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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra IncognitaBoulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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.

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Photo of tangentialsermon
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark cherry brown with an impresssive, long lasting head. sticky lacing.

S-Cherry, clove, nutmeg.

T-Crisp tartness overflows with blackberry and cherry, finishes with strong whiskey notes from the barrel aging.

M-Pleasant carbonation pushes forward the fruit and whiskey.

O-Much better than I expected considering peer reviews. Not astonishing for the price but not bad either.

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Photo of emyers
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown with an explosive beige head (fills 3/4 of the glass with a fairly conservative pour).

Smell: Interestingly, the first two aromas that I pick out are nutmeg and cinnamon. Not sure where that's coming from, but a mild tartness takes over followed by oak. Not really getting any whiskey here.

Tasste: The whiskey barrels are more apparent, but still very mild. Definitely some barnyard/earthy funk going on along with chocolate and very slight tartness. Nothing really takes over here, and this beer, while interesting, ultimately comes off as very mild flavor-wise.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, not nearly as heavy on the carbonation as the pour would suggets.

Overall: This is certainly a unique beer and I'm glad I tried it, but I feel like it really needed something to stand out and take over, and it just didn't happen.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Black in the glass, three finger fluffy tan head, clear amber around the edges.

S-Plums, grapes, oak, mild funk, earthy grassy notes, some chocolate.

T-Starts with grapes and plums with cherries as well. Has some mild funk. Earthy notes and some roasted malt. Chocolate as it warms.

M-Lighter, not as much carbonation as when pouring.

O-After reading the reviews I was worried, but the beer was pleasant, not out of this world, but worth the one time try.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Consumed 8/30/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Darker than expected, dark, dark brown - pours light a tan head, keeps a solid cap, leaves some serious streaks of lacing

Smell: Dark malts and some sourness - caramel and cooked malts - kind of grainy - some funk - lactic, wet sourness - musty and damp - some vinegar, acetone, and some fruit

Taste: Cooked malts, wet sour, and yeasty funk - caramel and amber malts, with a lot of grainy earthiness - wet, musty, damp funk - wet, acetone-like sour, with some lactic acidity and vinegar - some wood - some fruits - very earthy, dirty, rough

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, a bit too damp, earthy, and dirty to be easy drinking

Overall: Wash yourself, Terra

I love Sierra Nevada. I really enjoy Boulevard. But I'm rather unimpressed by this beer. It's sour in an earthy, dirty, harsh way. Maybe this needed some more time?

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Ruddy/murky dark copper brown. Head is tan, bubbly, and sticky. Forms a massive bubbly head that drops to a small cap and collar. Chunky lacing. Relatively high carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Sweet leather and dark cherry. Faint hints of vanilla and barrel. Some underlying funk adds a damp earthiness to everything. Some minor bourbon. Slightly sweet malt base with some herbal notes. Slight touch of cherry in the mix. Acetic as it warms with a bit of lactic finish.

Taste: Powdery and slightly spicy yeast. Very faint bourbon with some cherry flesh. Leather and seltzer water. A hint of caramel malt and spicy esters. Earthy and damp with a distinctly dirty finish. Mildly acetic with a slight citric finish. Cellar damp and musty. No depth, finishes super clean and fast.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. Mediumish light body. Clean and bubbly with a mild astringency.

Overall: Hidden in plain sight.

Earthy seltzer water with a slight tart funk. Mediocre.

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Photo of ESPNman
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Near-black with a very thick off white head. Good retention, little lacing. Almost a completely opaque beer... Surprisingly hazy still.

S- This beer has a very complex and somewhat confusing nose to it. Some fruity dark cherry melds nicely with the funky barnyard tart notes. The earthy hops and British-barley wine style notes seem out of place.

T- It is much like the nose, but maybe even a little less coherent. There is a lot going on here, but not all of it really belongs. The start of the beer is rich fruit and juicy plum. From there it hits a kind of odd note of tart English ale and earthy pale ale flavors. It finishes with a dry funk.

M - Thinner than I anticipated. Highly carbonated. Dry tart finish.

O - This is a confusing beer to me. In isolation, there are some good things going on here. Together, it just never really hits the right notes. Its good, but not great.

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Photo of Beer_Ninja
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I live in San Antonio but I am originally from Kansas city MO. I am a huge advocate for everything that Boulevard does. I have tried just about everything that This brewery has to offer and there is not much that I do not like from them.

The bottle itself is very cool, Moroccan tapestry look to the label. The beer itself is very strong and full of flavor. The flavors are very middle eastern with anise and cardamom in the front. There is a typical aged beer alcohol taste that I have really grown to appreciate over the years. This is a great beer that I hope to see for years to come.

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Photo of Chaney
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle popped with a huge thud that scared the shit out of the dog.

Served in an Olde Hickory glass.

A: My bad, I shoulda let this breathe for a bit longer. Poured pretty much all head and a sticky one at that. The color of the brew was a dark, dark amber/brown/red.

S: Smelled like milk that had been set out for a bit. Okay, now the grains are starting to poke through.

T: I think most people were expecting a Flanders Oude Bruin sorta beer out of this. This was more of a brown ale gone awry. Sure, I got some sourness, but it almost didn't taste intentional.

M: Extremely carbonated, like most Boulevard entries, and sticky head.

O: Not bad, but kinda expensive for what it was: A standard brown ale with some slightly sour leanings.

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Photo of wasso67
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour from a large bottle into a pint glass. Thick brown foamy head which lasted and left a nice lace on the glass. Impressive dark brown color.

Smells earthy and full, hints of wood.

Mouthfeel is good, moderately heavy.

Slightly bitter taste with heady alcohol finish. Definitely a beer to sip as one would sip a fine whisky. I enjoyed it much. Very balanced and an interesting effort.

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Photo of ksimons
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-a dark chestnut with three fingers worth of light tan head

S-dark malt, dark fruity sweetness of cherries and plums, and a bit of yeasty funk and spice

T-taste is similar to the smell, but with a larger amount of sourness

M-medium body, medium to high carbonation, sour finish

Overall an interesting beer with a nice sourness to it

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
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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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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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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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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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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Photo of Hopswagger
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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Photo of Etan
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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Photo of morimech
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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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 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 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 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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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 589 ratings.
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