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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: metter98 on 06-24-2012)
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Photo of Reaper16


4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle served into a pinot noir glass

Pours a nutty brown color. It looks pretty dark, but there's some lighter tones at the edges of the body. The sand-colored head is pretty active (this IS a Brett beer, after all).

The primary aroma at this stage in the bottle's lifespan is earthiness. This beer smells like silt and loam and dirt and other synonyms for the damn ground. There's some black fungus mushroom character here, and some oolong tea as well.

The taste follows the nose. This is an amber-like toasty malt body accentuated by all sorts of earthy flavors. It's important to note that this strain of Brettanomyces isn't giving off funky, barnyard notes. It's the cleaner kind of Brett flavor that you get from an Orval. Flavors of soil and mushroom and grass and wood. I dig earthiness, so I dig this.

The mouthfeel is active and sharp, which really helps keep this beer drinkable. Overall, I really enjoyed this experiment. You have to be into earthiness to like this beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 19:52:57 | More by Reaper16
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 21:56:39 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of tigg924


4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 14:35:37 | More by tigg924
Photo of Flounder57


4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

760 ml bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy 4 finger head that reduced to a puffy off white mocha layer. Super nice lacing on the glass from the reduced head. It is a dark brown/black color with no clarity. More lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Funky, barnyard, rubber tires, bready, and oak.

Taste: Vanilla, oak, whisky, alcohol, funk, barnyard, rubber tire, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, puckering, boozy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and very interesting.

Overall: What a very interesting beer. The Brett and aging in whiskey barrels makes it interesting. Once again bringing wild ales to a new level.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 03:43:07 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Brob245


4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance - deep hazy, almost dirty burgundy color, with a light carmel frothy head.

Smell - not overly aromatic but does have a slight malt overtone.

Taste - hints of dark fruits including plum and fig. Finishes with a earthy/slightly dirty characteristic. Complexity of the beer is apparent as it warms with a subtle tartness at the finish that's very pleasing.

Mouthfeel - light feel and taste that reminds me of a Rochefort 8.

Overall - an enjoyable beer that reveals its complexity as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 03:04:43 | More by Brob245
Photo of Beer_Ninja


4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I live in San Antonio but I am originally from Kansas city MO. I am a huge advocate for everything that Boulevard does. I have tried just about everything that This brewery has to offer and there is not much that I do not like from them.

The bottle itself is very cool, Moroccan tapestry look to the label. The beer itself is very strong and full of flavor. The flavors are very middle eastern with anise and cardamom in the front. There is a typical aged beer alcohol taste that I have really grown to appreciate over the years. This is a great beer that I hope to see for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 15:47:21 | More by Beer_Ninja
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown-amber body with an initially fluffy, light beige head.

Smell: Incognita has a bit of a Flanders vibe going on. Acetic and wild infused amber malts, chocolate, modest roast, toast. Barrel aging characteristics are present but not overbearing. Light, lightly spoiled fruitiness.

Taste: Starts sweet, but not overly so, with roast and cola, as well as light chocolate and caramel. Toast noted. A little herb hit of menthol. Acetic quality throughout, a skosh vinegary. Dark fruit notes. Good inclusion of well-integrated whiskey character. Dries out at a comfortable pace. Light fruitiness and a drip of rose water weaves in and out of the finish.

Mouthfeel: A notch beyond medium-bodied. Fluffy, full carbonation.

Overall: I quite enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:54:55 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Pencible


4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy dark mahogany with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like funky oak and sour red grapes, with some sweet fig and brown sugar and metallic copper hops.
T: It tasted like tart red grapes and funky oak and sour Belgian yeast, with some sweet dark fruits and brown sugar and a little copper. It had a clean and sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was thick and velvety with some smooth natural carbonation. Very full and slick body.
D: Overall this was a very nice Flanders Bruin style brew. The scent and taste were solid, and the body was excellent. The alcohol was well hidden and the finish was really mellow, so it was easy to drink. Would likely improve with some age, but quite enjoyable now.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 04:08:49 | More by Pencible
Photo of DovaliHops


4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark, purple-amber color with a VERY large off-white head that takes quite a long time to go down. Scent is packed with Brett-like funkiness up front. Tart, earthy aromas that are very inviting. Some milk chocolate and hops are noticeable. Very interesting smelling beer. Definitely unique. Taste is unique as well. Tart up front with brett-like funky flavors that immediately turn to boozy whiskey notes. Quite complex if you ask me...strange blend between a very funky saison and a barrel aged stout/porter. Funky yeast and slightly tart flavors with peppery spice and dark chocolate. Some oak flavor with boozy whiskey, especially as it warms. You definitely get the whiskey, but it is not the best whiskey I've gotten from a barrel aged beer. Wonder what kind of barrels they used? My guess is Jack Daniels or something. Hops come through from time to time. Finishes with a more saison-like spiciness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very fizzy, and highly carbonated. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this beer is unique all around. It's like nothing I've ever had before. Very enjoyable experience. Would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 07:35:59 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of Lemke10


