Love Child No. 3 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

110 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 110
Hads: 880
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 100
Gots: 242 | 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: 880
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best By 03-2015

A: Pours a very cloudy sunset red color with 2 fingers of head that dies down to a thin cap

S: Quite a bit of funk right up front with some barnyard and wet horse blanket. Lightly fruity with a hint of acidity

T: Starts off with a quick hit of sour notes followed up by the funk and light fruitiness. Quite acidic. The sour notes fade quite quickly and give way to a bit of complexity. Lighter fruit notes, oak, and some bready malts shine through with a very light wave to the barnyard funk. Finishes with some acidity and oaky notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good American wild. The up-front sour notes don't last too long, allowing for the oak and fruitiness to add a bit of complexity. A very balanced sour that is quite easy to drink and leaves you wanting more. I'd say the $20 is worth it at least once (857 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 bum732
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of GameFreac
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with a friend who's a Boulevard fanboy. Glad I didn't pay for this ($18.99). Or am I?

Appearance: Pours a pink/red color with a finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells of tart sour apples and cherries - some funk and oak. Great aroma.

Taste -Taste mirrors the nose. Really sour and really good.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel. Acidic and lots of carbonation.

Overall: One of the best sours I've ever had. Worth the money. (434 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 jrenihan
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BB Feb 2015

Beer has an interesting reddish-caramel colour, with a moderately sized beige head.

Nose is tart and malty. Balsamic vinegar, oak, vanilla, bourbon, some dark fruit. Quite a nice blend between the bourbon barrel and the tart beer.

The flavour seems to focus equally on the barrel and the sour base beer. Oak, vanilla and bourbon are all prominent- the former two perhaps more than the latter. They are coupled with acidic, balsamic vinegar-like sourness, some funk and caramel. Some fruity elements, but hard to peg and not pronounced. Finish reveals a bit of lactic flavours.

Full bodied, strongly carbonated but not irritatingly so. Astringent- the oak and sourness really dries the mouth quickly.

Overall, interesting and quite good. The barrel is well integrated and not at all overbearing. (814 characters)

Photo of oceanman907
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Uncorked this bottle and poured into a Tulip glass. Best By 04-2015

This beer pours and looks fantastic! A deep cloudy amber color with a bit of yeast residue at the bottom of the glass bubbling up with a thick slightly tan head with great retention and moderate lacing on the glass, pretty much perfect. The smell is overpoweringly strong of green apple, slight barnyard, a little carmel from the malt, but overall a little too overpowering on the green apple. The taste is much the same, green apple, a little carmel, but the finish is super dry and slightly peppery, quite good. Mouthfeel is pretty puckery, and tingles the mouth. Overall this is a great wild ale that has some very clear flavors but the sourness of the beer is a little overpowering, which is the only place that needs improvement. (804 characters)

Photo of fdig23
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

Appearance: Murky light brown with a tan fluffy head.

Nose: Floral, perfumed sour berries, fresh raspberries and blackberries, tons of sweet bourbon oak and big tannic red wine.

Taste: Lots of tart black cherry up front, rich mixed berry puree in the middle, and tons of sweet oak on the finish. An unpleasant acetone note starts to come through as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Not fatty enough for the big flavors.

Overall: An above average take on a Flemish sour with a few minor detractors. I was perfectly content sipping on this for a night. (560 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked with a "best before" date of 02/2015. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. Finally getting around to sampling #3 for the first time.

Appearance - A beautiful beer, with a body the shade of coppery brown with hints of reddish clay and golden amber. Atop sits a frothy cinnamon-sugar colored head about a finger deep. Dissipates over several minutes to a foamy film with a bit more head amassing around the edges of the glass. Lacing is present, but faint, and still yields traces of sticky residue.

Smell - Mild notes of cinnamon and nutmeg lay dormant behind a healthy onslaught of woody oak and apple cider vinegar. Subsequent inhales reveal a bit more funk and wet hay element to the aroma and maybe even a barely perceptible trace of soy sauce.

Taste - Initial impression is mouth-puckering tart, lemon juice, with elements of granny smith and vinegar. Flavor balances out to finish dry, leaving your mouth craving another sip, just like a nice refreshing citrus-ade. Oak is present again on the aftertaste. The heat on this is amazingly well-hidden.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent and slightly puckering, with a dry finish. Light-medium body and high carbonation.

As with my taste of last year's Love Child No. 2, I'm trying this one for the first time a good amount after the bottling. Luckily, these beers age amazingly well, and No. 3 is no exception. Still at the sour end of the spectrum, but not as turn-your-mouth-inside-out as No. 2, I wish I had a few more bottles of this stuff. Very tasty rendition of an American Wild. (1,588 characters)

Photo of shleepy
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into trappist-style ("chalice") glass.

A: Hazy amber; light-medium off-white head.

S: Sourness, oakiness / dill, and something like plums hidden underneath that.

