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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

853 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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

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3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.29/5  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.

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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.