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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Reviews by thepenguin:
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 jngrizzaffi
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark amber/almost red color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Sour, funky aroma as expected. Sour taste. Possible figs. Maybe some caramel. Oh, what does it matter. It is damn good.

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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 maximum12
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Moses_Malone for this bottle, an extra in a box that arrived recently. 750ML bottle with ‘60’s graphics, corked & caged, split with my wife after a little Game of Thrones action. There was even more nudity in this episode than usual.

The pour is sunset yellow with moderate cloudiness & little enough carbonation that this beer could never be an underwear model. The nose is intriguing, bringing a lot of oak, touch of wine fruitiness, tart apple. I approve of this smell.

Love Child #5 seems legit to me, but I haven’t seen the birth certificate. The funk upfront is in the gentling range – a range I appreciate - & definitely not an enamel ripper. The barrel adds a tornado dryer to the mouth; I think it sucked all the liquid out of my water glass, too. Tart green apple, the whiskey has almost leaned into cognac territory, mildly acidic. The finish is three 2 x 4 boards of oak, at least. A bit undercarbonated, but for a sour, wildly drinkable…

I cut a lot of brush today out under my burr oaks, & let me tell you, I smelled a lot of wood (along with the roses & odd mosquito or two. Well, I didn’t smell them, you know, oh, hell…). This is a wood bomb & no doubt; good, solid sour.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

To the light a deep apricot solid orange body color, with a small middle column of carbonation rising in the middle. Edges and out of light appearance gives a nice rust reddish brown tinge to it. Head formation is light creamy tan and barely half a finger. Settles to a small collar and top.

Mild sense of soft fruit cherry, and some nice biscuit malt tones but with a nice toasty mild aroma. Some small milky cream, almost vanilla like sweetness is hiding a bit, and there's a small twinge of some soft acidic notes.

Palate brings a nice lighter but somewhat expected version of flavors the subtle and simple bouquet provides. Soft malted body with a bit of full rounded feeling but also just a little wet and watery. Mid palate of fruit hints more towards classic lemon and sour tang but with just enough malt depth to not be heavily sour. Fleeting aftertaste surprisingly, and their might be a touch of buttery diacetyl in this.

Overall some real good fruit qualities and flavors, but also a bit coming off a little neutered unfortunately too.

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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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this series keeps evolving in a really impressive way, each i have had has been better than the one before it, and this latest incarnation is supreme to its predecessors. like the others, its a really deep mahogany color, hazy, with orange notes in the afternoon sun and about an inch of fizzy tan bubbles. it smells fantastic! peach and apricot are ripe and fuzzy, the tang of fresh raspberries, and some fruity sweetness as well. i just cant believe how much fruit is in this, even though i dont believe this to be a fruit beer. this seems to me also a lot less sour than some of the ones that came before it, with a much more developed funky side, more multidimensional than acidic lacto. very tangy in the taste, there is still lots of acid in this, but a very cool bretty musty oaky thing too, very complex. the peach is really vibrant in the flavor, not sure where it comes from, but its awesome, and there is a red wine character, tannic and structured, maybe in red wine barrels? carbonated better than any of the others that i remember, and to have this one live at the source was a real treat and honor. very very special beer, worth what they ask for it, and really very original in the world of wood aged wild ale. so impressed, my mouth waters for more as i type this...

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Photo of Dweedlebug
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LloydDobler
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wallbj
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 ScottP
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of horsehockey
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mig100
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JFresh21
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hootie159
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RKing44
3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of pmangold
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of crispinol
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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

Photo of 10Crumra
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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Love Child No. 5 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 541 ratings