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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra IncognitaBoulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 579
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 35.15%
Wants: 32
Gots: 129 | FT: 11
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:
Beer added by: metter98 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.74/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date is faded but reads 2014. Pours a midnight red color with a light khaki colored head that thins out swiftly. Smells of ripe raisins, toffee, caramel, and rich chocolate. Also hints of biscuity malts with a subtle red wine smell detected. It's almost sour, but because of the sweetness is nullified after breathing back out. A lot of different smells going on with this brew. Tastes of overly ripened cherry, bitter chocolate, ripened figs, dried dates. Overall very drinkable at 9 plus percent abv. I'll buy another bottle to share with friends since this is an awesome co-lab.


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Photo of Greywulfken
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: dark opaque brown, but essentially black at a glance; finger of light brown foam on top

S: rich brown malts and woodsy barrels supplemented with dim fruity notes, and suggestions of the wine and bourbon barrels used

T: incredible array of flavors - rich molasses sweetness weaves through the wine and bourbon highlights; brown and roasty malts converge, producing fruits like fig and date, and hearty breads; accents suggesting spices

M: medium-weight, smoothly gliding across the tongue; barrel vapors caress the roof; moderate carbonation; effortless drinking

O: this is the third brewing of the beer, and not having had the previous two, I can tell you that there is nothing wild about this beer - it is more reminiscent of a rich Imperial-style brown meets a strong dark Belgian ale (though the stylings are more "American" than "Belgian"), but it truly transcends styles. If you're expecting a wild ale, you may be wildly disappointed, but if you're bracing for a barrel-aged brown, you'll be more pleased. I was absolutely stunned by the ale, and highly recommend it. The reviews aren't so hot, but this may be reflective of the two previous vintages - and also the difficulty in categorization.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of jbru1971
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

Complex yet very clean and simple. Reminds me of the FFF/New Belgium Gratzer if it were barrel aged, but with a little more everything on it...especially the nose of a sour. I savored this beer as it slowly warmed up to discover nice depth on most of the character notes. Would love to see this happen again.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The deep burgundy colored body was not highly carbonated, and the one finger thick head was short lived. The smell was very wine like, with sour, fruity, woody aromas dominating the nose, and this was backed by a rose like floral aromas. The taste was that of raisins up front, with a followup of cherry. There were some hints of chocolate and toffee in the finish. The aftertaste was oak, vanilla, and a touch of banana. The body of the beer was a little thin and the feel slick. A nice creation, but a bit pricey for the quality.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of FFreak
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this too long ago to remember where I got it or the price. I sat on it for close to a year. Poured into a short tulip glass. Pours a dark, dark, but slightly translucent brown, with a frothy head that wants to flow out of the glass, but dissipates rather quickly and leaves some thick lace. Very nice aromas of oak, dried fruit, liquor, and dark sugar/molasses. Taste follows smell with great liquor barrel notes, some vinous quality, lots of Belgian dark fruitiness, and nicely balanced brown sugar and bitterness. Mouth is along the lines of a Trappist ale but could have been just a touch fuller. Overall, I thought this was a great beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Weird beer. Dark, thick, smooth. It reminds me of a double bock more than anything. Don't get the "wild" ale aspect, but overall it's very drinkable, tasty as hell. Worth the money.

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Photo of Pahn
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

750ml bottle into a red wine glass.

4.0 Appearance: Dark chesnut with a 1 inch offwhite head. Dissipates quickly but retains some foam and leaves a big streak of lacing.

4.3 Smell: Clove belgian Dubbel aroma with some smoke. Brings back fond memories of my Belgian-only years. Some leathery, slightly sour aromas (not unpleasant). More bright and complex than the flavor.

I may sound ridiculous, but it actually smells like it was dry hopped with East Kent Goldings and fermented with brettanomyces. It's preposterous that the EKG ended up coming through, and maybe I'm imagining it, but I smell it and it works.

4.15 Taste: Well, I can tell the people behind Bourbon Barrel Quad had something to do with this! Lots of barrel presence, pretty straightforward otherwise; some tangy brett, slight brown sugar note, then a LOT of oak (smoothed out with some brett creaminess; don't get that in every brett beer, and always happy when I do).

Some reviews say this beer isn't very complex, and I think they're onto something... but that's not quite right in my opinion. The complexity is there (it straddles English and Belgian styles, it's outrageously--and welcomely--oak forward, and it has the esters and intriguing yeast flavors to satisfy any complexity lover), but it rarely manifests in one sip, and it doesn't really "sing together" if that makes sense.

To put it another way, I like, maybe even *love*, all these flavors, but only a few of them actually compliment each other. My brain keeps saying "slightly clove-y Belgian Dubbel with a bunch of whiskey barrel and some light creamy/tangy brett" because those all work. There's more here, but it's not really... doing anything. At least that's my experience of it.

A side note about "wild ale," the "light brett" isn't like "this is barely a wild ale!" light; if you've never tasted brettanomyces fermented beers, you'll be very confused and surprised by the flavor of Terra Incognita. It's light in that it has none of the brett dirt flavor, no crazy barnyard or basement flavors/aromas. Just a tang and creaminess that are emphatically brett. In other words, they either flash pasteurized it before it flourished beyond this point, or didn't use very much (?), or it hasn't had enough time to be all those crazy things brett can be. For me, it works awesome in the beer.

4.0 Mouthfeel: Good. Not thick, but full side of medium bodied. Creamy finish emboldened by alcohol heat. No dryness but no chalky / sugary b.s. either. Solid.

