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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
329
Ratings:
1,336
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
23.5%
 
 
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Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 SanFranJake
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review of my second bottle because my first was when it first came out and I thought it needed some time, albeit only a few months, to sit.
Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip.
Gold/orangish hue, mild head which faded pretty fast but stayed pretty carbonated.
Flavor was sweet and tart..not all that bad given the style. At first taste the aroma and flavors combined to remind me for some reason or another of Big League Chew...strange, I know. Dry mouthfeel...reminded me of champagne.
I was hoping for this to get better, even after only a few months, and it DID, just not to the level that I had hoped.
Given the two breweries, I would have hoped for something better, though maybe time will tell on this one. Perhaps they can collab on something else down the road.

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Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

The Banshee
Chico, Ca

Hazed golden with a quickly forming, moderately sized near-white head, leaving irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass.

Some citrus notes (lemon and orange peel) and mild Brett character make for a pleasant aroma, along with a bit of bread.

The flavor is similar, with only a mild Brett presence butting up against citrus zest and lemon along with some sweet, bready, malt, and mild pepper.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Simple but tasty.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy deep yellow color with spotty lacing.

The brett nose is undeniable. Funky hay, grass, and young in ripe white fruit.

The taste is mildly tart, but with a fruity sweet balance. Pear and apple with hay.

It's very dry with prickly carbonation.

It's a pretty solid offering from two great breweries.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy tangerine color with a fizzy, white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of bright fruits, bread, and a bit of brett.

Tastes of slightly tart fruit notes with some breadiness. Fruits lead off with apple and pear mostly, but also some white grapes. Has supporting juice like sweetness that blends into a slight tart note giving it a candy like feel. It is supported throughout by white bread notes. Funky brett makes an appearance and pulls the finish towards dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount if carbonation.

Overall, this isn't the great beer that I was expecting from such a collaboration, but it is still pretty tasty and has some things going for it.

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Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling code on the neck but couldn't decipher it - but I know it's pretty fresh as it's a new released. It's a slightly cloudy golden color with massive carb streams. It had a large foamy white head that never settled below a finger of foam. Great lacing with some sticking.

The aroma is fruity with apple and pear with a bit of funk as well. Not as much funk as I was expecting though. A little mild for me. The taste follows the aroma with good fruity base, some spicy yeast and a little bit of brett funk. Again, not as much as I was expecting or wanting. It's not bad tasting at all but feels like it still needs to develop as it's mild. Medium mouthfeel with tons of carbonation (too much for me as it's giving me huge burbs). Mild aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not great beer at this stage. Going to cellar a couple and see what happens as I know both breweries have some great beers so hoping that this is just a little young. Avail here in TX. Rotation - not too impressed at this point so going to cellar some

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy golden amber with lots of medium and large bubbles rising fast. 3 fingers of yellowish head has a sheen to it like candy glass, and fades moderately fast.

S: Fruity, I get pears and lemons, apricots and peaches, stone fruits galore, a sweet jam jelly component and the tart pectin of sour fruits all at once.

T: A sour fermented pear and nectarine first hits the tongue, followed by fruity apricots and a jam like sweetness that is subdued. A good hit of Belgian yeasts reminding me of a good tripel or farmhouse ale is definitely present. A snow like quality as well.

M: Medium thick body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

O: Amazing brew. Got this in Charlotte, NC, drank in Jacksonville, IL, Aug 11-12th, 2014. Been wanting this one for a while, and finally got my hands on it. My second Russian River Collaboration beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy orange-yellow color with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of tart green apples, lemon, earthy grains, lemon and barnyard funk.

The taste really delivered what the aroma set up with the layers of tartness, earth and yeasty Brett funk.

Medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

This was pretty much what I expected from this collaboration from Russian River and Sierra Nevada. Definitely worthy of a try.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden orange color with a tall white head. Nice yeast component to the nose, a bit of citrus peel, spice, and peaches. Sweet malt aroma in the background with a little brett, but not all that much. Really good fruitiness, particularly citrus, peach, and pear. The spice notes are enjoyable and work well with the fruit and sweet bread. Like the nose, not all that much brett character, but quite good. Just a hint of lemon and tartness as it warms up.

