Love Child No. 5 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 5Love Child No. 5
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Love Child No. 5Love Child No. 5

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by WCKDVBZ on 02-12-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 534 |  Reviews: 77
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 leprechaunandfatman
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason_nwx
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewMaven
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

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 spinrsx
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Matt

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Photo of mtomlins
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 dhammar
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 PBRmeasap1980
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 brother_rebus
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobinLee
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jdell15
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 warnerry
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 tommy5
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Love Child No. 5 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 534 ratings