Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale
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Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller AleVoodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
ABV:
6.9%
Score:
78
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 19.24%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
193
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Rogue Ales
 
Oregon, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller AleVoodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale
Notes: A collision of crazies. Rogue Ales has again collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale. This unique artisan creation contains a baker's dozen ingredients including lemon juice, vanilla bean, and marshmallows to match Voodoo's Lemon Chiffon Crueller doughnut.
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am still running through my Rogue backlog & frankly, looking at some of the price tags on these, I am surprised that I pulled the trigger in the first place. These enameled bombers mean that I am unable to see what it happening inside, which never makes me happy. OTOH, many of them have mellowed nicely during their wait for me to get to them. Let's see how this one fares!

From the Bottle: "Dedicated to Tres & Cat Daddy, the Rogues of Voodoo Donut"; "[Pairs with:] Donuts, Cheesecake";"Brewed Using 13 Ingredients: 2-Row, Munich & Rogue Farms Dare (tm) and Risk (tm) Malts; Perle & Sterling Hops; Lemon Juice, Lemon Extract, Vanilla Beans, Vanilla Extract, Marshmallows; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast."; "No Chemicals, Additives or Preservatives"; "Oregon Brewed[,] Established 1988[,] Oxygen Fixing Caps"; "16° Plato*20 IBU*78 AA*7° L"; "100% Pure Rogue".

I began by Pop!ping off the oxygen fixing cap & starting an extremely slow, gentle C-Line pour since I could not see what I was doing & I did not want to muck this up. The initial pour went well, forming just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a slightly-hazy solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose was very lemony, but rather than being tart, it had a pronounced sweetness. I remember a share when this was first released & I thought that it was way too sweet at that point. I am hopeful that time has mellowed this somewhat. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was less Lemon Crueller than Lemon-filled with powdered sugar in terms of its relation to donuts. I liked that the vanilla extract & marshmallows had faded by this point, making it MUCH more palatable (to me, at least). It was lemony, but less natural tasting than akin to pie filling, if that makes sense. There was still a lot of residual sweetness present where real lemon would have had a greater tartness. Did I experience lemon? Yes. Is lemon a fruit? Yes. In that case, it falls into the F&F Beer style nicely. As to its donut origins, I was craving a cup of coffee as accompaniment throughout! 8=O Again, I think that it was the unrelenting sweetness that made me feel this way. Finish remained sweet, not cloying like it struck me originally, but still sweeter than I would prefer to drink 22-fl oz of from a bomber. YMMV.

Oct 08, 2019
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Catfishhunter from Washington

4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm honestly not sure what to make of this beer. Purchased with a friend along with several other unique beers to sample. Poured this into a frosty pint glass for drinking. Initially, the nose was not good, however after a few drinks, I found myself thoroughly surprised to be enjoying this beer. Having read the reviews on this concoction, I really expected to dislike it but ultimately enjoyed it. Some of the review complaints are valid here (sweet and candy like) but ultimately the mouthful is excellent on this beer and the taste has a subtle lemon cream ale flavor. It may not be suitable for all beer drinkers but if willing to think outside the box and try a different beer style without judgment and comparison to the standard highly regarded beers, this beer provides a unique and refreshing option.

Jun 23, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

2.46/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from 25.4 oz. bottle into a Peg's snifter glass.

A: Darkish gold, somewhat hazy. Low visible carbonation leads to a thin off-white head with average retention.

S: Lemon Pledge, bready malts, and medicinal overtones.

T: This tastes like if you mixed lemon meringue mixed pie filling with Pledge, and then snorted a nostril-full of Country Time lemonade powder. All with a medicinal or cleaner aftertaste. Acidic finish. A minimal bready sweetness tries to show up but is quickly tamped back down by the ghost of shitty lemons. It finishes with lingering lemons and acid.

M: Relatively light body, moderate alcohol flavor. The carbonation sensation seems biting when mixed with the acidity.

O: Rogue got me again. This was really not good. Drainpour.

Nov 20, 2016
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bmeehan from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer. The lemon flavor works well and isn't too strange to fit like some other beers that try to use that flavor. The scent isn't much to identify and it feels juuust a bit bitter, but it's a fun beer overall.

Oct 10, 2016
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biegaman from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale is a mouthful to say, yet it looks like something that could be easily gulped; pale and golden, its clear and animatedly bubbled complexion is the stuff that appeals to most anybody. Factor in the pink bottle and strange label... you've got a beer for the masses (even if it has no head).