T: Strong and delicious sour plum primary flavor. Apricots, dill, liquorice, marmalade, rose petals. Jeez, this thing is friggin' awesome and super complex.

M: Tastes much lighter than 9.5% (I was surprised when I looked at the ABV just now, after tasting it). I would say it feels medium-bodied, if not light-medium, probably largely due to the sourness/acidity and fruity flavors. Carbonation is light-medium, for a smooth but lively-enough mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

O: This is the best beer that I have tasted in a long time, and is now one of my all-time favorite American beers. Bravo, Boulevard Brewing. (803 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 Santanax
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The love child #3 is a great example of this style.... the smell of the bourbon barrels faintly comes through the acidic earthiness...along with cinnamony maple hues...The beer does make a decent head but it is very modest, not too fizzy but not too flat almost perfect...the tastes comes in acidic tart causing the mouth to salivate as it hits the taste buds, then the bourbon barrels comes in with rich funky sourness alongside....color is amber..very nice sour beer.... this will age nicely i hope!!! (503 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle. Split.

A: Red clay with a drifting creme colored head. Lazy bubbles, but very nice legs.

N: Bourbon, caramel, lactic acid, and plenty of oak. Some lemon and grapefruit. Balsamic vinegar and olive. A hint of acetone, cherries, and wine grapes. Biscuity sweetness. Lots of sweet and sour flavors.

T: Very, very sour, but it’s pointed and clean. Lots of lacto in here. Bourbon/oak sweetness come through on the end of the palate. Some cherry and brett funk grow stronger as the beer warms.

M: Dancing carbonation keeps this light and clean.

O: This is what I remember Cascade sours being like before they came their current sweet-tart sensation (albeit without the brett). This is delicious stuff. (719 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.89/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adapted from notes taken 7/14/13. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance; Ruddy copper. Small light tan cap and collar. Drops to a thin wispy cap in short order. Some streaks and spots of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Tart. Lactic and acetic in abundance. Dark cherry. Some leather, increases as it warms. Oak and some damp undertones. Cherry flesh, juicy and lightly tart. Some fruit skin in there as well. Dry and woody. Malts are a bit sweet with some caremlization. Pushes a bit more vinegar as it warms.

Taste: Oh hello lactic sour. Deeply acetic as well. Moves in and out of vinegar. SO much leather and tart cherry. Slight touch of vanilla and bourbon through the back. Really adds a nice dimension. The lactic edge builds as it warms. A solid punch of oak. Slightly damp and musty. Fruity in a vague way, other than cherry. Bourbon sneaks out a bit with each sip. Nicely complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate, pushing high, carbonation. Acidic and dry on the finish. Smooth through the sip.

Overall: Are you playing your love games with me? I accept.

This is solid all-around. Love Child No.2 had a bit more to it, but then again it was an old bottle. Maybe I'll bite the bullet and buy a couple more bottles to age and see what happens. (1,277 characters)

Photo of lexibass
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like a 3rd love lost, this libation pours softly and quietly with a golden red as rich as an almost blooming rose. The aroma awakens memories of laughter and childhood games with the subtle pungeancy of farmer's cheese. On the tongue, tart cherries and a hint of yogurt play a game of freeze tag with the oaky finish of a group excursion into the forest, whereby a secret tree-house is revealed, its exact location still unknown and its revisiting, not replicable. In this treehouse, you have your first kiss, which you will later forget, as the sour lacto only slightly lingers beneath a blanket of vanilla nostalgia coating your wistful, longing tongue. (655 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 Humulus85
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into my tasting snifter. Best by 03/15.

Pours a murky dark amber with a short lived fizzy head.

Funky cherries and apple skin. Definite lactic sourness with a bit of apple vinegar. Nice barrel presence with some oak and vanilla. Smells like a pumped up oude bruin.

Follows the nose. Tart cherries, lactic sourness with a bit of acetic sour. Hints of leather. Oak and a bit of vanilla. Not getting much bourbon, more just a nice barrel character. Doesn't finish tart, but rather with more of the oak notes. Very little alcohol tasted at all, and mainly at the very end. I had to double check the bottle to see that it was actually 9.5%.

Light in body, especially for the ABV. Modest carbonation, but appropriate for the beer. Very drinkable for the ABV as well. Not as refreshing as some sours, but it still finishes very clean.

Overall this beer immpressed me, but didn't blow me away. Very solid all around. Lacks a level of complexity to really make it world class. The alcohol is masterfully hidden. I think a year on this could bring it to that next level. The price was great too, not a lot of 9.5% bourbon aged sours out there for $10. If you can still find it get two, I would say worth trading for as well, but getting two is a must cause this will be great in a year or even two. Cheers! (1,325 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the lake over the 4th of July with the family.

A- Pours a murky brown with a 1.5-2 finger frothy tan head. Nice retention with soapy lacing.

S- Nose gives indication of the tart that will ensue. Vinegar, bourbon, and sugars galore.

