Love Child No. 2
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2
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Wild Ale
4.25 | pDev: 10.82%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2
Notes: Boulevard's Love Child Series of "wild" ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces. These wayward offspring can prove so complex that we employ gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour, and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released. It will change as it ages, but don't we all?

Sour characteristics come to the fore in this release, foreshadowed by the tart, winey aroma. Notes of cherry, chocolate, olive brine, and leather give way to a subtle hint of funk and a dry, clean finish.

11 IBU
Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 397 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep red topped by a finger of dense off white head that fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of tart cherries with a lot of acidity, some slight funk, and a bit of caramel sweetness
T: Taste is tart cherries and acidity up front with some caramel sweetness, hints of leather, some slight funk and oak. Swallow is more acidity and cherries with some more caramel, leather and oak on the finish.
M: This beer has a medium mouthfeel with soft but adequate carbonation and a dry finish
O: Overall this is a really nice sour with great flavors and complexity. It reminds me a lot of a really nice Flanders Red. Definitely looking forward to trying the others I have from the series.

Nov 19, 2016
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Can_has_beer from Texas

2/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Consumed 9/23/16

The review justifies the score. I'm sure this was great at release but this bottle fell. Caramel color, no head and the only aroma is green apples and acetic acid.

Sep 24, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hearty red appearance, looks like love with a thin head on top. Sour cherry aroma, strong oak notes.

Taste was a solidly sour red and brown ale. Earth and leather notes. Mild vanilla undercurrent. Substantial alcohol doesn't come off that way, good mouthfeel.

Have you had Supplication? This is a lightly cheaper decent substitute for it. Would bang at $20/750ml again.

Jan 03, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cherry dark fruits, raspberry, vanilla, lacto, some funk, oak, and earthiness. Reserved, balanced sourness. Lower end of the carb scale. Ruddy, brown red color. Super good.

Dec 16, 2015
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JayPeso from California

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pour in a Love Child No. 2-4 vertical. Opened about 4 months past the stamped 03/2014 "enjoy by" date.
Flanders red in appearance.
Slight funkiness in the aroma with the bourbon barrel characteristics standing out more.
A crisp tartness upfront. Finish was mostly the bourbon barrels with little-no fruitiness and very little sour. The aftertaste was the same. The sour/funk characteristics were not as prominent as I thought it would be. Might have been due to age especially when compared to Love Child No. 3.

Still a great and enjoyable beer. Really liked being able to pick out the differences in all three of the vertical.

Jul 09, 2014
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PPOmaha from Nebraska

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2-2012

Aroma: tart cherries and strawberries. Clean funk.

Appearance: ruby cherry color. Beautiful. Head falls immediately.

Taste: starts medium tart with a bit of funk and finishes with prominent plum and cherry skin flavors. Hard to pick out malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: puckering and dry. No dms, very light diacetyl.

Overall: great beers that loses some of its ripe fruit characteristics with age but is almost more complex now.

Feb 15, 2014
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an orangey/amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and almost no lacing. Aroma consists of sour tart notes are quite dominant with light subtle notes of bourbon also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by tart and sour notes with light acidic notes with a finish that is closer to Chardonnay then bourbon actually. Body is about average with medium carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Enjoyable and well brewed top style without rewriting the rule book.

Jan 24, 2014
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goochpunch from Texas

3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a dark caramel color. Thin, tiny head. Smell is tart and funky with some caramel malts. No booze detected in the nose for such a high abv beer. I love the sourness of this beer, first off, along with the caramel malts. Issue is taken with the bourbon barrel aging, however. I feel the vanilla, oak, caramel, and chocolate flavors from the bourbon barrel aging just clash with the tartness. Finishes sweetish. Mouthfeel could use a lot more carbonation to brighten up the heavy bourbon and chocolate flavors. Overall, this is not a favorite of mine. too much bourbon character does not work with the tart and funky.