While the brewery claims to use "a baker's dozen ingredients" the actual government tested ingredients list shows only 'lemon juice, lemon extract, vanilla beans, vanilla extract and marshmallows'. By my count that's not even a half dozen. And it's curious not see to see "artificial" (or even "natural") flavours listed on there either...

Because despite this Rogue beer being trademark 'free of chemicals, additives or preservatives' it sure tastes like scientists had a part in making it; flavours of lemon custard, banana cream and powdered-sugar confection are far too striking to *not* be artificially induced. Clearly something else is at play here...

Who knows what. That's between Rogue and Voodoo Doughnuts. Either way, what's tasted in the glass is a sweet, citrus-spiked, Limoncello-infused, creamy and sugary concoction that's intended for dessert (either to be added in or had alongside). Biscuit malt makes a natural accompaniment and compliments the lemon cookie notes nicely.

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale is yet another beer that distracts from the truly great things this brewery offers. This is a beer only for those who wouldn't buy beer otherwise. Do me a favor and pick up Old Crustreacean, Dead Guy, Imperial Stout, Hazelnut Brown, Weizen, Brutal IPA, Pumpkin Ale, Oatmeal Stout or Red Ale before this.

Aug 07, 2016
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Crubbsy from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Orangeish yellow, white head formed an inch thick then disappeared quickly. no lacing. Translucent, but a little cloudy.

Smell: smells just like lemon meringue pie. sweet.

Taste: Lots of lemon, which is delicious, but its kind of punctuated with a strange spice flavor (not pepper spice). very smooth finish

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin body. very smooth mouthfeel. not much else to report.

Overall: pretty tasty beer. I love the lemon meringue flavor and the smooth mouthfeel and finish. well done off-the-wall flavored beer.

May 03, 2016
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear dull orange with fine, flecky, suspended haze. Even, foamy, beige head of mediocre retention. Smells like concentrated lemon juice. And maybe a little boozy. Oh my, this one actually tastes like a lemon-frosted doughnut or cookie. Cloyingly vanilla-sweet and lemony-tart but still balanced with bready backdrop and bitter, rindy suggestions, evidently from lemon extract, even if aided by hops. Was expecting it to taste more like a hard-lemonade so this is a pleasant surprise. Palate quickly overwhelmed, saving the rest for later. So much better than the Maple Bacon one. A treat, but not really an easy drinker. Hoping the Raspberry one is as good or better. Medium-bodied, tingly then almost creamy with fine suds.

Apr 06, 2016
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

**
07/05/2015
Aroma is lemony, cakey...touch of yeast. Appearance: Hazy yellow orange. Small white head. Taste: yeah...kind of like a doughnut. Feel...a little creamy. Not bad. True to the name. A little overly sweet but what do you expect for beer based on a doughnut."
**

Mar 25, 2016
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dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

4.44/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well, lemon, lemon, lemon, and more lemon. I really love lemon everything so for me personally this beer, though some may find it a gimmick, works and is pretty fantastic!

Feb 24, 2016
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Bear1964 from Nebraska

4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz Pink Bomber into a Mason Jar showed off a nice Golden brew with a 2 fingered white head, the aroma got better as it warmed and showed off more layers of flavor. A lot of the reviews note the past Voodoo Doughnut beers and to me seem to miss the whole point...fruit beer, smoked beer...etc. These might not be World Class Best of show to the people that point fingers at anyone who is not into craft beer, I always try to rate a beer by the style and not let other reviews or the brand as a whole sway my rating. I love trying new things and this is part of a ongoing set of brews that are somewhat of a gimmick but still have something to show us if we open up and let it in. I'm a fan of things like this and will support all the new offerings as they come out...cheers!

Jan 31, 2016
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StoneTSR from Colorado

3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: A thin white head fluffs up for a moment when the beer is first poured, it vanishes quickly though. The beer itself is bright orange and a little hazy, it looks like a good Double IPA. Streams of tiny bubbles can be seen rushing up the sides of the glass. No lacing.

SMELL: Candied lemon zest and vanilla. It smells like lemon-flavored frosting. I enjoy it.

TASTE: The smell may have been the frosting, but the flavor is more like lemon-sugar cookie with frosting on top. Sweet, and it first it’s not as sweet as I thought it would be, but it builds. And half way through the glass, it is becoming more cloying. Lots of vanilla, sugar, the marshmallow seems to be there, and plenty of lemon.

MOUTHFEEL: Very sweet. Cloying at times, but the thin body and strong carbonation keep it drinkable, at least in some quantities.

