Love Child No. 2 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by AmericanGothic on 06-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Rainblows
4.91/5  rDev +19.8%
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!

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Photo of minnesotaryan
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep caramel color. The nose is super complex, very sour, lots of wild/funky yeast, notes of oak towards the back too. Taste follows the nose, super complex, really tart and sour. Lots of lemon/apple and cherry. There is some nice oak/bourbon notes too. Good carbonation, leaves some lingering sour/tart apple notes in the back end. All in all, this is a great beer, glad that I was able to get a coupe bottles from a couple generous Beer Advocates!

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Photo of lnashsig
4.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG 77! A new limited release from Boulevard, I have loved all the smokestack series beers, really looking forward to this one. Corked and caged bottle, $20 for 750ml. Popped cork, poured into 512 Anniversary glass. A cloudy raspberry brown cloudy pour, a little bit of creamy head on top. Not much, maybe 1/2 a finger. Smell- musty sour cherries, cherry pie filling, strawberry, honey, little barnyard mustyness. My tasting buddy said "like I'm riding a horse through a field of strawberries". I like that, pretty accurate. Peach syrup, apricot as well. This is super fruity on the nose, just a lot going on. Taste- Sour cherries, pie filling, super sour on the sides of my mouth. I get absolutely no bourbon barrel, which surprises me. The sour turns almost salty on the end. Strawberry syrup, tight carbonation makes for a dry finish. It's got some sour patch kid candy taste to it as well. tart, sour cherry. A little buttery finish to the cherry. This one is funky, sour, and pretty well balanced. The fruit element makes it really enjoyable. Way better than I expected, and I'm really glad to have grabbed this one. If you can get some Houston, get it. Good stuff.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy amber color with some golden copper hints on the edges. A nice medium dense 1 inch head forms and begins to recede quickly down to a thin film and ring around the glass.

Starts off with some tart notes. Some leathery notes and some vinegar. Slight bourbon sweetness can be perceived on the back end with some oaky and vanilla hints. Vinous notes are present as well as some slight fruit sweetness and a very little bit of husky funk.

Flavors starts off with some good sharp tartness. My face puckered slightly. This is then followed by some slight grainy and funky notes with the expected sweet vanilla and bourbon notes form the barrels. Nice fruity sweetness is slight but intermingles well with the tart vinegar notes and some slight sharp green apple. The flavors are nice and refreshing with the tartness not being too intense or too subtle. Nice and leathery with some good background fruit sweetness and oaky vanilla notes as well. Flavor wise to me its just barely within the 5.0. As the beer warms the flavors really start to flourish and shine on their own. One of the better Blvd. beers out there. To me up there with their BBQ and their Saison-Brett. Mouthfeel is a bit light but nice and crisp.

Good brew. Sucks it was so limited. Would love to have more to age.

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Photo of yankeeairpirate
4.57/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Believe it or not, the local Price Chopper had this beer in stock, albeit for just a few pennies less than $19 a bottle. I tried it and here's my thoughts....batch 2012-2, 03-20I4

A Poured forcefully into a tulip glass. Nice head, with lace remaining. Reddish-amber in color.

S This beer's nose is incredible. Fruity (lemon and cherry) beyond belief. I sniffed for 5 minutes. The wife thought I'd lost my mind. The brett funkiness is awesome.

T Tastes fairly sour upon first sip, then the taste begins to grow and the sweetness comes out. Second sip, the sour graduates and it begins to get sweet. Let it sit on your palate for a few more seconds and then take another sip. It gets sweeter and sweeter, just like a cherry pie.

M Lightly carbonated, not fizzy at all.

O One of the best beers I've had in quite a while. I had a couple of bottles of Boulevard's Brett Saison and they were good quality, but this one's better. Boulevard, you've outpaced yourself. Dump the Chocolate ale and produce this one year-round.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep burgundy with a sizeable head. Head retains tremendously and is thick and tan. Laces very well and the body is pretty hazy.

S- Lots of funk and wild yeast scents. Sour flavors mingle in with the yest funk to balance it out. Almost has a cherry-like scent. Lots of acidic tones give slight metallic scents. Very complex, and if you sniff really hard, you can find a little oak flavor.

T- Starts off with a small blast of sour and tart flavors. Somewhat cherry-like in flavor, but more acidic. Sour morphs into the funky, kind of musty flavor that the wild yeast brings. Tart flavor profile sticks on the palate as the yeast fades. At the end of the drink the slightest hint of the oak and bourbon flavors come in. Most of the bourbon flavor is just heat with oak being more prominent.

M- Sticky and somewhat thicker on the palate. Carbonation is rather low for the size head it had. Alcohol is hidden very well except for the slight burn on the end with the bourbon flavor.

Overall, this is probably my favorite American Wild to date. It edges out the Russian RIvers that I've had (Supplication and Consecration) by just a nose. The prominent sour acidity balances out the yeast flavors and the bourbon barrel aging brings a new layer of complexity. Glad I have another to age and see how it turns out.

