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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
sierra-nevada.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:
1,339
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
23.56%
 
 
Wants:
51
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366
For Trade:
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Reviews: 329 | Ratings: 1,339
Photo of Beaver13
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy light copper gold with w big fizzy/bubbly white head that retains well.

The aroma is sweet flowery tropical fruits with earthy brett.

The flavor is sweet tropical fruits with earthy brett and a lightly floral bitter dry finish. The mouthfeel is pretty light bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a very nice brett beer. A little thin and watery though.

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Photo of bum732
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Grass, apple peels. White pepper, slight mustiness, some floralness.

L: Fairly clear, golden yellow, carbonated white head. Great retention.

T: Fresh apples, slightly honey malt. Medium light spicy bitterness leading to some grassiness and mustiness. Some stone fruit plays on the palate. Finishes slightly fruity and semi-dry. Some funk opens up as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, medium high carbonation.

Solid, one of the better Brett beers I've had. I just wish it didn't cost so much.

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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 Domingo
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold, almost orange. A fair amount of carbonation and a nice foamy head as a result.
Brett funkiness is there first, but mild. It's followed by a slight citric and peachy note, but no crazy green apple sourness like some. The malts even creep up. However one nice thing is that the finish is clean and "normal" while many have a harsh wild yeast bitterness that I don't care for.
Pretty simple, and it reminds me a bit of the New Belgium Brett Beer, with a cleaner finish and a kiss more sourness. In some ways, this is the beer I wish that one was.
A good intro to wild ales, and a pretty tasty one even if you've had a ton.
The main thing you can't help buy pick up is how clean and polished it is. I imagine it should speak to a lot of different people.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jay for the bottle! about 10 oz poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a amber-copper color with nice clarity. The tulip helps create a stream of strong-looking carbonation in the middle. The head is a one finger white color with okay retention.

S: Some fruit esters, a bit of earthy hops, and *very* faint funk. If you told me this was just a brett-ed saison rather than a wild ale, I would have believed you more.

T: This isn't very impressive, especially for a wild ale. Faintly tart fruit esters help open the body, while the finish is somewhat expressive in grassy hops. I'm having a lot of trouble finding the brett, but concentrating the palate allows me to find slight touches of brett and sourness. It's okay, but it's not impressive.

M: I like that it's fairly light and dry, and the carbonation isn't insanely strong. Not perfect, but the texture is nice.

O: Decent, but not $15 decent. The process of aging this intrigues me - but not if I have to pay $15 for this again. Still, it's worth a try, especially considering it opens up nicely once it warms up.

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Photo of korguy123
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip.

A- Slightly hazy, light orange pour. Two finger, fizzy snow white head. Head is short lived, deflating to a thin cap with minimal lacing.

S- Right off the bat you get whiffs of Brett, followed by sweet orange peel and a touch of lemon and grass. Slightly biscuity with a touch of tartness.

T- Brett again up front, it's enough to remind you it's there but not enough to overpower the sweetness and the tartness as well. Digestive cookies, lemons, orange rinds with a slightly grassy finish.

M- Light body, high carbonation as expected.

O- I can see why there are such mixed reviews on this beer; while it is good it does fall short in my honest opinion.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$14.35 for the 750ml corked and caged bottle.

It pours a slightly hazy and bubbly coppery orange with about an inch of foam. It's also a very loud beer. <g>

It smells of Brett, and has some bitter and se.mi sweet notes. Maybe a hint of tartness.

Lightly bitter on first sip, the Brett at this stage is mild. Other points to mention, there's a very light tartness here that may also develop over time. The finish is a mix of basically all I've mention with sweet and some fruity tartness most noticeable.

Medium bodied with the carbonation at...sometimes lively, sometimes mild. Yeah, it starts of in the sips as mildish and finishes with quite a bit of fizz.

This is good. I have to say I didn't expect an overly sour Wild when I saw the name...Domesticated Wild Ale. ;^)

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours clear gold with an inch-plus head of white froth. Lacing and a solid skim coat for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with ripe fruit and peppery spice. Pears, apples, cloves, bubblegum, and wet hay follow thorugh.

Light bodied with a crisp, drying mouthfeel. Almost sharpish.

Crackling dry and wheaty on the palate, with pepper-rubbed straw and apples on the palate.
A hint of pineapple, pears, and juniper follow along.

Finishes bone dry with a wheaty twang, yellow fruits and cracked pepper.

Tasty beer but a bit on the tame side of a wild ale. Perhaps some cellaring will bring out the brett beast!

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

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Light funk and tropical fruit with some bready malt and herbal hops.

T - Subtle acidity up front with some caramel and bread. Earthy fruit comes out in the middle with notes of pineapple and pear. Finishes with light funk and toffee as well as light bitterness.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Nicely done, more subtle than most of RR's lineup but still funky and interesting. The base beer is smooth and well made and supports the fruity, lightly earthy Brett character nicely.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: little head which rapidly dissipates on a hazy with orange and golden body.

