Style: American Wild Ale
Boulevard Brewing Company Love Child No. 4
What the brewers say
“Oak barrels were used to age most of the beer. Another portion aged in stain- less tanks with Lactobacillus. While very tart, the sourness is short-lived, and the beer finishes dry with a trace of oak.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Moderate grape notes with a medium lactic sour notes and slight honey. Alcohol with low roast as it warms. Lacto sour, perhaps a hint of hops, with nice toffee to provide contrast. A touch of red wine, light pineapple, light plum, light caramel notes, and a hint of dates. Sweet and somewhat funky with hay/barn notes.”
Flavor: “High sourness up front with grape, apricot, cherry, and slight plum sweetness. Slow alcohol warming toward the end of the sip that transitions into a medium-lasting aftertaste of alcohol and tart. Medium sweetness complements the high sourness but stays in the background. Good funkiness as it warms up. The finish is balanced, with just enough malt to support the sourness.”
Overall: “Good balance of tartness and fruitiness with a slight caramel sweet note that puts it all together. Very well-balanced. Well-done sour that hides the alcohol fairly well.”
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