Love Child No. 7 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 7Love Child No. 7
BA SCORE
4.24/5
128 Ratings
Love Child No. 7Love Child No. 7
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-09-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
128
pDev:
5.66%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
49
Trade:
1
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Photo of TboneRN
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Haybeerman
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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 crow
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nat1975
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigpoppa67
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poorbuthappy
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brenn79
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Original rating May 13, 2017- 750 corked and caged bottle- Pours hazy orange with a medium white head that reduces quickly leaving a blanket. Aroma is strong in lacto, cheese, cherries, strawberries, plum, barrel, vinegar. The taste is strawberries, lacto, dusty books from the brett, funky and tart, vinegary, white wine, the barrel characteristics are reduced from last years, which in my opinion was a bit too much. Very solid sour, reminds me of what Almanac is doing with their sour lineup, dogpatch in particular.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Eman17
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of loganburgh
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jewellrunner
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Burt
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aakerman
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Baumer
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A peachy, sort of deep orange colored beer with tons of head and lots of suspended particulate. The head reduced pretty quickly, but this pour had a pretty significant film that stuck around for a good 20 minutes (until i drank it all). pretty funky aroma, smells unpredictable, but the pieces fit together well. Definitely picking up strong fruit, maybe cherry and/or raspberry, but there is a tartness in the aroma that is really powerful. The aroma made me expect extreme tart, but the taste was pretty mellow and even keel. I mean, definitely a sour beer, but it is not extreme at all. (Give it a swish in your mouth and it really explodes in flavor though). I would say that the smell was mostly sour and funk with a bit of fruit, but the taste is much fruitier with the sour recessing quite a bit. Flipped my expectation, really exceptionally well done. feels lite, very good job disguising the 8% ABV. Carbonation is heavy, but feels great with this flavor profile. Another fantastic beer from Boulevard!

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Photo of Shawnspl
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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, fizzy head of a pastel white color over a very lightly hazy copper amber body with trace sediment and very gentle carbonation. Retention is below average and there is no visible lacing. 3

(Smell) As far as comparing Love Child No. 7 aromatically to previous versions, this vintage has far more earthiness and funk up front, especially compared to No. 6, and is nearly on par with the 4th and 5th release. Rich earthy funk and thick stone fruit undertones add some subtle complexity and viscosity. The acidity and vinegar elements of previous versions are far more reserved, but the earthiness of Brettanomyces is quite nice in this version. Perceived sourness is moderate, and potency is medium. 4

(Taste) The flavor largely follows the aroma, with a strong up front presence of earthy funk, subtle wet hay, lactic sourness, and some slightly drying vinegar qualities, along with a touch of stone fruit. It hearkens back to my favorite vintages of the four bottle series I have experienced (and far exceeds No. 6, which is arguably my least-favorable release in the series), and would probably hit that point, given more ample time to develop and blend those flavor qualities. The sourness is very sharp at this point and the overall beer very enjoyable and solid. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, moderately residual, lightly syrupy, softly chewy, tangy and medium dry. Body is medium+ for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is slightly tangy, acidic and sour over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) This is a return in the right direction for this beer series after Love Child No. 6 took a dreadful turn in flavor development for the worse. This beer is a solid return to the beer as I remember it best, touting a glorious assortment of souring qualities in outstanding balance, with a solid but unobtrusive supporting malt base. The sourness leads the beer as it should, and I could argue that if it continues on this path, this may be one of the best releases of all with some time spent gracefully aging, but is already solid as it is with about a year of time spent in the bottle. 4.25

Boulevard Brewing Co.'s
Love Child Sour Ale No. 7
4.04/5.00

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/18/17 bottle Winking Lizard Barrel Aged Beer Festival

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4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sour funky delicious. Tahoe city, Feb 2017

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Photo of kvgomps
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npala86
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Love Child No. 7 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 128 ratings
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