Brux Domesticated Wild Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Brux Domesticated Wild AleBrux Domesticated Wild Ale
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3.8/5
Very Good
1,347 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
331
Ratings:
1,347
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
359
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,347 |  Reviews: 331
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ONUMello
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a tulip
A: Golden orange color with a voluminous two-finger head that lingers with quite a bit of turbulence
S: Citrus, earth, herbs, a hint of light malt and a touch of a chemical smell. Complex with pleasant subtleties overall
T: Fairly delicate, primarily herbs and spice with some apricot, citrus, malt and just a touch sour. I'm not noticing the brett as much as most mention, though this does have a bit of a 'wild' streak. My biggest issue with it is it has almost no finish whatsoever- a nice burst of flavor up front and three seconds later it's all gone
M: Light-bodied with a fresh crispness and aggressive carbonation. But like the taste it disappears in about three seconds
O: This has so much potential but doesn't carry through from start to finish. My scores on T/M/O are giving it the benefit of the doubt at this point but I would be curious to see if it develops additional complexity with age. Just for kicks I tried the last pour from the bottle in a flute alongside the tulip glass- the flute made the nose far superior but lessened the intensity on the palate fwiw.

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Photo of imscotty
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours with a full white head that lasts a while. Not much lacing. Well carbonated. The beer is a pretty light golden color, somewhat cloudy.

S: Smells sour, citrus, hay, this was all good. Detected a somewhat soapy smell that detracted.

T: This wild ale is sour, but not too sour. just the right level for my tastes. Also tasted apricot, bread and that wild Brett barnyard taste. (Actually, I think Brett tastes like dirty socks (not that I taste dirty socks). Don't let that description turn you off, I like Brett. Had a nice sweet/ spicy aftertaste that lingered for a bit.

M: Light, crisp, well carbonated, refreshing.

O: This is an easy drinkinwant to buy a few bottles to put away for when I am in the mood for a subtle sour.

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Photo of Blanco
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of gregmoscetti
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of dubmax
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of OldPenguinHunter
2.51/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Popped the bottle a few days ago, was pretty disappointed... Poured into a tulip.

A. Fizzy and golden, maybe a bit too over-carbonated, sustaining head.
S. Band-aids and tart fruit
T. Sour dough bread, a bit of nutmeggy-ish spice, very dry and sort of anti-septic.
M. Very dry, the carbonation explodes into a pillow-y foam on the tongue.
O. I can see some Orval-esque notes in the beer, that may just be the Brett. Brux. but I can't get over the flaws, the beer tastes antiseptic and smells like Band-Aids.

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Photo of Beerswag
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 1pt 9.4oz bottle into a snifter shaped ale glass

A-champagne head, with active bubbles and immediate head of over 4 fingers thick. Head gone within 1 minute. Copper color with an unfiltered look. No lacing whatsoever on the glass. No thickness.
S-pear and fig tones on the nose. Alcohol upfront. Light on the clove smell.
T-head feels tart and beer finished fruity. Definitely find the "domestic" style coupled with the Belgian style ale.
M-smooth mouthfeel upfront with a bite and dry finish.
O-expected more out of a Russian River/Sierra Nevada collab. This beer should have sat on the shelf for a few years since aging would enhance this beers qualities. Might be enjoyed by some who is a follower of the Saison/sour-beer genres.

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Photo of WestCoastBrew2
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BugTownPub
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of laurastradford
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of kingmaker
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Caged and corked bottle poured into a snifter. A little above fridge temp.

Pours out a hazy/ cloudy sunset orange color, nearly golden. About a fingers worth of white head full of big bubbles that soon after faded to a ring and eventually nothing. Not much lacing to speak of.

Very floral Brett aromas. Slight hints of lemon citrus and must. Not too complex of an aroma.

Again, very floral, rose like almost. Hay, Lemon citrus with just a slight barnyard/ basement must.

A rather assertive carbonation. An airy mouthfeel, fairly light to medium in body. A bit of tartness, but nothing comparable to must popular wild ales.

Not a bad brett beer. Not terribly complex, but good for someone who is just getting into sours and Brett beers. I'd prolly come back to this if it wasn't for the rather big price tag as its quite the drinkable wild.

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Photo of Pencible
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear light gold with quickly dissipating white head.
S: It smelled like tart unripe apricot and lemon zest and grassy hops, with some funky must and spicy white peppercorn.
T: It tasted like tart unripe apricot and lemon zest, with some grassy hops and sweet candi sugar and funky must and spicy white peppercorn. It had a clean and crisp aftertaste with lingering bittersweet.
M: It was watery with lots of bubbly carbonation. Like a heavy champagne.
D: This was a very nice wild ale, although not super wild. The scent and taste were balanced and enjoyable. The body was fitting, and the finish was incredibly smooth with well hidden alcohol, so it was really easy to drink. Worth buying a second bottle to age, but enjoyable fresh. Not mind blowing, but a solid brew. Recommended.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bigbeerd
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature. The cork exploded off of this bottle without me touching it as soon as I took the cage off. A geyser of beer and foam ensued. Luckily, I didn’t lose much.

L – Pale amber color with a 4-finger bubbly white head that dissipates as rapidly as it appeared. Only a few patches of bubbles remain, and as a result, not much lacing appears. Slightly hazy with tons of bubbles.

S – There’s a strong presence of musty, barnyard Brett, as well as some sour lemon, green apple, and pear aromas. There may be a touch of bready malt, too, but it’s somewhat buried under the funkier aromas.

T – Slightly tart with apple, pear, and lemon notes followed by a bit of musty Brett. As the funkiness settles down, sweet bready malt and subtly bitter earthy, grassy, and spicy hops come through. There isn’t as much tartness or funkiness as the nose suggested, but it’s still tasty.

F – Light-bodied with too much carbonation, a prickly and airy mouthfeel, and a sweet, earthy, spicy, and dry finish. Really the thing that lingers the most is the tongue-prickling feeling from the carbonation.

O – This is a pretty good wild ale. The aroma is great and it tastes good, but the mouthfeel of this one holds this beer back. It is far too carbonated, so much so that it feels like it’s generating carbon dioxide while it’s in my mouth. Like really it feels like it’s so effervescent that it’s making gas in my mouth and down my throat. This sensation plus the prickling carbonation makes it tough to pick out the nuances of the taste. One positive aspect of the mouthfeel and the beer is that the alcohol is hidden extraordinarily well. This is a nice beer, but I’m sorry to say that I was expecting more out of a Sierra Nevada-Russian River collabo.

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Photo of Dunkelhund
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Thren
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of creez
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of dansmcd
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of popery
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange-ish shade of gold. A bit darker than hoped for. Big fizzy white head. Sticks around for a bit but no lacing and fades entirely. Aroma is light. The main flavor that sticks out is a medicinal flavor that I'm not a huge fan of. There's also some earth, pale malt and a little funk. Mild grassy hops. Some brett fruitiness but very light. Taste is dry. There's a big earthy, fruity kick at first but it doesn't really go anywhere. Just a sort of nondescript Belgian tartness that dies quickly. It's a bit like taking a bite of an under ripe apricot - tart and fruity but lacking flavor. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Very dry feel. Mildly chalky. Quite effervescent. It still has the over-carbonated feel that many brett beers seem to have in the bottle - could dissipate with time. It's a decent beer, which is a disappointment given the pedigree. The underlying Belgian just doesn't seem to be all that great. I wish that they had gone with something closer to Sanctification. This has too much malt depth and that medicinal note is too much. I'm going to sock away my second bottle and pray that something more develops given enough time.

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Photo of KiMiRaiK
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,347 ratings
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