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Love Child No. 3 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

110 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 110
Hads: 881
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 101
Gots: 243 | FT: 28
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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Reviews: 110 | Hads: 881
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChewyLewy for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Batch # lc13059-1. Best before 2/2015.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, wood, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between sour and wood aspects. (599 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

new wild ale from boulevard. ive said it before and ill say it again, everything from the smokestack series has been impeccable, and this is no different. it pours shiny medium amber, somewhere between good apple juice and good maple syrup, with maybe a touch more red to it, and a few fingers of lacy white foam. the nose on it is both sour and tart, more bacterial than brett alone, puckery as hell, with some pleasant sweet fruits in there as well. the flavor begins on the fruity side. there are cherries and raspberries, tart and sweet, aggressively dosed. the sour sets in about the middle with a drying acidic front of tongue twang that's familiar and anticipated, but also out of nowhere and startling. from there the beer takes a leap into the deep end of funk. it gets yeasty and sour, sort of reminds me of averys odio equum in that way. the finish is ultra dry, almost making me thirsty from the sour. bottle says aged in bourbon barrels. i don't get a ton of that in here, but it is present. good mouthfeel, lots of carbonation and a dab of fruity residuals that stick around awhile. overall this is a fantastic beer, definitely the best sour beer ive had from boulevard, and a good head start for them in this direction. I liked all the sour without the vinegar of some, and I liked how fresh the fruit came across. maybe lacking a little complexity of say a consecration, but what beer isn't? well worth the price of admission. (1,442 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
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 (715 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,064 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle with Batch # LC13060-2 and Best By date of 3-2015

A: Pours a slightly hazy amberish copper with 1-finger thick off-white head which fades to a thin cap leaving sheet lace with spots.

N: Oak tannins, fruit (raspberries, cherries, white grape), slight funk, earthy and herbal. On warming more musty and horseblanket is present.

T: Sour and tannic with a near balsamic twang. Woody and flanders-esque, more citrus (orange and peaches), some fruit, grassy/hay/herbal. Not getting the vanilla or bourbon.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Lacto sour and fruity finish.

O: Complex and evolving on warming from frig to room temperature. Not gonna buy another but would have again if shared by others. (727 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

First off, massive props to my homeboy Ryan for allowing me to grab this bottle and share it with VDubb. Second, though I enjoyed Love Child No. 2, I felt it was weak when fresh, so my expectations are kinda low. That said, this stuff pours a cloudy amber-garnet topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises lacto sourness, tart cranberry, mild oak, mild whiskey, and a vague hint of vinegar way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a brighter sourness up front that fades with time, lingering mildly through the finish, where it blends with some of the barrel character and a hint of buttercream. Very nice. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very nice sour, certainly living up to the recent hype. Get some. (846 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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! (630 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Priced quite high at $19-$25 here in the Los Angeles area. I paid $23.00. Expectations are high. 9.5% ABV confirmed. I dig the sparkly label art. Batch number C13060-2. Best by 03/2015. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded hood and wire cap (also called a cage) over a branded cork acquired in Los Angeles and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. "Malt Beverage Aged In Bourbon Barrels." I'm reviewing it as a Wild Ale.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cork popped out easily by hand, and no beer surged up. Carbonation seems to be good.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head. Nicely creamy and frothy with a soft complexion. Good thickness. No lacing as the head recedes. Liking the head overall, but the retention could be better; it's about 2 minutes as-is - not ideal even when the high ABV is taken into account. After the core head has depleted, a floater ring remains for another couple minutes. Body colour is a dark glowing orange-amber. Perhaps it's more adequately called ruby. Translucent; nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks intriguing and apt for the style. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: A powerful lacto sourness presence is the first thing I notice. It's tempered by an oak note with hints of vanilla; I don't know that I can pick out any bourbon notes but there's definite wood barrel here. If you handed it to me blind, I wouldn't guess it'd been aged in bourbon barrels off the aroma alone. It's got some subtle fruity notes as well - tangerine, peach, apricot - all heavily fermented by that dominating lacto yeast. Some caramel. Refined sugars. A bit of maple. Light tartness accompanying some currant/berry notes. Notable acidity. Apple skin. Not particularly funky; the lacto definitely edges out the bretts. I don't get a lot of biscuity or earthy yeast character; it's mainly tart, sour, clean, and acidic. An alive and inviting aroma. Moderate in strength. I'm very excited to try this; I'm curious if the bourbon will show up in the flavour profile.

