Love Child No. 3 - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.43/5 rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Opened up a 75cl bottle at our recent beer tasting yesterday, 7/21/2013. Poured into an unlabeled snifter glass.
This beer smells acidic and lactic up front.. like vinegar mixed with apple cider. There is a strong barrel contribution- that is, there is a strong woody scent to it that is a bit musty. Also, a bit of dark fruits- cherry, currant, blackberries shine through in the nose. Not a whole lot of funk until it gets warmed up- and then at that point it basically smells like feet. So there seems to be a good lacto/pedio presence early on, and when it gets warmer, the brett shines through some more.
The body of the beer itself is a dark brown, perhaps copper coloured with a fairly thick, creamy and well-formed white head that lingers a while. A bit of lacing, not a ton. Looks like an Oud Bruin to me.
Drinking this brew is interesting. Interesting in that it is acidic and brings a good bit of dark fruit flavours like in the nose. There seems to be some green apple tartness in here as well. The barrels provide wood flavours but not a whole lot else- no vanilla, no bourbon.. at least not until the beer warms up considerably, but by then it was still a weak sweet bourbon presence. And of course throughout it is a rather mouthpuckering beer. So this is a fairly complex beer with a lot of things going on, but some of the things I would expect of it doesn't quite deliver. Nevertheless, it is a very flavourful and complex beer.
The feel itself is a medium bodied, very well-carbonated brew that is refreshing without being overly dry. The finish is nicely done- a bit of funk mixed in with acidic, woody cherry tartness. Not a ton of booziness despite its 9.5% content That's more or less it.
Very tasty midwestern sour with a nice complex flavour and nose. Rather overpriced, yes, but very tasty. I'm glad to have tried this and to have one more in the cellar which I'll hang onto for another year to see if the Brett develops some more funk in the bottle. Would I recommend it to people? Perhaps not when New Glarus has its $9.99/4pk Wild Sour Ale which is close to being as good with a much better value. But if you're interested in trying this, I would encourage you to take the effort and get one.
Serving type: bottle
07-22-2013 03:56:28 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 01:39:07 | More by Treyliff
3.99/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
02-14-2014 14:28:02 | More by Phyl21ca
Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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