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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Photo of Vixie
3.02/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very deep orange color with a good sized off white head. The head does linger, leaving some nice lacing.

This is probably the strangest smell yet from any beer I have tried. Best way I can describe it is funky, as I cannot really pick out any individual scents.

Very tart, tastes more like a hard lemonade to me. Can't really pick out any other flavors, the tartness is pretty overwhelming.

Actually has a decent mouthfeel, fairly smooth.

I have very little experience with this style of beer. It is different, but I think the sourness should be pushed back a bit. I really can't pick out the complexities other reviewers have found, it reminds me a bit of eating a piece of extra sour candy. I think this style is a matter of personal taste, and not really finding it to my liking.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.04/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Consumed at the sour tasting that I organized with friends. Split with many people. Thanks for the bottle, Ken! Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours an amber tinged orange color that is also extremely cloudy and murky in appearance. Pours an off white head that pathetically fizzles into pretty much nothing, but keeps surprisingly a bit of lacing in its dissipation. Very viscous - I'm anticipating a booze bomb of sorts based on the look of it. Big alcohol legs, and almost wine like in presentation if it weren't for the color. Not a bad look - but definitely really bent out of shape for a wild ale.

Doesn't smell too bad - although there's definitely a lack of complexity at stake here. Notes of dried raisins, apricots, and melons combine with a sharp funky aroma that is loaded with Pedi and Lacto bacterial strains, which produce an array of strange and foreign aromas - cheese rind, musty lemons, dried cherries, and a lactic sweetness that melds with the oak and what I presume to believe bourbon barrels. Slight sweetness from the malts at hand, as well as a toffee/caramel combo that is present yet subdued underneath all of the lactic acid. Definitely aromatic and sharp, but not too complex and a little too boozy.

I nearly gagged after the first sip - notes of medicinal vitamins and vomit all of the way. Truly terrible stuff at first, and I was really afraid to take another sip for a few minutes. Somehow, perhaps due to increasing inebriation or wanting to please my host, I took another sip to find that the vomit notes completely vanished. Nevertheless, this is a bit disjointed and I feel that the bacterial strains have completely taken over what probably made this more delightful (although recent reviews seem to prove otherwise, so maybe it's just me). Nevertheless, it is an extremely hefty sour, consisting of big raisins, funky apricots, and musty melons, with vegetal notes of squash and green pepper. The oak brings forth an almond-like nuttiness on top of extreme baking soda and charred cinnamon. The bacterial sourness coats these flavors and breed a lactic and green apple acetic flavor that is both interesting and yet slightly oppressive. The mouthfeel is top notch for the beer of this caliber and strength - creamy, thick, and sludgy. Everything else is extremely questionable, as far as a $18 bottle of beer goes.

Wasn't a big fan of this and I honestly think that the bottle we had was slightly infected. Nevertheless, I respectfully finished it and other people seemed to enjoy it overall. I do think that after the sour tasting that this was the beer that did not sit well with me, as I had horrible gagging and stomach aches, but at least I had the opportunity to try it. Never again, however.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.39/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy amber with an ephemeral head. No lace. Light bubbles.

S - Mild intensity. Vinegar, ambiguous berries, bourbon oak, lacto, mild bready malt.

T - follows the aroma, but not in a pleasant way.

M - medium body. Acetic and mildly boozy finish.

O - I like sour ales quite a bit, but didn't like this one much. Lacks complexity and refinement, lacks flavor beyond just being a slightly fruity and vinegary sour with notes of bourbon. The finish is a tad rough. The bourbon barrel doesn't compliment the base beer. It's not terrible, but it isn't something I want to drink again.

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Photo of maxwelldeux
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a moderate, but quickly disappearing head on it. Nose is quite effervescent and with some very sour dark fruit elements to it. Taste is fairly sour, and will certainly make you pucker a little bit. Fairly clean drink, but has a bit of a bite.

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Photo of PajamaHive
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Love Child No 3 was by fr the strangest beer I've ever had the pleasure of trying.

Upon pouring it settles into a pleasant dark amber color and develops a light amber brown head. I was a little disappointed by the smell. I couldn't take any strong scents off of it, which I'm able to even with much more poorly crafted beers. The taste was a bit of a shock at first with the almost overwhelming fruit and vinegar taste to it. The wheat taste really came out in the after taste. Don't write this beer off on your first sip though. It got better after each sip, you might not want this one ice cold when you sip on it. Let that flavor really come out.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split 4 ways at a tasting 3 nights ago. How was that only 3 nights ago? Batch LC13060-2.

Hazy red with lots of flecks on the final pours. An off-white head has good retention leaving some lace as well.

Scent seems tame, but what's there is good. Light sour cherry, bretty bugs, lots of oak and some funk. No bourbon, this kinda smells like a run of the mill 6% wild ale.

It's tasty but does seem subdued. Not as powerful as expected, especially given the ABV. Not getting any bourbon whatsoever, but still quite oaky with some vanilla. A good lacto/brett presence, lemon and some tart cherry.

Good mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Very drinkable and impressively hidden alcohol. Kinda drinks like a 6% run of the mill wild ale too. But the mouthfeel is definitely well done.

