RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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Foffern (1963) - Bodø, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Has a cloudy deep nut brown colour with a small, beige head. Aroma of oak, forest floor, leather and horse. Has a sour and a little sweet flavour with tones of oak, wood, heather and some alcohol in the background. Slick mouth feel, and has a light to medium berry bitterness. A well-balanced and nice sour ale but the bourbon is not very present.

Marheb (6037) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Excessivement lactique et surette avec un noyau de cerise dominant et peu de tranchant herbacé ou amérisant pour contraster. Solide mais manque de raffinement pour être de classe mondiale.

Splitenz (370) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2014
Terrific beer. Fruity aroma, almost burns the nostrils. Tastes like popsicles from summers past. Funky sour fruit flavors, sour yeast cultures and a fiiine bret finish. On top of that oak fills the mouth and the tart reaches the nose. Alcohol warms the chest.

MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This lacto-heavy Sour Ale also pleases through its dryness and fruity simplicity.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the pale amber.
-You could say the flavor profile is a tad linear.
-The fruitiness is definitely cherry-like.
-The wooden barrel component appears underneath the sourness.


Maltser85 (358) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - MAY 18, 2014
This beer has converted me to sours. Cherries, brett type funk, slightly acidic, pleasantly sour, somewhat predominant oak, bourbon barrel. Dryish finish. Nice body. Very tasty! Wish I would have bought this when it was available!

KyotoLefty (10604) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2014
Bottled. Tart yogurt, cherries, some caramel. Earthy, medium sour flavors. Pretty nice stuff. Complex and authentic red.

maekchu (4024) - Hirakata, JAPAN - MAY 6, 2014
Bomber. Sharp nose of dark tart fruit. Clear bright copper color. Scratchy sourness, hard unripe stone fruit, rise up into tart grapes, some yogurt. Thin-medium body with serious astringency. Scrapes the tongue clean with each sip, full of good fruitiness. Like it quite a lot.

Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Late night share by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave! This is one of those beers I consistently missed when it was on shelves, so I’m grateful to try it. Hazy brown body with an inch of tan head. the aroma offers stone fruits, booze, lactic sourness, funk, cherries, vanilla, oak, bourbon. A party for the olfactory senses. Nice flavor. A bit boozy still, though this bottle has aged a bit. I’m not bothered by this, per se. Raspberries and green apple with a boozy funk - how interesting. Medium to full bodied and palate coating. While this is god, I feel like Cascade Brewing sort of owns this style. Robust, high gravity, sour, complex, wild ales. Really fun to drink. This bottle is a good one to share a few ways.

Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - APR 29, 2014
750ml bottle, shared at home with my wife, brother and his girlfriend. Pours clear amber with short lived head. Aroma of balsamic, brown sugar and vanilla. Taste is quite tart, with balsamic and brown sugar bringing up the rear. Medium body, slick oily texture. Overall: pretty nice, even if it doesn’t really stand out in any particular way. Also, backlog notwithstanding, this is officially rating #700 for me. Looks like my New Years resolution to rate fewer beers, but rate them more thoughtfully, has been a failure so far. Oh well, tomorrow is another day.

RussianDragon (578) - - APR 23, 2014
Pours a hazy brown with sediment visible when backlit. Head quickly dissipates to a mild lacing on rim of glass. Murky throughout. Aroma is brett and citrus with notes of oak. Flavor is balanced cherries, brett, sour funk. Finish is lactic acid tartness. Outstanding.

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