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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
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556 Ratings
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.28%
Wants: 26
Gots: 121 | 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:
Beer added by: metter98 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zhanson88
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
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
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of nquigley16
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of lsummers
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of bccocx
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Evan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of MNBeer1017
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of flayedandskinned
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of lyman77
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a collaboration between Boulevard and Sierra Nevada and comes in a 750ml corked bottle. Initially it took a while to see what this beer looked like, as even a gentle pour erupted into 3/4 of a glass full of foam. Eventually a very dark ale settled below the thick, dense head. It was almost stout like in its appearance. There were smoky malt notes in the aroma and almost an anise-like thing happening.

Sipping the Terra Incognita, I was somewhat surprised. I expected a heavier body, more sweetness, and much more carbonation (some of Boulevard's beers are quite carbonated imo) based on what I was seeing/smelling. But the malt/hops balance is nice with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Though it is dark and malty, it is slightly sour rather than sweet like a scotch ale or porter. It reminded me more of a Boulevard than a Sierra for sure. It is 8.5% and you get a sense of that when you drink it.

Overall it is an interesting dark ale. There are other Boulevards that I prefer but I did enjoy trying this new collab.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Brobiehansen
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of scratch69
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown color with three fingers worth of lingering foamy head. The head was still there 5 minutes later. Generous amounts of foamy lacing.

Smell- Faint aroma of funk and some mustiness.

Taste- Dark fruit and brett flavor at first that turns into an oaky, sour funk at mid sip.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and creamy with a lot of carbonation.

Overall- Not a bad beer,but just a little out of balance. I would prefer Boulevard's Love Child No. 3 over this.

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of darthhamby
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of blindpiggie
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass form a 750ml bottle.

Pours a dark mahogany brow with some amber hues. There is a tall 2 inch light tan and slightly cream colored head. Head is pretty dense with some more medium sized bubbles sprinkled around. Somewhat soapy and sticky.

Aroma seems a bit bland. There is some hints of wood and some acidic funk. Kind of musty. Upon further inspection there is some slight vinegary funk and some midl fruit juice notes. Some slight bourbon notes can be perceived as well.

Flavor seems pretty bland up front. There is definitely wood notes and some musty horse blanket notes. Some slight tartness tries to show up but is beaten back by the funk and the wood notes. There is some residual barrel sweetness that is present and tries to work together with the tartness. Quite underwhelming flavor. Mouthfeel is bubbly and playful. Very carbonated.

Overall. I was quite disappointed. THis is by no mens a bad tasting brew but it didn't quite hit the marks for me. Too bland.

Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.