Love Child No. 2 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of claspada
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
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 -15.1%
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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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
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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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
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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Photo of jrenihan
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of draheim
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 7.16.12, thanks John.

A - Pours a murky brown with a large bubbled, light tan head.

S - Solid funk, somw wood, bourbon and dark fruit.

T - Dark cherry, bourbon, wood - great sour funk.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body with some nice tartness.

O - Sour, fruity, bourbon and cherry. Nice balance of flavors with the sourness.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.68/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a nice hazy amber color with some golden copper hints on the edges. A nice medium dense 1 inch head forms and begins to recede quickly down to a thin film and ring around the glass.

Starts off with some tart notes. Some leathery notes and some vinegar. Slight bourbon sweetness can be perceived on the back end with some oaky and vanilla hints. Vinous notes are present as well as some slight fruit sweetness and a very little bit of husky funk.

Flavors starts off with some good sharp tartness. My face puckered slightly. This is then followed by some slight grainy and funky notes with the expected sweet vanilla and bourbon notes form the barrels. Nice fruity sweetness is slight but intermingles well with the tart vinegar notes and some slight sharp green apple. The flavors are nice and refreshing with the tartness not being too intense or too subtle. Nice and leathery with some good background fruit sweetness and oaky vanilla notes as well. Flavor wise to me its just barely within the 5.0. As the beer warms the flavors really start to flourish and shine on their own. One of the better Blvd. beers out there. To me up there with their BBQ and their Saison-Brett. Mouthfeel is a bit light but nice and crisp.

Good brew. Sucks it was so limited. Would love to have more to age.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 bottle served in a tulip glass. Reviewed from quick notes.

Ruddy dark amber color, reddish glints in the light. Initial head of decent size, later a thin skim of foam settles on the surface, leaving behind a delicate ring of lace around the edges of the glass.

Lightly acetic, cherry pits and skins, light wet barrel and vanilla traces, no overt bourbon.

Fruit forward, tart and savory with woody oak, vanilla, dark cherry skin, citrus peel and grape skin tannins. Round feel, smooth and savory lingering into the finish. Medium bodied and vinous, with light effervescent carbonation, very supple and easy drinking. Reminds me of a young La Folie blended with lambic. Enjoyed it, would try again if there was a wider release in the future, but not exactly stocking up.

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Photo of Chirpie
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

For a while, I was wondering if I was loving every smokestack beer just because it came from my hometown heroes.

Well, I suppose you can't hit a home run every time.

This wasn't a cheap beer. ($17 a bottle was the lowest I ever spotted) For good reason. It was created with blended beers as old as four years and they didn't release a lot of bottles (although I never heard the specific count.)

I uncorked it (750ml) and poured it into a tulip.

Now maybe it's because I haven't had much exposure with sour beers, but I was relieved to read others say that the flavor direction of this beer seems to be lacking a compass. I must agree emphatically with that observation.

Aside from a bit of barrel aging and sour, it felt like a psychedelic hodgepodge of flavors. You know how you ask a person their opinion about something and they say, "It's interesting." and then you know damn well they were a little let down? Yeah, that was me.

The mouthfeel in particular felt like, I kid you not, flat soda?

I don't want to rag on this brew too much because there were a lot of other things I did enjoy. The smell was great, the appearance handsome in color. But the taste didn't have me running back to the store when I was told they had more in stock.

Let's try that Saison-Brett from Boulevard instead and see what that holds...

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this bottle of beer! Thanks elliot!

poured into tulip.

reviewed from notes taken 7/17/12.

Appearance: Golden yellow bodied beer with a small cap of off-white head. Drops to no head.

Smell: Tart, vinegar, oak, and red fruits.

Taste: tart lemons and cherries. vinegar is moderate. Oaky and rathy notes. Finishes with a mellow lingering tartness.

Mouthfeel: light end of medium bodied beer with low to moderate carbonation. Clean, crisp carbonation. Nice level of sour in this beer that is really approachable!

Overall: I really love the boulevard smokestack beers for the quality and decent price point. This beer is no exception! Dont pass a bottle of this beer up if you are yet to try it!

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Photo of Duff27
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short lived head. Murky light red body. Small collar.

Sour vinegary goodness. Yea.

Perfect tartness that makes this nice and drinkable. Slight bourbon barrel characteristic.

Medium mouthfeel, perfect carbonation.

Very pleasant sour here. Would be a good introductory but could please beer geeks alike. Thanks egrace84!

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and dull reddish brown hue with active carbonation.

Smells of tar cherries, oak, and lemon balm.

Very tart flavor with the same notes from the smell, but the vinegar is a bit much.

