Love Child No. 2 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 384
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 4.4%
Wants: 101
Gots: 106 | FT: 8
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +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. (778 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
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... (882 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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... (695 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this beer.

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of tart dark fruit, as well as some nice cherry notes which are complimented by some brett funk and some oak from the barrel aging. The flavor is a little more complex. I get quite a bit of tobacco and leather, as well as some cherry and dark fruit notes, as well as some caramel and toffee. The sourness is low to medium, but really adds a lot to the beer. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A nice sour, glad I got to try it. (535 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 750ml into a tulip. Batch 2012-1, best before March 2014.

Muddy reddish brown, couple fingers of offwhite head. Good lace and moderate retention. Nose is funky, oak, brett, light fruitiness as well. Quite inviting - not as much bourbon as I anticipated (if any). Taste has some acetic tartness, brett, oak, sweet red fleshed fruits, good malt character and bourbon is apparent way into the finish. Bubbly carbonation, almost spritzy. Moderate sourness, with enough malt and sweetness to provoke constant sipping. Medium body. A nice barreled sour, almost like a flanders red in a lot of regards. (621 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied dark amber in color with bright ruby highlights and a one finger, off white head that quickly disappeared. The nose features both tart and sour cherry, oak, light bourbon, mild acidity, and sweet caramel malt. The flavors are nice and complex. The first thing that sparks your taste buds is the acidity. It's acetic with nice cherry character and an approachable level of sour. The barrel aging influences the rest with sweet malt, vanilla, light bourbon, and mild alcohol. It has good flavor, and is complex for the style. It drinks pretty big with a decent amount of sugar but the acidic dries out your palate, creating the illusion that its lighter in body. It drinks nicely and is very well balanced. It's still hard to justify the price tag for a beer of this style but this was very well done. (831 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short lived head. Murky light red body. Small collar.

Sour vinegary goodness. Yea.

Perfect tartness that makes this nice and drinkable. Slight bourbon barrel characteristic.

Medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

Very pleasant sour here. Would be a good introductory but could please beer geeks alike. Thanks egrace84! (322 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured a pale brown in color with yellowish orange highlights and a very thin that hardly left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: noticeable vinegar upfront in the aroma with nice oak wood, some cherry fruit with hints of vanilla and bourbon booze but with a little acidic character which reminded more of a flanders

T: very nice vinegary cherry mixture hit first on the palate alongside oaky wood accents, a touch of vanilla, nice bourbon barrel character, subtle caramel notes and some acidic tart flavors.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, oaky, slightly acidic, bourbony and tart finish.

O: I actually really liked this beer and was happy to try a sour brew from boulevard brewing. (756 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice rich red appearance, very thin head on it, disappeared into almost nothing in a very quicklike manner. Aroma, definitely delivered on the sour cherry aspect of the beer, you smell some virgin barrel as well, enjoyable.

Taste, wow, this is similar to Supplication. That's a good thing. Continue on, you get mild leather notes. I'm impressed. The sour and tart aspect is appropriate. Its not as puckering as balaton or schaerbeekse cherries, but they're doing the trick. Look for vanilla and I'm sure you can find it, its far from in your face.

I'm very impressed with how well this hides the alcohol. Extremely impressed. No vinegar notes, finishes pretty dry. I'd pay $20 for another bottle. . . shit we paid $42 to drink it at Falling Rock taphouse, wouldn't do that again, but would buy it at a retail place for half that price. (839 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 7.16.12, thanks John.

A - Pours a murky brown with a large bubbled, light tan head.

S - Solid funk, somw wood, bourbon and dark fruit.

T - Dark cherry, bourbon, wood - great sour funk.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body with some nice tartness.

O - Sour, fruity, bourbon and cherry. Nice balance of flavors with the sourness. (351 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light brown color with a fizzle of a small white head that immediately disspates. I think somethin was wrong with this bottle as there was barely a pop and it poured almost still.

Aromas begin with a lot of tart dark fruit, as well as some cherry notes. As it warms you get more of the brett funk and some oak from the barrel aging. Light caramel malt sweetness in the background.

