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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

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.

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Reviews: 329 | Ratings: 1,338
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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Photo of dfillius
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Moderate pour yields 2 fingers of aggressive fizzy white head with fair to poor retention. Hazy greenish-gold liquid. Actively bubbling away - a tad too much.
S: Sweet, unfermented wort; slight farmhouse character. Slight citrus and SLIGHT tropical fruit.
Too one-dimensional
T: A tad unfermented. Might this be better further on down the road? Not cloying. A lisghtly farmhouse-y version of a kolsch or a less Belgain tripel. More the latter.
M: Syrupy, sweet, smooth, clean - a little too clean. No apparent alcohol.
O: Not bad, but the worst beer I've had from either Russian River or Sierra Nevada. Too one-dimensional. Not sour or wild enough. Not worth $15.

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Photo of Thads324
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : pours a clear yellow with a puffy and loose white head. Big froth with no lacing. Head dissipates quickly to next to nothing, similar to a fountain soda.
S: smells a bit sweet like a cider, faint vinegar notes. Maybe a bit of husky grains but they are light. Mostly like a tart hard apple cider smell.
T : starts watery, then both tart and sweet. Tastes mostly like a light cider. A bit of apple juice flavor mixed with pale malt grain. Both are light and easy going. The tart flavor is short. Very light on the flavor.
M : light bodied, slightly over carbonated (which is nice). Bubbly, easy drinking and free of alcohol.

Not bad but not what I really was expecting. Much too much like a cider and not many Belgian beer like characteristics. The best part is how well the alcohol is hidden. It's almost non-existent. Ok, but I would spend the money again.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fighting Hurricane Sandy with beer!

A: Clear, golden color that is not unlike straw. Initially a lot of head builds up, billowing over my secondary glass, but after not too long it's completely gone. I'm a bit disappointed, but the constant stream of bubbles is welcomed.

S: The aroma is, first and foremost, funky. The barnyard funk-style with hay and tartness. With Brett and lemon, the smells are inviting.

T: The taste is not what I was expecting. A slight hoppiness is noted with the barnyard funk underneath. The lemon and other light fruits are more noted and a hint of malt graces the backend. The taste is a little...I don't want to say bland, but it's just not jumping out and impressing me. The sourness is subtle and the hops just aren't strong enough to shine in the beer. I'm not saying it's not good, I just wanted something a bit more from it.

MF: Very light body with a nice amount of carbonation. The beer goes down crisp and clean, making it very drinkable. The ABV isn't noted at all. I really can't remember an American Wild Ale that I thought I could drink a full 750ml bottle of.

O: This was a good beer, and I'd like to see how it ages. Not the best fresh, but certainly nothing wrong with it. I would have rather paid less to enjoy it, but I don't regret it at all!

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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 dwilkins
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark gold and hazy, but lighter and less hazy as it warmed, so there is some chill haze. I don't care and prefer unfiltered beer, so this is fine.

S - Subtle tangerine or other rich citrus sharpness - tangerine lifesavers.

T - Mustiness like Chimay white, but understated. Finishes with a tart bite at the back of the tongue. If there is any hop bitterness here, it is lost on me.

M - Creamy due to a whole bunch of carbonation. Dry feel as if it evaporates before swallowing.

This is really a wonderful beer. Except for the crabonation, it has subtle expressions of sourness, fresh fruitiness, and the earthiness that makes a traditional Saison a joy (No idea if they think of this as a Saison, but I do). No one component overpowers the other and they all compliment each other nicely. A gentle introduction to the beauty of the funk for anyone who might be curious yet bashful.

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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 AdamBear
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-cloudy gold with a hint of orange and a thin white head

S-smells very tart. The Brett is very evident. It has an artificial sweetness to it. Has a Belgian pale aleness to it as well. Strong scent!

T-comes in with a pretty awesome taste of a lemon lime crispness and tartness. It has crisp Belgian grains as well. It's actually a great flavor. It's not strong but it's very refined with a great matching after-taste.

M-heavy carbonation with a crisp finish. It's pretty good.

O-this is a great sour ale. It's really not too sour really but there is a subtle tartness and it has great flavor. I'm impressed with the fusion of these two breweries. This is a great drinker. The higher abv is not apparent either.

