brewing Company.

Caged and cork, 750 ml bottle. Clear, bright amber color, under a slim white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: this one will take some time, as it's not throwing out any ordinary flavors or associations. There's some fruit, but no sweetness, no hops, very dry, and none of the typical descriptors for a sour brew come out of this nose. There's some of that horse blanket rearing it's head, now, some of the cat pee shows up, some of the funk.

Taste: lean bodied, short finish, light on flavor. Mild malt character, negligible hop contribution, but the yeast is felt, and tasted. The cat pee returns to the flavor, hints of lemon, dry, yes, again, but , alas, there's very little of anything else going on.

I'll take a minute to read the label. "What began as a 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."

Well. damnit, why didn't I read this first? Why did I make the dunder-headed move of actually drinking this bottle fresh and expecting something good, when I should have sat on it for years, to see what happens when it develops? Will it gain flavor, where now it has virtually none?

I'm sorry, but beers should be judged based on how they taste when they're placed on the shelves. This one as it is should be filed under: "meh." No, wait, make that "Blah."

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Photo of prototypic
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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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