Good, but it came off as a little tame and simple, especially considering the aging/brewing process. Definitely wasn't getting any hint of bourbon, the price makes this a little hard to justify another purchase. I imagine this as a a good beginner sour maybe, the easy drinkability may be the highlight, considering the beer.

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Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

S: Tart, funky cola like flavors up front. Medium strong oak and hints of caramel bourbon, carmelized bananas, fairly malty.

L: Cloudy, brown with some orange tints, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Tart, fruity malt up front with a semi-rich bourbon backbone caramel. Light malt body with medium tartness. Slight acetic harshness with a touch of metal. Finishes with some oak and additional tartness.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation, some alcohol heat

Not bad, a little thin on the malt and a touch harsh. Barrel makes a nice appearance.

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Photo of GPHarris
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a tulip glass that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. the body was a bubbly reddish-brown color.
s - big dark fruit aromas like plums, cherries, and grapes.
t - bourbon oak balanced by tart cherries.
m - medium and dry.
o - the bourbon barrel was done nicely here but i would have liked a little more funk.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.72/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch LC13060-2. Best by 03-2015, I think.

Appearance - Hazy murky reddish brown. Thick collar. Slightly wispy surface.

Smell - Sharp vinegar. Like a distilled vinegar aroma. Brief, but sharp. Almost meaty. Slightly funky. A train wreck of an aroma.

Taste - A full turnaround. Still a little acetic, but with a nice malt. A variety of sour flavors. Lactic and acetic. A little fruity. Finishes musty.

Mouthfeel - Pretty sour. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This is quite good past the smell. Amazing how bad it smells and how good it tastes.

It was the poop

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Photo of beertunes
3.74/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Aaron M. (BA NoMasNoMore) for hooking me up with this bottle for review #2000. Shared with Justin (BA OKComputer). Bottle code LC 12059-1 with a best before date of 02-2015. Poured into tulip. Poured a lightly hazy ruby-amber color with over an inch of khaki colored head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

The aroma featured a nice fruitiness, dark stone fruit, cherries and plums, a slight waft of funk, a bit of wood and bourbon, and a hint of alcohol. The flavors were the same, just better defined. The fruit seemed a touch sweeter, the bourbon a bit boozier, and with a nice, understated sourness. The flavor didn't have as much funk as the nose, but what was there mingled well with the other flavors.

The body was medium, but very solid, and had a dry finish. Drinkability was very good, especially for a brew that comes in at almost 10%. The bottle was gone quickly, and we were thinking about another one, at another time. Overall, a very good brew indeed. Would some time help develop some more funk? Perhaps. The brew is definitely worth seeking out, I might try to find a few bottles to stick away.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a murky red-brown with a lot of sediment at the bottom. A light cap of off-white foam is there initially, but goes away rather quickly.

S: Notes of bourbon, lemon, funk, red currant. Reminds me a lot of Allagash Curieux.

T: Sweet red fruit, sour cherry, orange, with a lot of lactic acid. The bourbon really comes in and adds a lot of character. I like how it rounds it out.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy at times, soft carbonation, medium acidity.

O: This is a good sour, it's not great. The flavours are nice, but not overly complex. I enjoyed this beer for sure, just not worth $19.

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Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy amber/brown with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Smells moderately tart and acidic. Notes of berries and grapes. Not getting much oak or bourbon. No trace of funk either.

This beer did not seem to get influenced by the barrel very much. Much more like a straight up sour. A sour that is on the lower side of the sour spectrum. Vinous flavor qualities with a touch of vinegar. Finishes dry with an acidic aftertaste.

Bigger bodied than most sours. Nicely carbonated to liven things up.

A beer that is just not there yet as far as depth goes. Maybe more time in the bottle will bring out more qualities. A nice $10 sour nonetheless.

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Photo of nataku00
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle, 2013 release, poured into a glass. Beer pours a hazy mahogany with some reds and browns mixed in, with half a finger of loose off white soapy head. Head dissipates immediately to a thin collar of bubbles. Decent amount of carbonation coming off from the bottom of the glass.

Nose interesting, red grape, sweet red generic berry, light apple cider vinegar, old oak.

Taste follows the nose, grape skin and red berry mixing with light apple cider vinegar, very oaky finish. Not too sour but a decent flavor.

Medium body with some light carbonation.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at the lake over the 4th of July with the family.

A- Pours a murky brown with a 1.5-2 finger frothy tan head. Nice retention with soapy lacing.

S- Nose gives indication of the tart that will ensue. Vinegar, bourbon, and sugars galore.

T- Tart as expected...maybe in more so. Salty, mouth puckering sour. Vinegar forward with champagne and cider. Apples with sour cherries. Mellow warm finish as the oak and funk character are mild. A little spicy note that arrives late and gives a tasty little bite. Acidic.

M- Love the feel here. Maybe slightly undercarbonated, but the drinkability is impeccable. Mid body that sits nicely on the palate. Not boozy for 9.5

O- I feel the yeast is a really nice component. A beer that I can only have a glass of and can't be taken in large quantities due to the vinegary, tart, sourness of it. But a nice representation of the style.

