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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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BA SCORE
82
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491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 25
Gots: 108 | FT: 8
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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Photo of lordofstarside
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%

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

lordofstarside, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of archyquaffer
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a sampler. A fairly aggressive pour produces just a small, short-lived head that dissipates to a ring and some wispy lacing in the center. The beer is a somewhat hazy, deep amber brown with low carbonation.

Very very malty in the aroma and flavor. Tons of molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, and spice. Also, a vinous character very much like a good port. Smooth creamy texture. It's pretty subtle as far as yeast characteristics- a moderate undertone of earthy funk and some pungent tartness mainly define it. The alcohol is well-hidden except for accentuating the spice and port notes.

A well-crafted brew and surprisingly smooth and clean for a "wild" ale.

archyquaffer, 51 minutes ago
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Photo of Pahn
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

Pahn, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.78/5  rDev +5%

2014 vintage poured from the 750mL bottle into a Belgian tulip.

There's an impressively creamy, dark-khaki head on this brew that I can't help but stare at. It recedes slowly and leaves streaks of lace before settling into a frothy layer over a pitch black liquid with a few trickles of carbonation. 4.1

For lack of better words, there's a pungent, semi-wine grape like aroma with some malt sweetness that I associate with a dubbel maybe. It's an oaken dark fruit smell perhaps. There's faint sweet malt there but it's hardly detectable. 3.6

Flavor-wise, there's a cross of wine-like yeast flavors and bourbon barrel oak and vanilla flavors. There's also some of the dark fruit from the nose that works it's way in, date being what it most resembles. As the beer warms, baker's chocolate becomes more noticeable on the finish. 3.9

The yeastiness and wine-like quality to this beer can be a bit much. It's pretty light-feeling in the body and highly effervescent. 3.7

This beer takes on new dimensions as it warms and becomes much more enjoyable. The initial tastes and the mouthfeel aren't quite what I like in a beer so that drags this beer down a bit. 3.78

ONovoMexicano, Sep 06, 2014
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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.