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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

382 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 100
Gots: 105 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1602nd Review on BA
Bottle to Boulevard Tulip
750ml C/C

Batch 1 2012
Best by 2014

Thanks to my mom for sending this to me.

App- Pours out of the bottle a deep ruby color with a bit of brown highlights and a semi-clear center with the edges being a bit darker. The head on this poured out to be about a 1" fast receding tan color. The lace and cling was pretty spotty but still pretty nice.

Smell- This was more like a small BBQ to me. Lots of fruits and bourbon intermixed with a good amount of the bacteria to give a woody, funky and musty kind of aroma. The sour is there but its quite thick. Decidely a bit fuller than most small sours that clock in at 5%. This is a big ol 10% sour similar to JK Boxers Revenge.

Taste- This was more like a small quad than a sour to me. Really took components of a couple beers to me and blended this. Took a bit from Stoudts 5025 with the tannic and wine like dark fruits. Took the bourbon of Boxers revenge. I enjoyed the beer but was in need of some balance. I think it needs a bit more time to mellow and meld.

Mouth- Its a fuller medium body with a big creamy wine like note. Seems to be a bit aerated and lush. The carbontion is a bit of a fuller medium as well. The residual flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla, cherry and dry herbal come in.

Drink- This was a very nice beer. The large sour component matched with the bourbon created a nice depth and a good balance of flavors. The smoothness of the bourbon matched with a funky note was a great combo.

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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%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a RR tulip

Pours ruby red and clear with a quickly dissipating head.

Sour cherries and vinous notes on the nose.

Bursts with cherries and vinous notes. A slight hint at the bourbon barrel with some sweeter notes poking their head in.

On the lighter side of medium, sticky with a touch of drying on the tongue.

A surprisingly sessionable sour, given the ABV. Not blindingly sour, good cherry flavor, and a bit of barrel. A solid first commercial wild ale release for these guys. Glad I got one.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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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%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have no idea what this beer will be like, except for the Funk, Sour, and Fruitiness gauges on the back of the label. Let’s see what those descriptions come out to…

Brewed about eight months before the date of this tasting (“2012-2” batch on the back of the bottle, with a best-by date of “03-2014”).

A: Deep red with a light bit of haze to it – above, a bubbly, light-brown head that dissipates quickly. Very little retention and lacing, quite thin in texture.

S: Wow, pretty spot-on to the gauges on the label: moderate sour with slight fruit and funk. Natural cherry and lactic in its sourness, it remains smooth over acrid for the duration; from this, the fruit aromas develop at a consistent pace. Overall, it’s a spiced fruit note, mostly applesauce and cinnamon-raisin. Bit of estery funk, bourbon, and nutty earthiness, as well.

T: A sweet, crisp sourness; not vinegar-like, but sour à la cherry and lemon juice. The bite is pushed to rindy lime and orange juice flavors in transition to darker black cherry and vinous red grape, oak and bourbon sitting subtly in the background. A big, savory mix of flavors on top, yes, but there’s sprinklings of husky grain, vanilla, pepper, caramelized sugar, and honey all around. The aftertaste is so fruity it’s nearly dry, though it still can’t smother those woody barrel notes.

M: This one has that fullness you want from a sour: not slick, but close to it. Just bubbly enough to let it go down easy.

O: I am grateful I got this one when I did; I can’t even imagine what it would be like fresh, but I’m guessing it would be too much. Right now, it’s just what I needed: a complex, balanced sour.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

750mL bottle served into a Boulevard chalice

Pours a murky brown color. It looks like the color of a cinnamon stick. The head was more of a suggestion; only 1/4 of a finger's worth of offwhite foam formed and fizzled on top.

The aroma is pretty subdued for a wild ale. It smells mostly like a Flanders Red: juicy bursts of red fruit and a malt note that reminds me of brown sugar. You pick up on tartness but the funk level on this beer is slight.

The flavors that Love Child No. 2 brings, however, are tremendous. Right up front you get a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, along with a pleasant apple cider character. There's some brown sugar (more like a sugar cookie/snickerdoodle?) malt note. Lots of red grape character here; this is a vinous beer and I the tannins (which come from the oak Bourbon barrels) have me thinking wine all the way. Towards the finish I pick up on some stewed pear, pomegranate juice, and a light musty basement kind of funk.

A medium body provides a nice heft while still letting the carbonation do its necessary, prickly work. It's dryer and astringent, as it should be. Overall, this is a fantastic sour beer. It's like a smoother, more refined version of Goose Island's Dominique one-off.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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