Voodoo Love Child | Voodoo Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is our Belgian Style Trippel aged on intimate fruits of Passion Fruit, Raspberry and Cherry. Lightly spiced with corriander and curqua orange peel and other spices of passion. Light Reddish hue and with a alcohol strength of 10.5% and nicely carbonated in the bottle.

Enjoy a couple and have your own Voodoo Love Child!!!

BEER STATS
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#27,825
Reviews:
198
Ratings:
478
pDev:
12.8%
 
 
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41
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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 478
Photo of M_Leo
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Really like this beer. Voodoo brews some really unique beers and this is probably my favorite. Slight fruity taste and lacks a boozy punch despite it's 9.5% ABV. It's a great combination of smooth and flavorful that I really like.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a thin foamy white head that has short retention

S- fruity on the nose with passionfruit and raspberry leading the way. Undertones of peppery yeast that adds aromas of banana, clove & basement must. Light bready malt to round it out

T- spicy and peppery yeast up front adds notes of clove, followed by some fruity elements of banana, passionfruit & red berries. The finish gives more peppery yeast, strong phenolic note on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that fades out as it nears the finish

O- an interesting take on the style, making it quite drinkable

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Photo of VABA
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very nice amber color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has Belgian hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice Belgian flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice Belgian beer

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not familiar with this style. Wouldn't be a favorite, but the balance is good. Definite tart cherry and passion fruit. I think this is a good selection of this style.

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Photo of JayQue
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An unusual and tasty beer but most aspects of a Tripel are missing here. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Chimay goblet. Small fizzy white head that fades fast, no lacing and a clear orange color. I took a good sniff, expecting light fruit, peppery spicing, Belgian yeast and, if I was lucky, an almost ripe cheese presence. Instead, I detected.....Jolly Ranchers!!!!! The mixture of fruit overwhelmed any sense of smell. Taste broke down the fruit into component parts. The cherry and raspberry were very prominent and seemed like real fruit rather than artificial flavoring, the passion fruit basically added sweetness. Like the label suggested, there were aspects of a blended lambic here. Mouthfeel was light, and fairly well carbonated. Sweetness was just right, not overdone or cloying. One Tripel aspect was featured here. The 9.2% abv was well hidden, a little warming but nothing strong or harsh. If you are expecting a classic Tripel, this is not it. Enjoy it for what it is, a tasty well crafted fruity beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't know how this is, but apparently I've been reviewing for13 years and drank over 2500 different beers but somehow this is the first one I've ever had from Voodoo.

4 packs of 12 ounce bottles were pretty reasonably priced, for a high ABV beer.

The pour is colorful but quite limp: a bright, pretty orange with nary a wisp of head and only the faintest hints of fizz.

The smells is dense and fruit. I get passion fruit and apricots but not much by way of the cherries and raspberries the label promises. I think it was poured at too cold a temperature, because as it warms up some malt fruit complexities come to the fore.

Tastes dense up front, fruity in the middle, yeasty on the back end with a surprisingly clean finish and none of the off nodes that can drag down lesser versions of the style. Overall, it's a *very* clean and crisp beer, which is darn hard to pull off with something so alcoholic.

It's basically a fruited tripel, and while it doesn't do anything world-shattering it's a darn good example of the style.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good orange color,a t little thin feeling,light carbonation. Aroma is all fruit with a little yeast and malt. Somewhere in here was a tripel but the fruit took over too much. It almost didn't taste much like beer at all. Wouldn't repeat this

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Photo of atr2605
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy golden orange color with an off white head with decent retention
S-lots of passion fruit and cherries, sweet malt, honey
T-more passion fruit and maraschino cherries, more sweet honey, hops providing nice balance but not lending much to the flavor
M-medium bodied, slightly low carbonation
O-fruit additions dominate the aroma and flavor, making it difficult to taste the base beer. It's smooth an easy to drink. Not a bad brew, just a bit more fruit than I would want

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice tripel pours an amber tinged
golden color with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin
light pool, and shows light spotty lacing. Nose of subtle orchard fruit, banana
esters, subtle coriander, and mild candy sugars. Flavors lightly exceed the nose with
a light mix of orchard fruit notes with raspberries being most predominant and light
cherry notes mingling nicely with candy sugars and subtle banana ester notes from the
yeast with light touches of Belgian spices in the background and a subtle herbal hop note
that is seared in by moderately strong booze. Decent mouthfeel, medium body, medium
carbonation, and a sweet lightly herbal and mild fruit finish.

