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Love Child No. 4 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 4Love Child No. 4

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Ratings: 740
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 61
Gots: 232 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Love Child is made by blending batches of beer, aged for between 11 months and 5 years in whiskey barrels (50%), wine foeders (15%), and stainless steel tanks (35%). The beer gets it's funk from Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces (the same Brett used in Boulevard's Saison-Brett).

(Beer added by: johnsonni on 05-30-2014)
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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed out of a 750 mL brown bottle with a 'best by' date of March 2016 marked on the label. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack series tulip glass.

Appearance (4.0) - Pours a ruddy brownish red hue that calls to mind red clay pottery, but slightly darker. It's nice and cloudy, with just enough light passing through the body to show a brighter cherry red highlight right on the edge of the glass, but it's faint. Atop the body sits two fingers of head the color of lightly toasted bread and a foamy, soap-like consistency that shows good retention before eventually slinking away to nothing but a few wisps of silky bubbles across the surface and clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell (4.25) - As expected, there is a hugely acidic presence from the souring bacteria, with notes of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and wonderfully musty oak tannins and even a hint of sweetness and astringency from the bourbon barrels. I also get touches of tart red currant and ripe raspberry that give the overall sour-smelling brew a vinous impression.

Taste (4.75) - Oh my. I don't know if I've enjoyed prior incarnations of LC this "young" that were so distinct and mind-blowing from a flavor standpoint. The label says that only 15% of this ale spent time in giant oak foeders, but that 15% has made an exponential impact on the flavor. There are still bright, puckering acidic notes of vinegar and citric acid, but there is a distinctly vinous characteristic that brings in a jammy undercurrent--like Boulevard's Foeder Projekt #1, but more subtle, allowing the other components to play in the sandbox as well. The oak and bourbon impart subtle vanilla to take the edge of the enamel-peeling sourness, but without muddling the overall impact on my palate. There is also a pleasant funkiness providing counterpoint to the sharper acidic flavor profiles.

Mouthfeel (4.25) - Medium-bodied and high carbonation, with a puckering feel and a very dry finish.

Overall (4.5), this is probably my favorite of the series thus far. The wine foeder aging imparted a wonderful dry fruity characteristic that really separated it from the previous iterations, as delicious as they were. If this is how Boulevard is going to put their new foeders to use, I'm downright giddy to see what else they come out with in the future.

LambicPentameter, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of FosterJM
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

1812th Review on BA
Bottle to Boulevard Cevoise
750 M/L C/C

Best by 2016

App- A bit of a stubborn cork on this and when unleashed left a bit of whispy air coming out of the bottle. A good pour with a bit of a ruddy brown and red mix. A frothy and bubbly 1 finger head was there and slow to receded. A small bit of cling down the glass.

Smell- More sour than Love Child 2 IMO. This one had more of the brett and wine barrel on the nose. A bit lactic with a good bit of booze and a bit of tannin behind it. The oak and whiskey are there on a good pull of the nostrils. Some good fruity aromas woft up as well. Cherry and plum come to mind.

Taste- This was a good beer after a long day. A lot going on in the glass for sure. A blended beer is always a crap shoot. The whiskey and wine on this one work well together. Much like Love Child 2. I get a lot of fruits, tannins and a little bit of acidic burn. The booze was well masked on this one with more layered. The bugs from the brett create a lovely depth of flavor to it.

Mouth- A small medium body with a semi prickly medium carbonation. A good bit of the brett and fruit remain with a bit of oaky and wine flavors.

Drink- I enjoyed this one a lot. Can see why this cracked the Top 250. I will admit I am a bit of a Blvd. Fan boy though.

FosterJM, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of reebtaerG
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured bottle batch number L14077 best by 3/2016 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a copper-amber with a one finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

S-Aroma of sour cherry, funk, wood, and vanilla.

T-The taste is very sour with some cherry vanilla and some wood flavor.

M-Mouthfeel has medium body, great carbonation being really dry to the taste but not to the tongue.

O-Overall an incredible beer. I'm really starting to enjoy this beer style especially since I got this one for $10.

reebtaerG, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

A: Amber with a light orange pink tinge. Cloudy, no visible carbonation, 3 fingers of beige yellow head.

S: Sour, balsamic and red wine vinegars, oaky barrel quality. Old wood, dusty brewery. Light peach, apricot and stone fruits.

T: Sour to the hilt. Sour, sour, sour! Whiskey, oaken wooden character. Not detecting any sweetness whatsoever. Little if any fruitiness. Little funkiness. If there is any fruit, its unripe nectarines. Light floral quality. Lemon juice, not lemonade, but a squeezed lemon.

