Voodoo Love Child - Voodoo Brewing Company

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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 31
Gots: 46 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This is our Belgian Style Trippel aged on intimate fruits of Passion Fruit, Raspberry and Cherry. Lightly spiced with corriander and curqua orange peel and other spices of passion. Light Reddish hue and with a alcohol strength of 10.5% and nicely carbonated in the bottle.

Enjoy a couple and have your own Voodoo Love Child!!!

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lunch for gifting me this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light copper color with a few bubbles on top after a hard pour. There's a thin white collar with small bubbles around the edges, but that's about all it gets.

S: The nose brings some faint stone fruits along with a bit of white pepper. Behind that is a touch of caramel and a bready malt base.

T: The flavor is wholly different from the nose, as there's an abundance of fruit, at least compared to the nose, where there was only a faint whiff of fruitness. Here comes a bit of cherry and raspberry along with a faint black-plum presence in the background. A touch medicinal on the back end, though that aspect is fairly mellow.

M: Medium body with low-to-moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol. Light fruity sweetness lingers in the background, heading to a finish that is surprisingly crisp. A bit of alcohol in the background, but nothing that wouldn't be expected from a brew of this strength.

O: Pretty good. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than I expected to. The fruity elements to the flavor are quite nice, and the feel really rounds things out. Thanks again, Paul.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pink-infused peach color, rather hazy, with only a modest head raised after an aggressive pour; some clumps of lace gather around the sides of the chalice

Smell: Very fruity, but somewhat artificial, almost like a fruit powder; can clearly discern the cherries and raspberries and, to a lesser extent, the passionfruit

Taste: A fruit salad from the outset, with a sweet-tart blend that the passion fruit provides to offset the cherries and raspberries; after the swallow, the fruit blend mellows out; the alcohol is well-hidden as are the Belgian elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was expecting something more like Three Philosophers and this was more of a fruit beer; lacks depth of flavor and complexity, but a refreshing summer day beer, no doubt

Thanks, kirok1999, for the opportunity

Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With feelings of Valentine's Day lurking just beyond the flavor spread of the beer, Love Child uses the base tripel recipe of Gran Met as the foundation from which to spring the overtly fruit character of raspberry, cherry, and passion fruit.

Much like the Gran Met, the tripel portrays a shy carbonation that yields a eerily still appearance with little foam stance garnered and equally terse on lace and retention. Hazy with yeast and perhaps a dusting of wheat, the beer casts an even glow when back lit. Where its appearance differs from the original is the hue of blood oranges from fruit-stained coloration.

The malty sweet aromas of the tripel presents itself well, but it's the fruit overtones that steal the show. Fruity for sure but the culmination of cherries, berries, and obscure tropicals arrive in a certain fruity tone that evades specificity and weaves well into the estery nature of the Belgian yeast influence. But the counterpart spice from yeast is overwhelmed as the scent remains decidedly fruity.

Flavors mimic those attributes from aromas closely. Malt sweetness hits the front of the mouth with a candied fruit coating that reminds me of cinnamon apples. This notion is exacerbated by the complementary taste of berries, cherries, and citrusy tropical passion fruit that, in its fussion, gives impressions of Hawaiian Punch fruit juice. The acidic flavors of fruit masks the taste of grain and sugar well and saves the day for its taste.

The rich malt and saccharine "tacky" textures are somewhat forgiven as the palate registers the texture of fruit sweetness and acidity that carries the beer from early impressions through mid palate. But the beer never develops beyond that as the sticky sweetness of the malt, sugar, and fruit lay stagnant on the palate and offer only alcohol heat to close the beer. And indefinate linger of fruit sugars clings to the teeth and beg for dryness that never comes.

But there's the element of fruit that seduces my palate in all the right ways. I somehow forgive the lackluster textures because of the bright fruit flavor that masks the anti-Belgian character of the original tripel and allows me to discuss the beer from a different angle.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Cause I'm a voodoo child,
Lord knows I'm a voodoo child baby."

--Jimi Hendrix

Equal parts tangerine and banana, with the slightest coral blush imaginable... that may be nothing more than imagination. A blizzard of fine yeasties gives the beer a cluttered look that adds character. Given the fruit that was used, it's odd that the dull white cap isn't faintly pink. Foam and lace are decent at best.

