Love Child No. 3 - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.35/5 rDev +2.1%
So excited to find this on shelves here in Fresno! Pours a murky, reddish-orange color with a medium, off-white head that goes down quickly. Scent is, WOW!...smacked int the face with lacto sourness. Sour cherries and some vanilla oaky aromas. Man, this one smells much more sour than I was expecting. Cherries, strawberries, raspberries, pears, and grapes is what I'm picking up. Some grape skin as well. Not necessarily detecting bourbon, but definitely getting the oak. Taste is sweet pear and strawberry up front. Tart grapes lead to sour cherries and dark fruits. Very complex the way the flavors change on this one. The bourbon is more noticeable in the flavor, but very subtle. It also provides a pleasant warming sensation. Some sour, lactic flavors with some red wine vinegar. Finishes with booze and sweet berries. Mouthfeel is somewhat dry and sticky. Drinkability is high, especially for almost 10% ABV. Overall, this is one outstanding beer. I am so happy we get these in California now.
05-25-2013 08:35:35 | More by DovaliHops
4.23/5 rDev -0.7%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color tinged by apricot nectar; the head, though modest in size, delivers many squiggles of lacing
Smell: Lacto-dominant aromatics, with tart stone fruit and oak
Taste: Lactic sourness, up front, with both sweet and tart fruit (primarily cherry and apple) elements developing in the middle; after the swallow, the Bourbon barrel brings added complexity, with its sweet vanilla and booze tones; barnyard funk is in the finish, too, although it is very subtle
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering, for sure
Overall: Really enjoying this American Wild; there is a lot going on between the sweet and tart flavors as well as the Bourbon and lactobacillus tones
05-24-2013 22:37:17 | More by brentk56
4.4/5 rDev +3.3%
Enjoyed this after opening my last bottle of no.2 recently
A- Pours a murky ruby brown with a short head that hangs around for a bit, hazier than I remember fresh (although that is assuming that 2 & 3 are similar recipes, of which im not sure)
S- Oud bruin vinegar note with a strong cherry flesh note.
T- The cherries come to the forefront here with a strong, fleshy pithy sour cherry note followed up with some light oud bruin like funk in the background
M- the beer has a solid body to it that carries all the flavors very well, carbonation was spot on
O- Again, this beer completely hides the alcohol and comes around as a lighter, softer version of Rodenbach to me. Now considering Rodenbach (and Grand Cru) are around $10 and this was $20, Rodenbach wins for me, but this is worth a one time buy if you're a fan of the style and it also makes a great into to the style for beginners
05-22-2013 02:31:55 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
3.98/5 rDev -6.6%
Bottle opened on 5.13.13
Best by 02-2015
A - Pours a cloudy medium brown with a big soapy dark tan head that fades fast.
S - Tart dark fruit, cherry and plum
T - Very tart cherry, some oak and subtle leather in the finish.
D - Mild carbonation with a medium body.
O - Super tart and tasty, low sweetness. I liked #2 better.
05-20-2013 04:45:38 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.13/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
05-19-2013 23:36:59 | More by kojevergas
4.41/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
05-19-2013 22:33:40 | More by larryi86
3.84/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
05-19-2013 22:11:17 | More by nataku00
Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 812 ratings.