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Photo of crissy456
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice fluffy head. The look of the beer was cloudy/ hazy / orangey. To me, it smelled yummy, i smelled a lot of fall spices, which i love. Taste is not awful but it is obvious that it needs to age I do wish I would have saved the bottle for a year.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice golden light copper color. There is a huge pillowy head that forms of about 2.5 inches. The head is white with some medium dense bubbles and some chinkier ones intermingled.

Aroma starts off with some funk, some slight corn husk notes and some nice mild yeasty phenols. There are some mild lemony and slightly tart notes present as well. Earthy grainy notes re present on the back end.

Flavor starts off with some yeasty and fruity grain notes. There is some slight tart and funk notes that come in with those grain notes. There are some spicy notes in there as well. The flavors are nice and dry. The flavor is pretty nice. Very straight froward and simple yet pretty well done. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry and finishes with some slight citrusy and spicy Belgian notes. There is some nice pear notes as it warms. Very nice.

This beer was a nice surprise. It isn't amazing but its is very good. Nice Belgian style flavors with some good funk and yeasty phenols and also some nice fruity esters.

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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 corby112
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a 1.5 finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy aroma with grass, oak and musty brett notes along with lactic funk, light fruit and pale malt. The earthy grass and straw notes compliment the brett nicely but as it warms, it becomes a bit one dimensional with the wild yeast overpowering things a bit. Subtle lactic funk with some apple, pear and biscuit.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a tart, puckering mouthfeel that drops off mid-palate where the funky wild yeast takes over. Musty, dry and funky with a really prominent brett character that lingers over some light fruit, lactic funk and pale malt into a slightly boozy, harsh acidic finish. Not a bad beer but the finish is a bit rough and after a while the brett flavor completely overpowers the other characteristics.

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

not at all what i expected from this collaboration brew with russian river. it pours an excited pale peach color with a bubbly off white head. its got a very bretty nose, almost vinegary, with lighter wheat and pale malts behind it. also a touch of something root vegetably, like ginger or turmeric or something. the flavor isnt sour at all, although the nose suggests it will be. its got a little brett tartness in the finish, but nothing major it first. this sourness really expands as the beer warms up to room temperature, but still isnt too powerful. some subtle spice, and a little honey sweetness as well. not the most dramatic beer in terms of taste, but its balanced and yummy. the mouthfeel is good, bright and airy carbonation on top of a just medium body. its got a bone dry finish too. this is a beer ive been wanting to try since it first came out, and while i cant say i am disappointed, i also cant say it lived up to what i thought sierra nevada and russian river were capable of. hopefully they do something else together again before too long.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, for a beer that is tied to Russian River, there are definitely expectations. But, I don't think that those expectations are unrealistic. This beer does not follow through on execution with what should be an interesting collaborative effort between two serious breweries. This seems boring in that it is merely a wild ale with minimal interesting characteristics about it. Very standard and, frankly, blase.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

BRUX. Got mine in a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Looks light orange/amber. Slightly hazy. Very bleachy white head. Short-lived and not a spot of lacing.

Lemony tartness with great Bretty funk with added aromas of musty dampness, dryer sheets, and moldy citrus fruits. Mild nose regarding malts. Light and crackery with that fully-realized funk note.

Flashing tartness hits the tongue and vanishes. Mid-palate, heaps of savory funk notes and some liquor-y booze. Flowery bitterness, mold, Wheat Thin malts, old cheese, whiskey mash, a busty Belgian yeast, lemon zest, bitter almond, and wet hay. Still can’t get over this ripe alcohol presence that is distracting me. Love the Brett elements. Finally, a wild ale built on the foundation of being funky and not just super sour.

Great spritziness. The bubbles seem so fine and well-diffused. Pretty smooth in the body, but detracting from the feel is that ‘wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing’ of alcohol bite.

BRUX has great complexity for being so young. Truly, a sophisticated wild ale just as the label states. I’m enjoying this enough to make me consider going back for another bottle for the cellar. Recommended.

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

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Style: American Wild Ale
ABV: 8.30 %

LOOK: Pours a hazy deep golden color. White foam with lots of tiny bubbles forms, leaves some lace, and has decent retention. There was a small amount of sediment, which was swirled in.

