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Love Child No. 2 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

358 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 102
Gots: 108 | FT: 10
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Boulevard's Love Child Series of "wild" ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces. These wayward offspring can prove so complex that we employ gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour, and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released. It will change as it ages, but don't we all?

Sour characteristics come to the fore in this release, foreshadowed by the tart, winey aroma. Notes of cherry, chocolate, olive brine, and leather give way to a subtle hint of funk and a dry, clean finish.

11 IBU

(Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 06-10-2012)
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Jeffy5050


1/5  rDev -76.2%

07-09-2012 19:41:25 | More by Jeffy5050
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TectonicFun

Illinois

1/5  rDev -76.2%

09-01-2012 23:28:37 | More by TectonicFun
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RickS95

Indiana

1.8/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Comes out a rich, light browny orange color. Very dense looking, not the darkest color, but very opaque. The head is fleeting and non-descript leaving nothing but a white ring around the edge.

Smells like a kriek. Very vinegar-like, too much for my liking. The tartness comes through even in the nose. I'm already scared.

Tastes like the krieks I've come to hate. Medicinal, acetone, malty, with some dark fruits. But mostly vinegar.

I hate these. Nothing really comes through but the sour tartness. It's tangy and medium to full bodied, but doesn't feel like anything I want in my mouth again.

It's a style I'll never grow to like or appreciate. I've tried and I just don't like it. Would consider aging a bottle, but not at $20 a pop. Hardly drinkable at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:13:27 | More by RickS95
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texandrew


2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

07-27-2014 04:50:29 | More by texandrew
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Coopersbeer

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

07-12-2012 16:41:29 | More by Coopersbeer
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kguyty

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -34.7%

09-05-2012 20:54:21 | More by kguyty
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Ford

Texas

3/5  rDev -28.7%

06-04-2013 03:33:47 | More by Ford
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

03-30-2014 18:02:15 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

05-23-2013 01:23:37 | More by mikeincharleston
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AllHailBeercules

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

08-27-2012 21:12:53 | More by AllHailBeercules
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illidurit

California

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

06-25-2013 02:51:29 | More by illidurit
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duceswild

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

12-16-2012 17:29:58 | More by duceswild
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zhanson88

California

3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Batch 2.

Appearance: Pours out a clear ruby color, even trending toward pink hued. Very little carbonation. No head retention or lacing. Very attractive color on this beer, but everything else is a bit off for the style.

Smell: Tart cherries, lemon tartness, and slight funk on the nose. Not getting much barrel.

Taste: Sweet and tart cherries up front, with lemon tartness present in the middle and finish. Light funk as well. again, not much barrel. This beer is much more oud bruin than wild ale.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is nice and light, but the absence of measureable carbonation is very noticeable. This beer isn't completely flat, but it's close. Overall, kind of tough to grade this one out at it's a very tasty beer, but probably not what I was expecting as a wild ale. As I said above, much more oud bruin than wild.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 04:44:42 | More by zhanson88
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

For once, a Supremes song that isn't "Reflections" is stuck in my head... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear rust topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises re wine vinegar, black cherry, tart berry, a twist of lemon, and the vague notion of old wood way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the tartness straight out in front and hanging on through to the end. Thing is, it's a slightly subdued sourness, one that ends up a flat, one-dimensional flavor sensation that, once it's gone, doesn't leave anything in its wake to party in its absence. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, this was just a middling sour for me, one that got the basic sour idea down, but was unable to elaborate on it to any appreciable end. Gotta say, it was pretty boring to me...

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 04:01:27 | More by TMoney2591
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womencantsail

California

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy amber in color with a tall off-white head and high carbonation. An interesting nose. Raspberry, lemon, grass, and leather. A bit of oak and red wine vinegar, maybe some alcohol. The flavor is somewhat acetic and extremely dry. Lots of leather and oak, a bit of grass/straw, and some red wine vinegar. Lightly fruity with some lemon zest and berry notes. As with the nose, a little bit of alcohol heat. Just okay in my book.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 04:28:42 | More by womencantsail
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JavaNoire

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

09-18-2012 03:11:16 | More by JavaNoire
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Reed

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

07-03-2012 00:17:51 | More by Reed
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justforrazors

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

05-10-2013 01:40:39 | More by justforrazors
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OUBrewer

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

07-30-2012 17:05:48 | More by OUBrewer
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

07-01-2012 02:12:04 | More by whartontallboy
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep ruddy deep red color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap

S: A load of vinegar, some funk, red cherries, wood and Earthiness. The booze and acidicty stings the nostrils.

T: Immediate cherry tartness, dry, some vinegar and lighter bourbon. The wood and Earthiness really shine about mid sip. Very acidic and stinging on the palate.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Lots of tartness, acid on the palate, bourbon and cherries sit.

O: Good, not exactly sure what the scream is about.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 16:47:47 | More by barleywinefiend
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

08-26-2012 20:20:19 | More by t0rin0
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popery

California

3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

09-07-2012 18:12:11 | More by popery
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rfbenavi80

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2012-2
Best by 3-2014
Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a very murky burnt orange color with off white head that has hints of light brown and does not leave much in the lacing dept.

S- Smells tart and sour. Lots of earthy oak wood smells. Not as much bourbon smell as I expected being a bourbon barrel aged beer. Only subtle hints of bourbon.

T- Sour fruit hits the tongue first, followed by green apple tartness that makes you pucker. Finishes with a earthy oak flavor that seems to linger.

M- Medium amount of body, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Slightly disappointed with this one. This goes to show you that higher price, does not equate to higher quality. Seems a tad overpriced. I expected more bourbon character.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 07:37:13 | More by rfbenavi80
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champ103

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: There is a small pop as I pull the cork, a bit strange for the Smokestack series that normally has a big pop and good gun smoke. Pours a murky reddish/brown color. A thin, bubbly head tries to rise to a finger, but recedes to nothing.
S: Acidic, tart cherries. Vanilla, oak, light funk. Simple, but an enjoyable nose.
T: Follows the nose, with the acidic, vinegary character more apparent than the nose. Tart cherries, light oak and funk flavors.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and dry. Easy and enjoyable to drink.

I am glad I tried this, but a bit sub par or the Smokestack series. Tart acidic, and lightly vinegary is what you will get. Which is fine, but there are much better examples of the style. Much better Smokestack beers for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 00:22:14 | More by champ103
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Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.