Love Child No. 6
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 6Love Child No. 6
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American Wild Ale
4.17 | pDev: 8.15%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Love Child No. 6Love Child No. 6
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Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep gold that's almost red in color. The beer is topped by a finger of dense off white head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of some nice funk, sour cherries, leather, a little furniture polish, and oak.
T: Taste is fairly tart up front with some sour cherry notes, leather, a little lemon and citrus zest, a good bit of musty funk, but mostly sour cherries, leather and some slight dry oak. On the swallow there's more sour cherry and citrus zest, leather, hint of caramel, some lingering funk and a little more oak.
M: The beer has a moderate amount of heft on the palate with a slightly slick feel. Carbonation is on the low end for the style but it is there and the acidity gives this beer a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is pretty nice. It has some good flavors and complexity which make it an enjoyable drink. While the beer is on the slightly sour end of the spectrum it isn't over the top and complements the rest of the flavors well.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky burgundy-orange with no head. Aroma is tart, lactic sour punch of cherries, green apple, plum, and oak. Aroma is staccato, not lingering for long. Flavor profile is smooth crescendo of cherries, raspberries, green apples, plum, and oak. It's not overly sour, just a nice tart, sour. Mouth feel is smooth, with just a little fizz to it. It has a medium thickness. Overall, a super tasty, simple sour. The aroma is a bit harsh, but the flavor profile is mellow and balanced.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 750mL bottle.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 SLeffler27
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cascading golden yellow pour builds a one-inch, fine yellowish-white head that dissipates within a minute leaving no lace. Lazy, random carbonation rises within a dark hazy amber beer.

The St. Louis flute glass focuses sour and funky oak notes followed by dried apricots.

The flavor follows the nose with an emphasis on apricots. Other elements include lemon, sour plum, and light cherry vinegar. Sweetness sneaks up late, just before a long, tart finish. Warmth amplifies the oak in a very good way.

With a cotton jersey texture and light to medium body this beer is smooth. Carbonation is light and it finishes dry on the palate. Alcohol is present but significantly below the 9.2% expectations.

Another relaxing beer that I enjoyed under a cool roofed deck on a sunny summer July afternoon while listening to World War II planes overhead and reading Vintage Beer.

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Photo of Prince_Casual
4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml best by 10/2017 poured into a stemless Aslin glass. Backstory I thought this was awesome when I first tried it whenever it came out, and then saw it for like $12 at Costco and bought a bunch. This was bottled about a year and a half ago, and been in a basement for at least a year.

Slightly darker than a gueze, and based on legs you can guess there's about double the alcohol.

Super fruity on the nose, white grapes and pear. It's not as purely funky as a gueze, but it's almost like a gueze on steroids. Really glad I have a bunch more of these.

Extremely sour, slick mouthfeel from the alcohol. I think the LC's with Flemish/Flander's style ale, and high % bourbon barrels, have way too much "sweet and sour sauce" flavors. This clearly blonde ale/heavy on wheat, and no bourbon.

I can't have hoped for more in this bottle, and I'm delighted I have several more. While this isn't as delicately funky or refreshingly dry as gueze and beers meant to mimic them like Beat/Le Roar Grrrz/Allagash Coolship, this an amped up bigger American version with tons of grape and stone fruit notes, huge mouthfeel from the alcohol, and a puckering taste that finishes clean dry. I typically do not care for high abv sours, but this and Sour Monkey are amazing, this being slightly more complex with the partial barrel aging.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"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, available in 750ml. bottles and on limited draft.

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

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fuzzy head of a pastel white color over a moderately hazy pale copper body with light carbonation and fine sediment. Retention is below average and lacing is light and patchy. 3.5

(Smell) More lactobacillus earthiness than in older versions of this beer. Strong nose of tart stone fruit, sourdough and mild funk generates a tame but appreciated level of sourness overall. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Much the same as in the aroma, with significantly less body and malt richness than in previous versions for a noticeable drop-off in depth of flavor. Light fruity tanginess and a drying tangy acidity, although the more unique components of vinegar and the richness of the body leave this beer considerably lacking over the last two that I have sampled, despite its high drinkability, nonetheless, it is arguably shallow. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately oily, lightly residual, very dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a mild frothiness and a softly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy acidic sour over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) Something is severely lacking in this iteration of an otherwise very enjoyable series. Both lacking in body and sourness development, there just isn't as much diversity, range and depth of flavor. The overall result is drinkable but far from legendary, and a far cry from where this series started. I hope that Boulevard's Love Child #7 is a return to grace. 3.75

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s
Love Child No. 6

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Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky orange-brown with a thin soapy white head that's quick to dissipate.

Bigly sour aroma with strong oak and a touch of apple cider. The taste follows the nose. Intense sourness up front, again with strong oak and a hint of cider sweetness, then a somewhat chalky finish. A hint of tart cherry juice on the backend, too, when it warms. Lime-like acidity. Pretty tasty, mouth puckering stuff.

Medium bodied with a bite in the back of the mouth from the strong sour.