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Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearnce: Poured a slightly hazy copper-orange color with about one finger of off-white colored head which dissipated pretty fast. Very effervescent. Not much in the way of head retention and/or lacing on this one.

Aroma: Apricots, Wet Grass, Lemon Rind, Rubber Bands, Kumquats, and faint Brown Paper Bag.

Taste: Dry and fruity up front with hints of dried apricot, lemon zest, as well as some grassy characteristics (follows the nose). The carbonation fizzes on the tongue, helping to wake up the taste buds. The tart flavor is present throughout, but it was at it's most dominant towards the back-end. Still, it's not so sour that it makes you pucker or anything. I'm getting more fruit on the finish which goes well with a lingering dryness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with medium-high carbonation.

Morey's Bottom Line: I think that this would be a great introduction into the world of Sours. It's funky, but not too funky (at least not yet). It's tart, but not puckering. As much as I enjoy bolder sours, I liked this beer quite a bit. Alcohol is hidden well too. Cheers.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a globlet. This pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a thin white head which quickly disappates. There is an obvious brett smell, along with the usual belgian yeast smells of sweet fruit, banana, bread. The feel is medium, very high carbonation. The taste is pretty good, more belgian fruit, some bread malts, the brett is lighter than I expected.

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Photo of draheim
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a nice coppery color w/ lively, effervescent carbonation, fluffy loose head that settles steadily.

Aroms is a nice grassy Brett funk - pepper & spice. Reminds me of a saison.

Taste leads off w/ crackery, biscuity malt, some sharp spicy notes from the yeast, apple and pear. Light, crisp and refreshing. This is not a sour - not sure if it was meant to be. The biscuity malt has an almost metallic quality.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light w/ a dry finish. Just a tad thin.

Overall this is an approachable, drinkable wild ale - which also makes it a little dull. The label says it will "progress over many years," so maybe I'll lay down a couple bottles and see what develops.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle poured into some snifters with a bunch of heads. Had to give this at least a few months for some magic to happen.

BRUX pours out a beautiful golden light yellowish shade in the glass with a nice amount of bright white bubbles forming a nice cap of solidness. The cap of white lasts for quite a bit of time. A small amount of specs on the glass on the way down.

Smell is bright with some floral appeal mixed in with ripe pineapple, apple, pear and some faint brett in the back.A sparse amount of pale malt in the backing. Not terribly funky smelling, kinda like a wild saison/blond. A great nose with building as it warms.

Not a very wild beer. I get the blond characteristics. Some faint grassy hops and light florals. The brett is understated (at this time) b makes a small impact on the tounge. Pineapple and pear with trace hits of malt here and there. The alcohol does not make an appearance.

The body is a step below medium with a nice touching carb bite going for it. Not sour, just a bit of a twinge in the mouth. Not tart really either. I see this going together nicely with some light cheese samples. This is a decent beer, but more of a saison/blond hybrid of some sort IMO.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, poured into a tulip

The body sits a slightly hazy golden orange color with a one finger cap that fizzled away rather quickly. Some stray lines and dots of lace.

Heavy brett straw-like funk with apple skins, grapes, and damp grass. There's a little bit of sweetness that is part grainy and part fruity.

Pears, apples, grapes, and a bready sweetness lead off with straw/hay funk through the middle and into the finish. The finish is dry and funky. This beer truly showcases the Brett and showcases it well.

Medium body with mild carbonation. A touch prickly with none of the 8.3% noticed at all.

This was a solid beer that really showcases Brett. This by no means blew me away, but I did enjoy the beer. Solid.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe, thanks. Beer is brown and hazy with a tan off white head and some lacing, low retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is malty with a definite brett b aroma.

