Love Child No. 2 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 2Love Child No. 2
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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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Ratings: 395 |  Reviews: 88
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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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Photo of BeerMaverick
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev -5%
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 -3.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
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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5/5  rDev +18.8%

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: There is a small pop as I pull the cork, a bit strange for the Smokestack series that normally has a big pop and good gun smoke. Pours a murky reddish/brown color. A thin, bubbly head tries to rise to a finger, but recedes to nothing.
S: Acidic, tart cherries. Vanilla, oak, light funk. Simple, but an enjoyable nose.
T: Follows the nose, with the acidic, vinegary character more apparent than the nose. Tart cherries, light oak and funk flavors.
M/D: A medium body that is very crisp and dry. Easy and enjoyable to drink.

I am glad I tried this, but a bit sub par or the Smokestack series. Tart acidic, and lightly vinegary is what you will get. Which is fine, but there are much better examples of the style. Much better Smokestack beers for that matter.

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3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 2012-2
Best by 3-2014
Poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a very murky burnt orange color with off white head that has hints of light brown and does not leave much in the lacing dept.

S- Smells tart and sour. Lots of earthy oak wood smells. Not as much bourbon smell as I expected being a bourbon barrel aged beer. Only subtle hints of bourbon.

T- Sour fruit hits the tongue first, followed by green apple tartness that makes you pucker. Finishes with a earthy oak flavor that seems to linger.

M- Medium amount of body, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Slightly disappointed with this one. This goes to show you that higher price, does not equate to higher quality. Seems a tad overpriced. I expected more bourbon character.

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4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2012-1, BB March 2014.

Beer is murky, colour somewhere between dark orange and light brown. Moderately sized off-white head, dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing.

Nice smell. Bourbon, oak, brett, red grape, cherry. Nose suggests a moderately sour beer.

Very interesting flavour. Bourbon, oak and vanilla blend quite nicely with sour, bretty vinegar and fruit. Mild funk. The two clearly separate elements of the beer play off each other, preventing either from dominating but melding quite well.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit puckering.

Overall, very good. I have not had anything quite like it and I think the experiment worked quite well.

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4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Goose Island glass. Apperance is somewhat cloudy with a reddish brown color. Fizzy head upon pour dissipates rapidly to nothing. No lacing to speak of. The nose is heavy with grape skin, tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, oak, and lactic acid. Very minimal bourbon presence on the nose, maybe a tinge of vanilla. The taste is similar to the nose. Waves of fruit show up first with mild sweetness. A little bit of vanilla presence comes in with some oak mid palate. The finish becomes rather tart and dry with lingering tannins. As the beer warms, the bourbon makes itself more present on the finish with mellow vanilla sweetness and a touch of booziness. Very well balanced with a nice range of bold flavors. Mouthfeel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Overall, this is an intriguing brew from Boulevard. I think that more bourbon barrel presence would have put this one over the top. I looks forward to future installments in this series.

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4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL (batch 2012-2, best before March 2014) into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazy glowing amber w/ a 1-finger off-white head.

Aroma is an intriguing blend of sour and bourbon, as expected. Part sweet, part sour. A fruity, nutty quality emerges a bit as it warms.

Taste is pleasantly tart with just a hint of grain. Sour cherries. Bourbon gives it an interesting, mellow warmth. But that grainy quality on the palate keeps me from giving this more than a 4.0.

Mouthfeel is slick, a little prickly w/ a sharp bite from the wild yeast. Oak keeps it moderately dry.

Overall an interesting sour. Maybe the first bourbon barrel aged wild ale I've had, so not much to compare to. Reminds me somewhat of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Will be interested to see how my other bottle ages over a couple of years.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Love Child No. 2 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92.4% out of 100 with 395 ratings
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