Love Child No. 8 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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35 Ratings
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Love Child No. 8Love Child No. 8
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:
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Added by ThatsThatDude on 12-01-2016

BEER STATS
Ratings:
35
Reviews:
8
Avg:
4.13
pDev:
9.2%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of anon
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bump8628
3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Peachy orange minimal white fizz with a hard pour. Aroma is plain lactic sourness with some mild whiskey barrel following. Taste is equally as lacking as the aroma - simple lactic tartness and some musty oakiness. Finish is empty and bland. The very minimal carbonation just highlights how dead this beer is from start to finish.

A total disappointment and far and away my very least favorite of the Love Child series. To be honest I'm a bit surprised this was ever let out of the brewery's doors. Not that it has a single obvious flaw, other than that it is insipid and uninspired. No depth, no complexity, no character - bland and boring. And certainly a very poor value given the price. A four pack at the same price would have been a poor value even.

Very sad given I have been enjoying many bottles of their Changeling, and in general Boulevard is one my favorite breweries. Though this is not the first disappointing sour beer I have had from them (Tell-tale Tart, Show me Sour).

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/22/2017. Pours slightly hazy golden amber/light orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart/sour lemon, lime, red/green apples, black cherry, raspberry, strawberry, plum, pear, golden raisin, red grape, toasted oak, vanilla, hay, straw, pepper, grass, cracker, white bread, and candi sugar; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrels, and pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart/sour lemon, lime, red/green apples, black cherry, raspberry, strawberry, plum, pear, golden raisin, red grape, toasted oak, vanilla, hay, straw, pepper, grass, cracker, white bread, and candi sugar; with lighter notes of leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tart/sourness and light yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of sour lemon, lime, red/green apples, black cherry, raspberry, strawberry, plum, pear, golden raisin, red grape, toasted oak, vanilla, hay, straw, pepper, grass, cracker, white bread, candi sugar, leathery/musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrels, and pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/sourness balance, and minimal puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing drying from tart/sourness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, acidic/grainy, and fairly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Minimal warming alcohol for 9%. Overall this is a fantastic sour ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrels, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and quite refreshing to drink with the modestly lactic/tannic/drying finish. Dangerously drinkable for the ABV. Wonderful Brett/Lacto complexity and oak presence, in perfect balance. Great malt backing to balance the acids/tannins, with no residual sweetness. A lot paler in color this year than previous blends. Less darker malt and more oak/vanilla character. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, I think I officially like sours. Pours amber. No head no lacing. Aroma is an alcoholic bag of Skittles. Tastes like alcoholic sour Skittles. Feel is light medium carbonation. Overall, very good sour.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

75 cl

Pours hazy ruddy brown, fine eggshell head retains well.

Smells of green apple, apple cider vinegar, citrus and cracker malt.

Flavor is of sour apple, Belgian candi sugar, tart citrus, cracker malt, and coriander.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Really nice sour ale, lots of nuance and character. Definitely try this.

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Photo of srw
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Panda_Rock
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dukeufo
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of madelf66
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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. Does No. 8 need more time?

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Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stofko1992
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ToughtbritsJ
4.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Quavo
4.89/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I like this years vintage alot. I smell alot lemon and dark fruits. Very tart with a pleasant acidity.

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Photo of n2pux
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HardyA
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Vereeg
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Love Child No. 8 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.13 out of 5 based on 35 ratings.
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