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
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of JMAC45
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of homebrew311
2.52/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with an excessive amount of head, got about a c'mon beer and the rest was a foam over. After things settle down, a thin brown beer presents itself with some lacing. The nose is Brett forward with that funky, lemon, earthy, herbal quality. This sits atop some brown malt and some booze. Nose smells like it lacks cohesion and has notes all over the place. Taste is brett forward which provides a healthy dose of funk to the flavor. Next comes some malty sweetness followed by some roast. There also happens to be some herbal Hop character which is paired with some non description booziness. Mouthfeel is thin and prickly. This beer leaves me confused. It's like a hoppy brown ale, barrel aged, then dosed with rest. Nothing adds up here and it makes for a very sloppy final product. This is a disappointment, especially considering this comes from two great breweries. Pass this at all costs.

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Photo of hardy008
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a 3 finger tan head from a gentle pour.. The aroma has tart apples, grapes, dark fruit, oak, and funk. The aroma is somewhat complex, and changes as beer warms up.

Tastes tart with oak, tart dark fruit, apples, funk, spices, and vanilla. The taste is not very strong, and I would give the category a higher rating if it was more tart and the flavors stood out more. This might benefit from aging.

Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Has a oak, vanilla, and tart fruit aftertaste. A decent Wild Ale. I wish this beer was more tart, and had aged a while longer. Worth trying, if you get the chance.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml served in a snifter
Batch 2 best by: 02-2015 Bottle says 8.5%ABV

A - Pours almost black with a frothy tan head of random sized bubbles. Solid cap with clinging lacing.

S - Tart woody aroma, sour dried fruit, grapes, earthy minerals, dusty brett yeast, hints of cocoa, perfume floral, orange peel, spicy oak barrel.

T - Spicy grassy hops, semi tart grapes, more chocolate notes than the nose described, muted cherries, grainy malts, the oak is extremely mellow, good amount of spicy hop bitterness, sour notes left on the palate after a dry and spicy finish. Some coffee notes come out on the finish after it warms up a bit.

M - Full carbonation and body, soft squishy feel,

You have to really have to let this warm before any of the barrel starts coming out. Solid aroma with a soft roundness of funk and floral, but the flavor seems one noted and flat. The hops really helped out with some of the flatness. Not sure if this will age well or not. Glad I tried it fresh.

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Photo of kustard
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of peteh2112
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of itracy63
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of ladyivory
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of beerbrains
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of rdooley
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ari32
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of WreckingBrew
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kevgod
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of stuart3368
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Busker
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked with "Enjoy by 2/2015". Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep mahogany colored body that looks close to black in the right light. A lot darker than I expected, honestly. Head is a towering 3-4 finger head that is a rocky collection of various-sized bubbles that slowly begin to burst, leaving a sticky webbing of lace. Retention begins to fade immediately, but very slowly, so it takes quite awhile to actually dissipate, and never disappears completely.

Smell - An enticing blend malty sweetness, some spiciness from the rye and brett funk, with undercurrents of earthy soil and faintly pungent hops. Some elements of cooking spice, sort of like what you might expect from a fall or winter seasonal beer. Honestly, the smell has me excited to take a sip, like this will be a unique beer with few comparable offerings on the market.

Taste - Um. Yeah, this is not what I expected based on the smell. I suppose it should be, because a lot of the same elements are here, they just don't play as nice together on the taste as they did with the smell. The brett characteristic is far more faded on the taste, and somehow, the other elements taste like stale grain and faded malt, without any kind of punch or heft to the flavor profiles. There is a slight element of sourness, both of the acidic bacterial variety and the grainy type of sourness that one expects from rye, but it's almost like the sour and the malt are coming from two different drinks that I'm pouring into my mouth at the same time. They don't synthesize well at all.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation and a mostly dry finish.

Overall, it started out so promising, but ultimately fell down on taste. I have a second bottle of this, so my only solace is that with time, perhaps the brett will develop this beer into a more cohesive whole and salvage an otherwise disappointing beer. It's too bad, because Boulevard and Sierra Nevada are two of the heavyweights of American craft brewing, so one would expect a better outcome. I guess you can never predict how highly experimental beers are going to turn out in the end. I'm glad to have tried it, but I really hope it improves with age.

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Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Brown Derby in Springfield, MO

Opens with a giant pop & pours an effervescent ruby red with 4 fingers of mocha colored head. Above average lacing & good head retention

S: Sour cherry, a bit of funk & & wet hay

T: Follows the nose, some apricot, a touch of fig & dryness up front. Woody dryness, choke cherry, a smattering of booze heat & a whisper of carob & plum. Finishes with oaky dryness, cherry & grassy notes & some sour mash & modicum of vanilla rising to the top

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation & warmth

Drinks nicely, not super sour, but engaging enough I would like to be able to purchase this again & again. Was hoping for better, but was looking for a great beer. Close, maybe will age into it

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Photo of ThrashMaster
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of NuclearRich
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle shipped from Washington, and settled in the fridge for 2 weeks. Poured into a snifter type glass.

A. Pours a deep mahogany, with a huge light khaki head that settles down only enough to not impart a moustache. Laces fairly well.

S. Smells of a whiskey barrel, first and foremost: vanilla, slightly tannic oak, and whiskey. A little medium-lightly dark toast lovibond caramel malt shows through as well. Especially as it warms, it gets a hint of booze. Hard to find much funk in it, maybe just a little brett like sour hay.

T. Same as the nose: whiskey barrel and caramel malt, with a little bitterness in the shape of an earthy hop with some mild herbal spiciness. It again lacks in the wild portion, with the barrel overpowering the funk. Aging might prove to adjust all flavors into a better blend.

M. Medium body, with quite a bit of effervescence and a bit of bitterness to boot.

O. Pretty basic, while still achieving a tasty, robust, and refreshing character. I thought I would get something more interesting out of this, but it almost falls flat. Not sure if its a high expectation setting it up, and it does still come out in my book as a pretty good beer, but it just isn't what it could be. I have another bottle, and I will be laying it in the cellar for awhile for sure.

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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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Photo of Mattyb79
4/5  rDev +9%

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