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Gran Met - Conneaut Cellars Port Barrel Aged - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 32
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 17.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orangesol on 10-06-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Smell - Lots of pale malt. Wine aroma. Slightly acidic.

Taste - Fruity. Red wine. Apple. Grainy with pale malt sweetness.

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Clearish amber pour, with a thin off-white head that sank to a wispy layer of random bubbles. Fruity aroma, apple, pear, grape, with herbal and earthy notes. Taste was sweet up front, apple and pear cider, red grapes, with a mellow tanginess, earthy wet oak, hints of clove and coriander-like spice, neutral alcohol bringing a slightly stale aftertaste. Medium body, slick and moderately boozy. Not too bad overall, all things considered...a notable improvement over the base beer (see also: I hate tripels), but not as good as the apple brandy version.

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Bottle #203 poured into a matching 22oz barrel room collection snifter. The brew pours a clear amber color with a finger of tan that fades down to a thin film across the top with spotty lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is like apple core with some yeast spiciness that is faintly like clove and crushed black pepper. Some earthen raw oak and vinous tang like strong red wine come out when you really bury your nose in this. It almost has a spicy cinnamon note that comes out more as it warms up along with a hint of cider.

The taste is apple core with apple skins and pear-like fruity quality. Some clove and crushed black pepper spiciness is all across the middle. The barrel provides a bit of must and raw oak that adds another earthen layer and dry spiciness. Across the back are some dirty vinous notes that emerge with more sips. A little touch of oxidation is present that is mildly paper-like and as the brew warms it gets a bit of a cider feel to it.

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Pour is a very light but very opaque orange with minimal carbonation. The nose is light, more alcohol-soaked pears than anything...& no, I've never soaked pears in alcohol. Yet.

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Gran Met - Conneaut Cellars Port Barrel Aged from Voodoo Brewing Company
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