Love Child No. 3 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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.

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Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 895
Photo of darthhamby
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poetry in a bottle! An amazing craft that's like drinking a tart cherry pie with vanilla notes and the Brett shines through like a siren. The oakiness of the whiskey barrels mingle around with lemonade flavors. Very light carbonation and an acidic medium body. A sinful amber color that reflects nicely from the tulip glass. Truly an art!

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Photo of alysmith4
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Whoa, what a beer! Spent $40 on it at Pizzeria Paradiso, but have really been wanting to try. Was not disappointed!!

Appearance and mouthfeel were good, but smell and taste outstanding. It says it's a combination of three barrel aged brews - not sure what those are though. The barreling comes through nicely, as does the funk from the Brett and the sour from the fruit. Very well balanced, and super interesting. Not like any other beer I've had, but one I'd try again (just not for that price!)

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Photo of MacQ32
4.82/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - pours a hazy red/brown with half a finger of caramel head, OK retention weakish lacing

S - tons of sour horseradishy aromas some salt fantastic

T - huge sour acidicness. Amazing sour

M - Medium bodied with nice carbonation. It hits the back of then jaw and is slightly sticky on the tongue

O - amazing, one of my favorite sours with ease. Simple but fantastic

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Photo of lexibass
4.69/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Like a 3rd love lost, this libation pours softly and quietly with a golden red as rich as an almost blooming rose. The aroma awakens memories of laughter and childhood games with the subtle pungeancy of farmer's cheese. On the tongue, tart cherries and a hint of yogurt play a game of freeze tag with the oaky finish of a group excursion into the forest, whereby a secret tree-house is revealed, its exact location still unknown and its revisiting, not replicable. In this treehouse, you have your first kiss, which you will later forget, as the sour lacto only slightly lingers beneath a blanket of vanilla nostalgia coating your wistful, longing tongue.

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Photo of shleepy
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into trappist-style ("chalice") glass.

A: Hazy amber; light-medium off-white head.

S: Sourness, oakiness / dill, and something like plums hidden underneath that.

T: Strong and delicious sour plum primary flavor. Apricots, dill, liquorice, marmalade, rose petals. Jeez, this thing is friggin' awesome and super complex.

M: Tastes much lighter than 9.5% (I was surprised when I looked at the ABV just now, after tasting it). I would say it feels medium-bodied, if not light-medium, probably largely due to the sourness/acidity and fruity flavors. Carbonation is light-medium, for a smooth but lively-enough mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

O: This is the best beer that I have tasted in a long time, and is now one of my all-time favorite American beers. Bravo, Boulevard Brewing.

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Photo of t420o
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Boulevard Love Child #3

A- pour produces a thin khaki colored head receding quick. Beer is a murky copperish in color. Looks good 4

S- funky lacto and brett, some tart raspberries and strawberries. Can't wait to taste. 4.25

T- holy crap this is an amazing beer. Nice and tart with a good amount of funky brett. Sourness is perfect. Tart raspberries, strawberry, the barrel aging imparts a richness that doesn't really come off as a bourbon barrel. It just really brings the beer into a perfect place. 5

M- medium body with nice crisp carbonation. 4.25

O- absolutely phenomenal. I don't usually balk on price, but I wasn't 100% convinced as to the $21.99 price tag so I had passed on it a few times. Going back for the last one at my bottle shop tomorrow. 4.75


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Photo of notchucknorris
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed deep brick reddish color with a one finger cream colored head.

S: A lot going on here. A lot of tart red fruit foremost. Raspberry, red cherry and maybe some plum. Some maltiness going on as well with a touch of caramel. There's also a hint of vanilla, oak and bourbon on the backend. A good amount of brett throughout.

T: Opens on a great tart note with a lot of unripe cherry and unripe plum. The tartness never becomes too sour because there's just enough of a sweet malt backbone to hold it down. Raspberry, vanilla, and a lemony finish with a good amount of lactic tartness. Finish has some tannic dryness and really leaves you wanting more. An awesome beer.

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Photo of Zbeetleman
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass

Appearance - hazy and dark golden in color. Thin lacing with the head after settling for a minute or two. Nice clinging of the head to the glass.

Smell - nice tart and funk on the nose with a hint of barrel notes, such as soft vanilla and oak.

