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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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545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 25
Gots: 122 | FT: 9
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: metter98 on 06-24-2012)
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Photo of NuclearRich
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle shipped from Washington, and settled in the fridge for 2 weeks. Poured into a snifter type glass.

A. Pours a deep mahogany, with a huge light khaki head that settles down only enough to not impart a moustache. Laces fairly well.

S. Smells of a whiskey barrel, first and foremost: vanilla, slightly tannic oak, and whiskey. A little medium-lightly dark toast lovibond caramel malt shows through as well. Especially as it warms, it gets a hint of booze. Hard to find much funk in it, maybe just a little brett like sour hay.

T. Same as the nose: whiskey barrel and caramel malt, with a little bitterness in the shape of an earthy hop with some mild herbal spiciness. It again lacks in the wild portion, with the barrel overpowering the funk. Aging might prove to adjust all flavors into a better blend.

M. Medium body, with quite a bit of effervescence and a bit of bitterness to boot.

O. Pretty basic, while still achieving a tasty, robust, and refreshing character. I thought I would get something more interesting out of this, but it almost falls flat. Not sure if its a high expectation setting it up, and it does still come out in my book as a pretty good beer, but it just isn't what it could be. I have another bottle, and I will be laying it in the cellar for awhile for sure.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark brown in color and minimal light will get through this brew. Carbonation is very high and thick with a brown tint to it. The aroma is loaded with whiskey, dark carmelized malt and a bit of molasses. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and rich,as this is a bit weighted with alcohol. The taste is actually a bit subdued in light of everything else. It is very forward with caramel and gentle sweetness of fig. the back of the palate is a bit of a warming sensation as the whiskey trickles down your throat.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.