A nice brew that equals the sum of it's parts without blowing ones lips off with fruit flavors.
It is balanced and very nice. Worth trying for a unique experience. As jaded as most Belgian
lovers are this is a nice example of a Belgian in America with some fruit notes that is balanced
and flavorful without loosing the focus on the tripel aspect.

Cheers

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've managed to score two bottles of these as extras in trades. Were they just dumping ground or were people trying to turn me on to something that is a good beer? Let's find out on this day's episode of check this beer out:

Pours a strong BSPA golden color with 3/4" white head. I was expecting something with a pink/red/purple kind of edge to it from the fruit, but no, that did not come to "fruition".

Mild spice rack on the nose, adequate heat from the alcohol coming through. Not getting fruit.

Taste, a little bit of fruit sweetness contributes to making this tripel a little more drinkable. Carbonation is up there but appropriate for style. I get very mild cherry and tropical like fruit in it. There is bitterness and heat in the mouthfeel, but it eventually gets around to the standard dryness that a tripel ends with. Its a beer with a weird niche, tripel fans are big on tradition and staying within the lines, but the fruit addition does give it some unique points and makes it a little more accessible to non tripel aficionados because it tempers the yeast driven aspects of the beer.

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Photo of BB1313
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a mild haze but still has some clarity to it and has bubbles racing upwards; small white head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. The aromas are fruit forward along with some yeasts and malts. Cherries, raspberries and passion fruit is there. Subtle hints of banana and bubblegum. The flavors basically follow the nose. The cherries and raspberries are noticeable without completely dominating. Passion fruit is there in the finish. The fruits shine while ultimately remaining balanced. Hints of black pepper. Yeasts and malts do their thing. It's not that syrupy and not too sweet. Subtle warmth, but the alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's fluffy, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid "American Tripel". The fruits do their thing without overwhelming everything. It doesn't come off as a mess. It's enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Orange with a one-finger head
S: Malty, fruity a bit of yeast
T: Fairly sweet with all of the fruit (passion fruit/cherries/raspberries) mentioned on the label. Some Belgian yeast and sweet malt... but this is almost cloyingly sweet
M: Full-bodied, at 9.2% there isn't any booze but again cloyingly sweet
O: This would be nice if more of the yeast/fruit characters showed; as is all I taste is overwhelming sugar without any nuances

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Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This brewer is new to me and just 80 miles away. I have one other to taste, but it is a similar style, so I may need to try more to find their forte. This may not be it.

This opens appropriately hazy, burnt orange, with just a bit of head (a small bit). The aroma is fruit - some from yeast and some actually from fruit. The taste is overrun by fruit. I did not think that would be possible, but the fruit combines with and reinforces the Belgian taste. The aftertaste is pretty clean. The whole thing does and outstanding job of covering alcohol.

This is fruitier than I would have preferred, but pretty good none the less and recommended. Maybe we can take drive out there some time.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear amber-red with an off-white head.

Smell is toasted bread, cherries and mildly strong phenolic spice, with a sweeter flavor than the Gran Met base of cherry and a smoother body, but otherwise not a drastic departure.

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Photo of atniup
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

More fruity than anything, lots of cherries and the slightest bit of bitter raspberries. Not very heavy, super drinkable. It really does tastes great, and it feels great. I'm having a lot of trouble coming up with a negative. Try it.

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Photo of EMV
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy medium to dark golden pour. Thin off-white head. Very modest lacing. Lots of sediment.

S: Fruit and spice. Yeasty.

T/F: Lots of fruit character. Pear and cherry. A bit of spice from the corriander melded with some Belgian yeast. Caramel and candy sugars. Medium in body Well carbonated... modest phenols. Finish is fruity and sweet. Warming.

O: A very nice fruity Belgian style Tripel. Not traditional, but very yummy. Something of a dessert in a glass.

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Photo of hopflyer
2.22/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Unknown bottled date, but I have it for over two years.

Nose is very yeasty. Champagne like

First taste feels more like a champagne than a beer. But it is less carbonated. None of the cherry comes thru but there is a hint of raspberry. The heavy lifter though is the yeast and it dominates. Throw in a little spice.

Feel is thin and watery and low carbonation, especially for a tripel.

Overall, not very good. Lacks any real characteristic other than yeast.

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Photo of threeviews
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no freshness date) into a Charente glass...

