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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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BA SCORE
95
world-class

797 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 797
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 96
Gots: 241 | FT: 32
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:
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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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-20-2013 00:38:09 | More by drewone
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kojevergas

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Priced quite high at $19-$25 here in the Los Angeles area. I paid $23.00. Expectations are high. 9.5% ABV confirmed. I dig the sparkly label art. Batch number C13060-2. Best by 03/2015. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded hood and wire cap (also called a cage) over a branded cork acquired in Los Angeles and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. "Malt Beverage Aged In Bourbon Barrels." I'm reviewing it as a Wild Ale.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cork popped out easily by hand, and no beer surged up. Carbonation seems to be good.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head. Nicely creamy and frothy with a soft complexion. Good thickness. No lacing as the head recedes. Liking the head overall, but the retention could be better; it's about 2 minutes as-is - not ideal even when the high ABV is taken into account. After the core head has depleted, a floater ring remains for another couple minutes. Body colour is a dark glowing orange-amber. Perhaps it's more adequately called ruby. Translucent; nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks intriguing and apt for the style. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: A powerful lacto sourness presence is the first thing I notice. It's tempered by an oak note with hints of vanilla; I don't know that I can pick out any bourbon notes but there's definite wood barrel here. If you handed it to me blind, I wouldn't guess it'd been aged in bourbon barrels off the aroma alone. It's got some subtle fruity notes as well - tangerine, peach, apricot - all heavily fermented by that dominating lacto yeast. Some caramel. Refined sugars. A bit of maple. Light tartness accompanying some currant/berry notes. Notable acidity. Apple skin. Not particularly funky; the lacto definitely edges out the bretts. I don't get a lot of biscuity or earthy yeast character; it's mainly tart, sour, clean, and acidic. An alive and inviting aroma. Moderate in strength. I'm very excited to try this; I'm curious if the bourbon will show up in the flavour profile.

T/Mf: Seizing powerful lacto yeast drops a big sour bomb, but there's more complexity here than in something like - say - Allagash FV 13 (which only comes to mind because I reviewed it yesterday). Apple fruit skin, pear, acidic currants. Loving the rounded acidic feel. Complex oak tones are present throughout, guiding the beer and giving it a sense of deliberate cohesion. I get light vanilla and leathery notes, but no bourbon is showing up - and frankly, I think that's for the best. The malty base is hardly noticeable; very clean with a seeming composition of neutral biscuit and Belgian malts. It doesn't call attention to itself at all. Some white grapeskin. Yeasty character is primarily lacto though a bit of biscuity brett yeast lurks beneath the surface. Little funk here, if any.

Not getting any farmhouse or earthy notes like some other reviewers. Sweetens towards the finish, which lends it some added depth. There's a lot going on here, but the balance is magnificent. The alcohol is very well hidden as well. Crisp and smack-your-lips luscious. It's got a mouthfeel that feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile, coming off clean and acidic yet smooth and wet. A dash of crystal malt gives it a bit of a fizzy texture. Carbonation is a touch high but very near ideal; it seems built for aging.

Cidery vinegary notes are well incorporated, never becoming overbearing or distracting. The apple and light pear notes here are well-executed. The residual sugars from the aroma are nowhere to be found in the flavour profile; maybe I was wrong. As it warms, I do get a pleasant injection of cherry pie crust which fits in wonderfully. That's one hell of a tasty beverage.

Soft and easy on the palate. Assertive but not biting or sharp. As it warms I keep looking for bourbon notes but I fail to find any. It dries just on the finish, encouraging the next sip. Lovely rounded tart character is a highlight here; this isn't just a blast of lacto sourness, it's got subtle fruity notes as well. Delightfully well executed, with an impressive marriage of texture to flavour.

Dr: Possibly the best beer I've had from Boulevard yet. This one shows they've come to play with the big dogs, but the price point does seem high.

It's very drinkable for the high ABV, and I'd definitely have it again; yeah, I'd probably still pay $19 for it in spite of my above bitching. I'll love killing this bottle by myself, but I'm not sure I'd want more than one in the same evening; it's meant to be savored. I'd recommend this highly to friends. Another great offering from Boulevard. Really great stuff. Lives up to its reputation and hype. I'm impressed.

A-

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 23:36:59 | More by kojevergas
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drgonzo2k2

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-19-2013 23:12:23 | More by drgonzo2k2
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larryi86

Delaware

4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A deep, slightly hazy ruby red with a three finger off-white head.

