Love Child No. 5
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 5Love Child No. 5
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American Wild Ale
4.29 | pDev: 6.99%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Love Child No. 5Love Child No. 5
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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a corked 750 ml. bottle, dated 1-02-2017, into a wine glass. This beer pours out almost resembling a sweet tea color; dark, murky brown with some lemon like highlights. It forms a pinky width of tingy yellow bubbles as a crown.

The nose brings a nice acidity along with some dark and lighter fruits. Burnt, tart cherries and other notes of dark berries along with a pear and slight lemon aspect. It all sits on a toasted caramel background.

The taste comes in with beautiful tart cherry, dark berry notes, plums, sour white grapes and pear, with that toasted caramel still holding down the background. The way the toasted caramel mixes with a dry oak presence is really enjoyable.

The carbonation is a little light, not leaving much of a bounce to it, but leaving it to let the acidity shine too. Finishes dry.

Overall, it’s an enjoyable brew. Reminds me a lot of a Flanders; funky and fruity with a sweetness.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep red that's nearly brown. The beer is topped by a finger of dense off white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of sour cherries and funk with a little caramel along with a touch of furniture polish
T: Taste is bracingly sour up front with some sour cherries, slight caramel and a touch of oak. On the swallow the sourness and cherry flavor remains strong as well as some slight caramel and toasted malts with some slight oak.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly slick feel on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the adicity.
O: Overall this one is really well done. Great flavors and some decent complexity once you get past the huge amount of sourness on this beer. It does slightly dominate but the other flavors are up to the task instead of this beer having become completely one note. It's definitely drinking well if you're still sitting on one.

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Photo of draheim
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (best by 2/2017) into a tulip. Pours a clear amber with minimal head that quickly dissipates to a narrow sliver of foam. Looks like lightly carbonated apple juice.

Aroma is bright and tart, woody and sweet. Reminiscent of Flanders oud bruin.

Taste follows nose, only more so. Sour, almost vinegary, with notes of fruit and dry oak. Crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry, vanishes off the palate with every swallow.

Overall pretty similar to other Love Childs I've tried. Solid but perhaps not outstanding.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark transparent orange-red body, no real head or lacing. Still quite pretty.

S - Nose is sharp wood and acidity, suggesting berry notes, with a definite farm funkiness.

T - Lovely hit of lactic and brett, sour fruit of cherry and plums, a bit of oak, and a tart sharp finish that suggests plum skin and juicy goodness.

M - Quite puckering, sharp, with a bit of carbonation and a building tingle on the tongue over time.

O - This baby got put in the back of the cellar to age, and it has delivered a solid experience after over 3 years.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a relatevely small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of tart notes with light oak notes is OKish. Taste is a mix of tart notes with some oak and some acidity is also detectable. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Lacking depth and complexity IMO.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Treyliff
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork & cage bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a small foamy white head that has short retention. Smells fruity and funky with hints of stone fruit and citrus, earthy wood and sweet malt. Tastes of tart stone fruit, even some berry-notes, followed by earthy wood and acidic funk, finishes musty with some lacto lingers. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and dry finish. Nice fruity notes throughout with just enough tartness

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Photo of jlindros
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fizzy head fades very quickly, hazy orange red color

Nose quite sour, tart funk, lactic acid, tart cherry

Taste very sour, tart cherry lemony fruit thing, sour mash, lactic acid, maybe acetic acid too, flemmy creamy sour, creamy malt, booze and acid burn, flemmy finish

Mouth is med to fuller bod, creamy big lactic acid, little booze, lighter carb

Overall not bad, big sour funky American wild

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Our series of wayward offspring, marked by such cultureal 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, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft. Entry #5 in the series.

