Love Child No. 7 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 7Love Child No. 7
Love Child No. 7Love Child No. 7

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 142
Reviews by BEERchitect:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Charting the progress of Boulevard's Love Child has been quite extraordinary. Rendered now into a flemish-style ale of superior strength allows for the rusticity and refinement of Belgian sour red ale to put on a bright display but also showing a few imaginative and intriguing twists along the way.

Love Child #7 pours a bright rosé that gleans with tawny gold, ruby, peach and pink hues. Subtle on foam formation, a delicate simmer casts a bold display of vinous red wine, dry cider, citrus, cherry and oak to both allure the nose and to wet the mouth on scent alone. Supple fruit sweetness and candied malts lay gently on the front of the tongue and buffers the early palate from the brunt of acidity.

The middle is rife with sourness as the malt influence dissolves and the fruit pronounces. Cherry, apple and red grape strike first but not without a quick accompaniment of lemon, lime, strawberry, date and orange. A light must waft overcomes the finish with the spicy nuance of weathered oak, wine must and softly curing leather.

Light in body, the beer's texture is vinous in both its low-lying carbonaiton and acidity. Dry cider once again shows up as the sourness pierces the tastebuds with unabashed pepper and off-vinegar sourness. A quick and fruity aftertaste ensures a high rate of drinkability and refreshment which hides its acetone alcohol warmth deceptively well.

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More User Reviews:
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 JLapadura
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2pux
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 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 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 nmann08
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of beast464
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BirdsandHops
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Haybeerman
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ClavisAurea
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 craftaholic
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Love Child No. 7 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 142 ratings