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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/


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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
parktravis (10) - - JAN 1, 2014
Total sour beauty. Funk upon funk. Floral, citrus flavor abounds especially after it warms.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pyrmir (3351) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Big bottle shared @Churchill Arms. Murky golden brown with off white head. Aroma is tart and sour, malt, fruit, harmonic and wood. Taste is very well balanced; tart and moderately sweet, cherry, wood, bread, funk amd earthy notes. Fantastic balance betweem sour/tart and malty sweet.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Warped_Silver (64) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Pours brownish red with a one finger beige head. Aroma is funky, sour with hints of cherry, hay, leather, and mild oak. Taste is similar to smell. Starts very tart, like sour cherry/raspberry then quickly fades into complex malt and Brett flavors - leather, grassy, almost musty. The beer finishes with a hint of vanilla/oak flavor. Body is thin, but complex. One of the best sours! Great balance. Tart but not so much that it would turn off someone new to wild ales. After drinking, I went out the next day and bought 2 more to cellar ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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.

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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (2955) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - APR 27, 2013
Another home run in the Love Child series. Considering the sour tartness of the previous offering, this one is more muted, but equally impressive. Dark in appearance, very prominent funk aroma and a slightly sugary aftertaste. The barrel aging nicely rounds out the beer. A friend of mine (who thought LC no.2 tasted like vomit) downed a whole glass of this.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (502) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
Appearance: Bright orange and light brown with thin white head Aroma: Red wine barrels and caramel Taste: Tart cherry at the beginning with sweet maltiness and with a sharp and oaky sour finish. Overall: How to top a beautiful sour? Age it in barrels of course. You know right from the first whiff that this is going to be a special beer. Memorable and lingering tartness and up there with any Russian River.sour.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2013
ice and tart with a good amount of funky brett. Sourness is perfect. Tart raspberries, strawberry, the barrel aging imparts a richness that doesn’t really come off as a bourbon barrel.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.


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