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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra IncognitaBoulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita

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BA SCORE
81
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414 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 06-24-2012)
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Etan

Wisconsin

1.69/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 from the recent batch, into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque blackish brown with a huge light tan head.

S: Leathery, bacterial, wet hay and cobwebs, mild plum-like acetic tartness, some caramel and toasted grain. Smells like an infected barleywine.

T: Taste brings a dominating earthy, acrid bitterness, charred grain, musty, light tartness.

M: Medium-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: Wow, this is one of the worst beers I've had in a long time. Charry, bacterial, over-carbonated, acrid. No redeeming qualities. Do not buy.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:49:17 | More by Etan
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Holy crap, calm down, foam central on pour. Deep brown with a tan head, way to much head.

S: Light band aid and whiskey with a whiff of grapes? sourness, yes

T: Big band aid, fruits, wow, booze, bourbon, sourness lingering

M: Over carbonated, it left me belching like crazy after the few sips I choked down. Tart, unappealing and uninspiring.

O: What a disappointment! Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 07:34:19 | More by barleywinefiend
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zhanson88

California

2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a murky brown with ruby hints around the edges. A full 3" of off white head forms.. Very good retention and lacing. Great head characteristics but ugly color.

Smell: Brown malt base, tart cherries, general funk. Not real expressive here.

Taste: Brown malt base and tart cherries up front. Mid palate and on the back end is highlighted by a weird lingering sour. Super weird. Bitter like ear wax.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation, about right. Weird finish and aftertaste retracts. Overall, not good. Favors are way off for the style. Did not enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 02:37:01 | More by zhanson88
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homebrew311

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with an excessive amount of head, got about a c'mon beer and the rest was a foam over. After things settle down, a thin brown beer presents itself with some lacing. The nose is Brett forward with that funky, lemon, earthy, herbal quality. This sits atop some brown malt and some booze. Nose smells like it lacks cohesion and has notes all over the place. Taste is brett forward which provides a healthy dose of funk to the flavor. Next comes some malty sweetness followed by some roast. There also happens to be some herbal Hop character which is paired with some non description booziness. Mouthfeel is thin and prickly. This beer leaves me confused. It's like a hoppy brown ale, barrel aged, then dosed with rest. Nothing adds up here and it makes for a very sloppy final product. This is a disappointment, especially considering this comes from two great breweries. Pass this at all costs.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 05:48:47 | More by homebrew311
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Ruddy/murky dark copper brown. Head is tan, bubbly, and sticky. Forms a massive bubbly head that drops to a small cap and collar. Chunky lacing. Relatively high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Sweet leather and dark cherry. Faint hints of vanilla and barrel. Some underlying funk adds a damp earthiness to everything. Some minor bourbon. Slightly sweet malt base with some herbal notes. Slight touch of cherry in the mix. Acetic as it warms with a bit of lactic finish.

Taste: Powdery and slightly spicy yeast. Very faint bourbon with some cherry flesh. Leather and seltzer water. A hint of caramel malt and spicy esters. Earthy and damp with a distinctly dirty finish. Mildly acetic with a slight citric finish. Cellar damp and musty. No depth, finishes super clean and fast.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. Mediumish light body. Clean and bubbly with a mild astringency.

Overall: Hidden in plain sight.

Earthy seltzer water with a slight tart funk. Mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 02:17:59 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very dark and nicely clear. Annoyingly large straw colored soapy head. Lacing is spotty.

Tons of Brett, coffee and chocolate. Weird.

The flavors are an un-melded mess. Coffee, Chili, light, chocolate, pine, molasses, birch, vanilla, bright heavy carbonation, weird dry sweetness, zero bitterness... Tastes like infection is immenent

Near drain pour. Can't recommend. Sierra Nevada and Boulevard can surely do better than this "collaboration". Tastes like Boulevard had the upper hand in brewing.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:56:26 | More by chugalug06
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

BB Feb 2015

Despite a very cautious pour, this beer filled my tulip with almost nothing but beige coloured head. Just mountainous. Fades slowly, lots of lacing. The beer is dark chestnut brown.

Nose contains tart cherry, yeast, sweet bready malts and a bit of spicing. Oak. The whisky is noticeable but I don't find it particularly pungent.

