Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale 6.8% ABV
For years now I’ve looked upon the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut beers. I was intrigued but wary. The price was always a bit more than I wanted to spend on a beer that could be good, but could also be horrible. I mean “Bacon Maple Ale” — those ingredients sound good for breakfast but not necessarily in a beer. I also read some bad press on this beer, and decided to pass.
Next was a “Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Ale.” I guess this one sounded a bit better but the peanut butter part I just couldn’t get past. Nope won’t be buying this one. The third one in the series, “Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale,” now this one actually interested me. I thought once or twice, “Yeah, I think I’ll have to try that one out.” Never pulled the trigger though, again the high price was too much of a barrier for me.
A month or so ago I saw the latest in the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut series, the “Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale.” This one I immediately wanted to try. I held off and held off, and then I started my Countdown to 500 unique beer check-ins on Untappd. I now had a beer I really wanted to try and the perfect excuse to spend the high end price. Without further ado, I pour beer 493.
The beer is very light in color, which I wasn’t expecting. There is no distinct nose or aromas that I can pick up on. Hopefully the taste will have more to offer. Right off the bat, my thoughts stay with the fact that the beer is incredibly light, especially for a 6.8% ABV brew. The front of the beer hits me with lemon, then a subtle vanilla flavor which adds the right amount of sweetness. The beer is nowhere near as sweet as I expected and much better for it.
Unlike a lot of “Dessert Beers,” this one isn’t overly sweet. The vanilla beans, vanilla extract and marshmallows used in the brewing of the beer add the perfect notes of sweetness to accentuate the refreshing lemon flavor. You don’t get burnt out on the sweetness level unlike say the Tall Grass Vanilla Bean Buffalo Sweat; which is a great beer, but I can only have one of those in a sitting.
The perfect balance of flavor in this beer keeps me raising the glass to my lips again and again. The lightness of the beer makes it ideal as an after meal beverage, even if you’ve had a full heavy meal. It would be a fantastic bottle to purchase for a dinner party and to bring out to drink with lemon meringue pie, lemon cookies, or (I would really like to try this) some actual Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Cruellers. Have I mentioned that I envy residents of Portland?
The only downside to this beer is it keeps you wanting more and more. The mouthfeel of the beer is almost effervescent. The beer basically evaporates in your mouth, leaving behind drops of fine sugar coated lemon molecules to dazzle your taste-buds.
The beer is definitely worth the price of admission and now I long to try out the other Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Beers. Have you had any of the others? Were they worth the price? Which is the best of the group?