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Boulevard Love Child No. 3

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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Boulevard’s 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 don’t we all? 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. 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (7739) - 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 (1204) - 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 (1605) - 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; it’s only 1 fingers high, with an offwhite shade. It has a surprisingly creamy texture, but as expected, not the best retention. S: It’s about what I expected - tart cherries, subtle funk, and lactic acid. What impresses me is how well the three qualities mesh aromatically, though. There’s 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 isn’t; Boulevard could have said this was 5% and I wouldn’t bat an eyelash either way. O: This is freakin’ superb. Even though I managed to snag this bottle for $8, I’d 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 (380) - 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 50º and warming into TeKu

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cybercat (3888) - 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 (5232) - 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 there’s 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 that’s kinda undestinguishable and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (12171) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3416) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 20, 2013
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 20, 2013 ++++
~6 oz sample pour from the bottle at the Boulevard and Sierra Nevada Collaboration Dinner at Rye in Leawood, Kansas. The pour is a lightly hazed burgundy brown with a minimal slightly off white head. The aroma is earthy oak, vanilla, bright sour cherry, and some soft vinegar. The taste is initially quite tart / sour with the vinegar and cherry. Puckers the cheeks a bit. As this settles in, the oak earthy wood, vanilla, and general cherry fruit sweetness become evident. The finish is dry, with a bit of spiciness and vinegar sour from the Lacto yeast. The palate is medium bodied, soft fine carbonation, and the dry wood finish, that shows a fair amount of tannin. Nice development and integration of flavors. I felt this was classier, and better put together than the first two iterations. Nice beer. (8,4,8,4,16 – 4.0)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Two small pours, one thanks to Greg at Paradiso in Dupont, the other thanks to Travlr! Pours a hazy plum color with small bubbly head. Nose and flavor bring red wine vinegar, unripe peach, vinous red wine notes, fruity funk, and tart, zingy raspberry yogurt. Good and tasty, but for the price tag I’m glad I got two bottles of Saison Brett instead of one of these.

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