Sparkling mouthfeel that's heavy on the carbonation and sharp with the vinegar.

A decent wild ale, but the $20 price tag is absurd.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with some reddish hue with a finger of white head dissipating and clinging nicely to the sides.

First whiff is cherry tartness followed by some wood with some light bourbon.

A little cherry upfront in the flavor although not as strong as in the nose. Bourbon with a malty sweetness comes through on the finish with a little wood and vanilla.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Pretty good beer, but let this one warm up. While cold, the bourbon clashed horribly with the base beer, but as it warmed, the flavors melded better and I enjoyed the subtle bourbon. The warmer it got, the better it tasted. I'm hoping this one ages well as I have 2 more bottles in the cellar.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #400
Batch: 2012-1 / Best by: 03-2014

Creamy, tan, loose, foamy head pours out. Brew looks like iced tea; deep brown with lots of purples and some reds.

Smooth malty goodness; nothing overwhelming. Vanilla and bourbon are noticeable. Not fruity, just as described.

More funk then the label gives credit to. Slight tartness, but not in a lemon or vinegar way. Very nicely done. Raisin, grape, vanilla, and red apple all stand out. Heavy carbonation, but it helps with the style, it brings out a lot of tartness. Wet and heavy. A little bit like sour Iced Tea would be.

Whoa. What a PIMA Love Child was to locate! Love Child totally caught me off-guard; very unique and stylish. A fun, crafty, experiment from Boulevard. Keep the sours coming, but in greater quantity. Recommended, if you can find it...

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep ruddy deep red color with good carbonation leaving a dirty white cap

S: A load of vinegar, some funk, red cherries, wood and Earthiness. The booze and acidicty stings the nostrils.

T: Immediate cherry tartness, dry, some vinegar and lighter bourbon. The wood and Earthiness really shine about mid sip. Very acidic and stinging on the palate.

M: Medium body, good carbonation. Lots of tartness, acid on the palate, bourbon and cherries sit.

O: Good, not exactly sure what the scream is about.

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Photo of RickS95
1.84/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Comes out a rich, light browny orange color. Very dense looking, not the darkest color, but very opaque. The head is fleeting and non-descript leaving nothing but a white ring around the edge.

Smells like a kriek. Very vinegar-like, too much for my liking. The tartness comes through even in the nose. I'm already scared.

Tastes like the krieks I've come to hate. Medicinal, acetone, malty, with some dark fruits. But mostly vinegar.

I hate these. Nothing really comes through but the sour tartness. It's tangy and medium to full bodied, but doesn't feel like anything I want in my mouth again.

It's a style I'll never grow to like or appreciate. I've tried and I just don't like it. Would consider aging a bottle, but not at $20 a pop. Hardly drinkable at all.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Off with the cage, off with the cork, poured into my Boulevard Smokestack glass.

Deep amber gold, with hints of ruby. Some bits of sediment and a layer of 1/4" tannish head give the beer a good look in the glass.

It almost has a wine tannin characteristic on the nose - grapes and oak. To me, it's like inhaling a light cabernet, but soured just a bit.

Fruits, some vinegar, the woodsiness of an oaken barrel liked you'd find in wine, but much more "snap" on the tongue than a wine. Just a bit of pepper to close. The funk isn't as defined as I'd assumed - it's there, just not as prevalent as what's found in their Saison-Brett.

Simply carbonated, allowing the rest of the beer to stand up for itself, supplying only a hint of support.

While this may not be my ideal style, this is a wonderful cacophony of flavors and sensations. Really unique - not nearly as beery as I'd expected though. Though I've never had a sour like this, for me, it's much more along the lines of a wine.

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Photo of russpowell
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch#1 pours an effervescent crimson/caral with slight hazing & 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Hazes a bit, above average head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, raspberries, fades a bit once warm

T: Tartness & sour cherry, raspberry, lemons & wheatyness up front. Sourness from the Bourbon barrels come through loud & clear as this warms with a slight vinagrette twang. Finishes tart with raspberry, grapefruit & lemon zest, plenty dry too with sourwood honey notes

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation, acidic

Easy to drink, would love to hold & age some of this, but at $17.50 a bottle, I think not. Still a great beer. May not be funky enough for many, but this worked for me...

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Photo of Braseltonage
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love Child No. 2:

Hazy, brown with orange to amber highlights. Looks like its been sitting in a barrel for a long time.  Not the prettiest to look at, but i suppose that come swith the style. Very little yellowy head, small bubbles.

Acidic brightness in the nose. Some lemon, vinegar, some caramelized sugar creeps in. A dusty, leathery edge.

