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RATINGS: 230   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/


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jookos (2003) - FINLAND - DEC 25, 2013
.75 bottle from SB. Red, hazy. Nice vinegary nose with some pencil-sharpener- like oak, sweet overripe fruity funk (I’m sensing the bourbon there..), mellow malts on nose. Full, softly acidic, dry body with a long mouthwatering, slightly oaky, barnyard finish. Tart apples, some bourbony vanilla, red berries. Really nice brew from these guys again. Super flavourful, just perfectly tart with a good body, making it almost too easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1716) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle shared Christmas Eve. The pour is a hazy reddish brown color with a lasting head. Tart fruit of cherries and grape skin. Soft vanilla quickly joins in, with underlying oak, a bit of Brett, and slick boozy bourbon kicking in mid palate. There’s lingering alcohol heat and tart fruit in the finish. Some unwanted vinegar. This is sour but not over the top. Drinks easy enough for a big sour beer. Not amazing but good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3066) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
From a 75 cl bottle shared at Ryan’s on Christmas morning. Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Tart apple nose. Flavors of green apple with some vanilla and oak. Tart, funky finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8949) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Amber colored pour, light head. Toffee, caramel, cherrie, oaky vinegar, toasted grain.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle. Had this a long time ago but traded for it recently to try again. Pours a slightly murky brownish color with a light tan head. The nose is nice with notes of cherry, oak, and earth. Slight brett note as well. Medium mouthfeel. Tart and sweet at the same time with a nice cherry note. The oak definitely adds a nice earthy note to the flavor as well which balances out the sweetness. Oaky. Brett comes through nicely but not overpowering. Very solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndySnow (2942) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2013
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Sour, malt, funky, fruit.
Body: Full body with a medium carbonation.
Flavour: Sour, tart, caramel, fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (1966) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2013
Opened at the end of year Ottawa tasting, this one right after LC #2. Similar hazy amber but with more sediment and a dark beige head. Tart, dry, fresh, oak, bourbon more present, brett, caramel malts again. Moderate body and carbonation, tart, brett with some oak and vanilla and booze notes, seems more balanced then the #2 but something seemed to be lacking a bit in this one (relative to #2) - still a good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (9793) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
A reddish cognac ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, a nice caramel malt with nice corky notes , cherries, Brett, very nice. In mouth, a beautiful complex mix of cherry and lactic acid, Gueuze like, very good. Xmas Ottawa gathering Dec 13 2013.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2013
750ml Bottle at home - Aroma of strawberry, vanilla, oaky cherry, follow but an extremly well blended medium sour body. Glowing ruby in color; a mild acidity leads to a nice little tart finish with a fruit character that lasts through the whole drinking experience. One of the most well crafted sours of the year for me and age worthy for sure.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JeffroDH (17) - - DEC 1, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 Poured from a 750mL bottle at a Boulevard beer dinner hosted at Crust in Bettendorf, IA. A gorgeous sour - three beers aged independently, blended and aged again. The ruby red appearance was stunning in the candlelight, and the sourness was up front without being overpowering. Nicely balanced, aromatic and flavorful. One of the best sour beers I've ever had. Develop a flavor for the genre before you try this one.


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