Voodoo Love Child | Voodoo Brewery

Voodoo Love ChildVoodoo Love Child
BA SCORE
61.3%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 444 ratings
Voodoo Love ChildVoodoo Love Child
BEER INFO

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

Style: 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!!!

Added by WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,226
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
444
Liked:
272
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
13.1%
Alströms:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
68
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 444 |  Reviews: 190
Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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 -2.7%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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

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Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of schoolboy
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
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 +16.6%
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 -59.4%
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 +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EMV
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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 -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NomadDawg
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wingnut93
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of madelf66
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopflyer
2.22/5  rDev -40.6%
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 -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of threeviews
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
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 +6.4%
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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Beer rating: 61.3% out of 100 with 444 ratings
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