The tastes begin with tart and sour fruit highlighted by dark cherry notes. Then you get some funkiness and Brett yeastiness with some sweet caramel and toffee malt flavors. As it warms it gets a little more complex with some tobacco and leather notes as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low, bordering flat carbonation. Finish is slightly dry but more sweet than tart. The sourness is low to medium, does add something to the beer.

Overall this beer was good but the still, wine-like carbonation detracts from the overall experience of this higher ABV Wild Ale. Lighter ABV Wild ales/lambics can get away with lower than normal bubbles but the caramel/sweet maltiness is a bit heavy here and makes for a slightly muddled flavor profile. (1,145 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Russel's in Amherst. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear reddish garnet/ruby hue with a nice half a finger off white head that fades to leave a thin cloud and a nice light halo.

S - Gotta agree with another reviewer, getting some nice applesauce/cinnamon. Very light wood and vanilla notes as well. Some super light funk and cherries as well.

T - Taste is nice and on the lighter side, kinda shocking considering the ABV. Light spice notes, apples/cherries, soft vanilla and barrel. Not getting much bourbon at all and the funk/sour is very light as well. Not expecting that.

M - Mouthfeel is really, really good for a wild of this ABV. Alcohol hidden nicely, with enough of those small bubble carbonation to keep it up off the tongue. Again, shocking for me based off of how their other barrel aged beers have felt.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this beer and was pleasantly surprised. A very subtle wild ale with nice flavours. Barrel is a bit too soft for my personal taste though. (1,022 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware

Chestnut brown body - not much in the way of head or carbonation. Immediate comparisons to La Folie - really tart and palate twisting, notes of vinegar, tart cherry, wood, bourbon, leather, toffee. Pretty intense stuff - boulevard comes through with another solid smokestack beer. That series of releases is about as consistent as it gets in my opinion. (399 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle pours a slightly hazed amber color with a small white head. A few spots of lace, but otherwise an unassuming looking beer.

Nose is tart fruit, flame-torched toffee and bright cherries. Nice smelling brew here.

Mmmm, this is delicious! Even for a $18 dollar beer this is worth buying again. It is quite sour and cherry-licious...almost like a fresh BBQ with lacto. The malt is actually pretty dark and caramely. Pretty sour, but not over the top and blends the flavors together well. Good beer, bordering on greatness...maybe a year or two would do some good things...I dont know..its pretty damn good now. (621 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, wood, subtle funk, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, fruit, subtle funk, and subtle wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This was a really nice brew that had a very nice balance to it. The sour and tart note here was very nice and fit right in with everything else that was going on in this one. The fruit was also a nice touch to add a bit of sweetness as well. Definitely a must try that I’m glad I got the chance to try myself. (829 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a hazed amber color. Some white froth produced.

(S)- A solid oaky cheese funk with bits of tart cherry; plenty of oak in this.

(T)- Crisp, with a pleasant cherry oak tartness. An almost vinegar-like funk to it, though not quite "cheesy" like the smell was.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Subtle tartness and nice barrel nuances to it.

(O)- A solid wild ale. Not overly sour, but showcases good barrel characters throughout. Might even get better with time, though not sure. (575 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this bottle of beer! Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip.

reviewed from notes taken 7/17/12.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with a small cap of off-white head. Drops to no head.

Smell: Tart, vinegar, oak, and red fruits.

Taste: tart lemons and cherries. vinegar is moderate. Oaky and rathy notes. Finishes with a mellow lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel: light end of medium bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation. Clean, crisp carbonation. Nice level of sour in this beer that is really approachable!

Overall: I really love the boulevard smokestack beers for the quality and decent price point. This beer is no exception! Dont pass a bottle of this beer up if you are yet to try it! (728 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for busting this out at an impromtu tasting on 8/10.

a - crimson red with thin head that was gone quick.

s - funky sour cherry. lacto.

t - nice. cherries. some thickness from the barrel. booze is well integrated. some funk.

m - fairly smooth for such a big beer. full bodied.

o - overall, really tasty. thick cherry. strong and cherry. some tartness and extremely enjoyable. (394 characters)

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