Voodoo Love Child smells like a tripel brewed with fruit. Imagine that. Only trouble is, the combination isn't a standout because too much of the tripel character is obliterated by the fruit juiciness. Cherries are most prominent. Raspberries and passionfruit... not so much.

This is one of those brewing ideas that sounds better in the planning stage than it ends up being in the execution stage. Tripel is one of my favorite styles, and some fruit beers can be very good as well. The combination of the two, though, at least in this case, is less than outstanding.

The interesting thing is that VLC tastes like both styles. The brewers managed to dial in the fruit flavor to a level that is neither too much nor too little. That couldn't have been easy. On the palate, raspberries and orange peel are giving cherries a run for their money.

The pale malt and candi sugar sweetness (moderate) is nicely balanced by a Hallertau hop bitterness (mild-moderate). Hallertau hop flavor is almost absent, as is alcohol. The last is pretty remarkable given the double-digit ABV. Although a hint of coriander appears with warming, calling this big brew spicy wouldn't be accurate.

The mouthfeel is medium in heft and loses almost nothing on the finish. Must be the candi sugar. The carbonation is more Belgian-style tripel than Belgian tripel, which is a damn shame.

Sorry Voodoo, I ain't feeling the love. Voodoo Love Child tastes exactly how a fruit-added tripel should taste, but I'm not sure that particular combination is such an outstanding idea. As far as this purist is concerned, a well-brewed tripel needs no help from any additional ingredients. Least of all fruit.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Holy hell, what is this I have gotten myself into. I thought this was a pale ale at first, boy did I just get my ass kicked! Served chilled and poured into a pint glass at first, this one was consumed on 12/16/2008.

The pour was damn nice. A rich light amber color was immediatly visible and came through very nicely. A rich looking white head then came up over the top and settled down into a very nice layer of white that kept up the crown throughout the session.

The aroma was just beautiful. Rich notes of fruit just dominating everything. Intense sweet notes of cherries and passion fruits were everywhere, I did not see this coming at all. Probably the best fruit smell since my last big New Glarus beer. The flavor was more of the same, super light body with an enormous fruit explosion on the taste buds. Super sweet, and at the same time light tart flavors and a hint of soothing grain underneath it all. No hint of alcohol caused this one to literally go down like candy, which is gonna cause an issue as the night wears on I am sure.

Overall I am blown away, this is one of the best beers I have had in a very long time. I am gonna be on the look out for this one again, this was just really really good.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a typical Belgian golden ale or Saison looking brew. Yellow in color with a white head that lasted for a long time. The smell of the beer has a yeasty and strong fruity aroma. The taste was fruity upfront but fades into a subtle spicy flavor. Mouthfeel was carbonated and light bodied. Very refreshing and drinkable beer overall.

Photo of oberon
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The label is a little disturbing I gotta say.Pours into a large tulip glass a deeply ripe tangerine color with a sticky light pinkish hued white head that left good lacing.Aromas are on the lighter side with stone fruit and mild lactic notes,some sweet alcohol plays a role as it warms more.The feel is almost creamy and it helps the beer glide down easy.Dry on the palate for the most part save some sweet sugary alcohol in the finish,stone fruit and lightly tart fresh picked raspberries stand out most with just a tinge of iron.Not bad,it's not funky or barnyard-like and the fruit is subtle but it adds nicely to the beer,it doesn't seem quite as big as it is.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clouded unfiltered amber red forms a large bright white head which dwindles slowly forming fine even bands of lacing as it fades. Aromatics full of tart fruit combinations including syrupy passion fruits like pineapple and mango twang, tart apple cider with honey covered cherries and berries. A menagerie of fruit and tripel, this aging of the fruit did the Gran Met well, because it was still on fire way too young at this stage in the game. Aging on fruit really took that edge off and everything melded together quite well. I also note a spicy peppery yeast note that was lacking along with herbal qualities that were nonexistent in my sampling of the Gran Met. Flavors flowed well it really still had plenty of alcohol flavor but sweet ripened fruit and somewhat syrupy malts collide to bring enjoyment in the glass. Tartness without the funky edge a very clean natured tart character flows with ripened fruits again I come back to cherry and berry combination without getting too specific, and a flow of tropical passion fruit flows as well. Spicy yeast provides a touch of needed dryness low hop content brings out some mild herbal qualities to add to the balance. Again another big brew that will only improve with age. Mouthfeel is full bodied with really sticky residual sugars coating the palate with every sip a 22oz portion can get cloying but hell just about any beer at this abv will do that to ya. Carbonation flowed well even on the palate with enough there to carry the syrup that has formed, and I can guarantee some alcohol burn at this point. Drinkability is good for the complexity of different fruits thrown in here along with a notably spicy yeast profile and pure alcohol presence the flavors do work, but once again split this with some friends much more enjoyable spread out rather than by the bottle.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull brown with a sizeable creme head that falls and leaves a lot of lace on the way down. Nose is mostly raspberries, and it's a gerat essence of it as well. I just think nice, in perfect condition raspberries. Flavor is yeasty, but there is also a noticeable fruit edge. Not a lot of complexity really. And to me, it comes off more as a fruit beer than a tripel. Fairly full carbonation and the liquid is about what you'd expect with so much fruit being used. Overall a nice brew. Honestly, I do like the fruity stuff, so let's let that be known. But it does carry some balance and character. Also, you can't tell this is 10.5% at all.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rpohagan for throwing one of these into a trade. Served in my Darkness goblet.

