Love Child No. 3 - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.51/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle into a New Belgium tulip.
A: Pours a fairly hazy copper color. The head on this is actually quite good for a sour ale; it's only 1 fingers high, with an offwhite shade. It has a surprisingly creamy texture, but as expected, not the best retention.
S: It's about what I expected - tart cherries, subtle funk, and lactic acid. What impresses me is how well the three qualities mesh aromatically, though. There's a real sense of razor-sharp balance here. On the other hand, I notice very little - if any - bourbon.
T: The lactic sourness seems to hit strongly on the opening, but in reality, it mellows out beautifully after several sips. Regardless, it transitions gradually to a funky, earthy midtaste, and then into a clean finish. Right before the finish, though, I get an upsurge full of cherries. Much like the aroma, I have to really concentrate to find any bourbon qualities - when they come through, though, they add another subtle layer. I love how superbly balanced, complex, and sophisticated this is.
M: It starts off fairly soft, while the finish is classically dry in that typical sour ale fashion. Carbonation is assertive without being overbearing. The most impressive feature is how boozy it isn't; Boulevard could have said this was 5% and I wouldn't bat an eyelash either way.
O: This is freakin' superb. Even though I managed to snag this bottle for $8, I'd gladly pay the regular price (~$18) for this one again (and again, and again, and again...) Like I said, I just adore its balanced finesse.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2013 04:17:30 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.33/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 01:00:21 | More by superspak
4.13/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-28-2014 21:44:21 | More by Kahless
Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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