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 | website

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
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85
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393
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
24.03%
 
 
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Photo of minnesotaryan
4.79/5  rDev +16.3%
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 +10.4%
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%
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 -4.4%
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 +1.2%
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 -1.7%
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 +1.9%
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 -2.4%
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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Photo of Reaper16
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of rlee1390
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of sweemzander
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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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Photo of MatthewWilde
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glugs out, though that's due more to the wine bottle's long neck and thin lip than to the beer's viscosity. It's dark and appealingly murky reddish, like fruit leather.

Smells very tart and a little like cherries. Pleasantly strong, but not all that complex for the style.

Tastes much more complicated. The aroma is tamed by the bourbon barrel-ness, which smoothes the flavor out wonderfully. Starts with cherries, moving into darker, riper berries and smooth nodes of oak and whiskey. Still fairly simple for the style, but also tremendously quaffable.

This would be a good intro to wild ales. Nothing too intense, but you still get a clear, fair picture of what the style is all about.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml corked and caged into Tulip.

A. Pours a pretty lively 2 finger head. Head is gone witin 30 seconds. Decent amount of lacing left. Color is a dark amber bronw.

S. Get the barrel aging in the form of some oak and earthiness. Decent amount of sourness. After that you get some tart fruit notes, cherries for me. A little bit of the Brett aroma is present at this point. I get a bit of a reminder of Boulevard BBQ in the aroma of this beer.

T. Pretty tart up front. Finishes with some nice oak and woody flavors. Quite a bit of depth of flavor. I like it. It isnt overly sour, which is my personal preference. I think the myriad of flavors works well at this point, and it will be interesting to see what happens. Taste also reminds me a bit of BBQ.

M. Medium boided. Medium carbonation. Actually finishes fairly dry.

O. I like the fact that Boulevard is branching out into other style with the Smokestack Series. Maybe not my favorite style, but probably one of my favorites within the style. A lot going on and into this beer, it might be premature to judge it at this point.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of DCon
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
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 kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 thagr81us
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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 EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby/mahogany, with a dark tan/dry mud colored head. A finger due to a vigorous pour, but didn't stick around too long. Dissipates to a fizzy ring.

Aroma has a slight acidity, tart vanilla, oak and a mild bourbon note. There's some light fruity notes as well.

Taste was more sour, not over done, but definitely more intense. Lightly acidic, with some lighter vanilla, oak and some dark fruits.

Despite the quick-to-leave head, the body was a lighter, almost whispy lower-medium bodied, nicely carbonated fee.

Sours are a fickle beast for me. Too sour and I can't appreciate it. One sided sours, can't appreciate. But medium sours with a lot of other complexities like this; wonderful. Thanks Herf!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice rich red appearance, very thin head on it, disappeared into almost nothing in a very quicklike manner. Aroma, definitely delivered on the sour cherry aspect of the beer, you smell some virgin barrel as well, enjoyable.

Taste, wow, this is similar to Supplication. That's a good thing. Continue on, you get mild leather notes. I'm impressed. The sour and tart aspect is appropriate. Its not as puckering as balaton or schaerbeekse cherries, but they're doing the trick. Look for vanilla and I'm sure you can find it, its far from in your face.

I'm very impressed with how well this hides the alcohol. Extremely impressed. No vinegar notes, finishes pretty dry. I'd pay $20 for another bottle. . . shit we paid $42 to drink it at Falling Rock taphouse, wouldn't do that again, but would buy it at a retail place for half that price.

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
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 daledeee
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750 ml bottle.

Pours a dull brown with a hint of red. Off white head but not huge.

Nose at first was spicy and some dark fruit. Then it became more yeasty. is there Brett in this? I think so.

Taste is rather on the cherry side. Not so much the darker fruit(because this is red cherries). Yeast, tartness and a sweeter finish. This beer is pretty high in alcohol for this type.

Lots of carbonated mouth feel and a not so dry finish. It is actually pretty thirst quenching.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike for busting this out at an impromtu tasting on 8/10.

a - crimson red with thin head that was gone quick.

s - funky sour cherry. lacto.

t - nice. cherries. some thickness from the barrel. booze is well integrated. some funk.

m - fairly smooth for such a big beer. full bodied.

o - overall, really tasty. thick cherry. strong and cherry. some tartness and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of claspada
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
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 womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.
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