Voodoo Love Child is a Belgian-Style Tripel and I’ll admit that I bought this beer at Whole Foods because of the crazy label. Not so much the wacky picture, but because of what Pennsylvania’s Voodoo Brewing does to make this beer. I also thought it would make for a good Halloween beer review too, not so much for the beer style but for the name and crazy label!
Sounds nice, right? The bottle claims that this beer is 9.5% ABV, but checking the absolutely atrocious Voodoo Brewing website, the ABV is listed at 10% so who knows what the story is. Not a big deal.
Let’s see how this Voodoo Love Child turned out!
The pour results in a reddish looking beer that creates a nice fizzy head. The beer seems lively enough in the glass with quite a bit of fizz. The beer itself has a decent amount of sediment suspended in it – I guess that’s to be expected for a bottle fermented beer.
The smell is certainly sweet. I can’t say that I can detect passion fruit and raspberry specifically, but its got that kind of a vibe to it which was nice. I’d say that the cherry comes through the most and there’s just the slightest hint of alcohol that comes through.
The taste is pretty good! Voodoo Love Child goes between sweet and tart very well, and while very sweet, it doesn’t taste like some kind of fruit juice. The cherry comes through in the flavor the strongest, much like it does in the aroma, but it doesn’t put it into the realm of being a fruit beer at all. It still tastes like beer which is good. There are definitely flavor qualities that remind you that this is a Belgian-style ale, and I’m assuming that its the yeast that they use along with the Belgian candy sugar that they use. Again, very nice.
The beer as I mentioned is quite lively with decent carbonation, but its very drinkable and has a nice smooth mouthfeel. Its a little dry in the finish and I have to say that being at 9.5% or 10%ABV, the alcohol flavor does not really come through but you know its there because you do feel some heat.
I’m going to wrap up this review of Voodoo Love Child and enjoy the rest of the bottle. Its my first sample from this relatively young Pennsylvania brewery, and I’m happy with the experience. I think the only down side to this particular beer is that it might be just a little bit too sweet like the Delirium Noel Christmas beer was, but if you’re in the mood for that style of beer its a really good choice. I also think Voodoo Love Child would make a good dessert beer, and hey, a sweet treat for Halloween is OK!
I’m going to give Voodoo Love Child four stars (despite their website) and I’m going to keep an eye out for other Voodoo Brewery beers. I think its a good Belgian-style Tripel. Nice job guys!