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RATINGS: 241   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/


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2421) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (6037) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2013
5/15/13. 750mL shared by cheesemoose at the BA Roosevelt release and enjoyed another bottle last night at my house, 5/19/13. Hazy amber red pour with a nice khaki head. Funk, sour, cherry, and other berries on the aroma with touches of that banyardy and leather aspect. Big sour flavor with plenty of funk, cherry, raspberry, etc. with touches of leather and roast coming through. Really good stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ineedbeer (736) - Oakland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Aroma is moderately acidic with quite a bit of cherry and berry notes. There is also some tropical fruit notes. Faint oak and bourbon notes. No hop character. Light alcohol notes. Pours a cloudy copper amber with a moderately thick light tan head that steadily recedes to the edges. Flavor is moderately acidic but fairly sweet at the same time which is a bit unexpected. There is a bit of a bourbon and oak note mid to late palate. The finish has lingering acidity with cherry and berry notes. You adjust to the sweetness as you drink more but it's still a touch odd. Medium low bitterness. I'm really not sure how I feel about the sweetness of this beer. Not really much funk. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency but moderate alcohol warmth. While interesting, I don't love this beer. It's too sweet for my tastes. The acidity is clean and there is a lot of Brett fruit, but no barnyard funk. The bourbon and oak is integrated nicely though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwalking05 (3753) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Deep red amber with a good sized off-white head. Aroma is of tart, funk, light lemon, cherry, brett. Taste is of brett, quite tart, cherry, very approachable, wood, vanilla.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Bottle. The smell is funk, tart, wood, cherry, lactic, earth, and goodness. The look is an ok off white head, cloudy, orangish red in color. The taste is tart, sour, fruits, funk, Brett, and nice. Good balance but stoic nuanced and complex.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Danyel (740) - Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a minimal off white head. Smells like cherries, bourbon, sour. Tastes fruity, nice bourbon, great sour finish. Really well done. Really really well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1728) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle. Hazy amber pour, off-white head, some retention/good lace. Aroma of lemon, funk, dust, vanilla, light booze, light cherry. Taste is quite lactic, lemon, funk, dust, cherry, vanilla, vinegar. Palate is dry, average carbonation, lactic finish. Very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1711) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Rating #1300. 750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours hazy amber with a large beige head with nice retention; leaves some lace. Aroma consists of brett, dusty old books, barnyard funk, lemon, vinegar, faint caramel. Taste is mostly sour and acidic (in my mouth-puckering scale of 1-10, it gets an 8) with a little sweetness lurking in the background. Traces of bile (not a bad thing in this case) and raisins in flavor. Highly carbonated, a touch watery, slick mouthfeel, finishes with a tannic bone-dryness. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (768) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse, part of WBBF. Pours a cloudy medium brown. Aroma is very funky, with lacto and brown sugar notes. Body is medium, with a good amount of tartness. Bourbon only comes through towards back end of finish, as wood and sweetness, not much booziness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7388) - Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Chunky amber pour. Smell is balsamic, oak, vanilla, cherries, lacto. Flavor is funkier. Nice tartness and sourness up front, funk throughout, hevy medicinal. Tons of vinegar and oak as well. I like it a lot.


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