T- Tart as expected...maybe in more so. Salty, mouth puckering sour. Vinegar forward with champagne and cider. Apples with sour cherries. Mellow warm finish as the oak and funk character are mild. A little spicy note that arrives late and gives a tasty little bite. Acidic.

M- Love the feel here. Maybe slightly undercarbonated, but the drinkability is impeccable. Mid body that sits nicely on the palate. Not boozy for 9.5

O- I feel the yeast is a really nice component. A beer that I can only have a glass of and can't be taken in large quantities due to the vinegary, tart, sourness of it. But a nice representation of the style.

$13.99 for a 750 ml bottle (910 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (984 characters)

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

Opened up a 75cl bottle at our recent beer tasting yesterday, 7/21/2013. Poured into an unlabeled snifter glass.

This beer smells acidic and lactic up front.. like vinegar mixed with apple cider. There is a strong barrel contribution- that is, there is a strong woody scent to it that is a bit musty. Also, a bit of dark fruits- cherry, currant, blackberries shine through in the nose. Not a whole lot of funk until it gets warmed up- and then at that point it basically smells like feet. So there seems to be a good lacto/pedio presence early on, and when it gets warmer, the brett shines through some more.

The body of the beer itself is a dark brown, perhaps copper coloured with a fairly thick, creamy and well-formed white head that lingers a while. A bit of lacing, not a ton. Looks like an Oud Bruin to me.

Drinking this brew is interesting. Interesting in that it is acidic and brings a good bit of dark fruit flavours like in the nose. There seems to be some green apple tartness in here as well. The barrels provide wood flavours but not a whole lot else- no vanilla, no bourbon.. at least not until the beer warms up considerably, but by then it was still a weak sweet bourbon presence. And of course throughout it is a rather mouthpuckering beer. So this is a fairly complex beer with a lot of things going on, but some of the things I would expect of it doesn't quite deliver. Nevertheless, it is a very flavourful and complex beer.

The feel itself is a medium bodied, very well-carbonated brew that is refreshing without being overly dry. The finish is nicely done- a bit of funk mixed in with acidic, woody cherry tartness. Not a ton of booziness despite its 9.5% content That's more or less it.

Very tasty midwestern sour with a nice complex flavour and nose. Rather overpriced, yes, but very tasty. I'm glad to have tried this and to have one more in the cellar which I'll hang onto for another year to see if the Brett develops some more funk in the bottle. Would I recommend it to people? Perhaps not when New Glarus has its $9.99/4pk Wild Sour Ale which is close to being as good with a much better value. But if you're interested in trying this, I would encourage you to take the effort and get one. (2,226 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy amber body with some ruby hues. Thin tan bubbly head that fades pretty quickly.

S- White grapes, sour cherries, oaky bourbon, hints of funk.

T- Very fruity up front, with a huge wave of sour cherries in the middle. Lots of white grape flavor all the way through. Bourbon sneaks in towards the middle, with oaky and vanilla flavors. Very tart on the tongue at the end.

M- Very bubbly, lots of tartness and sourness on the palate. Leaves a slight burn on the way down.

O- Fairly complex, lots of fruit and sour. The bourbon barrel compliments, it does not dominate, which adds to the overall experience. (616 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 gatornation
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

split a corked caged 750ml bottle

A-pours a hazy brown/garnet color with a 2 finger kahki head with som nice lacing
S-light sour fruit with wood and caramel soft touch of bourbon and oak with brett
T-tart and sour fruit that was mild on the palate with soft wood and oak taste a bit of brett and funk with a touch of vanilla
M- tart and smooth with ABV hidden just right carbonation slight sourness
O- i really liked this wild ale it was not overly sour or bourbon up it was just a pleasure to drink (501 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sampler snifter, the ale was a magenta color with bubbles gliding up the side of the glass. It certainly smelled like a sour, giving an intense sour, tart cloud from the glass. On the initial taste, one notices a lot of fruit. Tart cherry, raspberry, and cranberry are among the fruits you might be able to detect. On detects the woodiness from the bourbon barrel aging very easily, though one might have to really search to find the bourbon notes hidden in the ale. One person sharing the bottle was surprised to note this was bourbon barrel aged after overlooking the label. Needless to say, the bourbon really does not sparkle, but it does not need to do so. This is a flavorful beer. (701 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pick this up over in Annapolis for $9.99.

Served in a shaped wine glass around our pool.

A: Infinitely cloudy orange color with a slight whispy head... but that's not what this brew is about.

S: It's like Jolly Ranchers on sour steroids. A slight bit of sourness, milky, and with a good bit of acidity.

T: Totally acidic, not too sour, and with a slight case of the acetic blues. Pretty awesome.

M: Slight carbonation, but much more than one might expect from this style. I dug the sour disposition here. Not too ridiculous, yet great.

O: I didn't thing Love Child No. 2 was worth the money. Even though I bought this at a cutthroat rate, I thought it was worth the money plus $10+. (689 characters)

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