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RATINGS: 207   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/


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5358) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2013
750mL bottle, pours an opaque murky orange amber with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out tart dark fruits, some bourbon barrels, a little vinegar and some worcestershire sauce. Flavour brings out tart dry dark fruits, light use of bourbon barrels, moderate vinegar. Wonderful blend of the sour and the bourbon, though the latter element is not that dominant. Not too sour, though still quite puckering. ABV is very well-concealed. Excellent stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tortman18 (175) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours Light brown/deep orange with frothy, off white head. opaque much like a quad. A Ton of light brown sediment. Aroma has a lot of orange, caramel and malt. Mouth is very sour but very good. A lot of malt and sweet fruits. Some cherry and orange. Creamy, Medium bodied with a Very dry, tart finish. Surprisingly, I didn’t detect any bourbon, anywhere. A pleasure to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2013
750 ml bottle from Binnys Bolingbrook (Bolingbrook, IL). Finally opened this puppy after some good fridge time. Pours a deeper orange amber pour, some healthy haze and glow in the body is deeper, keeps well. Some nicer glow on the edges and bottom show some life. Frothy tannish offwhite mixed head atop dies to a frothy layer, sticks around small and laces ok. Aromas are touches of vinegar, richer oak, wet wood and some gentle leather. Cherries, some carmelized and bready malts stick into the fray. Touches of red wine, oak, and lactic acidity. Initial is a firmer sour vibe, a bit acedic off the bat. Red wine, vinegarette, touches of oak and vanilla mix with some biscuity malts, bread, and some toastiness. Cherries, some cherry skin, lactic acidity is lemony, more red wine and Balsamic elements. Middle is a touch more grounded but still keeps a firm sourness into the middle, some more girth, biscuits and bready elements. Some wood, caramel, still a firmer lactic acidity as we taper out. Lemons, oak, and vinegar as we round the corner. Gentle funk, wood tannins, vanilla, and sourness as we keep moving. A bit harsh at times, the beer offers some interesting flavors and play at times, some downright harshness at others. Red fruit elements, brett, and acidity as we finish up. That malt body still peeks through firmly in jabs at times, but acedic at others. This is ok.. I had higher hopes and can see them trying to up the sour ante from #2. That said, it seems to go a little wrong somewhere and gets a little harsh even for my palate. Ok.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Hophead1977 (14) - , Connecticut, USA - SEP 19, 2013
I guess I don’t get it...maybe too much time spent drinking hippy beer, but this shit was moose piss! Budweiser from a can tastes marginally better, yet smells the same as this...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle pour @ Churchill’s. Hazed amber pour with a white head. Light acetic notes, cherry skin, and some oranges. Light lactic note, red grape, and a touch of malt sweetness. Flavor is fairly tart. Moderate acetic character, cherry skin, and orange peel. Grass, oak, and a touch of grape.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - SEP 15, 2013
750mL at Churchill’s Sour Fest. Full haze orange tea pour. Medium foam with wispy lacing. Nose is funky orange peel, mild cabbage. Taste is salty with many acids combining- lactic, citric, and acetic. Tannic bitterness. Long leathery palate with saltiness. More flashes of cabbage.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (12605) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle, 75cl corked. An unclear amber colored beer with a small, dense, beige head. Some vinegar on the nose, with dried apricots, some berries and a faint note of caramel. Lacks a bit on complexity maybe, but it’s certainly nice. That goes for the flavor too, where there’s vinegar, oak notes, caramel hints and dried fruits. Full to medium body, very soft on the palate, pleasant carbonation. Lasting finish. Definitely a nice American sour, the bourbon well hidden. 130812

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5265) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle at Christiansand brygghus. Pours red amber with an off white head. Aroma of sour grapes, some cherries, malt, some funk and berries. Flavor is sour and fruity with some caramel, red berries, cherries and malt. Medium body, average carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meilby (6345) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2013
Bottle 750ml @ Christianssand Brygghus, Kristiansand
Pours hazy amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, brett, berries and funk. Taste is light sweet and medium sour with a long very dry, sour and fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Linnet (1029) - Umeå, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget. Ar: big, big tartness, lots of bourbonnotes as well, fudge and vanilla, alcohol, basement aromas, barnyard, earthy, butterscotch, herbs, grass, very potent and very intriguing. Ap: hazy copper colour, medium beige head, lacing. T: heavy tartness, lightly bitter and medium sweetness, vinegar, alcohol, lemons and again notes of bourbon. P: medium body, soft carbonation, tart and warming finish. T: World class.


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