Dec 29, 2013
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shand from Florida

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love Child #2 is a very tasty concoction that offers sour cherry in lockstep with bourbon barrel notes. The BBA notes are a bit unconventional for the style, adding a oaky sweet note into the mix that works very well with the upfront sour cherry. All in all a tasty American wild.

Sep 12, 2013
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

For once, a Supremes song that isn't "Reflections" is stuck in my head... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear rust topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises re wine vinegar, black cherry, tart berry, a twist of lemon, and the vague notion of old wood way in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the tartness straight out in front and hanging on through to the end. Thing is, it's a slightly subdued sourness, one that ends up a flat, one-dimensional flavor sensation that, once it's gone, doesn't leave anything in its wake to party in its absence. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, this was just a middling sour for me, one that got the basic sour idea down, but was unable to elaborate on it to any appreciable end. Gotta say, it was pretty boring to me...

Aug 09, 2013
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep reddish amber color with a cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer is funky yet gives off some sweetness from the bourbon barrel aging, very interesting aroma. The taste of the beer has some definite tart cherry going on in it along with some acidic funk in the finish. The feel of the beer is medium bodied. Overall it's a pretty interesting beer, was happy to have gotten to try it.

Jul 06, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, 2012-1, BBD 2014-3
Boulevard tulip

A: Hazy deep orange amber color. Initially about a half finger off white head. Good carbonation. Forms a collar around edges of glass.

S: Smells of tart cherry. Funk. Oak. Faint booze. Lactic sourness.

T: Up front you get a tickle of tartness. Not overly sour, but a nice tart touch. In the middle palate, you get some of that lactic sour cherry filling. It's mildly similar to a Flanders Red but bigger at the higher abv. Finish is dry but not bone dry. Lingering tart flavors. You also get some rounding from the barreling in oak. Traces of vanilla sweetness.

M: Medium bodied.

May 28, 2013
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Chimay Chalice

Appearance: minimal head, hazy, dark red/brown in color, low carbonation

Smell: sour mix and light fruit

Taste: cherry, oak, sour mix, and light cranberry

Mouthfeel: sweet and sour, medium-light bodied, medium carbonation but very prickly

Overall: Great sour cherry taste that has complexity with other fruit flavors. Right up there with the best domestic sours. Sour but not mouth puckering and vinegary. A bit pricey, but if I wanted an american wild ale, this would be one I would turn to.

May 28, 2013
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zhanson88 from California

3.37/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Batch 2.

Appearance: Pours out a clear ruby color, even trending toward pink hued. Very little carbonation. No head retention or lacing. Very attractive color on this beer, but everything else is a bit off for the style.

Smell: Tart cherries, lemon tartness, and slight funk on the nose. Not getting much barrel.

Taste: Sweet and tart cherries up front, with lemon tartness present in the middle and finish. Light funk as well. again, not much barrel. This beer is much more oud bruin than wild ale.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is nice and light, but the absence of measureable carbonation is very noticeable. This beer isn't completely flat, but it's close. Overall, kind of tough to grade this one out at it's a very tasty beer, but probably not what I was expecting as a wild ale. As I said above, much more oud bruin than wild.

May 12, 2013
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GonzoHomebrewer from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank in between the born on date of 2012 and enjoy by 3/2014. I think I made the right choice

A- Rusty,ruby brown pour with a decent head upon the pour, but a few seconds in, it becomes minimal, as does the lacing. Nothing crazy, but the lack of haze, cloudiness in the pour is impressive

S- Smells like a baby oud bruin; faint cherry dominated by a tame one note of funk. Not bad, but the cherry definitely faded a bit too much and the funk never really changed much

T- Again, like a less complex Rodenbach but with some slight tart cherry bite, not noticing the 9.6% abv at all in the flavor, most impressive part of the beer

M- a little to be desired, the carbonation is not as crisp as I would like it for a sour

O- I find it hard to grade aged american wilds too harshly and I did have this fresh as well and fresh this beer is much better. The funk/sour quality isn't complex enough to develop into anything out of this world, so the cherry really carries this beer to me and aging it just drops the best part of the beer. Drink this fresh, don't bother aging. I did bump the overall rating a tad because the drinkability is still superb!

