Love Child No. 3 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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93
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112 Reviews
Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MickeyD on 04-26-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
893
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
24.34%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
241
For Trade:
25
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a brown 750 mL bottle marked with a "best before" date of 02/2015. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. Finally getting around to sampling #3 for the first time.

Appearance - A beautiful beer, with a body the shade of coppery brown with hints of reddish clay and golden amber. Atop sits a frothy cinnamon-sugar colored head about a finger deep. Dissipates over several minutes to a foamy film with a bit more head amassing around the edges of the glass. Lacing is present, but faint, and still yields traces of sticky residue.

Smell - Mild notes of cinnamon and nutmeg lay dormant behind a healthy onslaught of woody oak and apple cider vinegar. Subsequent inhales reveal a bit more funk and wet hay element to the aroma and maybe even a barely perceptible trace of soy sauce.

Taste - Initial impression is mouth-puckering tart, lemon juice, with elements of granny smith and vinegar. Flavor balances out to finish dry, leaving your mouth craving another sip, just like a nice refreshing citrus-ade. Oak is present again on the aftertaste. The heat on this is amazingly well-hidden.

Mouthfeel - Effervescent and slightly puckering, with a dry finish. Light-medium body and high carbonation.

As with my taste of last year's Love Child No. 2, I'm trying this one for the first time a good amount after the bottling. Luckily, these beers age amazingly well, and No. 3 is no exception. Still at the sour end of the spectrum, but not as turn-your-mouth-inside-out as No. 2, I wish I had a few more bottles of this stuff. Very tasty rendition of an American Wild.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml brown corked and caged bottle with a freshness date.

Look: Good lacing, clear reddish amber

Smell: Currants, lime pith, green olives, Portuguese sweet bread, funk, wild herbs, earthy, spice, tart, faint booze, wood

Taste: Tart throughout, mildly puckering, pulling wood, warming alcohol, hint of booze, faint vanilla, hint of maltiness, touch of funk, jasmine, faint olive juice, orange pith, quick flash of maltiness, dry fading tart finish

A bit more mellow and certainly more approachable than LC No. 2, the extra aging / blending really shows off here. Sip to sip this one keeps growing on me. Seek a bottle out now!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Batch number LC13060 with a best by date of 2/03/2015.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy brownish copper with a lot of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A complex tart and funky aroma with some nice bourbon barrel hints. Fruit forward with hints of tart and sour cherries as well as some berry, grapes, and apple. Brett and funk hints throughout. Barrel hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, wood, and some slight vanilla. Bready malt with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. No real hop scent. Fairly acidic. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a wild and complex taste of tart fruits, funk, barrel notes, and caramel malt. Big taste of tart fruit upfront with notes of cherries, grapes, berries, and apple. Funky Brett and yeast notes. Midway the barrel notes come through with a taste of bourbon whiskey, oak, wood, and vanilla. Sweet bready malts with notes of caramel, toffee, and biscuit. Somewhat earthy although there isn't really any hop flavor here. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Tart, fruity, and fairly acidic. Finishes dry. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A pretty good sour ale. The fruit flavor is good and the barrel adds a interesting kick without overwhelming the sour notes.

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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.
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