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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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358 Ratings

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-10-2012 22:05:19 | More by TheBishopco
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-10-2012 05:32:30 | More by LotsofLupulin
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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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

08-10-2012 01:50:05 | More by brewmee
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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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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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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2012-1, BB March 2014.

Beer is murky, colour somewhere between dark orange and light brown. Moderately sized off-white head, dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing.

Nice smell. Bourbon, oak, brett, red grape, cherry. Nose suggests a moderately sour beer.

Very interesting flavour. Bourbon, oak and vanilla blend quite nicely with sour, bretty vinegar and fruit. Mild funk. The two clearly separate elements of the beer play off each other, preventing either from dominating but melding quite well.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit puckering.

Overall, very good. I have not had anything quite like it and I think the experiment worked quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:03:16 | More by jrenihan
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-04-2012 19:08:07 | More by jongullotti
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4/5  rDev -5%

08-03-2012 14:10:56 | More by roblund
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

08-01-2012 04:25:40 | More by mbs11
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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Goose Island glass. Apperance is somewhat cloudy with a reddish brown color. Fizzy head upon pour dissipates rapidly to nothing. No lacing to speak of. The nose is heavy with grape skin, tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, oak, and lactic acid. Very minimal bourbon presence on the nose, maybe a tinge of vanilla. The taste is similar to the nose. Waves of fruit show up first with mild sweetness. A little bit of vanilla presence comes in with some oak mid palate. The finish becomes rather tart and dry with lingering tannins. As the beer warms, the bourbon makes itself more present on the finish with mellow vanilla sweetness and a touch of booziness. Very well balanced with a nice range of bold flavors. Mouthfeel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Overall, this is an intriguing brew from Boulevard. I think that more bourbon barrel presence would have put this one over the top. I looks forward to future installments in this series.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 05:28:06 | More by homebrew311
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (batch 2012-2, best before March 2014) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy glowing amber w/ a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is an intriguing blend of sour and bourbon, as expected. Part sweet, part sour. A fruity, nutty quality emerges a bit as it warms.

Taste is pleasantly tart with just a hint of grain. Sour cherries. Bourbon gives it an interesting, mellow warmth. But that grainy quality on the palate keeps me from giving this more than a 4.0.

Mouthfeel is slick, a little prickly w/ a sharp bite from the wild yeast. Oak keeps it moderately dry.

Overall an interesting sour. Maybe the first bourbon barrel aged wild ale I've had, so not much to compare to. Reminds me somewhat of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Will be interested to see how my other bottle ages over a couple of years.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 03:55:06 | More by draheim
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4/5  rDev -5%

07-31-2012 02:27:37 | More by FUNKPhD
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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-30-2012 13:10:17 | More by nmann08
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-28-2012 23:48:42 | More by Skye1024
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-28-2012 03:40:59 | More by denimdemon
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-27-2012 03:53:33 | More by BillHilly
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4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 03:46:14 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy amber color with some golden copper hints on the edges. A nice medium dense 1 inch head forms and begins to recede quickly down to a thin film and ring around the glass.

Starts off with some tart notes. Some leathery notes and some vinegar. Slight bourbon sweetness can be perceived on the back end with some oaky and vanilla hints. Vinous notes are present as well as some slight fruit sweetness and a very little bit of husky funk.

Flavors starts off with some good sharp tartness. My face puckered slightly. This is then followed by some slight grainy and funky notes with the expected sweet vanilla and bourbon notes form the barrels. Nice fruity sweetness is slight but intermingles well with the tart vinegar notes and some slight sharp green apple. The flavors are nice and refreshing with the tartness not being too intense or too subtle. Nice and leathery with some good background fruit sweetness and oaky vanilla notes as well. Flavor wise to me its just barely within the 5.0. As the beer warms the flavors really start to flourish and shine on their own. One of the better Blvd. beers out there. To me up there with their BBQ and their Saison-Brett. Mouthfeel is a bit light but nice and crisp.

Good brew. Sucks it was so limited. Would love to have more to age.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 22:10:32 | More by JoEBoBpr
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-26-2012 20:13:29 | More by bonbini26
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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-26-2012 09:57:27 | More by DB85
Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.