A Note on This Beer
Boulevard Brewing is so lustily pursued by craft beer lovers, it’s no wonder they have a Love Child.
Love Child the beer, that is.
Boulevard Brewing has just birthed the fourth version of their iconic series, Love Child.
Beer enthusiasts have been rabidly posting online in anticipation of its yearly limited release. They’ve found that the Love Child series just keeps getting better and better. Love Child #4 is already the most adored of all of its siblings so far (in the top 5% on Beer Advocate) and it’s only a few weeks old.
Well, sort of a few weeks old. It’s actually a blend of several aged beers; some aged in whiskey barrels, some aged in wine barrels for up to six years. As a bottle conditioned Brett beer, it will continue to improve for years in your cellar.
Love Child pours a ruddy gold that suggests a Flemish ale. You can smell its pungent sour as you pour. Sniffing with intent rouses firm cherry tartness, caramel and whiskey. A taste confirms the Flemish character: firm tang of white strawberries. Whiskey and Brettanomyces round out the complexity of a dry palate.
It’s piquant enough to satisfy any sour fan, but it doesn't get out of control. The beer artists at Boulevard use steel tanks for part of the lacto-fermentation process so they can carefully control the acidity. The result is a smooth sour that dances alongside robust vestiges of sweet flavors of whiskey and berries without overtaking them.
With top-class smoothness and highly sought after barrel-aged flavors, this beer will entice the uninitiated easily into the world of sour appreciation. With a Love Child as good as this, the only mistake is missing out.
97 on Beer Advocate, 99 on Rate Beer (wow!).