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Love Child No. 3 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

868 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 868
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 98
Gots: 247 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MickeyD on 04-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Oak barrels were used to age the majority of beer used for Love Child No. 3—with beer aged from 16 months to nearly six years. Another portion of the beer spent 11 months in stainless tanks, souring on Lactobacillus. While very tart, the sourness is short-lived and the beer finishes dry with a trace of oak.
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Ratings: 868 | Reviews: 111
Photo of RCLinderman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Great flavor.

Photo of beepill
4.07/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from my bro-in-law for my birthday last year (June 2013) and have been cellaring for a year now. Decided to pop this open on an uneventful Monday night off. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Reddish-brown, rusty and murky. Held my cell phone flashlight up to the glass and it is very opaque. Almost no light penetrates its rusty murkiness. Half-finger width head that quickly dissipates. Minor lacing.

S - Very funky lacto smell with a bit of white wine vinegar up front. Mild earthy and damp woody scents follow. A little tart cherry and lemon zest follow that.

T - Very strong lacto tartness. Sour cherry, lemon zest, grapefruit pith also rather dominant. Tartness lingers and finishes dry. The alcohol is very well masked. Taste of meyer lemon on the lips.

M - Again, that lacto-acidic bite. Quite puckering. Medium carbonation. Lip-wrinkling. A very bitter-sour aftertaste that reminds me of when I stuck a whole sour grapefruit slice in my mouth once.

O - Ranks in the top tier of the sours I've had. Aged a year very well. Very flavorful and more complex than I can describe half-drunk already. I wish I had another bottle to drink in the future...

Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, shared at the campfire after Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst last summer. Reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy light brown body with a half-inch of fine, tan head. Nice retention and lacing. Solid.

S: Bready malt, lactic tartness, grassy funk, and some green apple. Nice.

T: Tarter and fruitier than the nose promised, which is welcome on both counts. Some balsamic acetic notes as well. Long, bittersweet, sour finish. Really tasty.

M: Frothy, tingly medium body. Ok.

O: Really enjoyable Wild Ale, but not worth the price tag IMO. Glad I tried it, but I won't be seeking out more.

Cheers!

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Late night share by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave! This is one of those beers I consistently missed when it was on shelves, so I'm grateful to try it.

Hazy brown body with an inch of tan head. the aroma offers stone fruits, booze, lactic sourness, funk, cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon. A party for the olfactory senses. Nice flavor. A bit boozy still, though this bottle has aged a bit. I'm not bothered by this, per se. Raspberries and green apple with a boozy funk - how interesting. Medium to full bodied and palate coating. While this is god, I feel like Cascade Brewing sort of owns this style. Robust, high gravity, sour, complex, wild ales. Really fun to drink. This bottle is a good one to share a few ways.

Photo of Seanniek91
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 750ml C&C bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip. Cellar temps.

Appearance- Clear red/brown with one finger of off-white head that leaves some lacing behind.

Smell- Big tart cherries and raspberries with a trace of vanilla and oak. Fairly typical Oude Bruin aromas of stone fruit, berries, vanilla, and oak.

Taste-Berries are dominant here. Cherry, plums, raspberries, oak, vanilla, caramel. Very jammy with mild tartness. Fruit forward with oaky finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, medium body, no heat. Easy to drink.

Overall- Very nice sour brown. Great fruit characteristics , but would like a little more oak and tartness. Overall, well done.

Photo of draheim
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber mahogany w/ a 1-finger eggshell head.

Aroma is tart, a little sweet, oaky. Clean and straightforward.

Taste is big sour apple, cranberry, and dry oak barrel flavor. Sweet malt balanced by puckering tartness. Just a touch of a vague mineral quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a wonderfully dry finish.

Overall a really nice wild ale, similar to a Flanders red or brown ale. Very enjoyable.

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled on 2/28/2013, best before 2/2015. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, clove, leather, musty funk, toast, light bourbon, light vanilla, herbal, and oak/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, clove, pepper, leather, musty funk, toast, light bourbon, herbal, and oak/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, leather, oak, clove, musty funk, herbal, and oak/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, slightly slick, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding wild ale. All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Kahless
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with Jayhawk at his Irish house party in March 2014, so this is about 14 months old now.

