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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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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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of yeti123
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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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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%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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