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Love Child No. 2 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

358 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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jaminjohnson

Yukon (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-26-2012 03:20:36 | More by jaminjohnson
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emerge077

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 14:41:08 | More by emerge077
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RKing44

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-23-2012 13:21:42 | More by RKing44
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Chirpie

Kansas

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

For a while, I was wondering if I was loving every smokestack beer just because it came from my hometown heroes.

Well, I suppose you can't hit a home run every time.

This wasn't a cheap beer. ($17 a bottle was the lowest I ever spotted) For good reason. It was created with blended beers as old as four years and they didn't release a lot of bottles (although I never heard the specific count.)

I uncorked it (750ml) and poured it into a tulip.

Now maybe it's because I haven't had much exposure with sour beers, but I was relieved to read others say that the flavor direction of this beer seems to be lacking a compass. I must agree emphatically with that observation.

Aside from a bit of barrel aging and sour, it felt like a psychedelic hodgepodge of flavors. You know how you ask a person their opinion about something and they say, "It's interesting." and then you know damn well they were a little let down? Yeah, that was me.

The mouthfeel in particular felt like, I kid you not, flat soda?

I don't want to rag on this brew too much because there were a lot of other things I did enjoy. The smell was great, the appearance handsome in color. But the taste didn't have me running back to the store when I was told they had more in stock.

Let's try that Saison-Brett from Boulevard instead and see what that holds...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 20:53:08 | More by Chirpie
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SalMineo

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-20-2012 16:13:39 | More by SalMineo
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:03:12 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Duff27

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 01:49:08 | More by Duff27
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sukwonee

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-17-2012 21:46:49 | More by sukwonee
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boogercrack

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-17-2012 20:44:34 | More by boogercrack
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ASUBeer

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-14-2012 20:36:55 | More by ASUBeer
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duff247

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-14-2012 17:02:37 | More by duff247
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-14-2012 03:46:02 | More by ssjkyle
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Jiatlas

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-13-2012 15:16:42 | More by Jiatlas
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leschkie

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-12-2012 17:52:52 | More by leschkie
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Coopersbeer

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -40.6%

07-12-2012 16:41:29 | More by Coopersbeer
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and dull reddish brown hue with active carbonation.

Smells of tar cherries, oak, and lemon balm.

Very tart flavor with the same notes from the smell, but the vinegar is a bit much.

Sparkling mouthfeel that's heavy on the carbonation and sharp with the vinegar.

A decent wild ale, but the $20 price tag is absurd.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 02:41:14 | More by Vonerichs
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irishgurl4

California

4/5  rDev -5%

07-12-2012 02:05:41 | More by irishgurl4
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with some reddish hue with a finger of white head dissipating and clinging nicely to the sides.

First whiff is cherry tartness followed by some wood with some light bourbon.

A little cherry upfront in the flavor although not as strong as in the nose. Bourbon with a malty sweetness comes through on the finish with a little wood and vanilla.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Pretty good beer, but let this one warm up. While cold, the bourbon clashed horribly with the base beer, but as it warmed, the flavors melded better and I enjoyed the subtle bourbon. The warmer it got, the better it tasted. I'm hoping this one ages well as I have 2 more bottles in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 20:19:49 | More by jmarsh123
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dumptruck81

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-11-2012 18:50:21 | More by dumptruck81
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-11-2012 17:46:11 | More by drummermattie02
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-10-2012 23:20:25 | More by GRG1313
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gwguest

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-10-2012 05:14:24 | More by gwguest
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Iowacraft

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

07-10-2012 01:54:57 | More by Iowacraft
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kerklein2

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1%

07-10-2012 01:32:34 | More by kerklein2
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Jeffy5050


1/5  rDev -76.2%

07-09-2012 19:41:25 | More by Jeffy5050
Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.