A - Two fingers of egg-white quick dissipating foam that leaves some solid lacing. Murky auburn red-orange color.

S - Woah! Spicy Belgian yeast and musty funk. Some raspberry flavors, but really sour. There's also some lemon zest, cherry, and wheat flavors. This is really funky though - almost off-putting.

T - Much sweeter - lots of cherry and raspberry, with some maltiness. The yeast, sour, and funk notes recede to the background. Significantly more tasty that it smells.

M - Lots of carbonation tingle to this one, with a very thin body. Leaves a candy-coated feeling in the mouth. Kind of gritty as well.

D - I think one bomber of this was plenty - the smell was just overwhelming, even though the taste was pretty solid. Carbonation was too high, and the ABV is high as well (even though you can't really taste it).

This was a really unusual beer - not sure if it wants to be a tripel, kriek, lambic, or what. And the smell - so much yeast, like bust out the Monistat level yeast! Interesting experiment, but nowhere near as successful as Big Black Voodoo Daddy.

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and hazy with a couple of floaties in my glass. Beer forms a thin broken head of tiny white bubbles.

Aroma is pretty fruity and kind of nice. Apricots and plums.

Beer is light in body and pretty smooth, good fruit characters overall. Drinkability good and mouthfeel good as well. I'd drink this again. Not the best tripel out there but its fine.

Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a reddish-brown amber color with 2 inches of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of cherries, apple cider and apple juice, dark fruits, and sweet fruity malts. Also a hint of spice.

t - Tastes of cherry and apple juice mainly. Other dark fruits come out as well, including raspberries. Pretty sweet.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A really nice labic. If you like apples and cherries,you'll love this. Would try again.

Photo of jwc215
2.17/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours orange with a bit of sediment floating around. A thin head disappears. No lacing sticks.

The smell is of fruits - cherries/raspberries - an an artificial fruit way, something "Belgian-esque" about it, I suppose - in more of an "attempt to be" way. It is very bready, yeasty, sour-ish. Funky, but not in the right direction.

The taste is fruity - again...in an artificial way. Tastes like fruit punch - gone bad. Musty fruit punch. Sour and yeasty.

Oh - I made it to the "mouthfeel". At this point it's a bit tough because I am so unimpressed. That aside - the feel is hardly "Belgian", Tripel or anything good. It has carbonation. Not enough to wash away the lingering taste. It has something of a body, but so does musty fruit punch that this so reminds me of.

The best I can say about this one is that it hides the abv reasonably well. This is sourish and overly fruity. Not my thing, and not at all, even broadly, fits in with the style. Style aside - not pleasant. Label is unattractive, as well. Shouldn't judge by the label, but the taste matches, pretty much. I don't want to see a middle-aged guy skating in his speedo on the label - and I don't want to drink a beer that tastes like a fruit punch that the guy put his feet into.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a pinkish orange color with a paper thin head that falls apart immediately.

Smell: raspberries, cherries, and hints of alcohol are easily detectable.

Taste: raspberries, cherries, sweet red grapefruit, and some alcohol are the dominant flavors. The passion fruit is detectable but a bit hidden. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Medium bodied. Aftertaste is long on the fruit flavors and the alcohol is warming.

Drinkability: this is a decent after dinner drink, but not for a midday beer. The bomber bottle is way too much for a single session, so make sure you have some friends to share it with.

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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Voodoo Love Child from Voodoo Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.