Love Child No. 3 | Boulevard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
896 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:
896
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
8.59%
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
239
For Trade:
26
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Ratings: 896 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of Vixie
3.02/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very deep orange color with a good sized off white head. The head does linger, leaving some nice lacing.

This is probably the strangest smell yet from any beer I have tried. Best way I can describe it is funky, as I cannot really pick out any individual scents.

Very tart, tastes more like a hard lemonade to me. Can't really pick out any other flavors, the tartness is pretty overwhelming.

Actually has a decent mouthfeel, fairly smooth.

I have very little experience with this style of beer. It is different, but I think the sourness should be pushed back a bit. I really can't pick out the complexities other reviewers have found, it reminds me a bit of eating a piece of extra sour candy. I think this style is a matter of personal taste, and not really finding it to my liking.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Good solid pop off the cork.

A good creamy even off tan colored head is produced, settles to a thin puck and a creamy collar, with a lot of snapping sounding carbonation. Body color is a little murky brown, but with nice hints of red and lemon yellow. It's opaqueness doesn't seem to show off any carbonation either. Otherwise fairly solid.

Nose is very unique and interesting. Moderate funky qualities, and a little bit of sour like lemon. A faint interesting take off toasty brown sugar, hinting with oak and wood like maple feeling. Very balanced and complimentary.

Palate matches the sense on the nose. Fruity lemon with a hint of funk and mild sour qualities. Creamy palate slightly that settles and finishes with a little bit of toasty oak, brown sugar, and caramel. Subsequent sips bring the brett pepper and more fruit, downplaying the barrel aging bourbon characters.

Overall this actually came out quite nicely, but I am not wowed over by this beer. It is though quite unique, has a bit of Rodenbach quality to it, but it's not something I see myself falling head over heels for.

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Photo of geocool
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Magery
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ajzy
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of VAbdoyan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of t420o
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Boulevard Love Child #3

A- pour produces a thin khaki colored head receding quick. Beer is a murky copperish in color. Looks good 4

S- funky lacto and brett, some tart raspberries and strawberries. Can't wait to taste. 4.25

T- holy crap this is an amazing beer. Nice and tart with a good amount of funky brett. Sourness is perfect. Tart raspberries, strawberry, the barrel aging imparts a richness that doesn't really come off as a bourbon barrel. It just really brings the beer into a perfect place. 5

M- medium body with nice crisp carbonation. 4.25

O- absolutely phenomenal. I don't usually balk on price, but I wasn't 100% convinced as to the $21.99 price tag so I had passed on it a few times. Going back for the last one at my bottle shop tomorrow. 4.75

A+

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Photo of n2185
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy orange-brown with three fingers of off-white head that fades into a frothy ring with a thin layer and decent lacing.

S: Sweet candy sugar, crystallized pineapple, and bubblegum notes up front before a hefty kick of tart and sour fruit along with acetic cider vinegar aromas kick in. Quite a pleasant mixture of sweet, sour, and tart. Smells amazing.

T: The tart, sour, and acetic notes are much stronger here with lemons, tart cherries, raspberries, apple cider vinegar, and oak. There is some underlying sweetness and a slight alcohol presence.

M: Medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery with the hefty sour kick.

O: A great wild ale overall. I love the sourness of the beer, though I wish it tasted as complex as it smelled. Still, it's quite delicious and enjoyable.

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Photo of jamiecoppin
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of alysmith4
4.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Whoa, what a beer! Spent $40 on it at Pizzeria Paradiso, but have really been wanting to try. Was not disappointed!!

Appearance and mouthfeel were good, but smell and taste outstanding. It says it's a combination of three barrel aged brews - not sure what those are though. The barreling comes through nicely, as does the funk from the Brett and the sour from the fruit. Very well balanced, and super interesting. Not like any other beer I've had, but one I'd try again (just not for that price!)

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Photo of bauermj
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of judkinst
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Murky amber color with a pretty aggressive sandy-white head. The head left a little spotty lacing.

Smells of cranberries and faint bourbon notes (a little oak, a little carmalized sugar.) I pick up some cider vinegar as well. It's a nice combo of sweet and tart in the nose.

The tart side dominates the flavor, though, in a good way. Cranberries, oak, and cider vinegar. Lots of bret funk. The sweet from the nose is an afterthought. It's mouth puckering.

Body is on the lighter side of medium with ample cabonation to cut the tart effect.

A damn good wild ale. To be honest, I wouldn't have known it was aged in bourbon barrels if I wasn't told so. It draws more of a fresh oak effect than a spent bourbon barrel. Anyhow, it works great.

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

Best before date: 7/30/15
Poured into a standard tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, murky brown with amber hues shining through as light strikes the glass. An off white, 2 finger tall head forms as the ale is poured. The head is oddly thick for a barrel aged sour and sticks around for a while, leaving no lacing behind.

Smell: Waves of lactic acid greet you as you raise the glass to your nose to get a whiff; Tart cherry pie filling, lemon flesh, and juicy tart apple. There is lots of musty funk from the brettanomyces lurking underneath the acidity; horse blankets, wet hay and lightly tanned leather. Hints of a caramel malt backbone are hiding underneath a strong coating of vanilla and coconut from the bourbon barrel.

Taste: Big lemon tartness right away, with notes of barnyard funk soon to follow. The middle of the taste is very short with more impression of bright, citric lemon and even more of the cherry pie filling that is present in the nose of the beer. The beer finishes more tart than sour and very dry with a light tannin presence. Lingering tones of leather, green apple intermingle with vanilla and coconut from the bourbon barrel. Not a single taste of alcohol is detectable, although since it is 9.5% ABV it does a having a warming effect.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A damn good sour beer from Boulevard. The sourness level is kept relatively in check at this early stage in the beer's life. The sourness is very clean; not very acetic at all, so it remains pretty approachable at this particular young point in it's life. Also, because of it's freshness, the bourbon barrel is very prominent. As this beer ages, I think it will only become more funky and sour. Highly recommended for the sour novice.

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Photo of laxer8811
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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5/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wasn’t going to try this, but the combination of Docrock telling me how much he liked it and seeing it on the shelf for $15 made me take the leap. Plus, I wanted to try something special for the beer that put me over 800 beer karma points.

So…

A – It’s warm mahogany in color… It was even darker than I imagined with a huge, fluffy, off-white head that dissipated quickly. There was a tight, highly-concentrated lacing that stayed throughout the beer.

S – Some vinegar notes are cutting through. There’s a strange salty funk coming in the background with a faint tart cherry.

T – Overall, the Funk/Sour/Fruitiness meters seem to be pretty spot-on. I’m not getting a huge fruit profile. Clean, yet funky on the palate… There’s a bit of a nice lingering woody edamame flavor in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden; I would have believed this was 4%.

M – Light to medium in body and highly carbonated. As expected, it's dry in the finish.

O – This is a beer I’ve got to be in the mood for; especially if I’m not splitting it with others. This was my first Love Child, and I’m not disappointed. None of Boulevard’s Smokestacks have yet to truly disappoint me. I might try and pick up another bottle to see what it will do over time.

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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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