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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%
 
 
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Reviews: 329 | Ratings: 1,339
Photo of Thorpe429
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Sierra Nevada tulip. Didn’t pull out the Russian River goblet for the side-by-side Light cherry and earth. Funk and slight phenolics. Shows lots of promise. Good, not great.

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Photo of worldsworstextra
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brux has some nice earthiness qualities but I didn't care for the amount of brett and the amount of carbonation in particular. It wasn't all too funky in my opinion and was on the drier side.

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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 pmlondrigan
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Figured I'd give it a go. Looks pretty lame in the glass, quick fading head, murky honey color, bland to my eyes. Picking up some honey, clover, spice, and esters on the nose. You would certainly have to be fermiliar with brett to find it in the aroma. The brux pops a little more in the flavor. A little dusty and farmy with hints of horse sweat. Spices, phenols, a nice little package. Very dry as it should be. For a beer that is clearly trying to be something like Orval this falls short, sorry guys.

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Photo of marvin213
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love these caged & corked Belgian-style ales. Like Rice Crispies, it snaps, crackles, and pops on the pour. The fizzy head rises as if champagne. The look is otherwise apple juice, or sweet tea.

That smell is tart: green apples, lemongrass, and lime rind. There's a pear infusion and a slight vinegar acidity present in its air as well. The brett yeast offers a bready feel on top of a surprising--albeit light--maltiness. There is an apple cidery feel to it, but it's almost like each of the subtle flavors competes in vain, for there is no characteristic winner that allows anywhere near a conclusion like "this beer tastes like ___." That's somewhat neat, but I'm left wanting more clarity on the flavor profile. It's light and genuinely refreshing--glad to have gotten one.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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 prototypic
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brux is an attractive gold color. It’s very clear. It takes on a bit of an orange look when held to light. Carbonation looks very active. It produces a soft, white head that rises to about two fingers in height. It falls back to a surface covering quickly. Lacing was definitely on the light and spotty side. Not bad at all.

The nose is good. It’s a mix of earthy, grainy, musky, and slightly funky scents. The funkiness is obviously attributed to Brett. It’s very subtle and reserved in its role. I don’t mind that. Light apple and pear are noted. Some spicy notes are present, but I can’t identify them here. They’re very much a secondary player. Belgian yeast is noted and is probably responsible for the spiciness. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t seem overly strong.

The flavor is pretty good. It kicks off with a strong mix of musky, earthy, and grainy flavors. There’s a little funk that follows. The use of Brett is unmistakable, although it does have a reserved impact on the flavor. It’s a little tart, but far from mouth puckering. Belgian yeast is also noted, but seems almost secondary. It adds some spicy notes, but they’re very subtle and leave you wanting more. There’s a little alcohol on the tail, but it’s not warm or hot. Finishes earthy and musky with lesser amounts of funky and spice.

Brux has a body that’s on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but it is soft and smooth. Given that alcohol is masked well, it is smooth and easy drinking. Finishing off a 750 won’t be much trouble at all.

This collaborative effort between Sierra Nevada and Russian River is pretty good, but seems a little tame. Brett is definitely notable, but it doesn’t come through quite as strong as I’d like. As it is, it’s probably going to introduce many to wild yeast flavors in beer. For that, it’s probably just about perfect. There’s enough to intrigue, but not enough to overwhelm. The label describes this as a "Domesticated Wild Ale." Nail on the head.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy honey to apricot in color with some moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some light orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Overall there is a light aroma with notes of brett and barnyard funkiness. Just a touch of light fruits as well - white grape and pear.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of pale and slightly grainy malts with moderate amounts of light fruit (white grape, pear, and just a hint of peach). Light notes of brett funkiness towards the finish which gets a touch stronger as the beer warms. Light amounts of sourness with a touch of lemon citrus.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This was a very good beer but I was hoping for a little more tartness/sourness in this one (considering the Russian River portion of the collaboration). Easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 7.29.12.

A - Pours a cloudy and pale medium orange with a fizzy off-white head that fades quickly.

S - Mild funk, citrusy, grass, pears.

T - Tart, grassy, funk with a lemony-citrus finish.

D - Tart, great carbonation with a medium body. Dry finish.

O - Nice, interested to see how this on progresses as it feels a bit young.

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Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brux - the contradictorily called "domesticated wild ale" - seems like it's been spared the human touch; this flat and murky beer doesn't look the least bit polished, almost as if it escaped quality control altogether. It resembles peach nectar in colour and complexion (and carbonation).

Just as it looked thick and pulpy as a fruit nectar, so too does it smell like one; the aroma bursts forth with a budding fruitiness, like a peach, pear, and apple orchard in full blossom. It's a reminder that yeast is truly one of the world's most magical members of the kingdom Fungi, capable of producing such intricate and nuanced aromas that are simultaneously sweet and sour.