T/Mf: Seizing powerful lacto yeast drops a big sour bomb, but there's more complexity here than in something like - say - Allagash FV 13 (which only comes to mind because I reviewed it yesterday). Apple fruit skin, pear, acidic currants. Loving the rounded acidic feel. Complex oak tones are present throughout, guiding the beer and giving it a sense of deliberate cohesion. I get light vanilla and leathery notes, but no bourbon is showing up - and frankly, I think that's for the best. The malty base is hardly noticeable; very clean with a seeming composition of neutral biscuit and Belgian malts. It doesn't call attention to itself at all. Some white grapeskin. Yeasty character is primarily lacto though a bit of biscuity brett yeast lurks beneath the surface. Little funk here, if any.

Not getting any farmhouse or earthy notes like some other reviewers. Sweetens towards the finish, which lends it some added depth. There's a lot going on here, but the balance is magnificent. The alcohol is very well hidden as well. Crisp and smack-your-lips luscious. It's got a mouthfeel that feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile, coming off clean and acidic yet smooth and wet. A dash of crystal malt gives it a bit of a fizzy texture. Carbonation is a touch high but very near ideal; it seems built for aging.

Cidery vinegary notes are well incorporated, never becoming overbearing or distracting. The apple and light pear notes here are well-executed. The residual sugars from the aroma are nowhere to be found in the flavour profile; maybe I was wrong. As it warms, I do get a pleasant injection of cherry pie crust which fits in wonderfully. That's one hell of a tasty beverage.

Soft and easy on the palate. Assertive but not biting or sharp. As it warms I keep looking for bourbon notes but I fail to find any. It dries just on the finish, encouraging the next sip. Lovely rounded tart character is a highlight here; this isn't just a blast of lacto sourness, it's got subtle fruity notes as well. Delightfully well executed, with an impressive marriage of texture to flavour.

Dr: Possibly the best beer I've had from Boulevard yet. This one shows they've come to play with the big dogs, but the price point does seem high.

It's very drinkable for the high ABV, and I'd definitely have it again; yeah, I'd probably still pay $19 for it in spite of my above bitching. I'll love killing this bottle by myself, but I'm not sure I'd want more than one in the same evening; it's meant to be savored. I'd recommend this highly to friends. Another great offering from Boulevard. Really great stuff. Lives up to its reputation and hype. I'm impressed.

A- (4,930 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,771 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Late night share by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave! This is one of those beers I consistently missed when it was on shelves, so I'm grateful to try it.

Hazy brown body with an inch of tan head. the aroma offers stone fruits, booze, lactic sourness, funk, cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon. A party for the olfactory senses. Nice flavor. A bit boozy still, though this bottle has aged a bit. I'm not bothered by this, per se. Raspberries and green apple with a boozy funk - how interesting. Medium to full bodied and palate coating. While this is god, I feel like Cascade Brewing sort of owns this style. Robust, high gravity, sour, complex, wild ales. Really fun to drink. This bottle is a good one to share a few ways. (714 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a murky red-brown with a lot of sediment at the bottom. A light cap of off-white foam is there initially, but goes away rather quickly.

S: Notes of bourbon, lemon, funk, red currant. Reminds me a lot of Allagash Curieux.

T: Sweet red fruit, sour cherry, orange, with a lot of lactic acid. The bourbon really comes in and adds a lot of character. I like how it rounds it out.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy at times, soft carbonation, medium acidity.

O: This is a good sour, it's not great. The flavours are nice, but not overly complex. I enjoyed this beer for sure, just not worth $19. (608 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -11%
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 (613 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle poured into a snifter. best by 3/2015.

pours a reddish brown color with a medium, very bubbly, white head. cork popped with a BANG. obviously a very carbonated beer.

smell is tart, vinegary and fruity. Taste is much less tart than i expected. its sweet cherries that dominate the palate, with a slight sour taste on the back of the tongue. very drinkable! cant believe this is 9.5 ABV

overall a very good sour. not quite as "sour" as i was hoping for but still a very enjoyable beer. however, for the price, im not sure. this isnt a world class sour so it shouldnt have a world class price, imo. (618 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Opened August 20, 2013.

A - Nice appearance. Bright cranberry juice body. Fine-bubbled white head has ok retention and low lace.

S - Bracingly sour nose with tart pear, white grapes, vanilla, and grape juice.

T - Whoa. Face-twistingly sour lemon, grape skin, black cherry jello powder, and grapefruit rind. Tamarind, cinnamon, and oak undertones. Lingering brown sugar and lemon finish.

M - It's easy to forget that there's a body on this beer behind the tidal wave of sour. Medium body, with surprisingly smooth staying power.

