Love Child No. 5
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 5Love Child No. 5
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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Wild Ale
4.28 | pDev: 7.01%
Jan 30, 2021
Feb 12, 2015
Love Child No. 5Love Child No. 5
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Rated: 4.21 by psweendogg from Connecticut

Jan 30, 2021
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a transparent copper with a hint of brown. Head is a finger and a half of off-white, dirty foam that retains well, especially for this aged beer. Aroma is raspberries, cherries, cellar stone and lemongrass with a delightfully well-appointed sweetness up front that turns to a funky tart at the back. Flavor profile is raspberry, cherry, green apple and green pear. It has a light sweetness up front that is quickly consumed by funky tartness. Cellar stone and lemon grass add a little depth. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a crushed icee texture that is accompanied with a moderately crisp effervescence. Overall, it has held up well for its age offering up a little twang of berry sweetness followed by funky sour.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 750mL bottle.
May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by rand from California

4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
750 mL bottle into a tulip glass

Super tart, slightly earthy wild ale. Copper-leather color, effervescent, with strong wafts of lactic acid and oak. Lemony profile, with unripe strawberries adding depth. Has a sort of dry, wine cooler finish, if that’s even possible. Drinkable, tasty and well rounded, great brew.
Jan 15, 2020
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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.
Apr 19, 2019
Rated: 4 by user785335 from Florida

Feb 17, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by Kurmaraja from California

Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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.
Oct 22, 2018
Rated: 4.34 by hopkrid from Florida

Sep 09, 2018
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Reviewed by draheim from Washington

4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
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.
Jul 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.
Jun 12, 2018
Rated: 4.48 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio

Feb 04, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Nov 22, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by BrewMaven from New York

Nov 06, 2017
Rated: 4.38 by TheBishopco from Tennessee

Oct 09, 2017
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Reviewed by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.48/5  rDev -18.7%
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.
Jul 27, 2017
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle thanks to Matt
Jul 21, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by mtomlins from Canada (ON)

Jul 21, 2017
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
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
Jul 17, 2017
Rated: 4.54 by dhammar from Oregon

May 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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
May 09, 2017
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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
May 08, 2017
Rated: 4 by PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

Apr 17, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by valkyre65 from Texas

Mar 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Jadjunk from Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -7%
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
Mar 29, 2017
Rated: 4.19 by brother_rebus from Maine

Mar 25, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by RobinLee from Wisconsin

Mar 11, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by jdell15 from Arkansas

Feb 24, 2017
Rated: 4 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by fosters9 from New York

Dec 16, 2016
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Reviewed by bluejacket74 from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
Nov 25, 2016
Rated: 4.02 by warnerry from Michigan

Nov 15, 2016
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Reviewed by scottfrie from California

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
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.
Nov 14, 2016
Rated: 4.26 by tommy5 from Michigan

Oct 14, 2016
Rated: 4.98 by Wonderweasel from Kansas

Oct 07, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Aug 08, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by Roybert from Texas

Aug 07, 2016
Rated: 4.05 by straightlambic from California

Jul 15, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by krl2112 from Illinois

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 4.07 by dheldman from Minnesota

Jun 06, 2016
Love Child No. 5 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 543 ratings