This is a one note beer, but it's a delicious note. Bet it would pair well with food, too.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brief impression from a bottle pour at a tasting:

Delicious and acidic, with plenty of bacterial flavours mulling about. Great clean pale malt backbone lets the bacteria shine. Great balance and build, with good depth of flavour and duration of flavour. Smacky on the palate but refreshing, smooth, wet, and medium-bodied.

Not oily, astringent, hot, boozy, gushed, or scratchy.

Hints of lime and lemon. Lactic acid. No pediococcus or acetobacter bacteria, nor any lambicus yeast(s) (inasmuch as I can discern).

Highly drinkable in spite of its acidity, with a pleasing flavour profile and terrific balance. Boulevard again delivers with this great sour ale that any discerning drinker will enjoy.


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Photo of Damian
3.35/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Crystal clear, deep orangey-amber appearance. With an agresseive pour, the liquid was topped by frothy, near inch-tall, cream colored cap that quickly fizzled away to nothing. The lack of any head or lacing made the beer appear flat.

Dry, powdery, yeasty notes dominated in the aroma initially. Hint of tartness. Really simplistic and uninteresting. As the beer sat, some underripe berry and sour cherry notes came forth. Touch of oaky tartness. Red wine notes also appeared. There was a hint of a cordial-like sweetness as well. With time, the oakiness continued to intensify.

The flavor profile was slightly more exciting than the nose. The beer was anchored by a stiff, slightly sweet, bready malt backbone. A bit unusual for the style. Tart, berry-like notes appeared next. Perhaps some sour cherry. Bit of red wine as well. Good amount of lemony tartness in the center. More tartness and acidity came through on the back end and in the finish. Red wine vinegar was apparent. The bready malt notes appeared here as well. Some oaky barrel and tannins were also detectible. Like in the aroma, the oak really intensified as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium-thin for the style and contained a subtle yet spritzy effervescence. Slightly watery and rather nondescript.

I have tried every Love Child version from No. 3 on, and I always seem to be rather disappointed by each release. While this beer was perhaps slightly sweeter and had a stronger bready malt character than the others, the beers all seemed very similar. At $20 a bottle, I definitely will not be purchasing future vintages.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light crackery malt topped with sour tangerine rinds and dropped in lemon lime sugar. Well, rounded with a medium tartness. Plenty of Brett funk to go around.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.24/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep gold with lite carbonation & zero head. Aroma is pleasant with a dominant lemon coupled with dose of lacto, oak tannins and berry. It does fade rather quickly, however. It is a little bland on the tongue, I'm not huge on puckering, vinegar-esque sours but there really is very little bite to it. It's mainly upfront as soon as it hits the tongue but it fades almost immediately. Oddly, flavor wise, the lacto yeast is what comes through the most along with some grass / hay notes and wheat malt. Brett is not discernible, and it loses that inviting lemon note that it has on the nose. By no means bad, it tastes fine, just really lacks an identity or a punch.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My neighbor is able to get Love Child in downstate Illinois. This one was quite nice. It poured a hazy orangish color with white head and a spotty lace. Smell is floral with ripe fruit and hints of sweet malt. The taste is sour/tart with ripe fruit and sweet malt. While there is some light bitterness it actually is fairly smooth as compared to LC of the past. The mouthfeel is medium in body with big carbonation. Overall it has been my favorite Love Child.

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Photo of stortore
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a nice looking rosy orange, mostly clear, with surprisingly little head or lacing. Smell is funk, cherries, yeast. Light lemon, oak and caramel. The taste is more yeasty, cherries, funk, some lemon, oak, light caramel, fairly tart, some light bitterness. Pretty smooth, appropriate level of carbonation, good body, the taste lingers.

Another well crafted Love Child, flavors are well blended. However, it's not as good as the last few years, and while it's certainly worth a purchase, the price point does factor in on this one.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small foamy head. Retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Has a nice tart aroma. Almost like a sour apple. Some cherry. Nice light malty taste with a good tart sour apple pucker at the end. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good as expected. Did like the No 5 better though.

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Photo of mntlover
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter amber color small tan head falls quick no rings or lace.

Aroma is nice tart and fruity, venous notes, tart apples and cherries. Good barrel wood notes with lots of brett. Defiantly a tart sour ale from the nose.

Taste is like the nose good tart notes , nice brett with tart fruit sour apples and cherries on a descent malt base. Nice good tart sour without being overly so. Also hard to believe its 9.2% the funk seems to lighten it up.

Mouthfeel is lighter medium actually lighter then I expected. Carbonation is only medium but still feels lightly peppy.

Overall an enjoyable sour ale good brett notes. Enough funk and tart without being over done, other good brew from Boulevard.

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Photo of corby112
2.51/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color. Very dark and turbid, almost brown, with deep tangerine edges. Pours nearly still with faint bubbles that immediately disappear. No lacing. Very disappointing.

Strong acetic presence in the nose with prominent vinegar dominating the other notes. As it warms, vinous wine barrels stand out with red wine tannins, dark berries, grape and sour cherry. Unfortunately, there's not much else going on. Boring and a bit too solvent-like for my preference.

