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:
72
pDev:
7.8%
 
 
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4
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Trade:
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Photo of Maestro0708
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
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 +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BigIslandfarmer
4.59/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ToughtbritsJ
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hellpop65
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bump8628
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the better Boulevard beers to come out recently. A lot of their new stuff in the last two years has been a bit of a miss to my palate. Including the beer that makes up better than 80% of the base of this beer, Snow and Tell.

Starts off right with a rich brown body below a tan head of loose but sticky foam. The beer is somewhat of a cross between an Oud Bruin and an English old ale, with just a bit more roastiness than either of those styles. I'd say the malt side things leans towards English old ale, with rich caramel and toffee accented by a slightly burnt roastiness. Sourness tends towards the Oud Bruin side, with those bright cherry and plum sour notes, deeply funky brettanomyces flavors, and a touch of acetic acid. A lingering musty tartness tilts things back again to the old ale side. A firm but well-integrated oakiness wraps it all together, not too whiskey-heavy, and not too wine-heavy, but just enough to add deeper complexity to an already superbly complex beer.

Lovely stuff, goes to show what age, blending, and that magic touch of experience can create. Certainly a case of the sum being greater than the parts.

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Photo of goopy
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Watkinsmike83
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It smelled of black cherry and some bourbon notes. Big tart bite at first sip. Not overpowering. Good dried dark fruit flavor.

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Photo of MikeBogert53
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beeragent
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of REVZEB
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
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 superspak
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/3/2017. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/light copper/brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big tart/sour cherry, raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, berries, lemon, green apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, hay, straw, pepper, brown bread, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, coffee, toffee, nuttiness, leather, musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge tart/sour cherry, raisin, plum, prune, fig, date, berries, lemon, green apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, hay, straw, pepper, brown bread, and toasted oak; with lighter notes of vanilla, bourbon, cocoa, coffee, toffee, nuttiness, leather, musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/sour cherry, dark fruits, berries, lemon, green apple, red grape, caramel, brown sugar, hay, straw, pepper, brown bread, toasted oak, leather, musty funk, light cocoa/vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and oak barrel flavors; with an awesome malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness and carbonation, increasing through the glass. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/grainy/acidic, and lightly sticky/chalky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 7.3%. Overall this is an amazing blended dark sour/wild ale! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, dark/bready malt, and oak barrel flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the balanced tart/lactic/spicy finish. Phenomenal Brett and Lacto complexity in great balance with the blend of base beers. Great bourbon/wine barrel presence. A highly delicious offering. Would love to age another and see how it develops in a year or two.

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Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nwhittin
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeRose
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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 DBosco
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barely translucent ruby brown with a small persistent head. Smells of a sour barrel, a little oaky. I think this was bottled in February 2017, so it is pretty young, and the sourness is moderate right now. Nice barrel flavors - mainly oaky but traces of the whiskey and wine. Some plummy sweetness that lingers in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very good, smooth watery with some puckering sourness. Overall, this is a very good beer with an approachable sourness, tasty blend of barrel flavors and great complex slightly sweet fruity flavors. I'm guessing this might be an excellent bottle to let age more and develop a more complex sour flavor.

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Photo of avalon07
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, dark fruit, brettanomyces, and a funky quality.

T: Tasted of lot of dark fruit (plums, raisins), some of the aforementioned funky quality, a hint of malt, some light fruit notes (orange), caramel, and a definite sourness. An interesting flavor that has a darker quality than most wild ales, but still manages to be tasty. Oddly complex.

F: A lot of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: In general, this is a well made, likable beer. Very much a drinkable beer.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Changeling from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 72 ratings