Taste is a let down. Very dry, with a flavour of oak, yeast and whisky. Tart. The dryness is not pleasant. Not impressive.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Feels heavy. Very astringent.

Overall, not good. I will certainly not be finishing the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 17:24:43 | More by jrenihan
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chinchill

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

O: challenging

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 00:59:45 | More by chinchill
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Consumed 8/30/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Darker than expected, dark, dark brown - pours light a tan head, keeps a solid cap, leaves some serious streaks of lacing

Smell: Dark malts and some sourness - caramel and cooked malts - kind of grainy - some funk - lactic, wet sourness - musty and damp - some vinegar, acetone, and some fruit

Taste: Cooked malts, wet sour, and yeasty funk - caramel and amber malts, with a lot of grainy earthiness - wet, musty, damp funk - wet, acetone-like sour, with some lactic acidity and vinegar - some wood - some fruits - very earthy, dirty, rough

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, a bit too damp, earthy, and dirty to be easy drinking

Overall: Wash yourself, Terra

I love Sierra Nevada. I really enjoy Boulevard. But I'm rather unimpressed by this beer. It's sour in an earthy, dirty, harsh way. Maybe this needed some more time?

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 02:28:07 | More by angrybabboon
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tewaris

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rather pretentious name and presentation for an ordinary beer but that's the nature of the beast. Weird color, odd looks. Soapy saison aroma, some fruit and some spice. Not bad, but nothing to die for either. Just average.

Roast at the back with high carb with some spice laden here and there; this beer succeeds in confusing but fails at delighting. Take my word for whatever it's worth and don't try to drink an entire bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 10:49:21 | More by tewaris
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass form a 750ml bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany brow with some amber hues. There is a tall 2 inch light tan and slightly cream colored head. Head is pretty dense with some more medium sized bubbles sprinkled around. Somewhat soapy and sticky.

Aroma seems a bit bland. There is some hints of wood and some acidic funk. Kind of musty. Upon further inspection there is some slight vinegary funk and some midl fruit juice notes. Some slight bourbon notes can be perceived as well.

Flavor seems pretty bland up front. There is definitely wood notes and some musty horse blanket notes. Some slight tartness tries to show up but is beaten back by the funk and the wood notes. There is some residual barrel sweetness that is present and tries to work together with the tartness. Quite underwhelming flavor. Mouthfeel is bubbly and playful. Very carbonated.

Overall. I was quite disappointed. THis is by no mens a bad tasting brew but it didn't quite hit the marks for me. Too bland.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 20:20:25 | More by JoEBoBpr
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morimech

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Even poured very cold and carefully, this is a foaming beast. Estimate the glass fills about 1/4 liquid and 3/4 foamy head. Of course it takes forever to settle. Annoying. Dark brown color with heavy lacing is left down the glass.

I like this aroma. I pick up some fruity tartness, whiskey, caramel, and herbal, earthy hops. Pleasant amount of barrel character without it overwhelming the other aromas.

The flavor is not as impressive. Very earthy and woody. Mild tartness and acidity. Booze flavor with moderate heat in the finish. The malt does not come through very well. I just get a little caramel sweetness.

Over carbonated and the body feels thin. Definitely not like a 8% ABV beer.

A big disappointment. Just not very well crafted and these two breweries definitely know better.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 19:26:58 | More by morimech
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle popped with a huge thud that scared the shit out of the dog.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: My bad, I shoulda let this breathe for a bit longer. Poured pretty much all head and a sticky one at that. The color of the brew was a dark, dark amber/brown/red.

S: Smelled like milk that had been set out for a bit. Okay, now the grains are starting to poke through.

T: I think most people were expecting a Flanders Oude Bruin sorta beer out of this. This was more of a brown ale gone awry. Sure, I got some sourness, but it almost didn't taste intentional.

M: Extremely carbonated, like most Boulevard entries, and sticky head.

O: Not bad, but kinda expensive for what it was: A standard brown ale with some slightly sour leanings.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 03:48:16 | More by Chaney
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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
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Prince_Casual

District of Columbia

3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Cork and cage poured into standard Belgian tulip.

