Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale 5.4% ABV
American Brown Ale
My writing struggles have continued, as mentioned in my review of the Rogue Double Chocolate Stout. I have some great beers that I’ve had sitting in the fridge for weeks, or months in one case. I have great beers aging in my “poor man’s beer cellar.” None of them have called out to me recently. I could drink them, but they are too good to just crack open. I want to properly enjoy them. I’ve been in a funk of choosing the right beers to review as of late, that’s what it comes down (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself). Where do I go from here? How do I get out of my funk?
It’s nice when you get a helping hand from someone. A kind act that has an impact far beyond what the generous individual intended. This week someone who read how much I enjoyed the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale and that I was looking to try another of the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut beers, brought me one from out of state. As soon as I saw the bottle I immediately got that inspired feeling. I wanted to drink this beer, and more importantly I really wanted to review it.
After pouring the beer into a large snifter glass, I held it up to my nostrils and inhaled deeply. If I didn’t know better I’d have thought I was smelling a doughnut. The raspberry is the most prominent of aromas quickly followed by the chocolate. I don’t pick up on much pretzel aroma, but do pretzels have a strong aroma anyway? The nose provides the perfect entrance to tasting this beer.
My first sip is spectacular. No need for my taste buds to become adjusted to the beer. I pick up on all parts and flavors that reside within it. It’s just like that first bite into a good doughnut. You taste the foundation of fried dough and it is intermingled with pretzel, raspberry and chocolate, all at once swirling together in tasty goodness. The first sip was as I imagine biting into just the right part of the doughnut with the perfect ratio of ingredients.
Rogue used an American Brown Ale foundation for this beer, which is an ideal base. The American Brown Ale would be delicious on its own, like a cake doughnut with no filling or icing, leaving the addition of other flavors to only make it better.
As I continue drinking, the perfect balance of flavors does not occur consistently, which I enjoy. There are times when I take a sip and it’s all raspberry, like biting into a corner of a doughnut where the raspberry filling has converged with not pretzel bites or chocolate. I start to forget all about the pretzel flavor and then it pounces onto the scene, to provide a hint of saltiness to compliment the sweetness of the rest of the brew. The chocolate flavor is the most consistent characteristic of the beer, always coming through in the finish and sometimes taking the lead.
This is definitely a dessert beer. At the lower end ABV of 5.4% I think it’s a bottle best split between two people after a good meal. Or if you want to be bad, go ahead and drink it as an appetizer. We are all adults, why can’t we have dessert before the meal?
All in all, I highly recommend this beer, if that wasn’t clear. I enjoyed the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale a bit more, but just barely. Both are in my top three of best dessert beers ever 1.
Thank you Rogue Ales for making a beer that got me out of my writing funk.
- Southern Tier Creme Brulee is the other member of that top 3. ↩