S- Sour cherries, oak, touch of bourbon, touch of funk, fruity.

T- Sour, fruity, cherries, touch of bourbon, oak, good funk, touch of vanilla.

M- Smooth, crisp, prickly carbonation, medium body.

O- A great sour, essentially a well crafted Flanders Red. Would have liked a little more of the bourbon barrel in this, but still a great wroth the big pice tag.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:33:40 | More by larryi86
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nataku00

California

3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, 2013 release, poured into a glass. Beer pours a hazy mahogany with some reds and browns mixed in, with half a finger of loose off white soapy head. Head dissipates immediately to a thin collar of bubbles. Decent amount of carbonation coming off from the bottom of the glass.

Nose interesting, red grape, sweet red generic berry, light apple cider vinegar, old oak.

Taste follows the nose, grape skin and red berry mixing with light apple cider vinegar, very oaky finish. Not too sour but a decent flavor.

Medium body with some light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:11:17 | More by nataku00
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straightlambic

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-19-2013 19:43:42 | More by straightlambic
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fsck

Washington

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-19-2013 09:50:04 | More by fsck
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jono0101

Missouri

5/5  rDev +17.4%

05-18-2013 22:15:15 | More by jono0101
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ChrisYager39

Indiana

5/5  rDev +17.4%

05-18-2013 22:08:38 | More by ChrisYager39
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-18-2013 20:19:12 | More by schopenhauerale
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Halcyondays

California

3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a murky red-brown with a lot of sediment at the bottom. A light cap of off-white foam is there initially, but goes away rather quickly.

S: Notes of bourbon, lemon, funk, red currant. Reminds me a lot of Allagash Curieux.

T: Sweet red fruit, sour cherry, orange, with a lot of lactic acid. The bourbon really comes in and adds a lot of character. I like how it rounds it out.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy at times, soft carbonation, medium acidity.

O: This is a good sour, it's not great. The flavours are nice, but not overly complex. I enjoyed this beer for sure, just not worth $19.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 04:12:31 | More by Halcyondays
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azureoval

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-18-2013 03:36:50 | More by azureoval
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MoistPope

California

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-17-2013 15:52:13 | More by MoistPope
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-17-2013 12:51:14 | More by RedneckBeerz
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WesMantooth22

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-17-2013 02:07:29 | More by WesMantooth22
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Docrock

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

05-16-2013 20:39:02 | More by Docrock
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-16-2013 19:22:39 | More by stereosforgeeks
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

05-16-2013 19:02:03 | More by wagenvolks
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Zbeetleman

California

4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass

Appearance - hazy and dark golden in color. Thin lacing with the head after settling for a minute or two. Nice clinging of the head to the glass.

Smell - nice tart and funk on the nose with a hint of barrel notes, such as soft vanilla and oak.

Taste - wow....so amazing with the bourbon mixed with the sour. Two of my favorites making this amazing beer. Good balance with both flavors and notes from both styles come through nicely. Great to drink now, and it will probably get more amazing with age.

Mouthfeel - nice and fullbodied, rich with the bourbon barrels and it makes the salivary glands wake up a bit.

Overall - super nice and tart, good level of funk, and softly accented with the bourbon barrels. Well done, well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 03:17:18 | More by Zbeetleman
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bmurray10

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-16-2013 01:55:08 | More by bmurray10
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BAsbill

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-15-2013 21:46:15 | More by BAsbill
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-15-2013 12:14:06 | More by ncstateplaya
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Jordantb313

Colorado

4/5  rDev -6.1%

05-15-2013 06:41:01 | More by Jordantb313
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Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

05-15-2013 03:07:23 | More by Beerontwowheels
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle labeled with “Best by 3-2015.” A 750 ml bomber for $19.99. Poured into a small wine glass.

A nice sour. Refreshing. A really good beer that I would buy again (if available!). Proud to have this in my cellar and serve to my friends.

A – Pours a cloudy (almost opaque) (-) amber color. Well carbonated. Half-finger beige head, which quickly dissipates. Average lacing.

S – Barnyard funk, minor fruit.

T – Sour cherry, some sweetness, lactic acidity.

MF – light to medium bodied, some wine-like qualities, bright in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 02:54:36 | More by Sludgeman
Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 797 ratings.