Terra Incognita
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Wild Ale
3.63 | pDev: 14.88%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Terra IncognitaTerra Incognita
Notes: Collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Situated at opposite ends of the California Trail, pioneering breweries Sierra Nevada and Boulevard have embarked upon a journey into the unknown, to a land where adventures in flavor await. Terra Incognita is, fittingly, an earthy beer, celebrating the unique terroir or the two locations. Beginning with a grain bill of pale malt, amber malt, and both malted and unmalted wheat, it is then assertively hopped with Bravo and Styrian Goldings, dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings, and then barrel aged for nearly three months.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml corked & caged bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 8.5%. Very dark brown colour, nearly black, with a huge beige head. Aroma of red wine vinegar, brettanomyces and oak. The flavour is not vinegary, but very oaky and moderately spicy, with a warming mouthfeel.

Apr 04, 2021
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Steveskk83 from Illinois

2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

They all can't be zingers. I'm not sure if the one I had was a bit out of date but it was pretty poor. I actually threwup after the second glass. It's hard for me to put a real review on this after vomiting. I'll steer clear of this one.

Jan 15, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There was a massive, creamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing. A good-looking beer.

S: A decent enough aroma of malt, hops, and a lot of dark fruit.

T: Tasted of some mild yeast notes, a bit of hops (not as much as expected), some malt, a good amount of dark fruit (plums, in particular), a hint of chocolate, and a tinge of the advertised whiskey. A solid, if somewhat uneven flavor. Not quite as aggressive as it should be, but not bad.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a very smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is an uneven beer in some respects, but it's still very much worth a look. The low score is a little perplexing.

Feb 14, 2017
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Karibourgeois from Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a color that is somewhere between a tawny red and brown with a light brown two-finger head. Aroma of dark fruit, oak and alcohol. Taste is somewhat boozy with light wood and dark fruit flavors. Bourbon and malt flavors start to come out as the the beer warms. Medium bodied. 

Jan 11, 2017
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pattycakes8401 from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2013 version of the Terra Incognita, having been brewed, fermented, aged and packaged at Boulevard. The 2014 version, on the other hand, was brewed, fermented, aged and packaged at Sierra Nevada.

From a 750 mL bottle, the "best by" date is February of 2015; I'm not entirely sure how the aging of one year beyond its "best by" date will affect the quality of this beer, but I bought it because it was a retired brew and my liquor store only had one left in stock gathering dust on the back of a shelf.

Look: Massive light tan khaki head, about 3 fingers, and very frothy and dense, which lingers for a couple of minutes before settling into a creamy film above a very dark, nearly opaque coffee-brown body. Produces large clumps of heavy lacing.

Smell: Mellow and subtle at first, but it slowly becomes more potent and boozy as the beer warms up. Some muddy earthiness and dark malts up front with a faint essence of raspberry and browned, rotting apple. Tons of spices in the background along with some savory fruity tartness and a bit of funk. Traces of bourbon barrel and grainy hops are present as well.

Taste: Dry earth, bitter dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and toasted malts, with fruity wine and sour plum filling in the gaps. Some tart berry notes and vanilla surround everything, with raisins and molasses hitting the back, while bitter hops and oak come through strongly at the end. Slightly sour throughout with hints of bourbon and wine barrel and some funk.

Feel: Silky and smooth with a medium body and a perfect amount of tingly carbonation. Tangy and tart with some bitterness towards the end, and closing out with a dry, crisp finish.

It also seemed quite boozy for only 8.5%, and in fact it was much more inebriating than any other beer that I’ve had in this ABV range. Very smooth in terms of taste and feel, yet very inebriating; it really sneaks up on you. Although at first I suspected this may have been due to the fact that it had aged a year past its "best by" date, I later found out from the Ambassador Brewer at Boulevard Brewing Company that this was likely not the case:

“We see a negligible increase in alcohol during bottle conditioning, usually less than .5 ABV, but further aging of this beer or our other bottle conditioned beers will not result in a noticeably higher ABV.”