May 07, 2013
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dbossman from Nebraska

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Reddish brown hue with a thin but steady film of a head; okay lacing

S: Tart apples, cherries, cider vinegar, lots of oak and just a touch of whiskey aroma; this is a fruity, boozy, and tart smelling beer

T: Quite tart and creamy: fruity with cherries, apples and a touch of a cider vinegar flavor; quite oaky and there is a subtle sweet boozy whiskey flavor lingering beneath--really quite tart, refreshing, and tasty

F: This is a delicious big sour beer; I love the creaminiess and the tart fruits mingling with the subtle woody whiskey flavors

May 03, 2013
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sommersb from Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted On: 04-05-2013
Freshness: Batch number 2012-1, best by 03-2014
Packaging: 750ml brown bottle, corked and caged
Glassware: Teku
Purchased: Received in a trade

Very pretty color of cherry-wood on the semi-clear pour. The white head is small and dissipates quickly, only leaving a little lace.

Aromas have fruitiness of grapes, for a very wine-like smell, plus notes of wood and yeast funkiness.

The taste features moderate tartness and sourness, with flavors of grapes and tart cherries. Not really a malty or hoppy beer, but sour with some supporting sweetness.

Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation, the finish is semi-dry and tart; quite refreshing.

Overall a smooth and mellow sour ale. The only complaint I'd have is you really don't get any bourbon characteristics even though the label says it is aged in bourbon barrels.

Many thanks to TheBishopco for this treat!

Apr 06, 2013
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angrybabboon from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/5/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Appearance: Hazy, dark amber - some clarity and lighter colors around the edges - tan head, nice carbonation for a barrel-aged beer - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Potent, and uniquely... ripe - a lot going on here - very funky, with some characteristic Brett - sour, with some wet, damp lacto - wet, dirty basement - some fruit and berry skins - some wet, damp wood - I believe this is bourbon-barrel aged, but it doesn't smell it - personally, this is a good thing

Taste: Sour, funky, and surprisingly intense - lactic and acidic sourness, some musty funk - tart and sour, with some earthy, dirty Brett - some fruit skins and some general fruitiness - woody, with some bourbon that actually melds with the other flavors, rather than dominates it (bonus points) - some caramel malts underneath - consistently interesting

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body, sticky, nice carbonation, lingering sourness

Overall: Delicious children

This one surprised me. It's intensely sour and funky. Impressively so, especially since the bourbon is nicely integrated. This wins.

Apr 06, 2013
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance:Ruddy copper. Seriously hazed. Head is off-white and drops to a wispy hint of a cap with a small, slightly bubbly collar. Some tiny dots of lacing.

Smell: Solid fruity funkiness. Some hints of bourbon with a pronounced oakiness. Sharp bite of lactic sweetness with some Brett funk. Slightly tart cherry and worn leather. Sweet and tart. Powdery yeast. Underlying hints of earth and hay. Lemon juice and flesh. Some caramel malt sweetness.

Taste: Loaded with lactic tartness. Cherry skin. Some small hints of vanilla and bourbon. Oak and good amounts of it. Powdery Brett adds a layer of funk with hay, grass, and some earth. Lemon juice and some malty sweetness. Hints of grape and white wine. Bright fruitiness with enough tart funkiness to feel interesting. Warming brings out a bit more bourbon but it works nicely with the layers of funkiness and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with minimal carbonation. A slight smoothness on the start of the sip. Finishes with a tart dry edge.

Overall: More an adopted child, but I still love it.

A solid American Wild that took me by surprise. Nice layers of funk, tart, and fruitiness. I'm genuinely sad I missed picking this up when it sat on shelves for weeks.

