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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: 739
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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Reviews by bsp77:
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4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Dark murky orange with good sized off-white.

Smell: I smelled some whiskey upon pouring, but that mostly disappeared once settled. Otherwise, notes of lemon, sour apple, oak and pepper. Not quite as fragrant as some Sours.

Taste: Very nice mix of flavors going on here. There is the standard Sour taste of apple cider vinegar and lemons - pretty sour overall. Some nice oak, spice and pepper notes, with some sips giving a stronger Whiskey presence. There is a touch of rustic red wine as well, more akin to the table wines found in Italy, Spain or the Rhone Valley. Lingering oak and sour notes.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation. Body is hard to determine as with many Sours, but this seems to be a little fuller than many due to the 9% abv. Finish is tart and dry of course.

Overall: This is a very nice, complex Wild Ale. Too bad I never was able to try the earlier iterations of Love Child, but I will certainly keep an eye out for future ones.

bsp77, Jun 01, 2014
More User Reviews:
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 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
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
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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 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
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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
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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
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

jono0101, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

SkiBum22, Aug 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

BubalooBrewMaster, Oct 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Ben7773, Jul 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

DaftPatrick, Jun 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

warnerry, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Beaver13, Jul 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

DuckDodgers, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8%

77apm, Jul 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

BillKuhnel, Oct 09, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +11.5%

mctizzz, Sep 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

LGB362, Sep 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Prospero, Jul 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

MNMike, Aug 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

IrishGermanAmerican, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Funky-Brewster, Jul 19, 2014
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4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Amber to slightly reddish hued with a fair amount of cloudiness. Just a trace of beige foam covers about a third of the top. Aroma of very tart cherries and horse blanket. The taste is extremely mouth puckering tartness. Initially it's highly acidic and tart cherries. The mouth is highly carbonated and highly acidic. Highly refreshing and yet a beer that you have to be ready for an overpowering burst of tartness.

Franziskaner, Jul 20, 2014
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Love Child No. 4 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 739 ratings.