SMELL: Yeasty, a bit funky, lightly sour smelling, with barnyard influence and has a typical rustic Belgian yeast aroma. Small flowery hop notes are there as well.

TASTE: Belgian yeast with a soft fruityness and a moderately tart twang from the Brett used in brewing. Not an over the top sour, this is more of a mainstream brew similar to an Orval with its bright Brett character and some hop notes as well. Candi sugar lends a subtle sweetness, but there is also a noticeable bitterness that keeps the brew balanced. Overall its almost like a Saison with Belgian yeast/Brett notes.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, mildly dry, small tang in the finish along with peppery and semi-fruity yeast notes.

OVERALL: A nice crossover beer for Sierra Nevada, and definitely has the Russian River trademark tang. Certainly a successful venture for all three parties, the breweries and consumer that is. This was a bit green, and should be aged for no less than half a year to let the flavors develop, I feel this can improve greatly over time. Would pair nicely with fruited cheeses, raisin crackers and fig spread.

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Photo of beer2day
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light orange pour with fizzy 1-finger of near white head. Not much retention nor lace.

Nose is a bit disappointing at first. Light tart fruit with green apple, candied cherries. Brett starts to come on as the glass warms and aerates.

Taste is sour/bitter right away and finishes with even more sour/bitterness. Green apple without the candied cherries. Get more brett as the glass warms. A faint hit of smoked meat sneaks in towards the end. Did not care for this at first sip, but really grows on you.

Feel is slightly thin, but there is a slick, oily quality to it.

Overall, glad I tried it but wished I'd aged my single bottle a bit longer.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance is orange hazy with a fast fading head that eventually dissipates

smell like lactic acid bacteria....i smell some light fruit such as pears

taste is hard to swallow....rich with lactic acid....bitter on the front then a light fruit note, then a burning from lactic acid in back

feel is crisp and dry

overall this one is a great version of an american wild ale

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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 Lare453
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

large format into a orval goblet

a golden with an orange hue, cloudy, small loud, yes loud, foamy and FAST dissipating head. no lacing, no legs. this is the least apeeling part of this beer.

s green apples, oak, yeast,

t starts out mild with a tart apple beginning. the midlle of it has a fresh clean yeast which faddes into a pear, grape and apricot ending. the aftertaste stays for a short perios of time and has a bitter fruit, yeast flavor

m crisp, sharp, prickly. it burns a little bit on the roof of your mouth, but i a good way and not from alcohol. there is a good amount of carbonation.

o extremely easy to drink. i like it. i have oe more left over and ill let it sit for a while.

i recommend it.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Russian River brewpub.

Pours a hazy golden color, with a wispy, tight packed head. It doesnt last long but leaves plenty of lace behind. The aroma is pretty subdued with some brett barnyard, some bicuity malt and a bit of tartness. The taste is sour but in a much more restrained way than the other RR sour ales. Funkyness from the brett is less concentrated than I was expecting. The mouthfeel light bodied with a nice medium carbonation. The finish is minerally and tart with some leathery funk. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden throughout.

An excellent Wild Ale, but a little restrained. Some age will probably really open this up.

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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 hardy008
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange marmalade color with a large foamy white head which fades pretty quickly down to less than one fingers width and then vanishes. Leaves no lacing. I can smell the Brett pretty clearly, as well as horse blanket, green apples, and funk.

The taste is less acidic than I thought it would be, and less acidic than I hoped for. There is some apple, grapes, light Brett, and mild tartness from the Brett. Actually tastes somewhat sweet. This doesn't taste bad, but it does taste like it didn't come together the way it was intended to.

Light bodied with above average carbonation, and a slightly sweet aftertaste, and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Like I said, this doesn't taste bad, but it does taste like it didn't come together properly. Overall, not a successful collaboration.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy tangerine color with a fizzy, white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of bright fruits, bread, and a bit of brett.

Tastes of slightly tart fruit notes with some breadiness. Fruits lead off with apple and pear mostly, but also some white grapes. Has supporting juice like sweetness that blends into a slight tart note giving it a candy like feel. It is supported throughout by white bread notes. Funky brett makes an appearance and pulls the finish towards dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount if carbonation.

Overall, this isn't the great beer that I was expecting from such a collaboration, but it is still pretty tasty and has some things going for it.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,338 ratings.
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