OVERALL: After Maple Bacon, I had very low expectations for this beer. The good news is that this one beat it. There are quite a few enjoyable flavors here, but in the end they are just too much. I can’t put down the whole thing and even splitting the bottle it’s tough to get through. I will try another variation in the future though.

Jan 27, 2016
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Beeruiz

1/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tastes like someone found some store bought donuts in the trash, threw some well aged sour lemon, stale marshmallow and tainted vanilla extract on top and decided to add some alcohol and carbonation as a pour excuse to call this awful drink a beer. Only way to drink this is to throw it down the drain. Sorry Rouge. You guys have made some good stuff, and hopefully this was just a bad batch but I won't chance it again on this one.

Dec 29, 2015
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was better than the other donut beers I've had by them. The lemon comes through well and the body of the beer isn't a disappointment, but nicely satisfying.

Dec 24, 2015
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Tilly from Kentucky

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P: Hazy golden with very little head and little lacing.
A: Definitely lemon, sweet.
T Lemon icing, vanilla, sweet, fresh biscuits, some hops.
M: Sweet, medium dry, light bodies, ginger ale like carbonation.
O: Not so bad for a novelty beer.

Dec 09, 2015
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andrenaline from Canada

3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden yellow, finger of head with some retention and lacing. Smells like some sort of lemon scented household detergent, but still it is somehow non-offensive. The lemon flavour is sweet but comes across as extremely synthetic, the finish is a sweet buttery doughnut with hints of vanilla. I knew what I was getting into with this one, and the Brewers did indeed achieve a flavour profile matching the description. My only qualm is the synthetic lemon flavour. A more authentic candied citrus flavour would've improved the score. A novelty that is certainly not worth the $12 I paid for it, but I don't regret giving it a try.

Sep 24, 2015
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metter98 from New York

3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark amber yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation along with lots of fine particles floating in suspension. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving only a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of lemon chiffon cake are present in the smell.
T: As in the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of lemon chiffon cake and has hints of doughnuts and subtle bits of sweetness. No acidity from the lemons is perceptible.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot better than the Voodoo Doughnut Maple Bacon. The flavors mesh well together and there are nice amounts of lemony flavors. It would make for a nice dessert beer, especially during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

Aug 30, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml pink bottle purchased from LCBO for $11.95 CDN. Served cold into an Amsterdam Boneshaker snifter.Finally caved and purchased one of these (dis?) reputable pink bottles from Rogue featuring some wild and crazy flavor combinations. This particular bottle has been advertised as 6.8% ABV.

Appearance - Hazy copper colored beer with a finger and change of thin white head which dissolves away in under a minute leaving behind a thin soapy collar.

Smell - There's a robust graininess, somewhat akin to raw dough that would be used in a doughnut I guess. Lemon and some spices also make an appearance. Smells pretty good, but there's an underlying raw yeastiness that just detracts a bit.

Taste - More lemon and some pastry flavors combined. Spices also prominent. The doughiness on the nose isn't as prevalent in the taste. Some sharper lemon pie filling flavors on the close which is a bit artificial tasting. Pretty good and enjoyable all in all. Alcohol shows up just a touch at the end.

Mouthfeel - Light with spritzy carbonation and a drier than average finish. Reasonably light for a beer nearing 7% ABV beer.

Overall - A surpsingly good and enjoyable lemon inspired beer. Light, good flavors and has the gimmick factor going for it. The downside is that the cost is steep and the bottle size is quite large. Would rather have this in smaller quantities so I can enjoy it more while consuming less. However, if you feel obligated to try a big pink Rogue bottle, this isn't a bad one to try.

Aug 26, 2015
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Brew_42 from Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with almost no head

Smells like artificial lemon flavoring and marshmallows

Follows the taste. Artificial lemon and gay are most prevalent. There is a marshmallow/vanilla flavor that becomes more noticeable once the beer warms up a bit.

Mf- thin and watery

Overall not too great but certainly interesting. If the lemon flavor weren't so artificial and the vanilla were more present from the get go it would be better.

Aug 18, 2015
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Bottleguy from Michigan

3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Far be it from Rouge to disappoint, this beer was enjoyable, although it loses points for the artificial lemon aftertaste. Not what I expected, but I purchased for the bottle.

Jul 30, 2015
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JHubner73 from Indiana

3.09/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this along with the Rogue Mocha Porter. You know, I don't care for lemon beers, but this one intrigued me. My kids thought I should try the doughnut beer so I went for it. Well, I have to say this beer does actually taste like a lemon pastry.

Take that as you will.