Overall: I really liked this one. It gave off sort of a "dark and heavy" vibe with varying degrees of subtle complexity, and yet the whole thing felt very light and smooth and easy-drinking. While it was certainly boozy in taste and feel, the inebriating effect that it had on me made it seem as if it had had a much higher ABV, and yet it went down so smoothly; very pleasant experience. I should also mention that this beer looked pretty awesome, and the colossal head on this thing was very satisfying. Overall, the 2013 Terra Incognita beautifully combines the sour, barrel-aged, hop, and malt notes, with the malts up front, the hops on the finish, the barrel-aged hiding beneath everything, and the sour surrounding it all.

Mar 14, 2016
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Tilly from Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P: Nice opaque brown, not much head, but what there is, is a khaki colour. Nice lacing on the glass.
A: Musty grape, chocolate, bourbon, some malt.
T: Wow, complexed tastes. Chocolate, wine, bourbon, sweet molasses, toasted malt.
M: Amazing chunky, bold, perfectly carbonated, small perfectly placed bitterness.
O: This has to be one of THE most interesting amd exciting beers I've had in some time. Stout and an IPA marriage. Well done Sierra & Boulevard!!!

Sep 11, 2015
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FFreak from Vermont

4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I purchased this too long ago to remember where I got it or the price. I sat on it for close to a year. Poured into a short tulip glass. Pours a dark, dark, but slightly translucent brown, with a frothy head that wants to flow out of the glass, but dissipates rather quickly and leaves some thick lace. Very nice aromas of oak, dried fruit, liquor, and dark sugar/molasses. Taste follows smell with great liquor barrel notes, some vinous quality, lots of Belgian dark fruitiness, and nicely balanced brown sugar and bitterness. Mouth is along the lines of a Trappist ale but could have been just a touch fuller. Overall, I thought this was a great beer.

Aug 26, 2015
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Situated at opposite ends of the California Trail, pioneering breweries Sierra Nevada and Boulevard have embarked upon a journey into the unknown, to a land where adventures in flavor await. Terra Incognita is, fittingly, an earthy beer, celebrating the unique terroir or the two locations. Beginning with a grain bill of pale malt, amber malt, and both malted and unmaled wheat, it is then assertively hopped with Bravo and Styrian Goldings, dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings, and then barrel aged for nearly three months." Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Collaboration between Sierra Nevada and Boulevard, this bottle was packaged by the latter brewery in their large bottle format, although a future release was packaged by Sierra Nevada, this review accounts for the former release, with the latter release forthcoming.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours an explosive frothy foam head of a deep tan, mocha brown color over a a very murky dark brown body. Retention is very good and lacing is moderate and patchy. 4.25

(Smell) Funk and fruity tartness with some earthy spice, a biscuit and tangy toast malt profile, little hop aroma nor bitterness prevalent, nor much impact from the whiskey barrel aging, both are unfortunately either absent or overshadowed in the aroma of this beer. Dominant aromas are from the brett and yeast strains, with ample time to dominate this beer. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Moderately tart and acidic brett/yeast characters forward, with a more thorough malt profile for a sour. Caramel, biscuit, light wheat and tangy rye, even a faint suggestion of delicate roast and chocolate malt after the swallow. The funk and tartness of the brett strain certainly overshadows the barrel aging subtleties of this beer, and I find it difficult to pick out much distinctive whiskey nor barrel flavor, although there is a chance that it blends effortlessly with the other flavors in this beer. I think that the Brettanomyces profile has gained just enough on the malt profile to form a nice balance for both flavors collectively. Altogether, this is a highly enjoyable beer, a nice option if you enjoy dark sours. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, tangy, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium+ overall. Balance is slightly tangy and tart over sweet and bitter. Alcohol presence is mild and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) I find it unusual that the breweries didn't attempt to sell the wild ale angle in this beer on the label, as it comes through noticeably enough for me to consider it a dark sour. Although there are still some reservations as to how potent the tartness and funk is in this beer, I think that the Brettanomyces has grown considerably in this beer, and made for quite a tasty and complex ale. Overall, I'd consider it an enjoyable beer with enough sourness and funk to keep it interesting, the slightly fuller malt body was a bit more substantial but a welcome twist. Perhaps the most notable misfortune is the limitations from the whiskey barrel aging, which falls very much into the background of this beer, behind the funk and acidity. I'm looking forward to seeing how Sierra Nevada's rendition varies, but overall recommend this beer as a worthy try, regardless of the brewery that packages it. 3.75

