Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
06-19-2013 03:04:43 | More by Brob245
3.33/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-09-2013 00:44:00 | More by kojevergas
4.05/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
02-03-2013 04:08:49 | More by Pencible
3/5 rDev -16.4%
Rather pretentious name and presentation for an ordinary beer but that's the nature of the beast. Weird color, odd looks. Soapy saison aroma, some fruit and some spice. Not bad, but nothing to die for either. Just average.
Roast at the back with high carb with some spice laden here and there; this beer succeeds in confusing but fails at delighting. Take my word for whatever it's worth and don't try to drink an entire bottle.
01-08-2013 10:49:21 | More by tewaris
4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
750mL bottle served into a pinot noir glass
Pours a nutty brown color. It looks pretty dark, but there's some lighter tones at the edges of the body. The sand-colored head is pretty active (this IS a Brett beer, after all).
The primary aroma at this stage in the bottle's lifespan is earthiness. This beer smells like silt and loam and dirt and other synonyms for the damn ground. There's some black fungus mushroom character here, and some oolong tea as well.
The taste follows the nose. This is an amber-like toasty malt body accentuated by all sorts of earthy flavors. It's important to note that this strain of Brettanomyces isn't giving off funky, barnyard notes. It's the cleaner kind of Brett flavor that you get from an Orval. Flavors of soil and mushroom and grass and wood. I dig earthiness, so I dig this.
The mouthfeel is active and sharp, which really helps keep this beer drinkable. Overall, I really enjoyed this experiment. You have to be into earthiness to like this beer, though.
12-15-2012 19:52:57 | More by Reaper16
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
11-24-2012 17:48:13 | More by vfgccp
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
A: Semi-viscous brown pour with about a finger of light brown head. Slow bubbles raise up on this one.
S: Very malty aroma, earthy almost. A slight amount of booze is noted, but it isn't too much. The Brett isn't crazy strong, and the major theme I'm getting is malt.
T: The Brett is a little more of the focus on the taste, as are the hops (which I didn't smell at all). Malty and earthy again, the beer has much more complexity here. Dry aftertaste. I can't say it really blows me away, especially for an American Wild Ale. I quite enjoy what they did, I just don't think it came off all that well.
MF: Medium to heavy body with an average to lower than average carbonation. The drinkability is only alright, and the earthiness on the aftertaste I thought wasn't all that enjoyable overall.
O: This was a really nice beer and I'm glad I got the chance to try it, but it didn't impress me. Really nice, if you have the opportunity to try it, I wouldn't let it age because you'll lose the hops, which are a major part of the story. I certainly wouldn't tell anyone to steer clear, but I also wouldn't sell the house to try it again!
09-13-2012 00:43:02 | More by russwbeck
Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.