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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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 107
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

760 ml bottle was poured into a large tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a crazy 4 finger head that reduced to a puffy off white mocha layer. Super nice lacing on the glass from the reduced head. It is a dark brown/black color with no clarity. More lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Funky, barnyard, rubber tires, bready, and oak.

Taste: Vanilla, oak, whisky, alcohol, funk, barnyard, rubber tire, and bready malts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, puckering, boozy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and very interesting.

Overall: What a very interesting beer. The Brett and aging in whiskey barrels makes it interesting. Once again bringing wild ales to a new level.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly black in the glass with a maasive, half glass light brown head with decent retention and pillowy lacing. Intriguing aroma of wild yeast, tart apple juice, cinnamon and other earthy spices with a slight peppery sting; faint oak. Flavor is unusual, with the same earthy spicing, wild yeast and Brett, non identifiable sweet, light fruit juice, light oak, distinct brown sugar. Light bodied with peppery, active carbonation which fits well with the spicy flavors. I am not a big fan of traditional wild ales, but do like traditional spice hopped ales like gruits and this was like the wild child of a Brett ale and a gruit style traditional ale. I enjoyed it quite a bit and will see if I can find another bottle. May not appeal to lovers of classic wild ales, but very interesting if you are adventurous. Good job from on an experiment from two fine breweries. This could be the first time I have ever scored a wild ale above the average of other reviewers.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Robb_in_Austin
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Initially tried to pour aggressively but all I managed to do was create head. A slower pour is definitely required with this one.

A: LOTS of head. Deep, rich brown with an oatmeal foamy head. Looks awesome. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

S: Reminds me of spiced rum. Cinnamon, sweet, some yeast.

T: Faintly tart, like a lambic. Some spice, a little chocolate, faint hint of nuttiness, touch of malt sweetness. The alcohol is very hidden.

M: Thin. Too thin in my book, especially for the appearance and alcohol content.

O: It's different. I don't dislike it, and will happily drink the other one in the fridge, but I wouldn't tell everyone I know to seek it out. I think the fact that it's not listed on either breweries website, not even a hint, says something.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown cola color with a huge khaki head of about 3+ fingers. Clearly have some wild Brett strain yeast here. Head stick around forever it seems.

S- Nose clouded some by the massive head, but will review as is. Smells of spice, grain, molasses/brown sugar, Goldings hops, and some yeast funk.

T- Interesting is the best way to describe this. Has some English style characteristics accompanied by a generous dose of earthy hops, brown sugar, whiskey, tart cherries, and spice on the back end. Touch of booze shows, but not overpowering the flavor profile at all. So unique. The funk of the yeast also gives it an interesting layer. Love the clean, smooth finish as the oak barrel comes back around,

M- Smooth. Mid body bordering on full. Robust carbonation, but surprisingly fair drink-ability.

O- You can really tell the complexity of this beer in the way it combines aspects of the west coast, midwest, and beyond. A wild ride with many twists and turns without totally losing me at any point. A collaboration that seems to complement my palate. I can't quite put my finger on it yet, but I'm glad i gave it a shot. Very unique use of Brett and barrel aging.

$12.99 for 750 ml bottle

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Murky dark brown muddy swamp covered in a massive swell of cavernous beige froth.

S: Nice sour yeast aroma, subtle black trash bag in the sun funk, dirt clods, and wet moldy wood.

T/M: Heavy dirt presence, bitter baking cocoa, watered down bourbon , pine cones, charred grain, snuffed out cigars and hints of apple peel dusted with cinnamon. This creates a lingering mouth coating similar to being out in the woods for several days camping. The spicy hop bitterness is nice and not overpowering. Astringent orange once it warms. Moderate body with a smooth bubbly effervesce.

O: There is no denying that this beer lives up to its name. Huge waves of fresh dirt and spice cascaded along the palate with a shower of bitterness to finish the rustic offering. A well crafted ale but I wanted the sour nose to translate better into the taste. I feel like this is more of a brown ale with an after thought of wild yeast to spice things up. Interesting but not something I would revisit.

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1.77/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

750 from the recent batch, into a tulip.

A: Pours an opaque blackish brown with a huge light tan head.

S: Leathery, bacterial, wet hay and cobwebs, mild plum-like acetic tartness, some caramel and toasted grain. Smells like an infected barleywine.

T: Taste brings a dominating earthy, acrid bitterness, charred grain, musty, light tartness.

M: Medium-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: Wow, this is one of the worst beers I've had in a long time. Charry, bacterial, over-carbonated, acrid. No redeeming qualities. Do not buy.

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3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Even poured very cold and carefully, this is a foaming beast. Estimate the glass fills about 1/4 liquid and 3/4 foamy head. Of course it takes forever to settle. Annoying. Dark brown color with heavy lacing is left down the glass.

I like this aroma. I pick up some fruity tartness, whiskey, caramel, and herbal, earthy hops. Pleasant amount of barrel character without it overwhelming the other aromas.

The flavor is not as impressive. Very earthy and woody. Mild tartness and acidity. Booze flavor with moderate heat in the finish. The malt does not come through very well. I just get a little caramel sweetness.

Over carbonated and the body feels thin. Definitely not like a 8% ABV beer.

A big disappointment. Just not very well crafted and these two breweries definitely know better.

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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 590 ratings.
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