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 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 JohnnyHopps
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a sampler snifter, the ale was a magenta color with bubbles gliding up the side of the glass. It certainly smelled like a sour, giving an intense sour, tart cloud from the glass. On the initial taste, one notices a lot of fruit. Tart cherry, raspberry, and cranberry are among the fruits you might be able to detect. On detects the woodiness from the bourbon barrel aging very easily, though one might have to really search to find the bourbon notes hidden in the ale. One person sharing the bottle was surprised to note this was bourbon barrel aged after overlooking the label. Needless to say, the bourbon really does not sparkle, but it does not need to do so. This is a flavorful beer.

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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 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 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 cbutova
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still slightly confused about the make up of this beer but it certainly is a Wild Ale. Notes from July 7th, thanks to Chico1985 for sharing.

A- Poured from the 750ml bottle with a somewhat hazy red-brown appearance. Creamy off-white head builds up nicely to a few fingers high with good retention. Foamy cloud and ring leaves some nice thick lace pillows.

S- Definite Flanders Red feel with big lacto-sourness and a lot of cherry/raisin/dark fruit aromatics up front. Some acetic acid and a spicy nutty feel as well.

T- Sour Flanders Red with a good blend of lactic sours and acetic vinegar flavors. The oak and the dark fruit, cherry and raisins, makes up a majority of the base. Some lemony funk as time goes on.

MF- Light dried out body with moderately high carbonation. Foamy feel overall and a fairly cheek puckering sourness with time.

Dark fruit, acidic and oak forward Wild Ale with a pretty balanced out character to it all. Goes down like much less than 9.5%.

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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 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 roger617
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle poured into tulip

A: 3.75 color appears as a blend of amber and copper, pours with 2 fingers of head that reduces to a slim line around the edge after 1 minute.
S: 4.0 I detect the subleties of sourness, but no bourbon notes. The aroma does not punch you in the face, but it gets the point across of what is being achieved with this beer.
T: 4.25 upon first sip, I'm greeted with an aggressive sour impact. With each drink the sourness subdues into a very enjoyable flavor. The bourbon does not come through. Halfway through the first glass this mellows out, (or my taste buds mellow out) the bourbon flavor starts showing up in the background.
M: 4.25 this is carbed fairly high, but that seems to help blend the flavors quite nicely.
O: 4.25 the taste notes sum this one up pretty well. Great beer, glad I've got another one in the cellar.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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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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 mschind
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Not much to look at. Murky reddish brown with a thin head and some lacing.

S- Complex. First whif is cherries followed by some funk. The aroma is sweet which really sets up the first taste.

T- Tart cherry leading to lacto Brett funk with a dry finish with just a hint of well soaked oak.

M- Light to medium body with mild carbonation, less than I expected but adequate.

O- Not much experience with sours but this is an entirely different vision of beer and it works. Pricey but worth a try.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch Number: LC13060-2
Best by Date: 03-2015

A= Pours a deep dark amber color that is very hazy with an active head that rises to two fingers and falls slowly for how fast the bubbles pop into a thin layer on top of the glass with some spotty lacing.

S= Big vinegar sour is the first thing I notice. Tons of it. Then I notice the bourbon understones coming through. There is a bit of a sour cherry smell to it that plays out as well as some basic woodiness.

T= The taste is up front very sour. Suprisingly sour actually after reading some of these reviews it made me think this was gonna be mild. This hits me right in the mouth with a lactic sourness. Less Vinegar than I was expecting as well. The bourbon barrel comes in but it's a little late to the party and I only notice after my mouth grows accustomed to the sour assault. The sour cherry flavor that I got in the nose plays a big role in the flavor as well. A moderate amount of funk comes through but it's a little subtle.

M= The mouth is nice and active.

O= This beer is great. I think it's my first sour from Boulevard and they did it right that's for sure. With the sours disappearing out of MN it's nice to see a brewery bringing a quality sour into the state. Loving this beer so much I might go buy the rest of the shelf at the store. It's hard out here for a gangsta

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Photo of hardy008
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color, with a 1/2 finger tan head which fades to a disc of foamy and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has tart cherries, lemons, oak, barnyard funk, and a little bourbon and vanilla. Some of the aromas are partially masked by the tartness, but they are still detectable.

Tastes tart and acidic, with a light sweetness. There are tart cherries, lemons, barnyard funk, oak, and a light amount of bourbon and vanilla.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. The alcohol is pretty well hidden for a 9.50 % abv beer with light bourbon. Finishes dry. A very nice sour from Boulevard.I recommend picking this up if you like Sours.

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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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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 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 ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle $19.99 (ouch). I passed on the Love Child #2 and since I heard a lot of good things I picked this up despite the hefty price tag and poured it into a smokestack glass. Color was ruby red and it actually had a pretty foamy head at first that caused me to wait until it died down. Aroma was bourbon barrel but not overpowering, a fruitiness, and a hint of the sour beer to come. Flavor was more bourbon (but again very light), cherry, fruit, sour. Overall this is a very solid beer I just don't like the price tag at all. If this were $15-$17 it would probably be a repeat purchase but at $20 it is one and done. Still, Boulevard smokestack beers are pretty solid all the way around.

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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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Photo of katan
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a pint

A - Dark brown in color, fairly opaque. Not much for head formation, down to a film.

S - Certainly a sour - lots of funky acidity and citrus notes. Strong.

T - Starts off with some citrus flavors, sweet, and then the acidity and sour notes appear. Stronger sour notes come in the middle. THe oaking starts to find its way into the finish, adding some dryness to the otherwise pretty sweet beer.

M - Full bodied, thick sticky and clingy. Grabs the tongue. Alcohol warmth is well hidden.

O/D - A good wild ale, that doesn't really show the barrel portion that much. ABV is manageable, but certainly strong. A bit filling, represents a slow sipper. Refreshing on a warm day. Probably a good sour for those that don't like their beers too soury.

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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 wethorseblanket
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle with Batch # LC13060-2 and Best By date of 3-2015

A: Pours a slightly hazy amberish copper with 1-finger thick off-white head which fades to a thin cap leaving sheet lace with spots.

N: Oak tannins, fruit (raspberries, cherries, white grape), slight funk, earthy and herbal. On warming more musty and horseblanket is present.

T: Sour and tannic with a near balsamic twang. Woody and flanders-esque, more citrus (orange and peaches), some fruit, grassy/hay/herbal. Not getting the vanilla or bourbon.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Lacto sour and fruity finish.

O: Complex and evolving on warming from frig to room temperature. Not gonna buy another but would have again if shared by others.

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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 Jpirkle2715
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 ml bottle
A- Pours an off white 1 finger head that slowly fades into a hazy deep.amber color
S- A sharp acidity is most promenint with hints of lemon and oak, bourbon is very subtle but present
T- Funky, gauges on the bottle are pretty spot on except maybe a little more funky. Oak and a touch of fruityness give way to a plesantly tart finish that reminds me of a slightly under ripe raspberries.
M- Relitivly light body for a 9.5% beer, carbonation tickles the tounge.
O- I enjoyed this offering very much, Im finaly getting a taste for sour beers. Im a big fan of bba stouts and I was interested to see how the bourbon would fit into a sour, but I probably wouldn't have known it was bba if not for the label.

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