Poured a dark amber/copper color, very hazy, with a rocky head that fizzled pretty quickly (but I didn't pour it very hard). I've seen it on tap before (didn't drink it myself) and it looked darker then. Who knows. The smell was a mixture of bourbon/oak with some underlying sourness.

The tastes were a reverse of the smell - cherry and citrus sourness and Brett funk up front, with a bit of woody bourbon in the middle. The finish actually had a slight hop bite which was surprising but enjoyable.

I never know how to comment on mouthfeel. I didn't think about it while enjoying so it was good I guess. Overall a very enjoyable sour.

Photo of Benish
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter glasses.

Appearance: not much for foam; presented a very light copper/orange hue, it almost glowed. Bits of sediment were dispersed throughout.

Smell: picked up tons of lactic and funk and little vinegar. Couldn't really detect traces of oak or bourbon.

Taste: very tart and sour yet not so vinegary. Starts out sweet but finishes dry with a somewhat woodsy no. No noticeable bourbon flavors. However it's very balanced. I like how the sweetness transform to a dry finish. Alcohol presence is hardly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is perfect; seems to be a light bodied despite its high alcohol content. Almost refreshing.

Overall: great beer, quite a sour bomb. Something that is more enjoyable to share as there is no way I could finish this one myself.

Photo of Treyliff
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Boulevard snifter, best before 3/15

A- Pours a bright and clear ruby-orange color with some bubbles shooting to the top, creating a small foamy white head that eventually reduces to a ring around the glass, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- lactic funk up front with some wet hay and earthy aromas, ripe cherries with a nice oaky undertone with just a trace of bourbon and vanilla

T- puckering lactic sourness up front that is potent, but short lived. Fruity mid-palate notes of cherry, apple and pear. Oaky notes kick in just after with very subtle bourbon that basically just enhances the other flavors around it. Trace of vanilla ,dry linger of cherry juice on a bone dry finish

M- medium body with low carbonation produces a slightly foamy mouthfeel with a slick, dry and tart finish

O- Nice puckering punch up front, mellows out with some fruity notes, and finishes with just enough bourbon flavor to round it out. Really enjoyed it.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of tart notes with some hints of oak with some Brett notes. Taste is a complex mix of tart notes with some Brett notes comprised of barnyard and wet leather notes with some wood noticeable as well. Body is above average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex drink but also able to retain a good drinkability level.

Photo of jdhowe
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from ~15 August 2013

A: Pours a murky brownish deep amber with a thin ring of bubble tan head.

S: Funky cherries, definite tartness, oak, lemon, and an earthy smokiness.

T/M: Very strong tartness smoothed by oak and malt sweetness. Very strong citric acid bite. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation -- appropriate to style. Cherry and lemon are prominent. Cherry is less prominent than in the nose, but still strong.

O: Good, but not as good as I remember it being when fresher, oddly. I thought I'd like this quite a bit with more age on it, but I found that I was much more impressed by it when it was fresh.

Photo of zhanson88
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2014 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a turbid auburn color with a nice nice off white 1.5" head, which has good retention and lacing. A bit more clarity would be appreciated.

Smell: Cherry, funk, lemon, oak, whiskey. Smells quite tart. Nice.

Taste: Cherry sweetness, lemon, tartness, oak. Tart and dry finish. Nice level of sourness for a beer this relatively young, with room to grow more sour.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light body with high carbonation. Dry finish. Just about spot on for the style. Overall, nice. More sour than I remember the No. 2, with more room and potential to get better with some more time.

Photo of fourstringer
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL corked & caged bottle into goblet. Moderate hand. Batch LC13060-2. Best by: 03-2015.

A: Cloudy, iced tea brown. 1 finger of off-white head with ok retention. Light lacing. Nice effervescence, nice hue.

S: Tart cherry, mostly citric/lactic acid sourness. Oak. Bourbon. Lemon. Earth.

T: Moderate, faintly fruity, sour initially. Quickly yields to a mild bitterness and earthy, woody funk. Tartness lingers in the semi-dry finish. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Moderate carbonation with a light to moderate body. Coats the palate. A bit puckering.

