Love Child No. 3 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3

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BA SCORE
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world-class

877 Ratings
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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 99
Gots: 242 | FT: 29
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: 877 | Reviews: 111
Reviews by brentk56:
Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color tinged by apricot nectar; the head, though modest in size, delivers many squiggles of lacing

Smell: Lacto-dominant aromatics, with tart stone fruit and oak

Taste: Lactic sourness, up front, with both sweet and tart fruit (primarily cherry and apple) elements developing in the middle; after the swallow, the Bourbon barrel brings added complexity, with its sweet vanilla and booze tones; barnyard funk is in the finish, too, although it is very subtle

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering, for sure

Overall: Really enjoying this American Wild; there is a lot going on between the sweet and tart flavors as well as the Bourbon and lactobacillus tones

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of RCLinderman
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Great flavor.

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 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 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 flayedandskinned
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before date: 7/30/15
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, murky brown with amber hues shining through as light strikes the glass. An off white, 2 finger tall head forms as the ale is poured. The head is oddly thick for a barrel aged sour and sticks around for a while, leaving no lacing behind.

Smell: Waves of lactic acid greet you as you raise the glass to your nose to get a whiff; Tart cherry pie filling, lemon flesh, and juicy tart apple. There is lots of musty funk from the brettanomyces lurking underneath the acidity; horse blankets, wet hay and lightly tanned leather. Hints of a caramel malt backbone are hiding underneath a strong coating of vanilla and coconut from the bourbon barrel.

Taste: Big lemon tartness right away, with notes of barnyard funk soon to follow. The middle of the taste is very short with more impression of bright, citric lemon and even more of the cherry pie filling that is present in the nose of the beer. The beer finishes more tart than sour and very dry with a light tannin presence. Lingering tones of leather, green apple intermingle with vanilla and coconut from the bourbon barrel. Not a single taste of alcohol is detectable, although since it is 9.5% ABV it does a having a warming effect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A damn good sour beer from Boulevard. The sourness level is kept relatively in check at this early stage in the beer's life. The sourness is very clean; not very acetic at all, so it remains pretty approachable at this particular young point in it's life. Also, because of it's freshness, the bourbon barrel is very prominent. As this beer ages, I think it will only become more funky and sour. Highly recommended for the sour novice.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky amber color with a pretty aggressive sandy-white head. The head left a little spotty lacing.

Smells of cranberries and faint bourbon notes (a little oak, a little carmalized sugar.) I pick up some cider vinegar as well. It's a nice combo of sweet and tart in the nose.

The tart side dominates the flavor, though, in a good way. Cranberries, oak, and cider vinegar. Lots of bret funk. The sweet from the nose is an afterthought. It's mouth puckering.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with ample cabonation to cut the tart effect.

A damn good wild ale. To be honest, I wouldn't have known it was aged in bourbon barrels if I wasn't told so. It draws more of a fresh oak effect than a spent bourbon barrel. Anyhow, it works great.

Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber/brown with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Smells moderately tart and acidic. Notes of berries and grapes. Not getting much oak or bourbon. No trace of funk either.

This beer did not seem to get influenced by the barrel very much. Much more like a straight up sour. A sour that is on the lower side of the sour spectrum. Vinous flavor qualities with a touch of vinegar. Finishes dry with an acidic aftertaste.

Bigger bodied than most sours. Nicely carbonated to liven things up.

A beer that is just not there yet as far as depth goes. Maybe more time in the bottle will bring out more qualities. A nice $10 sour nonetheless.

Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

S: Tart, funky cola like flavors up front. Medium strong oak and hints of caramel bourbon, carmelized bananas, fairly malty.

L: Cloudy, brown with some orange tints, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Tart, fruity malt up front with a semi-rich bourbon backbone caramel. Light malt body with medium tartness. Slight acetic harshness with a touch of metal. Finishes with some oak and additional tartness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, some alcohol heat

Not bad, a little thin on the malt and a touch harsh. Barrel makes a nice appearance.

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 emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted up against a cellared #2 recently thanks to Thomas. Tackling a bottle solo for review, this was preferred against the year old #2. Brighter fruity sourness and complexity was mainly the reason.

High clarity orange reddish-brown color, initial head of off-white foam that fizzes audibly before eventually fading completely. No lasting lacing, some surface skim when swirled.