M: Thick, acidic body, medium low fine bubbled carbonation, puckering finish.

O: Huge price tag on this one, and I've heard lots of accolades about it. I do love sours, and it is one of my favourite styles. Given that, I was expecting more from Love Child No. 4. Not as complex as many other sours, and I’m really predominately getting sour with some barrel quality. It could have so much more depth and character. However, it’s a great sour sipper. Will give it 8.5 out of 10. Got it in Asheville and drank it in Ontario, August 20th, 2014.

patre_tim, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of infinitebruner
3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

August 8, 2014

750 ml bottle; Tulip

A – Dark amber to brown, some tinges of red. About an inch of bubbly foam, quickly dissipating, then a layer of bubbles on the top around the edge.

S – Oak, vanilla, a ton of bright sweetness and some molasses. I get a tiny bit of pungent grape, and golden raisins.

T – Very sweet up front, like a nice sweet champagne. Much more of a white wine character than a boozy, whiskey barrel-aged flavor. A bit of tart cherry or oak, which is the barrel showing through. Hints of vanilla. This beer is very tart.

M – Lots of bubbles like champagne or a sparkling grape juice, sweet with high acidity on the sides of my tongue after the swallow. The sweetness lingers on the palate and in the back of the throat on the finish. The carbonation balances well with the acidity.

O – This is definitely a Boulevard Belgian-style beer, the great color, perfect level of carbonation, and unique “Boulevard-ness.” I’m not amazed with the flavors but respect the beer on its merits. It’s very well-constructed, and I believe they accomplished what they are trying to achieve.

infinitebruner, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of champ103
3.34/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a slightly murky reddish/orange color. At first, a dense white head rises to over two fingers. That quickly recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace.
S: A huge billowing aroma. Ripe and acidic fruits, some caramel malts, light funk, and wood aromas.
T: Super acidic and sour. Over ripe fruits, some sweetness and a large oak flavor. Though the acidity is off the charts with a substantial tannin character.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Carbonation prickles the tongue. Very tannin like as well. Just a bit of alcohol is noticeable. Though the huge puckering sour and acidic bite makes this a slow sipper, and gets even more harsh the more you drink. Struggling with this one.

The intense sour and acidic bite crosses that line and makes it a bit harsh for me. The Smokestack Series is always one of my favorites around, and I always try to pick up the new Love Child when it comes out. Though they are never among my favorites of the style or series.

champ103, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.69/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A deep peach orange color, with an off white colored head, that disappears somewhat quickly into a good 3mm pencil collar. A bit of a white whispy top, and a good bright orange glow to the glass as well.

Light fruit aroma, hints of mild acrid sourness, and slightly wet, and a strange sense of mild chlorine going on, mixed with a menthol edge. Kind of odd but sort of strangely interesting and this intrigues me.

Palate comes with a very mellow tartness. Heavy hints of lemon and lime fruit juice quality, with a quick somewhat watery and wet body. Good tannic teeth coating and stickiness behind this. Some sense of quick wine qualities, mild oak, but very light wine bodied in character.

Overall it's not bad but the beer lack a lot of malt depth, but perhaps that's it's angle? Does come off like a good solid wild beer though.

smakawhat, Jun 28, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

number 4 is by far the best one of these that i have had. i didnt even love the other ones all that much, but this is elite level beer, with the whiskey being way more prominent than i recall in the others, and the red malt sweetness toned down along with the almost flemish red vinegar side of the sourness. love the lighter body and the big bubbles, its different being so whiskey forward but so light feeling, nothing else compared. it also has a real strong abv, but drinks like its 5%, so unique in that regard too. i pick up cherry and raspberry fruitiness in nose and taste, but also a real heavy lacto thing that only comes from wine barrels and time going by. mature as they get, although i would still like to cellar a bottle or two. we all admired its depth, its grain neutral perspective, and its apparent noncommittal nature as far as direction is concerned. to the beat of its own drum this one walks, and i dig that about it. leagues better than its predecessors, i want more.

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.84/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Color is a deep rusty orange. Light head, evaporates down yo a thin white ring around the top of the glass.
Nose is powerful, tart and fruity. Your mouth will water at the scent alone.
The taste is... wow. Just amazing. Reminds me a bit of a Flanders, but the wild ale comes through.

It is like a sweetart and beer had a baby. A beautuful beautiful baby.

bushdere, Sunday at 08:13 PM
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Love Child No. 4 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.