For some reason I was expecting issues opening this so I popped it over the sink, but opened without a hitch. With my guard now down the first glass I poured only got about an inch of beer before the foam grew and grew and overtook the rim of the glass. A massively carbonated beer. Took about 4 minutes for the head to recede into a one inch "puff" of foam atop still only about an inch of beer. It really looked a lot like a root beer float in color of both the beer and the foam.

The smell was very muted, I probably opened the bottle a bit too cold but there was a bit of caramel and a bit of funk, really kind of wimpy though, and throughout the bottle it did not intensify as it approached room temperature.

The taste was just not quite there either, just very muted flavors of diluted bourbon and a bit of sour cherry.

I was a big fan of the mouth feel, as I have realized I am often when tasting Boulevard beers. Great balance of acidity, light alcohol burn, and heavy carbonation. I understand some reviewers complaining about the high carbonation, but they were also probably expecting more of a classic sour style.

Overall I guess I'm glad I bought this, it wasn't particularly expensive, but I can't say I'd buy it again or recommend it to any of my friends. Mid writing this review I found the webpage for this brew and (now) acknowledging the blending they did, it's no wonder the beer came out as middle of the road as it did.

If the different parts of the blend, as well as the reviewed beer, came in a 4 pack of 16 oz cork and cage, I'd probably have much more respect for what they did here.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 18:51:34 | More by Prince_Casual
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cracks open with a gunshot though there was no volcano effect; pours with a huge ecru head sitting atop the coffee-colored liquid; excellent retention and lacing

Smell: Toasted wheat bread and leather; undertones of plum, concord grape and oak

Taste: Toasted wheat with a hint of caramel, up front, but a band aid flavors overwhelms by mid-palate and in the finish; there are other aspects that are more enticing (plum, oak barrel, herbal spicing) but they are dominated by the leathery band aid flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation

Overall: Despite the appearance and interesting aromatics, the beer is a disaster on the palate, with the band aid flavors dominating; each sip is a challenge and not in a good way

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 21:18:47 | More by brentk56
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.31/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked with "Enjoy by 2/2015". Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany colored body that looks close to black in the right light. A lot darker than I expected, honestly. Head is a towering 3-4 finger head that is a rocky collection of various-sized bubbles that slowly begin to burst, leaving a sticky webbing of lace. Retention begins to fade immediately, but very slowly, so it takes quite awhile to actually dissipate, and never disappears completely.

Smell - An enticing blend malty sweetness, some spiciness from the rye and brett funk, with undercurrents of earthy soil and faintly pungent hops. Some elements of cooking spice, sort of like what you might expect from a fall or winter seasonal beer. Honestly, the smell has me excited to take a sip, like this will be a unique beer with few comparable offerings on the market.

Taste - Um. Yeah, this is not what I expected based on the smell. I suppose it should be, because a lot of the same elements are here, they just don't play as nice together on the taste as they did with the smell. The brett characteristic is far more faded on the taste, and somehow, the other elements taste like stale grain and faded malt, without any kind of punch or heft to the flavor profiles. There is a slight element of sourness, both of the acidic bacterial variety and the grainy type of sourness that one expects from rye, but it's almost like the sour and the malt are coming from two different drinks that I'm pouring into my mouth at the same time. They don't synthesize well at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a mostly dry finish.

Overall, it started out so promising, but ultimately fell down on taste. I have a second bottle of this, so my only solace is that with time, perhaps the brett will develop this beer into a more cohesive whole and salvage an otherwise disappointing beer. It's too bad, because Boulevard and Sierra Nevada are two of the heavyweights of American craft brewing, so one would expect a better outcome. I guess you can never predict how highly experimental beers are going to turn out in the end. I'm glad to have tried it, but I really hope it improves with age.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 05:47:31 | More by LambicPentameter
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kojevergas

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, CA a few nights ago for ~$14.99. Reviewed live. Label art is uninteresting. 8.5% ABV according to my bottle's label. "Ale Aged in whiskey Barrels." Not sure what to review it as; it's currently listed as a wild ale. I'll decide the style a bit later, methinks. Barrel aged for nearly three months. Best by: 02/2015. Expectations are fairly high; I like Boulevard's offerings usually but Sierra Nevada tends to disappoint.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a forceful powerful pop upon removal of the cork. No beer surges out. Carbonation seems high.