4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a huge, foamy, light brown head. The aroma is very yeast as expected based on the pour. The taste is smooth, mellow, and just a touch of whiskey flavor that is no where near as bold as the bourbon barreled beers. This is an interesting yet simple brew that delivers an unique take on barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 00:22:07 | More by Lemke10
Photo of russpowell


4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Brown Derby in Springfield, MO

Opens with a giant pop & pours an effervescent ruby red with 4 fingers of mocha colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Sour cherry, a bit of funk & & wet hay

T: Follows the nose, some apricot, a touch of fig & dryness up front. Woody dryness, choke cherry, a smattering of booze heat & a whisper of carob & plum. Finishes with oaky dryness, cherry & grassy notes & some sour mash & modicum of vanilla rising to the top

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation & warmth

Drinks nicely, not super sour, but engaging enough I would like to be able to purchase this again & again. Was hoping for better, but was looking for a great beer. Close, maybe will age into it

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 04:47:37 | More by russpowell
Photo of LiquidAmber


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly black in the glass with a maasive, half glass light brown head with decent retention and pillowy lacing. Intriguing aroma of wild yeast, tart apple juice, cinnamon and other earthy spices with a slight peppery sting; faint oak. Flavor is unusual, with the same earthy spicing, wild yeast and Brett, non identifiable sweet, light fruit juice, light oak, distinct brown sugar. Light bodied with peppery, active carbonation which fits well with the spicy flavors. I am not a big fan of traditional wild ales, but do like traditional spice hopped ales like gruits and this was like the wild child of a Brett ale and a gruit style traditional ale. I enjoyed it quite a bit and will see if I can find another bottle. May not appeal to lovers of classic wild ales, but very interesting if you are adventurous. Good job from on an experiment from two fine breweries. This could be the first time I have ever scored a wild ale above the average of other reviewers.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:49:03 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of stephenjmoore


4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark brown body with slight hints of amber. Big, foamy tan head that lingers around and leaves a mess of lacing.

S- Sour, tart fruit, notes of earthy must, toasted and nutty malt aromas, oak, leather. Lots of earthiness, tartness comes and goes in waves.

T- The flavor is really different from anything I have tried. It's like an earthy, barrel aged dark wheat ale with hints of a wild. Just like in the nose, the tartness is there for a second, then gone the next. Big earthy flavors, almost like a roasted wheat, with lots of whiskey character from the barrel. Earth, malt, sour, oak, leather, roast, lots going on.

M- Medium-high carbonation, medium-full bodied. The leather/oak make this one a definite sipper.

O- Not my favorite beer and tough to rate against other wilds, but I respect this one for what it is. Not quite a sour wild, not quite a big barrel aged beer, influences of wheat and toasty malt. It's different and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 23:36:41 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of wasso67


3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a large bottle into a pint glass. Thick brown foamy head which lasted and left a nice lace on the glass. Impressive dark brown color.

Smells earthy and full, hints of wood.

Mouthfeel is good, moderately heavy.

Slightly bitter taste with heady alcohol finish. Definitely a beer to sip as one would sip a fine whisky. I enjoyed it much. Very balanced and an interesting effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 23:33:27 | More by wasso67
Photo of Bosoxfan20


3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown cola color with a huge khaki head of about 3+ fingers. Clearly have some wild Brett strain yeast here. Head stick around forever it seems.

S- Nose clouded some by the massive head, but will review as is. Smells of spice, grain, molasses/brown sugar, Goldings hops, and some yeast funk.

T- Interesting is the best way to describe this. Has some English style characteristics accompanied by a generous dose of earthy hops, brown sugar, whiskey, tart cherries, and spice on the back end. Touch of booze shows, but not overpowering the flavor profile at all. So unique. The funk of the yeast also gives it an interesting layer. Love the clean, smooth finish as the oak barrel comes back around,

M- Smooth. Mid body bordering on full. Robust carbonation, but surprisingly fair drink-ability.

