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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Boulevardís Love Child Series of "wild" ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces. These wayward offspring can prove so complex that we employ gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour, and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released. It will change as it ages, but donít we all? Oak barrels were used to age the majority of beer used for Love Child No. 3ówith 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. Color (EBC) 59 Bitterness (IBUs) 13 Original Gravity (Plato) 19.1 Terminal Gravity (Plato) 1.84 Alcohol (ABV) 9.5 CO2 - Bottles 6 g/

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Warped_Silver (124) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Pours brownish red with a one finger beige head. Aroma is funky, sour with hints of cherry, hay, leather, and mild oak. Taste is similar to smell. Starts very tart, like sour cherry/raspberry then quickly fades into complex malt and Brett flavors - leather, grassy, almost musty. The beer finishes with a hint of vanilla/oak flavor. Body is thin, but complex. One of the best sours! Great balance. Tart but not so much that it would turn off someone new to wild ales. After drinking, I went out the next day and bought 2 more to cellar ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Roonai (305) - - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle shared by deyholla. Pours chestnut orange brown w slight haze and brief white soapy head. Nose is tart fruits, some yeasty undertones cut w an almost balsamic acidity. Taste is very well balanced tart fruits, acid and base yeast. Very enjoyable but complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (8120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a gray head that dissipates completely. Aroma has a nice sour red fruit note with a bit of oak underlying and just a touch of funk. Flavor has a rich sour red fruit note through out with a touch of acid and a backing of barrel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XaenDovet (1222) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Bottle share. Murky burnt orange. Aroma of sour fruit and yeast. Taste is tart, sour fruit. Greatly dry. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GothGargoyle (1690) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2013
Clear amber with a small pale head. Aroma is sour cherries, plums, a little funk. Smooth on the palate, nice sour/sweet balance. Taste is sour plum, cherries, sour candy. Tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle into a New Belgium tulip. A: Pours a fairly hazy copper color. The head on this is actually quite good for a sour ale; itís only 1 fingers high, with an offwhite shade. It has a surprisingly creamy texture, but as expected, not the best retention. S: Itís about what I expected - tart cherries, subtle funk, and lactic acid. What impresses me is how well the three qualities mesh aromatically, though. Thereís a real sense of razor-sharp balance here. On the other hand, I notice very little - if any - bourbon. T: The lactic sourness seems to hit strongly on the opening, but in reality, it mellows out beautifully after several sips. Regardless, it transitions gradually to a funky, earthy midtaste, and then into a clean finish. Right before the finish, though, I get an upsurge full of cherries. Much like the aroma, I have to really concentrate to find any bourbon qualities - when they come through, though, they add another subtle layer. I love how superbly balanced, complex, and sophisticated this is. M: It starts off fairly soft, while the finish is classically dry in that typical sour ale fashion. Carbonation is assertive without being overbearing. The most impressive feature is how boozy it isnít; Boulevard could have said this was 5% and I wouldnít bat an eyelash either way. O: This is freakiní superb. Even though I managed to snag this bottle for $8, Iíd gladly pay the regular price (~$18) for this one again (and again, and again, and again...) Like I said, I just adore its balanced finesse.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
M82 (401) - Kansas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Layers upon layers of silky smooth funky dope goodness

A clear cardinal red body with vermillion to amber highlights provides a foundation for a quickly fading bone white head with a tightly packed 2" base sporting a cap of large sudsy bubbles and creating dynamic arcing peninsulas, horse shoes, vertical dashes, and polka dots of lace
Well integrated and transitioning aromas and flavors of sour cherry, sweet tart, ripe pineapple, red licorice, rich bourbon, horse blanket, red wine vinegar, and inviting oak, a solid sweetness balances the nearly puckering sourness, lively bourbon aromas foreshadow heat which never appears in the silky smooth body presenting a pleasantly small amount of fine carbonation, oily drying residuals initially spotlighting sour cherry and funk with a flair of sweet tart and smooth bourbon finishing out
25.4oz bottle code LC13059-1 (bottled 59th day of 2013) best by 02-2015 at 50ļ and warming into TeKu

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (4030) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Comes out of the bottle a slightly hazy chestnut with a rather thick and fluffy wheat head. Strong aroma is quite sour, mainly fruity plus subtle malty and yeast notes. Exceptionally tart flavor will have you making faces! Though tart fruit dominates, bourbon and oak hints manage to make an appearance. Texture has average viscosity and not much fizz, but it leaves a sour apple finish with a hint of bourbon-saturated oak. If you like sour beers, this one is definitely for you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (5414) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 27, 2013
At Avery Sour Ale Fest 2013. Clear ruby red under a persistent thin bubbly white head. Nose is a bit faint but thereís lactillic oak and a wee touch of cherry pie. The flavor starts with a big sour kick but ultimately leads to a cloying funky fruit tone thatís kinda undestinguishable and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (12454) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
750 c&c from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy dark amber with a slight beige head. Aroma suggests sour red berry. Med + body. Flavor is quite tart/sour. Seems quite cherry tart. Getting a slight trace of bourbon, maybe, but there is a lot of oak astringency. At least a lot of astringency from something. Bourbon is maybe a bit more detectable towards the finish. This stuff finishes dry/funky/tart/sour/red berry. Pretty tasty stuff.

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