4.25 Overall: Puts me in mind of Marin Old Dipsea w/ Brett (barleywine), a fantastic beer that holds only good memories for me. It's not a brain destroying complexity fest like better Fantome beers or amazingly well thought out and executed barrel aged beers (see Goose Island, Firestone Walker, 50/50, and the still underrated barrel program of Clown Shoes). But it is delicious. Easily worth $15~20, and should satisfy all fans of barrel forward brett beers.

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Photo of Tilly
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Nice opaque brown, not much head, but what there is, is a khaki colour. Nice lacing on the glass.
A: Musty grape, chocolate, bourbon, some malt.
T: Wow, complexed tastes. Chocolate, wine, bourbon, sweet molasses, toasted malt.
M: Amazing chunky, bold, perfectly carbonated, small perfectly placed bitterness.
O: This has to be one of THE most interesting amd exciting beers I've had in some time. Stout and an IPA marriage. Well done Sierra & Boulevard!!!

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Photo of Beer_Ninja
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before Dec 2015

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep brown with a monsterous three finger dense light tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. Pretty well carbonated as the cork came off with a satisfying pop but fortunately didn't gush.
S: smells of barnyardy funk and acetic sourness, it's a little earthy with some slight band aid as well. It smells the part.
T: taste is slightly roasty with some chocolate and funk with hints of sourness. nice underlying barnyardy flavor with some band aids and earthy flavor. There's some vanilla at times as well. swallow is more light roasted malt and a slight tartness with more funk and some lingering oaky flavor
M: Fairly light on the palate with somewhat prickly carbonation and a very dry finish
O: A very impressive beer. Great complexity and flavors with some nice funk and slight sour notes. This beer seems to have required some time as it seems like when SN does funk it takes a good while after bottling for it to come out. The sour is definitely subtle instead of being more up front so if you want some serious pucker this one isn't for you

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Photo of Celtics17
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall I wanted more from this beer. It had some sour notes, but played more on the chocolate character, and the whiskey character. This was a foamy beer. I enjoyed this brew, but wanted more. It was good overall, and maybe aged longer. It would have been better.

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Photo of FlussigkeitMut
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

Gave last year's batch a 3.75 because this beer with Brett was a little on the funky unpleasant side.

BUT this year's batch does not use Brett and the resulting beer has characteristics of a larger, malt forward beer with tastes of red wine and oak and a more subtle taste of bourbon.

Each batch should probably be considered a completely different beer. I give this years a 4.15

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

Batch #3, Bomber to a snifter

Pours dark brown, almost black with red hues. Very murky muddy brown when held up to a light. A half finger of foam has died down to a thin ring pretty quickly, mild carbonation from the sides, think lacing 4/5

Smells pretty complex. Upfront dark notes, dusty chocolate, raisin, fig, cherry, oak, white wine, bourbon, some funk and a little alcohol. Everything comes together well, really interesting beer. Smells like a mix between a bb stout and a wine barrel Belgian 4.25/5

Taste is a bit of a curve ball. Lots of fig, raisin, chocolate, and molasses in the front. After that is a tart dark berry, followed by some oak- nice mix of mostly wine with strong hints of bourbon. Ends with a touch of alcohol 4.25/5

Feel is a moderate body, actually really smooth on the way down. Moderately tart, nothing close to sour. Alcohol is hidden well, it's really easy to drink 4.25

Overall it's different, but good. I know it's classified as a wild ale, but I still have no idea what sort of beer I just drank. More like a BA strong ale. It's really good though 4.25/5

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Photo of Brob245
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured out of the 750ml bottle with a great deal of earth-tone colored foam (3-4 inches). It is a very nice dark bronze color and quite opaque. The head stays frothy for quite some time and never totally disappeared.

Smell: First notes are of fruity tartness with a slight vinegary tinge. Only a slight caramel malt scent.

Taste: A quick, and dry, sour bite comes first. Then there are a few flavors melding together: grapes, pumpkin, caramel, spices, toasted nuts, charred oak, and very tart cherries. There are bitter notes, but not necessarily from the hop additions as this beer is around 38 IBUs. For being an 8+% ABV brew, it does not drink like one.

Feel: This is brew is of a medium body (not too thick, not too thin) and very dry and effervescent on the tongue.

Overall: This is a good beer but I probably would not buy it again. It is a bit on the sour side, which I am not a big fan of, and a bit too dry on the tongue. The sourness was not overpowering, though, and this brew had many other flavors to keep it interesting (whiskey, oak, caramel, fruit).

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought on a whim to see what multiple aging techniques in blended form tasted like. This is batch # 3, 13% Ale, 55% Wine barrel aged, 32% bourbon barrel aged and 9.8% alcohol content. Pours dark, almost black but has reddish hues when held up to light. Medium pour from a 750 into a a flute, resulted in a two inch light brown head that lasted several minutes while leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Aroma like a Belgian Dubbel with vanilla, fruit, and bourbon prevailing. Allowing beer to warm to around 55-60 brought out much more of the flavor profile and like many bourbon barrel aged beers, raised the presence of the bourbon barrel aging, yet the tartness of wine barrel aging still lingers but not a strongly as if drank colder. Medium mouthfeel with carbs and alcohol bite.

Overall my personal opinion is this is a good strong ale, not sure about the wild category but still quite palatable and enjoyable. Although I can understand the blending may be off-putting to some, thus this beer seems to have a higher than usual deviation on ratings.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +9%
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

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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.