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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra IncognitaBoulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita

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BA SCORE
81
good

416 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.25%


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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barleywinefiend

Washington

2/5  rDev -44.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 07:34:19 | More by barleywinefiend
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zhanson88

California

2.43/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 02:37:01 | More by zhanson88
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 01:19:50 | More by GarthDanielson
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lsummers

California

3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 04:51:25 | More by lsummers
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flayedandskinned

California

3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:40:55 | More by flayedandskinned
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DovaliHops

California

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 07:35:59 | More by DovaliHops
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lyman77

Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 13:31:12 | More by lyman77
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scratch69

Missouri

3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 19:59:48 | More by scratch69
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.04/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 20:20:25 | More by JoEBoBpr
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daledeee

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 750 ml bottle.

Poured this into a Sam Adams glass. A quite dark brown body and an uncontrollable tawny head.

Slightly caramel and sweet with plenty of funk.

Taste: I notice Brett up front. Plenty of malt and sweetness. A rather odd bitterness hits later in the sip.

Very creamy mouth feel with well hidden alcohol. I find the lingering aftertaste kind of off.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 23:01:29 | More by daledeee
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katan

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 ml into a pint

A - Pours a reddish brown color. Very thick, opaque looking. Lots of off dirty colored head formation.

S - Very much a sour, lots of citrusy/acidic like funk. A bit of apple must in the background.

T - Rather light at first, a little bit of sweetness and maltiness. A bit of as sour bite in the middle, but rather restrained overall. Finishes with a little bit of a caramel and chocolate malt flavor. The underlying backbone finally sneaks in.

M - A moderate body and a mostly effervescent carbonation. Not extraordinarily fizzy for a sour. Alcohol is well hidden.

o/D - A good an approachable wild ale, however not necessarily one that would satisfy someone's desire for full on funk. A bit filling after drinking it, so I would share (if you can).

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 16:22:21 | More by katan
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chugalug06

Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very dark and nicely clear. Annoyingly large straw colored soapy head. Lacing is spotty.

Tons of Brett, coffee and chocolate. Weird.

The flavors are an un-melded mess. Coffee, Chili, light, chocolate, pine, molasses, birch, vanilla, bright heavy carbonation, weird dry sweetness, zero bitterness... Tastes like infection is immenent

Near drain pour. Can't recommend. Sierra Nevada and Boulevard can surely do better than this "collaboration". Tastes like Boulevard had the upper hand in brewing.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 00:56:26 | More by chugalug06
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notchucknorris

California

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The cork absolutely exploded out of this one, leaving me a bit worried. The beer actually looked pretty great though, with an absolutely monstrous light brown head foaming up immediately. The head settles in the glass, leaving huge honeycomb and cobweb-like designs against the glass and plasters foam down the sides as it slowly recedes. Took a full 15 minutes to get the beer at the level I wanted to drink it at.

S: Faintly reminiscent of Love Child #3. A lot going on here, though not all of it is good. A blanket of sour dark fruit, mainly unripe plum, covers some muddled aromas of light roasted coffee, brett, cocoa, and some tropical fruit aromas as well. An interesting medley, but some of these smells seem to clash, and as it warms it smells a bit like hot wet trash.

T: A bit like the smell, with faint, earthy notes mingling with a dry, bretty sourness. Plum, raisin skin, earth, some leather and a faint hoppy drawl across the finish. Whiskey notes hit more when the beer is cold, but you can still detect them as it warms. Mouthfeel feels a touch light. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but it feels bit disjointed and the flavors may need a bit time to meld into something tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 22:23:01 | More by notchucknorris
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sjccmd

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly murky dark brown with amber highlights. Huge tan head with large and small bubbles which fades leaving a fairly sticky lacing.

Smell is roasted malts, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, vanilla, and oak. Some tropical fruits and musty basement from brett, and spicy noble hops. Complex and nice.

The flavor is similar to the nose but a bit more muddled and finishes slightly bitter.

Highly carbonated, but slick and full mouthfeel. Alcohol warmth increases over time.

A very interesting beer clearly trying something new. However, there is quite a lot going on in this beer, and it's not quite balanced out.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:11:35 | More by sjccmd
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mactrail

California

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
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Brob245

Missouri

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
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kojevergas

Texas

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.

B-

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:44:00 | More by kojevergas
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Pencible

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 04:08:49 | More by Pencible
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tewaris

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 10:49:21 | More by tewaris
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scottfrie

California

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks Marc.

Pours dark brown with a great light tan head that faded into a lasting film. Mellow nose overall with notes of brett and maybe some citrus hops. Pretty light overall. Flavor is full of dark fruits, more brett, red fruits, and mild citrus in the finish. Lightly sour but mellow overall. Carbonation is fluffy, body is medium, and the mouthfeel is fairly smooth. Overall I enjoyed this but it wasn’t that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 02:31:20 | More by scottfrie
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 19:52:57 | More by Reaper16
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vfgccp

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 17:48:13 | More by vfgccp
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:43:02 | More by russwbeck
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is sort of brown in color with a khaki colored head. Starts off with a floral hop aroma and a strong citric and earthy Brettanomyces aroma. Bready malt, lots of yeast, and a bit of spice character. The flavor is heavy on the bread with lots of floral and earthy notes. Mushroom, grass, damp soil, and a bit of citrus peel. Lots of yeast, a hint of pepper, sweet caramel, and a very dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:03:25 | More by womencantsail
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bum732

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Some brett-like esters, grassy, some wood bark, faint fennel

L: Very dark brown, big, bubbly light tan head with good retention and lacing.

T: Herbal like malt with hints of black tea and fennel. Tea-like medium bitterness leading to some sharp fruitiness. Some young oak in the finish as well, cherrywood in addition. Very slight and ashy. Opens up a lot, more brett as it warms.

M: Medium high carbonation, medium bodied

Interesting, never had a beer quite like this. Like a dark saison with Brett.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:45:03 | More by bum732
Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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