Voodoo Love Child | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Voodoo Love ChildVoodoo Love Child

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Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

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!!!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed reddish-orange color with a tiny fizzy white head with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles streaming through the body of the beer. The head fades very fast leaving only the tracest level of lace on the sides of the glass and some wisps of foam on the surface of the beer.

Smell – The aroma is huge and fruity with tons of sweet raspberry and cherry smell. It almost has a cherry-berry flavored kool-aid like sweetness; sort of a candy like sugary smell. Mixed with these smells are some light tropical fruit and orange and a tiny bit of spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a citrus, yeast, and biscuit taste mixed with a rather big cherry and raspberry sweetness. As the flavors advance the raspberry and cherry grow stronger in flavor and is joined by some candied sugar which combined to produce a rather sweet brew more toward the middle of the taste. Some spice of clove and coriander later come to the tongue with some lighter grassy flavors joining as well. In the end, with even more raspberry and cherry coming to the tongue and a little bit of booze as well, one is left with a fruity raspberry triple taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the rather average to slightly creamier side with a carbonation level, as would have been expected from the appearance, consisting of prickly little carbonation bubbles. The combo is rather nice for the fruity flavors of the beer and quite appropriate for the trippel style.

Overall – A nice sweet and fruity trippel. At 9.5 % abv it is rather easy drinking and quite pleasant.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Food and Friends
Pours a hazy medium gold color with a decent sized off white head that persists for a while. While there was no huge pop when I opened it, it did try to self pour out of the bottle. The aroma is lightly non descript fruit with a solid caramel malty back with lots of clove and other spices. I had to edit this a little, because as this warms the raspberries and cherries really come out in the nose. The flavor is caramel prune and yeasty spice for the most part. The fruit flavor of raspberry and cherry are subtle but the tartness shines through pretty well. A hint of alcohol and a prominent orange marmalade thing round out the flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Decent beer, but overall I feel that flavors are competing here rather than complimenting each other.

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Photo of chuckv
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet,

Appearance rosey/red tint through out and little no head.

Smell cloves pepper and a strong cherry presence

Taste A little bit of sweetness at first, then the flovor of cherries and cloves come out and the finish is a little tart/sour

This had a strong alcohol presence at the end a warm your belly feeling

I bought this to try something different, I really enjoyed this beer. I would buy it again

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Photo of themind
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First brew from these guys and it was pretty good. This brew aged over cherries and various other fruits has a nice appealing aroma. The carbonation was good and the taste was good. I would have liked just a tab more fruit flavor but all in all I enjoyed it. I would buy this again as it went down easy and was $7.99 for the bottle.

Bottom Line: good brew!

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Photo of codysjb
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.
A: A rose/red color that has visible bubbles and lots of leftover fruit sediment.
S: Fruity, like a fruit beer with a lot of sweetness that comes in the nose.
T: Sweet, with a passion fruit and watermelon flavor.
M: Sugar on the back of the tongue molds into a sweet fruit flavor and becomes Robitussin like.
O: Tastes like a fruit beer, certainly not amazing but not atrocious either. very average.

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Photo of Jonada
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle served in a goblet

Appearance: Pours an orange/amber color with 1 finger of a soapy off white head. Body is hazy with medium visible carbonation.

Smell: Raspberries, sweet cherry, clove, red apple, and spice. The fruit notes are much more to the forefront with the base beer characteristics playing more of a supporting role.

Taste: Lightly sweet upfront with flavors of cherries, candi sugar, apple, clove, and raspberry. Finishes dry with a slight tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is high. Strong alcohol warming sensation after it goes down.

Overall: Pretty good, though the fruits and base beer didn't compliment each other as well as I was hoping for. Also for "only 9.5%" it was a bit hot and boozy. It's not a bad brew, though I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

4.0 A: Murky peach amber color. Frothy off-white head with good retention for the ABV and some whisps of lacing.

4.25 S: The tripel and the fruits blend very well together. Lots of corriander with clove and pepper spice underneath. The cherry, raspberry, and passion fruit are potent enough to matter, but still let the tripel through. Wheaty hay and apple from the base beer. Fairly simple, but powerful and well balanced, especially for a fruit beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

3.75 T: Taste is like the nose. Pleasant tripel flavors meet a triad of fruitiness. Strong corriander with clove and pepper undertones. Apple and peach fruitiness from the tripel. Hay and grassy earthiness. The cherry, raspberry, and passion fruit are strong enough to not have a watered down taste. Quite nice.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately spritzy and supremely smooth. Good here. Booze isn't noticeable at all.

4.0 D: Another winner from Voodoo. All they seem to make is great beer.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy gold with a notable pinkish tint. White head is thin and retains as a lacing.

Fruity sweetness over a honey and citrus malt.

Flavor is fruity, cherries and passionfruit, with honey and coriander and a hint of booze.

Medium body with a tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth and some mild alcohol warmth.

An interesting fruit-infused brew, works really well and is refreshing and masks its strength well. Probably not for everyone, but I would have it again.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. The bottle is oddly lumpy, as if blown incorrectly.

A: Light white head tops an auburn-clear body.

S: Strongly floral. At a distance, yeasty. Up close, cherry cough syrup. A touch of raspberry is evident, but buried by the cloying cherry sweetness. I have mixed feelings.

T/M: Mmmm. The raspberry is extra strong here, offering a welcome burst of tart fruit, complemented by the tropicality of the presumed passionfruit. Still, the cherry is unwelcome and unwholesome, lending a cloying medicinal quality to the whole affair. Spice is apparent, and the beer is light and scintillating. Aftertaste is slightly sticky, urging me to take another raspberry-filled sip.

O: An interesting, worthwhile beer, but somewhat lackluster. Would recommend and have again, but neither with any great enthusiasm.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized tulip.

Pours a hazy amber colored brew with a bright white head that fades to a thin cover.

Smells of fruit - cherries, raspberries and passion fruit - as advertised.

Tastes of cherries, raspberries and passion fruit. Can also taste some candied malt as well as a faint hop finish that is dry.

Medium mouthfeel. Active carbonation.

An interesting take on the style. I will seek out other brews from Voodoo since I appreciate brews that try to craft an original signature on a tried-and-true style - the tripel is one of my favorites too. At first glance, I thought this was going to have some habanero pepper in it - which would have been cool, but as it stands this is worth a shot. It is somewhat caught in-between a traditional tripel and a fruit brew. The marriage of the two is happy enough though to enjoy the ride.

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Photo of Chaney
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up in Monroeville, PA, which is right outside of Pittsburg.

Served in a Schlafy tulip.

A: Poured a very murky, bright orange color, with a slight white head that stuff around for a bit. It died later into the session.

S: Fruit upfront. I know this one involves cherries, but I got strawberries on the aroma. Whaterver... Potent.

T: Despite the aromatic fruit component, this wasn't sugary in the least. Quite the contrary, actually. DEFINITELY not a lambic as the marketing on the bottle suggested, but still in the fruit realm.

M: Hearty carbonation here, especially considering this fashions itself as a lambic, but I dug the non-sweet part of this. Really nice in that regard. The lacing was almost non-existent.

O: This was a pretty good entry by this brewery and only the third I've tried by them.

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Photo of adamette
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured by me into a clean, clear glass from the growler that I had filled September 8th, 2012 at the brewpub. Cost I am not sure of but I am going to guess $11.99.

