onceblind (9445) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Purposefully waited to rate this until I could make it my 2200th rating. Sampled at Big Beers Belgians & Barleywines fest in Vail 2013. Murky burnt orange with a thin cap head. Has some settled particles on the bottom of the glass that doesn’t look like classic yeast...almost looks like tiny pencil shavings. Intense sour aroma of bactillic wood, port wine, and acidic fruit. Flavor is delightful with a fruity tone that’s kinda all over the place, with a certain brightness of acidic zest, port barrel wood, and a bretty dry finish. Really delightful and full and complex. bobbyberbiglia (188) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2013
750ml Bottle A - Pours a reddish amber with a pinkish head. S - Red fruits and barnyard funk. T - Sour/tart cherries, funk, oak notes of vanilla and caramel. M - Medium bodied. Lively carbonation. Dry brett finish. O - Would have liked a little bit more bourbon, but I might be alone. That said, liked it alot. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2013
750 ml bottle
JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Thanks to tastybeer for splitting this with b3shine and myself at a local tasting. I can’t wait to open my Love Child #3 to see how it stacks up. I’d never expect Boulevard to be a potential sour powerhouse even though their Smokestack line is often stellar. This proves me wrong.
Aroma / Appearance - The bronze caramel body fizzes in place. Cherry pie, heavy sweetness, and a vinous aspect are maybe a bit too much like a liquid version of Twizzlers. Otherwise it is works well.
Flavor / Palate - Bready and warm the mouthfeel is chewy. Leathery edges stick to the throat along with a sour feel that emerges after a while. It might not have the sharpness of an all out sour ale but the balance makes it easy to drink. I’d enjoy a bottle by myself if I had a few hours to spare.
750ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke for pulling this one out of the cellar stash! pours semi clear rusty brown red with medium head. Nose is musty earthy dark cherry fruit and old damp leather. Nice complexity of tart vinous berry and cherry, musty wood and grape, damp wood. Finishes fairly dry with some funky tart fruit, earthy barrel, forest wood and dark cherry wine spice. Acidity still nicely balanced. Nice stuff! PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 6, 2012
750ml bottle dated best by 03-2014 poured into Boulevard tulip glass. Batch 2012-1.
Aroma: oak, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, cherries, bread, earthy, basement aromas, bit of funkiness. reminds me Bourbon Barrel Quads aromas (most likely the same oak barrels) and also vaguely familiar to New Belgiums La Folie.
Appearance: brown with a slight reddish tint. hardly no head formed. very thin looking when swirling glass. hazy. no visible bubbles rising.
Taste: medium sweet, heavy sour, extremely light bitterness
Palate: finish is very tart but fades quickly. mild bitterness and medium sour linger. light body and thin texture. slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is soft but still pleasing to the palate.
Overall: This is a very drinkable sour/wild ale. The tartness of it is perfect to me. I struggled to finish a bottle of La Folie due to the sourness but this goes down easily. The 9.6% ABV is well hidden. Looking forward to future releases in the Love Child series despite the higher price compared to other Smokestack bottles.
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2012
SUPERB! Dominant lactic sourness with a light, backdrop of bourbon inspired vanilla. 9.6% abv is undetectable. topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Pours amber with a khaki head. Aroma is cherries, oak, and funk. Flavor is leather, cherry and berries, wood, earthy funky notes, tart and vinegary. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2012
(750ml bottle) Pours an orangish brown body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel, yogurt, wet wood, plum, cherries, leather, and light horse blanket. Flavor of caramel, lacto, vanilla, wood, brett, bourbon, and some earthiness. Travlr (24319) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle courtesy of RobertDale, thank you sir! Hazy caramel color, large tan head that settles quickly. Aroma of sour plums, grapes. Taste is peaches in white wine, apricot. Very nice. hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2012
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Hazy burnt-caramel ale with no head. The aroma offers caramel, toasted barley, an assortment of berries and lactic acid. Full-bodied with stinging carbonation. Super-tart, fruity, black cherry and sour cherry flavor. Finishes, tart, bready and lightly bitter. Bottle generously shared by biggsbowler!
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