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Photo of tito42
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. 2012 Batch #2 (best by 3/2014). A lot of buzz on the internet is that the flavor profile is ready 'now' on this beer, so I'm not going to try cellaring. At $19+ a pop, only buying one!

A: Chestnut with hints of ruby, cloudy with a foamy tan head. Not super in the lacing category.

S: Off the charts aroma. Sour cherries, grasses, musty hay, oak chunks, and bourbon.

T: OK, so this is what a true sour beer tastes like! Lots of sour cherry, lemon, and orange up front, and it also lingers. Funky brett comes through with a peppery kick of bourbon on the back end. A bit of a lemon chaser on the end. Oak chunks start to linger back on the throat about 5 minutes in. Complex.

M: Fairly thick beer. There is definitely a pucker factor that the novice sour beer drinker notices up front, but it doesn't turn me away from this beer.

O: Expensive, but excellent. I would probably buy more Smokestack limited releases at this price point, because I could actually find a bottle of this one.

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Photo of DCon
4.52/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml / 1 PINT, 9.4 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this from The Red Monk in Des Moines, IA for $25 (what a steal!). Poured from the Orange/Yellow/Red Labeled bottle w/ silver stars on it into a 12oz Tulip Glass. Has BATCH NUMBER/BEST BY DATE: 2012-2, 03-2014 on the back of the label.

Aroma- Light cherries, slight funk, and then a nice barrel/aged finish. Very complexed and subtle into you really stick your nose in the glass.

Appearance- Pours a less then .5 finger head that bubbles up and then dies. Has a light amber colored body with slight haziness. Leaves no lacing behind.

Flavor- The flavor of this one is just like the aroma, complexed and tough to figure out. Sweet, tart, and light cherries are all positive in here. Almost no bitterness but rather a sweet finish mixed with a medium sour attribute. Nice!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Puckers with tons of sour barnyard attributes and then a barrel note is caught on the finish. Incredible!

Overall Impression- WOW! This one has to be one of my favorites from Boulevard! The barrel aged notes I found in here were VERY impressive since this was a sour beer. Highly recommend grabbing a bottle of this and aging if you have the chance! I sure will be.

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Photo of PPOmaha
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch#1 pours an effervescent crimson/caral with slight hazing & 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Hazes a bit, above average head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, raspberries, fades a bit once warm

T: Tartness & sour cherry, raspberry, lemons & wheatyness up front. Sourness from the Bourbon barrels come through loud & clear as this warms with a slight vinagrette twang. Finishes tart with raspberry, grapefruit & lemon zest, plenty dry too with sourwood honey notes

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, acidic

Easy to drink, would love to hold & age some of this, but at $17.50 a bottle, I think not. Still a great beer. May not be funky enough for many, but this worked for me...

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

Thanks to my boy John-Ross for snaggin a few bottles for me.

Poured a murky burnt orange with with some fizzy white head. Quickly succumbed to the murky depths that is Love Child.

The nose is off the charts! Tart cherries and lemon, slightly woody, funky, acidic and it fades off with a very subtle caramel and bourbon finish. I was really hoping it would have a more pronounced bourbon nose, but this will do.

The taste is phenomenal! Sour cherries, lemon sourness, a touch of orange citrus... all encapsulated by some serious funk! As I roll it around in my mouth the upfront sourness fades into a sweet almost cherry pie like taste. The woody characteristics take over and I get the touch of bourbon on the back end as I finish my taste. Absolutely delicious!

The mouthfeel is top notch. Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. The combination of the sour cherries/lemons and the barrel characteristics make this an almost puckering dry finish. The best part of this beer is that the sourness lingers for days on end! I want it to keep lasting but the dry finish makes me want to drown it out with another taste. It truly is a vicious cycle...

Overall, this beer is out of bounds! So glad I have more. I was thinking about trading this one but I might just have to enjoy the rest. Definitely worth the price tag in my opinion. Cheers!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Batch 2012-1. Best by 3/2014.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour, tart, and funky with some woody aromas as well. Taste is very much the same with a woody aftertaste with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good sour that is tasty and super drinkable.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For new years eve, this seemed like a suitable beer with all the stars and pizzazz. And how can you lose with bourbon and wild yeast. Batch 2012-1

Pours a very light foamy small head, very little lacing, typical for a beer with this high abv, a quite clear surprisingly, cranberry burnt Siena color.

Nose has big sweet malts and tart fruit, sour funk, obvious sour lactobaccillus, tart cherry, slight sweet malts, a bit of a cross between lambic and oud bruin. In the background is light vanilla oak and bourbon barrel.

Taste starts quite sour, tart light fruit a little cherry like, very sour. Sour malts, light sweet reddish brown malts. Lots of vanilla oak too and nice bourbon and barrel flavors. The lactobaccillus is obvious again. Acidity is there but not too much. Finish is drier but flemmy, long tart lambic like and sour malt finish. Booze comes in a little later especially warming the esophagus.