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s
Terra Incognita Ale Aged In Whiskey Barrels (With Sierra Nevada Brewing Company)

Jul 23, 2015
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Bunuelian from Minnesota

2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Either this was a bad bottle or I waited too long to open it but this was the worst beer I've tried in recent memory.
Overly carbonated with large bubbles reminiscent of my early homebrew experiments.
The smell is harsh graininess, RC Cola, slight funk from the brett and some smokey, burnt tire-like aroma.
Taste follows the nose very closely with an awful bitterness thrown in on the back end which makes me gag slightly. Overwhelming brett and funk. Tastes like burning. Terrible.
The mouthfeel is effervescent like a sparkling water which whisks away this elixir from my palate.
Overall, this was awful. Like I mentioned, maybe this was just a bad bottle as others seem to rate it reasonably well or I possibly let it sit too long (just nigh over three years) and the brett went nuts and destroyed what was a decent beer.
Shame. A rare drain-pour for me.

Jul 01, 2015
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sjdevel from Utah

4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Look: Poured out of the 750ml bottle with a great deal of earth-tone colored foam (3-4 inches). It is a very nice dark bronze color and quite opaque. The head stays frothy for quite some time and never totally disappeared.

Smell: First notes are of fruity tartness with a slight vinegary tinge. Only a slight caramel malt scent.

Taste: A quick, and dry, sour bite comes first. Then there are a few flavors melding together: grapes, pumpkin, caramel, spices, toasted nuts, charred oak, and very tart cherries. There are bitter notes, but not necessarily from the hop additions as this beer is around 38 IBUs. For being an 8+% ABV brew, it does not drink like one.

Feel: This is brew is of a medium body (not too thick, not too thin) and very dry and effervescent on the tongue.

Overall: This is a good beer but I probably would not buy it again. It is a bit on the sour side, which I am not a big fan of, and a bit too dry on the tongue. The sourness was not overpowering, though, and this brew had many other flavors to keep it interesting (whiskey, oak, caramel, fruit).

Apr 29, 2015
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Budinetz from Pennsylvania

4.74/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on date is faded but reads 2014. Pours a midnight red color with a light khaki colored head that thins out swiftly. Smells of ripe raisins, toffee, caramel, and rich chocolate. Also hints of biscuity malts with a subtle red wine smell detected. It's almost sour, but because of the sweetness is nullified after breathing back out. A lot of different smells going on with this brew. Tastes of overly ripened cherry, bitter chocolate, ripened figs, dried dates. Overall very drinkable at 9 plus percent abv. I'll buy another bottle to share with friends since this is an awesome co-lab.


Apr 10, 2015
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The deep burgundy colored body was not highly carbonated, and the one finger thick head was short lived. The smell was very wine like, with sour, fruity, woody aromas dominating the nose, and this was backed by a rose like floral aromas. The taste was that of raisins up front, with a followup of cherry. There were some hints of chocolate and toffee in the finish. The aftertaste was oak, vanilla, and a touch of banana. The body of the beer was a little thin and the feel slick. A nice creation, but a bit pricey for the quality.