Taste - amazing with the bourbon mixed with the sour. Two of my favorites making this amazing beer. Good balance with both flavors and notes from both styles come through nicely. Great to drink now, and it will probably get more amazing with age.

Mouthfeel - nice and fullbodied, rich with the bourbon barrels and it makes the salivary glands wake up a bit.

Overall - super nice and tart, good level of funk, and softly accented with the bourbon barrels. Well done, well done.

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Photo of ESPNman
4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a red wine glass (it's what I had on hand)

A - Pours a murky reddish brown. Ruby red from a shallow angle, more of the barrel-brown comes through at a deeper viewing angle. Medium-low carbonation. Thin off-white head. Medium retention.

S - Lots of tart, a little bit of funk. Tart cherry and misc. stonefruit on the nose. A bit of fruit ester, mixed with a bit of wood. Overall, this is a juicy-smelling beer, with a tartness that really makes your mouth water.

T - Big pucker up front... really surprisingly sour. A bit of funky barnyard in there as well. Cherry, a bit of oak, and some drying brett-like notes.

M - Solid carbonation. Not so aggressive that it prickles the roof of your mouth, not so mellow that the beer comes out bland. Medium-dry on the finish.

O - Fantastic beer. Nicely balanced tartness and fruit. Despite being bourbon barrel aged, you don't get much of that bourbon sweetness.... which is a good thing in this case. A bit of that sweetness could really have turned this beer into a confusing mess.

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Photo of spoony
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

From a 750 ml bottle (best by February 2015) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a unique, nearly-opaque reddish, orange, brown colored brew. The color is strangely pretty. The head is one-finger of tan foam that is dense but drops quickly to a thick cap and then into a collar.

S-The brett is obvious on the nose, but the smell is more tart and fruity than pure funkiness. There is a vinegar tartness, some vanilla, oak and just a hint of bourbon in the very back. Nice and complex with a balanced mixture of sweet and sour.

T-The taste is cidery and vinegar-forward. This beer is tart and full of sour fruit notes like lemon, cherries, green apple, and white grapes. The bourbon character is very, very mild and comes through more as vanilla and drying oak than boozy. There is a bit of caramel that peaks through as the brew warms up. Funkiness is mild.

M-The brew has an assertive, ultra-fine carbonation that gives a creamy, medium to full body feel. It is a bit odd, but a nice match for the flavor profile.

O-This is a great beer that hides the 9.5% ABV better than almost anything else I have ever tried. It is massively tart, but the light funk and the hints of bourbon and caramel from the barrels provide a nice counterbalance to the vinegar and tart fruit notes. This beer would make for an amazing dessert and I will certainly be looking out for more.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with the wife celebrating the birth of our twins. We now have 3 love childs.

A - Pours a murky with a small head.

S - Smells sour, acidic lacto, mild dusty funk, sharp damp wood, sour orchard fruit, apples, berry tartness, some peppery notes, whiskey soaked wood. The aroma of old furniture woods comes out when warmed up.

T - Puckering sour upfront, acidic fruit, unsweetened cranberry juice, tart cherries, apple skins, lemons, sharp salty cheese, a rounding whiskey and wood slowly sneaks out as it warms. The finish has a snappy pepperness to it, but closes crisp and clean.

M - Sour with an acidic bite, mild effervescent carbonation that smooths out as it sets.

This packs a pretty sour punch. The tartness puckers your taste buds, scrubs the palate bringing with it complex esters, leaving behind light whiskey and old wood. Very nice roundness with crisp and snappy finish. I wish I would have bought more.

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Photo of Daemose
4.52/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bourbon, sour, tropical, coconut, hibiscus.

This is the best beer I've ever had. Sour and bourbon barrel aged. I don't want this beer to end. It's beautiful.

I want to bathe in it.

The smell is meh. But it doesn't matter. The taste is awesome.

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Photo of Damian
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 750 ml/1 pint, 9.4 fluid ounces corked and caged bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Batch number: LC13060-2
Best by date: 03-2015
Served in a tulip

Impressive appearance. The hazy, deep mahogany liquid was topped by an inch-tall, creamy and silky crop of light tan foam. Large patches of sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass. The crown slowly dissipated to a lasting film.

