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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: 1,083
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 111
Gots: 324 | FT: 35
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Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: johnsonni on 05-30-2014

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).
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3.41/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Only a parent can love The Love Child #4...you must like sour beers to enjoy this one. For me....not so much....probably my least favorite from Boulevard. The beer pour a cloudy amber with not head and no lace. The scent had bourbon and sour mash. The taste was very potent and tart similar to lemonhead candy. There were hints of bourbon and white wine. The mouthfeel was medium in body with little carbonation. Overall not a beer for me....glad to have tried it....but that's about it.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of champ103
3.37/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.59/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I couldn't be more excited to try this beer; I ordered Love Child No. 3 and always look forward to Boulevard's brews.

BOTTLE: 750ml Appealing '60s-meets-circus label art. Branded red hood-and-gold-wire cap over a branded cork purchased locally in Austin, TX and served cold into a snifter.

9.0% ABV per the label. Allowed to warm over the course of consumption. "Batch #L14076-1. "Best by 03-2016."

Cork came with some difficulty by hand.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Two finger wide head of white colour. Average frothiness. It's a nice blanket of fairly creamy aptly thick soft-looking foam. Nice consistency and complexion. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good for the ABV - about 7 minutes.

BODY: Dark copper with peach and gold hues, of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special for a sour, but certainly appealing.

AROMA: Apple cidre vinegar, obvious lactobacillus bacteria, white wine (chardonnay), damp oak (but sadly there's none of the rich white oak sugar or refined toasty character I look for in oak notes), Belgian blonde malts, orchard red apple, a bit of white grape tartness, must, and some berries on the back end. It's got some backgrounded brettanomyces funkiness, which does lend it some barnyard character coupled with some hints of hay and straw - but overall the sourness does seem quite clinically executed; this isn't the sour chaos of a truly spontaneously fermented sour.

I do wonder where the hell the whiskey character is; I find none even when I search for it. Maybe a dab of vanilla, but that's it.

Overall, it's a rather pleasant aroma of moderate strength, but isn't as sour or assertive as I'd like.

TASTE: Sourness is the first thing I notice - as it should be. This is a good 6-7/10 in terms of sourness - bordering on puckering with that heavy clean lactobacillus sour edge. The lacto goes well with the white wine (chardonnay) notes, which coupled with the dampened oak lend it some nice unifying barrel notes - though a lot more could be done with the oak; I'd love some rich toasty character or some more woody white oak notes. There's a kiss of vanilla, but otherwise I find no traces of the whiskey - which is frankly just as well, as I can't see spicy boozy whiskey working well in this flavour profile.

The Belgian blonde malt base is pretty neutral, and succumbs easily to the dominant sourness. The brettanomyces funkiness is toned down and subsidiary, lending some complementary barnyard character which is ultimately no contest to the lactobacillus. Attenuation is perfect, in any case.

The sourness grows in the third act, leaving the drinker with a nice resounding palate-stripping lacto aftertaste. Sadly, the subtle berry notes noted in the aroma are absent here.

The subtle well-integrated red apple notes work magnificently here, evoking ripe orchard character without ever venturing into sweet cidre territory.

It's well balanced, rightly emphasizing the lactobacillus sourness. This is a cohesive build for a sour, and feels like a whole - though not quite a gestalt one. I'd like to see berry notes brought in with some accompanying fruity tartness. There's plenty of complexity and intricacy here to amuse the discerning drinker, but some unique elements would lend this the nuance it needs to stand out.

Good depth and duration of flavour. Above average flavour intensity.

TEXTURE: Acidic, but I wouldn't call it vinegary. Smooth and wet. Too sour to refresh, but pleasant and approachable. Near perfectly carbonated. Could be softer. It's aptly medium-bodied, with an apt thickness.

Overall, presence on the palate is good. This texture plays well with the taste, but doesn't quite elevate the beer beyond the limits of its flavours.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: I remember liking Love Child #3 a lot more than this, but it's still a damn solid sour, and is worthy of the series. I will say I wish the price wasn't so off-putting; if this was more reasonable (~$10) I'd happily nab a few for aging. I'm not sure why no whiskey notes come through, but I consider it a happy accident as they wouldn't fit. Boulevard has done better in this series, but this renews my interest in their future offerings. Well-worth trying once, and very drinkable - I'll enjoy finishing this bottle alone. As usual, more tartness and sourness would be welcome. Hides its ABV well.

The vanilla does develop as it warms.


Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out with a cloudy burnt orange color and a somewhat modest head; strands of lacing are left behind

Smell: Lactic tones of berries and apples; the wine barrel treatment comes through more than the Bourbon but there is just a hint of the whiskey underneath

Taste: Lactic sourness from the get-go, with berries and vanilla making an initial impression; in the middle, the wine barrel shows its influence in a big way with the Bourbon adding a subtle touch; very sour and funky in the finish though in the aftertaste, the Bourbon influence becomes much more pronounced

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; much puckering

Overall: A lot going on in this fourth edition of Love Child; really enjoying the interplay between the wine and Bourbon barrels

Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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.

Photo of jono0101
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of cjn40277
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Ben7773
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of lateralundertow
4.17/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of warnerry
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Beaver13
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch L14071-1, best by 03-2016. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is acidic tart brett and sourness with some musty funk.

The flavor is lots of tart, mouth-puckering lactic sourness with a little fruitiness and some funk in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some prickly carbonation.

Overall, a very nice sour.

Photo of DuckDodgers
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of mverity
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber brown with hints of pink. Bubbly light tan head that faded fairly quickly into a medium collar. Pretty good lacing and decent legs. Aroma is tart dark cherry, cranberry and black raspberry; behind that there's some earthy woodiness. When I swirl the glass, the vinous woodiness really comes alive. Taste follows aroma with some wine barrel resin. Little bit of funk but the brett is majorly covered up by the sour lacto at this point in the aging process. Taste is also extremely tart and reminds me of a very sour jolly rancher. Very fruity, but quite sour. Medium carbonation and body.

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BillKuhnel
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Love Child No. 4 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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