Jul 14, 2015
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poopfarts from Canada

1.29/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

I would like to open this review by stating that I have been enjoying craft beers, and beers from rouge for years. I have also been using this website for years, but today - I finally made an account, just to inform the rest of the planet how atrocious this beer is.

The colour was the first sign that I was in for a ride, it poured a rather disconcerting off-yellow brown. It seemed almost orange near the middle of the glass.
I will spare you the unpleasant description of smell, and mouthfeel, but I assure you that they were as disappointing as my ninth birthday party.

The taste of this beer was that of a bottle of cologne. I felt as though my mouth was being violated. Never have I ever poured out a beer, but after a solid dry heave I finally decided that this was, perhaps, undrinkable.

Would not drink again.

Jun 24, 2015
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

2.84/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much to this one, the series is what it is (and the GF keeps buying them):
Pour is actually quite nice, pale golden to a little yellow with fluffy white, sustaining head.
Nose initially seemed a bit minty, but some warmth did open up a lemon glaze smell and a cake-doughnut background. For a beer, not impressive smell; for the inspiration, kinda impressed. There's still a minty-ish note in there that prevents it from being spot on.

Almost reminds me of a lager with lemon. Not really a raddler, because the beer is too sweet. The same pine/mint/juniper note from the smell makes an appearance mid to late taste and kills what the beer did have going for it. A tad watery, but decent carbonation and full flavors, for better or worse.

Little worse than expected. Know this is a novelty beer, but the raspberry pretzel of the series wasn't horrible.

Jun 12, 2015
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Maxyim from South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I have been big into shandys lately. Most notably, b
een putting down a lot of Steigl Radler. Ran into this new Voodoo Doughnut beer at Total Wine while grabbing a few magnums of champagne for the wife, and figured I would give it a whirl. Came back the next day and bought 6 more - here is why. It is, quite simply, different. Does not taste very sweet, despite the "doughnut" tag. Lemon soap, even Lysol are possible comparisons. However, for some reason it works. Put it up against your typical lemon shandy and this beer has a lot more complexity, almost like drinking an IPA without the hops. Really made me take a step back and marvel at how far beer has come.

May 25, 2015
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doktorhops from Australia

3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A wise man once said: “There's an old saying in Tennessee, I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee that says, 'Fool me once, shame on ... shame on you. Fool me... You can't get fooled again!” and with these words of wisdom in mind I purchased another Voodoo Doughnut themed Rogue brew, knowing that the last one I tried (Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale) was lacking in the flavour department, but oh no - you can’t get fooled again... and Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale sounds like a bitchen mix regardless.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Presents a hazed golden-amber body with a fluffy white head that disappears almost immediately... that is one head that didn’t want to stick around... at 6.8% it’s no biggie but still as Mick Jagger said in one of his songs: “Gimme, gimme head or I'm gonna fade away” [umm, I think it was “gimme shelter” Doc]. 6/10.

S: Intriguing aroma - a mixture of lemon juice and artificial lemon (the aroma you get in cleaning products) with sugar-laden marshmallow, a light malt base and bread notes. Again the aroma sets this up for an awesome jelly doughnut experience, as did the Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale, hopefully the taste test will back it up. 9/10.

T: Far out man! *my best Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski impression* This is some crazy shit. It runs the gamut of tasting great to finish with an odd cleaning product aftertaste. Palate is lemon candy, marshmallow, bread yeast, hints of piney hops and a finish that is dry/astringent with light citric bitters. It grows on you a little bit as you drink it but it is still one hot mess of a brew. 7/10.

M: Medium bodied with a visible oiliness and a slight sharp carbonation. The mouthfeel is quite decent given the flavour profile - it works well. 9/10.

D: I must say I admire the balls on Rogue to sell a beer this cataclysmically imbalanced... still, I’m torn between the crazy goodness and the marginal insanity contained inside this pink bottle. One thing I will say is that my mouth feels fresh enough to sell to a used car dealer - used car fresh. Overall if you’re looking for ‘mad scientist mad’ when it comes to beers Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale should pique your interest as much as hopping around on a pogo-stick wearing boxing gloves and singing to The Marriage of Figaro whilst eating pop rocks. 7/10.

Food match: Lemon. Curd. Tart. Or a Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller.

May 09, 2015
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Matthew_Reynolds89 from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I go this $12 beer for me and the girlfriend to try.

It surprisingly was much better than i figured a lemon doughnut beer would taste!

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys lemon stuff or sweet beers, kinda makes me

wish i had gotten the other voodoo doughnut flavors that are now retired >_<

May 03, 2015
Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 193 ratings