Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra IncognitaBoulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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.

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4.74/5  rDev +31.7%
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.


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4.68/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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4.56/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A well composed orchestra of different flavors... The wine flavor really sets it apart

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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.

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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 592 ratings