Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.6/5
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592 Ratings
Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra IncognitaBoulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
592
pDev:
15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
122
Trade:
11
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Ratings: 592 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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 +11.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Prince_Casual
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Cork and cage poured into standard Belgian tulip.

For some reason I was expecting issues opening this so I popped it over the sink, but opened without a hitch. With my guard now down the first glass I poured only got about an inch of beer before the foam grew and grew and overtook the rim of the glass. A massively carbonated beer. Took about 4 minutes for the head to recede into a one inch "puff" of foam atop still only about an inch of beer. It really looked a lot like a root beer float in color of both the beer and the foam.

The smell was very muted, I probably opened the bottle a bit too cold but there was a bit of caramel and a bit of funk, really kind of wimpy though, and throughout the bottle it did not intensify as it approached room temperature.

The taste was just not quite there either, just very muted flavors of diluted bourbon and a bit of sour cherry.

I was a big fan of the mouth feel, as I have realized I am often when tasting Boulevard beers. Great balance of acidity, light alcohol burn, and heavy carbonation. I understand some reviewers complaining about the high carbonation, but they were also probably expecting more of a classic sour style.

Overall I guess I'm glad I bought this, it wasn't particularly expensive, but I can't say I'd buy it again or recommend it to any of my friends. Mid writing this review I found the webpage for this brew and (now) acknowledging the blending they did, it's no wonder the beer came out as middle of the road as it did.

If the different parts of the blend, as well as the reviewed beer, came in a 4 pack of 16 oz cork and cage, I'd probably have much more respect for what they did here.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Grinky
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sazz9
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of SavvyStudent
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of atoulouk
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Holy crap, calm down, foam central on pour. Deep brown with a tan head, way to much head.

S: Light band aid and whiskey with a whiff of grapes? sourness, yes

T: Big band aid, fruits, wow, booze, bourbon, sourness lingering

M: Over carbonated, it left me belching like crazy after the few sips I choked down. Tart, unappealing and uninspiring.

O: What a disappointment! Drain pour.

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Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zhanson88
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a dark, caramel brown coloring with a chunky, dense, solid, light tan head that starts around an inch and a half, and slowly settles into a prolonged retaining half inch of head. Aromas of sour and tart initially, with notes of earth, vanilla, toffee, and floral highlights. Flavors are tart and sharp on the forward tongue, with a nutty sweetness in the backbone. Sour notes spread to the lateral borders of the tongue, with an earthy and boozy blend overtaking the palate. The body is thin and dry, with a slick feel to it. The finish is sweet, slightly sour, and slightly dry. Interesting brew.

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Photo of nquigley16
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Dbrulet
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of lsummers
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fantastic rich dark brown with a 4 finger frothy cocoa colored head. Lots of carbonation in this one. Takes a few minutes for the head to settle slightly.

Smells are wafting out of the glass. Rich sour apples with some candied fruits. Slight touch of caramel and raisins. Lots of barnyard funk and some slight wet hay.

Taste is a touch astringent at first. Lots of sour acetic and barnyard flavors. There's an acidity coming through as well. Theres some nice subtle hop presence I dont get in the smell as well. The smell presents this beer with flavors that I'm not getting. Has a fairly large malt presence as well. It's nice, and nothing to boot at but isn't up to what I was initially expecting based on scent alone. I can definitely taste the bourbon barreling coming through which actually might be why the taste is surprising me.

Mouthfeel is great. Nicely carbonated, rounds out on the tongue and feels full bodied. Still is light enough to be very drinkable.

Overall, this beer is an excellent example of two breweries coming together to create a good product. The only reason I can't say great is because of the amazing smell and presence this beer gave off coupled with the taste that really wasn't up to par. Still highly enjoyable and a worthy recommendation, especially if your a fan of these two breweries.

For food pairings I would definitely say Chinese, Chicken, Pork, or a peppered/herbed Brie.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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