Changeling | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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.

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by scottfrie:
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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More User Reviews:
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 MrUse
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 sgttibbs
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-hued brown with a oinky of tan head. No head retention or lacing

S: Much sourness, a little red grape, raisins, a little grassyness

T: Jammyness, a little tartness & dryness, red grape skins up front. Oaky dryness, red grapes & tannins as this warms, slight figgyness& a touch of booze warmth, plus the sourness picks up. Finishes with red wine dryness/oakyness, a little kiss of vanilla & caramel & some sour apple shows late

MF: Medium body, delicate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy for the complexity, a very solid dark sour, a style I am starting to lose intesrest in, this may reverse the trend! The red grape component really works well in this one

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

Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle, shared with brenn79. Aroma is super okay, dark fruit. Taste is sour (7/10), acidic, dark fruit, vinous, oak, vanilla, light caramel. A lot like a Flanders Red. Really good.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of jaydoc
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 chrismattlin
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LeRose
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a cloudy dark brown with ample ruby red highlights. Generous portion of tan bubbles that fade to a raft and sticks to the glass handsomely.

This beer has a lot going on. Four people tasted, so I am putting cumulative comments here.

The aroma - subdued, but tons going on in the smell. There's plum, cherry, dark dried fruits (plums, raisins, figs), brown sugar, brown bread, mild spiciness, and a mild cider-like vinegar. And it doesn't end there - earthy funk, mild oakiness, some red wine character, and just a touch of bourbon/vanilla and even a bit of chocolate and coffee. It's pretty fine - all blended, nothing rough or sticking out.

The flavor just keeps coming on as well and you can find the aroma notes pretty well following in the taste. The beer is not overly tart, yet the tartness asserts itself quite easily. There's berry notes, dried dark fruit notes, definitely a vinegar note, some mild oakiness and bourbon character, earthiness, mild toasty malt, faint reminders of red wine. Minimal bitterness, and the sourness will not buckle your face - it's there, contributes to the overall depth of the beer, but doesn't linger.

Feel is medium on the carbonation and body. Smooth and clean, but not quite crisp - more substance than that. A little spicy tingle on the finish, no appreciable aftertaste.

This is a very nice, very tasteful beer. It is deep and well-developed, nothing out of place. For all that is going on, hard to believe one flavor doesn't become dominant. It is also surprisingly easy drinking and no hint of the 7.3% ABV other than a tiny bit of warmth. Outstanding brew, recommended.

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Photo of Maestro0708
4.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle, best by 2/03/19 poured into a wine glass. When opened, the cork shot straight to the ceiling.

Pours a deep ruby color with a nice, two finger head that has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing around the edges of the glass.

The aroma features a tantalizing array of dark fruits: plum, figs, and dates, accompanied by a touch of tart lemon.

The flavor follows the scent closely, except the tartness is front and center. Dark fruits dance on the palate with a toasty malt character and a bit of oak. Alcohol is invisible but warming as you drink.

Mouth feel is medium in body and crisp.

Overall, I find this a beautifully crafted beer. It's near perfect in every category. The aromas and flavors are complex yet they work so well together.

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Photo of Quavo
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Allurex
3.59/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutBruin2
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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