Mouth is med bodied, decent but lighter than expected carb, some warming booze too.

Overall nice, good funk without barnyard funk, quite sour and tart with little fruit, nice sour malt, nice bourbon and barrel additions, quite tasty.

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Photo of shand
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of JayAre46
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile....750 ml poured into a ccb snifter lookin a deep murky amber with some highlights 1/2 finger of off white head. The nose is sour up front with a very subtle bourbon & caramel sweetness in the back with a touch of sour cherries. A little Brett in the nose as well not a lot. The taste is sour but not overbearing lacks the fruit but cherries are there and again you get the barrel characteristics especially as it warms. Very subtle bourbon in the back minimal heat just before the sour ending. Roll it around and you get some more cherries, finishes with oak dryness and tartness. The mouthfeel, is one of a kind and is something I've never had from wild ale which is so creamy and pleasant. This is a brew that I would recommend to any wild ale lover, the complexities and layers are there but are subtle and need to be searched for, longer barrel aging is what I would recommend or less cleaning or the barrel prior to aging, leave a little bourbon if you know what I mean. Top notch brew and the smokestack comes through again. Must seek.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark orange/brownish appearance with about a 1/2" of head that remains for most of the session. Unlike LC #1, this beer is opaque with a good amount of sediment preventing light from shining through.

S - Sourness is upfront and dominant with a wave of fresh fruit (mainly cherries). These two aromas compliment each other well.

T - Foreshadowed by the aroma, extremely sour/bitter with cherries and maybe some green apple. This is much more sour than LC #1 and there is no bourbon or alcohol detectable here. Some vinegar is present as well.

M - As with most wild ales, the sourness is the only aspect that remains in the aftertaste.

O - This is a fantastic wild ale (definitely one of the best I've had). This is a true staple for the style and I wish it were more easily obtained!

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Photo of birchstick
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown, more red than brown. Nose has bourbon, funk, sour lemon notes. Taste is sour lemon upfront that moves to some fruity wine notes. Ends with a splash of bourbon that is overwhelmed by more sour. Pretty solid sour overall - nice balance between sour and drinkability. Another winner from boulevard. 

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Photo of denver10
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy caramel with a reddish hue and a 3/4 thumbs width beige head. A sweet and tart aroma with some sweet fruits, particularly big on strawberry, alongside some slight barrel. Sweet and sour sums the flavor up quite well; fruity with a nice dose of strawberry and apple along with some vinegar. There isn't much barrel influence here, though as it warms some influence does start to show. A very crisp, active creamy thin to medium bodied that suits the beer just about perfectly. Overall, Boulevard's beers generally disappoint me but not this one. This one is wonderful and one of the best wilde ales I have yet to try. Great stuff.

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Photo of ig88b
4.29/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle, batch 2012-1 into a snifter.

Appearance: A hard pour yields half an inch of tan head which very quickly dissipates, leaving no lacing. Dark amber color that is cloudy with sporadic bubbles coming to the top.

Smell: Very tart-- La Folie-ish. I'm trying hard and don't get anything other than tart. As a sour beer drinker, this smells fantastic.

Taste: Not nearly as tart as the smell, and the oaky bourbon is very present up front (in a good way). The taste is actually a bit underwhelming considering the intense tart nose. A few drinks later and the tartness builds and lingers. The finish is a bit dry, and leaves you wanting to drink a bunch more. This really grows on me as I drink it.

Mouthfeel: A bit more thin than expected, quite astringent. The carbonation is very nice on the tongue.

Overall: I had this beer a year ago at the Parkville Microbrew fest, and remember it being great. There is no brett funk at all right now, so I can't wait to see how it develops over time.

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Photo of dbossman
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of ehammond1
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for opening this with me, Tim!

Nearly clear dark amber with dark orange edges along with a small khaki-coloread head of small bubbles. Leaves the glass somewhat messy with irregular spiderwebs of lace left down the glass.

Sweet aroma of caramels and toffees along with big notes of sour cherries, oak, and sweet, vanilla-forward bourbon. Very nice.

The flavor is delicious, unique and complex. Big notes of sour cherry and oak lead the way, falling away to an incredibe, lingering, sweet vanilla bourbon note. Incredibly drinkable, and the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well, though something about this beer lets me know it's no slouch in ABV.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

A very nice, bourbon-forward, sweet, American cherry sour.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle pours a slightly hazed amber color with a small white head. A few spots of lace, but otherwise an unassuming looking beer.

Nose is tart fruit, flame-torched toffee and bright cherries. Nice smelling brew here.

Mmmm, this is delicious! Even for a $18 dollar beer this is worth buying again. It is quite sour and cherry-licious...almost like a fresh BBQ with lacto. The malt is actually pretty dark and caramely. Pretty sour, but not over the top and blends the flavors together well. Good beer, bordering on greatness...maybe a year or two would do some good things...I dont know..its pretty damn good now.

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Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.1 out of 5 based on 395 ratings.
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