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 RickS95
1.84/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Comes out a rich, light browny orange color. Very dense looking, not the darkest color, but very opaque. The head is fleeting and non-descript leaving nothing but a white ring around the edge.

Smells like a kriek. Very vinegar-like, too much for my liking. The tartness comes through even in the nose. I'm already scared.

Tastes like the krieks I've come to hate. Medicinal, acetone, malty, with some dark fruits. But mostly vinegar.

I hate these. Nothing really comes through but the sour tartness. It's tangy and medium to full bodied, but doesn't feel like anything I want in my mouth again.

It's a style I'll never grow to like or appreciate. I've tried and I just don't like it. Would consider aging a bottle, but not at $20 a pop. Hardly drinkable at all.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2/5  rDev -51.2%
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.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
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...

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy amber in color with a tall off-white head and high carbonation. An interesting nose. Raspberry, lemon, grass, and leather. A bit of oak and red wine vinegar, maybe some alcohol. The flavor is somewhat acetic and extremely dry. Lots of leather and oak, a bit of grass/straw, and some red wine vinegar. Lightly fruity with some lemon zest and berry notes. As with the nose, a little bit of alcohol heat. Just okay in my book.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep ruddy deep red color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap

S: A load of vinegar, some funk, red cherries, wood and Earthiness. The booze and acidicty stings the nostrils.

T: Immediate cherry tartness, dry, some vinegar and lighter bourbon. The wood and Earthiness really shine about mid sip. Very acidic and stinging on the palate.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Lots of tartness, acid on the palate, bourbon and cherries sit.

O: Good, not exactly sure what the scream is about.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2012-2
Best by 3-2014
Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a very murky burnt orange color with off white head that has hints of light brown and does not leave much in the lacing dept.

S- Smells tart and sour. Lots of earthy oak wood smells. Not as much bourbon smell as I expected being a bourbon barrel aged beer. Only subtle hints of bourbon.

T- Sour fruit hits the tongue first, followed by green apple tartness that makes you pucker. Finishes with a earthy oak flavor that seems to linger.

M- Medium amount of body, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Slightly disappointed with this one. This goes to show you that higher price, does not equate to higher quality. Seems a tad overpriced. I expected more bourbon character.

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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: There is a small pop as I pull the cork, a bit strange for the Smokestack series that normally has a big pop and good gun smoke. Pours a murky reddish/brown color. A thin, bubbly head tries to rise to a finger, but recedes to nothing.
S: Acidic, tart cherries. Vanilla, oak, light funk. Simple, but an enjoyable nose.
T: Follows the nose, with the acidic, vinegary character more apparent than the nose. Tart cherries, light oak and funk flavors.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and dry. Easy and enjoyable to drink.

I am glad I tried this, but a bit sub par or the Smokestack series. Tart acidic, and lightly vinegary is what you will get. Which is fine, but there are much better examples of the style. Much better Smokestack beers for that matter.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.65/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and dull reddish brown hue with active carbonation.

Smells of tar cherries, oak, and lemon balm.

Very tart flavor with the same notes from the smell, but the vinegar is a bit much.

Sparkling mouthfeel that's heavy on the carbonation and sharp with the vinegar.

A decent wild ale, but the $20 price tag is absurd.

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Photo of claspada
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light brown color with a fizzle of a small white head that immediately disspates. I think somethin was wrong with this bottle as there was barely a pop and it poured almost still.

Aromas begin with a lot of tart dark fruit, as well as some cherry notes. As it warms you get more of the brett funk and some oak from the barrel aging. Light caramel malt sweetness in the background.

The tastes begin with tart and sour fruit highlighted by dark cherry notes. Then you get some funkiness and Brett yeastiness with some sweet caramel and toffee malt flavors. As it warms it gets a little more complex with some tobacco and leather notes as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low, bordering flat carbonation. Finish is slightly dry but more sweet than tart. The sourness is low to medium, does add something to the beer.

Overall this beer was good but the still, wine-like carbonation detracts from the overall experience of this higher ABV Wild Ale. Lighter ABV Wild ales/lambics can get away with lower than normal bubbles but the caramel/sweet maltiness is a bit heavy here and makes for a slightly muddled flavor profile.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Chirpie
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

For a while, I was wondering if I was loving every smokestack beer just because it came from my hometown heroes.

Well, I suppose you can't hit a home run every time.

This wasn't a cheap beer. ($17 a bottle was the lowest I ever spotted) For good reason. It was created with blended beers as old as four years and they didn't release a lot of bottles (although I never heard the specific count.)