Apple and pear notes were instantly detectible in the nose. Super fruity overall with a nice balance of brown sugar sweetness, and lactic and brett-like tartness. The beer had a strong vinous, red wine-like quality. Oaky and funky. Berry notes were also apparent. Although I failed to pick up any bourbon initially, I thought I detected a touch of Kentucky's finest by the session's end.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the nose and just as complex. Super fruity with strong grape-y, vinous notes. Lots of lactic acid, brett, oak/wood and cellar-like funk. Strong balsamic vinegar notes. Touch of vanilla. Moderate amount of sourness. The beer was anchored by a rather sweet, caramel malt base. Good balance between sweet and tart. Raspberries and tart cherries were also noticeable. The off-dry finish contained an interesting mix of oak, lingering red wine notes and brown sugar sweetness. As the beer warmed, some booze was detectible. At 9.5% ABV, the alcohol presence was quite minimal however.

The mouthfeel was equally as impressive as every other aspect of this beer. It was silky smooth with a fine, frothy, pillowy soft effervescence. While most wild ales are thinner bodied and highly carbonated, this had a decent amount of heft for the style. Nicely done.

Boulevard's Love Child No. 3 is a fantastically flavorful, immensely complex and amazingly drinkable American wild ale. Although the bourbon barrel aging played a minimal role at best, I hardly missed it. I am already looking forward to the release of Love Child No. 4!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Opened August 20, 2013.

A - Nice appearance. Bright cranberry juice body. Fine-bubbled white head has ok retention and low lace.

S - Bracingly sour nose with tart pear, white grapes, vanilla, and grape juice.

T - Whoa. Face-twistingly sour lemon, grape skin, black cherry jello powder, and grapefruit rind. Tamarind, cinnamon, and oak undertones. Lingering brown sugar and lemon finish.

M - It's easy to forget that there's a body on this beer behind the tidal wave of sour. Medium body, with surprisingly smooth staying power.

O - One of the sourest beers I've ever had. The only beer that I can think of that was more sour was a 12 year old DFH Festina Lent.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a New Belgium tulip.

A: Pours a fairly hazy copper color. The head on this is actually quite good for a sour ale; it's only 1 fingers high, with an offwhite shade. It has a surprisingly creamy texture, but as expected, not the best retention.

S: It's about what I expected - tart cherries, subtle funk, and lactic acid. What impresses me is how well the three qualities mesh aromatically, though. There's a real sense of razor-sharp balance here. On the other hand, I notice very little - if any - bourbon.

T: The lactic sourness seems to hit strongly on the opening, but in reality, it mellows out beautifully after several sips. Regardless, it transitions gradually to a funky, earthy midtaste, and then into a clean finish. Right before the finish, though, I get an upsurge full of cherries. Much like the aroma, I have to really concentrate to find any bourbon qualities - when they come through, though, they add another subtle layer. I love how superbly balanced, complex, and sophisticated this is.

M: It starts off fairly soft, while the finish is classically dry in that typical sour ale fashion. Carbonation is assertive without being overbearing. The most impressive feature is how boozy it isn't; Boulevard could have said this was 5% and I wouldn't bat an eyelash either way.

O: This is freakin' superb. Even though I managed to snag this bottle for $8, I'd gladly pay the regular price (~$18) for this one again (and again, and again, and again...) Like I said, I just adore its balanced finesse.

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Photo of svenness
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

split a corked caged 750ml bottle

A-pours a hazy brown/garnet color with a 2 finger kahki head with som nice lacing
S-light sour fruit with wood and caramel soft touch of bourbon and oak with brett
T-tart and sour fruit that was mild on the palate with soft wood and oak taste a bit of brett and funk with a touch of vanilla
M- tart and smooth with ABV hidden just right carbonation slight sourness
O- i really liked this wild ale it was not overly sour or bourbon up it was just a pleasure to drink

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Photo of Chaney
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pick this up over in Annapolis for $9.99.

Served in a shaped wine glass around our pool.

A: Infinitely cloudy orange color with a slight whispy head... but that's not what this brew is about.

S: It's like Jolly Ranchers on sour steroids. A slight bit of sourness, milky, and with a good bit of acidity.

T: Totally acidic, not too sour, and with a slight case of the acetic blues. Pretty awesome.

M: Slight carbonation, but much more than one might expect from this style. I dug the sour disposition here. Not too ridiculous, yet great.