O: Cool triple threat here with an assertive sour, a good dose of earthy funk, and some subtler oak-aged notes sprinkled throughout. A bit less complex than anticipated, but overall a tasty sour with quality flavors.

Prost!

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware

Dark garnet body – nice tan lace. Tart woody aroma. Very interesting flavor profile – lots of funky tannins, oak barrel, trace bourbon, and then a big kick of brown sugar in the finish. Tart cherry, bark, spice, wood. Good stuff, but I think I prefer #2

Photo of StaveHooks
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with the wife celebrating the birth of our twins. We now have 3 love childs.

A - Pours a murky with a small head.

S - Smells sour, acidic lacto, mild dusty funk, sharp damp wood, sour orchard fruit, apples, berry tartness, some peppery notes, whiskey soaked wood. The aroma of old furniture woods comes out when warmed up.

T - Puckering sour upfront, acidic fruit, unsweetened cranberry juice, tart cherries, apple skins, lemons, sharp salty cheese, a rounding whiskey and wood slowly sneaks out as it warms. The finish has a snappy pepperness to it, but closes crisp and clean.

M - Sour with an acidic bite, mild effervescent carbonation that smooths out as it sets.

This packs a pretty sour punch. The tartness puckers your taste buds, scrubs the palate bringing with it complex esters, leaving behind light whiskey and old wood. Very nice roundness with crisp and snappy finish. I wish I would have bought more.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml caged and corked bottle. Batch number LC13059-1, best by 02-2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy reddish/brown color with a half inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like tart and sweet cherries, lemon peel, vinegar, vanilla, and some funk. It tastes like tart cherries, lemon/lemon peel, vanilla, vinegar, funk, bourbon, wood, red grapes, strawberries and some caramel. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with low/moderate carbonation. I liked this, and it kept getting better the longer I drank it. Definitely worth trying, and if I ever come across another bottle I'll have to buy some more. $14.99 a bottle.

Photo of joeseppy
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a garnet hue with rosy cap and stratospheric lacing throughout.

Very fruit forward of tart cherries. Some vinegar noted as well.

Very tart with some funk and the sourness is short lived with traces of oak. Reminds me of eating from my neighbors cherry tree in my youth. Also, some caramel malt sweetness. Some bourbon as if the glass was swished with it then a sour cherry mash poured in. Delish!

Medium body with low carbonation but yet enough to make it sparkle.

Cherry delight! Well crafted and marketed. Reminds me of Liefman's cuvée brut but Lovechild has more complexity. This screams sophistication!

Photo of Hopswagger
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: Pale mahogany body that glistens in the light. Adorned by a milky cap of khaki head. Head fizzles to a jiggly sheet of awesomeness.

S: Fruit roll ups, dry saliva, sharp tartness, delectable Brett funk, sweet bourbon mash, white grapes, wet moldy wood, pot resin. Faint cranberries cooked with cinnamon.

T/M: A sharp tartness starts this brew off, lemon juice acidity, musty funk, peppery spice, mild fruit presence, tart cherries, oak and bourbon lingering in the backdrop. Once warmed the bourbon comes out and the tartness tones down. Sting of vinegar on the effervescent finish.

O: Nice complexity that changes completely with temperature. When cold it's sharp tartness comes through strong then the bourbon and wood really shine once warmed. Juicy fruit strings along the entire trip with the booze being kept at bay so it doesn't overpower. I'm glad I hot more than one of these so I can see how this child grows. Cheers?

Photo of Zaplt
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy ruby with a tan head that dissipates quickly, light lacing.

Aroma - Sour tart fruity funk. Grapefruit, strawberry, tartiness yum. Light earthy spice.

Taste - Full and sweet body with berry and sweet ripe dark fruit characteristics melts into an absolutely delicious tart and sour bite(strawberry, grape,cherry). Very vinous. As the bite fades you are left with a warm and subtle oak, ever so light vanilla.

Overall - Amazingly well done, bravo. I love American Wild Ale's and this is a prime example. Tart, sweet, and funk all very well balanced into a very drinkable and enjoyable beer. The mouthfeel really shines here - incredible layers!

