Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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
Ratings:
590
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.99%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
122
For Trade:
11
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3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Shikimon for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Best by 2/2015.

Pours a murky super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sour fruit, and funky aromas. Taste is much the same with Brett and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of Brett bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid sour and funky aromas and flavors but there is nothing too exciting going on with this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the first real dark wild ive had, great earthy sour, pouring a thinner black color with ring lacing after all the tan fizz settles down. a unique grain profile is immediately evident, dark grains maybe even wheat and rye, but definitely a good dose of dark roasty barley. funky yeast too, not super sour, but more saison style. whiskey barrel leaves a boozy sweetness. there is a lot more yeasty funk in taste than smell, with some acidic sour notes cutting the heavy mineral roastiness and nuttiness of the grain. more and more sour as it warms, with well hidden abv and subtle soil and organic elements making it dry and dusty on the palate. effervescent feel makes it pop, lighter than it looks and smells, and whiskey charcoal and sourness stays on my tongue after the swallow. pleasantly dark and complex, a unique wild ale collaboration i would like to age for awhile and see how it develops.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy dark brownish red in color and poured with a quarter finger-high off white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are very light aromas of sourness in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sourness but also has notes of malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be rather malty for a sour beer, but is quite easy to drink. No alcohol is apparent in the taste.

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3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cracks open with a gunshot though there was no volcano effect; pours with a huge ecru head sitting atop the coffee-colored liquid; excellent retention and lacing

Smell: Toasted wheat bread and leather; undertones of plum, concord grape and oak

Taste: Toasted wheat with a hint of caramel, up front, but a band aid flavors overwhelms by mid-palate and in the finish; there are other aspects that are more enticing (plum, oak barrel, herbal spicing) but they are dominated by the leathery band aid flavor

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation

Overall: Despite the appearance and interesting aromatics, the beer is a disaster on the palate, with the band aid flavors dominating; each sip is a challenge and not in a good way

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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