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RATINGS: 268   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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3.7
Beardaxe (293) - - AUG 4, 2013
I liked this a lot. Easy drinking. Not as sour as La Folie but definitely sour. Still, a light sweetness helped cut the sour along with a more pronounced oak flavor. Very well balanced. Struggled a bit as it warmed up. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2013
Aromas and flavors of sweet/sour cherries, with American oak nuances of dill pickle... and subtle notes of vanillin bourbon, which dissipate after hours open. Solid tart, mouthwatering acidity... Almost a bit to sour IMO. A hint of sweetness rounds out the profile. A bold sour... seriously.. there is nothing delicate about this one. Best to try this at 55 degrees and again at 65 degrees... I personally preferred this a bit closer to room temp. Another over-the-top styled one from 'The Boulevard'. Intriguing, though not the easiest to drink. Yet, I kept going back for more... A conundrum of sorts.. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

3.9
bb (9311) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a dark cream head. Tart ad light sour aroma with fruitiness. Tart/sour flavor with light bourbon, light acetic notes, and green apple. Medium bodied. Sour and light acetic notes linger with light bourbon and green apple.

4.5
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. I’m glad I have some more of this in the cellar.

3.8
JaBier (7973) - 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.

3.5
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.

4.6
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.

4.1
Dogbrick (13036) - 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.

4
TheHOFF43 (2052) - 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.

3.7
Bricktop86 (847) - 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.


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