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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by metter98 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
585
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
125
For Trade:
11
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 585
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

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

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Photo of rajendra82
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of mojohawk21
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of tectactoe
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1.5 inch head, high carbonation, cloudy

Smell: chocolate and oak

Taste: oak, hazelnut, toasted malt, sweet chocolate and bourbon--especially at the end

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, heavy body, sweet with oakiness that gives a slight bittering

Overall: A nice malty and oaky treat. Really loving the complexity on this. Would not have thought of it as an American Wild, but it is delicious. Very subtle flavors that mix well. I will get this again.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark brown in color and minimal light will get through this brew. Carbonation is very high and thick with a brown tint to it. The aroma is loaded with whiskey, dark carmelized malt and a bit of molasses. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and rich,as this is a bit weighted with alcohol. The taste is actually a bit subdued in light of everything else. It is very forward with caramel and gentle sweetness of fig. the back of the palate is a bit of a warming sensation as the whiskey trickles down your throat.

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3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of jbru1971
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

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3.36/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of chinchill
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

As promised, this has a wild ale aroma and flavor; not always a good thing for my tastes.

It starts promising with an excellent presentation: essentially black body covered by a semi-durable head that leaves good lacing.

Has a distinct, and to me unpleasant, aroma of Brett.

Some Brett in the flavor too.along with medium roasted malts, yeast, and hints of dark fruit.

O: challenging

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2.76/5  rDev -24.8%

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1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of Tilly
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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!!!

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2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.
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