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Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 brewing and flavor await. Terra Incognita is, fittingly, an earthy beer, celebrating the unique terroir of the two locations. Beginning with Sierra Nevada’s estate-grown pale malt, and combined with amber malt, wheat, and malted wheat, it is then assertively hopped with Bravo and Styrian Goldings, dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings, and finally barrel aged with Brettanomyces in Missouri oak.
Originally brewed at Boulevard and released exclusively on draft at SAVOR Fest 2012. Batch 2 was brewed at Boulevard and re-released to the general public in bottles on 6-18-13.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chickenflea (336) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Bottle said "Best by 2-15". Drank 9-14. Been cellared about 15 months. Dark murky pour with thick off-white head. Smells like concord grape jam, oak, whiskey barrel, and manure. Rich malty taste with dark fruits prevalent and a hint of chocolate. A very pleasant sourness cleans up the malt and leave the palate fresh with lingering noble hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is lively and refreshing. Finish is long and complex. A nice beer. Complex as you might expect, but not unbalanced.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerSkull (1307) - SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2014
(Bottle). Strange smell of manure and sour yeast. Quite unpleasant scent but in the background is something nice lurking and the taste is a very pleasant surprise! Crisp taste of hops, yeast, citrus and spices. Unusual and complex beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (1945) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
"Dark berry fruitiness, oak, whiskey, funk all in equal measure. This rather dark ale is both mellow and incredibly complex at the same time. lively carbonation. Another that exceeded expectations. Love the whiskey/sour combo with a malty fruitiness that just brings it all together. Could have easily drank the entire 750 myself (though I did not)."

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2061) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
Flaska från SB. Ett märkligt öl. Spretigt eller komplex kan man diskutera. Fin syrlig doft med lite sötma, tobak, källare och whiskey i bakgrunden. Smaken är inte så syrlig som doften utan ganska söt med en mängd smaker. Kokos, sötlakrits, vanilj, whiskey, enbärsmust, svagdricka, tobak, kaffe, choklad. Sammantaget är en söt lätt syrlig ganska murrig smakbild. Udda och kul men funkar väl i ärlighetens namn sådär även om jag nog gillade att den var så udda.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lilja (1632) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2014
Smak och doft av humle, malt, choklad, enbär, rök, trä, tobak, kaffe, svagdricka. Syrlig, lite fadd, lätt kropp, väldigt spretig.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2618) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 4, 2014
750ml, Boulevard bottling, BBD 02-15, cellar aged for ~14 months. Aroma of dark fruit, yeast funk, slight oak, toasty, nutty brown malt, wheat, cherry, chocolate and very faint touches of leather, bourbon and vanilla, overall quite intriguing and complex. Thoroughly opaque blackish mahogany in color with a ludicrously foamy, uneven, light tan head and gobs of lacing left behind, this is a Brett beer for sure. Flavor profile is strongly fruity, lightly woody, and full of farmy, funked-out yeast, the Brett having had its way with the beer rather nicely over time, adding some straw-like notes to the overall character and providing plenty of dryness and earthiness to the finish, some lingering berry, vanilla and dark malt here as well as a moderate dosage of spicy hop flavor and bitterness. Highly effervescent, dry and very gently acidic on the palate, body is full. This has aged wonderfully, I have to say I am blown away by how good this is, in fact. Really impressive beer, I definitely recommend drinking this soon if you have some, and luckily I have another bottle!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VictorStr (1289) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2014
Relativt dov arom. Lite karamell och choklad. Väldigt balanserad i smaken. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zekada (137) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle from systembolaget. Strong, deep and a complex smell with some fruits, berries and raisins. Pours solid brown almost black with a creamy beige head. Taste is more bland than smell, and it is very nice and fresh. Thin and nice palate not very full. A surprisingly nice and fresh beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (10669) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 21, 2014
Hefiger, etwas säuerlicher Antrunk, im Mittelteil trocken werdend. Rund malzig, leichte Schokoladennoten. Malziges Finish...11/11/9/10/8/9

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjgmd (1437) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2014
With Zach watching the MC vs Olypiacos soccer game, pours a dark pitched brownish black pour with a huge java wispy colored head. Nose is tart and sour with some grainy notes. Taste is tart and sour, but not overwhelmingly so, grainy and yeasty ! Finishes on the same tasting notes with a moderately long sour yeasty alcoholic finish. Quaff Score 7 / 10


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