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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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380 Ratings

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Ratings: 380
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 100
Gots: 104 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy ruby amber with some carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Cherries, oak, funk and plums. A yummy one.

T-Cherries, oak, almost sour, more tart, very smooth, grapes as well.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth, some carbonation as well.

O-A wonderful sour, great balance, not super mouth puckering but a nice level. A very good beer, too bad the price tag is so high.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.05/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of MatthewWilde
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Dark orange in color, quite cloudy throughout, pours a small white head which quickly dissolves into minimal lacing, not translucent

S: Strong citrus fruit and acid on the nose, some floral and herbal elements are faintly present, touch of oak

T: Perfectly sour, fruity and refreshing, definitely some herbal elements at the finish, rather difficult to describe, but flavorful

M: Just the right amount of sour, not heavy in the mouth, only a touch of alcohol even with the high abv, not lingering, but a bit drying and an unusual aftertaste

O: A nice example of the style, very pleasant tasting, despite the aftertaste, definitely worth trying

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glugs out, though that's due more to the wine bottle's long neck and thin lip than to the beer's viscosity. It's dark and appealingly murky reddish, like fruit leather.

Smells very tart and a little like cherries. Pleasantly strong, but not all that complex for the style.

Tastes much more complicated. The aroma is tamed by the bourbon barrel-ness, which smoothes the flavor out wonderfully. Starts with cherries, moving into darker, riper berries and smooth nodes of oak and whiskey. Still fairly simple for the style, but also tremendously quaffable.

This would be a good intro to wild ales. Nothing too intense, but you still get a clear, fair picture of what the style is all about.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked and caged into Tulip.

A. Pours a pretty lively 2 finger head. Head is gone witin 30 seconds. Decent amount of lacing left. Color is a dark amber bronw.

S. Get the barrel aging in the form of some oak and earthiness. Decent amount of sourness. After that you get some tart fruit notes, cherries for me. A little bit of the Brett aroma is present at this point. I get a bit of a reminder of Boulevard BBQ in the aroma of this beer.

T. Pretty tart up front. Finishes with some nice oak and woody flavors. Quite a bit of depth of flavor. I like it. It isnt overly sour, which is my personal preference. I think the myriad of flavors works well at this point, and it will be interesting to see what happens. Taste also reminds me a bit of BBQ.

M. Medium boided. Medium carbonation. Actually finishes fairly dry.

O. I like the fact that Boulevard is branching out into other style with the Smokestack Series. Maybe not my favorite style, but probably one of my favorites within the style. A lot going on and into this beer, it might be premature to judge it at this point.

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4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml / 1 PINT, 9.4 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this from The Red Monk in Des Moines, IA for $25 (what a steal!). Poured from the Orange/Yellow/Red Labeled bottle w/ silver stars on it into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has BATCH NUMBER/BEST BY DATE: 2012-2, 03-2014 on the back of the label.

Aroma- Light cherries, slight funk, and then a nice barrel/aged finish. Very complexed and subtle into you really stick your nose in the glass.

Appearance- Pours a less then .5 finger head that bubbles up and then dies. Has a light amber colored body with slight haziness. Leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor of this one is just like the aroma, complexed and tough to figure out. Sweet, tart, and light cherries are all positive in here. Almost no bitterness but rather a sweet finish mixed with a medium sour attribute. Nice!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Puckers with tons of sour barnyard attributes and then a barrel note is caught on the finish. Incredible!

Overall Impression- WOW! This one has to be one of my favorites from Boulevard! The barrel aged notes I found in here were VERY impressive since this was a sour beer. Highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this and aging if you have the chance! I sure will be.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml cork n caged bottle into a Bells tulip.

A- pours a light ruby with a 2" light tan head. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass.

S- tart cherries, bread, yeast, sour malts and oak.

T- oak, bread, tart cherries, nice sour but not real pungent, oak, slight whiskey aftertaste as the beer warms.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Dry and sticky feel and some acidity.

O- 5/10 sourness. Good sour that has nice tart cherries. Abv isn't apparent until the beer warms up a little.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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1/5  rDev -76.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.