Consumption of unimpressive brews shall not be required, nor excessive imbibing imposed, nor poor flavor combinations inflicted.
Rogue Voodoo Doughtnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale. Let that sink in for a second. Now put on your 3D glasses. Mathematologists and others, this is your equation:
[Doughnuts x (Malt+Hops+Yeast+Water)] / .75L x .068ABV(20I.B.U.) = x
Now find x.
First off, welcome back to What the… Wednesday. Let us agree that there is a donut for everyone. Let’s continue this trend of agreeing on things and postulate that there is a beer for everyone (Craftstitution is a beer blog so this is an inherent truth for us). Now let’s move on to the malt of the matter. Rogue Ales is a generally badass company concocting delicious delights, brewed, bottled, and bitchin’, and reppin’ 541 . Voodoo Doughnuts is kind of like the same thing Rogue is to beer…but to doughnuts instead. Check out these ‘nuts. Now try and tell me with a straight face that none of those doughnutorial creations made you crave sweet and fluffy treats, deep-fried, and crafted par excellence.
Rogue runs their own farm where they cultivate grains, hops, and free-range water (I assume). Just look at their hops dozing cozily. Based on the superior quality of core ingredients in the ale part of this beer, it is reasonable to assume the finished product would be pretty solid.
Voodoo Doughnuts, a Portland provider of palate-pleasing, puffy pastries, has dope doughnuts. Literally. They have a doughnut that is in the shape of a blunt. If you did not notice it the first time you saw their website, put your 3D glasses back on and press ‘here’. More important than the stoner’s delight is the Lemon Chiffon crueller doughnut. It is a crueller with vanilla frosting, lemon dust, and three marshmallows. Sounds good, but pair that with Rogue and…will it blend?
Swing and Amiss
The ingredients list of Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale is a doughnut in a bottle of pale ale. It has the four horsemen of the alepocalypse: malt, hops, yeast, and free-range [coastal] water (I like my water like I like my chicken…free-range and cruelty free). Then, lemon juice. Alright. Lemon Extract. Okay, still good (shandy, anyone?). Vanilla beans. Strange. Vanilla extract. Still strange. Marshmallows. Something has gone amiss…
Summer is in full swing. Nothing quite helps to beat the heat like a lemon shandy. I hoped the lemon would outweigh the marshmallow and vanilla in this ale. I was let down. A doughnut in a bottle. It’s almost like a genie in a bottle, but without the wishes (and not as good as it sounds). I wish I could say that I am the only person who thought this way, but Beeradvocate reviews echo what I thought about this beer. JHubner73 said it best: “…this beer does actually taste like a lemon pastry. Take that as you will.” I could not have said it better myself.
Many flavors complement different styles of beer and vice versa. Rogue Sriracha Hot Stout is GREAT! The Hazelnut Brown Nectar is great, too. Hell, Rogue does a great job figuring out what pushes a beer to the next level. The other Voodoo Doughnut collaborations (Bacon Maple Ale; Pretzel, Raspberry, Chocolate Ale; and Peanut Butter and Banana Ale) seem like tasty brews. The Lemon Chiffon puts the juju on me.
Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale is all nuts, without the dough. To Rogue’s credit, they followed their Fundamental Agreement #4: Get out of the comfort zone. Unfortunately, this beer pushed me a little too far out of mine. I like Rogue Ales, I like exploring craft beer, and I like doughnuts. But will it blend? We say no. Cheers and happy What the… Wednesday!