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Love Child No. 2 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

377 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 100
Gots: 103 | FT: 9
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:
Beer added by: AmericanGothic on 06-10-2012

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
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Batch 2012-1. Best by 3/2014.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some woody aromas as well. Taste is very much the same with a woody aftertaste with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour that is tasty and super drinkable.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an orangey/amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and almost no lacing. Aroma consists of sour tart notes are quite dominant with light subtle notes of bourbon also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by tart and sour notes with light acidic notes with a finish that is closer to Chardonnay then bourbon actually. Body is about average with medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable and well brewed top style without rewriting the rule book.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle served in a tulip glass. Reviewed from quick notes.

Ruddy dark amber color, reddish glints in the light. Initial head of decent size, later a thin skim of foam settles on the surface, leaving behind a delicate ring of lace around the edges of the glass.

Lightly acetic, cherry pits and skins, light wet barrel and vanilla traces, no overt bourbon.

Fruit forward, tart and savory with woody oak, vanilla, dark cherry skin, citrus peel and grape skin tannins. Round feel, smooth and savory lingering into the finish. Medium bodied and vinous, with light effervescent carbonation, very supple and easy drinking. Reminds me of a young La Folie blended with lambic. Enjoyed it, would try again if there was a wider release in the future, but not exactly stocking up.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a thick, tan head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sour, tart black cherries. There was some caramel sweetness in the nose.

T - Tart and sour with dark cherry notes. Some funkiness and yeastiness with some sweet caramel flavors.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slight pucker quality. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very tasty beer. I'm glad to finally try some sour beers from Boulevard.

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3.43/5  rDev -18.7%
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...

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For new years eve, this seemed like a suitable beer with all the stars and pizzazz. And how can you lose with bourbon and wild yeast. Batch 2012-1

Pours a very light foamy small head, very little lacing, typical for a beer with this high abv, a quite clear surprisingly, cranberry burnt Siena color.

Nose has big sweet malts and tart fruit, sour funk, obvious sour lactobaccillus, tart cherry, slight sweet malts, a bit of a cross between lambic and oud bruin. In the background is light vanilla oak and bourbon barrel.

Taste starts quite sour, tart light fruit a little cherry like, very sour. Sour malts, light sweet reddish brown malts. Lots of vanilla oak too and nice bourbon and barrel flavors. The lactobaccillus is obvious again. Acidity is there but not too much. Finish is drier but flemmy, long tart lambic like and sour malt finish. Booze comes in a little later especially warming the esophagus.

Mouth is med bodied, decent but lighter than expected carb, some warming booze too.

Overall nice, good funk without barnyard funk, quite sour and tart with little fruit, nice sour malt, nice bourbon and barrel additions, quite tasty.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch#1 pours an effervescent crimson/caral with slight hazing & 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Hazes a bit, above average head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, raspberries, fades a bit once warm

T: Tartness & sour cherry, raspberry, lemons & wheatyness up front. Sourness from the Bourbon barrels come through loud & clear as this warms with a slight vinagrette twang. Finishes tart with raspberry, grapefruit & lemon zest, plenty dry too with sourwood honey notes

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, acidic

Easy to drink, would love to hold & age some of this, but at $17.50 a bottle, I think not. Still a great beer. May not be funky enough for many, but this worked for me...

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.