A Nice creamy white head over hazy light caramel colored body that lets light through but it is not perfectly translucent. Fine look. 4.0

S Nice belgian yeast, candi sugars and the fine bouquet of fruits (Passion fruit, Raspberry and Cherry mentioned in the description here on BA) present an irresistable aroma that I want to get a taste of. Tripels are some of my favorite beers and since this is a Tripel aged on various fruits I am rating as a Tripel. Anyway, intriguing, interesting and quite pleasant smell to my nose. 4.5

T Taste carries right from the smell. Lovely bouquet of sweetness from the candi sugars, the actual fruits and the grainy Belgian yeast and finally a sense of a burn of alcohol (well obscured by the sweet tastes dancing about) characterize the taste of the beer. The slight burn of alcohol dissapears within seconds and I am left with a nice syrupy goodness that lingers. I want to characterize this correctly…the taste is not a strong one…it can at times be a little bit subtle. Anyway, I find the taste to be very good indeed. 4.5

M As suggested above, while flavorful the feel is slightly on the thin side for a Tripel. That is not a bad thing, just an accurate description. 3.5

D/O Drinkability is very, very good for the ABV. Overall this is a fine beer. 4.0

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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 KAP1356
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle poured into a Russian River cervoise...

A - Pours a hazy, amber-honey color that reminds me of iced tea. A 1 finger, bone white head forms and dissipates just as fast as it formed.

S - The aroma is pretty bready and yeasty up front. Some slight must comes through as well with a bit of funk. It is trying to come across as a Belgian beer, but falls a bit short. The fruits come next. Raspberry, cherry and lemon are present. There is a slight hint of passion fruit, but nothing that really stands out.

T - The taste follows the nose pretty closely, although it is a bit sweeter. The cherry and raspberry are stronger in the taste. There is a much stronger malt presence than in the nose. The yeast and bready notes are a little more subdued. It certainly tastes better than the aroma would lead you to believe.

M - Medium bodied beer but more on the thinner side. There is a good bit of carbonation as well. Kind of a sugary coating left in the mouth.

O - Pretty interesting beer. It certainly blends several different styles, although I'm not sure that was the intention. The fruit flavors are nice, but there was something just a little off about the aroma.

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Photo of psuKinger
2.45/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle poured into one of my New Belgium snifters.

A: Pours a light amber hugh with a rosey tint to it. A thin white head on top dissipated quickly.

S: The bottle claims this beer was brewed on "Cherries, Raspberries, and Passion Fruit". This statement is confirmed in the nose.

Raspberry dominates. Passion fruit is present. Struggling to pick up on much in the way of Cherry. Strawlike notes and a touch of breadiness is in the background.

T: The fruit has a lot of puckerpower. There's a great deal of sweet-and-sour at play here due to the fruits. I'm trying to work my way through any nuances that are in here with the interplay between the raspberry and the belgian yeast strain, but before I can make much progress, the passion fruit arrives and overwhelms. It's very distracting for me.

Finishes like you're drinking liquified sour-dough bread. I'm not really digging it, to be honest.

M: Thick and viscous, carbonation is a bit low for my liking. Finishes sharply sour.

D/O: This isn't very enjoyable for me. I respect the fact that they tried to reach outside the box here... but I'm just not sure that Passion Fruit works for me.

I feel no need to repeat this brew.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1380th Review on BA
Bottle to HF Stemware

No bottle date

Thanks to CPAbeer and StormKing47 for the bottle.

Shared with my brother in law.

App- A ton of orange in the glass with a hazy yellow ord around the center. A giant 2-1/2 finger head that was quick to recede. Not much cling or lace but looks great in the glass.

Smell- On the opening notes you really get more of the fruits then anything. A lot of prickly booze with a wheat base. Just kinda one dimensional.

Taste- Taste follows the nose on this one with a more pronounced peppery note. The fruit is a bit overwhelming but still keeps it all tied together. The passion fruit is the last flavor I get.

Mouth- A more pronounced lighter medium body with a medium prickly carbonation. An interesting beer thats neither a true tripple or a american wild ale.

Drink- It was flavorful and well crafted, just nothing I would seek out. Thanks to my RS guys for the gift.

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Photo of MarcGetty
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As I like fruit beers when I see a new beer that is "Aged on Cherries, Raspberries and Passion Fruit" I get excited and buy it. Unfortunately this is not what I though it would be. Fortunately, this is still a pretty good beer.

It pours a nice amber color with a little bit of head. It tastes like an amber, but with ever so slightly fruity a taste. I can't emphasize enough how small the fruity taste is.

