Voodoo Love Child | Voodoo Brewery

Voodoo Love ChildVoodoo Love Child
BA SCORE
61.3%
Liked This Beer
3.74 w/ 445 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:
#22,245
Reviews:
190
Ratings:
445
Liked:
273
Avg:
3.74/5
pDev:
13.1%
Alströms:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
68
Trade:
7
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Ratings: 445 |  Reviews: 190
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a typical Belgian golden ale or Saison looking brew. Yellow in color with a white head that lasted for a long time. The smell of the beer has a yeasty and strong fruity aroma. The taste was fruity upfront but fades into a subtle spicy flavor. Mouthfeel was carbonated and light bodied. Very refreshing and drinkable beer overall.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With feelings of Valentine's Day lurking just beyond the flavor spread of the beer, Love Child uses the base tripel recipe of Gran Met as the foundation from which to spring the overtly fruit character of raspberry, cherry, and passion fruit.

Much like the Gran Met, the tripel portrays a shy carbonation that yields a eerily still appearance with little foam stance garnered and equally terse on lace and retention. Hazy with yeast and perhaps a dusting of wheat, the beer casts an even glow when back lit. Where its appearance differs from the original is the hue of blood oranges from fruit-stained coloration.

The malty sweet aromas of the tripel presents itself well, but it's the fruit overtones that steal the show. Fruity for sure but the culmination of cherries, berries, and obscure tropicals arrive in a certain fruity tone that evades specificity and weaves well into the estery nature of the Belgian yeast influence. But the counterpart spice from yeast is overwhelmed as the scent remains decidedly fruity.

Flavors mimic those attributes from aromas closely. Malt sweetness hits the front of the mouth with a candied fruit coating that reminds me of cinnamon apples. This notion is exacerbated by the complementary taste of berries, cherries, and citrusy tropical passion fruit that, in its fussion, gives impressions of Hawaiian Punch fruit juice. The acidic flavors of fruit masks the taste of grain and sugar well and saves the day for its taste.

The rich malt and saccharine "tacky" textures are somewhat forgiven as the palate registers the texture of fruit sweetness and acidity that carries the beer from early impressions through mid palate. But the beer never develops beyond that as the sticky sweetness of the malt, sugar, and fruit lay stagnant on the palate and offer only alcohol heat to close the beer. And indefinate linger of fruit sugars clings to the teeth and beg for dryness that never comes.

But there's the element of fruit that seduces my palate in all the right ways. I somehow forgive the lackluster textures because of the bright fruit flavor that masks the anti-Belgian character of the original tripel and allows me to discuss the beer from a different angle.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pink-infused peach color, rather hazy, with only a modest head raised after an aggressive pour; some clumps of lace gather around the sides of the chalice

Smell: Very fruity, but somewhat artificial, almost like a fruit powder; can clearly discern the cherries and raspberries and, to a lesser extent, the passionfruit

Taste: A fruit salad from the outset, with a sweet-tart blend that the passion fruit provides to offset the cherries and raspberries; after the swallow, the fruit blend mellows out; the alcohol is well-hidden as are the Belgian elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was expecting something more like Three Philosophers and this was more of a fruit beer; lacks depth of flavor and complexity, but a refreshing summer day beer, no doubt

Thanks, kirok1999, for the opportunity

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +7%

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

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a BIF from JNForsyth. 22 ounce bottle into chalice; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lightly tart raspberry, cherry, passion fruit, peach, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, fruits, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lightly tart raspberry, cherry, passion fruit, peach, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness and light tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, cherry, passion fruit, peach, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, fruits, and pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited tripel style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, fruits, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.
Red-amber color; slightly hazy with a fine head.

A tad too sweet despite some tartness.
Nice mix of fruity flavors with no one fruit dominating: A berry-cherry mix.
Medium-light body with fairly high carbonation.
Some hops show up in the aftertaste.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The label is a little disturbing I gotta say.Pours into a large tulip glass a deeply ripe tangerine color with a sticky light pinkish hued white head that left good lacing.Aromas are on the lighter side with stone fruit and mild lactic notes,some sweet alcohol plays a role as it warms more.The feel is almost creamy and it helps the beer glide down easy.Dry on the palate for the most part save some sweet sugary alcohol in the finish,stone fruit and lightly tart fresh picked raspberries stand out most with just a tinge of iron.Not bad,it's not funky or barnyard-like and the fruit is subtle but it adds nicely to the beer,it doesn't seem quite as big as it is.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lunch for gifting me this bottle. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy light copper color with a few bubbles on top after a hard pour. There's a thin white collar with small bubbles around the edges, but that's about all it gets.

