Love Child No. 7
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 7Love Child No. 7
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 5.92%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
143
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  7
Gots
  44
SCORE
93
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Love Child No. 7Love Child No. 7
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Photo of stortore
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

759 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 3/9/16, had 2/2/18.

Pours a lightly hazy pinkish gold, which is interesting, with a two inch foamy head with good retention and a fair amount of foamy lacing. Active carbonation. Smells tart, with a light creaminess. Aromas of cherries, some yeast, brett, light malt and vanilla, some bread and apples, light lemon. The taste is tart- more as it warms, some sourness, cherries, some lemon, light brett, light malt. It’s acidic. Mostly smooth, a solid medium body, well carbonated.

This is one I’m not sure I have described well. A good amount of tartness and sourness, great aroma, very good. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of LeRose
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy orange color with a brief half inch white head, which left a nice ring around the glass.

Fruit and barrel on the nose, with the fruit somewhat subdued in the plum, cherry family. Nice funk from the Brett, and a vinegary sour note.

The taste opens sour, but tempered by the lighter fruit notes and oakiness from the barrel. The fruit leans more cherry and raspberry in the taste. The tartness blends well with the earthiness and fruit flavors. Definitely sour, but restrained enough. Complex and variable flavors.

Dry finish and a surprisingly good accompaniement to the Thai smorgasbord we were enjoyng at rhe time. A lot going on, but quite straightforward, light and refreshng.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a peach-orange with a finger of white foam on top. Fair head retention with a foamy ring that lingers for a long while. A few dots of lacing left behind. Aroma is cherries, and plum. Flavor profile is tart cherries, plum, and green apple. Mouth feel is smooth, with a medium-thick thickness. Overall, sour and tart, but smooth and crisp. Really refreshing sour beer.

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

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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 brenn79
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Baumer
4.56/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Jadjunk
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
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 MurphDog14
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is clear and ruby colored. It's also bubbly and has a little lacing. The beer smells of fruit juice. The taste of the beer is cranberry champagne. The feel of the beer is sour, carbonated, and it lingers a bit. Overall this is a great beer.

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

Great sour beer that manages to strike the appropriate balance of funk and sour, neither peeling enamel nor smelling like an overworked outhouse. Perhaps a bit of fruit/cherry aroma/flavor thrown in there, but moreso I get goodly doses of oak, sweet, funkified oak. Really good stuff.

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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy peach color capped by an inch or so of foam; the head fades rather quickly, leaving some squiggly lacing behind

Smell: Acetic mixed berries, with undertones of red wine from the barrel treatment; funk and fruit

Taste: Lactic berry flavors, bringing blackberry, cherry and cranberry to the fore; funk, oak and red wine barrel flavors build through the middle, along with an acetic build-up with grapefruit tones; an interesting dried fruit sweetness of date and fig flavors underpin and add complexity

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As fruity as this beer is, I am surprised that the meter on the label characterizes the fruit level of this beer as low; I think it is a wonderful example of a range of fruit with interesting complexity

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Photo of sentimetal
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - A heavy orange color. It looks boozy like the ABV is through the rough maybe. Almost syrup-y.
S - Salty, sour fruits mixed with fresh squeezed lemons and lime - very refreshing on the nose. Somewhat tangy as well.
T - Gose-like features with some bitter fruit. I taste a bit of grapefruit here - we aren't talking tropical IPA but pure grapefruit.
F - Very carbonated and cloying. It fits the style well so I consider this a plus.
O - A great sour! Price point isn't bad, though I think some if it has to do more with the ABV than the actual tase. If you're a fan of Berliner Weiss, Sours, Gose, etc this is a great beer. The extra ABV makes it a little more fun and if you're not afraid to spend $20 on a bomber, you'll really enjoy the experience.