O- You can really tell the complexity of this beer in the way it combines aspects of the west coast, midwest, and beyond. A wild ride with many twists and turns without totally losing me at any point. A collaboration that seems to complement my palate. I can't quite put my finger on it yet, but I'm glad i gave it a shot. Very unique use of Brett and barrel aging.

$12.99 for 750 ml bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 19:43:55 | More by Bosoxfan20
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with hints of garnet red when held up to the light. The beer has a quarter finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate amounts of sourness.

T: Fairly malty with moderate amounts of sourness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Alcohol is well hidden in this beer and there is a very nice balance between the malts and the sourness. Enjoyable but definitely a sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 18:15:59 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of rlee1390


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black in the glass, three finger fluffy tan head, clear amber around the edges.

S-Plums, grapes, oak, mild funk, earthy grassy notes, some chocolate.

T-Starts with grapes and plums with cherries as well. Has some mild funk. Earthy notes and some roasted malt. Chocolate as it warms.

M-Lighter, not as much carbonation as when pouring.

O-After reading the reviews I was worried, but the beer was pleasant, not out of this world, but worth the one time try.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 18:14:50 | More by rlee1390
Photo of katan


3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml into a pint

A - Pours a reddish brown color. Very thick, opaque looking. Lots of off dirty colored head formation.

S - Very much a sour, lots of citrusy/acidic like funk. A bit of apple must in the background.

T - Rather light at first, a little bit of sweetness and maltiness. A bit of as sour bite in the middle, but rather restrained overall. Finishes with a little bit of a caramel and chocolate malt flavor. The underlying backbone finally sneaks in.

M - A moderate body and a mostly effervescent carbonation. Not extraordinarily fizzy for a sour. Alcohol is well hidden.

o/D - A good an approachable wild ale, however not necessarily one that would satisfy someone's desire for full on funk. A bit filling after drinking it, so I would share (if you can).

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 16:22:21 | More by katan
Photo of metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark brownish red in color and poured with a quarter finger-high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are very light aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sourness but also has notes of malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be rather malty for a sour beer, but is quite easy to drink. No alcohol is apparent in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 01:45:42 | More by metter98
Photo of jsanford


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark mahogany with a big, foamy ivory head. Nice aromas of funky, earthy Brettanomyces, dark dried fruits, and some citrusy hops. Taste is similarly earthy, with more dry Brettanomyces, citrus peel hops, and sweet dark malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with a medium body and good carbonation. Really nice Wild Ale, glad I got to taste it!

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 01:25:21 | More by jsanford
Photo of sjccmd


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly murky dark brown with amber highlights. Huge tan head with large and small bubbles which fades leaving a fairly sticky lacing.

Smell is roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, vanilla, and oak. Some tropical fruits and musty basement from brett, and spicy noble hops. Complex and nice.

The flavor is similar to the nose but a bit more muddled and finishes slightly bitter.

Highly carbonated, but slick and full mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth increases over time.

A very interesting beer clearly trying something new. However, there is quite a lot going on in this beer, and it's not quite balanced out.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:11:35 | More by sjccmd
Photo of StaveHooks


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml served in a snifter
Batch 2 best by: 02-2015 Bottle says 8.5%ABV

A - Pours almost black with a frothy tan head of random sized bubbles. Solid cap with clinging lacing.

S - Tart woody aroma, sour dried fruit, grapes, earthy minerals, dusty brett yeast, hints of cocoa, perfume floral, orange peel, spicy oak barrel.

T - Spicy grassy hops, semi tart grapes, more chocolate notes than the nose described, muted cherries, grainy malts, the oak is extremely mellow, good amount of spicy hop bitterness, sour notes left on the palate after a dry and spicy finish. Some coffee notes come out on the finish after it warms up a bit.

M - Full carbonation and body, soft squishy feel,

You have to really have to let this warm before any of the barrel starts coming out. Solid aroma with a soft roundness of funk and floral, but the flavor seems one noted and flat. The hops really helped out with some of the flatness. Not sure if this will age well or not. Glad I tried it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:27:30 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Franziskaner


3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 02:36:45 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of roblowther


3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black as coal with a dense, creamy tan head. This beer looks like its here to kick ass and pop its cork and the cork is already popped. The smell is leathery, with some dark fruits and a strong bready aroma. The taste is roasted and woody, very dry. It has a hop kick in the end that is subtle but there. The mouthfeel is tingly and stout, like its not so much trying to decide which camp to set its tent up but just pitched it across both. I like it, I like it alot. Its drier than the perfect beer for me but they probably didn't brew it for just me.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:10:30 | More by roblowther
Photo of MNishCT77

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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
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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.