Feb 21, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant chestnut under a 3” pillowy lightly tan tinted foam cap that leaves clumpy lace. A spicy nose with a hint of anise, a touch of roast, faint vanilla and bourbon. It pours creamy and drier than the nose might suggest with dark kettle sugars, a hint of horehound, cola, and anise that culminate in a dry roasty bitter finish. Some astringency on the finish from the grain or maybe the hops is not altogether pleasant. Medium to medium high carbonation and medium full body.

Jan 25, 2015
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patrickomatic from Maryland

1.25/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Very overcarbonated, took 5-6 minutes for foam to dissipate. Smells of chlorophenols, highly carbonated on the tongue. There may be a little malt in the taste but it's mostly dominated by phenols. Definitely an infected bottle

Jan 06, 2015
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before Dec 2015

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep brown with a monsterous three finger dense light tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. Pretty well carbonated as the cork came off with a satisfying pop but fortunately didn't gush.
S: smells of barnyardy funk and acetic sourness, it's a little earthy with some slight band aid as well. It smells the part.
T: taste is slightly roasty with some chocolate and funk with hints of sourness. nice underlying barnyardy flavor with some band aids and earthy flavor. There's some vanilla at times as well. swallow is more light roasted malt and a slight tartness with more funk and some lingering oaky flavor
M: Fairly light on the palate with somewhat prickly carbonation and a very dry finish
O: A very impressive beer. Great complexity and flavors with some nice funk and slight sour notes. This beer seems to have required some time as it seems like when SN does funk it takes a good while after bottling for it to come out. The sour is definitely subtle instead of being more up front so if you want some serious pucker this one isn't for you

Dec 19, 2014
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MDHopster from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought on a whim to see what multiple aging techniques in blended form tasted like. This is batch # 3, 13% Ale, 55% Wine barrel aged, 32% bourbon barrel aged and 9.8% alcohol content. Pours dark, almost black but has reddish hues when held up to light. Medium pour from a 750 into a a flute, resulted in a two inch light brown head that lasted several minutes while leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Aroma like a Belgian Dubbel with vanilla, fruit, and bourbon prevailing. Allowing beer to warm to around 55-60 brought out much more of the flavor profile and like many bourbon barrel aged beers, raised the presence of the bourbon barrel aging, yet the tartness of wine barrel aging still lingers but not a strongly as if drank colder. Medium mouthfeel with carbs and alcohol bite.

Overall my personal opinion is this is a good strong ale, not sure about the wild category but still quite palatable and enjoyable. Although I can understand the blending may be off-putting to some, thus this beer seems to have a higher than usual deviation on ratings.

Dec 13, 2014
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Gmann from New York

3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown, almost cola like color. Short dense tan head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of a brown bread malt. Some caramel and vanilla notes provide extra sweetness. Perhaps a hint of bourbon. The wine barrel and yeast add a tart edge to the aroma and a fruit grape note. Some sugary sweetness. Its interesting to say the least. Kind of works.

The taste is quite bizarre. The barrels seem to contrast and produce an odd herbal flavor. The flavor starts off bready, some toast. This quickly is over-taken by both barrels, at the same time. The bourbon fights with the wine barrel, which produces a vanilla tart grape. Not sure vanilla and grape should go together. The beer has a nice caramel backbone. The base beer is pretty nice, a bit of a Belgian thing going. Some clove, plum and licorice. I dunno a bit too much going on.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Clean on the palate, perhaps a touch sweet. The abv is well hidden. Drinks well.

Not sure the combination of barrels worked well with this beer. It contrasts too much and produces an odd flavor.

Nov 08, 2014
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WorldWideStout from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a review for batch 1, or whatever they called the batch that was released at SAVOR two years ago.

A: Murky brown body settled down to a two-finger, off-white head with big bubbles. Some foam has little bubbles, this one's got big bubbles. Pretty good lacing

S: Musty, muted cherries.

