Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.6/5
Good
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 SHODriver
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before Dec 2015

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep brown with a monsterous three finger dense light tan head that retains well and leaves nice lacing. Pretty well carbonated as the cork came off with a satisfying pop but fortunately didn't gush.
S: smells of barnyardy funk and acetic sourness, it's a little earthy with some slight band aid as well. It smells the part.
T: taste is slightly roasty with some chocolate and funk with hints of sourness. nice underlying barnyardy flavor with some band aids and earthy flavor. There's some vanilla at times as well. swallow is more light roasted malt and a slight tartness with more funk and some lingering oaky flavor
M: Fairly light on the palate with somewhat prickly carbonation and a very dry finish
O: A very impressive beer. Great complexity and flavors with some nice funk and slight sour notes. This beer seems to have required some time as it seems like when SN does funk it takes a good while after bottling for it to come out. The sour is definitely subtle instead of being more up front so if you want some serious pucker this one isn't for you

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Photo of MDHopster
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought on a whim to see what multiple aging techniques in blended form tasted like. This is batch # 3, 13% Ale, 55% Wine barrel aged, 32% bourbon barrel aged and 9.8% alcohol content. Pours dark, almost black but has reddish hues when held up to light. Medium pour from a 750 into a a flute, resulted in a two inch light brown head that lasted several minutes while leaving little to no lacing on the glass. Aroma like a Belgian Dubbel with vanilla, fruit, and bourbon prevailing. Allowing beer to warm to around 55-60 brought out much more of the flavor profile and like many bourbon barrel aged beers, raised the presence of the bourbon barrel aging, yet the tartness of wine barrel aging still lingers but not a strongly as if drank colder. Medium mouthfeel with carbs and alcohol bite.

Overall my personal opinion is this is a good strong ale, not sure about the wild category but still quite palatable and enjoyable. Although I can understand the blending may be off-putting to some, thus this beer seems to have a higher than usual deviation on ratings.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sonic4482
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of bpk59
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of theschmooz
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tappangordo
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JVMeier
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of beertunes
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of scxcrunner
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jsapunor
4.32/5  rDev +20%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hopstout
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jcon
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Cparise00
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of Gmann
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown, almost cola like color. Short dense tan head that settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of a brown bread malt. Some caramel and vanilla notes provide extra sweetness. Perhaps a hint of bourbon. The wine barrel and yeast add a tart edge to the aroma and a fruit grape note. Some sugary sweetness. Its interesting to say the least. Kind of works.

The taste is quite bizarre. The barrels seem to contrast and produce an odd herbal flavor. The flavor starts off bready, some toast. This quickly is over-taken by both barrels, at the same time. The bourbon fights with the wine barrel, which produces a vanilla tart grape. Not sure vanilla and grape should go together. The beer has a nice caramel backbone. The base beer is pretty nice, a bit of a Belgian thing going. Some clove, plum and licorice. I dunno a bit too much going on.

Moderate feel with fizzy carbonation. Clean on the palate, perhaps a touch sweet. The abv is well hidden. Drinks well.

Not sure the combination of barrels worked well with this beer. It contrasts too much and produces an odd flavor.

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Photo of TigerOwl
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of FreshZ
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Ampsta
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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