mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Gomerís Leeís Summit. Aroma is light but tartness and a hint of leathery funk are detectable. Small white head disappears quickly leaving only tiny bubbles around the rim of a cloudy burnt orange color. Sour (but not too sour) from the start, with nice tart fruit elements throughout- apricot, cherry, and lemon (maybe thatís just the sour) become more vinuous at the finish. The leather mixes with the oak barrel and there is a hint of bourbon, which i could do without but it didnít bother me either. Altho the head is gone the carbonation is still evident and changes from tingly to lightly creamy at the end. Finish is perfectly dry to leave you wanting another drink and itís not so sour that you feel you need a break. Altho the reviewer below is not really a fan, i loved Collage/Conflux and i love this! I keep telling myself i wonít buy any more but when i come across it i just canít say no. Amazing beer and wonderful blending by the folks at Boulevard- possibly the best theyíve done yet (but Saison Brett is hard to top.) All of my favorite characteristics without anything overdone. I donít think this is one to age since it is so good now but i may save back a bottle or two to see what happens. If i can hold off on drinking it!
3fourths (8811) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2012 bottle. early pour is mostly clear, amber in color, with a small tan-colored ring of a head. tart, dried fruit with soft acetic acid and ethyl acetate, light touches of solvent and mild bourbon and tannic oak note that has flashes of red wine. medium body with light and fizzy carbonation, aggressive acid and mild brown malt and bourbon and solvent notes lingering late. much more integrated than the Deschutes/HOTD Collage, but similarly messy and direction-less, which I guess is what you get when you go for "something sour in a spirit barrel".
7ris7an (80) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tulip. beige color kind of cloudy tall head may be about three fingers but die very quick. Earthy aromas, cilantro, cranberries, and biscuit dough. Taste is very heavy sour up front, a lot of dark fruit syndromes, with infestations of yeast and some mint hints. Dry finish
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(750ml bottle) Pours an orangish brown body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, yogurt, wet wood, plum, cherries, leather, and light horse blanket. Flavor of caramel, lacto, vanilla, wood, brett, bourbon, and some earthiness.
jcnielsen (2776) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an orangish red color with white head. Sour, fruit, and vinegar aromas. Sour cherry flavor with white wine notes.
bleeng (1595) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle thanks to Specs downtown Houston. Hazy, cloudy, dark amber with little head. Nice citric funky nose. Flavors overwhelming with the first taste, with lots of citrus, acidity, then toning down on the end with a faint sweetness. Canít find the barrel or alcohol in this-hard to believe this rolls in close to 10%. Itís delicious and so easy to drink. Top quality stuff here-well done.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours deep ruby/orange with no head retention, well carbonated. Smell is very fruity, minimal oak presence. Cherry. Taste is very tart, pretty dry and coats the mouth. Puckering effect. Very nice.
mar (5065) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice amber pour with a frothy cream head. nose is tart, sour, wood, vanilla, light cherry. very nice on the palate, rather tart, lightly acidic, wood, bourbon, vinous, and delicious.
theisti (3590) - Kansas, USA - JUN 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014
++++ RE-RATE 27 December 2014 ++++
Three bottle side by side tasting of Love Child #2 (provided by csbosox), Love Child #3 (purchased at Lancaster Liquors in Leawood, Kansas) and Love Child #4 (purchased at Lancaster Liquors in Leawood, Kansas). The #3 and #4 were stored since purchase in a wine fridge at ~ 55 degrees.
Love Child #2. The pour is a slight haze golden auburn with no head. The aroma is lactic, sour wood and some cherry fruit. Of the three, this nose was the dirtiest and most wild smelling. The taste the sour wood, cherry and lactic sour in the finish. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel and a sour Flanders finish. I remember liking this fresh better. (7,4,6,4,14 Ė 3.5)
Love Child #3. The pour is a clear golden auburn with a small off white head. The aroma is a nice balance of oak, wood and sour cherry. The taste is the most traditional Sour Flanders tasting of the three, with the cherry, wood and sour lactic all in a nice balance. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel and a sour Flanders finish. I thought the nose was less vibrant than when fresh, otherwise this beer held up quite well. (7,4,8,4,16 Ė 3.9)
Love Child #4. The pour is a clear golden auburn with a small off white head. The aroma is similarly balanced to the #3, with the oak wood and sour cherry. The taste is round cherry fruit, blended with sour citrus and a nice oak in the back. The palate is medium bodied, slick mouth feel and a sour Flanders finish. I preferred this over the to older versions - though #3 and #4 were both great. (8,4,8,4,16 Ė 4.0)
++++ Original Rating - June 25, 2012 ++++
750 ml corked and caged bottle given to me by beastiefan2k. Batch 2012-1 best by date 03-2014. The pour is a hazed golden ruby with a well formed one inch light tan head. The aroma is citrusy tart sour, along with a touch of acetic vinegar, and then a resin woodiness in the back. This was initially pretty tart, though this passed quickly to a really gentle, tart/sour softness. Pretty nose. The taste is the sour tart of the nose, showing more cherry than citrus. The wood is in the middle and finish, and carries the aftertaste with some pleasant mustiness. The citrus also reappears in the aftertaste, almost like a lemongrass. Nice integration on this as well. The palate is spritzy carbonation, a medium to light body, and lingering wood and light vanilla cherry sweetness. Overall a well made Flanders style sour. I liked it. Thanks Eugene. (8,4,7,4,15 Ė 3.8)
sm5561 (118) - Kansas City, Alabama, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy brown with small white head. Aroma was a lot of wood and funk with cherries, dried fruit and some bourbon. Flavor was quite sour with tart cherries more up front and the wood and funk more in the background. Itís got a nice dry finish with lingering sourness.