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:
329
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
359
For Trade:
18
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Ratings: 1,344 |  Reviews: 329
Photo of dbellizzi
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of axeman9182
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, allowed to warm a bit before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Brux pours a hazy color that falls somewhere between copper and straight orange. There are plentiful tangerine highlights when I hold the beer up to a liht. The head approaches three fingers in height of fluffy, just off-white foam. Head retention is alright, and there's not muh lacing left in its wake. The nose has a fair amount going on, with aromas of straw, pepper, and lemon zest all intermingling. It could all stand to be a little bit more intense though. The flavor profile is nice, and just about in line with what I'd expect a relatively fresh beer that was only bottle conditioned with brett (rather than having utilized brett for a primary or secondary fermentation) to taste like. I'm guessing that the base beer here is some sort of saison, because while the straw and light citrus/lemon notes that open and close the beer respectively taste like the result of wild yeast, the big cracked pepper flavor mid palate is reminiscent of a well brewed farmhouse ale. The body is very nicely dried out, especially for being above 8%ABV, and the carbonation has a very nice liveliness to it. Brux is drinking nicely right now as an essentially clean beer with just a little bit of funk to it. I suspect though that much like Orval, a bit of time in the bottle will turn it into something beautiful and complex.

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy, orange color. There is a fizzy, off-white head which quickly fades to nothing.

S: Tart and crisp. Green apple, champagne, lemon rind, and mild barnyard must.

T: Champagne is prominent. Sour grape and apple. Strong vinous alcohol flavor, but it is not unpleasant; similar to a dry white wine. Alcohol blends with lemon tart and lactic sour to make a lingering, bitter but mouthwatering finish.

M: Thin, alcoholic and very foamy. With the slightest of agitation, it really foams up.

O: Very interesting. Compare to both champagne and cider with a sour twist.

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Photo of Jmick28
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sour and funky, yet a touch green. In the taste, a dry sourness, quite carbonated, and it tastes a bit green too. A sour like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry sourness in the aftertaste. Nice sour and dryness, but a bit green, I want to lay one down for a year or two.

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Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnce: Poured a slightly hazy copper-orange color with about one finger of off-white colored head which dissipated pretty fast. Very effervescent. Not much in the way of head retention and/or lacing on this one.

Aroma: Apricots, Wet Grass, Lemon Rind, Rubber Bands, Kumquats, and faint Brown Paper Bag.

Taste: Dry and fruity up front with hints of dried apricot, lemon zest, as well as some grassy characteristics (follows the nose). The carbonation fizzes on the tongue, helping to wake up the taste buds. The tart flavor is present throughout, but it was at it's most dominant towards the back-end. Still, it's not so sour that it makes you pucker or anything. I'm getting more fruit on the finish which goes well with a lingering dryness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium-high carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: I think that this would be a great introduction into the world of Sours. It's funky, but not too funky (at least not yet). It's tart, but not puckering. As much as I enjoy bolder sours, I liked this beer quite a bit. Alcohol is hidden well too. Cheers.

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Photo of jstewart1130
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Gmann
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color with a honey hue. The pure white head is pillowy and is fed by a constant stream of bubbles. Good retention.

The aroma is oaky with a green apple tartness. Some musty white grapes and hay. Lightly peppery and lemony.

The taste is of a pale malt, somewhere between crackery and bready. I am picking up some rust notes as well. There is a light fruitiness to the brew; green apple and lemon. The beer has an oak like flavor from the brett and some hay. A bit of a grassy bitterness.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation which leads to a crisp feel. Good balance between sweet, tart and bitter. Drinks quite well and very refreshing.

Not the most flavorful wild ale that I have had. The yeast provides some flavor but not as much as I have seen in the style. It might not have strong flavors but is damn drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle - $13.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, deep amber-gold body with a craggy, rocky, white head that peters out fairly quickly but never quite vanishes.

Smell: Varied, mingled, sweaty notes of tart pears, Italian bread crumbs, finely-ground spices, oily citrus fruits, lavender, pickled ginger slices, and mildly funky Brett.

Taste: Golden barley, gently toasty with sweetish hints of well-spiced sugar-spice cookies. The sweetness dries out almost instantaneously. Embellishes of Chiclets and Sweet-Tarts midway into the flavor. Citric oils with some phenolic Brett character coming through, but it's never overtly wild. Peppery spice and some fleeting wild yeastiness on the sparkling finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Highly carbonated with a downright crackling mouthfeel.

Overall: I would say this could greatly benefit from some time away to let that lovely wild character develop. Brux, you are in TIME OUT.

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Photo of gpawned
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of harrymel
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of valarking
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Archemedies
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bertram
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kmccabe33
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a very nice copper color, slight orange hues, looks very similar to what I see in some IPA's and IIPA's. Very good color in my opinion.

S- Smell is pretty lacking on this beer. It has some hints of citrus or sourness and tart, but overall just seems it is not as complex as I would expect, and just appears to be missing something.

T- Same thing I found on the smell, I get on the taste. The taste has hints of sour, faint tartness, and a finish that is slightly bready or yeasty. This beer just appears to be missing something, the Brett probably needs some more time to mature.

M- Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and overall very good, this is one of the best things about the beer, as it is quite lacking otherwise.

O- Overall a slight letdown for the price point, but going to let the my others get some age on them and revisit again. This has some great potential, but at this point it is just not living up to expectations.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thebouch01
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my Russian River tulip. Bright orange amber in color with a thin, fizzy head to it. The head faded pretty quickly but a steady stream of carbonation bubbles continually rose from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma has a very nice subtle funk to it. I get some sour citrus notes with both orange and lemon flavors coming out. Pale, bready malts give it some balancing sweetness. Very nice aroma to it, everything comes together very well.

The taste shows a little more of the juicy citrus coming out. I get some sour notes up front, but it turns a little more funky towards the finish. Some hop bitterness helps give it balance in the finish. The funky, sour flavors are very modest but add some great depth and complexity to the juicy citrus flavors.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, it was a really nice beer. Everything came together very well in it. It was easy drinking, refreshing and well balanced for the style. The funk and sour flavors were a little more reserved then I normally would like, but overall I thought it was a very good beer.

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Photo of SirIPAalot
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very warm orange/gold. Not much head or lace lowered the rating.

Apple and pale malts lead off the smell. Small ammount of funk in the back. Being that this is not aged and the Brett is added to the bottle, I'm not surprised.

The taste is very interesting. Sour apple and Brett start it off nicely. The sour fades into the slightly bready malts next with a mineral and bandaid kick near the middle. There are some hints of pear and earthy hops as well. Goes down very easily.

I think this would age very well. Can't wait to pop one in the cellar. Wouldn't label it as a wild ale at this point, more of an experimental farmhouse ale. Liked it quite a bit though.

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Photo of nrombes
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
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 jacobdensford
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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