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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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104 Reviews
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shikimon for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Best by 2/2015.

Pours a murky super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sour fruit, and funky aromas. Taste is much the same with Brett and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid sour and funky aromas and flavors but there is nothing too exciting going on with this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the first real dark wild ive had, great earthy sour, pouring a thinner black color with ring lacing after all the tan fizz settles down. a unique grain profile is immediately evident, dark grains maybe even wheat and rye, but definitely a good dose of dark roasty barley. funky yeast too, not super sour, but more saison style. whiskey barrel leaves a boozy sweetness. there is a lot more yeasty funk in taste than smell, with some acidic sour notes cutting the heavy mineral roastiness and nuttiness of the grain. more and more sour as it warms, with well hidden abv and subtle soil and organic elements making it dry and dusty on the palate. effervescent feel makes it pop, lighter than it looks and smells, and whiskey charcoal and sourness stays on my tongue after the swallow. pleasantly dark and complex, a unique wild ale collaboration i would like to age for awhile and see how it develops.

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Photo of brentk56
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is sort of brown in color with a khaki colored head. Starts off with a floral hop aroma and a strong citric and earthy Brettanomyces aroma. Bready malt, lots of yeast, and a bit of spice character. The flavor is heavy on the bread with lots of floral and earthy notes. Mushroom, grass, damp soil, and a bit of citrus peel. Lots of yeast, a hint of pepper, sweet caramel, and a very dry finish.

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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 mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
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.


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Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

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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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Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -21%
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

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared generously by Katie. Thanks! Served in a wine glass. Beer is brown and hazy, nice tan head of small bubbles, some lacing, good retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is little yeast, bready, biscuit, sweet, malt.

Beer is quad. This is so quad like, no "wildness" or anything very interesting, nutty, sweet, clean. A rather boring beer maybe it will evolve into something good in the bottle but otherwise I'm not impressed. I had high hopes for this beer but was ultimately let down. That's OK though, still love Boulevard.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, caramel brown coloring with a chunky, dense, solid, light tan head that starts around an inch and a half, and slowly settles into a prolonged retaining half inch of head. Aromas of sour and tart initially, with notes of earth, vanilla, toffee, and floral highlights. Flavors are tart and sharp on the forward tongue, with a nutty sweetness in the backbone. Sour notes spread to the lateral borders of the tongue, with an earthy and boozy blend overtaking the palate. The body is thin and dry, with a slick feel to it. The finish is sweet, slightly sour, and slightly dry. Interesting brew.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Big khaki head with a relative loose bubble. Awesome lace and retention. Beautiful, deep cranberry red body.

S - Addictive nose with a soft sourness that ramps up throughout the inhale. Cranberry, lemon, oak, bay leaf, and a soft copper note.

T - Nice profile, but it falls a little flat. Floral dandelion, light biscuity malt, sour apple cider, dry sawdust finish.

M - Medium-light body. Nice carbonation.

O - Great nose, but the taste just comes up short.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2/5  rDev -45.5%
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.

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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 LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked 2012 bottle BB 2/2015 into a snifter

Pours a murky brown with a massive fluffy white head. Extremely carbonated. The smell is very nice...reminiscent of a flemish red with good sour notes. The taste though is very confusing. Slight sourness at first but finishes with a lingering whiskey finish. it honestly doesnt work well together for me. Medium bodied with very high carbonation.

overall the flavors didnt mesh for me. didnt like it too much.

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Photo of pat61
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant chestnut under a 3” pillowy lightly tan tinted foam cap that leaves clumpy lace. A spicy nose with a hint of anise, a touch of roast, faint vanilla and bourbon. It pours creamy and drier than the nose might suggest with dark kettle sugars, a hint of horehound, cola, and anise that culminate in a dry roasty bitter finish. Some astringency on the finish from the grain or maybe the hops is not altogether pleasant. Medium to medium high carbonation and medium full body.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle, best before 02-2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown with a couple inch light tan head that sticks around for a very long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like sweet and tart dark fruit, dark bread, oak, leather and some vanilla. It tastes like tart and sweet dark fruit (cherries, red grapes, plums, blackberries), oak/wood, brett, earth and a bit of vinegar. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has high but soft carbonation so it's not hard to drink. I think Terra Incognita is a solid brew, and I'm glad I tried this. But at $21.99 a bottle, I'll pass the next time I see it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. Best before 02-2015.

A: A resounding pop and a huge, lush, fluffy-thick head precede a beer that is surprisingly opaque. Darkest of brown and impenetrable to the light.

S: Smells funky and wild. Brett? Barnyard? Saison-y, with a hint of citrus. Deeper and more complex. I think it may actually be the barrel aging, less some placebo effect. Smells like whiskey.

T: No, actually. The barrel aging is obvious. Soft, sweet, and caramelly. Sadly, the beer doesn't fare so well -- it is vague, bland, and boring. However, the contrast between what might otherwise be a mediocre wild ale/Belgian single and the (presumably) whiskey barrels is still interesting, if not compelling. At times, weak, watery.

M: Carbonated, but smooth. Very well-balanced. Interesting.

O: Disappointing, but not bad. I would not recommend it, and it's certainly not as tasty as I'd hoped, but it is interesting.

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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 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 Gmann
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown, almost cola like color. Short dense tan head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of a brown bread malt. Some caramel and vanilla notes provide extra sweetness. Perhaps a hint of bourbon. The wine barrel and yeast add a tart edge to the aroma and a fruit grape note. Some sugary sweetness. Its interesting to say the least. Kind of works.

The taste is quite bizarre. The barrels seem to contrast and produce an odd herbal flavor. The flavor starts off bready, some toast. This quickly is over-taken by both barrels, at the same time. The bourbon fights with the wine barrel, which produces a vanilla tart grape. Not sure vanilla and grape should go together. The beer has a nice caramel backbone. The base beer is pretty nice, a bit of a Belgian thing going. Some clove, plum and licorice. I dunno a bit too much going on.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Clean on the palate, perhaps a touch sweet. The abv is well hidden. Drinks well.

Not sure the combination of barrels worked well with this beer. It contrasts too much and produces an odd flavor.

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