Boulevard / Sierra Nevada Terra Incognita (Batch 1 & 2)

 
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RATINGS: 323   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 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.

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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (15498) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
750 c&c from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a 5 finger foamy/frothy tan head. Aroma (through lots of head) is sour and dark. Med + body. Flavor is dark malt, wood and some seriously sour fruit. This is not vinegar sour. It’s dark fruit bretty. No cherry here. Apparently no fruit of any kind here, but I guess it’s the Goldings. When the foam is gone the aroma is quite earthy/sour, and the flavor generates a hint of chocolate - but it finishes earthy/sour. Mouth fatigue means not so sour as the start, but sour. This is a rather elegant ale, and if popular wines were earthy, this would be a fitting alternative. Ain’t the way of the world. tho.


3.6
Svesse (8683) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2017
(Bottle) Dark reddish brown colour with big, frothy, beige head. Malty, fruity nose with caramel, dried fruit, raisins, vanilla, toffee, wood, crisp-bread and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). Malty, spicy taste with caramel, dried fruit, crisp-bread, prunes, bourbon, wood, some coffee, spices and a finish with a balanced spicy bitterness and a light acidity shining through. More than medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Tasty and quite interesting, with both oak and some brett coming through. Nice one.

3.7
Sigmund (7759) - Tau, NORWAY - JUN 30, 2017
750 ml corked & caged bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 8.5%. Very dark brown colour, nearly black, with a huge beige head. Aroma of red wine vinegar, brettanomyces and oak. The flavour is not vinegary, but very oaky and moderately spicy, with a warming mouthfeel.

3.9
rumproasts (5478) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2017
UPDATED: APR 15, 2017 Bottle. Deep brown with big head. Overcarbonated, slight bottle bomb. Funky Brett aroma. Malt, but fairly light mouthfeel. Dark fruit, woody, funky, vanilla. Hint of bourbon. Really interesting, and quite tasty as well.

3.6
jw0406 (1299) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2017
2013 bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small white head. Aromas of light peaches, plums, light vanilla. Medium bodied, aging nicely, could use another few years..

4
BuckeyeBoy (8182) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2017
750ml bottle from backlog. Pours out a dark amber topped with a sand head. Nose has tons going on pitfruit sour notes barrel vanilla and nice malt. Taste is more of the nice sour notes barrel like the nose tons going on fruit and funk.

4
TheJestersBeer (2430) - SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2016
750ml bottle. Pours a deep mahogany brown, with a beige head. Complex, woody, funky aroma, caramel, hops, chocolate, vanillin, earth, dark fruit, whiskey. Off-dry, full bodied, mid bitterness, lively CO2. Complex, lightly roasted, funky taste, light acidity, caramel, hops, earth, vanilla, tannins, chestnut, light chocolate. Very well balanced, long finish. (2016-03-18)

3.7
Furseth (2165) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2016
0,7L , Botle: Ale Age in Whisky Barrels on the LABEL: Brown clear colour, with a big head. Aroma i sour, citrus, flowery, alcy, raisins, Woody, vanilla. Flavor had a nice mix of sour,, mild chcolate, raisin, Woody/smokey mouth feeling! Nice medium body and finish!

3.6
alexsdad06 (10589) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle shared by DrSilverworm from notes. Pours a clear deep amber/mahogany color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma is woody, tart fruits, caramel, molasses with some Brett funk. The flavor has caramel, molasses, woody, earthy, Brett funk, mildly tart fruits, interesting enough.

3.1
jtclockwork (16857) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2015 Bottle - pours brown white head - nose and taste of sour chocolate, oak, brett, sour earth - med body

3.5
Quick3Beers (1320) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Pours a deep dark brown with a crazy thick head, not even a vigorous pour and chilled more than it should have been! Everything is complex, aroma has peppery spiciness and pecan pie wrapped in a bready envelope. Flavor is similar, piling on layers of vanilla leather caramel and cola (perhaps an effect of the carbonation), just a bit of funk. Semi-dry and almost salty. Good beer.


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