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

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a pastel tan color over a very mildly hazy pale copper body with light carbonation and high clarity. Retention is above average and there is no visible lacing. 3.75

(Smell) Aromas of souring cultures generating notes of moderate funk, lactic sourness and moderate vinegar acidity, against a smooth malt body of pale and lightly toasted caramel malt. Potency is modest. 3.75

(Taste) A very strong wave of lactic sourness and vinegar acidity form the base of this beer and conjure the attention of the taste buds immediately, following with a slick pale and caramel bread malt body with a modest sweetness, not overly dry. Finishes strikingly puckering sour and clean, with no discernible depth of character from barrel aging, which differentiates it significantly from its predecessor, although this is not a significant impact to the quality of this ale. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, lightly residual, softly chewy, clean, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a light frothiness and a mildly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is moderately acidic, tart, and sour over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) Another solid release of this enjoyable sour series, a great beer for those who appreciate a puckering-ly sour wild ale, although I found the absence of details about barrel aging a curiosity; these were mentioned clearly on Love Child #4 and generated an additional depth of flavor and character in the beer, and not to its detriment. This depth of character seems to be absent in this ale, although the base beer sans barrel aging is arguably the finest part of the beer. I'd be surprised if this was a "barrel-less" aged beer, although I'm equally surprised this wasn't mentioned on the label somewhere. Regardless, Love Child continues to be a recommendable series for the sour croud, and a recommended one from me. 4

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s
Love Child No. 5

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml corked and caged bottle, Batch L022015-1, best by 02-2017. Served in an Against The Grain chalice, the beer pours a hazy burnt orange color with not quite an inch off-white head that fizzled away kinda quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like green apples, tart dark fruit, funk, citrus peel, oak and earthiness. The flavor is nice and tart, with green apple, citrus peel, vinegar, oak, peach, funk, tart berries, earthiness, and a bit of strawberry noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Easy and enjoyable to drink, too. I thought this was a good sour ale. There was just a hint of sweetness, but it's mostly tart/sour so if that's what you're into then you'll probably like it as much as I did.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into snifter. Best by 02/2017.

A: Pours clear dark honey color with a finger of soft, fuzzy, off-white head that faded into a fuzzy collar. Soapy spots of lace were left down the glass.
S: Peppery, spicy, musty, and fruity nose with an apple cider, fruit skin, vinous quality to it. Dark fruit skins and vinous wine stand out. The nose is not sweet, but I get hints of caramel, whiskey, and slight vanilla and raisin.
T: Follows the nose with vinous and peppery notes of wine barrel, musty damp basement, whiskey, and tons of drying red fruit skins. There is a touch of pear and balsamic vinegar. The finish is very drying with a quick blast of tart lactic acid, and the aftertaste has lingering hints of whiskey, leather, and stone fruit.
M: Medium body, very dry and crisp mouthfeel, soft and fluffy carbonation. The acidic is bright and tart, but not harsh or overly vinegary.
O: Bright, dry, and complex, with almost no sweetness but tons of vinous fruit flavors. Delicious.

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Photo of corby112
3.97/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden copper color with deep apricot edges and a two finger frothy off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Decent retention, lasting half of the pour and leaving sporadic streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy, slightly funky aroma with a strong oak barrel presence, prominent lactic funk and vinous fruit. Lactic presence is really strong with feta and Roquefort blue cheese notes along with mild tangy yogurt cultures. Nice vinous fruit/red wine barrel but not much whiskey character. Damp oak, sweaty funky earth, basement and cobweb countered by vinous fruit, oak tannins and light acetic/balsamic. Barbera wine with currant, sour cherry, raspberry and strawberry and cream. Really nice aroma when it opens.

Full body that's slightly oily/viscous and chewy with tight carb and a nice balance of tart acidity, lactic funk and juicy vinous sweetness. Tart acidity with mild sourness that's not too abrasive. Acetic but not harsh or solvent like. Balsamic and red wine vinegar sweetness with tart sour cherries, raspberry, dark grape, dry fruit skins and oak. Dry red wine presence with acetic sweetness. The tart acidity and vinous fruit are countered by sweaty Brett and strong lactic funk. Very cheesy but not overboard with feta and tangy yogurt cultures nicely balancing things out making it easy to drink. Usually, I don't like this level of acetic vinegar but it's perfectly in this beer by all of the funk and red wine barrel flavors.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a hazy dark burnt orange with a quickly dissipating white head. Kind of a cool color.

