Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
3.78/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2013 01:40:55 | More by flayedandskinned
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District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750 mL bottle purchased at Franklin's Pub and Brewery in Hyattsville, MD several months ago, unknown bottling date, poured into a Rogue chalice glass and drank while reviewing over an hour.
A - 3/3 - deep mahogany brown coloration, no clarity (unable to read or see through), intense head on initial pour settled into one finger head that persisted throughout the drinking; moderate alcohol legs; moderate carbonation that reagitates on the swirl
S: 9/12 - some really unique aromas here with a mix of subtle tart (definitely some Brett in there) and barrel qualities; some alcohol also peeks through on the nose; no detectable malt or hops; no off-flavors either
T: 16/20 - on the anterior tongue, there's some sour flavors that immediately pop and are quickly accompanied by barrel-aged notes - vanilla, oak and caramel; subtle caramel and toffee malt flavors also pop; finishes moderately dry and not cloying, some alcohol notes too
M: 4/5 - moderate-to-full bodied, moderate carbonation and creaminess, some alcohol fullness to boot
O: 8/10 - had not idea what to expect going into this pour other than reading on the bottle that this is a barrel-aged ale from two of my favorite breweries, Sierra Nevada and Boulevard; I definitely wasn't expecting tart/sour flavors so that was a pleasant surprise; my major gripe with this beer is that there might be too much going on such that it is non-committal and confuses the palate; nevertheless, it's worth a drinking at a nice price point ($13.99 for the 750 mL bottle)
TOTAL - 41/50
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 04:38:22 | More by MNishCT77
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
750mL (best by 02/2015) into a tulip. Pours a deep cola brown w/ a big monster khaki head that leaves behind some patchy lace.
Aroma is unique. Roasty, bitter, a little sour, with a hint of raspberry or some other kind of berry. Maybe a little vinous. Not having read anything about this beer, I'm having a little trouble deconstructing it. But I'm pretty sure it spent some time in barrels and might have used a wild yeast strain.
Taste is, likewise, difficult to figure out. Bitter roasted and chocolate malts, a slightly sour quality, but none of the fruity sweetness I thought I was picking up on the nose. Kind of like a sour porter. Has a metallic quality on the palate.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied but also relatively light and crisp. Has a lingering aftertaste.
Overall a really different beer, not many to compare it to. Not sure I'd buy it again but glad that I had a chance to try it.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2014 04:52:13 | More by draheim
3.18/5 rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Medium brown color, deep, but didn't look overly hazy, capped with a tan head that settled to a wispy layer of bubbles, leaving some lacing on the glass. Aroma of bready malts, toasted grains, fruity esters, acetic acid, yeast. There was some fruitiness in the taste, somewhat phenolic, and some acetic quality, but it didn't really come off as "sour" or "tart" to me; wood and leather, nutty malts, some dry herbal bitterness going on as well. Medium body, moderate carb, mediocre drinkability. I mean, a sample was good enough. I didn't really read the bottle when I tasted this, and I probably wouldn't have guessed it was classified as a wild ale. Maybe a strong ale. I'd try it again with a clean palate, but it didn't leave a good impression on me.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 00:54:49 | More by Rifugium
Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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