Love Child No. 3
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Wild Ale
4.26 | pDev: 8.22%
Saturday at 07:12 AM
Apr 26, 2013
Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3
Notes: Oak barrels were used to age the majority of beer used for Love Child No. 3—with beer aged from 16 months to nearly six years. Another portion of the beer spent 11 months in stainless tanks, souring on Lactobacillus. While very tart, the sourness is short-lived and the beer finishes dry with a trace of oak.
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of stevoj
Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle from brewers haven. Reddish brown in color, little to no head. Smooth yet sour ale, cidery, wine-like notes in the nose and taste. No adjuuncts.
Saturday at 07:12 AM
Photo of rodbeermunch
Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Was trying to crack some bottles with dust on them at the end of 2021. This is one of those bottles. Looks purchased in May, 2013.

Pours a brown color. Might have some dark orange/red running through it. Flimsy head. Off white/beige, 1/6". The aroma is an acetic acid vinegar, dark cherry, dark oak/walnut like wood and brown malt. Its like equal parts oud bruin and wild ale it seems.

The taste pushes in a better direction, light dark cherry notes, the wood picks up, but there is also a booziness to it. I don't like my sours around the double digit abv line and this one comes dangerously close. Brings the sensation of a feel of higher than usual wild ale bitterness too. Vinegar and red wine like cooking sherry notes. I'm thinking this one was better years ago. Also didn't find it to be a dry back end either. Hint of leather and balsamic.

I dunno man. When I drop $20 on a beer, I want it to be better than the majority of $2-4 beers I buy, but alas, this was not.
Mar 31, 2022
Photo of Sigmund
Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
750 ml bottle, probably from Vinmonopolet Kvadrat. ABV is 9.5%. Hazy orange to brown colour, moderate off-white head. Lovely aroma of brettanomyces / farmhouse, lemons, oak and bourbon. Sour / acidic flavour, red wine vinegar and lemons galore, also hints of oak and bourbon - an unusual combination. This must be the "whiskey sour" of the beer world.
Apr 04, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by BarrelAgedG from California

Feb 10, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by BKotch from Texas

Jun 02, 2020
Photo of buschbeer
Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750 ml bottle
Served in a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass

This beer pours a deep rusty hue with some blood orange highlights. It is topped with less than an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

It has a great sour aroma. Tart cherry comes to mind. It has vinous and funky notes.

The taste is very sour which I love. Tart fruit flavors coat my tongue. Funk and light vinegar follow. I love it.

Medium bodied with a dry mouthfeel

This is a fantastic sour. I am enjoying every sip.
Nov 30, 2019
Photo of GuyFawkes
Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
2014 vintage; drank 2/5/15 @ Fischman's.

Murky orange/red rust appearance.

Small off-white head; minimal lace.

Mildly tart strawberry nose.

Medium thin mouthful.

Tasty but SUPER tart strawberry flavor; puckering but still enjoyable. Sour heads would freak...
May 05, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by RPM3334 from South Carolina

Mar 17, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Oct 01, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by hopkrid from Florida

Jul 20, 2018
Photo of wedge
Reviewed by wedge from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep burgundy color capped with a sticky layer of beige cream. Woody, spicy aromas blend with earthy juicy cherries, tobacco, funky straw, caramel, and faint balsamic vinegar. Sour cherry and wood flavors, cider vinegar, and a juicy tartness along the sides of the tongue. Any bourbon notes are really subtle - just a flash of leathery vanilla - mostly it's the barrel woodiness that comes through. Nimble medium body with a pretty hefty acidity. Still good!
Jan 18, 2018
Photo of Lone_Freighter
Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a nice looking mahogany color with a finger's worth of foamy white head that slid off at a good pace. Sliding lace.
The aroma had some black currants, light lime, herbal to earthiness. Driftwood, light funk, and a touch of floral.
The flavor took the prior mentioned aromas to boot - somewhat sweetly with that funk settling in dryly with the driftwood pouncing about. Light vanilla. Strolled nicely together into the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping sort of quality about it due to the funk grip along my tongue, wanted to make it a bit sour but honestly, not too much. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice AWA, I'd have again.
Jun 09, 2017
Photo of SHODriver
Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Poured into a Duvel tulip to a deep brown topped by a finger and a half of dense light tan head that slowly fades to a small pool and leaves minimal lacing
S: Smells of sour cherries, funk and oak with some slight sweetness. Smells a little like oude tart
T: Taste is tart cherry up front with some funk and oak, slight sweetness before more sourness comes in followed by more funk. Swallow is sour cherry and funky oak with some lingering caramel sweetness that does battle with the lingering acidity
M: This beer has a slight mouthfeel with a medium body. Carbonation is soft but adequate and the beer has a dry finish.
O: Overall this one is a great example of the style. Nice complexity with a good bit of sourness and funk. This one doesn't have any traces of oxidation going on so it may have had a little more time left in it. Definitely glad to have had it.
Feb 21, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by mattboyer182 from Indiana

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by davegray from California

Jan 30, 2017
Photo of Davepoolesque
Reviewed by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Redish brown in appearance. Tart. Sour upfront but mellows out into a nice oaky finish. Malt, cherry skins and dark fruit. Earthy. Short finish. Pretty good. Probably a bit past its prime.
Aug 17, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by Nuggetz from Texas

Jun 28, 2016
Rated: 4.2 by Beejay from Virginia

Apr 24, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Mar 07, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by RoninTK3 from New Hampshire

Feb 24, 2016
Rated: 4 by suckaj from Florida

Feb 12, 2016
Rated: 4.14 by jaeone from California

Jan 17, 2016
Photo of svenness
Reviewed by svenness from Arizona

4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2013 bottle, best by 02-2015

L: Dark amber, reddish, clear, thin head
S/T: Cherry, currant, vanilla, toasted malt, funk, vinegar
F: Tart, medium-light bodied, lingering acidity and a little sweetness on the finish
O: Complex, fruity and tart with a little funk, good stuff. Prefer this over the 2015 I had earlier this year.
Jan 08, 2016
Rated: 4.28 by REVZEB from Illinois

Dec 31, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by powdersoldier from Washington

Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by Kurmaraja from California

Dec 30, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by CraftEyeDoc from North Carolina

Dec 20, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by Stum-pub from Connecticut

Sep 21, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Aug 30, 2015
Rated: 4.16 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

Jul 21, 2015
Rated: 4.07 by SafeAtFirst from Wisconsin

Jul 19, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by greenspointexas from Texas

Jul 02, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by ricoslim from Florida

Jun 29, 2015
Rated: 4.46 by Will_Edgar from Iowa

Jun 19, 2015
Rated: 4.17 by Fireslayer from Wisconsin

Jun 10, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by Farinag16447 from Florida

May 31, 2015
Rated: 4.54 by jwsipkins from California

May 30, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by tmappenzeller from Iowa

May 15, 2015
Rated: 4.4 by Get_Lowell from Missouri

May 12, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by kiki3drt292 from California

May 10, 2015
Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 908 ratings