Changeling | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Changeling is an enchanting blend of dark sour ales aged in whiskey and wine barrels that were inoculated with Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. It pours a deep ruby color with touches of gold at the edges of the glass. Leading with plum and toasty malt, the flavor transmutes into a soft tartness, with notes of earthy, funky Brett and a touch of lingering caramel to create a delicate balance.

2017 Component Beers:
Snow & Tell - whiskey barrels - 43%
Snow & Tell - wine barrels - 40%
Dark Saison - whiskey barrels - 10%
Flanders Red/Belgian Blonde - foeder - 5%
Imperial Stout - whiskey barrels - 2%

Added by Beerislivingproof on 04-14-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
73
pDev:
7.82%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
11
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of AGoodStout
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of psdonnelly
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AmishLightning
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MickeyHops
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harrison8
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark burgundy-brown with two fingers of dense khaki foam on top. Head retention is fair with a long lasting ring of foam. Aroma is sour, with raspberries, pear, green apple, sour fruit, a light hit of butter, roasted, toasted, and nutted malts. Flavor profile is similar, hitting dry pear and green apple with toasted and nutted malts behind. Sour is at about a 6.5 of 10 in terms of how funky it is. It doesn't pucker up the face, but it certainly makes itself known. Mouth feel is a little fizzy, but otherwise smooth with a medium thickness. Overall, nice mix of sour with dark malts. It's certainly funky, but well contained.

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

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Photo of Rammed96
3/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MrUse
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeufo
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of degueulasse
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Though the Changeling appears to be a sickly brown, it smells tart and fruity, like gooseberries, and it tastes sour and funky. Notes of sour plum, gooseberry and even a little citrus can be found. It has a thicker feel than some sours but is also refreshing and somewhat crisp.

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Photo of stortore
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 2/3/17, had 5/25/17.

Pours a dark purple/brown, opaque with a two inch foamy head and a good amount of soapy lacing. The smell is sour and tart- but not overly so, cherries, plums, toffee, malt, oak, light wine, light black pepper when warm. The taste has a decent amount of sourness and tartness up front, malt, plums, caramel, wine, oak, some brett, light cherries. A sweet note when warm, a light bitterness on the finish that lingers. Smooth, fairly creamy, well carbonated, a full body for the style.

Really good aroma, deep and expressive flavors. Don’t pick up the whiskey specifically, but a good amount of oak lets you know it’s in the mix. Very enjoyable, hope they blend this yearly. Well worth a purchase at a good price point.

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Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nwhittin
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown with light amber highlights. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering about half of the middle of the glass. A few minutes later there's no head at all. The aroma is of stone fruit, caramel, brettanomyces, and a hint of merlot. I'm tasting stone fruit, brettanomyces, and a splash of dark malt. The mouth is very carbonated and dry.

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Photo of beeragent
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this beer at my old neighbor's house in the 'Wego. It poured a clear dark amber with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had tart hints. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle tartness being present. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a new beer style, dark sour, for me and I thought it was decent.

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Photo of Viaduck
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate pop of the cork, pours a dark reddish brown with light tan head. Aromas of tartness & sweet caramel& wine barrel. Taste is not too sweet, not too sour, just right. Very mild funk, fruity plum flavor & toasted grain. Moderate carbonation. An excellent sour.

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Photo of Lucular
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice and funky with a lot of character from the wine barrels. To me this tastes like a wild Flanders Red with a hint of stout and whisky. I would not have guessed this is 83% Wee Heavy and over 50% whisky barrel aged.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Best after bottle date: 03FEB2019.

A: Pours a deep caramel brown with a large and fluffy dark kahki head that slowly collapsed into a thick rocky film.
S: Musty and tart nose with notes dark fruits, caramel, whiskey and a kiss of bright acid. Tannic and dry smelling.
T: Follows the nose with notes of sweet plum and dark fruits followed by tart red berries, a hint of cherry, and mild acidity. I get hints of whiskey, vanilla, caramel, vinous red wine, and bitter citrus pith. The finish is drying and tannic, with a hint of cola, wood, and yeast lingering.
M: Medium body, clean mouthfeel from the light tartness and low sweetness. Carbonation is soft and easy on the palate. Tartness is low and easy. Tannic finish is dry and refreshing.
O: Very balanced and easy to drink. A bit toned down in flavor, but not a simple beer. Great balance without any one flavor profile dominating. A very approachable dark sour.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Changeling from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 73 ratings