This is either a complete failure as a fruit beer (unlikely) or brewed by someone who just wanted a tiny taste of fruit in their beer (and was very successful in doing this).

If you want a fruit beer, don't try this. If you want a very good beer with a slightly complex taste to it, this is the beer for you. I'm not going to buy a case of it any time soon, but if I was given a case I sure would have a smile on my face!

BTW: My 750 ml bottle says it has 9.5% alcohol, not 10.5% as per the BA specs.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served with a ruby tinted, golden orange body that had some cloudiness to it...the head was bubbly and stood two fingers tall...it receded to a thick ring and left behind some decent lacing

S - The nose is sweet and inviting...full of all the listed fruits...cherries, passion fruits, raspberries...the Belgian yeast and slight spices also play a part in the nose

T - Things are sweet again, but I feel it never becomes cloying...there is a blast of juicy fruits at the beginning...mainly the raspberries and passion fruit...the yeast strain cuts through some of the sweetness in the middle...the cherries and Belgian spices work together towards the finish...there is a slight fleshy, citrus working it's way to the finish...slight alcohol too

M - Medium bodied...prickly carbonation, some thickness to it, slight alcohol, sweet

O - I am now a fan of this beer...especially on tap...the fruits really stood out and worked with the Tripel-style Voodoo was trying to pull off...the alcohol starts to show towards the end, so one was enough...I'll have to try it in the bottle

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Photo of ChrisPratz
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this winking at me on the shelf of my local Beer purveyor for the last few weeks and finally took the plunge. Love the graphics on the bottle, couldn't wait to try it.

A: Pours a very nice light brown haze with a deep red coloring throughout. Head is pretty much gone by the time I put the glass down, but a thin lace wraps all the way around the edge of the glass with a few small "clouds" of lace remaining on top.

S: Belgian Yeast almost instantly comes thru. Can def pick up the aromas of cherries and passion fruit. Not sure about raspberries, but it may be somewhere in the mix. Most Belgian Wheats remind me of a rotting fruity flavor and coupled with the sweetness of the cherries and passion fruit, it is pretty prominent.

T: Sweetness of the fruit right from the get-go. Can def taste the raspberries here, and the passion fruit but it seems the cherry is more on mild side compared to the other two. Corriander is swirling around the palette as well but it doesn't over power like some other brews i've had. Can also sense some peppery flavors in the mix. Spices are apparenty but do not overpower at all which I really see is a positive characteristic. Alcohol comes thru at the very end, but is surprisingly mild considering its got 10% ABV. Very enjoyable.

M: Only slight carbonation, which may be why the head is almost non-existent. But for this brew it works well. Flavors come on strong right from the get-go and leave with mild alcohol flavoring leaving u with a dry feeling.

O: Very impressed with this one. Depending on the fruit used, I can go either way with Belgian Yeast beers but the passion fruit and raspberry really bring the sweetness together leading into the spicy tones. All around great brew. Hope VooDoo Brewing keeps up the good work!

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Photo of Agold
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours the color of ruby grapefruit juice. Very short head, with prety big bubbles. Looks like a grapefruity soda might look. No lacing. A couple floaties. Aroma is pretty spicy with some light raspberry, and cherry aroma. Raspberry dominates the fruit aspect, and goes very well with a spicier yeast character. Flavor is quite spicy, with some nice light fruit flavors from the yeast, which is nicely complemented by the raspberry and cherry which is unfortunately less forceful than the aroma. Passionfruit is hard to pick up for me. There is a bit of a weird note from the underlying bspa that I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe medicinal? Not overly offputting, just not outstanding. Mouthfeel is very nice. Very light and very nice carbonation. Extremely refreshing for a beer that claims to be 9.5 abv on the bottle.

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Photo of OSUBeerStudent
2.51/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Instantly once I popped the cap it fountained and I lost a good bit of it...which isn't great since it wasn't shaken or anything.