O: I didn't thing Love Child No. 2 was worth the money. Even though I bought this at a cutthroat rate, I thought it was worth the money plus $10+.

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Photo of GameFreac
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared this with a friend who's a Boulevard fanboy. Glad I didn't pay for this ($18.99). Or am I?

Appearance: Pours a pink/red color with a finger of a white head.

Smell: Smells of tart sour apples and cherries - some funk and oak. Great aroma.

Taste -Taste mirrors the nose. Really sour and really good.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel. Acidic and lots of carbonation.

Overall: One of the best sours I've ever had. Worth the money.

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Photo of tut2528
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: murky, blood red with an orange hue. lots of carboantion, with light fizzy head that dissipates quickly as if it was a soda.

S:big wine notes right up front with big sourness and tart cherries and blackberries. ther eis some slight oak and woody characters with a subtle touch of alcohol, and nicely balanced.

T: blackberries, tart cherries, oak, slight Brett funk, decent amount of sourncess,touch of vinegar, slight hints of tannins. really enjoy the balance between the tartness, the slight funk and fruits here in this beer. and i feel that the gauges on the label are quite accurate

M: medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. leaves a nice tart fruitness on the palate that doesn't linger too long and excites the tastes buds with each sip.

O: really enjoying the balance of this brew, and as previously stated, I think that the label provides an accurate description of its components. definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Jfriz25
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Murkey red, almost orange that keeps an off white ring around the edge of the glass. Small bits hanging in suspension.

Smell- I don't get a ton on the nose, mostly tart bourbon notes. Kind of smells like tart of darkness.

Taste- I mostly get tart pucker, not much I can pick out. I get a nice bourbon finish. Very nice but not super complex.

Mouthfeel- this is probably the highlight of the beer. Perfect amount of carbonation gives a soft silky mouthfeel.

Overall- This was my first shot at this beer and am pretty impressed. This is definetly one I will seek out in the future.

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Photo of larryi86
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- A deep, slightly hazy ruby red with a three finger off-white head.

S- Sour cherries, oak, touch of bourbon, touch of funk, fruity.

T- Sour, fruity, cherries, touch of bourbon, oak, good funk, touch of vanilla.

M- Smooth, crisp, prickly carbonation, medium body.

O- A great sour, essentially a well crafted Flanders Red. Would have liked a little more of the bourbon barrel in this, but still a great wroth the big pice tag.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best By 03-2015

A: Pours a very cloudy sunset red color with 2 fingers of head that dies down to a thin cap

S: Quite a bit of funk right up front with some barnyard and wet horse blanket. Lightly fruity with a hint of acidity

T: Starts off with a quick hit of sour notes followed up by the funk and light fruitiness. Quite acidic. The sour notes fade quite quickly and give way to a bit of complexity. Lighter fruit notes, oak, and some bready malts shine through with a very light wave to the barnyard funk. Finishes with some acidity and oaky notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good American wild. The up-front sour notes don't last too long, allowing for the oak and fruitiness to add a bit of complexity. A very balanced sour that is quite easy to drink and leaves you wanting more. I'd say the $20 is worth it at least once

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Photo of GonzoHomebrewer
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this after opening my last bottle of no.2 recently

A- Pours a murky ruby brown with a short head that hangs around for a bit, hazier than I remember fresh (although that is assuming that 2 & 3 are similar recipes, of which im not sure)

S- Oud bruin vinegar note with a strong cherry flesh note.

T- The cherries come to the forefront here with a strong, fleshy pithy sour cherry note followed up with some light oud bruin like funk in the background

M- the beer has a solid body to it that carries all the flavors very well, carbonation was spot on

O- Again, this beer completely hides the alcohol and comes around as a lighter, softer version of Rodenbach to me. Now considering Rodenbach (and Grand Cru) are around $10 and this was $20, Rodenbach wins for me, but this is worth a one time buy if you're a fan of the style and it also makes a great into to the style for beginners

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Photo of Torgo
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml Bottle. Slightly hazy brown pour, slightly soapy white head and an aroma tart cherries and a bit of dry wood. Flavor is also woody cherries, hints of red wine, mellow tart raspberries and finishes with a nice bite and dry. A steal at $9/bottle.

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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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