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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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853 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 97
Gots: 247 | FT: 34
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:
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.

(Beer added by: MickeyD on 04-26-2013)
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Reviews by Stevedore:
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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown corked and caged bottle with a freshness date.

Look: Good lacing, clear reddish amber

Smell: Currants, lime pith, green olives, Portuguese sweet bread, funk, wild herbs, earthy, spice, tart, faint booze, wood

Taste: Tart throughout, mildly puckering, pulling wood, warming alcohol, hint of booze, faint vanilla, hint of maltiness, touch of funk, jasmine, faint olive juice, orange pith, quick flash of maltiness, dry fading tart finish

A bit more mellow and certainly more approachable than LC No. 2, the extra aging / blending really shows off here. Sip to sip this one keeps growing on me. Seek a bottle out now!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Batch number LC13060 with a best by date of 2/03/2015.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish copper with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A complex tart and funky aroma with some nice bourbon barrel hints. Fruit forward with hints of tart and sour cherries as well as some berry, grapes, and apple. Brett and funk hints throughout. Barrel hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, wood, and some slight vanilla. Bready malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. No real hop scent. Fairly acidic. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a wild and complex taste of tart fruits, funk, barrel notes, and caramel malt. Big taste of tart fruit upfront with notes of cherries, grapes, berries, and apple. Funky Brett and yeast notes. Midway the barrel notes come through with a taste of bourbon whiskey, oak, wood, and vanilla. Sweet bready malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Somewhat earthy although there isn't really any hop flavor here. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Tart, fruity, and fairly acidic. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A pretty good sour ale. The fruit flavor is good and the barrel adds a interesting kick without overwhelming the sour notes.

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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.