Photo of Damian
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounces corked and caged bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Batch number: LC13060-2
Best by date: 03-2015
Served in a tulip

Impressive appearance. The hazy, deep mahogany liquid was topped by an inch-tall, creamy and silky crop of light tan foam. Large patches of sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass. The crown slowly dissipated to a lasting film.

Apple and pear notes were instantly detectible in the nose. Super fruity overall with a nice balance of brown sugar sweetness, and lactic and brett-like tartness. The beer had a strong vinous, red wine-like quality. Oaky and funky. Berry notes were also apparent. Although I failed to pick up any bourbon initially, I thought I detected a touch of Kentucky's finest by the session's end.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the nose and just as complex. Super fruity with strong grape-y, vinous notes. Lots of lactic acid, brett, oak/wood and cellar-like funk. Strong balsamic vinegar notes. Touch of vanilla. Moderate amount of sourness. The beer was anchored by a rather sweet, caramel malt base. Good balance between sweet and tart. Raspberries and tart cherries were also noticeable. The off-dry finish contained an interesting mix of oak, lingering red wine notes and brown sugar sweetness. As the beer warmed, some booze was detectible. At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol presence was quite minimal however.

The mouthfeel was equally as impressive as every other aspect of this beer. It was silky smooth with a fine, frothy, pillowy soft effervescence. While most wild ales are thinner bodied and highly carbonated, this had a decent amount of heft for the style. Nicely done.

Boulevard's Love Child No. 3 is a fantastically flavorful, immensely complex and amazingly drinkable American wild ale. Although the bourbon barrel aging played a minimal role at best, I hardly missed it. I am already looking forward to the release of Love Child No. 4!

Photo of KFBR392
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours with a light ruby red color. A bubbly finger of head was present on the pour. Average active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Cloudy body to the brew that you can also look through.

Smell: the fruitiness of this beer is apparent on the front of this brew. Cherry and raspberry come to mind. Earthy oak and sourness come through after that. There are some very good things going on here but you do have to dig a little bit.

Taste: Sour right away. Huge acidic tart feeling blows up the palate. Tons of leafy greens and sour fruit mixed in on the front as well. Then the body is a funky fruit and some darker oak. The finish is a dryness filled with pears, tobacco, and earthy yeast.

Mouthfeel: A real journey for the palate. Sour, becomes dry, becomes sweet.

Overall: Really great brew that some age definitely helped develop everything going on with it. I had one bottle fresh and was not impressed but my mind was completely changed tonight. Boulevard really knows how to wield their brett around.

Photo of brureview
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's important to let this beer warm up to enjoy a crisp fruity sourness.

Pours a light, cider-like color in a tulip with a 1 finger head.

Aroma: light sour fruit, a hint of vanilla and sweetness.

Mouth feel: very carbonated and well suited to the style.

Taste: at first, very sour fruit, and a clean crisp sour finish. There is a little funk, but not as much as other beers in the same style.

Warming brings out excellence: crisp sour fruitiness.

Excellent beer. The style isn't my favorite, but the warming of this beer brings out the brewing excellence. One of the best beers in the style.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch LC13060-2. Best by 03-2015, I think.

Appearance - Hazy murky reddish brown. Thick collar. Slightly wispy surface.

Smell - Sharp vinegar. Like a distilled vinegar aroma. Brief, but sharp. Almost meaty. Slightly funky. A train wreck of an aroma.

Taste - A full turnaround. Still a little acetic, but with a nice malt. A variety of sour flavors. Lactic and acetic. A little fruity. Finishes musty.

Mouthfeel - Pretty sour. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is quite good past the smell. Amazing how bad it smells and how good it tastes.

It was the poop

Photo of EgadBananas
4.09/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: mud brown, light amber hues, tanned head, fast dissipation.

Aroma: lactic acid, tart, lemon, caramel, toasted oak, vanilla, booze.

Taste: sour cherry, fruit, acid, puckering sour, slight sweet malts, oak char, vanilla bean.

Mouthfeel: medium body, airy, creamy.

Overall: unique and intricate, super enjoyable.

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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 868 ratings.