Love Child No. 3 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

897 Ratings
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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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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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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4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened up a 75cl bottle at our recent beer tasting yesterday, 7/21/2013. Poured into an unlabeled snifter glass.

This beer smells acidic and lactic up front.. like vinegar mixed with apple cider. There is a strong barrel contribution- that is, there is a strong woody scent to it that is a bit musty. Also, a bit of dark fruits- cherry, currant, blackberries shine through in the nose. Not a whole lot of funk until it gets warmed up- and then at that point it basically smells like feet. So there seems to be a good lacto/pedio presence early on, and when it gets warmer, the brett shines through some more.

The body of the beer itself is a dark brown, perhaps copper coloured with a fairly thick, creamy and well-formed white head that lingers a while. A bit of lacing, not a ton. Looks like an Oud Bruin to me.

Drinking this brew is interesting. Interesting in that it is acidic and brings a good bit of dark fruit flavours like in the nose. There seems to be some green apple tartness in here as well. The barrels provide wood flavours but not a whole lot else- no vanilla, no bourbon.. at least not until the beer warms up considerably, but by then it was still a weak sweet bourbon presence. And of course throughout it is a rather mouthpuckering beer. So this is a fairly complex beer with a lot of things going on, but some of the things I would expect of it doesn't quite deliver. Nevertheless, it is a very flavourful and complex beer.

The feel itself is a medium bodied, very well-carbonated brew that is refreshing without being overly dry. The finish is nicely done- a bit of funk mixed in with acidic, woody cherry tartness. Not a ton of booziness despite its 9.5% content That's more or less it.

Very tasty midwestern sour with a nice complex flavour and nose. Rather overpriced, yes, but very tasty. I'm glad to have tried this and to have one more in the cellar which I'll hang onto for another year to see if the Brett develops some more funk in the bottle. Would I recommend it to people? Perhaps not when New Glarus has its $9.99/4pk Wild Sour Ale which is close to being as good with a much better value. But if you're interested in trying this, I would encourage you to take the effort and get one.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy amber body with some ruby hues. Thin tan bubbly head that fades pretty quickly.

S- White grapes, sour cherries, oaky bourbon, hints of funk.

T- Very fruity up front, with a huge wave of sour cherries in the middle. Lots of white grape flavor all the way through. Bourbon sneaks in towards the middle, with oaky and vanilla flavors. Very tart on the tongue at the end.

M- Very bubbly, lots of tartness and sourness on the palate. Leaves a slight burn on the way down.

O- Fairly complex, lots of fruit and sour. The bourbon barrel compliments, it does not dominate, which adds to the overall experience.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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