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Sunday, January 26, 2014
Boulevard Brewing Company - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Terra Incognita Ale Aged in Whisky Barrels
Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the
NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.
Tonight’s featured beer is Boulevard Brewing Company -
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Terra Incognita Ale Aged in Whisky Barrels.
From their joint Terra Incognita Beer site: “Situated at opposite ends of
the California Trail, pioneering breweries Sierra Nevada and Boulevard have
once again embarked upon a journey into the unknown. It was in 2012 that we
first convened to craft a beer for SAVOR attendees. And it’s that collaborative
effort, aptly named Terra Incognita, which brought us together to relive our
collective adventure in 2013—and this time we will release it out into the
Earlier this year, Sierra Nevada Head Brewer Steve Dresler
and Boulevard Brewmaster Steven Pauwels met in Kansas City to create a blend of
Terra Incognita aged in Templeton Rye barrels
Terra Incognita aged in a 2,000-gallon foudre
Fresh Terra Incognita dry-hopped with East Kent Golding
The end result is a, fittingly, earthy beer, celebrating the
unique terroir of our two locations. The blend incorporates (roughly) 45%
foudre-aged, 30% Templeton-aged, and 25% fresh dry-hopped beer—all aimed at
showcasing some predominant oak characteristics with a subtle hint of earthy
hops. Then just prior to bottling we added a dose of the wild yeast
Brettanomyces, and allowed the beer to age for over three months.
In the spirit of two breweries joining forces, we encourage
you to enjoy this beer with good friends (and good food), and then join us in
eager anticipation as we wait for Terra Incognita to return yet again in 2014.”
Let’s get started!
a dark murky brown color with burgundy highlights, a fluffy beige head and
funky yeast, roasted and grainy malts, tart cherries, oak and earth.
fruits (cherry, grape), oak, whisky, bready and caramel malts, yeast funk,
slightly sweet, vanilla and brown sugar.
Enjoyable and smooth, Boulevard Brewing Company - Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Terra Incognita Ale Aged in Whisky Barrels is very drinkable. This 8.5% ABV offering is excellent and worth
trying. I’ll probably pick up a couple
of bottles for aging.
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