Love Child No. 3 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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896 Ratings
Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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
Ratings:
896
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
239
For Trade:
26
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

new wild ale from boulevard. ive said it before and ill say it again, everything from the smokestack series has been impeccable, and this is no different. it pours shiny medium amber, somewhere between good apple juice and good maple syrup, with maybe a touch more red to it, and a few fingers of lacy white foam. the nose on it is both sour and tart, more bacterial than brett alone, puckery as hell, with some pleasant sweet fruits in there as well. the flavor begins on the fruity side. there are cherries and raspberries, tart and sweet, aggressively dosed. the sour sets in about the middle with a drying acidic front of tongue twang that's familiar and anticipated, but also out of nowhere and startling. from there the beer takes a leap into the deep end of funk. it gets yeasty and sour, sort of reminds me of averys odio equum in that way. the finish is ultra dry, almost making me thirsty from the sour. bottle says aged in bourbon barrels. i don't get a ton of that in here, but it is present. good mouthfeel, lots of carbonation and a dab of fruity residuals that stick around awhile. overall this is a fantastic beer, definitely the best sour beer ive had from boulevard, and a good head start for them in this direction. I liked all the sour without the vinegar of some, and I liked how fresh the fruit came across. maybe lacking a little complexity of say a consecration, but what beer isn't? well worth the price of admission.

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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Priced quite high at $19-$25 here in the Los Angeles area. I paid $23.00. Expectations are high. 9.5% ABV confirmed. I dig the sparkly label art. Batch number C13060-2. Best by 03/2015. 1 pint 9.4 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded hood and wire cap (also called a cage) over a branded cork acquired in Los Angeles and served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. "Malt Beverage Aged In Bourbon Barrels." I'm reviewing it as a Wild Ale.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

The cork popped out easily by hand, and no beer surged up. Carbonation seems to be good.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger khaki colour head. Nicely creamy and frothy with a soft complexion. Good thickness. No lacing as the head recedes. Liking the head overall, but the retention could be better; it's about 2 minutes as-is - not ideal even when the high ABV is taken into account. After the core head has depleted, a floater ring remains for another couple minutes. Body colour is a dark glowing orange-amber. Perhaps it's more adequately called ruby. Translucent; nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks intriguing and apt for the style. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: A powerful lacto sourness presence is the first thing I notice. It's tempered by an oak note with hints of vanilla; I don't know that I can pick out any bourbon notes but there's definite wood barrel here. If you handed it to me blind, I wouldn't guess it'd been aged in bourbon barrels off the aroma alone. It's got some subtle fruity notes as well - tangerine, peach, apricot - all heavily fermented by that dominating lacto yeast. Some caramel. Refined sugars. A bit of maple. Light tartness accompanying some currant/berry notes. Notable acidity. Apple skin. Not particularly funky; the lacto definitely edges out the bretts. I don't get a lot of biscuity or earthy yeast character; it's mainly tart, sour, clean, and acidic. An alive and inviting aroma. Moderate in strength. I'm very excited to try this; I'm curious if the bourbon will show up in the flavour profile.

T/Mf: Seizing powerful lacto yeast drops a big sour bomb, but there's more complexity here than in something like - say - Allagash FV 13 (which only comes to mind because I reviewed it yesterday). Apple fruit skin, pear, acidic currants. Loving the rounded acidic feel. Complex oak tones are present throughout, guiding the beer and giving it a sense of deliberate cohesion. I get light vanilla and leathery notes, but no bourbon is showing up - and frankly, I think that's for the best. The malty base is hardly noticeable; very clean with a seeming composition of neutral biscuit and Belgian malts. It doesn't call attention to itself at all. Some white grapeskin. Yeasty character is primarily lacto though a bit of biscuity brett yeast lurks beneath the surface. Little funk here, if any.

Not getting any farmhouse or earthy notes like some other reviewers. Sweetens towards the finish, which lends it some added depth. There's a lot going on here, but the balance is magnificent. The alcohol is very well hidden as well. Crisp and smack-your-lips luscious. It's got a mouthfeel that feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile, coming off clean and acidic yet smooth and wet. A dash of crystal malt gives it a bit of a fizzy texture. Carbonation is a touch high but very near ideal; it seems built for aging.

Cidery vinegary notes are well incorporated, never becoming overbearing or distracting. The apple and light pear notes here are well-executed. The residual sugars from the aroma are nowhere to be found in the flavour profile; maybe I was wrong. As it warms, I do get a pleasant injection of cherry pie crust which fits in wonderfully. That's one hell of a tasty beverage.

Soft and easy on the palate. Assertive but not biting or sharp. As it warms I keep looking for bourbon notes but I fail to find any. It dries just on the finish, encouraging the next sip. Lovely rounded tart character is a highlight here; this isn't just a blast of lacto sourness, it's got subtle fruity notes as well. Delightfully well executed, with an impressive marriage of texture to flavour.

Dr: Possibly the best beer I've had from Boulevard yet. This one shows they've come to play with the big dogs, but the price point does seem high.

It's very drinkable for the high ABV, and I'd definitely have it again; yeah, I'd probably still pay $19 for it in spite of my above bitching. I'll love killing this bottle by myself, but I'm not sure I'd want more than one in the same evening; it's meant to be savored. I'd recommend this highly to friends. Another great offering from Boulevard. Really great stuff. Lives up to its reputation and hype. I'm impressed.

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4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color tinged by apricot nectar; the head, though modest in size, delivers many squiggles of lacing

Smell: Lacto-dominant aromatics, with tart stone fruit and oak

Taste: Lactic sourness, up front, with both sweet and tart fruit (primarily cherry and apple) elements developing in the middle; after the swallow, the Bourbon barrel brings added complexity, with its sweet vanilla and booze tones; barnyard funk is in the finish, too, although it is very subtle

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; puckering, for sure

Overall: Really enjoying this American Wild; there is a lot going on between the sweet and tart flavors as well as the Bourbon and lactobacillus tones

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4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted up against a cellared #2 recently thanks to Thomas. Tackling a bottle solo for review, this was preferred against the year old #2. Brighter fruity sourness and complexity was mainly the reason.

High clarity orange reddish-brown color, initial head of off-white foam that fizzes audibly before eventually fading completely. No lasting lacing, some surface skim when swirled.

Aroma is complex as it warms, bright fruit, sandalwood, something very distinct, but hard to describe. Some sort of tropical fruit, oaky notes, it reminds me a little bit of long time favorite Le Terroir.

Acetic sourness, sharp cider vinegar, apple butter, tannic fruit skins, sour grapefruit, grape and cherry pit. The moderate level of sourness kickstarts the salivary glands into overdrive, leaving the mouth watering for more. Oaky sandalwood traces in the dry aftertaste, light fruit juiciness in the periphery. It has a perceived fullness to it, but is easily drinkable and light bodied in reality. A big improvement from #2, a more intricate blend, more sour and nuanced.

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

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4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with cyde. 750 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled on 2/28/2013, best before 2/2015. Pours moderately hazy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, clove, leather, musty funk, toast, light bourbon, light vanilla, herbal, and oak/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, grass, oak, clove, pepper, leather, musty funk, toast, light bourbon, herbal, and oak/yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of sour cherry, cranberry, green apple, lemon zest, red wine vinegar, hay, straw, leather, oak, clove, musty funk, herbal, and oak/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/acidity balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, slightly slick, and moderately acidic mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding wild ale. All around fantastic complexity and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, oak barrel, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV with the balanced acidity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 896 ratings.
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