Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.39/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-22-2013 05:41:56 | More by mactrail
4.18/5 rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 750ml bottle.
Appearance - deep hazy, almost dirty burgundy color, with a light carmel frothy head.
Smell - not overly aromatic but does have a slight malt overtone.
Taste - hints of dark fruits including plum and fig. Finishes with a earthy/slightly dirty characteristic. Complexity of the beer is apparent as it warms with a subtle tartness at the finish that's very pleasing.
Mouthfeel - light feel and taste that reminds me of a Rochefort 8.
Overall - an enjoyable beer that reveals its complexity as it warms.
Serving type: bottle
06-19-2013 03:04:43 | More by Brob245
3.33/5 rDev -7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2013 00:44:00 | More by kojevergas
Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.