Love Child No. 2 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2

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375 Ratings

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Ratings: 375
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:
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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Photo of roblund
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of FUNKPhD
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Chirpie
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
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...

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Photo of Duff27
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.