Love Child No. 3 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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93
outstanding
897 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:
897
Reviews:
114
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
239
For Trade:
26
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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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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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Humulus85
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into my tasting snifter. Best by 03/15.

Pours a murky dark amber with a short lived fizzy head.

Funky cherries and apple skin. Definite lactic sourness with a bit of apple vinegar. Nice barrel presence with some oak and vanilla. Smells like a pumped up oude bruin.

Follows the nose. Tart cherries, lactic sourness with a bit of acetic sour. Hints of leather. Oak and a bit of vanilla. Not getting much bourbon, more just a nice barrel character. Doesn't finish tart, but rather with more of the oak notes. Very little alcohol tasted at all, and mainly at the very end. I had to double check the bottle to see that it was actually 9.5%.

Light in body, especially for the ABV. Modest carbonation, but appropriate for the beer. Very drinkable for the ABV as well. Not as refreshing as some sours, but it still finishes very clean.

Overall this beer immpressed me, but didn't blow me away. Very solid all around. Lacks a level of complexity to really make it world class. The alcohol is masterfully hidden. I think a year on this could bring it to that next level. The price was great too, not a lot of 9.5% bourbon aged sours out there for $10. If you can still find it get two, I would say worth trading for as well, but getting two is a must cause this will be great in a year or even two. Cheers!

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.19 out of 5 based on 897 ratings.
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