Fuller body than expected with a slightly creamy texture and soft carbonation. Somewhat slick/oily but also a bit watery in the finish. Tart and Pickering but not overly acidic. Stronger lactic funk than expected at almost uber Berliner levels. Yogurt with cheesy funk countering the tart acidity and strong acetic vinegar. Sweet balsamic flavor but not as harsh or solvent-like as in the nose. Still, this beer is a bit too acetic for my liking but the funk and vinous barrel notes decently balance things out. Some charred oak with dry red wine and vinous fruit juice. Dark grapes, sour cherry and currant along with subtle strawberry and cream. An interesting beer but the lack of carb, strong lactic funk and acetic character hurt the drinkability and overall flavor.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: mostly clear medium dark orange.
smell: tart lemon, a little funk, red wine.
taste: this really comes together in the taste. Crisp fruit and oaky vanilla, sour and tart in the finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

as good as most any beer in this series, another great installment worth picking up. more of a red wine flavor to this than some of the others that seemed a little more dominated by bourbon. this seems like a mix of both, but the tannic fruitiness of the wine barrels really comes out, i have to assume they used them here. i also get another kind of fruitiness in nose and taste, and its cherry. maybe some time in a cherry wine barrel too? it has that tart and sweet tang, almost like cranberry in the middle, and its definitely highly acidic. seems to have less body than some of the others, so the brown sugar and molasses flavor on the back end comes out a little more and lingers longer. less grain flavor than i remember in the others too, more of a generic caramel thing, with some flanders red type notes in there with all the acidity and light vinegar hit. love the dried fruit thing, and that the sweetness and vanilla aspects of the bourbon seem scaled back without cutting into how oaky it is, and how mellow it ends up being. the booze might be a little exposed here, especially when it gets warm, and its definitely thin and under carbonated for what it is, but i like it a lot, and think its a little more distinct than some of its predecessors. fun stuff, pricey but worth it.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch number L110415-2. Best by date: 11/2017.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is sour with malt, unripe cherry, funk, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour unripe cherry, acidic, and funk flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice sour and funk characteristics, but it's a bit one dimensional to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle best by 10/2017:
Pours a lightly hazy orange to burnt orange (more cloudy nearer the bottom). Head grows on the pour, but doesn't last that long before completely disappearing.

Nose is a decent strength, exploding into my nose once I get near with a sour apple base, but peach, nectarine, and an accent of lemon. Not getting too much funk early, a little more later into the bottle. Warmth mellows the notes a bit and bring it back towards the taste.

Taste surprised me a tad. There is a woodiness initially that seems to dampen the tarter notes from the nose. This sensation turns more earthy in nature to me as I drink and the beer warms. This blanket muffles the fruity and sour notes I expected from the nose, the peach being one that survives the most. I also get a sour watermelon (near the rind) note. Continued warmth allows a little more tartness to come out, but there is also a fruit soda like note in there (note nearly as sweet as that suggests, but I get the impression).

Feel is refreshing and not hindered by strong sour or funky flavors that might attack and challenge my palate. That said, I'd like a little more of a challenge. I am definitely enjoying the beer, though my initial olfactory senses made me excited for a taste that never came through. Taking a step back and I know there's not a chance I would turn down this beer if offered, and would buy it again occasionally (were that an option).

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Photo of Stolenface1
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with frothy but quickly plummeting white head. Aroma of sour apple, plums, peaches, pears, white grape, oak, lactic and slight musty funk.. slight cherry?? flavor follows and adds oak, grainy malts, and a very very slight acetic note. the feel is light and vinous. Overall a very tasty beer.. would say really good but not excellent.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours - very clear yellow color thin white head no lacing.

Smell - good amount of funk in the nose apple and ripe fruit very juicy.

Taste - Again the funk stands out sour apple I would say not very sour but very tart.

Feel - Light feel but the tartness adds some body. Bitter after taste.

Overall - I am not a huge fan of sours but this was the best one I have tried.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper color with a slight Ruby hue. Aromas and flavors are primarily tart cherries, raspberries, plums, brettanomyces funkiness, and bright citrusy sourness. Dry and crisp mouthfeel. Another excellent sour from boulevard.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper to amber in color with a moderate amount of haziness. There's a fingernail of off white around the rim. The aroma is of tart Brettanomyces and cherries. I taste plenty of very tart Brettanomyces and sour cherries. The mouth is very dry and highly carbonated.

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Photo of epyon396
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep and slightly cloudy amber/copper color. No head or lacing.

Lots of funk and oak in the nose. Fairly sharp. Slight cola notes (it's ok if you think I'm crazy).

A little funky, with some oak. Not terribly sour, but the tartness is pleasant. A little watery and mealy on the back end.

Crisp and dry. The carbonation is pretty lower than I want with a sour.

Another price prohibitative sour that does nothing to stand out (I paid ~$24, an unfortunate side effect of the Philly suburbs). Lacking complexity. I bought this for my girlfriend, and she's happy with it, so that's all that matters, right?

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Love Child No. 6 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 206 ratings