S: this one is more sour citrus/tropical fruit than sour dark fruit with chardonnay, floral and a hint of molasses notes.

T: tart citrus, chardonnay, especially in the finish, some funk, brett, yeast and some light pepper notes.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish.

Overall: the champagne and chardonnay notes are strong here. I like the more dark fruit character in this style whereas this one is more tropical fruit.

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

Large bottle, caged and corked

Pours heavily clouded quickly departing light tan head that results in next to no film and very minor lacing. Disappointing and frankly surprising from two so highly viewed breweries.

Fruity and inviting nose.

Fruity is the most dominant characteristic. Sour and tart? Not really, maybe in a few years, but the general theme with this brew is a bit of disappointment. I get mostly ripe plums and some apricot, but minor at best funkyness or herbal qualities. Ehh....pleasant enough and went well with lunch, but not really worth the price.

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Photo of KajII
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a clear medium orange with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated in a matter of seconds and had virtually no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was of a funky Belgian yeast and a mild straw malt with notes of green apple, pears, citrus (lemon) and possessed a nice mild tartness.

The taste was lightly sweet, a tad tart and a little acidic with a mild fruity ester early on, and then had a large musty yeast presence and a slight bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor hung on for an average duration proceeding the swallow, with a slight harsh bitter fruity taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and mildly dry in texture with a strong prickly carbonation.

Overall this was a rather tasty Wild Ale that was light and fruity with a somewhat bold bitterness and a great drinkability. It most definitely is a good collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Russian River...

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Hazy, medium orange amber/peach colored, pours with a big, fizzy off-white head - keeps a nice little cap, but doesn't leave much lacing

Smell: Yeast and brett - spicy Belgian yeast, with barnyard aromas, band-aids, and some wet horse and hay - funky and lightly tart - light bread and some lightly toasted grains - some light fruits as well

Taste: So much yeast - kind of tastes more like a Belgian Saison than a wild ale - spicy yeast, clove, and yeasty funk - some barnyard elements, but mostly peppery yeast - light, grainy bread - lightly tart, with some apple skins, a wine-like dryness, with some alcohol

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, prickly carbonation, smooth, very dry

Overall: Good, but doesn't quite live up to the pedigree

Maybe this just needs some time to mature. Right now, it's good, but my adoration of both Sierra Nevada and Russian River leads me to believe that it should be better. Very yeasty, very dry, but not much else.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy straw. Head is super white. Lively carbonation. Some bits of lacing. Head retention is minimal. Drops to a small wispy cap.

Smell: Brett from the start. Layers of hay, some grass, and yeasty funk. Touches of banana, but it's all about that powdery earthy yeast. Some minor touches of lemon flesh with a mild oily zestyness. Brett is everywhere. Pear and apple. Mealy fruit and earthy. Minor citric sourness.

Taste: Earthy. Slightly herbal. Hay, grass, lemon zest, Brett and some mild spiciness. Some clove, a touch of banana. So much Brett. Powdery, dry, and dusty. Mild musty basement. As it warms, the earthy flavors jump out. Minerals and old earth. Aged. Yeasty. Some pale crackery malts. Dry.

Mouthfeel: Light, bubbly, dry, with a solid carbonation. Crisp.

Overall: A new take on a burgeoning style.

With these two breweries at the helm, I was expecting greatness. This fell short of the expected pedigree, but it's solid. Almost like Eussian River held Sierra Nevada's hands while they tried something new. Good, not great. Lacks an overall depth.

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Photo of Donis
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden amber color, and a fat head.

S - Pear, lemon, and yeast. It took me back to a few trips I've made to San Francisco to some of the old school sourdough bakeries near the bay.

T - Very layered. This isn't as sour as some of the other sour beers I've had. To sour purists this probably wouldn't score very well but to me it was a nice balance.

M - Carbonation pops and subsides relatively quickly.

O - A great collaboration and I hope to see more between the two brewers. I can see how this beer straddles the fence a bit, but I will contend that if straddling were going to be done well... this beer does a great job of that. Price is a bit high in my opinion but the 24 bottles they received at my local beer vendor sold within a day so my opinion is obviously wrong!

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Photo of cvm4
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale orange. Fizzy 2 finger head that is gone in a flash.

S - Sour notes & yeast.

T - Lots of belgian influence than sour. One can definitely pick up some sour undercurrents but it's not overwhelming like I was expecting.

M - Light & effervescent on the tongue.

O - In the end I'm a little let down. I was hoping with these 2 breweries making a collaboration that it was sure to be a home run. Guess not...

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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 davey101
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Golden amber body with a massive fluffy white head that recedes quickly to a thin edging. Moderate amount of lacing and retention. Crazy amount of rising carbonation, like champagne level.

