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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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3.8/5
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1,345 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:
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Reviews:
330
Ratings:
1,345
pDev:
11.58%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,345 |  Reviews: 330
Photo of rhhjr
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of KimenTshom
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Intelbeerlord
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of laxer8811
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of robmoak
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jason_nwx
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
8.3% ABV, numbers printed on shoulder of bottle.

A - Brux is gently hazed, pouring a golden honey color with an effervescent light ivory head that diminishes to next-to-nothing pretty quickly. Not a trace is left on the glass, sadly.

S - Potent earthiness flourishes through Brux from the maltiness, hops, and yeast with suggestions of shaved, fresh oak. Dry biscuit with little more than a dribble of honey sweetness lays the groundwork for the complex yeast to work. Light citrus notes lap at the olfactory senses gently while a very mild, "domesticated" wild aroma subtly emerges, providing toned-down barnyard notes and a vanilla cream Yankee candle-like scent from a vigorous swirl.

T - The first sip quickly splashes a surprising banana Runts-like flavor on the tongue despite the lack of fruity esters on the nose! More malt-driven, biscuit and sweet pilsner attributes blend for a healthy backing capable of supporting wild development while a light citrus touch follows up with, once again, very mild yeast characteristics. Brux is complex but very subtle, finishing pretty cleanly, especially for a wild ale. After a few sips, Brux leaves a gentle, interesting tropical fruit blend-like flavor on the tongue.

M - Bright carbonation sparkles on the tongue while this medium-bodied wild smoothly crosses the palate with next to no trace of wild sourness, though faint tartness emerges gently. Earth and citrus notes add a balancing dryness to the finish which cleans the tongue while bringing you back for another lip-smacking sip.

O - Color me surprised, I had imagined this beer to be a little more assertive and wild but Brux is odd in that it's extremely subtle; something neither Sierra Nevada nor Russian River seem to output on a regular basis. Then again, the beer does call itself a "Domesticated Wild Ale", aka, something a little more suitable for the masses; a "training-wheel wild" if you will. After the initial, "huh" shock subsided, it became clear this is a damn fine beer that's incredibly well made suitable for aging, and I'm pretty excited to see what time does with the yeast!

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Photo of danmouer
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hi-test Orval!
This is a beautiful Brett blond. Subtle but enticing aroma if sour cherries, pineapple and cinnamon along with light sweet malt. The mouth fills with peppery spice, bright fruit, and distinctive character of Brett. Finish is bone dry and lingering, warmed by alcohol with nicely balanced candy sweetness and hop bitter.

I would love to squirrel away a case and taste one or two a year to see how they develop. This could replace Orval as my standard sacramental beverage.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of cichief
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a 750ml bottle with my girlfriend.

A- Pours a very clear golden with a nice white head.
S- Yeasty and bready, subtle hop aroma.

T- Somewhat malty and bready without being too sweet, well balanced by the hops.

M- Smooth on the tongue, not overly carbonated, nice medium body.

O- A very good beer, a bit expensive to drink regularly, but a good beer.

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Photo of buffcityx
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was pleased that tenderbranson69 was able to share this bottle with me -enjoyed chilled in a double-walled tumbler.

The color is deep golden with light haze and quick falling white cap with tight bead and no lace. The smell lightly tart with slight funky and tropical tinge with subtle sweet bubblegum notes and slight spice. The feel is great - the way it transitions from first sip to last is graceful and very nuanced. The slight tanginess of the brett with subtle earthy and spicy tinges w/ mild bitterness in the peripheral adds the complexity texture with some moderately spritzy carbonation up front and light creamy middle with a somewhat dry and spicy finish.

The Flavor of Brux is very developed and yet simple and enjoyable in that sense it has slight green hop elements and light melon notes up front which transition to a subtle tangerine and tropical note from the yeast. .The accent of funk is gentle which translates to spice on the palate with a mild toasted grain flavor with wheat taste and mild apple skin which adds complexity to the subtl bretty flavor in the dry finish. I was pleased with the overall drinkability of this beer - I think if you go into it thinking of Brett instead of sour you wiil like it, it is a 'domesticated' wild ale so it is exactly what I expected it to be -satisfying in every regard, Congratulations Russian River and Sierra Nevada on an excellent collaborative beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear golden/copper color with a three finger white that fades in blink of an eye.

S- Brett, some funk, some sour lemons, some pepper, little fruits, apple and pear.

T- Pepper, some sour light fruits, pale malts, Brett.

M- Smooth, crisp, light body, ton of carbonation.

O- More Saison like than sour. I really enjoy this and hope I can get another bottle to age. Would love to see this aged in Chardonnay barrels.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright golden amber with a big, white and frothy 3 finger head. Retention is decent. Resulting lace is thin but consistent.

