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Hoodoo - Boom Island Brewing Company

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very good

69 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

mmulebarn, Jul 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25%

mattmarka1, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.


kojevergas, Dec 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

MNMike, Nov 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

warmbier804, Oct 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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dradair, Oct 26, 2014
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sparx1100, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

zeledonia, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Hopstout, Mar 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

millelacsmark, Nov 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

AnalogErik, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

DaveMiller, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Phocion
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from phone, May 3, 2014.

750ml mushroom corked bottle poured into Westvleteren chalice. Dark mahogony body with a finger of frothy, beige foam. Little retention on the head, but it left a nice, thick lacing.

This thing was a yeast bomb. Clove, banana, and Dubble Bubble gum. Notes of molasses and caramelized sugar, bread, perfume, and slightly vinous. Plum and other stone fruit came out as it warmed.

The flavor is fairly well balanced but overall still a bit yeast-forward. Slightly sweet malts, dark fruity esters, and spicy phenolics. Dry finish and mildly sour, but not in a good way.

Moderate carbonation. Slick with a body that is a bit thin and not able to stand up to this style of beer.

Overall this was decent, above average, but not exceptional.

Phocion, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

morimech, Jan 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

MikeC1959, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

koes0024, Sep 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

SlightlyGrey, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

HoistinBrews, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

zestar, Oct 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

dmorgan310, Oct 22, 2014
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Joey1566, Oct 08, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cork almost flew through my grip as it released with a loud pop. Large vacuous and irregular bubbles formed in the head; bubbles tightened up on subsequent pours. Strong nose of dark cherry chocolate, heavy malt and a big, clean spice floating over top. Taste flows exactly from the nose with a assertive carbonic bite. Guessing that this particular bottle became a little heavy on the carbonation. I like the beer well enough to try another bottle to find out.

FightingEntropy, Mar 15, 2012
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Hoodoo from Boom Island Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.