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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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/


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tom10101 (3257) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). Thanks to the guy who shared it at Hill Farmstead 3rd anniversary bottle share. Cloudy dark amber with a medium tan head and little lacing. Aroma of grapes, wine, oak, lemon and light bourbon. Taste is moderately sweet. There’s moderate to high sourness followed by bourbon, it’s weird... the flavors doesn’t blend together at all, they really follow each other. There’s also fruits, vanilla and oak. Medium body. Winey mouthfeel. Tannic. Weird beer here. There’s a lot going on in there. It’s quite complex, but the flavors doesn’t get together. Maybe a couple of months will help this beer mellow and gain some balance, but right now it’s a deception.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikesaum (600) - Newark, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle from randomgarbage, cork and cage, pours a murky brown with a largeer than most sours tan head. Aroma is lots of sourness, lactic acid, notes if oak and the bourbon makes it nice and rounded, notes of cherry and vanilla. Taste starts tart in the tip of the tongue, a short lived funky sourness spreads then gives way to oaky and bourbon notes with a sweet vanilla undertone that ends dry and woody with hints if cherry vanilla. Awesome brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Pours an amberish orange with biege head. Aroma is tart and funky. Flavor is same as well as dry...kinda mouth puckering. Light body with high carb. Overall, good stuff!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamJackson (3075) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3 and 2 enjoyed side by side. Nice glow against the light, nose was uber funky, almost tannic with grape skins and peaches. Taste is not as sour as expected, more like a white wine with a lemonhead added. Maybe a year will do good things but this tastes pretty green right now.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1812) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Popped this guy with Knobs not too long ago while in Seattle. Nicely tart nose, tiny hint of barnyard and sweet malts. Flavor is fairly sour fruits, hints of vinegar, and a nice combo hop/sour finish that lingers for a few moments. Seems a bit fresh, would be curious to lay her down (haha) for another 6 - 8 months...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6397) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2013
750, corked and baled. Thanks, t! Pours a cloudy medium amber wtih a brief, dense, and creamy tan head. Big tart and tangy nose, with balsamic and apricots and a green vegetable tang. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Apricot, balsamic, and artichokey tang. Long tangy finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - MAY 24, 2013
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Poured a deep dark hazy orangish brown with an off-white two finger head. Aroma is fruity and oaky. Taste is very tart/sour with oak and fruity flavors and maybe some bourbon as well. Excellent sour ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stumpyiliz (216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2013
Really enjoyed this. Nice dark amber pour with funky barnyard smells as well as some citrus. Palate was all over the place but done well and balanced. Initial taste was round funky pipe tobacco with a thick amount of sour to bourbon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (10438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 23, 2013
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lingering ring of ambe foam. Aromas of tobacco, earthiness, lemon zest, barnyard funk and light oak. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of tobacco, toffee, sour citrus, leather and light barnyard funk with a crisp dry tart lingering funky finish.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2645) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2013
750mL bottle poured into a 6oz taste glass designed for my wedding day. Numerous pours. Color is orange and red mix. Small head. Clear at first but gets murkier with further pours. Aroma sets the table for the rest of the beer - acetic rich. Its a clean acetic character, not nail polish but strong. Melon like sour fruit after that and some light woody character. Flavor chugs right along with a clean, clear acetic sourness. Really clears and dries the palate. Sourness sticks around at the back of the throat as well. Can’t taste the strong alcohol but I could sure feel it as I am working through this bottle. Bright acidity throughout, prickly in flavor and mouthfeel. Bottom line: I like the clear, clean character of the beer but the complete one-noteness of the beer is a bit disappointing. Wish I could blend this with Love Child No. 2, that may make for the best complement.


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