Smell - An array of fruity esters; pineapple is most notable, backed by a touch of mustiness.

Taste - Starts slightly sour and with some subtle tropical notes; mellow pineapple, hints of green banana, and maybe a bit of mango. Touches on clove spice about midtaste, along with the faintest hint of sourdough and adds a bit of butter as it fades into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a nice, tingly carbonation. Certainly goes down buttery smooth, perhaps caused by diacetyl?

Overall - Great beer. I could drink this all day... but for $15 a bottle... there are better beers out there for less.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cellared this for a year plus in hopes of some Brett development.

Bright golden color, persistent plume of racing carbonation. Long lasting head of foam that settles but never really dissipates.

Aromas of dried pineapple, flinty wet stone, and wet hay. There's Brett in here alright...

Dry, very light residual sweetness, slightly tangy. Flavors of wet hay and funky yeast character though it's fairly restrained. Some minerality, tangy unripe fruit, leather, vague spices, mild aftertaste of clover honey. Medium bodied and a little over-carbonated for my tastes. Flavorful and approachable, Brux falls on the lighter side of the Brett spectrum, and that's ok. It's enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of Kromes
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A slightly hazy gold with a soda-like head from the high carbonation.

S: A tart and sour aroma. A bit of spicy funk and a bit of pear.

T: Very interesting flavors in this beer. At first there is a strong alcohol and pear flavor that transitions to a funky, bitter and sour flavor with a bit of clove and then some grain and hop.

M: peppery carbonation and medium body. Finishes dry.

O: Very well crafted beer here. Flavors are all over the spectrum, but have a certain harmony and smoothness. Brett is tame, of course, but I really enjoyed it as all of the flavors were present, but none dominated.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very warm orange/gold. Not much head or lace lowered the rating.

Apple and pale malts lead off the smell. Small ammount of funk in the back. Being that this is not aged and the Brett is added to the bottle, I'm not surprised.

The taste is very interesting. Sour apple and Brett start it off nicely. The sour fades into the slightly bready malts next with a mineral and bandaid kick near the middle. There are some hints of pear and earthy hops as well. Goes down very easily.

I think this would age very well. Can't wait to pop one in the cellar. Wouldn't label it as a wild ale at this point, more of an experimental farmhouse ale. Liked it quite a bit though.

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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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Photo of poonanners
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of t8dd
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some medium lacing notes. Aroma of dry Brett notes with light funky tart notes and some pear notes are also perceptible. Taste is a complex and refreshing mix between some light funky Brett notes with a solid Belgian malt backbone with some dry notes and very little residual sugar. Some pear ester and white wine notes are also perceptible. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. I really enjoy this beer with a great mix between complexities while retaining a good drinkability factor.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really excited for this beer. I am huge fan of both Russian River and Sierra Nevada. I shelled out $16 for this brew, so I am expecting a lot.

Appearance - Wow. What an impressive looking beer. Not much of a head at all - very light carbonation. The froth disappears rapidly, leaving a white circular line around the rim of the glass.The center fountains up with a light torpedo of carbonation, but it does not add to the head. Light lacing. The beer is deliciously opaque. The color is a sparkling goldenrod amber.

Smell - Brett-yeast that adds sourness and fruity qualities. Mango and pear in the nose. A spritzy tingle on the nostrils. Both sour and sweet. A bit weak.

Taste - Sourness overcomes the sweetness by a tremendous amount. Delicious brett yeast backed up by orange/toffee malt. An extremely impressive display of tastes. Pear is the most prominent fruit, while mango is also apparent. Nice sour hops with a bit of a tangy pine zing.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - I downed this beer in no time. Flows over the tongue with extreme pear sourness. This beer is medium-bodied, fruity, and fresh. Sourness greets you at the front, while sweetness takes over midway and carries you to a fruity, tangy, aftertaste.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 25.4oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Colour is a bright hazy orange-brow. Half-finger head fades to a puffy film. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: Spicy yeast and bubblegum are first and foremost. Aside from that I get a tart mixture of citrus, malts, and something along the lines of figs.

Taste: Tart is the prominent flavour, although not overpowering. I honestly cannot pinpoint a single familiar flavour in this - I'm lost! Yeast, spice, malts, metallic, and slightly musty are words I would use.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a pack of carbonation. Clean, crisp, and dry.

Overall: This is my first AWA and it has certainly opened my eyes regarding different flavours. While totally different than the usual, I'm excited to further my explorations of this style.

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Photo of wogreen
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - poured a bronze golden color

S - great smell, but honestly nothing way above average for its style

T - a slight bubble gum flavor but not overpowering, very sweet, light and smooth

M - very carbonated/gassy feel

O - very balanced beer and one of the better golden ales i've had. would really be curious to see how this ages.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,345 ratings
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