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 inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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 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 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 sommersb
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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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 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 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 Chaney
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of damngoode
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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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 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 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 ChugginOil
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown color with just a bit of light tan head. Spotty lacing.

The nose has notes of toffee, cherries, bready malt and of course, a nice amount of vanilla and bourbon. Very interesting to say the least.

The flavors are very unique and satisfying. The warm bourbon flavors are noticed first, followed immediately by sweet and sour/tart cherries and plums. The mixture of bourbon and sour cherries is fantastic.

The mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a mouthwatering tartness that has my buds begging for more.

Overall, this is great! I love bourbon beers and sours so this is the best of both worlds. Great brew.

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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 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 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 FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1602nd Review on BA
Bottle to Boulevard Tulip
750ml C/C

Batch 1 2012
Best by 2014

Thanks to my mom for sending this to me.

App- Pours out of the bottle a deep ruby color with a bit of brown highlights and a semi-clear center with the edges being a bit darker. The head on this poured out to be about a 1" fast receding tan color. The lace and cling was pretty spotty but still pretty nice.

Smell- This was more like a small BBQ to me. Lots of fruits and bourbon intermixed with a good amount of the bacteria to give a woody, funky and musty kind of aroma. The sour is there but its quite thick. Decidely a bit fuller than most small sours that clock in at 5%. This is a big ol 10% sour similar to JK Boxers Revenge.

Taste- This was more like a small quad than a sour to me. Really took components of a couple beers to me and blended this. Took a bit from Stoudts 5025 with the tannic and wine like dark fruits. Took the bourbon of Boxers revenge. I enjoyed the beer but was in need of some balance. I think it needs a bit more time to mellow and meld.

Mouth- Its a fuller medium body with a big creamy wine like note. Seems to be a bit aerated and lush. The carbontion is a bit of a fuller medium as well. The residual flavors of oak, bourbon, vanilla, cherry and dry herbal come in.

Drink- This was a very nice beer. The large sour component matched with the bourbon created a nice depth and a good balance of flavors. The smoothness of the bourbon matched with a funky note was a great combo.

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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 liamt07
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 750ml into a tulip. Batch 2012-1, best before March 2014.

Muddy reddish brown, couple fingers of offwhite head. Good lace and moderate retention. Nose is funky, oak, brett, light fruitiness as well. Quite inviting - not as much bourbon as I anticipated (if any). Taste has some acetic tartness, brett, oak, sweet red fleshed fruits, good malt character and bourbon is apparent way into the finish. Bubbly carbonation, almost spritzy. Moderate sourness, with enough malt and sweetness to provoke constant sipping. Medium body. A nice barreled sour, almost like a flanders red in a lot of regards.

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Russel's in Amherst. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear reddish garnet/ruby hue with a nice half a finger off white head that fades to leave a thin cloud and a nice light halo.

S - Gotta agree with another reviewer, getting some nice applesauce/cinnamon. Very light wood and vanilla notes as well. Some super light funk and cherries as well.

T - Taste is nice and on the lighter side, kinda shocking considering the ABV. Light spice notes, apples/cherries, soft vanilla and barrel. Not getting much bourbon at all and the funk/sour is very light as well. Not expecting that.

M - Mouthfeel is really, really good for a wild of this ABV. Alcohol hidden nicely, with enough of those small bubble carbonation to keep it up off the tongue. Again, shocking for me based off of how their other barrel aged beers have felt.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this beer and was pleasantly surprised. A very subtle wild ale with nice flavours. Barrel is a bit too soft for my personal taste though.

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Photo of aasher
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium bodied dark amber in color with bright ruby highlights and a one finger, off white head that quickly disappeared. The nose features both tart and sour cherry, oak, light bourbon, mild acidity, and sweet caramel malt. The flavors are nice and complex. The first thing that sparks your taste buds is the acidity. It's acetic with nice cherry character and an approachable level of sour. The barrel aging influences the rest with sweet malt, vanilla, light bourbon, and mild alcohol. It has good flavor, and is complex for the style. It drinks pretty big with a decent amount of sugar but the acidic dries out your palate, creating the illusion that its lighter in body. It drinks nicely and is very well balanced. It's still hard to justify the price tag for a beer of this style but this was very well done.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have no idea what this beer will be like, except for the Funk, Sour, and Fruitiness gauges on the back of the label. Let’s see what those descriptions come out to…

Brewed about eight months before the date of this tasting (“2012-2” batch on the back of the bottle, with a best-by date of “03-2014”).

A: Deep red with a light bit of haze to it – above, a bubbly, light-brown head that dissipates quickly. Very little retention and lacing, quite thin in texture.

S: Wow, pretty spot-on to the gauges on the label: moderate sour with slight fruit and funk. Natural cherry and lactic in its sourness, it remains smooth over acrid for the duration; from this, the fruit aromas develop at a consistent pace. Overall, it’s a spiced fruit note, mostly applesauce and cinnamon-raisin. Bit of estery funk, bourbon, and nutty earthiness, as well.

T: A sweet, crisp sourness; not vinegar-like, but sour à la cherry and lemon juice. The bite is pushed to rindy lime and orange juice flavors in transition to darker black cherry and vinous red grape, oak and bourbon sitting subtly in the background. A big, savory mix of flavors on top, yes, but there’s sprinklings of husky grain, vanilla, pepper, caramelized sugar, and honey all around. The aftertaste is so fruity it’s nearly dry, though it still can’t smother those woody barrel notes.

M: This one has that fullness you want from a sour: not slick, but close to it. Just bubbly enough to let it go down easy.

O: I am grateful I got this one when I did; I can’t even imagine what it would be like fresh, but I’m guessing it would be too much. Right now, it’s just what I needed: a complex, balanced sour.

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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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