A - Huge foamy head (duh given the gushing) which sticks around. Color is a dull reddish gold, which is ok. I'm taking off some points here due to spite from the gushing.

S - The reviewer who described it as rotting passionfruit/cherries is spot on. The fruits definitely come through but there's a sickly-sweet, rot odor that overpowers it. That's about it for odor - those things overpower anything else like the Belgian yeast.

T - The sweetness that the nose suggests is there first and foremost. It tastes like a very sweet tripel with sickly-sweet fruit rot. The Belgian yeast shows up just a bit at the end. Not complex and really not that good.

M - Really low carbonation (thanks gushing) which makes it more syrupy. It's going to be hard to come close to finishing this bomber.

Overall this one is certainly skippable. The idea of fruit with an underlying tripel is fine, but the execution just isn't there. This is only my second Voodoo brew (after Trapped Under Eisbock, which I really liked). I'll definitely try Big Black Voodoo Daddy but this beer is not a good representative of a fruit beer, tripel, or Belgian of any sort. Think more along the lines of Lindemann's fruit lambics than other stuff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

L - clear copper color with a white head that thinned to a ring leaving streaks of lacing behind.

S - spiced aroma with some sour cherries in the background.

T - mix of some sweeter fruit and tart cherries leading to a tart, dry finish.

F - medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O - a good beer that I'd have again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"I like when they say a movie is inspired by a true story... Like, hey Mitch, did you hear the story about that lady who drove her children into the river and they all drowned? Yes I did, and it inspired me to write a movie about a gorilla!"
-Mitch Hedberg

The label sports a fat guy in a speedo, roller skates and an old-school football helmet - the beer itself is not much better looking. It is thoroughly hazy and (later on) freckled with sediment. Its colour is a very dull, faded amber that doesn't allow much clarity. Despite the constant bubbles, no head really ever forms.

Tripels often smell like rotting fruit, but this one smells like rotting fruit juice given the heightened sugar levels and more concentrated aura of molding fruit. Truthfully, it's not very appealing. Lambics and Flemish and American sours pull off the sour fruit bouquet. This, however, smells simply of a Petri dish experiment gone wrong.

Tripels naturally produce an abundance of fruity by-products that typically smell and taste of fresh orchard-picked apple, pear and peach; this one, to no surprise, leans more towards festering passionfruit, raspberry and cherry. The flavor is a pinch exotic, but showcases a very papery yet pungent and spicy character.

Whether the yeast or maybe some little critters that happened to join the festering fruits during the aging process, the beer has a predominant sourness and knife-sharp acidity that leave a dry, off aftertaste of questionable desirability. It's like pickled berries. The mix of tartness, spice and alcohol becomes dizzying (literally, it's strong stuff).

Voodoo Love Child may be inspired by Belgian lambics but it is nothing at all like them. In fact, even Gran Met (the brewery's tripel and the base for this beer) is little like a bona fide Belgian tripel. Bottom line: getting a taste of Belgian brewing from this beer is no better than getting your Chinese culture from P.F. Chang's. Keep expectations reasonable.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice light honey color with major hues of red. It's a yellowish pink in color. There is very little head. In fact, it's almost non-existent. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose of this beer is Belgian yeast, a touch of sweet malt, and a touch of citrus. There is a nice subtle fruity sweetness in there as well, but I can;t specifically pull out the cherries, raspberries, or passion fruit that it says this beer was aged on.

T: The taste is fruity to start (I get a bit of cherry and berry) mixed with the Belgian yeastiness. There is a nice citrus bite in the back end that works really well in this brew. It's enjoyable, but the finish is a bit too bitter for my liking.

M: Light bodied beer. The flavors envelop the palate and linger for a bit. It's wet and coating to start, but finishes dry and bitter. The bitterness lingers for quite a bit.

O: This is a decent brew, but it's not my favorite. The fruit comes through more in the taste than in the smell which is nice, but the appearance and mouthfeel leave something to be desired.

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Voodoo Love Child from Voodoo Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 434 ratings.
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