S: Pretty tart and vinous on the nose. Vinegar-like acetic acid, granny smith apple skins, berries, touch of oak and a little bit of funky barnyard character. A decent amount of Flanders-like malt adds some balance. Some stone fruit – peaches and apricots – emerge as it warms.

T: Unequivocally in the style of a Flanders red, this beer is on the tart and dry side but fairly well-balanced by an apple cider-like maltiness. Pretty assertive acidic sourness with very mild funk, peaches, tart cherries and some lemons. A very small amount of dry oak, which leaves you wanting more. For the abv, this is surprisingly light and quaffable with a tart yet fairly clean dry finish.

F: Medium-light body with less-than-average carbonation, which somehow suits this beer. A touch of oil in the mouthfeel. Dry, light and easy-drinking despite the low level of carbonation and the abv.

Thoughts: Pretty decent Flanders Red with a very well-hidden abv. It grew on me as I got deeper through the bottle, but it seemed to be a bit heavy on the tartness, a bit too clean on the finish, and could have used a bit more funk and oak character. For the price, which was substantial, there are better sours on the market.

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Photo of Damian
3.58/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounces corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip

Attractive appearance. A near two-finger tall, tight and creamy, light tan crown topped the almost clear, dark crimson-amber liquid. The head fell rather quickly to a thin film and a bubbly collar. Streaky lacing trickled down the glass.

There was an odd tinny note in the nose initially. Subtle bready malt presence. Perhaps a hint of caramel. The beer seemed surprisingly English in nature. Slight berry-like tartness. Hint of acidity. Overall, rather uninteresting. A deeper, sweeter maltiness emerged as the beer warmed. Bit of sour cherry. Some brown sugar. This took on characteristics of a Flemish red. With time, more sweetness came forth. Lots of oaky barrel a subtle sweet liquor note. Fairly interesting.

The flavor profile was much more straightforward than the aroma. There was a subtle malt presence on the front end. Perhaps a bit of bready-ness. Tart, moderately acidic notes soon took over. Quite lemony. Somewhat berry-like. Underripe raspberry notes came to mind. Bit of red wine vinegar. Moderately oaky on the back end. The finish contained loads of lemony acidity. Crisp, dry and slightly tannic.

The mouthfeel was medium-light bodied. Fluffy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, moderate effervescence.

I remember past iterations of Boulevard Brewing's Love Child beers being pretty unremarkable and this release was no different. When this series started, sour beers were a relatively new phenomenon and people saw the Love Child series as boundary breaking. These days, however, this beer merely falls in the middle of the pack. At $20 a bottle, I will definitely think twice about purchasing future vintages.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am not a sour guy so I am trying to rate this as if the brewer intended not as to what I really feel. The beer poured cloudy copper with white head and no lace. The scent was cider like. The taste had green apple flare. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it was good....not bad for a sour.

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4.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber hue to the body and a creamy off white head. Super funky nose just screams pixy sticks and dusty super sourness. The flavor delivers with tongue twisting sour and brutally consistent tartness throughout. Almost turns dry with with the tartness that is a wonderful feel. Maybe the best of the series so far.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Boulevard does it again with another beautifully structured sour. Fruity dark cherry and sweet strawberry start off. Funky, tart and sour vinegar hold on through the mid palate before it ends with a sugary sweetness. Delicious!

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber color with a white head that disappeared quickly to the edges. Smell is fruity with a slight sourness and barrel finish. The taste has barrel written all over it as the sourness and fruit come through after. It is a very well balanced flavor. The feel is slightly carbonated and the tartness attacks your tongue. I love Love Child and 5 is a great addition to the series.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served cold.

Appearance: amber orange with some chill and yeast haze. Off white head.

Nose: lactic acid, tropical, orange, lemon, coriander, spur cherry

Taste: medium sourness, lemony, spicy, tart but not too bad, creamy mouthfeel, sour cherry, slight salinity on the front

Overall: great sour. I just need then to distribute more in NY.

