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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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/

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3.6
Iphonephan (7283) - Jackson Hole/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
daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Amber colored pour, light head. Toffee, caramel, cherrie, oaky vinegar, toasted grain.

3.9
kbutler1 (1382) - 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
AndySnow (8111) - Huddinge, 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
pushkinwow (2895) - Ottawa, 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
Lubiere (14151) - 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
BEENJAMIN (292) - 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
JeffroDH (18) - - 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.

4.2
Hopswagger (344) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2013
P: Pale mahogany body that glistens in the light. Adorned by a milky cap of khaki head. Head fizzles to a jiggly sheet of awesomeness. S: Fruit roll ups, dry saliva, sharp tartness, delectable Brett funk, sweet bourbon mash, white grapes, wet moldy wood, pot resin. Faint cranberries cooked with cinnamon. T/M: A sharp tartness starts this brew off, lemon juice acidity, musty funk, peppery spice, mild fruit presence, tart cherries, oak and bourbon lingering in the backdrop. Once warmed the bourbon comes out and the tartness tones down. Sting of vinegar on the effervescent finish. O: Nice complexity that changes completely with temperature. When cold it’s sharp tartness comes through strong then the bourbon and wood really shine once warmed. Juicy fruit strings along the entire trip with the booze being kept at bay so it doesn’t overpower. I’m glad I hot more than one of these so I can see how this child grows. Cheers?

4.3
Naeri (30) - SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2013
Otroligt snygg, tätt skum och delikat röd färg. Doften är stor och brettdominerad men lite bär finns där också. Som väntat ordentligt sur, fast inte överdrivet, i avslutningen finns en liten sötma som håller balansen rakt igenom. Fatet är klart närvarande. En något lätt kropp i mitt tycke drar ner betyget en aning. Sammantaget en fantastisk öl, trots det höga priset


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