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Rogue | Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry, & Chocolate Ale

Rogue | Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry, & Chocolate Ale
Lindsay Snyder

My boyfriend returned from a weekend in Portland slightly scruffier than when he left and toting a large pink bottle of voodoo. Two of Portland’s most beloved brands, Voodoo Doughnut and Rogue Ales, had teamed up to create a curious concoction, and he had somehow abstained from indulging long enough to bring it home to me. Rogue’s Voodoo Doughnut Pretzel, Raspberry, & Chocolate Ale is a rich chocolatey craft that pours dark with a light head. Notes of raspberry are prevalent but the taste of pretzels is suspiciously absent, and I’m okay with that. At the end of the day the beer stays true to its doughnut roots with a rich taste that is not unlike biting into a sugary pastry. At the same time, Rogue did their name proud by making what is ultimately a quality craft beer. This successful merging of the doughnut and beer worlds can only have been the result of a dark act of voodoo.


  1. Eric

    About a week or two ago, my buddy and I were visiting our local LCBO. I immediately went straight to the craft beer, mainly beers in general, section and just picked up a few here and there that sound/looked interesting, no matter how much it costs, when I came upon this. I knew nothing of the history or the brewers that came together to cart this, but I was inclined on trying it anyway, even if it took a pretty little lady to take the first one to convince that others were buying it. Now, that’s not to say that this was a ladies beer or what have you. I was impressed that she picked up a Strong Ale. Hopefully she enjoyed it more than I did. That said, I found the pretzel taste to be the main and dominant flavour of the bunch. There were very subtle hints of what I could make out to be chocolate and raspberry with no doughnut to be found anywhere. I was excited to try this beer to, as I love to try out new and exciting beers, especially if you can pair something like pretzels, doughnuts, chocolate and raspberries. I’m not sure if it was a bad batch or the importing it from the US to Canada played a role? I don’t know. I wish I could have liked this beer more, because it had everything going for it, but in the end it just ended up being a little stale, kind of like when you leave a bag of pretzels open over night. My buddy quite enjoyed it though, so maybe it was just me. I’m not overly found of biscuit-y flavoured beers, though I do love beers with a bread-y note to them, so I don’t know.

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