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: 102
Hads: 574
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 29
Gots: 128 | FT: 11
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Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: metter98 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (1,539 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL (best by 02/2015) into a tulip. Pours a deep cola brown w/ a big monster khaki head that leaves behind some patchy lace.

Aroma is unique. Roasty, bitter, a little sour, with a hint of raspberry or some other kind of berry. Maybe a little vinous. Not having read anything about this beer, I'm having a little trouble deconstructing it. But I'm pretty sure it spent some time in barrels and might have used a wild yeast strain.

Taste is, likewise, difficult to figure out. Bitter roasted and chocolate malts, a slightly sour quality, but none of the fruity sweetness I thought I was picking up on the nose. Kind of like a sour porter. Has a metallic quality on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied but also relatively light and crisp. Has a lingering aftertaste.

Overall a really different beer, not many to compare it to. Not sure I'd buy it again but glad that I had a chance to try it. (898 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (754 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.38/5  rDev +20%
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. (848 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (898 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Best by date on bottle: 02-2015

Load pop at opening but no gushing; still plenty of foamy head dominating the initial pour (barely any liquid, just foam); had to let it settle before topping off the glass.

Bold, reddish-brown body with a very thick, very long-lasting light tan head; huge globs of clinging foam and stringy lacing. Strong wine and vinegar aroma; dark malt scents peak out after some of the wine and vinegar smells bleed away; aged, ripened apples. Initial light roasted malt grain flavor quickly gives way to astringent and boozy flavors; Bitterness barely noticeable at the finish. Thin, light mouthfeel; smooth; very dry finish.

Although wild ales aren't one of my 'go-to' styles, I find this collaboration effort to be very approachable. Strong wild yeast, barrel aging, and strong ABV elements predominate smell and taste and may not be anything exceptional, but great looks and decent mouthfeel add to the appeal of this beer. (951 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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 (744 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
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 (391 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into stemless wine glass and 2 small tulips. Very gentle hand. Best by 02/2015 printed on the label.

A: Essentially black with a very slight brownish tint that become apparent near the end of the glass. This is seriously dark. Billowy, towering 5 fingers of rocky light caramel-colored head. Iceberg of foam at 5 minutes. Marked lacing. Impressive.

S: Tartness, cherry. Nice funk notes that become more prominent as it warms. Certainly more sour on the nose than what comes across in the taste.

T: Mildly tart funkiness up front that fades quickly into barrel-aged, oaky, bourbon-type sweetness with some faint bitterness. Light mocha, chocolate notes. Some piney hop later. The bitterness builds over the course of the beer. Minimal alcohol presence given 8.5% ABV. I expected quite a bit more sour/tart element given the smell.

M: Moderately high carbonation. A bit prickly for the flavor profile. Admittedly, I think I handled the bottle a bit roughly prior to pouring, but the effervescence is excessive. Detractor.

O: This is a great looking, good smelling beer that is a bit of a let down once I get it in my mouth.
Parallels the Cuvee Freddy I had last week - similar progression of flavors. I think I like this one a bit better. Not as cloying. Interesting beer, but ends up being a bit schizophrenic. Lots of flavors, but lacks cohesion. I suspect a bit of age would help - think I'll pick up another bottle to cellar.

Prost! (1,475 characters)

Photo of squarepi
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (1,498 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (950 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a very dark mocha color in a tulip with a very large head- about 5 fingers, which
resolved itself within minutes.

The aroma is pleasantly spicy.

The mouth feel is not expected: not carbonated nor smooth- bubbly. Some hops- although not over pronounced.

The taste is a bit lackluster. I was expecting more fruit. However, the body seemed a bit thin.
I couldn't quite define the fruit taste.

I switched to a IPA glass which brought out more funk. There is wild yeast in this beer, and the glass seemed to bring out mild funk.

Overall, an interesting beer. I was looking for a stronger taste, and a better finish. (631 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this bottle from the local beer store for $12.99. Excited to try it since I am a fan of both Boulevard and Sierra Nevada. Expectations are pretty high. My bottle lists an 8.50% abv rather than the 8.00% abv listed on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Opens with a loud pop of the cork. Pours a dark mahogany / cola brown colored body, with about two fingers of beer and about six fingers of fluffy doughy cavernous khaki / tan foam. Nice fat streaks of lacing. Looks pretty nice, once the massive head settles down a bit.

S - Whiskey barrels, cream, and wet wood are apparent at first. Some vanilla, toffee, hint of cherries, and coffee is present, and then the funky barnyard yeast really begins to take over.

T - Taste is actually quite strange and different. Earthy funk, cold coffee, whiskey, syrup, vanilla, chocolate, cream. Has sort of an alcoholic coffee creamer type thing going on that I'm not a fan of. Not as much funky yeast in the taste as I'd like, either. Dark chocolate covered fruity tartness begins to creep out as the beer warms.

M - Feel is creamy, smooth & extremely crisp and lively with active carbonation dancing on the tongue. Finishes somewhat sticky, and dry.

Overall, I thought it was a very nice beer, but the flavors didn't push into that next realm of awesome that I was hoping they would. Still, it is a nice beer, and I will probably have no trouble finishing this bottle to myself. Recommended.

Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita ---4/5. (1,580 characters)

Photo of tangentialsermon
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark cherry brown with an impresssive, long lasting head. sticky lacing.

S-Cherry, clove, nutmeg.

T-Crisp tartness overflows with blackberry and cherry, finishes with strong whiskey notes from the barrel aging.

M-Pleasant carbonation pushes forward the fruit and whiskey.

O-Much better than I expected considering peer reviews. Not astonishing for the price but not bad either. (384 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with an explosive beige head (fills 3/4 of the glass with a fairly conservative pour).

Smell: Interestingly, the first two aromas that I pick out are nutmeg and cinnamon. Not sure where that's coming from, but a mild tartness takes over followed by oak. Not really getting any whiskey here.

Tasste: The whiskey barrels are more apparent, but still very mild. Definitely some barnyard/earthy funk going on along with chocolate and very slight tartness. Nothing really takes over here, and this beer, while interesting, ultimately comes off as very mild flavor-wise.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not nearly as heavy on the carbonation as the pour would suggets.

Overall: This is certainly a unique beer and I'm glad I tried it, but I feel like it really needed something to stand out and take over, and it just didn't happen. (908 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
2.99/5  rDev -18.1%
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? (908 characters)

Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.