S: The nose brings some faint stone fruits along with a bit of white pepper. Behind that is a touch of caramel and a bready malt base.

T: The flavor is wholly different from the nose, as there's an abundance of fruit, at least compared to the nose, where there was only a faint whiff of fruitness. Here comes a bit of cherry and raspberry along with a faint black-plum presence in the background. A touch medicinal on the back end, though that aspect is fairly mellow.

M: Medium body with low-to-moderate carbonation and a bit of alcohol. Light fruity sweetness lingers in the background, heading to a finish that is surprisingly crisp. A bit of alcohol in the background, but nothing that wouldn't be expected from a brew of this strength.

O: Pretty good. I enjoyed this quite a bit more than I expected to. The fruity elements to the flavor are quite nice, and the feel really rounds things out. Thanks again, Paul.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%

Reviewed from notes. Twenty-two ounce bottle shared by one of the crew - thanks.

A: Pours a hazed orange with a 1/4" white head which fades quickly to the rim and leaves a few spots of lace.

N: Fruity, slight funk and tartness, coriander spice and orange zest.

T: Fruity dark cherries, raspberries, hard to pick out the passion fruit for me. Mildly sweet and yeasty.

M: Semi-moderate body and semi-medium carbonation. ABV carries some heat on the finish.

O: A fruity and slightly funky tripel, well for whatever it is, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of billab914
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Poured deep amber in color with a reddish cherry like tint to it. It started with a thin, bright white head barely covering the top of the beer. The head faded and clung to the sides of the glass where it left some moderate lacing.

The fruit really comes through in the aroma, particularly the cherries and raspberries. The Belgian yeasty spice is also pretty evident in the nose. I really liked the way the fruit mixed well with the Belgian flavors in the aroma and didn't overpower the beer at all.

The taste shows even more of the delicious fruit flavors then the nose suggested. Raspberries seem to be the most present out of the ones listed. The Belgian triple flavors come through more in the finish adding a nice compliment to the fruit. It doesn't really have an alcohol bite but you can tell it is fairly high in abv.

Mouthfeel medium bodied and carbonation is on the higher side and slightly sharp on the palate. Drinkability was good, I really like the flavors the fruit gave it. The fruit really gave it a nice fresh and real fruit flavor while also not overpowering the beer flavors. Very nice fruit flavored beer overall.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
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 duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Cause I'm a voodoo child,
Lord knows I'm a voodoo child baby."

--Jimi Hendrix

Equal parts tangerine and banana, with the slightest coral blush imaginable... that may be nothing more than imagination. A blizzard of fine yeasties gives the beer a cluttered look that adds character. Given the fruit that was used, it's odd that the dull white cap isn't faintly pink. Foam and lace are decent at best.

Voodoo Love Child smells like a tripel brewed with fruit. Imagine that. Only trouble is, the combination isn't a standout because too much of the tripel character is obliterated by the fruit juiciness. Cherries are most prominent. Raspberries and passionfruit... not so much.

This is one of those brewing ideas that sounds better in the planning stage than it ends up being in the execution stage. Tripel is one of my favorite styles, and some fruit beers can be very good as well. The combination of the two, though, at least in this case, is less than outstanding.

The interesting thing is that VLC tastes like both styles. The brewers managed to dial in the fruit flavor to a level that is neither too much nor too little. That couldn't have been easy. On the palate, raspberries and orange peel are giving cherries a run for their money.

The pale malt and candi sugar sweetness (moderate) is nicely balanced by a Hallertau hop bitterness (mild-moderate). Hallertau hop flavor is almost absent, as is alcohol. The last is pretty remarkable given the double-digit ABV. Although a hint of coriander appears with warming, calling this big brew spicy wouldn't be accurate.

The mouthfeel is medium in heft and loses almost nothing on the finish. Must be the candi sugar. The carbonation is more Belgian-style tripel than Belgian tripel, which is a damn shame.

Sorry Voodoo, I ain't feeling the love. Voodoo Love Child tastes exactly how a fruit-added tripel should taste, but I'm not sure that particular combination is such an outstanding idea. As far as this purist is concerned, a well-brewed tripel needs no help from any additional ingredients. Least of all fruit.

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Photo of drewone
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Voodoo Love Child from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 61.3% out of 100 with 445 ratings
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