Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale | Rogue Ales

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Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller AleVoodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Patches826 on 11-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
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Reviews:
56
Ratings:
191
pDev:
19.58%
 
 
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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

eyes...
audible sizzle, pale straw hue, decent amount of carbonation bubbling up from the bottom, the head (as it was) is gone faster than a cuba gooding jr. movie in the theaters, barely any lacing or ... anything, this could be any number of hundreds of beers I have seen, not good

nose...
imitation lemon icing, definite sweet pastry dough scent, I gotta say this nails it as per the name of the beer, I don't personally love the stink here but it really does smell like what the bottle is hawking

taste etc...
considering the lack of head this still has a decent carbo-punch, wow, I can see people being taken aback by this...
the lemon has an artificial feel to it but this definitely finishes bready/pastry doughy/sweet, it is easy drinking but the strangeness of the flavor is battling me here, the finish is really sweet (again it really reminds me of lemon icing)

verdict?
I think they nailed this one flavor wise but man it is not for me - no way I could get through a bomber (or whole pint) of this.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of kaiyote
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Smells really lemony, sort of artificial but not unpleasant. Poured a big, 2.5 finger head that is slowly dwindling down. Taste is not anywhere near as pronounced as the smell. Kind of like a lemon white cake.

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Photo of avwrite
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I actually enjoyed this. It's almost like a desert beer if there is such a thing. Nice light lemon taste and a good smell to it. A bit on the lighter side, but the tangy taste appealed to me.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really do not get all the hate that gets put on these beers. If you don't want something different, then don't buy a beer named "lemon chiffon crueller ale." Personally I think it delivers exactly what it advertises which is a positive in my opinion. I bet if it had a funky Buddha label, the ratings would be higher.

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Photo of otoolman221
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sculls65
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells and tastes of lemon with a cake/donut finish. Wasnt great but I enjoyed trying this one.

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Photo of rsquared59
3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Adam_Lifts
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaltyDog75
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is going to be a polarizing beer.

For me, it integrates the lemon chiffon flavor very well with the beer, as opposed to a beer like Bell's Cherry Stout, which feels like there's a disconnect between the stout and the cherry. The initial taste is great, but there's a slightly off aftertaste. Still, well worth trying if you like fruit beers.

If you're a beer purist, you're probably not going to like it. The lemon chiffon really overwhelms most of the beer-ness. No hops to speak of, not particularly malty.

Ultimately it's a novelty and not something you'd drink on a regular basis - perhaps not more than once - but those who like fruit beers or want something different will find the experience worthwhile.

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Photo of Tilly
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.

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Photo of Schlafly33
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tastes and smells like Pledge

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Photo of acurtis
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml, Pepto-Bismol pink lacquered bottle, with the requisite guest ingredients portrayed amongst the dark Rogue court jester on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a single layer of rainforest canopy lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of candied lemon-lime, of the zesty, slightly tart variety, subdued doughy pale malt, ethereal artificial vanilla, and very little else. The taste is still big on the lemon/lime, very much Sprite-like astringent citrusy character, any crueller doughnut essence subsumed by the generic semi-sweet grainy and doughy pale maltiness, with a soft earthy, piney hoppiness kind of hard to notice out there on the fringes.

The carbonation is quite fresh in its lilting, free-wheeling frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, in the vein of lemon juice tinted cake batter. It finishes on the sweet side, but just, as the lemon (my fingers are getting tired of typing that word, which should mean something here) continues to inform the tangential white cake nature of this brew.

Hardly the worst gimmick beer that I've had pass through my lips, as seems to be the mostly informed consensus thus far here - really, it's just an overdose of one guest ingredient, at the expense of the others, to little ill effect. Not particularly complex, I'll grant, and as per usual, there's at least one (and maybe two) too many extra players on the scene - a conceit that makes one question the veracity of the whole shebang, yet again.

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Photo of nuebs
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured into a Samuel Smith's pint glass to produce a slightly hazy and golden colored brew. The head is off-white, rocky and sits at 2 fingers of thickness. Displays strong retention, eventually breaking down to a thin, consistent layer of surface suds. Lacing clings to the glass in small patches and exhibits good stick.

Smell - Aroma is primarily of sweet, sugary lemon like that of pie filling. Lesser hints of bread.

Taste - Lemon, lemon and more lemon! Distant underlying notes of bready malt and sugary icing. Hints of marshmellow. Sweet at first, then a bit of sourness toward the finish and with a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thin body and low carbonation combine for a tonic water like experience. How can one achieve the essence of eating a doughnut without a filling body? Easily the worst aspect of this beer.

Overall - It is as advertised; a sweet lemon pastry-tasting brew. Can't say that I'm completely enjoying it, but it's not bad considering what they set out to achieve. Had they given it more body and a bigger bready malt backbone, it would've likely been a more complete experience. It can be a bit cloying, so drink slowly or share with friends.

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Photo of McMatt7
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hreb
3.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pink painted 750mL bottle. Beer pours into my pint glass looking surprisingly pale yellow in color; this could pass for pilsner. Big soda bubbles and very little head. And while it looks like it pours a little bit syrupy, the aroma is of dry lemon. Really, the aroma makes me want a wheat beer (and warmer weather). Flavor is unsurprisingly lemon, with cream flavor added. I'm not sure if the dairy flavor is actually from lactose based adjuncts, or if there's a more distinct cream flavor being used here. Maybe what I'm tasting is actually a combination of the marshmallows (how do you get marshmallows dissolved into beer??) and vanilla. Bright carbonation works well with this beer. Yes, the flavor is cloying, leaving a lemony residue in my lower lip, but I'm enjoying this. Even a whole pint in, it's still delicious, the flavors are fresh, not tiring or chemical. This beer promises The Strange but it delivers it. Probably IMO the best Rogue Voodoo Doughnut ale to date (and that's not nothing -- I actually enjoyed the bacon one). Were Rogue beers not so stupidly overpriced I'd probably pick up a second one. :)

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Photo of jheezee
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ImperatorScab
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lanstrum
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hophugger
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden-lemon color with an average head and sudsy, sparse lacing. Aroma is of lemon custard and sweet bread. Taste, IMO, is pretty darn tasty. Flavors of marshmallow, lemon custard, lemon peel and lemon pith, orange juice. Feels cool going down and balance is pretty good. Alcohol is hidden very well..This is very similar to a lemon shandy. Any sweeter and this beer would go down a level. I like the balance and sweetness and this is like drinking a liquefied lemon Danish with a touch of bitterness that packs a mellow buzz. Rogue never ceases to amaze me on the "off the wall" stuff they put out !!

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.18/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale amber with a fading head.
Smells like lemon custard, sherbet, pastry and lemon zest.
Flavours are a mix of astringency and sweet lemon. Comes off very abrasive with a lemon pith character rather than lemon zest.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like lemon, vanilla and sugar. Seems like a lemony doughnut to me! It tastes like lemon, vanilla, and sugar, but this brew does have a slight lemon Pledge/lemon cleaner flavor to it, along with some lime and bready malt too. Luckily, the bad lemony taste isn't strong at all, and seems to get weaker as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and is easy enough to drink. Like most of the other Rogue Voodoo Doughnut beers I've tried, I thought it was an interesting brew. Overall I liked this one. I'd like to try it again in the future.

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Photo of Dayman766
3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale from Rogue Ales
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 191 ratings