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Photo of zimm421
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. The appearance is a dark orange color with hints of ruby. There's a thin off-white head that surprisingly sticks around for a bit. The nose is all funk and tartness; good citrus and apple. The taste is nicely tart, but not overly so. The notes are sour cherries, apples, and a bit of citrus. This is a good sour beer. It's not outstanding in any single note, but it has good complexities and is well balanced for the style.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11/23....pours cherry brown with fast lid of white foam. Funky fruit nose. Strong citrus puckering flavor. Clean malt which is overshadowed by the sour. Lemons. As sours go, this is fantastic.

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Photo of SStein
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful deep Amber with a slight gaze. The lacing is minimal. The sour fruits is strong on the nose. It is very balanced between the funk and the sour.

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Photo of stortore
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a medium amber, mostly clear, with a small head and a little foamy cling. Smell is sour, with cherries, wine, some funk, straw, malt, some oak, some yeast. Taste is, to me, more tart than sour, but plenty of both. Lots of cherries, with malt light vanilla, straw, funk, oak, yeast, less caramel than the nose. Smooth, refreshing, solid body, well carbonated. Taste lingers for a while.

This is an excellent beer, well crafted and blended. The strong cherry presence really makes the flavor bloom. One to put on your list to get, should still be around.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled in 2/2015, best before 2/2017. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour cherry, cranberry, plum, green apple, red wine, lemon peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, light vanilla, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oaky earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome balance and complexity of fruity/acidic/funky yeast, oak barrel, and moderate dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, plum, green apple, red wine, lemon peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, light vanilla, leather, hay, straw, musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oaky earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/tannic tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, cranberry, plum, green apple, red wine, lemon peel, caramel, brown sugar, toasted oak, hay, straw, musty funk, light vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/funky yeast, oak barrel, and moderate dark malt flavors; with an awesome sweet/sour/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, moderately acidic/tannic, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely incredible sour red ale. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/acidic/funky yeast, oak barrel, and moderate dark malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on with the balanced acidity/sweetness. A highly amazing offering.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: Brown glass. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz. Red branded hood-and-wire cap over a branded cork. Appealing funky label art. Cost was $19.99 USD in Fort Collins, CO.

Reviewed live as an American sour ale per the label. Expectations are sky high given how much I loved #3. Served cold into a tulip and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

8.20% ABV. Best by: 02-2017. Batch #L022015-1.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 4cm wide. Off-white colour. Average frothiness, foaminess, and thickness. Uneven messy lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is good - about 4 minutes.

BODY: Dark copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible. Clean.

It's a nice look for a sour ale, but isn't unique or special.

AROMA: Has a nice lactobacillus sourness. Acetic barrel notes. Hints of brettanomyces funkiness. Bacteria/bugs. Sourness seems to be about a 4-5/10 in terms of intensity.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a complex, balanced sour ale with plenty of intricate intangibles from the bacteria.

TASTE: Lactobacillus bacteria ends this some twangy sourness - easily a 6-7/10 in terms of intensity. Funky wild yeasts, hints of brettanomyces, dampened acetic oak barrel. Malt base is neutral, letting the bacteria take over. Lactic acid abound. Very balanced, puckering and sour-forward as it is. Depth of flavour is great, and flavour duration is extended. Above average flavour intensity. It's got plenty of nuanced intangibles from the lively bacteria. Well-built.

It's gestalt, with a nice oak presence tying the beer together and lending it unity and cohesion without coming off intrusive; there's no obnoxious vanilla or barrel sugary sweetness - just an even white oak barrel presence.

TEXTURE: Acidic, smooth, wet, refreshing, twangy, well-carbonated, and aptly medium-bodied, with nicely dialed-in heft and thickness for the style. This mouthfeel elevates the beer as a whole, and its acidity helps coax out more nuance from the abundant bacterial notes. Well-executed.

There's a nice harmony of texture and taste.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable and enjoyable. An excellent American sour ale with plenty of complexity and subtlety. I'd definitely buy it again - hopefully at a better price than $20/bottle. More great work from Boulevard, and easily one of their best beers. Comparable to Love Child #3 in terms of its high quality.

B+ (3.96)

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Love Child No. 5 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 540 ratings