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Photo of metter98
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of sour funk are present in the nose along with hints of oak and strawberries. The funkiness subsides as the beer begins to warm up.
T: The taste follows the smell, but is more sour than funky and has additional notes of vinegar with some hints of raspberries and other fruits.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pleasantly sour and tart—it almost reminds me like one of Cascade's offerings—but seems to have more underlying complexities in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Pencible
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a clear dark gold with quickly dissipating tan head.
S: It smelled like tart apple cider vinegar and sweet balsamic, with some sour grapes and funky oak and minerals.
T: It tasted like strong sour grapes and tart apple cider vinegar, with some funky oak and minerals and a little sweet balsamic. It had a clean and lasting, puckering aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice bubbly body.
D: This was a very bold sour, with potent but enjoyable scent and taste. The body was just right, and the alcohol was well hidden. But the finish was long and sour, so it must be sipped. Would likely improve with age. Fresh was nice but a little too intense and all the character hasn't yet been fully integrated. I wish I had another for my cellar.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/9/2016. Pours slightly hazy medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big sour raspberry, strawberry, cherry, plum, green apple, cranberry, lemon, toasted oak, pepper, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, brown sugar, bread, light red wine vinegar/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate dark malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour raspberry, strawberry, cherry, plum, green apple, cranberry, lemon, toasted oak, pepper, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, brown sugar, bread, light red wine vinegar/vanilla, and yeast/oak earthiness. Good amount of fruity/acidic sourness and yeast/tannic oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour raspberry, strawberry, cherry, plum, green apple, cranberry, lemon, toasted oak, pepper, hay, straw, leather, musty funk, brown sugar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate dark malt flavors; with an nice malt/sour/spiciness balance, and zero astringent sour flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from sour/tannic/spiciness; lightly puckering. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, acidic/tannic, and lightly grainy mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is a fantastic Flanders red ale style. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate dark malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, even with the elevated acidic/tannic flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bnes09
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Transparent orange. Beautiful, soap suds head with exceptional retention for the style and patchy lacing. Wonderful, acetic, berry and wood aroma. Sour apple and light vinegar. Mild funk and oak. Descent balance. Dry with minimal sweetness. Bubbly wheat like texture but finishes dry. One of the better love children in my opinion.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

PACKAGING: 750ml brown glass bottle. Purchased in Colorado Springs, CO. Red branded hood-and-wire cap over a cork. Batch number: L031116-1. Best by: 03-2018.

Reviewed live as a sour ale.

HEAD: Off-white colour. 5 minute retention.

BODY: Vibrant copper of good vibrance. Clean; no yeast/lees particulate or sediment is visible within.

It's a nice look for a sour.

AROMA: A near perfect blend of bacterial notes (lactobacillus) and brettanomyces, without any troublesome (i.e. unclean) barnyard funk. Acidic twang. Neutral malt profile. A hint of the beginnings of a cardboardy/oxidized note.

No overt hops or booze.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Some acidic twang. Neutral malt backbone. No overt hops. Mild lactobacillus bacterial sourness (~4/10 in terms of intensity). Clean brettanomyces funk. Slightly acetic.

Smooth, wet, lightly smacky on the palate, well-carbonated, light to medium-bodied, acidic.

Balanced albeit simple for a sour ale. I like it, but it does leave something to be desired in terms of intricacy and depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

A gestalt whole of a beer, even if the mouthfeel doesn't harmonize with the taste as well as would be ideal.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not the best of Boulevard's sours. This Love Child series is always superb, but this isn't a dazzling brew as good as it is. Well worth buying once. I'd enjoy an opportunity to try this again; I can't go into enough detail to do it justice as-is (given my subpar review environment).

B+ / VERY GOOD

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white fuzzy head that dissipates quickly but the beer itself is something else. It's a very good looking beer that has a clear medium orange amber look to it. It's very nice with a slightly metallic sheen to it.

The smell is very good. It has a nice strong, yet moderate tart note with a bit of fruitiness to it. The funk is there but barely detectable.

The taste is also very good. The beer has a nice moderate tartness to it with very little funk that you would expect. Interestingly enough, the beer has a slight fruitiness that is surprisingly present but not as strong as the tart.

The feel is very good. It has a medium body with some light carbonation to give it a nice fizzy texture to it. It has a bit of acidic burn to it and finishes very dry. Great for cutting through something greasy.

Overall, another good love child from Boulevard. This vintage (of this writing) has a nice tart note that is definitely widely accessible to all but those at the extreme ends. It's tart enough to please tart lovers but not such that it turns others off.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neighbor brought this one up from down state. It poured a slightly hazy amber with fizzy white head that eventually dissapated and leaving no lace. The scent is sour cherry. The taste is very sour...with ripe cherry being the main assailant. The Mouthfeel is medium in body with big carbonation. Overall this is a great sour beer and certainly should be tried by sour fans.

