Love Child No. 3 - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 97
Gots: 247 | 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 Vonerichs
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky amber color with a pretty aggressive sandy-white head. The head left a little spotty lacing.

Smells of cranberries and faint bourbon notes (a little oak, a little carmalized sugar.) I pick up some cider vinegar as well. It's a nice combo of sweet and tart in the nose.

The tart side dominates the flavor, though, in a good way. Cranberries, oak, and cider vinegar. Lots of bret funk. The sweet from the nose is an afterthought. It's mouth puckering.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with ample cabonation to cut the tart effect.

A damn good wild ale. To be honest, I wouldn't have known it was aged in bourbon barrels if I wasn't told so. It draws more of a fresh oak effect than a spent bourbon barrel. Anyhow, it works great.

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4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best before date: 7/30/15
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, murky brown with amber hues shining through as light strikes the glass. An off white, 2 finger tall head forms as the ale is poured. The head is oddly thick for a barrel aged sour and sticks around for a while, leaving no lacing behind.

Smell: Waves of lactic acid greet you as you raise the glass to your nose to get a whiff; Tart cherry pie filling, lemon flesh, and juicy tart apple. There is lots of musty funk from the brettanomyces lurking underneath the acidity; horse blankets, wet hay and lightly tanned leather. Hints of a caramel malt backbone are hiding underneath a strong coating of vanilla and coconut from the bourbon barrel.

Taste: Big lemon tartness right away, with notes of barnyard funk soon to follow. The middle of the taste is very short with more impression of bright, citric lemon and even more of the cherry pie filling that is present in the nose of the beer. The beer finishes more tart than sour and very dry with a light tannin presence. Lingering tones of leather, green apple intermingle with vanilla and coconut from the bourbon barrel. Not a single taste of alcohol is detectable, although since it is 9.5% ABV it does a having a warming effect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A damn good sour beer from Boulevard. The sourness level is kept relatively in check at this early stage in the beer's life. The sourness is very clean; not very acetic at all, so it remains pretty approachable at this particular young point in it's life. Also, because of it's freshness, the bourbon barrel is very prominent. As this beer ages, I think it will only become more funky and sour. Highly recommended for the sour novice.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

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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.

Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 853 ratings.