Voodoo Love Child | Voodoo Brewery

BA SCORE
85
very good
439 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good
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Voodoo Love ChildVoodoo Love Child
BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

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!!!

Added by WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
439
Reviews:
186
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
68
For Trade:
7
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Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 DanGeo
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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%
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 joshautry
1.52/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of emottram
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of EMV
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Ron_Mexico
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NomadDawg
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wingnut93
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopflyer
2.22/5  rDev -41%
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 WheelsPSU
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of threeviews
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
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 +5.9%
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 MSCUSN
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HermitDan
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spartan3186
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PortLargo
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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Voodoo Love Child from Voodoo Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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