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Love Child No. 3 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Love Child No. 3Love Child No. 3
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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Ratings: 897 |  Reviews: 114
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4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poetry in a bottle! An amazing craft that's like drinking a tart cherry pie with vanilla notes and the Brett shines through like a siren. The oakiness of the whiskey barrels mingle around with lemonade flavors. Very light carbonation and an acidic medium body. A sinful amber color that reflects nicely from the tulip glass. Truly an art!

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked bomber poured into an oversize wine glass. It poured as a clear, deep amber/brown color with a small head that dissipated quickly. Lacing was equally minimal. Just enough carbonation to keep things moving.

Very interesting nose: it smelled like sour cherry cake with vanilla icing. There's a lot going on here...I'm catching sweet fresh lemonade. Perhaps some blackberries back there, too. Very assertive but pleasant.

I must admit, I was expecting to hate this. I made the mistake of reading some reviews before I tried it; however I was very pleasantly surprised. Yeah, the tartness hits fast and hard, and stays with you. Sweetness is just right. The clean finish was striking. Body was thin. Whereas I was expecting a drain pour, instead was very enjoyable from start to finish.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a murky amber color. Modest head of fizz. Thin lacing remnants are left behind.

S-Noticeably tart and lactic with Bretty notes and light bourbon oak. Tart fruitiness. The aroma also has a nice base of sweetness as well.

T-The sourness really jumps onto the palate immediately. After the initial blast, the sweet and sour fruit assortment kicks in. Then it rolls into a lingering yet light note of whiskey.

M-Acidic with a medium body. Actually pretty full for a Sour. Carbonation is lively.

O/D-A cool beer. Very pricey at around $17.75 for a 750 ml. Happy to try it and it really began to come together nicely as it warmed up.

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a corked/caged 750ml bottle from High Times in CM. Uncorked with the wife down at Larkspur Bluff with friends for our weekly Friday Sunset Session.

A: Pours a creamy white / tan head. Fairly small head (1/2 finger) but with great retention. Probably hung around the glass the entire drink. Vibrant grapefruit ruby red heart with dark sunburst around the edges. Thick and meaty haze.

S: yeast bomb, sour, fermented fruit, cherry, grape (per wife as I have no sense of smell)

T: Sour / tart grapefruit and a bunch of yeast right when we open the door. Pretty mellow / drinkable citrus sour. Malt and hops take a back seat. Not overly funky either. Mellow creamy mouthfeel with the sour lingering. A tad hot from the 9.3% but hides well in the corner.

O: Well-balanced and very drinkable sour. IMO was not overly complex and a little too much yeast. Great summer brew and perfect for our sunset.

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Love Child No. 3 from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 897 ratings
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