Very sour up front. Going to have to ease into this, maybe let it warm up to pull out some flavors. Lactic kick, strong lemon like sourness. Initially reminds me of Warheads candy without as much sweetness on the back end. A very musty, leathery taste to the back end. Some sour apple, brine, a little damp tree bark. Some crazy stuff going on, but the sourness does make it hard for this palate to pull a lot of outside flavors from it. 

Carbonation is medium. Light to medium mouthfeel, insanely dry which I like.

A very intense drinking experience, definitely interesting. I've been on the fence with sours, but this is a fine version.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.4/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my boy John-Ross for snaggin a few bottles for me.

Poured a murky burnt orange with with some fizzy white head. Quickly succumbed to the murky depths that is Love Child.

The nose is off the charts! Tart cherries and lemon, slightly woody, funky, acidic and it fades off with a very subtle caramel and bourbon finish. I was really hoping it would have a more pronounced bourbon nose, but this will do.

The taste is phenomenal! Sour cherries, lemon sourness, a touch of orange citrus... all encapsulated by some serious funk! As I roll it around in my mouth the upfront sourness fades into a sweet almost cherry pie like taste. The woody characteristics take over and I get the touch of bourbon on the back end as I finish my taste. Absolutely delicious!

The mouthfeel is top notch. Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. The combination of the sour cherries/lemons and the barrel characteristics make this an almost puckering dry finish. The best part of this beer is that the sourness lingers for days on end! I want it to keep lasting but the dry finish makes me want to drown it out with another taste. It truly is a vicious cycle...

Overall, this beer is out of bounds! So glad I have more. I was thinking about trading this one but I might just have to enjoy the rest. Definitely worth the price tag in my opinion. Cheers!

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Photo of denver10
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy caramel with a reddish hue and a 3/4 thumbs width beige head. A sweet and tart aroma with some sweet fruits, particularly big on strawberry, alongside some slight barrel. Sweet and sour sums the flavor up quite well; fruity with a nice dose of strawberry and apple along with some vinegar. There isn't much barrel influence here, though as it warms some influence does start to show. A very crisp, active creamy thin to medium bodied that suits the beer just about perfectly. Overall, Boulevard's beers generally disappoint me but not this one. This one is wonderful and one of the best wilde ales I have yet to try. Great stuff.

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Photo of JayAre46
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's been awhile....750 ml poured into a ccb snifter lookin a deep murky amber with some highlights 1/2 finger of off white head. The nose is sour up front with a very subtle bourbon & caramel sweetness in the back with a touch of sour cherries. A little Brett in the nose as well not a lot. The taste is sour but not overbearing lacks the fruit but cherries are there and again you get the barrel characteristics especially as it warms. Very subtle bourbon in the back minimal heat just before the sour ending. Roll it around and you get some more cherries, finishes with oak dryness and tartness. The mouthfeel, is one of a kind and is something I've never had from wild ale which is so creamy and pleasant. This is a brew that I would recommend to any wild ale lover, the complexities and layers are there but are subtle and need to be searched for, longer barrel aging is what I would recommend or less cleaning or the barrel prior to aging, leave a little bourbon if you know what I mean. Top notch brew and the smokestack comes through again. Must seek.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love Child No. 2 opens with a bright, lemon-citrus aroma, tinged with touches of funky fermented apple cider sourness, yeasty baguette, marble rye bread, and pepper. Deep beneath is a good bed of sweet brown sugars, orange and white grape fruit esters, and vanilla cola, but this is difficult to locate against the sour funk. Light touches of wood filter through, but there is nowhere near the heavy bourbon aromas noted in many barrel-aged brews. As a whole, the nose is certainly intriguing, but the sour funk takes a bit of getting used to, and is certainly an initial shock. However, the aromas as a whole are very potent, and even nicely nuanced, once the nose becomes accustomed.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately sour and funky, the initial mouthful tasting very much like apple cider left out slightly too long on a hot table and so partially fermented, cut with apple cider vinegar. I suspect there are people who, because of this initial blast, will assume the beer has gone bad. Get past that perception, however, and there are additional layers of flavor, including strong lemon and lime, baguette, toast crust, and touches of orange and berry, as well as light brown sugars and vanilla, and shades of merlot wine. Admittedly, these secondary characteristics are hard to find, since the initial sour, funky notes take up a good 90% of the flavor profile, and similarly dominate the aftertaste, which lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is certainly one of the more unique beers on the market, and has been crafted by someone who is not only an excellent brewer, but also apparently rather sadistic--like the kid in high school who took pleasure in getting unsuspecting girls to eat sour blast candies. This is not a negative criticism, however, because the result is a beer that is incredibly flavorful, and if you can take it, quite delicious.

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