O - One of the sourest beers I've ever had. The only beer that I can think of that was more sour was a 12 year old DFH Festina Lent. (665 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aaron M. (BA NoMasNoMore) for hooking me up with this bottle for review #2000. Shared with Justin (BA OKComputer). Bottle code LC 12059-1 with a best before date of 02-2015. Poured into tulip. Poured a lightly hazy ruby-amber color with over an inch of khaki colored head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

The aroma featured a nice fruitiness, dark stone fruit, cherries and plums, a slight waft of funk, a bit of wood and bourbon, and a hint of alcohol. The flavors were the same, just better defined. The fruit seemed a touch sweeter, the bourbon a bit boozier, and with a nice, understated sourness. The flavor didn't have as much funk as the nose, but what was there mingled well with the other flavors.

The body was medium, but very solid, and had a dry finish. Drinkability was very good, especially for a brew that comes in at almost 10%. The bottle was gone quickly, and we were thinking about another one, at another time. Overall, a very good brew indeed. Would some time help develop some more funk? Perhaps. The brew is definitely worth seeking out, I might try to find a few bottles to stick away. (1,131 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.97/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.13.13
Best by 02-2015

A - Pours a cloudy medium brown with a big soapy dark tan head that fades fast.

S - Tart dark fruit, cherry and plum

T - Very tart cherry, some oak and subtle leather in the finish.

D - Mild carbonation with a medium body.

O - Super tart and tasty, low sweetness. I liked #2 better. (328 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
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 (303 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky amber color. Modest head of fizz. Thin lacing remnants are left behind.

S-Noticeably tart and lactic with Bretty notes and light bourbon oak. Tart fruitiness. The aroma also has a nice base of sweetness as well.

T-The sourness really jumps onto the palate immediately. After the initial blast, the sweet and sour fruit assortment kicks in. Then it rolls into a lingering yet light note of whiskey.

M-Acidic with a medium body. Actually pretty full for a Sour. Carbonation is lively.

O/D-A cool beer. Very pricey at around $17.75 for a 750 ml. Happy to try it and it really began to come together nicely as it warmed up. (639 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours brownish red with a one finger beige head. Aroma is funky, sour with hints of cherry, hay, leather, and mild oak. Taste is similar to smell. Starts very tart, like sour cherry/raspberry then quickly fades into complex malt and Brett flavors - leather, grassy, almost musty. The beer finishes with a hint of vanilla/oak flavor. Body is thin, but complex. (359 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $19.99 (ouch). I passed on the Love Child #2 and since I heard a lot of good things I picked this up despite the hefty price tag and poured it into a smokestack glass. Color was ruby red and it actually had a pretty foamy head at first that caused me to wait until it died down. Aroma was bourbon barrel but not overpowering, a fruitiness, and a hint of the sour beer to come. Flavor was more bourbon (but again very light), cherry, fruit, sour. Overall this is a very solid beer I just don't like the price tag at all. If this were $15-$17 it would probably be a repeat purchase but at $20 it is one and done. Still, Boulevard smokestack beers are pretty solid all the way around. (694 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still slightly confused about the make up of this beer but it certainly is a Wild Ale. Notes from July 7th, thanks to Chico1985 for sharing.

A- Poured from the 750ml bottle with a somewhat hazy red-brown appearance. Creamy off-white head builds up nicely to a few fingers high with good retention. Foamy cloud and ring leaves some nice thick lace pillows.

S- Definite Flanders Red feel with big lacto-sourness and a lot of cherry/raisin/dark fruit aromatics up front. Some acetic acid and a spicy nutty feel as well.

T- Sour Flanders Red with a good blend of lactic sours and acetic vinegar flavors. The oak and the dark fruit, cherry and raisins, makes up a majority of the base. Some lemony funk as time goes on.

MF- Light dried out body with moderately high carbonation. Foamy feel overall and a fairly cheek puckering sourness with time.

Dark fruit, acidic and oak forward Wild Ale with a pretty balanced out character to it all. Goes down like much less than 9.5%. (974 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, shared at the campfire after Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst last summer. Reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy light brown body with a half-inch of fine, tan head. Nice retention and lacing. Solid.

S: Bready malt, lactic tartness, grassy funk, and some green apple. Nice.

T: Tarter and fruitier than the nose promised, which is welcome on both counts. Some balsamic acetic notes as well. Long, bittersweet, sour finish. Really tasty.

M: Frothy, tingly medium body. Ok.

O: Really enjoyable Wild Ale, but not worth the price tag IMO. Glad I tried it, but I won't be seeking out more.

Cheers! (606 characters)

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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.