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Hoodoo - Boom Island Brewing Company

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very good

57 Ratings
no score

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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 -31.8%

mmulebarn, Jul 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -25.6%

mattmarka1, Jul 19, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
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 -13.2%

sparx1100, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

zeledonia, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Hopstout, Mar 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

AnalogErik, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

DaveMiller, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Phocion
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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 -8.2%
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 -6.9%

MikeC1959, Jul 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

koes0024, Sep 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

SlightlyGrey, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

HoistinBrews, Sep 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Joey1566, Oct 08, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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
Photo of KarlHungus
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

KarlHungus, Apr 12, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

JackieTH, May 20, 2012
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3.92/5  rDev -2.7%

Tyecko, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Oversized Wine Glass

Appearance - Jet Black that becomes dark red when held up to the light. It's worth noting that the head, while initially pours around 3 fingers in width, is quite fizzy and disappears rather quickly. I can also tell there is alot of carbonation going on in there based on all the bubbles climbing up the sides of the glass.

Smell - The smell, while it's there, isn't really that powerful. Figs, spices, caramel, bubble gum/cotton candy and slight floral hops. There's also a yeasty aroma going on here as well along with some malts.

Taste - However to comes to flavor, it's a different story! The figs, spices and bubble gum flavors really come out in full force! The yeasty notes have a sweet taste to them and the malty flavors are much stronger here!

Mouthfeel - It's fairly light for a Dubbel Ale and the carbonation is fairly moderate but more than what I'm used to from this style of beer. Still, it's got a crisp and refreshing feel to it and it's relatively easy to drink for this style.

Overall - When I first heard about Boom Island in the newspaper, I was eager to try out their Dubbel since I found it unusual for a small start up brewery to commit to such a complex style of beer. However when I finally tried it, I can see why they did, because they're pretty damn good at making one! Sure....the smell masks the complex flavor and the carbonation could've been toned down, but that doesn't take away from the fact that this is a true example of how an American-made Dubbel Ale can be done right! I will be looking forward to more releases from Boom Island in the future!

NuclearDolphin, Mar 21, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here's #2 in the mini-marathon of Minnesota-brewed dubbels. 2 of 2. That's all I've got. Until Harriet makes Dark Abbey again. Anyway, here's the second Minneapolis dubbel, this one from Boom Island. It's called Hoodoo. For this occasion, I'm taking Bud Powell off of the turntable, and dropping on Dr. John. I won't quote the label yet, for it'll, once again, give away, my game. But let's share this much: "Handcrafted Belgian Style Ale. Boom Island Brewing Company. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 750 ml, Alcohol 8.5% by Vol." Boom Island Brewing Company, 2207 North Second Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55411."

Let's crack 'er open already…

Whoa, Ladies and gentlemen, we have a gusher! And I don't mean in the sense I usually employ on these pages. Merely loosening the cage from the cork sent it flying off and brew spilling out. I quickly poured into my favorite glass, and mopped up the table, and now we're ready to go.

Dark brown coloration, almost black, with a gorgeous head, creamy, tannish, large and lacy. Looks beautiful. (Beats Borealis in this category.)

Aroma: sweetish, creamy, nutty…not much else, not particularly special. (Borealis beats it here.) {After reading the notes on the label, yes, roasted malt, but that other stuff? A stretch, maybe, but it's hidden, and quiet.}

Taste: rich, dark, deep, scrumptious. Full-bodied, with dark malt flavors dominating, cocoa and hints of espresso. Overall dry. Floods the mouth with this richness, tasty, lightly hoppy, good bitterness. Good grit, excellent texture, lays long in the mouth. Edges on sweetness, and hops reel it right back in.

One thing missing is that extra special Belgian yeast quality, which is here in some quantity, but not quite where I want it.
(And here's where I compare again. Two completely different interpretations, two different takes on the style, but if I want something less sweet, and more deep and rich, Boom Island wins out. Borealis wins for those who want more "Belgian-ness", and Boom Island would be hit for those who want something closer to a stout or porter.)

Let's take a moment to hear about "The Skinny on Hoodoo." Aroma: Light roasted malt aroma. Slight banana and clove flavors present. { I didn't get that at all, maybe clove, banana? A stretch. If you look really hard, yeah, okay.} Flavor: Rich and complex malt flavors. Low hop bitterness. Banana and bubble gum type esters. {Again, I guess, but "bubble gum" I feel is over-used and often mis-applied. I'm certain not picking it up in the flavor. But then, I'm prone to merely say: that Special Belgian yeast something, without plucking out words like banana and bubblegum. Sometimes words fail. I'd rather not use them, than use the wrong ones.} Overall impression: Sit back and enjoy forming yours. {This I approve of, an "overall impression" of the beer by the brewer on the beer's label doesn't sit well. Say what it is, what went into it, how you made it, then get out.}

Now the front label: "Warning: the dark malt flavors, spicy aromas, and mysterious undercurrent of bitterness in this award-winning Belgian-style dubbel are powerful moo in the ancient HOODOO tradition. Prepare to fall under it's spell. Enjoy with a black cat bone {???} OR SERVING OF JOHN DE CONkEROO."

That's why the Dr. John album, to put me in a hoodoo mood, I guess. I didn't need the assist from Mac Rebbenack, as this brew does a great job of getting me reeling with the feeling right away.

So how does the battle of the Minnesota dubbels shake out? Go for the Borealis (if you can find it, in the Duluth area) when in the mood for the fruitier, spicier, sweeter stuff, but bank on Boom Island for something meatier.

feloniousmonk, Jun 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Dave2234, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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Hoodoo from Boom Island Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.