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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Photo of Durb777
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
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 JavaNoire
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +4.1%
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 +10.2%
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 popery
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of kguyty
2.75/5  rDev -32.9%

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 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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1/5  rDev -75.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.02/5  rDev -2%
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 danems64
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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