Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra IncognitaBoulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
82
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 14.88%
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
593
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  30
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SCORE
82
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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra IncognitaBoulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita
Notes: 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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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Photo of lordofstarside
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

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Photo of rajendra82
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.

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Photo of deskim
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of russwbeck
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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!

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Photo of fsck
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of zhanson88
2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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3.64/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of SHODriver
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

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
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-

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Photo of Brob245
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown color with a huge, foamy, light brown head. The aroma is very yeast as expected based on the pour. The taste is smooth, mellow, and just a touch of whiskey flavor that is no where near as bold as the bourbon barreled beers. This is an interesting yet simple brew that delivers an unique take on barrel aging.

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Photo of Black_ox
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Greywulfken
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.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of draheim
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL (best by 02/2015) into a tulip. Pours a deep cola brown w/ a big monster khaki head that leaves behind some patchy lace.

Aroma is unique. Roasty, bitter, a little sour, with a hint of raspberry or some other kind of berry. Maybe a little vinous. Not having read anything about this beer, I'm having a little trouble deconstructing it. But I'm pretty sure it spent some time in barrels and might have used a wild yeast strain.

Taste is, likewise, difficult to figure out. Bitter roasted and chocolate malts, a slightly sour quality, but none of the fruity sweetness I thought I was picking up on the nose. Kind of like a sour porter. Has a metallic quality on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied but also relatively light and crisp. Has a lingering aftertaste.

Overall a really different beer, not many to compare it to. Not sure I'd buy it again but glad that I had a chance to try it.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 593 ratings