1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Love Child No. 3 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
95
world-class

867 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 867
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 98
Gots: 243 | FT: 33
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.
View: Beers (56) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 867 | Reviews: 111
Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of scottDC
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of roostor07
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Dbrulet
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jakubh17
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Cdunk11
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Evan
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BostonHops
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of KELPAK
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Anonymous1
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of itracy63
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of fooziex
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 867 ratings.