T: Fairly similar to an oud bruin. Starts off with surprisingly bright, tart cherries, along with some vinous notes. The middle becomes somewhat bitter, with mineral water and a bit of basement funk. Towards the end, I occasionally get a hint of chocolate or roast, which works well. Not much of an aftertaste.

F: Good balance of carbonation; body is light but also creamy, which is a combination I don't feel like I get too often.

O: I really can't remember what this beer tasted like fresh, and I haven't had it since a week or two after the SAVOR where they gave it out. It's a pretty good beer. Not overly complex, but enjoyable and drinkable.

Oct 07, 2014
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jbru1971 from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

Complex yet very clean and simple. Reminds me of the FFF/New Belgium Gratzer if it were barrel aged, but with a little more everything on it...especially the nose of a sour. I savored this beer as it slowly warmed up to discover nice depth on most of the character notes. Would love to see this happen again.

Oct 05, 2014
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DrStiffington from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Weird beer. Dark, thick, smooth. It reminds me of a double bock more than anything. Don't get the "wild" ale aspect, but overall it's very drinkable, tasty as hell. Worth the money.

Oct 05, 2014
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark opaque brown, but essentially black at a glance; finger of light brown foam on top

S: rich brown malts and woodsy barrels supplemented with dim fruity notes, and suggestions of the wine and bourbon barrels used

T: incredible array of flavors - rich molasses sweetness weaves through the wine and bourbon highlights; brown and roasty malts converge, producing fruits like fig and date, and hearty breads; accents suggesting spices

M: medium-weight, smoothly gliding across the tongue; barrel vapors caress the roof; moderate carbonation; effortless drinking

O: this is the third brewing of the beer, and not having had the previous two, I can tell you that there is nothing wild about this beer - it is more reminiscent of a rich Imperial-style brown meets a strong dark Belgian ale (though the stylings are more "American" than "Belgian"), but it truly transcends styles. If you're expecting a wild ale, you may be wildly disappointed, but if you're bracing for a barrel-aged brown, you'll be more pleased. I was absolutely stunned by the ale, and highly recommend it. The reviews aren't so hot, but this may be reflective of the two previous vintages - and also the difficulty in categorization.

Oct 04, 2014
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archyquaffer from Montana

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a sampler. A fairly aggressive pour produces just a small, short-lived head that dissipates to a ring and some wispy lacing in the center. The beer is a somewhat hazy, deep amber brown with low carbonation.

Very very malty in the aroma and flavor. Tons of molasses, dark fruit, chocolate, vanilla, and spice. Also, a vinous character very much like a good port. Smooth creamy texture. It's pretty subtle as far as yeast characteristics- a moderate undertone of earthy funk and some pungent tartness mainly define it. The alcohol is well-hidden except for accentuating the spice and port notes.

A well-crafted brew and surprisingly smooth and clean for a "wild" ale.

Sep 24, 2014
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Pahn from New York

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

750ml bottle into a red wine glass.

4.0 Appearance: Dark chesnut with a 1 inch offwhite head. Dissipates quickly but retains some foam and leaves a big streak of lacing.

4.3 Smell: Clove belgian Dubbel aroma with some smoke. Brings back fond memories of my Belgian-only years. Some leathery, slightly sour aromas (not unpleasant). More bright and complex than the flavor.

I may sound ridiculous, but it actually smells like it was dry hopped with East Kent Goldings and fermented with brettanomyces. It's preposterous that the EKG ended up coming through, and maybe I'm imagining it, but I smell it and it works.

4.15 Taste: Well, I can tell the people behind Bourbon Barrel Quad had something to do with this! Lots of barrel presence, pretty straightforward otherwise; some tangy brett, slight brown sugar note, then a LOT of oak (smoothed out with some brett creaminess; don't get that in every brett beer, and always happy when I do).

