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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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830 Ratings

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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 97
Gots: 255 | 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:
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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Photo of darthhamby
5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poetry in a bottle! An amazing craft that's like drinking a tart cherry pie with vanilla notes and the Brett shines through like a siren. The oakiness of the whiskey barrels mingle around with lemonade flavors. Very light carbonation and an acidic medium body. A sinful amber color that reflects nicely from the tulip glass. Truly an art!

darthhamby, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of mroberts1204
3.75/5  rDev -12%

mroberts1204, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Knuckles_Nuclear
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bomber poured into an oversize wine glass. It poured as a clear, deep amber/brown color with a small head that dissipated quickly. Lacing was equally minimal. Just enough carbonation to keep things moving.

Very interesting nose: it smelled like sour cherry cake with vanilla icing. There's a lot going on here...I'm catching sweet fresh lemonade. Perhaps some blackberries back there, too. Very assertive but pleasant.

I must admit, I was expecting to hate this. I made the mistake of reading some reviews before I tried it; however I was very pleasantly surprised. Yeah, the tartness hits fast and hard, and stays with you. Sweetness is just right. The clean finish was striking. Body was thin. Whereas I was expecting a drain pour, instead was very enjoyable from start to finish.

Knuckles_Nuclear, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -6.1%

egrace84, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of VelvetExtract
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

VelvetExtract, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of PatGreer
5/5  rDev +17.4%

PatGreer, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of abrethanson
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a corked/caged 750ml bottle from High Times in CM. Uncorked with the wife down at Larkspur Bluff with friends for our weekly Friday Sunset Session.

A: Pours a creamy white / tan head. Fairly small head (1/2 finger) but with great retention. Probably hung around the glass the entire drink. Vibrant grapefruit ruby red heart with dark sunburst around the edges. Thick and meaty haze.

S: yeast bomb, sour, fermented fruit, cherry, grape (per wife as I have no sense of smell)

T: Sour / tart grapefruit and a bunch of yeast right when we open the door. Pretty mellow / drinkable citrus sour. Malt and hops take a back seat. Not overly funky either. Mellow creamy mouthfeel with the sour lingering. A tad hot from the 9.3% but hides well in the corner.

O: Well-balanced and very drinkable sour. IMO was not overly complex and a little too much yeast. Great summer brew and perfect for our sunset.

abrethanson, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of WillCarrera
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, best before date of 2/03/15, batch no. LC13060, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a cloudy amber color, has some lighter coloring near the edges, produces a pretty weird but impressive head for a sour beer, which is off-white, thick and creamy.

S- Loads of lactic acidity, along with some prominent apple/pear aromas and a bit of vanilla.

T- Similar to the aroma with lots of dry acidity, apple, pear and cherry fruitiness, towards the finish a lot of tannins and some oak, vanilla and very mild whiskey flavors.

M- Medium-bodied, has a prickly feel, finishes very dry and acidic.

O- A really delicious sour with awesome acidity, the bourbon is also pretty subtle and works really well, definitely give this one a try.

WillCarrera, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Vixie
2.95/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very deep orange color with a good sized off white head. The head does linger, leaving some nice lacing.

This is probably the strangest smell yet from any beer I have tried. Best way I can describe it is funky, as I cannot really pick out any individual scents.

Very tart, tastes more like a hard lemonade to me. Can't really pick out any other flavors, the tartness is pretty overwhelming.

Actually has a decent mouthfeel, fairly smooth.

I have very little experience with this style of beer. It is different, but I think the sourness should be pushed back a bit. I really can't pick out the complexities other reviewers have found, it reminds me a bit of eating a piece of extra sour candy. I think this style is a matter of personal taste, and not really finding it to my liking.

Vixie, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

smakawhat, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of geocool
3.75/5  rDev -12%

geocool, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Duff27, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of Magery
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Magery, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of ajzy
4/5  rDev -6.1%

ajzy, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of VAbdoyan
4/5  rDev -6.1%

VAbdoyan, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of t420o
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Boulevard Love Child #3

A- pour produces a thin khaki colored head receding quick. Beer is a murky copperish in color. Looks good 4

S- funky lacto and brett, some tart raspberries and strawberries. Can't wait to taste. 4.25

T- holy crap this is an amazing beer. Nice and tart with a good amount of funky brett. Sourness is perfect. Tart raspberries, strawberry, the barrel aging imparts a richness that doesn't really come off as a bourbon barrel. It just really brings the beer into a perfect place. 5

M- medium body with nice crisp carbonation. 4.25

O- absolutely phenomenal. I don't usually balk on price, but I wasn't 100% convinced as to the $21.99 price tag so I had passed on it a few times. Going back for the last one at my bottle shop tomorrow. 4.75


t420o, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of n2185
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy orange-brown with three fingers of off-white head that fades into a frothy ring with a thin layer and decent lacing.

S: Sweet candy sugar, crystallized pineapple, and bubblegum notes up front before a hefty kick of tart and sour fruit along with acetic cider vinegar aromas kick in. Quite a pleasant mixture of sweet, sour, and tart. Smells amazing.

T: The tart, sour, and acetic notes are much stronger here with lemons, tart cherries, raspberries, apple cider vinegar, and oak. There is some underlying sweetness and a slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery with the hefty sour kick.

O: A great wild ale overall. I love the sourness of the beer, though I wish it tasted as complex as it smelled. Still, it's quite delicious and enjoyable.

n2185, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of jamiecoppin
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

jamiecoppin, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -6.1%

nmann08, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of alysmith4
4.88/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Whoa, what a beer! Spent $40 on it at Pizzeria Paradiso, but have really been wanting to try. Was not disappointed!!

Appearance and mouthfeel were good, but smell and taste outstanding. It says it's a combination of three barrel aged brews - not sure what those are though. The barreling comes through nicely, as does the funk from the Brett and the sour from the fruit. Very well balanced, and super interesting. Not like any other beer I've had, but one I'd try again (just not for that price!)

alysmith4, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bauermj, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

LambicKing, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

bsuedekum, May 31, 2013
Photo of thedarkestlord
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

thedarkestlord, May 31, 2013
Photo of erikcx
5/5  rDev +17.4%

erikcx, May 31, 2013
Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.