A - Pours a quintessentially hazy golden orange for the style. A relatively strong pour yielded nothing more than a 1-finger white head with low retention. The lack of true bottle conditioning prevents its appearance to match those classics brewed in Belgium. (3.5)

S - The familiar yeast esters a la Gran Met are very prominent. The adjuncts (passionfruit, cherries and raspberries) are very hard to discern. I ostensibly get a generic 'berry' note and a hint of passionfruit but ultimately cannot figure it is a contribution from the yeast or the fruit. (4.0)

T - The fruit is not at all prominent, but arguably adds a bit of complexity to the standard Gran Met. However, the flavor is so close to the original, that I would have to call them equals...both are great examples of the style (sans bottle conditioning). (4.5)

M - Medium-plus body with a delicate, creamy carbonation. The bitterness is perfect for the style with it starting out slightly sweet and finishing slightly dry. Voodoo achieves a really pleasant balance between sweet and bitter. (4.5)

O - Without a date on the bottle, it is impossible to know its age. However, a full pour did not illicit appreciable yeast which would suggest an aged bottle, so I don't feel that this is particularly old. However, the lack of presence from the adjuncts makes this identical to the base beer, Gran Met. Both are great, but I wanted the fruits from this variant more pronounced. If this is a good example of Voodoo Love Child, I will stick to the base beer: Gran Met (4.25)

Postscript - After reviewing the label, it reads "ALE WITH NATURAL FLAVORS." Therefore, it appears that Voodoo is using extracts/purees instead of real fruit. Extracts produce much more concentrated flavors, but they may fade equally as fast. I will try to search out a fresh batch and will report back.
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Review of the second bottle from the same 4Pack...much better experience than the first, so I decided to share my notes (and adjust my ratings):

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no freshness date) into a Charente glass...

A - Pours a quintessentially hazy golden orange for the style. A relatively strong pour yielded nothing more than a 1-finger white head with low retention. The lack of true bottle conditioning prevents its appearance to match those classics brewed in Belgium. (3.5)

S - Initial aroma comprises of the stone fruit esters from the yeast accompanied by a mild, yet noticeable sweet cherry. As it warms, the cherry subsides and is superceded by passionfruit and (to a much lesser degree) raspberry. Any more fruit would be overkill, any less and it would not have an impact...exquisite balance between fruit adjuncts and fruity esters. (4.5)

T - Like the nose, the balance between adjunct and esters produced by the yeast strain is in perfect balance with the passionfruit winning out overall. After it warms considerably, however, cherry and raspberry make a march for dominance...the quid pro quo from all of the flavors makes this a really fun beer. (4.5)

M - Medium-plus body with a delicate, creamy carbonation. The bitterness is perfect for the style with it starting out slightly sweet and finishing slightly dry. Voodoo achieves a really pleasant balance between sweet and bitter. (4.5)

O - Without a date on the bottle, it is impossible to know its age. However, a full pour did not illicit appreciable yeast which would suggest an aged bottle, so I don't feel that this is particularly old. However, the contribution from the adjuncts increasing the base beer's complexity along with the balance attained with the esters generated by the yeast makes for a wonderful experience. Both variants are great and will forever be undecided as to which I prefer more. I hope to sample more from Voodoo Brewing. (4.5)

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Translucent reddish amber with active carbonation, one finger white foam cap, quickly settles to a layer of white foam , scant lacings

Aroma of passion fruit, cherries, spices, coriander, earthy

Taste of cherry and raspberries , spices, yeasty

Low sudsing

Alcohol well hidden

Good beer

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice: color is an opaque copper, head is feint and dissipates quickly, somewhat anticipated for an ale aged as long as this.

Smell is a moderate strength blend of raspberries/general berry like flavor and the phenolic/estery compounds of the gran met base.

The taste has a more pronounced fruity/berry character, definitely get the raspberry and cherry. Yeasty quality from fermentation are subdued compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, flavors are not harsh or cloying; a bit of bit on the sides of the tongue.

Overall, a solid fruit aged belgian; hard to pick favorites between this and the gran met.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 30/12 pack ($ 0.208/oz) at Franklin Beer Co, Franklin, PA
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter; the 12 pack is hand labeled BB 5/6/16
Aroma weak, slightly fruity
Head none
Lacing none
Body medium orange, cloudy (Sediment in bottle)
Flavor – not much, slightly sweet; no hops, no malt, no yeast phenolics or esters, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, fizzy

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3, Palate 3, Overall 3. A very average brew, not particularly like a tripel, no reason to buy it.

