RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Boulevards 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 dont we all? Oak barrels were used to age the majority of beer used for Love Child No. 3with 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UTistheLaw (1) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2013 does not count
Poured from 750 into Rodenbach glass. Vinegar tartness with light barrel and funk. Some sour fruits in the nose. Rich caramel look. Im glad I have some more of this in the cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (7289) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours clear amber with a medium beige head. Funky nose with sour citrus and berry notes. Malty and caramelly flavor up front, then a big sour vinegar finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - JUL 20, 2013
A hazy brown-red beer with a small, quickly dissipating off-white head. The aroma is yeast, wood, sweet, and tart cherries. The flavor is quite funky with lots of tart cherry and smooth alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
doublebock (558) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (12247) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing a bottle during his 50th birthday bash. Hazed copper color with a medium off-white head that recedes gradually to a film. Aroma of tart cherries and oak. Medium to full body with flavors of sour cherry, oak and a bit of vanilla. The finish is tart with a lingering cherry and apple aftertaste. Good brew all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (2046) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy red with quickly disappearing head. Aroma is tart cherries, really good aroma. Flavor is tart cherries, wood and some funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bricktop86 (807) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Pours hazy copper with a cream colored head. Aroma is leather, malt vinegar, and berries. Taste is tart berries, oak and funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (4429) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Bottle from Liquor Express. Pours brown with a thin head. Tart wood notes on the nose. Sour on the tongue with some wood notes as well. Lingers a bit. Pretty good overall but only solid for style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
magsinva (1192) - Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
Pours cloudy mahogany with a quickly vanishing tan head. Aroma is bourbon, boozy, vanilla (oak), and woody. Taste is sour, biting in the initial attack, softer in the mid palate and then it bites you again at the finish. Its not overwhelming, which is nice, but definitely makes its sourness known. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2013
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a two finger thick, light amber tinged, full tan colored head that is quite creamy textured and some nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a hazy light red tinged, gold around the edges hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a nice mix of fruit, lactic tartness and chewy oak aromatics. Soft vanillin notes, bright berry fruitiness, toasted woody notes, sour fruit, peppery woody spice notes, fresh sawdust aromatics, and a bit of nutty character is easily noticeable here. The wood and sourness dominates the nose, but just enough of the other things come through that this remains quite balanced.

The beer has a solid tartness / sourness to it that is backed by a firm woodiness. Nutty, toasted, malty notes that have a rounded aged quality to it starts in the middle and lingers through to the long finish. The body has a certain richness nto it and coats the palate in an almost creamy texture, but remains light at the same time; the carbonation provides some texture and perhaps boosts the lactic sourness just a touch. This has a sort of, but not quite wine vinegar like character to it; there is perhaps a touch of acetic acidity here, but I am leaning towards there not really being much if any here, regardless the acidty is fairly smooth and escapes the harshness that those with a bit too much acetic acid can have. Ample woody, spicy, sawdust, rounded vanillin woody notes, and a chewy, toasted, sort of green-wood character infuses the whole of the flavor here.

The wood character here is huge in some ways, but somehow it manages to be well integrated and doesnt overwhelm the rest of the beer. This is quite a nice beer, I am a bit surprised how enjoyable it is, despite expecting this to be at least somewhat tasty. This definitely drinks quite a bit easier than a 9%+ beer should, the alcohol is quite well hidden within the depths of the oak character here.

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