Some reviews say this beer isn't very complex, and I think they're onto something... but that's not quite right in my opinion. The complexity is there (it straddles English and Belgian styles, it's outrageously--and welcomely--oak forward, and it has the esters and intriguing yeast flavors to satisfy any complexity lover), but it rarely manifests in one sip, and it doesn't really "sing together" if that makes sense.

To put it another way, I like, maybe even *love*, all these flavors, but only a few of them actually compliment each other. My brain keeps saying "slightly clove-y Belgian Dubbel with a bunch of whiskey barrel and some light creamy/tangy brett" because those all work. There's more here, but it's not really... doing anything. At least that's my experience of it.

A side note about "wild ale," the "light brett" isn't like "this is barely a wild ale!" light; if you've never tasted brettanomyces fermented beers, you'll be very confused and surprised by the flavor of Terra Incognita. It's light in that it has none of the brett dirt flavor, no crazy barnyard or basement flavors/aromas. Just a tang and creaminess that are emphatically brett. In other words, they either flash pasteurized it before it flourished beyond this point, or didn't use very much (?), or it hasn't had enough time to be all those crazy things brett can be. For me, it works awesome in the beer.

4.0 Mouthfeel: Good. Not thick, but full side of medium bodied. Creamy finish emboldened by alcohol heat. No dryness but no chalky / sugary b.s. either. Solid.

4.25 Overall: Puts me in mind of Marin Old Dipsea w/ Brett (barleywine), a fantastic beer that holds only good memories for me. It's not a brain destroying complexity fest like better Fantome beers or amazingly well thought out and executed barrel aged beers (see Goose Island, Firestone Walker, 50/50, and the still underrated barrel program of Clown Shoes). But it is delicious. Easily worth $15~20, and should satisfy all fans of barrel forward brett beers.

Sep 07, 2014
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

2014 vintage poured from the 750mL bottle into a Belgian tulip.

There's an impressively creamy, dark-khaki head on this brew that I can't help but stare at. It recedes slowly and leaves streaks of lace before settling into a frothy layer over a pitch black liquid with a few trickles of carbonation. 4.1

For lack of better words, there's a pungent, semi-wine grape like aroma with some malt sweetness that I associate with a dubbel maybe. It's an oaken dark fruit smell perhaps. There's faint sweet malt there but it's hardly detectable. 3.6

Flavor-wise, there's a cross of wine-like yeast flavors and bourbon barrel oak and vanilla flavors. There's also some of the dark fruit from the nose that works it's way in, date being what it most resembles. As the beer warms, baker's chocolate becomes more noticeable on the finish. 3.9

The yeastiness and wine-like quality to this beer can be a bit much. It's pretty light-feeling in the body and highly effervescent. 3.7

This beer takes on new dimensions as it warms and becomes much more enjoyable. The initial tastes and the mouthfeel aren't quite what I like in a beer so that drags this beer down a bit. 3.78

Sep 06, 2014
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lordofstarside from Nevada

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

Batch #3, Bomber to a snifter

Pours dark brown, almost black with red hues. Very murky muddy brown when held up to a light. A half finger of foam has died down to a thin ring pretty quickly, mild carbonation from the sides, think lacing 4/5

Smells pretty complex. Upfront dark notes, dusty chocolate, raisin, fig, cherry, oak, white wine, bourbon, some funk and a little alcohol. Everything comes together well, really interesting beer. Smells like a mix between a bb stout and a wine barrel Belgian 4.25/5

Taste is a bit of a curve ball. Lots of fig, raisin, chocolate, and molasses in the front. After that is a tart dark berry, followed by some oak- nice mix of mostly wine with strong hints of bourbon. Ends with a touch of alcohol 4.25/5

Feel is a moderate body, actually really smooth on the way down. Moderately tart, nothing close to sour. Alcohol is hidden well, it's really easy to drink 4.25

Overall it's different, but good. I know it's classified as a wild ale, but I still have no idea what sort of beer I just drank. More like a BA strong ale. It's really good though 4.25/5

Aug 31, 2014
Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 594 ratings