Love Child No. 4 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 4Love Child No. 4
BA SCORE
95.1%
Liked This Beer
4.33 w/ 1,214 ratings
Love Child No. 4Love Child No. 4
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Love Child is made by blending batches of beer, aged for between 11 months and 5 years in whiskey barrels (50%), wine foeders (15%), and stainless steel tanks (35%). The beer gets it's funk from Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces (the same Brett used in Boulevard's Saison-Brett).

Added by johnsonni on 05-30-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
1,214
Liked:
1,155
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
9.24%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
108
Gots:
350
Trade:
40
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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

At a recent bottle share, Love Child 4 through 8 were sampled. This reviews will compare all 5.

Minus No. 5, most of the brews had a reddish tint to the appearance. Carbonation was visible in each.

A fruity oaky nose was noted in No 4, No 6. Cherry Lime was specifically noted in No. 6. In No. 5, No. 7, and No. 8, the nose was more dry and oaky with fruit being less pronounced.

In terms of taste, 4 and 6 were the clear winners as fruit followed the taste. No. 5 and 8 were the weak links as they were more acidic. I did not feel like much was happening in the those selections. No. 7 had a drier fruity presence, which was a nice change up. Grape and cherry skin were noted.

Carbonation came with the style. The aging created a dry presence that clung to the side of the mouth.

In order of preference from best to worst, I will say 4, 6, 7, 8, 5

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Photo of draheim
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750mL (best by 3/2016; oh well) into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber w/ a loose head that settles to a narrow collar and thin layer of sea foam.

Aroma is tart and vinous, woody. Bready malt, green apple.

Taste is likewise sour and vinous with plenty of dry oak. Puckering. Similar to Flanders oud bruin, maybe less sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a semi-dry finish.

Overall this one is in line w/ the other Love Childs I've tried. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of gatornation
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden color with a nice white head. Funky smells of wheat cheese and malt. Taste is sour with wood and whiskey notes in the background. Likes #3 better than #4.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

"Our series of wayward offspring, marked by such cultural influences as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces, can prove so complex that we employ these gauges to convey the intensity of three key personality traits. They present a picture of the ale at the time it was released. It will change as it ages, but don't we all?" Brewed in the style of an American Wild Ale, 50% aged in Whiskey barrels and 15% aged in wine barrels. Available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Recurring release, entry #4 in the series.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, frothy head of a pale beige-caramel over a rich, copper-amber body with fine sediment and light haziness, but no visible carbonation. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3.25

(Smell) Rich, potent acidic sourness, biting vinegar nose with moderate funkiness, mild fruit tanginess atop a smooth, bread malt nose with a touch of caramel body. Very discernible wine barrel aging impact is noticeable in the nose, with fermented white grape must a leading player in the aroma. Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) The flavor of this beer closely follows the aroma, with acidic and vinegar tones creating a striking sourness up front, an enjoyable level of sourness and a nice contrast against a substantial, but very clean and smooth malt body of caramel and bread malts. Soured stone fruit undertones and a gentle funk that carries a wet hay and a peppery finish. The barrel aging imparts clean barrel resins, white grape tanginess and subtle, clean whiskey tones without distracting the overall focus of this beer. Finishes smooth, lightly dry and sharply acidic. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly syrupy, softly chewy, vividly acidic, moderately dry. Carbonation is moderate, generating a mild frothiness and a modestly crisp finish. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Balance is slightly acidic, sour and funky over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Extended time in the bottle has served this vintage of Love Child very well. Very enjoyable complexity of developed sourness, yielding levels of soured stone fruit, vinegar and mild funk while retaining much of its body for a decent balance. In the end, the sourness wins out, but this isn't a problem at all regarding the overall enjoyment of this beer. It's really quite solid, and I am looking forward to the next three iterations, coming soon. 4.25

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s
Love Child No. 4
4.11/5.00

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sourrrrr

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Photo of sendbeer
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treycotton
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wonderweasel
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jzeilinger
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep amber color with a thick white, creamy lacing ring.

S - Cheese funk (imagine that) ... delicate bourbon.

T - Aggressive tart fruit funk, cherry skin, green apple, white grape, with a hint of bourbon, and very puckering.

M - Medium body and a very wet finish.

O - Very, very tart and funky.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Junichi
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of straightlambic
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnParadee
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jame515
3.69/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kristinc
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a beautiful dark amber with a two finger fizzy white head. Very light lacing.

S - Aroma is heavy oak, lactic tartness and some good musty funkiness.

T - The flavor starts with good amount of sweetness followed by a big punch of lactic tartness. There is good amount of oak, green apple, lemon and grape skin.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Great sour. There is so much depth and layer in the flavor. Extremely easy drinking at 9%.

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Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden amber color with dark ruby/copper edges and a two finger off-white head that quickly fades into a thick, lasting ring. Decent retention, lasting most of the pour with sporadic splotches of lacing left behind.

Sweet slightly musty/funky aroma with a decent barrel presence that's nicely integrated into the acidity and sweetness of the base. Damp oak with strong tannins and prominent vinous wine sweetness. Surprisingly not much whiskey since its 59% of the blend. Wine is only 15% but really stands out in the nose. Jammy berries, sour cherry, dark grape and currant. Delicate musty funk with lacto and sweaty Brett. Faint acetic character with light balsamic. Not solvent like.

Medium body, slightly tart with strong vinous sweetness and delicate acidity. Light funk with subtle lacto and sweaty brett. Dry charred oak presence but not too heavy/toothpick like. Strong vinous sweetness with hints of light and dark grapes, tart sour cherries, currant and other dark berries. Oak tannin, dry cherry skin and sharp acidity without being harsh. Subtle lingering acetic vinegar in the finish that leaves me wanting more. Kind of like a tamer version of a Russian River Tion beer. Flavorful, well balanced and easy to drink. Nice beer from Boulevard.

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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of durlta
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Love Child No. 4 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95.1% out of 100 with 1,214 ratings
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