In my native New Orleans, Voodoo is still a religion practiced by many, even when tourists are not there. Voodoo is an American-influenced version of an ancient African religion, brought to Louisiana by African slaves. The religion itself involves ancestor gods, and ceremonies in which participants use music and dancing to transcend the natural plane of existence. So when a beer names itself after the religion, I expect alot.
Voodoo Brewing is shockingly light on information about themselves on their website. As you may know, this is something that really bothers me. Too many craft brewers have great websites that look colorful and nice, but they just do not put enough information about their history. The only information I could find about Voodoo on their website, is that someone named Matt brews there. Seriously — that is all that is there. I found elsewhere that the brewery is located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, but that is all. Breweries, please give us more information! We want to know who founded you, when, why, and how. We want to know your brewing philosophy, your background, your story. But I digress. Another problem with this beer is the ambiguous alcohol content. The company website lists it as 9.5% ABV, the label lists it as 10% ABV, and many online reviewers list it as 10.5% ABV.
Voodoo Brewing Voodoo Love Child (9.5% ABV?) is a Belgian Tripel ale, meaning that it is an ale brewed from pale malts, with a relatively high alcohol content. I find it very interesting and promising that this ale is then aged for three months with Michigan sour cherries, Oregon raspberries, and passion fruit. I am usually not big on flavored beer, but these ingredients are relatively local, and they sound like an interesting combination, so I am willing to give it a chance.
Everything On Tap Review: Voodoo Brewing Voodoo Love Child:
Bottle: The bottle, which comes in a 12-ounce or a 22-ouce version, is of dark brown glass. The label’s background is a bright red and orange, fiery image, and a man wearing only male bikini bottoms and a motorcycle helmet walks through the flames. The lettering is white and black.
Pour: The color is a brilliant gold-amber, with a lovely blush of crimson in the background, almost like a ruby garnet. The overall effect is a copper-red brilliance. The head, an off-white color, is one finger thick and very tight. It dissipates very slowly, leaving hints of thick lacing.
Aroma: The bouquet first touches the nose with mild, sweet cherries, raspberries, some passion fruit, apples, and some malted grains in the background. In the middle of the aroma, the malted grains shine through a bit more, but on the finish are overpowered by sweetish fruit. Very little hops or ethyl alcohol appear in the bouquet.
Flavor: The taste certainly begins and finishes with sweet fruit. I could detect cherries, raspberries, passion fruit, apples, and pineapples. This is tempered in the middle by a bit of malted grains and some ethyl alcohol. The finish imparts mineral elements and is dry and crisp, with almost no aftertaste. My complaint is that the cherries impart a syrupy feel and flavor — undesirable in a Belgian Tripel ale.
Mouthfeel: The body is medium and the carbonation level is low. The feel is smooth and silky.
Structure: The structure is a bit disappointing. Although this ale is aged, still it feels and tastes like it is very one-dimensional.
Food Pairing: I would pair this ale with roasted chick, or pork chops with a sweet juice or wine reduction sauce. I would not pair it with strong-flavored food, or exceptionally-spicy food. It would probably be acceptable with boiled seafood.
Overall Rating Out of 5 Possible Beer Mugs: