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Hoodoo - Boom Island Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.16%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boom Island Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: morimech on 01-29-2012)
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-23-2013 02:23:33 | More by zeff80
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. No dating visible.

Appearance: Pours a very dark and cloudy brown with a little ruby red at the bottom of the glass. Lots of bubbles and a huge off white head that takes up the whole tulip and slowly fades into a thin layer. Lacing is fairly light.

Smell: A nice aroma of yeast and dark fruits. Belgian yeast with some cloves. Hints of banana and dark fruits including grapes, prunes, raisins, and fig. Also a little caramel. Its what you would expect from a good Dubbel.

Taste: Nice spicy bite from the Belgian yeast and cloves. Also a little cinnamon spice. Some sweet caramel malt and banana. Big dark fruit presence with notes of raisins, prunes, grapes, and fig. The spices are very good. Pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation on the heavier side. Feels spicy and prickly. Finishes pretty dry. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good take on a Belgian Dubbel from this new brewery. Good combination of spices and sweetness.

05-23-2012 01:27:30 | More by MattyG85
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LeeW

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-01-2014 16:19:36 | More by LeeW
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: A hazy deep brown with ruby hues and a nice tan foamy head. Foam faded fast but lest a little sticky lacing and a nice little foam cap that lasted throughout.

Smell: Sweet, malty and yeasty with a little clove spice and dark fruits.

Taste: Sweet and malty with a good fruity yeast flavor of spices, caramel and banana. A bit of alcohol in the mix as well, but not overwhelming.

Mouth Feel: Creamy and medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes sweet and a little sticky.

Overall: A great interpretation of the Belgian Dubbel style. All the right flavors and elements of a good Dubbel are here...sweet and fruity with good yeast and malt flavors and a nice ABV for a good warming brew. Love it!

05-23-2014 19:50:11 | More by ChopperSmith
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

Picked up a bottle at Princeton's Liquors. Heck of a dubbel. It's a complex beer that isn't too rich or thick, but still covers a lot of ground. There's a roasted edge with a touch of cocoa; a peppery, bitter finish; smooth, gentle fruit (cherry and apple); and a subtle caramel malt taste. The beer finishes dry and could be sipped after dinner, or paired with a hearty meal. Find this beer.

12-25-2012 04:23:03 | More by tempest
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morimech

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%

A 750ml cork & caged bottle. Pours very dark brown that appears black in my tulip glass. A very small head forms and quickly disappears to just a thin skim of suds. Not much for lacing. Appears to be very lightly carbonated.

Smells like a Belgian beer. I pick up caramel and dark fruit. The bottle hints at banana and cloves. I do get the banana but not the cloves. Also a little medicinal. Something I picked up on in their IPA as well.

Good flavor as well. Bready and caramel malt with some fruity esters. Hints of raisins, dates, and bananas. The flavor is mostly malt driven with the esters playing a limited role. I also get some roastedness that is a bit unusual.

The mouthfeel was a disappointment. The brewer does not have bottle conditioning down yet. Not quite flat but has some very fine type of carbonation.

Bottle conditioning aside, this is a pretty good example of a Belgian Dubbel. Maybe these early bottles should age some more before consumption.

01-29-2012 18:26:14 | More by morimech
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memak19

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-28-2014 22:52:02 | More by memak19
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ddavison

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-14-2014 18:54:48 | More by ddavison
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Skyjmpr

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-18-2013 05:54:01 | More by Skyjmpr
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-18-2013 12:45:42 | More by MN_Beerticker
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MikeC1959

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-04-2014 21:03:54 | More by MikeC1959
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yokken

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-24-2012 03:27:59 | More by yokken
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jakea

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

11-09-2013 02:28:11 | More by jakea
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Boomstick

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +24.1%

02-09-2014 20:26:54 | More by Boomstick
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

06-30-2013 05:59:04 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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GarretD

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

12-01-2012 05:00:11 | More by GarretD
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

09-18-2013 03:10:18 | More by sparx1100
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%

750 mL corked and caged bottle. Poured a comfortable two fingers of tannish head over a ruddy dark tea brown brew. Foam disappeared quickly without lace but remained a thin skein that lasted for some time.

Smell is fairly faint overall. Primarily getting caramel malt, banana, milk chocolate.

Taste is a big step up. Delicious caramel, bready malts, cream, bananas, lightly sweet, faint bubble gum, hopped enough to keep it clean without being bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisply carbonated, medium light, mildly creamy.

Overall, easy to drink and tasty.

05-20-2012 03:24:22 | More by JackieTH
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.79/5  rDev -6%

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is an inch of rocky light tan foam that recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma anise, all spice, plum, and tobacco, with hints of cocoa and cherry. There are a lot of wonderful things going on in this beer's aroma, and I seem to find something new every time I smell it. The taste is stronger on the spice than the aroma. There are still some noticeable fruity characteristics, but they are dominated by both the anise, and a pronounced alcohol heat that kicks in during the finish (and which is quite unpleasant). The mouthfeel is disappointing. It is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a watery texture, and high carbonation. With the exception of the high carbonation, this beer's feel does not fit within the dubbel style. Overall, this beer as some nice qualities, but it comes across as being a rough draft that could use a bit of editing. While it is not bad, I can't see myself drinking it when there are more fully developed dubbels on the market.

04-12-2013 02:49:32 | More by KarlHungus
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koes0024

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

09-03-2013 00:57:00 | More by koes0024
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kojevergas

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -23.6%

2012 vintage. 8.5% ABV confirmed per the label. 750ml brown glass bottle with unremarkabl label art and unbranded hood-and-wire cap (aka cage) over a cork acquired at Four Firkins in Minnesota last year and served into a Westvleteren stem-goblet in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO. Label clearly identifies it as a dubbel. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given its current 89 rating.

Is the name vaguely racist? You decide.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it pours.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of nice light khaki colour. Good creaminess. Pretty good thickness. Nice consistent and pretty even lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Retention is good for the ABV - about 6-7 minutes. Nice soft complexion and smooth consistency.

Body colour is a very dark chestnut amber. No nontransparent. Lightly translucent; the bottom of the glass is a lighter hue on the underside than in the body. No floating yeast particles are visible, but that may be because it's so dark. The label's description "Dark brown color with red highlights" is accurate.

Overall, it's spot-on for a dubbel and I'm really looking forward to trying it. It's not unique or special per se, and there are no egregious flaws.

Sm: Brown sugar, dark Belgian malts, light banana, clove spice, raisin, faint dried fig, some bready malts, a hint of vinous notes, and some restrained dark fruit of some kind - likely a stonefruit, but seemingly not plum nor dates. It's well within traditional style conventions, and while it's not as deep, subtle, or delicate as the best examples of the style, it's very appealing. I do want some biscuity yeast of some sort to emerge, but it remains a bit too clean.

A pleasant and fairly subtle aroma of mild strength. I'm quite pleased and am eager to try it.

No hop character, alcohol, or yeast character is detectable.

T: The malty body is overly open to the drinker, lacking the sheltered pleasing reticence of the best beers in the style. It's not a delicate or fragile flavour profile, and lacks any subtlety, intricacy, or nuance. Depth of flavour is also very limited for a dubbel. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Okay in terms of complexity, with dark fruits - especially raisin, ripe young fig, banana (likely from the yeast), and a nebulous stonefruit that I just can't place. I'm not finding plum or dates. Buried brown sugar. Belgian dark/brown malts. Its amateurish simplicity is a huge drawback. In terms of spices, all I really notice is clove - likely emerging from the yeast. Somewhat bready. A kiss of cocoa powder.

Decently balanced, but built generically. This doesn't hold a candle to traditional Trappist examples of the style. Not at all gestalt, but certainly cohesive. If Trappist yeast was used, I'm surprised because it isn't showcased at all here.

For a year old brew, this drinks shockingly raw and young.

Mf: Lightly creamy. Entirely too smooth and wet; this style requires a fragile balance of dryness/wetness and coarseness/smoothness, neither of which is present here. A bit thin and weak. This isn't the 'meal in a glass' filling feel a proper dubbel should have. Lacks body. Suits the flavour profile decently, but the texture fails to fully facilitate delivery of all the flavours and doesn't seem at all custom-tailored specifically to the taste. Unrefreshing. Too damn light, bordering almost on watery.

Frankly, it feels like the kind of mouthfeel that would be accentuated on nitro - and that's not at all what you want in a dubbel. Too creamy and airy.

I will say a highlight for me is its pleasant softness.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, boozy, rough, gushed, syrupy, or hot.

Dr: It doesn't hold a candle to the traditional Trappist dubbel, and even in ideal glassware with a year of age on it comes across shockingly young and painfully simple. There's none of the artful nuance, careful fragility, or delicate quality of the best beers in the style. Boom Island hasn't done badly for an American dubbel, but I definitely wouldn't get this again at its unreasonable price point (relative to the quality) and I wouldn't recommend it to friends. Where's the yeast character? The yeast notes almost seem German in character. I'm surprised at its current high rating.

Bottom Line: A drinkable but forgettable dubbel that falls well short of traditional offerings and doesn't age well. Not worth trying, especially for sincere fans of the style. Sort of a dubbel lite.

C+

12-13-2013 02:51:14 | More by kojevergas
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joh02034

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-02-2013 20:23:38 | More by joh02034
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.6%

06-27-2013 23:36:03 | More by ejimhof
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

08-28-2013 00:21:37 | More by zeledonia
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25.6%

07-19-2014 02:21:17 | More by mattmarka1
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Hoodoo from Boom Island Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.