A: Pours almost entirely foam - this is definitely overcarbonated. Or at least highly pressurized from active yeast. Head is nicely creamy and khaki in colour. Nice thickness. Good (~6+ minute) retention. No bubble show. No lacing as the head slowly recedes.

Body colour is a solid opaque black. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's looking atypical of any style. Overcarbonation is definitely suspected. I'm not sure what to think; it isn't all that inviting.

Sm: It's official; this actually is a wild ale if we're going to classify it. Dominant lacto yeast is prevalent. Brown bready malts. Biscuit malt. Some bretts, but lacto largely drowns them out. Caramel. Damp. Not really sour, but enough so to intrigue. No alcohol is detectable. Any hop character is so limited as to be unnoticeable. Notes of indistinct fruit. Perhaps brown or unrefined sugars. It definitely doesn't come off as spontaneous or alive; this was fermented under controlled conditions. As a result, it's more clinical than natural or Belgian. Still, I'm looking forward to seeing how it tastes. A moderate strength interesting aroma. I get some rye, but very little whiskey. Just a biteen of spiciness.

T: Unrefined sugars abound, with some brown sugar. Subtle timid indistinct dark fruits - perhaps grape, date, plum or all of the aforelisted. Some light raisin as well. Plenty of biscuit malt forms the core of the foundation. Hop character is largely imperceptible. Some rye malt, but little spiciness. Biscuity yeast. Some light sourness is pretty well covered up, but I guess some lacto yeast does come through. I wanted far more. Not getting much whiskey at all; it's not even subtle - just practically nonexistent. The whole whiskey barrel thing may just be a marketing gimmick; I don't doubt that they put it in the barrels, but how much character does "nearly three months" of barrel aging really impart? Maybe a bit of oak, but no vanilla or spice or anything identifiably whiskey-esque. It's a balanced but overly timid build. Not complex or subtle; I've had much more complex beers in the style that weren't barrel aged. Pleasant and enjoyable, but it leaves something to be desired. Light syrupy flavours emerge as it warms. It starts to come off a bit too sugary and sweet as well.

Mf: Largely smooth and wet. Unrefreshing merely given the flavour profile - which mixes an emphasis on biscuity and rye malt with a timid lacto sour character. Definitely - absolutely no question about it - overcarbonated. Good body. Suits the flavour profile okay.

Dr: Not Boulevard or Sierra Nevada's best, but also not their worst. You could do far worse for a sour, and I do like this for what it is. It just could have - and should have - been so much more. I blame Sierra Nevada; this is just conjecture but Sierra Nevada seems like the kind of brewery that would recommend short-term whiskey barrel aging whilst Boulevard seems like the kind of brewery that would try to execute subtle brett and lacto sourness. Way overpriced; I certainly wouldn't get it again. It's worth noting that it does get better as it warms; the timid sourness emerges just a bit more. Might be an interesting beer to cellar, but I could never see it becoming great. I'd be curious to find out, though. It's quite drinkable and hides its ABV well. Interesting, but not worth it.

B-

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:44:00 | More by kojevergas
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Robb_in_Austin

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Initially tried to pour aggressively but all I managed to do was create head. A slower pour is definitely required with this one.

A: LOTS of head. Deep, rich brown with an oatmeal foamy head. Looks awesome. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

S: Reminds me of spiced rum. Cinnamon, sweet, some yeast.

T: Faintly tart, like a lambic. Some spice, a little chocolate, faint hint of nuttiness, touch of malt sweetness. The alcohol is very hidden.

M: Thin. Too thin in my book, especially for the appearance and alcohol content.

O: It's different. I don't dislike it, and will happily drink the other one in the fridge, but I wouldn't tell everyone I know to seek it out. I think the fact that it's not listed on either breweries website, not even a hint, says something.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:44:01 | More by Robb_in_Austin
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squarepi

California

3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured a thick, foamy head that quickly dissolved within a minute. Dark, roasted malt color almost completely opaque with a toasted marshmallow head.