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Photo of brother_rebus
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Lacks a head or lacing. Cloudy pale auburn. Smells like a can of cherry syrup. Tastes better. More fruit than chemical. Not really any bubbles to the feel. A little too flat. Luckily not syrupy though. Masked the booze very well. Overall did very well in accomplishing what it intended. I can respect that, despite my personal taste verymuch disliking it. Touché.

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Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of berries, dark fruits, yeast. Taste is cherries, berries, touch of spice, very little alcohol considering the abv. Feels medium/full in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of RacerX5k
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My beer guy suggested i try this couple months ago the 22 oz bomber. I enjoyed that. This is from the new, cheaper 4 paks $11.00 making the bomber equivalent $5.50. Nice. Of course it was so tasty I had three, probably only needed two.

Pretty color, nice fruity aroma and taste. I do think the fruity taste comes more from the Belgian yeast while the aroma comes more from the fruit aging if that makes sense? Either way it's good, strong and not expensive which makes it a winner in my book.

Consider that I do not like Belgians in general, only the Americanized versions such as Weyerbacher Blasphemy, Victory Helios, and now this.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Second of two bottles I had of this beer, thanks again to @tommyguz for sending me these. Can't find a bottling date.

Color is a dark orange, and it is incredibly cloudy -- reminiscent of fruit juice with the pulp included, basically. I can even see a few chunks of what I'm guessing is yeast sediment from the bottom in there, floating toward the mid/lower range of the glass. A bit of a whitish foam head on top, which had shrunk away to just a little bit on the surface and a ring around the inside of the glass. The color is nice and the cloudiness is interesting, but the presence of visible floating bits just seems a little icky to me.

Smell is primarily yeasty funkiness. A bit of a fruitiness, too. Maybe the faintest presence of alcohol at the very end of a sniff, but only sometimes. Overall the smell is fainter than I was expecting; not bad at all, but nothing really stands out either.

Taste is definitely an improvement over the smell! Yeasty is still the dominant aspect for sure, and it's difficult to describe exactly what that tastes like; sometimes I get a bit of an almost-nutty-but-not-quite thing sometimes, which tends to be more noticeable in the aftertaste than when drinking, and other times there's a sort of woody/faintly smoky thing blending into fruitiness. There's also fruitiness (some of which I'm guessing is from the yeast or alcohol -- there's a bit of an apple/pear thing like I noticed in Azrael from Devil's Backbone also, and sometimes the faintest little bit of something banana-like blending in with the woody/smoky thing -- and some of which must be coming from the actual fruit the beer was aged on.) The fruit presence isn't especially strong, but it definitely becomes more noticeable when the beer is served warmer than "fridge temperature." Just a bit of a sweet-tart fruity sort of thing that sometimes comes across as a bit raspberryish and other times is harder to place. Sometimes I get a definite bit of raspberry in the aftertaste, too. I don't know what a passionfruit tastes like, but I suppose that could be the origin of the "this is a fruit flavor, but I can't quite place it" taste I'm picking up.

Feel is very nice. Smooth, substantial, a bit slippery or almost sticky in a good way, but at the same time seems dry... not entirely sure how that works but it's a really nice combination of traits that works really well. Goes down very easily despite the high alcohol (though my bottle says 9.2% ABV rather than the 10.5% listed here, it's still the highest ABV of any beer I've tried by over half a point), and there's only a bit of a warming sensation in the mouth to clue you in that the alcohol is high to begin with. And even in that area it doesn't give itself away as being quite so high in alcohol -- it's most noticeable in the first couple sips, and I've felt a similar degree of warming from beers that were only in the 7% ABV range.

Overall, it's difficult for me to really put a single number on this one -- I *really* like the mouthfeel of it and am a bit stunned at how such a high-ABV beer can go down with so little noticeable alcohol features (as mentioned above -- some 7% beers seem just as "warm," if not more so, to me), and I'm liking the taste a good bit more now than the first time I had one (I think either the slightly warmer temperature or swirling the bottle just a bit before pouring -- or both -- may have brought out the fruit a bit more), but it is a bit weird-looking (though again, swirling the bottle before pouring probably contributed to the yeasty bits floating about!) and the smell is a bit underwhelming. Of course, looks are by far the least-important attribute... so I think I'll go with a 4 overall. Though as always, I may fiddle with my scores if I end up having this one again at some point in the future.

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Voodoo Love Child from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 478 ratings