Beer is medium to light in body and has this maltiness and a nice yeast palate, with a good brett presence, the beer might get more yeast palate as it ages but it is a nice beer already, i liked it.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy/bubbly straw, big white 2 finger head,

S: belgian yeast, fresh bread, floral, lemon peel

T: same as nose, firm souring pucker, hint of bitter/oily

M: med body, bubbly/mild oily mouth

O: Great to see 2 famous California breweries team up!
Still can't decide if I like the style, but interesting treat
+ love breweries taking beer in different directions.
Curious to try other Wild Ales and see how it compares. Have
tried tons of SN + Russian River due to NorCal trip and amazing
wife who said OF COURSE we will go to Russian River for you!
Worth trying and supporting these 2 CA beer gods.

VERY GOOD, GIVE IT A GO!

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Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz caged and corked bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow, monster 3+ inch fizzy head and good lacing.

Smell - Brett funk, floral notes, yeasts, caramel, apple, peach, lemon and banana. Very saision like with a grassy aroma.

Taste - Sour brett mixed with farmhouse floral and herbal flavors. Lemon and apple is a main flavor along with some peppery spices. Caramel malts add a little bold flavor. Some sweet yeasts and a little alcohol comes out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Sour brett coats tounge along with lemon and apple. Palate gets some malts, yeasts and spices. The aftertaste is lemony, brett sour and dry.

Overall - Pretty good, more mild and smooth, the brett doesnt sour you all to hell. Balanced well, minus the brett though this would be a straight up saision, loads of floral notes and sweet yeasts. Worth a drink but at 15.99$ i wouldnt buy this again.

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Photo of ccrida
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Brux is gold with a big, big bubbled, quickly settling white head, leaving modest lace. Disappointing after the pig pop of the cork.

Smell is very nice, lightly sweet cereals and some pithy minerality, like a saison. No must.

Taste sweet, floral, a little musty, and spicy. Not a lot of brett funk, more pineapple, which is tasty, but it's there, primarily on the back end.

Mouthfeel is light and sharply crisp. Overly high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, a nice Belgian blonde, some complexity from the brett. I prefer the fruity end of the spectrum, which is where this leans.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy, orange color. There is a fizzy, off-white head which quickly fades to nothing.

S: Tart and crisp. Green apple, champagne, lemon rind, and mild barnyard must.

T: Champagne is prominent. Sour grape and apple. Strong vinous alcohol flavor, but it is not unpleasant; similar to a dry white wine. Alcohol blends with lemon tart and lactic sour to make a lingering, bitter but mouthwatering finish.

M: Thin, alcoholic and very foamy. With the slightest of agitation, it really foams up.

O: Very interesting. Compare to both champagne and cider with a sour twist.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, corked and caged. Split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an opaque hazy golden orange with a 1 finger head that disappears immediately. Tons of visible carbonation. No real lacing.

S: Right of the bat a sourish fruit with a hint of funk. An earthy mint like quality gives it a zing. Some fig and roasted malt as it warms.

T: Fruity wine like taste with great sour overtones. Can get a nice oak and vanilla from it too. Spice is in there like cinnamon and allspice.

M: Has a nice crisp carbonation but is still very smooth. Has a full bodied. Real carbonated throughout the glass. Very drinkable for the abv.

Overall I want another one to age. This will become a great sour down the line. The spiciness was a nice addition I wasnt expecting.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm in WV and somehow I'm the second person to review this? Anyway, here goes.

Purchased at the Irish Pub in Lewisburg, just arrived the day I bought it. Poured in a tulip glass.

A- pours a light copper color with a bit of an orange hue when held to the light. A little cloudy when cold, then turns to clear. Very little head with minimal lacing.

S- earthy, Forrest floor, straw, lemon grass, pears, and a kick of spicy hops on the back end.

T- fruity notes with a lemon tartness, funky and yeasty with a bit of clove, follows very similar to a typical Belgium. Finishes dry with a citrus/yeast linger.

M- med-light in body, light spritzy carbonation, quite drinkable. Does a great job of masking that 8.3 ABV.