Despite the brewery's (breweries?) claim that this would "progress in the bottle for many years" it doesn't seem to have changed much in the year and a half since its release. Those that complained of it lacking in sourness and funkiness will be disappointed to find it's changed little in those departments. It has some vinegar- and cider-like tang, but is nothing more than lightly tart.

That's not to say that it doesn't have some very redeeming (and somewhat reminiscent of Gueuze) flavours that include green apple, apricots and other orchard fruits, cereal grains, vanilla accented oak, citrus peel, and soft Oriental spicing (lemongrass, coriander and white pepper). It may not live up at all to the 'wild ale' hype but it's still a pretty tasty offering.

There's some 'barnyard', 'goaty', and 'horsey' elements to Brux but they are very minor, hardly enough to consider this beer anything more than a standard Belgian blonde that's been refermented with some Brett (which, in fairness, is all it claims to be). Still, given the brand-name power of its producers - to say nothing of the hefty price tag - I expected a little more.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this wild ale pours a hazy pale golden yellow color with moderate amounts of carbonation feeding a big head that does fade quickly

S - a marvelous big sour funky aroma, not super funky like a real powerful La Folie type sour, but funky, sour, and whetting nonetheless

T - clear grapeskin flavors, combined with granny smith apples and champagne grapes in particular. Funky and yeasty like the aroma, with the added bonus of slight hop profile towards the end

M&D - super dry and fizzy, some distinct champagne elements, effervescent on the tongue, a decent brew, but not indicative of how sour the style can and usually does get

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This has been aged for about a year. Hazy orange color tons of carbonation flowing through this. Head is white and fizzy reminds me more of a soft drink then a beer in appearance. Nose is sweet... orange, candied fruit no real hops present but then again after a year not expecting a ton either. Flavor is very different from the nose as there is a nice tartness with a backing of that funky brett. I have had a few brett beers before and this one seems to tame them well while using them for their intention of adding a very different flavor. I'm sure the year has also helped tame them. One thing that is immediately present on the mouthfeel is all that carbonation. Stings the tongue along with the tartness to give an experience you don't normally get from a beer. I like it but don't know if I'd rush back to the feeling. Overall I really like this beer but probably wouldn't buy it again due to the price point. I am just getting into the sour side of beers and can't wait to try some more.

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Photo of Moose90
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle split into two tulip glasses

A — Pours a light lemony and hazy yellow color into the glass, a pure white head forms and recedes rather quickly but leaves behind some light rings of lacing around the edges of the glass.

S — Smell is light and somewhat funky, starts out tart and vinous with notes of Meyer lemon and some light white wine characteristics, some light vanilla and funky grassy notes.

T — Lightly sweet initially with some Belgian yeast characteristics and pehnolics, a little bit musty, somewhat funky notes of barnyard and fresh cut grass, a little bit of lemon and green apple, white wine, not overly sour.

M — Medium bodied, clean and crisp with a little bit of a lingering funky finish.

O — Nice overall, doesn't bring the sour power like any of the RR 'tions, but that's okay, this is very well balanced and drinkable.

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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 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 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 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 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 ginemesis
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- this beer is quite cloudy, has a straw color, good head at first but quickly fading

S- good bouquet; slight aroma of cherry tart

T- slight butterscotch, dry and sour, clean and crisp but not up to the expectations of a beer made by these two breweries.

M- effervescent, pleasant feel

O- nice brew, taste is underwhelming after the pleasure of the aroma

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Photo of bmwats
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.

A: Cloudy, golden hue. Giant foamy white head, settles quickly. No real lacing.

S: Yeast, raspberry, white grape.

T: Yeast and fermented raspberry.

M: Light body, slightly fruity, funky aftertaste.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, no real lacing though. Yeast and raspberry make up the nose. Likewise with the flavor profile... fermented raspberry is prominent... light grainy body otherwise. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Sterby
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle.
A - Golden yellow with little foam that dissipates quickly.
S- Tart fruit and oak
T- Light, dry, nice Brett character, but nothing complex or sophisticated. Pear and granny apple nuances with citrus zing.
M- Bubbly and effervescent
O- A nice, light crisp sour domesticated ale that is more worthy of the name than the actual taste. Does taste better after it has time to breath and warm up.

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Photo of ckollias
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 750 bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange hue with a frizzy, two-finger white that slowly dissipates the glass and ends in a wispy lace.

S: Definitely a yeasty sweet aroma. Hints of citrus mostly lemon.

T: Fruity taste with – slightly citrus flavor. The middle of this beer is weirdly dry and finishes on the tart side of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was just so an OK beer for me. Although it did grow on me the more I sipped it. Nothing I would grab again but worthy of a try.

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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 brewcrew76
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light copper orange with little to no head.

S - Pear, hay, grapes, green apple, light funk, grassy.

T - Sweet malts, candi sugar, fruity esters, some peppery spice, alcohol, belgian yeast.

M - Medium body and well carbonated.

D - Fairly disappointing. I bought a second bottle to age. Hopefully the Breet becomes more pronounced with time.

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Photo of imscotty
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
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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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,339 ratings.
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