Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.78/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours an extremely dark, murky brown that is verging on pitch black. As soon as the beer hits the glass, a towering 4 fingers tall, tight bubbled, light beige head erupts out of the dark beer. The head has good retention and leaves some nice lace along the edges of the glass.
If the gigantic, frothing head didn't make you think this beer was bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces, the aromatics certainly will! Layers and layers of Brett funk shoot out of the glass towards your nose; Musty hay, wet earth, horse blankets, old leather and even a hint of pineapple and lemon juice. A spicy, herbal and slightly citrus-y hop presence is deep entrenched inside the wild yeast. Underneath the mountain of funk, there are notes of bakers chocolate, freshly grated cocoa and a faint espresso. As beer starts to warm, the bourbon barrel finally starts to rear it's head, but it is very subdued; a mere kiss of vanilla and extremely light notes of coconut.
Your palate is greeted by a quick, juicy charge of very citrus forward hops; Orange, grapefruit and some nice, resinous pine. Playing counterpoint to the bright hops, the Brett eases in nicely with it's earthen notes of leather, wet hay and a tangy pineapple zest. The middle of the taste is very light with notes of dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. The beer finishes bitter and dry with long lingering notes of pine needles, light citrus, earthy Brettanomyces funk and some nice chalky bakers chocolate. Some notes of the bourbon barrel in the finish; coconut, vanilla and a light booziness. Very little tannins.
Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. I find myself wanting a more viscous body.
A very interesting collaboration indeed between Sierra Nevada and Boulevard Brewing; You can definitely taste a distinct earthiness to this brew. While the nose and taste of this beer is certainly complex and ever evolving in your glass, the thin mouthfeel really brings this beer down a few notches. I wish there was a just a bigger, thicker malt presence. I really enjoy the dry hopping twist that seems to be a nod to Orval. The hops really do add a nice citrus-y character to the beer that helps brighten up the flavor profile. This is a really complex beer certainly not for novice. I can only recommend this beer in good conscience to the already Brettanomyces obsessed.
07-18-2013 01:40:55 | More by flayedandskinned
More User Reviews:
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
Appearance: dark brown in color, 1.5 inch head, high carbonation, cloudy
Smell: chocolate and oak
Taste: oak, hazelnut, toasted malt, sweet chocolate and bourbon--especially at the end
Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, heavy body, sweet with oakiness that gives a slight bittering
Overall: A nice malty and oaky treat. Really loving the complexity on this. Would not have thought of it as an American Wild, but it is delicious. Very subtle flavors that mix well. I will get this again.
07-29-2013 14:35:37 | More by tigg924
3.86/5 rDev +7.5%
Deep dark brown in color and minimal light will get through this brew. Carbonation is very high and thick with a brown tint to it. The aroma is loaded with whiskey, dark carmelized malt and a bit of molasses. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and rich,as this is a bit weighted with alcohol. The taste is actually a bit subdued in light of everything else. It is very forward with caramel and gentle sweetness of fig. the back of the palate is a bit of a warming sensation as the whiskey trickles down your throat.
07-27-2013 02:36:45 | More by Franziskaner
2.9/5 rDev -19.2%
As promised, this has a wild ale aroma and flavor; not always a good thing for my tastes.
It starts promising with an excellent presentation: essentially black body covered by a semi-durable head that leaves good lacing.
Has a distinct, and to me unpleasant, aroma of Brett.
Some Brett in the flavor too.along with medium roasted malts, yeast, and hints of dark fruit.
10-14-2013 00:59:45 | More by chinchill
4.4/5 rDev +22.6%
(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a thick, 3/4 of a glass, head of dense foam that settles down to a dark brown body and there is still thick lacing with each sip.
S- The earthy tart wet wood that takes on a pencil shavings note before becoming more dry old oak as it opens. There is a nice hint of Flanders Red yeast esters with cherry hints and basement hues.
T- The nice dark fruit tartness leads to a bit more funk character and some old barrel notes to follow. The white cheese rind brett taste and some earthy darker malt notes blend with wet oak in the finish.
M- The medium mouthfeel has a full roundness from the gentle fizz and no real alcohol heat or astringency noticed.
O- This beer has a great wild funk character blended with barrel notes and some good yeast esters and malt flavor for support. This is very drinkable.
01-08-2014 21:56:39 | More by rhoadsrage
Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.