$13.99 for a 750 ml bottle

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adapted from notes taken 7/14/13. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance; Ruddy copper. Small light tan cap and collar. Drops to a thin wispy cap in short order. Some streaks and spots of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Tart. Lactic and acetic in abundance. Dark cherry. Some leather, increases as it warms. Oak and some damp undertones. Cherry flesh, juicy and lightly tart. Some fruit skin in there as well. Dry and woody. Malts are a bit sweet with some caremlization. Pushes a bit more vinegar as it warms.

Taste: Oh hello lactic sour. Deeply acetic as well. Moves in and out of vinegar. SO much leather and tart cherry. Slight touch of vanilla and bourbon through the back. Really adds a nice dimension. The lactic edge builds as it warms. A solid punch of oak. Slightly damp and musty. Fruity in a vague way, other than cherry. Bourbon sneaks out a bit with each sip. Nicely complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate, pushing high, carbonation. Acidic and dry on the finish. Smooth through the sip.

Overall: Are you playing your love games with me? I accept.

This is solid all-around. Love Child No.2 had a bit more to it, but then again it was an old bottle. Maybe I'll bite the bullet and buy a couple more bottles to age and see what happens.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours brownish red with a one finger beige head. Aroma is funky, sour with hints of cherry, hay, leather, and mild oak. Taste is similar to smell. Starts very tart, like sour cherry/raspberry then quickly fades into complex malt and Brett flavors - leather, grassy, almost musty. The beer finishes with a hint of vanilla/oak flavor. Body is thin, but complex.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 5.13.13
Best by 02-2015

A - Pours a cloudy medium brown with a big soapy dark tan head that fades fast.

S - Tart dark fruit, cherry and plum

T - Very tart cherry, some oak and subtle leather in the finish.

D - Mild carbonation with a medium body.

O - Super tart and tasty, low sweetness. I liked #2 better.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FTowne for this bottle...

A: Pours a deep red/brown with a big medium khaki colored head. The foam fades in a moderate amount of time, leaving a thin layer of foam across the top of the beer. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pretty much what I expected, based off of Love Child #2. It's tart with big cider vinegar notes, cherries, and mild blackberries. It stings the nostrils a bit.

T: The beer starts off biting with a big sour vinegar note. It hits hard, but backs off as some fruit begins to shine through. As the beer moves back to the finish, it's tightens up again, making it slightly yeasty and puckering.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's tight, puckering, effervescent, and dry in the finish.

O: Decent American Wild Ale, but the balance is just off. As in Love Child #2, this beer falls shy of the mark, but it's still drinkable. I just wish Boulevard would add more fruit, let the beer sit in some oak barrels for longer, and smooth this creation out. It's just too harsh overall.

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Photo of scratch69
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Cloudy coppery color with ruby highlights. A finger and a half of off white head and plenty of lacing.

Smell- Tart, fruity aroma with a hint of oak.

Taste- Sour fruit flavor with a light note of oak.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a generous amount of carbonation. Dry and smooth.

Overall- A nice example of a sour ale, but a bit pricey.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention. Aroma of tart notes with some hints of oak with some Brett notes. Taste is a complex mix of tart notes with some Brett notes comprised of barnyard and wet leather notes with some wood noticeable as well. Body is above average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very complex drink but also able to retain a good drinkability level.

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Photo of jdhowe
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from ~15 August 2013

A: Pours a murky brownish deep amber with a thin ring of bubble tan head.

S: Funky cherries, definite tartness, oak, lemon, and an earthy smokiness.

T/M: Very strong tartness smoothed by oak and malt sweetness. Very strong citric acid bite. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation -- appropriate to style. Cherry and lemon are prominent. Cherry is less prominent than in the nose, but still strong.

O: Good, but not as good as I remember it being when fresher, oddly. I thought I'd like this quite a bit with more age on it, but I found that I was much more impressed by it when it was fresh.

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

Review from notes taken 7/14/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Appearance: Cloudy, medium brown with some hints of red and amber - creamy, eggshell white head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing, spotty

Smell: Sour and funky, as it should be - some acidic and lactic sourness - musty and damp, with some nice barrel notes - some nice fruit aromas - some vinegar in the background

Taste: Sharp, acidic and lactic sourness - a lot of damp, wet, musty, ripe, and decidedly lactic sourness - some brett-like funk - nice bourbon and barrel flavors - some hints of booze, but it's mostly overpowered by the sour - damp and wet in some aspects, but finishes almost dry - a nice range of fruity esters

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nice carbonation, sharp, acidic finish

Overall: Love games (Part 3)

Love Child No. 2 caught me by surprise with its high quality. This is at least as good. Nicely sour, nicely funky, and all-around great. Certainly worth tracking down.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep ruby, not cloudy with a two finger head.

S-Fruits, some oak and a tad bit of funk

T-Some fruit, milt tartness, not quite sour tad bit of oak and grass.

M-Medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

O-Had with Sour in the Rye and Love Child was not in the same class. Not that sour and too fruity.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ChewyLewy for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Batch # lc13059-1. Best before 2/2015.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy beige head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, acidic, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with fruit, wood, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between sour and wood aspects.

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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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