Love Child No. 9
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 9Love Child No. 9
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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
9%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 5.83%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
32
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
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SCORE
91
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Love Child No. 9Love Child No. 9
Notes: Boulevard's Love Child Series of wild ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces. The flavor profile offers the traits of funk, sour and fruit. The aroma is tart cherry with a slight earthiness and toasted oak.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 32 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by prototypic:
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prototypic from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 15, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Whoever said that the R.O.I. on sour ale has to be low forgot to get the message to the Boulevard brewing team. Strong, sour, tantalizingly fruity and spicy, this beer of spontaneity might as well be a potion of love.

Tawny gold and cast in a firm and foggy gaze, Love Child #9 sheds a beaded necklace of foam before striking the nose with vinous fruit, cider, peppery spice and a brazen acidic tone that tightens the jaws and triggers that saliva glands with a mere sniff. Scant on sweetness, any malt flavor has been reduced to a slightly nutty, slighty toasty shell of sweetness once the beer tiptoes on the front of the tongue.

But then the fruit explodes on the middle palate, sheading light on the beer's underpinnings of dry French cider, rose wine, cherry and a host of pitted fruit. Cranberry, gooseberry, plum, blackberry and strawberry add a tang to the nearly vinegarized sourness that keeps the taste clean, peppery and acutely sour through the later tastes.

Medium light in body, the beer's higher than usual alcohol, for sour ale, allows for a cola-like tact to rest on the tongue, fueling a medium length aftertaste of cherry skins, marzipan and driftwood.

Oct 06, 2018
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BrewSTL from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 19, 2019
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 08, 2019
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BKotch from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

May 26, 2019
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 02, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap. Poured a clear, golden burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of dried dark cherries, lemon, oak and some caramel. Very tart and puckeringly sour with a good cherry presence.

Oct 08, 2018
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 08, 2019
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atlbravsrno1 from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 02, 2018
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MickeyHops from California

4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 06, 2018
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krome from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 15, 2018
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 14, 2018
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harrisjohnson from Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nov 02, 2018
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Curt3 from New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 14, 2019
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Allurex from Kansas

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nov 01, 2018
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cp45 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 04, 2018
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jgunther71 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 19, 2018
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22Blue from Kansas

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 01, 2018
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caahare from West Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mar 05, 2019
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AlpacaAlpaca from New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Dec 31, 2018
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MJSFS from Florida

4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 27, 2018
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 06/08/18, best by 06/08/21.

Pours golden amber, low soft head of carb that settles into a thin ring around the beer.

Lots of tart cherry and apricot on the nose, with a very mild white grape must to round it out. Tart, and with just enough funk.

More of that great cherry tartness, with a mildly nutty, oakey backbone. Tart, lightly acidic, with a fruity berry quality in the finish.

Soft, acidic, very lightly dry. Smooth, tart finish.

Feb 26, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a transparent burgundy-brown with a finger of fizzy, khaki head. Head retention is poor. Aroma is plum, dark cherries, toffee, and a big lactic sour bite. Flavor profile is heavy plums, with a little orange zest, dark cherries, and oak. Fruit comes through pretty prominent, and then takes a hard dive into sour. Big twist on the sour. Mouth feel is medium-thin with a fizzy, bubbly texture. Overall, a solid sour that is indeed - sour. Plums and dark cherries add a good notes of fleshy fruit among the lactic sour lashing.

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

Oct 31, 2018
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swid from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nov 21, 2019
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Fettpopps from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 16, 2019
Love Child No. 9 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 32 ratings