vyvvy (4777) - 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.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUL 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy brownish red with little to no head. Aroma of tart cherries, raspberries, oak, vanilla and funk. Flavor of tart cherry pie, moderate sourness, other berries and lactic acid.
JulienHuxley (4445) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks Gene. Clear copper pour white head. Aroma is really weird tons of bourbon with brett, quite leathery, musk. Taste is better, still sweet but with a nice tartness. Palate is heavy, difficultly drinkable.
RobertDale (4430) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml. bottle. Pours a hazy brown with a small white head. Aroma of fruits, malt, wood, and wine. Taste is tart cherries, citrus, wood, wine, and some chocolate. Sour mainly, but enough sweetness to make it truly enjoyable.
HonkeyBra (3828) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a glowing reddish orange with a medium, off white head. Aroma of raspberries and mildly tart cherries. Medium funk, mild vinegar, some apparent oak notes. A mild wine quality as well. Flavor is subtle sourness, nuanced fruit and vinuous notes. The funk starts to come out as it opens up. Light, fruity berry tartness. Mild leather and oak. As well as notes of tart cherry. Body is on the light side of medium. Finishes tart with mild vinnegar notes. Pretty nice wild ale.
ajnepple (3788) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Backlog. Small taste of a 750 ml bottle last Saturday night. Funky, sour and fruity with a light mustiness. Held up pretty well.
AdamChandler (3784) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Acquired in a trade. I really enjoy these Boulevard beers. Enjoyed at 60F in a tulip. Very still, no head. The cork barely made it out of the bottle.
A - Murky reddish brown. Still. No lacing at all.
S - Nice grape skin musk on the nose, cherries and lavender with some oaky tropical fruit scent.
T - Very tart and bitter up front. Bretty, dry and crisp in the middle. Last bit is a weird identify crisis and i get vanilla and charred smoke and bourbon.
M - No carbonation, light body. Very dry.
O - It’s a weird beer. I love the start and hate the finish.
ads135 (3633) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 25, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very good sour. Reminds me of some of the best geuzes. The funk is immediate and apparent in the aroma and taste. Sour apple, aged wood, and yeast. Tried at the Cunigan’s tasting party in 2012.
Headbanger (3556) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle 8/17/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-42° in Tulip Glass-Pours a medium hazy amber with a tight off white head. Aroma of tart, cherries, slight chocolate, and funk. Taste of funk, sour, and more sour. This medium bodied brew is a fabulous tastng sour. Great brew.
theisti (3524) - Leawood, 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 3.8)