S - Powerful spicy aroma on first take with notes of cinnamon and fall spices. A bit of cream and butter scents. A somewhat strange, ambiguous smell that I cannot pinpoint. A sort of stale scent that lingers in the nose. Not in a bad way though.

T - I did not get the barrel-aged-anything flavor that I expected, nor the toasted stout flavors that it appeared it would satisfy me with. Instead I was impressed with a soft, somewhat mild flavor bouquet consisting of rose, sour apple, grape and a smidgen of something with a little bit of spicy flavors like pepper. There are some sort of hops working in the background that give it that crisp bitter finish, but the overall flavors and characteristics of these hops are lost to me in the fluid malt flavors of the beer.

M - Light-bodied more akin to water than syrup, despite its frothy head and dark color. The bottle I tried was extremely carbonated. The carbonation would tingle hard on my tongue and distract from the other senses trying to work. I recommend pouring this beer and letting it adequately rest to settle before enjoying. It seems to leave your mouth quick and resemble something of a dry beer.

Food pairing - baked dill crusted salmon on handful of sauteed asparagus on a bed of jasmine rice with a squeeze of lemon juice and tamari. Would not recommend pairing with fish.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 04:34:29 | More by squarepi
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mactrail

California

3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Big foam-up on Quite lovely piles of cumulus clouds in the tall Saxo tulip. Color is a murky brown. Interesting herbal nose. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel.

Flavor reminds me of Brettanomyces with the drying tendency, buy there is a little sour in it too. Distinct odor and taste of leather for some reason. This does get old after a while. It might benefit from a little sharper note. Overall this is quite interesting, but it has a murky, almost muddy aftertaste that dampens some of the fun. Ultimately very dry with some fruity notes, a hint of blueberries and lots of stems and seeds.

Head retention is noteworthy. Not a bargain at 15 bucks for the Belgian 750 ml bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 05:41:56 | More by mactrail
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Semi-viscous brown pour with about a finger of light brown head. Slow bubbles raise up on this one.

S: Very malty aroma, earthy almost. A slight amount of booze is noted, but it isn't too much. The Brett isn't crazy strong, and the major theme I'm getting is malt.

T: The Brett is a little more of the focus on the taste, as are the hops (which I didn't smell at all). Malty and earthy again, the beer has much more complexity here. Dry aftertaste. I can't say it really blows me away, especially for an American Wild Ale. I quite enjoy what they did, I just don't think it came off all that well.

MF: Medium to heavy body with an average to lower than average carbonation. The drinkability is only alright, and the earthiness on the aftertaste I thought wasn't all that enjoyable overall.

O: This was a really nice beer and I'm glad I got the chance to try it, but it didn't impress me. Really nice, if you have the opportunity to try it, I wouldn't let it age because you'll lose the hops, which are a major part of the story. I certainly wouldn't tell anyone to steer clear, but I also wouldn't sell the house to try it again!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:43:02 | More by russwbeck
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A huge tan head sits static atop a dark brown brew.

Aroma of ripe and sour grapes and plums. Wheat, sugar and damp hay are involved.

Sugar, grain and a candied tartness to the tongue. Oak and a subtle note of fusel alcohol at the back of the throat.

Medium bodied and actually more viscous than dry.

Not as bold as expected, but fairly complex and tasty. Not a huge fan of Wild Ales, but glad I tackled this one, although I likely won't return for more.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 01:28:07 | More by stephens101
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RaulMondesi

California

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle at Haven in Orange, CA.

Very thankful that Raul didn't order this on his own and that the the fighting couple next to him gave him a pour out of their 750 - because this thang is rank! Well, not as high as a 4 Star General "rank," but maybe Sargent.

It warms...

It's ok, but, yeah, no.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 03:11:24 | More by RaulMondesi
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scratch69

Missouri

3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown color with three fingers worth of lingering foamy head. The head was still there 5 minutes later. Generous amounts of foamy lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of funk and some mustiness.

Taste- Dark fruit and brett flavor at first that turns into an oaky, sour funk at mid sip.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and creamy with a lot of carbonation.

Overall- Not a bad beer,but just a little out of balance. I would prefer Boulevard's Love Child No. 3 over this.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:59:48 | More by scratch69
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