Love Child No. 2 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
395
Reviews:
87
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
11.71%
 
 
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97
Gots:
99
For Trade:
7
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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 freehafe
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of BeerJD
5/5  rDev +22%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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