I uncorked it (750ml) and poured it into a tulip.

Now maybe it's because I haven't had much exposure with sour beers, but I was relieved to read others say that the flavor direction of this beer seems to be lacking a compass. I must agree emphatically with that observation.

Aside from a bit of barrel aging and sour, it felt like a psychedelic hodgepodge of flavors. You know how you ask a person their opinion about something and they say, "It's interesting." and then you know damn well they were a little let down? Yeah, that was me.

The mouthfeel in particular felt like, I kid you not, flat soda?

I don't want to rag on this brew too much because there were a lot of other things I did enjoy. The smell was great, the appearance handsome in color. But the taste didn't have me running back to the store when I was told they had more in stock.

Let's try that Saison-Brett from Boulevard instead and see what that holds...

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with some reddish hue with a finger of white head dissipating and clinging nicely to the sides.

First whiff is cherry tartness followed by some wood with some light bourbon.

A little cherry upfront in the flavor although not as strong as in the nose. Bourbon with a malty sweetness comes through on the finish with a little wood and vanilla.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Pretty good beer, but let this one warm up. While cold, the bourbon clashed horribly with the base beer, but as it warmed, the flavors melded better and I enjoyed the subtle bourbon. The warmer it got, the better it tasted. I'm hoping this one ages well as I have 2 more bottles in the cellar.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pop on the cork. poured into CS Cellar Reserve 2012 wine glass. Wanted to try this before buying more to see how many I need. Batch 2012-1

A - An aggressive pour reveals a loose 1/2 finger of beige head with some slight red in it. Body is very cloudy and a deep orange/brown. Beautiful light lacing.

S - A light tart of lemon/lime with slight rind. Also good raspberry and red wine. Really quite nice.

T - A lot of funk. Like lime rind. Some moderate acidity. I would say the gauge on the back is wrong in the funk category. Again that red wine flavor. Lemon.

M - Solid carbonation and medium body. Very drying. A little puckering.

O - Hard to say. It would be nice to see this a little more balanced. The funk just overpowers a little. Everything else is good. I was not expecting the red wine. Maybe some time on this will do it good? I don't know, but a couple more bottles can't hurt.

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
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!

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of JayPeso
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a RR tulip

Pours ruby red and clear with a quickly dissipating head.

Sour cherries and vinous notes on the nose.

Bursts with cherries and vinous notes. A slight hint at the bourbon barrel with some sweeter notes poking their head in.

On the lighter side of medium, sticky with a touch of drying on the tongue.

A surprisingly sessionable sour, given the ABV. Not blindingly sour, good cherry flavor, and a bit of barrel. A solid first commercial wild ale release for these guys. Glad I got one.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this beer.

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of tart dark fruit, as well as some nice cherry notes which are complimented by some brett funk and some oak from the barrel aging. The flavor is a little more complex. I get quite a bit of tobacco and leather, as well as some cherry and dark fruit notes, as well as some caramel and toffee. The sourness is low to medium, but really adds a lot to the beer. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A nice sour, glad I got to try it.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to MSquared2 for sharing this one at our Labor Day tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, wood, subtle funk, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, fruit, subtle funk, and subtle wood. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. This was a really nice brew that had a very nice balance to it. The sour and tart note here was very nice and fit right in with everything else that was going on in this one. The fruit was also a nice touch to add a bit of sweetness as well. Definitely a must try that I’m glad I got the chance to try myself.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml cork n caged bottle into a Bells tulip.

A- pours a light ruby with a 2" light tan head. Nice thick lacing clings to the glass.

S- tart cherries, bread, yeast, sour malts and oak.

T- oak, bread, tart cherries, nice sour but not real pungent, oak, slight whiskey aftertaste as the beer warms.

M- medium body and high carbonation. Dry and sticky feel and some acidity.

O- 5/10 sourness. Good sour that has nice tart cherries. Abv isn't apparent until the beer warms up a little.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Dark orange in color, quite cloudy throughout, pours a small white head which quickly dissolves into minimal lacing, not translucent

S: Strong citrus fruit and acid on the nose, some floral and herbal elements are faintly present, touch of oak

T: Perfectly sour, fruity and refreshing, definitely some herbal elements at the finish, rather difficult to describe, but flavorful

M: Just the right amount of sour, not heavy in the mouth, only a touch of alcohol even with the high abv, not lingering, but a bit drying and an unusual aftertaste

O: A nice example of the style, very pleasant tasting, despite the aftertaste, definitely worth trying

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Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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