Total Score: 7.55/10
A wise man once said: “There’s an old saying in Tennessee, I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee that says, ‘Fool me once, shame on … shame on you. Fool me… You can’t get fooled again!” and with these words of wisdom in mind I purchased another Voodoo Doughnut themed Rogue brew, knowing that the last one I tried (Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale) was lacking in the flavour department, but oh no – you can’t get fooled again… and Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale sounds like a bitchen mix regardless.
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Presents a hazed golden-amber body with a fluffy white head that disappears almost immediately… that is one head that didn’t want to stick around… at 6.8% it’s no biggie but still as Mick Jagger said in one of his songs: “Gimme, gimme head or I’m gonna fade away” [umm, I think it was “gimme shelter” Doc]. 6/10.
S: Intriguing aroma – a mixture of lemon juice and artificial lemon (the aroma you get in cleaning products) with sugar-laden marshmallow, a light malt base and bread notes. Again the aroma sets this up for an awesome jelly doughnut experience, as did the Pretzel, Raspberry & Chocolate Ale, hopefully the taste test will back it up. 9/10.
T: Far out man! *my best Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski impression* This is some crazy shit. It runs the gamut of tasting great to finish with an odd cleaning product aftertaste. Palate is lemon candy, marshmallow, bread yeast, hints of piney hops and a finish that is dry/astringent with light citric bitters. It grows on you a little bit as you drink it but it is still one hot mess of a brew. 7/10.
M: Medium bodied with a visible oiliness and a slight sharp carbonation. The mouthfeel is quite decent given the flavour profile – it works well. 9/10.
D: I must say I admire the balls on Rogue to sell a beer this cataclysmically imbalanced… still, I’m torn between the crazy goodness and the marginal insanity contained inside this pink bottle. One thing I will say is that my mouth feels fresh enough to sell to a used car dealer – used car fresh. Overall if you’re looking for ‘mad scientist mad’ when it comes to beers Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale should pique your interest as much as hopping around on a pogo-stick wearing boxing gloves and singing to The Marriage of Figaro whilst eating pop rocks. 7/10.
Food match: Lemon. Curd. Tart. Or a Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller.