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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
good

516 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 26
Gots: 118 | FT: 10
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

BeerBaron238, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Prince_Casual
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Prince_Casual, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

stereosforgeeks, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Grinky
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Grinky, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Sazz9
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Sazz9, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of SavvyStudent
3/5  rDev -16.7%

SavvyStudent, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of atoulouk
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

atoulouk, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

2beerdogs, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Danobold, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
2/5  rDev -44.4%
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.

barleywinefiend, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BKotch, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of zhanson88
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

zhanson88, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

GarthDanielson, Jul 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

nquigley16, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Daniellobo, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

JSchock7, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

ambruns1979, Jul 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Dbrulet, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of lsummers
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fantastic rich dark brown with a 4 finger frothy cocoa colored head. Lots of carbonation in this one. Takes a few minutes for the head to settle slightly.

Smells are wafting out of the glass. Rich sour apples with some candied fruits. Slight touch of caramel and raisins. Lots of barnyard funk and some slight wet hay.

Taste is a touch astringent at first. Lots of sour acetic and barnyard flavors. There's an acidity coming through as well. Theres some nice subtle hop presence I dont get in the smell as well. The smell presents this beer with flavors that I'm not getting. Has a fairly large malt presence as well. It's nice, and nothing to boot at but isn't up to what I was initially expecting based on scent alone. I can definitely taste the bourbon barreling coming through which actually might be why the taste is surprising me.

Mouthfeel is great. Nicely carbonated, rounds out on the tongue and feels full bodied. Still is light enough to be very drinkable.

Overall, this beer is an excellent example of two breweries coming together to create a good product. The only reason I can't say great is because of the amazing smell and presence this beer gave off coupled with the taste that really wasn't up to par. Still highly enjoyable and a worthy recommendation, especially if your a fan of these two breweries.

For food pairings I would definitely say Chinese, Chicken, Pork, or a peppered/herbed Brie.

lsummers, Jul 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bccocx, Jul 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Evan, Jul 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

duff247, Jul 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

MNBeer1017, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of flayedandskinned
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (3.75)
Pours an extremely dark, murky brown that is verging on pitch black. As soon as the beer hits the glass, a towering 4 fingers tall, tight bubbled, light beige head erupts out of the dark beer. The head has good retention and leaves some nice lace along the edges of the glass.

Aroma: (4)
If the gigantic, frothing head didn't make you think this beer was bottle conditioned with Brettanomyces, the aromatics certainly will! Layers and layers of Brett funk shoot out of the glass towards your nose; Musty hay, wet earth, horse blankets, old leather and even a hint of pineapple and lemon juice. A spicy, herbal and slightly citrus-y hop presence is deep entrenched inside the wild yeast. Underneath the mountain of funk, there are notes of bakers chocolate, freshly grated cocoa and a faint espresso. As beer starts to warm, the bourbon barrel finally starts to rear it's head, but it is very subdued; a mere kiss of vanilla and extremely light notes of coconut.

Taste: (3.75)
Your palate is greeted by a quick, juicy charge of very citrus forward hops; Orange, grapefruit and some nice, resinous pine. Playing counterpoint to the bright hops, the Brett eases in nicely with it's earthen notes of leather, wet hay and a tangy pineapple zest. The middle of the taste is very light with notes of dark chocolate and lightly roasted coffee. The beer finishes bitter and dry with long lingering notes of pine needles, light citrus, earthy Brettanomyces funk and some nice chalky bakers chocolate. Some notes of the bourbon barrel in the finish; coconut, vanilla and a light booziness. Very little tannins.

Mouthfeel: (3.5)
Light to medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. I find myself wanting a more viscous body.

Overall: (3.75)
A very interesting collaboration indeed between Sierra Nevada and Boulevard Brewing; You can definitely taste a distinct earthiness to this brew. While the nose and taste of this beer is certainly complex and ever evolving in your glass, the thin mouthfeel really brings this beer down a few notches. I wish there was a just a bigger, thicker malt presence. I really enjoy the dry hopping twist that seems to be a nod to Orval. The hops really do add a nice citrus-y character to the beer that helps brighten up the flavor profile. This is a really complex beer certainly not for novice. I can only recommend this beer in good conscience to the already Brettanomyces obsessed.

flayedandskinned, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

DovaliHops, Jul 17, 2013
Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.