Love Child No. 2 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2
BA SCORE
92.4%
Liked This Beer
4.21 w/ 395 ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
395
Liked:
365
Avg:
4.21/5
pDev:
10.93%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
97
Gots:
99
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 395 |  Reviews: 88
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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
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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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Reaper16
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle served into a Boulevard chalice

Pours a murky brown color. It looks like the color of a cinnamon stick. The head was more of a suggestion; only 1/4 of a finger's worth of offwhite foam formed and fizzled on top.

The aroma is pretty subdued for a wild ale. It smells mostly like a Flanders Red: juicy bursts of red fruit and a malt note that reminds me of brown sugar. You pick up on tartness but the funk level on this beer is slight.

The flavors that Love Child No. 2 brings, however, are tremendous. Right up front you get a fresh squeeze of lemon juice, along with a pleasant apple cider character. There's some brown sugar (more like a sugar cookie/snickerdoodle?) malt note. Lots of red grape character here; this is a vinous beer and I the tannins (which come from the oak Bourbon barrels) have me thinking wine all the way. Towards the finish I pick up on some stewed pear, pomegranate juice, and a light musty basement kind of funk.

A medium body provides a nice heft while still letting the carbonation do its necessary, prickly work. It's dryer and astringent, as it should be. Overall, this is a fantastic sour beer. It's like a smoother, more refined version of Goose Island's Dominique one-off.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy ruby amber with some carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Cherries, oak, funk and plums. A yummy one.

T-Cherries, oak, almost sour, more tart, very smooth, grapes as well.

M-Medium bodied, very smooth, some carbonation as well.

O-A wonderful sour, great balance, not super mouth puckering but a nice level. A very good beer, too bad the price tag is so high.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for sharing Matt!

(A)- Pours a hazed amber color. Some white froth produced.

(S)- A solid oaky cheese funk with bits of tart cherry; plenty of oak in this.

(T)- Crisp, with a pleasant cherry oak tartness. An almost vinegar-like funk to it, though not quite "cheesy" like the smell was.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Subtle tartness and nice barrel nuances to it.

(O)- A solid wild ale. Not overly sour, but showcases good barrel characters throughout. Might even get better with time, though not sure.

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4/5  rDev -5%
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.
Beer rating: 92.4% out of 100 with 395 ratings
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