S - Lemons, pears, wet grass and hay, a touch of spice. Smell is very Belgian pale ale like...hey, like that Orval beer! The brettanomyces is noticeable in some light muskiness and funk, but at only three months old its just beginning to evolve.

T - Pear juice and hay with a light musk. Finish is almost syrupy with some lingering sweetness. Not too much on the brett front, this beer is still very approachable with some nice and simple BPA notes.

M - The finish on this beer is super dry and abrupt. 8.3% abv? Not noticeable. Has that great silky "bottle conditioned" mouth feel with tons of effervescent carbonation.

O - In its current state, its a rather average Belgian pale ale not worth the $18 I paid for it. But brettanomyces is a funny creature and I'm sure at the one year mark it will be drinking with the best of 'em.

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Photo of farrago
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hard to say it even has a head, all loose bubbles which evaporate even during the pour leaving nothing across the surface nor any lacing. That said, the carbonation could not be more aggressive visually, a maelstrom inside the glass, the liquid a light amber to rusty yellow color, clear and without any haze. The nose comes across as reluctant to share, starts to unfold and then pulls back, you kind of get half-offered yeast, matted field grasses, dried orange peels, uncracked peppercorns, dried apples and peaches, dried honey, are you getting it seems dried yet, truly not that funky and, as a result, maybe not as lengthy as it might be otherwise. Full-bodied, the high level of carbonation evident with each sip, churns inside the mouth, no settling down. Allowing for this, the sourness comes through crystal clear, some barnyard funk to animal fur accents. Lots of lemon, orange, grapefruit citrus but the texture dries it out even as there is indeed underlying juiciness. Attenuated apple, pear, peach fruit, the pepper and cut grass to hay fare better. What it lacks is decisiveness, decide who you want to be and go for it. Instead you get a dialed back version of a distinct personality.

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

A - Very white head, about a finger tall. Body is moderately cloudy and a yellow/orange mix. Not much lacing.

S - A little odd and not what I was expecting. Very sweet on the orange and lemon side. A little artificial. Really just tons of sweet citrus.

T - Again, lots of citrus, but still very sweet. Orange and grapefruit, but not sour. Pretty nice, just not what I was expecting from the style. Would be a great summer beer - refreshing on a hot day. Some green apple peel.

M - Tons of carbonation and light body.

O - A pretty good beer, but not sour enough for me on the wild side. We'll see how this develops in the bottle.

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Photo of gottabetweed
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored from 750 ml. Bottle into Sam Adams glass. Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a generous bubbly head. Dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell is malt, lemons, alcohol and mild funk.

Taste is malt, lemons, alcohol and slight bit of sour on the end.

Mouthful is substantial, nicely carbonated.

Overall I was expecting more sour from the wild ale, but a nice tase similar to a Belgian double.

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Photo of Chaney
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sierra Nevada/Russian River collaboration... Gimme, gimme, gimme.

Served in a Troegs "Mad Elf" snifter.

A: Poured an orange color, with a slight bit of cloudiness, and only a very small head (if you call it that).

S: Well, I could tell it was a Wild Ale, but it didn't have that milkiness that people generally associate with this style. Still, it was good... and I got a bit of pepper in there as well.

T: Man, this sucker needed more vingary, soury goodness. However, I'm cognizant of the true craft it took to make this, so I'll give it a break. Seriously, it tasted like a beer... not a sour.

M: Usually when reviewing this style, I turn to "vingariness, acidity, etc.), however, this was almost like a Brett infused pale ale or something. WTF? Not lacing.

O: Who wouldn't get excited about this sort of collaboration? However, I still feel honored to actually be able to get a Russian River brew in my area.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange, nectarine color. Not really hazy, but opaque because the continually rising bubbles kind of get in the way. A finger and a half of white, uniformly small bubbles form the head. Good retention, it's been in my snifter for over five minutes and the head is still there.

The Brett dominates and I'm ok with that. Funky is the only way to describe it. Pear, green apple and some white pepper fill out the card.

Everything in the nose makes its way to the tongue. The Brett yeast is the star, with supporting roles by the pear, green apple, and pepper. Very spicy finish, along with some cut grass.

It's very, very dry. Fairly spicy finish. A bit tart. Funky. Almost sweet at the beginning, but that peters out quickly. Medium bodied and relatively easy to drink, despite the high ABV.

A heavy-weight collaboration by two beers gods from the States. It doesn't disappoint. A bit expensive at $15 a bottle (at least in Indiana that's expensive), but actually worth it.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is orange in colour. A small white head disappears immediately and completely.

Brett sticks out in the nose, funky. Some light fruit scents: apple, pear. Nice.

Flavour-wise, the beer is bone dry with a strong spice flavour. Brett is clearly present, giving a bit of funk. Some fruit flavours, mainly green apple. No real tartness, perhaps very mildly.

Medium bodied, very highly carbonated. Irritating and makes it a bit hard to drink.

Overall, not great but it has some good qualities.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,339 ratings.
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