MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
SUPERB! Dominant lactic sourness with a light, backdrop of bourbon inspired vanilla. 9.6% abv is undetectable.
high_on_hops (623) - Burlingame, California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice clear amber with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma is not too funky, and it also has some tropical fruit and a small amount of sweetness from the bourbon. The flavor has the sourness up front with a cider-like taste, but quickly moves to a sweeter flavor with some of the bourbon in the aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Indra (2619) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2012 750ml bottle. Fruity and tart aroma, with notes of oak, vanilla, red grape, cherry and faint background sweetness. Cloudy red-orange in color, head is slight and fading. Flavor profile is predominantly fruity, also woody and earthy, plenty more red/berryish fruitiness here along with faint hints of vanilla, citrus and balsamic. Finishes very tart and dry, nary a trace of the alcohol to be found. Low in effervescence, moderate level of acidity here. Not a bad example of a Flanders Red style sour, would be nicer if it came in smaller bottles and at a lower price. Thanks to Eugene!
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle dated best by 03-2014 poured into Boulevard tulip glass. Batch 2012-1.
Aroma: oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, cherries, bread, earthy, basement aromas, bit of funkiness. reminds me Bourbon Barrel Quads aromas (most likely the same oak barrels) and also vaguely familiar to New Belgiums La Folie.
Appearance: brown with a slight reddish tint. hardly no head formed. very thin looking when swirling glass. hazy. no visible bubbles rising.
Taste: medium sweet, heavy sour, extremely light bitterness
Palate: finish is very tart but fades quickly. mild bitterness and medium sour linger. light body and thin texture. slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft but still pleasing to the palate.
Overall: This is a very drinkable sour/wild ale. The tartness of it is perfect to me. I struggled to finish a bottle of La Folie due to the sourness but this goes down easily. The 9.6% ABV is well hidden. Looking forward to future releases in the Love Child series despite the higher price compared to other Smokestack bottles.
beastiefan2k (2433) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Parkville 2011. I think I may have gotten the last pour off the keg. The beer is not super sour, more in the traditional Flanders style with cherry sweetness and an underlying earthy, dirty, sourness. Its thick and complicated with lots of earthy yet berry flavors. Lots of thick, bready malts rolled in there as well. The light sourness is a nice complement.
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2012 Draft sample (or maybe a few) at St. Louis Microfest 2011. This made the VIP tent worth it. Pours a deep, hazy brown color with no head whatsoever. Looks like an old barleywine. Aroma of bourbon, brown sugar, vanilla, oak, sour berry fruits, plums, chocolate, and toffee. The flavor shows awesome balance between the barrel and sour fruity notes- more sour berries, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, caramel malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some earthy notes. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a tart, funky, acidic mouthfeel. Lemon juice lingers in the aftertaste but that barrel sweetness never goes away completely. This might be the only beer I tried twice that day. Awesome sour. Re-Rate: Pour from a 750 ml bottle shared by birchstick- thanks, Jon! Rating confirmed. Still love this one, and agree with my notes. Except for a couple points- it isn’t quite as funky or acidic as first noted. Sweeter and smoother. Doing really well right now. I wouldn’t age it.
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #2500 and what a beer to have for it. Sampled at St. Louis Microfest 2011 & what welcome surprise to have for it. Pretty excited to see what Boulevard delivered for the first sour ale from them I know about. Pours very murky brown with absolutely not head at all. The aroma has a mix of sourness, bourbon, caramel malt, toffee, richness and a coffee-like presence - not what I expected, but it was interesting to say the least. The body was medium/light with a crispness to it and almost no carbonation to be found. The sourness that was blended with the aroma is front and center in the taste with prominent acidic and vinegar traits and a distinct lemon presence - it is a very sour beer. However, underneath the sourness is dark caramel, molasses, brown sugar, dates, raisins and toffee. The sourness masks some of that though. The finish is sour as well, but has a smoothness to it. Someone else trying it may have sum it up well saying it tasted like a mix of an old ale and a sour ale. Excellent beer to say the least & it showed no alcohol. Glad to try this one.