Aroma is complex as it warms, bright fruit, sandalwood, something very distinct, but hard to describe. Some sort of tropical fruit, oaky notes, it reminds me a little bit of long time favorite Le Terroir.

Acetic sourness, sharp cider vinegar, apple butter, tannic fruit skins, sour grapefruit, grape and cherry pit. The moderate level of sourness kickstarts the salivary glands into overdrive, leaving the mouth watering for more. Oaky sandalwood traces in the dry aftertaste, light fruit juiciness in the periphery. It has a perceived fullness to it, but is easily drinkable and light bodied in reality. A big improvement from #2, a more intricate blend, more sour and nuanced.

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 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 n2185
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy orange-brown with three fingers of off-white head that fades into a frothy ring with a thin layer and decent lacing.

S: Sweet candy sugar, crystallized pineapple, and bubblegum notes up front before a hefty kick of tart and sour fruit along with acetic cider vinegar aromas kick in. Quite a pleasant mixture of sweet, sour, and tart. Smells amazing.

T: The tart, sour, and acetic notes are much stronger here with lemons, tart cherries, raspberries, apple cider vinegar, and oak. There is some underlying sweetness and a slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery with the hefty sour kick.

O: A great wild ale overall. I love the sourness of the beer, though I wish it tasted as complex as it smelled. Still, it's quite delicious and enjoyable.

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 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 nataku00
3.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, 2013 release, poured into a glass. Beer pours a hazy mahogany with some reds and browns mixed in, with half a finger of loose off white soapy head. Head dissipates immediately to a thin collar of bubbles. Decent amount of carbonation coming off from the bottom of the glass.

Nose interesting, red grape, sweet red generic berry, light apple cider vinegar, old oak.

Taste follows the nose, grape skin and red berry mixing with light apple cider vinegar, very oaky finish. Not too sour but a decent flavor.

Medium body with some light carbonation.

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good solid pop off the cork.

A good creamy even off tan colored head is produced, settles to a thin puck and a creamy collar, with a lot of snapping sounding carbonation. Body color is a little murky brown, but with nice hints of red and lemon yellow. It's opaqueness doesn't seem to show off any carbonation either. Otherwise fairly solid.

Nose is very unique and interesting. Moderate funky qualities, and a little bit of sour like lemon. A faint interesting take off toasty brown sugar, hinting with oak and wood like maple feeling. Very balanced and complimentary.

Palate matches the sense on the nose. Fruity lemon with a hint of funk and mild sour qualities. Creamy palate slightly that settles and finishes with a little bit of toasty oak, brown sugar, and caramel. Subsequent sips bring the brett pepper and more fruit, downplaying the barrel aging bourbon characters.

Overall this actually came out quite nicely, but I am not wowed over by this beer. It is though quite unique, has a bit of Rodenbach quality to it, but it's not something I see myself falling head over heels for.

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken 7/14/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Cloudy, medium brown with some hints of red and amber - creamy, eggshell white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing, spotty

Smell: Sour and funky, as it should be - some acidic and lactic sourness - musty and damp, with some nice barrel notes - some nice fruit aromas - some vinegar in the background

Taste: Sharp, acidic and lactic sourness - a lot of damp, wet, musty, ripe, and decidedly lactic sourness - some brett-like funk - nice bourbon and barrel flavors - some hints of booze, but it's mostly overpowered by the sour - damp and wet in some aspects, but finishes almost dry - a nice range of fruity esters

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nice carbonation, sharp, acidic finish

Overall: Love games (Part 3)

Love Child No. 2 caught me by surprise with its high quality. This is at least as good. Nicely sour, nicely funky, and all-around great. Certainly worth tracking down.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby, not cloudy with a two finger head.

S-Fruits, some oak and a tad bit of funk

T-Some fruit, milt tartness, not quite sour tad bit of oak and grass.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O-Had with Sour in the Rye and Love Child was not in the same class. Not that sour and too fruity.

Photo of maxwelldeux
3.62/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a moderate, but quickly disappearing head on it. Nose is quite effervescent and with some very sour dark fruit elements to it. Taste is fairly sour, and will certainly make you pucker a little bit. Fairly clean drink, but has a bit of a bite.

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.

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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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