Voodoo Love Child
Voodoo Brewery

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #333
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,032
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 12.7%
Reviews:
204
Ratings:
492
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Voodoo Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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  40
Gots
  76
SCORE
85
Very Good
Voodoo Love ChildVoodoo Love Child
Notes: 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!!!
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color. The notes of Belgian yeast are discernible in the nose. The primary flavor note is that of rotting fruit. The finish is dry. There is really no trace of alcohol for such a high ABV offering.

Mar 07, 2020
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gestyr from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep reddish gold with a tight compact head. The smell has wheat and the fruit aromas. The taste is slightly sweet with a good blend of fruit. Though it is 9.2% abv, you do not get any alcohol flavor; just a slight warming. It is light bodied and refreshing. Overall, a good tripel!

Jan 29, 2020
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MAB from Canada

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's Day 1 of the 2019 Beer Advent Calendar.
Listed here as a Belgian Trippel, this is not what anyone would first think of when given that designation. No; this is a Lambic. Framboise, mainly, since the raspberries take over most of the component parts of the scoring.
Mine was well-settled before pouring, and I didn't add the lees at the bottom of the bottle of the unfiltered nectar, so it looks clear and amber-- slightly reddish even-- in the glass, with next to no head.
It smells of fruit, no surprises there. Not so much of the yeast that I would associate with a lambic, on the other hand.
It was pleasant on the tongue, with a quick yeasty hit that was overwhelmed by raspberry but finishing sweet.

This will never be my favorite style of beer, but it was at least drinkable; unlike the majority of fruit beers in my opinion.

Dec 02, 2019
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Rasmonton from Canada

3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not my favorite. For a fruit-oriented Belgian beer it was executed quite well, but it was too sweet for my liking. I like a bit more head as well - this one dissipates very quickly. On the plus side, the flavor profile was interesting.

Dec 02, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Lots of tiny bubbles on the pour. The lacing indicates unfiltered, it's half hazy while cold, crystal clear after warming.

S: Sweet dark fruit leapt right out at me. What could this possibly be made of? Belgian candy sugar?

T: Spicy roasted malts. Central palate is prune, plum, raisin. Bitter on the back palate. Comes together, well balanced.

F: Medium bodied and finishes clean. Too sweet for me, trippels aren't my thing.

O: Well executed from a technical standpoint.

Oct 14, 2019
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M_Leo from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Apr 13, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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

Oct 11, 2018
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VABA from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Jun 10, 2018
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Feb 01, 2018
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JayQue from Virginia

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jan 17, 2018
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Steve_Studnuts from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with minimal head. Label claims it to have been aged on passion fruit, cherries and raspberries and I can smell the cherries for sure. It's more of a medicinal, cough-syrup cherry note, however. Not overwhelming, and it all takes a backseat to that familiar, bubble-gummy Belgian yeast nose. Flavor is complex, with spicy notes mingling with the fruit and a bit of a boozy burn on the back end. A little bit of that medicinal quality I mentioned earlier, too. Mouth is a little bit thicker and chewier than you'd imagine for a fruited beer. It's fruited but not fruity, I guess. That phrase probably doesn't fly in 2019, does it?

Nov 28, 2017
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mynie from Maryland

4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Nov 21, 2017
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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

Nov 19, 2017
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atr2605 from New York

3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Nov 05, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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

Sep 10, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Aug 29, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Aug 28, 2017
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Jul 31, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jul 14, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Jun 12, 2017
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atniup from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

May 19, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Apr 12, 2017
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hopflyer from Pennsylvania

2.22/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

Nov 20, 2016
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threeviews from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
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)

Oct 10, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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

Oct 02, 2016
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