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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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866 Ratings

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Ratings: 866
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 98
Gots: 246 | FT: 35
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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4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
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

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.