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Photo of Weixiaobao
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber color with one inch head in Prairie Artisian Ales chalice. Fantastic looking beer.
S: Not getting the huge funk I remember of previous versions and what I was expecting based on the "meters" on the bottle indicating very high funk. More sour and vinegary.
T: Very sour and tart. Lots of barrel aging present. Absolutely delicious.
F: Very dry. Not much sweetness at all. Tastes great on a 95 degree day. The alcohol feel is light on this considering the ABV.
O: Love Child releases every year have become a favorite annual tradition of mine in KC. This much closer to a genuine Belgian "Flanders Red" than an "American Wild Ale." A huge winner.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murky apricot color with a ring of head and moderate bubble streams. Smells a little funky, a little sour, with a slight candied sweetness. Taste is Laco and Brett with a faint fruity sweetness. Mouthfeel is light, dry, and carbonated. Overall a very good sour, but maybe a bit overpriced at $23.00

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is a really neat beer because its all done in wine barrels this time around. tastes like something big and woody and fruity too, a napa cabernet or something like it, robust for sure on the barrel flavor, none of the sweetness i remember from some of the bourbon aged batches this has a cool almost pinky looking light amber hazy color to it, a full inch of bubbly white head, and a certain regal glow. it smells wine forward, but tastes even more so, tannic and fruity, with dried cherries, cranberries, and blackberries all there, tanned leather, even something sort of garden fresh, a currant or something, really cool. the wood is a lot, and the sourness makes the mouth water. for how fruity the smell is, the flavor is way more yeast driven. lactic and tangy, acidic and lemony, zesty and fresh, cleanish, sharp though, more wine and associated mouthfeels, drier though for all the fruitiness, compelling and different. notes of orange and iron later on, wheat malt in over its head, and a beautiful belgian essence. heady beer right here, i seem to have liked this series better and better as it has moved along. number 7 is absolutely one of the best so far.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: A golden, reddish peach, hazy. Thick swath of off white head with soapy lacing.
smell: Bright sweetish citrus and a delicate tarty funk.
taste: much like the nose with a developing tartness that lingers in the finish.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with some light bubbles and a thin white head.

The aroma offers tart cherries, raspberries, red wine vinegar, a touch of brown sugary sweetness, and a spicy vanilla-like note.

Upfront, you get a big smack of sour cherry skins, raspberries, and tart red apples, punctuated by apple cider vinegar acidity. In the middle, you can detect some biscuit and brown sugar from the malt. The finish ends funky, dry, and sour. You get a mildew and hay note, accompanied by coriander, perhaps oak tannins, vanilla and coriander. Maybe a touch of alcohol from the spiciness.

The mouthfeel is medium, dry, well-carbonated.

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opens with a resounding pop! Pours a very bubbly amber/brown with 3 fingers of beige colored head. Hazes a bit. Above aver head retention & nice lacing

S: Some sourness, not a ton of nose, no discernible funk

T: Sourness, green apple, tartness and vinegar notes up front. A little raspberry creeps in as this warms; oaky dryness as well, then plenty sour, plus a little choke cherry. Finishes dry with a slightly sweeter cherry and plenty of tartness

MF: Medium body, fairly assertive carbonation, acidity is very restrained

Enjoyed this one, wish the nose was more prominent, Brett presence was minimal

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber-orange with pretty good clarity. 2+ finger head is cream colored and dense. Dissipates slowly and plenty of sticky lacing left behind. Continuous stream of bubbles rising from the bottom.

Tart, lacto aroma. Berries, oak, and lemon. Some brett funk. Caramel and bread dough. Hint of vinegar.

Lemon on first sip. Funky, medicinal brett notes. Oak and caramel. Cherry, gooseberry, and sour grapes. Lacto and vinegar.

Mild mouth feel with crisp carbonation. Tart on the tongue though it becomes quite sour towards the end. Lingering fruit and lactic notes.

Nice balanced sour. Good mix of barrel, fruit, and wild flavors.

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Love Child No. 7 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 143 ratings