- Boulevard keeps having love children, and we're the better for it.
Sour beer is the final frontier for many beer drinkers - the arena they build up to after countless wrestling matches with hop-forward beers and dalliances with cider or fruity brews. I'll admit that I'm in the midst of figuring out what I think about sours myself, so I approached Boulevard's Love Child No. 3 - the hometown brewery gifted Fat City with a bottle Friday - with a bit of trepidation. The latest Smokestack series release should start appearing on shelves Tuesday.
- A little bit of love in the glass.
Love Child No. 3 is a sour brew, a blend of bourbon barrel-aged beer and beer that has been soured in stainless steel. The ABV is 9.5%. It pours with the warm brown of an off-brand cola and a small off-white head. This year's release is a bit drier, and the wild yeast characteristics will feel familiar to those who quaff pinot or sauvignon blanc. There are notes of oak throughout.
Boulevard offers three measures of taste: funk, sour and fruit. The funk is mild (although this will grow the longer you cellar the beer), and the sour is more pleasing than puckering. As for the fruit, there's cherry in there, but it's subtle and, if I'm remembering right, less pronounced than in previous brews.
If you want to find out more about the beer, Boulevard is hosting a pair of live-streaming conversations with the brewing team at 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday. This is a limited release. So if you're interested, seek it out in the first few days.