Apr 06, 2013
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Rainblows from Illinois

4.91/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opened today 3/12/13. Pours a ruddy orange brown, only a finger of thin white head forms and dissapears leaving no lacing. Nose is almost prunish, cherries, oak, leather, funk, taste is similar with everything in perfectly balanced proportions- not too funky, not too sour, certainly not too sweet, but just the right amounts of each. Cherries in the front with lemony tartness in the middle broken by funk and dryness at the end.

I love sours, and this was one of my favorite beers, ever. It stood up to the Russian River sours. Only problem I see is not having more to drink!

Mar 13, 2013
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Chaney from District of Columbia

4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought this at "Frontier Liquors" in Evansville, In.

Batch 2012-2-03-2014.

A: Amberish, cloudy, and with a decent head.

S: Sour cereal, and with a bit of cocoa nibs... of all things.

T: Some sourness, but totally like a brown ale infuse with something sour. Nice!

M: Vinegar + sour + club soda. This was nice in the carbonation spectrum.

O: Nice, but not worth the $17 I paid for it in Evansville, IN.

Feb 27, 2013
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damngoode from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Finally tried this, after passing many times due to the cost. Batch 2012-2.

Poured from the bottle and served in a Slumbrew tulip.

A: Cloudy burnt orange, quickly fading head leaving little lacing
S: Lemon, vinegar, orange
T: Bitey sour at the front, leading to a round sweet middle - reminding me of a flanders - to a sweetish mellow finish; barrel is overpowered by the sour, so can't really tell what it's been aged in from the taste; lingering dry finish
M: Crisp, medium-mouthfeel
O: A nice sour, not what i was expecting from the bourbon barrels; would have welcomed a more defined presence, but a good beer nonetheless. At this price point, however, i can find many a sour to fit the bill without kicking my wallet in the junk.

Feb 20, 2013
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trxxpaxxs from New York

3.82/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to FTowne for this bottle...

A: Pours a translucent orange/red (those RUBY TONES!!!), with about a half finger of off-white, pink-ish head. The foam settles in a decent amount of time, leaving a thing ring along the edges of the glass, and a splattering of foam across the top of the beer.

S: The nose is fruity sour, and vinegar like acidic. I mainly get lemons, raspberries, and funk. This is one tart Mother... Shut 'cho Mouth!

T: The first taste of this beer is cherry and raspberry. It's big on the fruit right away, but it shifts quickly. The tart funk and lemon make an appearance in the middle as it moves from fruit to cider vinegar. The back end is really dry, and it becomes overly puckering.

M: Medium bodied beer. Sweet up front, tart and drying as it moves along. It's a difficult beer to drink in high volume.

O: This beer is... alright. It's a bit too big on the vinegar notes for my liking. The fruit notes fade almost as soon as they hit the palate, and I wish this wild ale could have kept more of the sweetness throughout. This isn't bad, but I wish I was sharing this 750ml bottle.

Feb 13, 2013
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dirtylou from New York

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, split, hill farmstead stemware

Chestnut brown body - not much in the way of head or carbonation. Immediate comparisons to La Folie - really tart and palate twisting, notes of vinegar, tart cherry, wood, bourbon, leather, toffee. Pretty intense stuff - boulevard comes through with another solid smokestack beer. That series of releases is about as consistent as it gets in my opinion.

Feb 02, 2013
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Gobzilla from California

4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: poured a pale brown in color with yellowish orange highlights and a very thin that hardly left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: noticeable vinegar upfront in the aroma with nice oak wood, some cherry fruit with hints of vanilla and bourbon booze but with a little acidic character which reminded more of a flanders

T: very nice vinegary cherry mixture hit first on the palate alongside oaky wood accents, a touch of vanilla, nice bourbon barrel character, subtle caramel notes and some acidic tart flavors.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild fruity, oaky, slightly acidic, bourbony and tart finish.

O: I actually really liked this beer and was happy to try a sour brew from boulevard brewing.

Jan 16, 2013
Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 397 ratings