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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:
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Added by JohnGalt1 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,346 |  Reviews: 330
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of brewandbbq
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +4.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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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3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,346 ratings
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