O- I can see why wild ales can be off setting to some, the funkiness from the yeast inst for everybody. I found this one quite enjoyable, but I guess I was expecting a little more considering the collaboration this one came from. I imagine this would become much more complex with aging and would be interested in cellaring one if I can get my hands on another bottle.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden orange with a huge head of large, pebble-like bubbles. The head settles to a half-finger’s width height above the beer and then slowly fizzles away with mediocre retention. In body, the beer is opaque and murky, yet gorgeously bright in color with lots of lively carbonation bubbles running through the glass. On the nose, the beer has a grassy barnyard funk. It is not an overpowering funk, but is gentle and complex. Hay, soft cherry, prickly horse blanket, and fruit leather tickle over the nostrils. On the tongue, the beer tastes initially lightly tart with acidity and a funky sweetness. This dries into the finish with a touch of salinity and grassy bitters. In flavor, this beer shows many similarities to a nice gueuze, which I like, but it loses that on the finish. Bright lime and lemon peel flavors blend with subtle cherry, barnyard funk, and a touch of metallic copper. The middle of the sip develops an odd meatiness, while the finish places a splash of pineapple, slight earthy salt, and must alongside grassy bitters. In the mouth, the beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a fierce and fizzy carbonation and a crisp, snappy, and slightly slimy mouthfeel. The tongue is left tingly with acidity and the cheeks fill up with spittle, yet the mouth as a whole feels dry. Overall, this is a nice funky beer, though I wish I had aged it for a couple more months. The nose is superbly funky, almost like a well-crafted gueuze but the flavor doesn’t quite stand up. The meatiness develops more and more as the beer warms, which is too bad, and the funky flavors aren’t quite there yet. This beer is good, and has some awesome parts but doesn’t quite add up as a whole yet. A good beer, but if you have a bottle, age it longer.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL corked & caged bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with a light haze and a robust effervescence. Head pours several fingers of fizzy ivory foam which dissipates rather quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet malt with a light, refreshing tartness. Simple, but clean and enticing.

Taste: sweet malt with a good, rich flavor rather like a tripel. Tartness is low, which I wasn't expecting, based on the smell, but it works well here. There's a little bit of Brett-y funk in the mix along with a chalkiness that smooths the whole thing out. An interesting selection of flavors that I think works quite well.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a mammoth carbonation and concomitant bodacious creaminess. Hot damn tamale! Love it.

Overall: a very interesting wild ale. It is not over the top, but it develops a nice range of wild ale flavors. Good stuff; I'd have it again.

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Photo of robhbest
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip

A: Transparent yellow with huge white head.

S: Cloves, Bananas, Citrus, Corn tortillas.

T: Bubbly on the front. Seltzer, cloves, Minerals however not metallic. Tartness on the backside. Little bitterness.

M: Bubbly, high carbonation. Medium to light bodied.

O: Pair this with salty cheese or fish. Interesting beer, enjoyable.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone 15th Anniversary snifter on 4/3/13

Deep gold color with tangerine and honey highlights. It isn't entirely clear; there is but a faint layer of haziness. Bubble cling to the side of the glass as other rise and form a two and a half finger, porous head. The billowy foam isn't suited to tarry, becoming a smoothed, thin layer. No lace remains.

The aroma is a peppery blend of lemony soap and funk, tart apple, damp hay, prairie grass, pollen and such. It is reasonably bright and quite pleasant. As it opens up, a mustiness emerges, but does not crowd out the the more pleasing smells.

I'll admit being surprised at how peppery this tastes; lots of white pepper and a subtle herbal concoction to back it up. Lemon aplenty and notions of peach tea, grass, toasty grains and musty undertones. Hints of perfume and pollen dust on the back end. Each fresh pour has a soapy penchant that subsides over time.

I find the feel to be well-suited to the progression of the beer. That is, it's crisp and tight with carbonation earlier on, matching the peppery lemon zest. As the carbonation falls away and the body stills, it's suited to the slightly musty finish.

I've been waiting to try this one for a while. The reasons were two-fold; one being I wasn't chomping at the bit to pay $15 for this creation and the other being that there have been bottles sitting around for months. I had heard underwhelming things from several people. Knowing their tastes in beer, I figured I'd like this a lot. I figured right.

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Brux Domesticated Wild Ale from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.
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