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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

853 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 853
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 97
Gots: 248 | FT: 34
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 enelson
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

Photo of Ak555667
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of 00chris
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jampics2
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of OctopusPrim
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Listers
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of GTB
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Beer_Drinker
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Lob
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Beerrenda
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Jslay013
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Jfriz25
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Murkey red, almost orange that keeps an off white ring around the edge of the glass. Small bits hanging in suspension.

Smell- I don't get a ton on the nose, mostly tart bourbon notes. Kind of smells like tart of darkness.

Taste- I mostly get tart pucker, not much I can pick out. I get a nice bourbon finish. Very nice but not super complex.

Mouthfeel- this is probably the highlight of the beer. Perfect amount of carbonation gives a soft silky mouthfeel.

Overall- This was my first shot at this beer and am pretty impressed. This is definetly one I will seek out in the future.

Photo of pk18
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Zaximus
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of IrishKevin
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of ystazi
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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