Love Child No. 3 - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.51/5 rDev +5.9%
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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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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