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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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847 Ratings

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Ratings: 847
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 97
Gots: 252 | 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:
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 ZombiesAteMyDog
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wasn’t going to try this, but the combination of Docrock telling me how much he liked it and seeing it on the shelf for $15 made me take the leap. Plus, I wanted to try something special for the beer that put me over 800 beer karma points.


A – It’s warm mahogany in color… It was even darker than I imagined with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that dissipated quickly. There was a tight, highly-concentrated lacing that stayed throughout the beer.

S – Some vinegar notes are cutting through. There’s a strange salty funk coming in the background with a faint tart cherry.

T – Overall, the Funk/Sour/Fruitiness meters seem to be pretty spot-on. I’m not getting a huge fruit profile. Clean, yet funky on the palate… There’s a bit of a nice lingering woody edamame flavor in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden; I would have believed this was 4%.

M – Light to medium in body and highly carbonated. As expected, it's dry in the finish.

O – This is a beer I’ve got to be in the mood for; especially if I’m not splitting it with others. This was my first Love Child, and I’m not disappointed. None of Boulevard’s Smokestacks have yet to truly disappoint me. I might try and pick up another bottle to see what it will do over time.

ZombiesAteMyDog, May 29, 2013
Photo of ESPNman
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a red wine glass (it's what I had on hand)

A - Pours a murky reddish brown. Ruby red from a shallow angle, more of the barrel-brown comes through at a deeper viewing angle. Medium-low carbonation. Thin off-white head. Medium retention.

S - Lots of tart, a little bit of funk. Tart cherry and misc. stonefruit on the nose. A bit of fruit ester, mixed with a bit of wood. Overall, this is a juicy-smelling beer, with a tartness that really makes your mouth water.

T - Big pucker up front... really surprisingly sour. A bit of funky barnyard in there as well. Cherry, a bit of oak, and some drying brett-like notes.

M - Solid carbonation. Not so aggressive that it prickles the roof of your mouth, not so mellow that the beer comes out bland. Medium-dry on the finish.

O - Fantastic beer. Nicely balanced tartness and fruit. Despite being bourbon barrel aged, you don't get much of that bourbon sweetness.... which is a good thing in this case. A bit of that sweetness could really have turned this beer into a confusing mess.

ESPNman, May 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Geno206, May 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

bmur112, May 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

JEdmund, May 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

tom10101, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Hopbrizio, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

LiquorsInc, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

rfbenavi80, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Justinsosmart, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Hellmeh, May 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Lethargy99, May 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

sliverX, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

AnitaBrewski, May 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

gtermi, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Cvescalante, May 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

mpayne5, May 27, 2013
Photo of tut2528
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: murky, blood red with an orange hue. lots of carboantion, with light fizzy head that dissipates quickly as if it was a soda.

S:big wine notes right up front with big sourness and tart cherries and blackberries. ther eis some slight oak and woody characters with a subtle touch of alcohol, and nicely balanced.

T: blackberries, tart cherries, oak, slight Brett funk, decent amount of sourncess,touch of vinegar, slight hints of tannins. really enjoy the balance between the tartness, the slight funk and fruits here in this beer. and i feel that the gauges on the label are quite accurate

M: medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. leaves a nice tart fruitness on the palate that doesn't linger too long and excites the tastes buds with each sip.

O: really enjoying the balance of this brew, and as previously stated, I think that the label provides an accurate description of its components. definitely worth a try.

tut2528, May 27, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, May 27, 2013
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

enelson, May 27, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Pours a fairly hazy copper color. The head on this is actually quite good for a sour ale; it's only 1 fingers high, with an offwhite shade. It has a surprisingly creamy texture, but as expected, not the best retention.

S: It's about what I expected - tart cherries, subtle funk, and lactic acid. What impresses me is how well the three qualities mesh aromatically, though. There's a real sense of razor-sharp balance here. On the other hand, I notice very little - if any - bourbon.

T: The lactic sourness seems to hit strongly on the opening, but in reality, it mellows out beautifully after several sips. Regardless, it transitions gradually to a funky, earthy midtaste, and then into a clean finish. Right before the finish, though, I get an upsurge full of cherries. Much like the aroma, I have to really concentrate to find any bourbon qualities - when they come through, though, they add another subtle layer. I love how superbly balanced, complex, and sophisticated this is.

M: It starts off fairly soft, while the finish is classically dry in that typical sour ale fashion. Carbonation is assertive without being overbearing. The most impressive feature is how boozy it isn't; Boulevard could have said this was 5% and I wouldn't bat an eyelash either way.

O: This is freakin' superb. Even though I managed to snag this bottle for $8, I'd gladly pay the regular price (~$18) for this one again (and again, and again, and again...) Like I said, I just adore its balanced finesse.

ThisWangsChung, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Ak555667, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

00chris, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

jampics2, May 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

OctopusPrim, May 26, 2013
Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 847 ratings.