Gran Met - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

Our Gran Met (Grand Master) is an Ale made from our Propriatery yeast from a small brewery in Belgium. We use Cane and Beet sugar, along with German Pilsner Malt to create the unique flavor of this age old style. We also use a unique fermentation process of slowly adding the sugars to the fermentation during fermentation. This allows the yeast to more slowly ferment the beer without overloading the yeast. This process allows for a more clean, tight flavor profile.
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Reviews by tyboxr:
Photo of tyboxr
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour: golden, virgin white head that slowly yields to lace on the sides of the glass and a bed on the surface Gold/orange body with eguabuoyant particles creating a nice haze.

Smell: a rounded funk hit the nose, not bad but unexpected. The smell piques the curiousity, pulleing you into the...

Taste: mmm, inviting and tasty. mild alohol quickly recedes to the deliciously moderat hop bitterness. Tastes like a flash of delicacies across the tongue, leaving much to decipher

Front end alcohol lifts the taste through the nose,unlocking the various components as it travels back to your tongue, moderate fizz, delicious leave

I was fortunate to try this at the store and was able to pick a few up, I will be sharing this with folks and you should too!

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear golden color with a little bit of lingering head
S: Can definitely smell the aroma of European hops and orange peels
T: Complex with flowers, hops, and a little bitterness
M/D: With the high alcohol content, nice to sip and take time to appreciate all the flavors

Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle

Pours near clear lighter almond amber, under a thin off white head, leaving a moderate film, thin collar and respectable low sheeting and bits of lace.

Ripe fruit nose.

Carbonation on the low side especially for the style is the first thing I notice about this one. Notes of more ripe fruit, some lime and light ginger comes to mind.

Moderate hops dry out the finish. Meh ... this one is really not doing it for me...first prob. was the lower then ideal carbonation level for the style. Should be closer to champagne and this one has the carbonation of a barley wine...

Photo of dogfishandi
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to PittRooney for this nice extra!

22oz bomber at cellar temp poured into an ommegang goblet. 2/11 written in sharpie on the blue cap. listed as 9.5% on the bottle.

pours out a fairly clear golden, slight orange color with a fizzy white head that was gone within a minute. just a thin retentive ring left. no lace.

aromas of phenolic belgian yeast, apples, sweet candied sugary grains.

crisp carbonation, but almost no alcohol esters, the 9.5% is very well hidden (maybe from the late sugar additions). a fruity, phenolic belgian yeast gives way to sweet candied malts, crisp apples and maybe some pears. full bodied. dry finish

overall: not terribly complex, but refreshing and easy drinking

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grand Master not exactly flavors collide at this stage in the game I hope some bottle conditioning is in the works at the brewery before the next batch is released. Very much like a Victory Golden Monkey that always gets so much better with age, alright fresh but it will shine with time. Right now flavors are brash young raw and unrefined. Appearance fine white bubbly head semi hazed golden bright honey amber body lacing is even with fine bubbles sticking to the glass. Aroma has some fusel alcohol upfront blended with sweet sugar components mentioned on the bottle as a mix of Belgian candy and beet sugar some of grainy aspects with some green apple and tropical fruit esters. Flavor brings semi metallic with alcohol infused grainy flavors, and cloying sweet sugar not unnatural just not well blended yet sweetness to the forefront of each sip. Alchol brashness blends with esters like tart apple and tropical fruit notes, age this please because now it starts to cause some unpleasant warming and forty ounce high graviy conotations with it. Mouthfeel body is medium with syrup like textures carbonation flows heavy for a tripel, traditionally these are velvety I remember Dead Tony's Tripel at Four Sons Brewing being much more quaffable than this one. Drinkability was straight to the head not too drinkable a great belgian style triple will get you there without letting you know it along the way. This beer isn't able to pull it off, throw it in the cellar and re-evaluate.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a hazy golden caramel colored body with a thick creamy eggshell colored head that last and last. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a clean yeasty aroma with note of fresh rain and a cidery finish. As the beer warms the cidery notes increase a bit.

T- The soft flavor of doughy yeast is sweet with a hard candy flavor to follow. As the beer warms this candy flavor turns more and more into apple. There is a soft white raisin note and a stronger carbonic acid dryness that least to a soft green hop prick at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel due much to the full head and a dry finish but no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer has some strong apple juice/cider qualities that dominate and not much character from the yeast. It was a bit dull to make it through a full bottle.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive! The best beer I've had from Voodoo.

It poured a golden body beneath a bright white head (that unfortunately exhibited poor retention and very limited lacing. Of course I was drinking out of a bar glass that might not have been very clean, so I don't really know if it was the beer itself or not).

The aroma exhibited sweetish, bready and almost candyish malt with a hint of vanilla; a spritz of alcohol; yeast character (fruit: apple, pear, maybe white grape; some spice; actual yeast notes) and a background hoppiness. Very straight-forward.

The flavor carried on in the same way. Very straight-forward. Very focused. The alcohol was noticeable in the flavor, but not too much so, especially for a beer of 9.5%, and it certainly didn't inhibit the candyish, doughy malt, and (dull) hoppy flavors.

Overall, it was surprisingly drinkable. It's not really complex, but there's enough there to keep you interested; and in a way that's good because you're not distracted looking for more, or dealing with more (some beers are overdone, especially the stronger ones, but this is not). It's clear from the start what's there in the flavor and aroma, and it's good, and that's all you need! Nicely done.

Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, i believe from no bs 17.3

poured into a bells tulip, 6pm on a long saturday

appearance: bubbly pale golden body, foamy beige caps that retain well...this is def a living being

smell: not much to the nose, clean and yeasty with some light fruity esters

taste: a drinkable but not brilliant belgian attempt, overly sweet citrus, stale yeast, white pepper and booze

mouthfeel: sweet and faux-syrupy

drinkability: ok

Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Not like most strong belgians. There's a little heat in there, but for the most part there's a nice balance of phenols, malt, and hops. All the flavors are subtle, making for a very drinkable beer. The aroma comes off a touch weak with the phenols seemingly taking over. The malt has a light toasted note and with sweet bread. The phenols in the flavor are a bit strong compared to the easy malts, but compliment the hops, which are a little bit dry with a black ground pepper and herbal flavor that comes through into the finish.

Worth a try for something different. Too many American Belgians are just overly sweet and lack Belgian character. This is no such beer. The only hint that it's U.S.-made is that it tastes so fresh.

Photo of Pablo41
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I usually stay away from beers which are more of an IPA hopped up style. This beer delivers a very smooth sweet taste which I love. The beet sugar definitely comes through and helps to jack up the ABV to near 10% ABV. Let a couple of my NYC friends try and they are now addicted to this beer. Lucky for them it is now sold at Whole Foods. One of my favorite beers out there. Founder Matt Allyn delivers an amazing beer!

Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to leftmindedrighty for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a slightly hazy orange color and a finger of slight off white head.

Smell – Lots of floral notes and fruit esters, clove, Belgian yeast, breadiness, banana.

Taste – Quite similar to the nose. Seems like every other run of the mill Triple. Lots of banana and clove, floral at the back end, plenty of yeast.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A somewhat blah Triple, though coincidentally rather easy to drink. For such a high ABV, this goes down quite easily.

Photo of kbuzz
2.52/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with a super rad label into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark straw, golden yellow with a thin half finger white head that faded pretty quickly. A fair amount of bubbles shooting up through the beer.

S: Very potent saison smell. Some lemony citrus notes. Strong orange rind in there as well. Floral and spicy hop notes...a little bit of that belgian yeast quality in there...sort of a wet hay smell.

T: STRONG biting citrus taste...lemon, grapefruit, orange...almost reminds me of a glass of theraflu or a bad screwdriver. Not very pleasing at all. Just an overwhleming astringent citrus overload. I can't get past it at all. I actually might not finish this beer.

M: Highly carbonated and medium-thin to thin bodied. Was certainly meant to be a summer beer. Definitely a dry beer as well.

O: This is going to be the lowest rated beer I've reviewed to date. I can tell what they were going for and they missed. The yeast doesn't come thorugh enough...and that theraflu/cheap vodka screwdriver taste just overwhelms anything that might have been done well. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but this is not good. I'm going to let it warm a bit and see if it improves, but more than likely, I will be dumping this. Two big thumbs down on this one from me - Voodoo has many, many better beers in their stable...avoid this one.

Photo of tone77
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some yeast and spice. Taste is also mild for the style, alcohol, some malts, a touch of spice, a bit bland. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, while not terrible, I was expecting more from this beer.

Photo of AndreRus
4.59/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it over at their bub in Homestead, PA. Poured in tulip glass. Incredible aroma and great taste! Definitely getting more next time I'm there.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright orange with an ivory 2 finger spongey head that was well lasting while leaving a spongy ring lacing around the glass vessel. There was a slight turbidity of small micro speckled yeasty matter but not enough to disrupt clarity of objects or light from the opposing side. The visible carbonation was medium-strong with a steady showering display of fast moving micro bubbles.

S: The initial aroma was yeasty with dry bread, and dry banana chips. Slightly dried orange skins with a soft dry flowery scent are also noted here.

T: There is a bit of dried spiciness (cloves) and a warm honey glazed sweetness. The fruitiness comes off rather dull and mundane with moments of warm pineapple slices. The finish finds a warming of alcohol and warm oranges with a moderate fade of flowery hops. There is a distinct sharp bite after the swallow that livens things up a bit but overall found the flavor to be rather mundane itself. The beer ends dry with light tart finish that was rather quick off the tongue and forgettable.

M: very sharp with a crisp bite. A light creamy texture with some carbonation edginess adds some feel to a medium consistency that ends with a sharp bite of carbonation felt in the pit of the stomach after the swallow.

D: Good drinkability per style, though a bit boozy then usual with only moderately good enjoyment. A dry booziness and dry sweetness along with a sharp acidic bite makes for an honest sipper. Drinks much bigger then its advertised 9.5% bottle labeled abv which is strangely labeled as 10.5% on BA? A bigger interpretation of a biere de garde that ultimately lacks a bigger flavor and wouldn't be in rush to buy again. Overall does the job with minimum results.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Capone's.

A: The tripel is a pale straw yellow color, slightly haziness to the point that you really can't see through it. Multiple pours manage to scare up 1/2 a finger of head that quickly disappears.

S: Aroma-wise, the alcohol is strong. It nearly drowns out the yeast and spice flavors of the tripel. The nose does have a unique bite thanks to the beet sugar. The aroma is not as off-putting as Rose.

T: The tripel has a great taste, one that surpasses the nose. Candi sugars, touched with a slightly darker fuller bite, dominate. The ale doesn't hide the alcohol, relishing the warmth that it brings. The spice profile relies heavily on the candi sugars for the flavor. The beet flavor is distinguishable from the candi sugars, resulting in a fuller flavor that is more complex than you would expect.

M: The mouthfeel is complex, allowing you to dwell in the varying flavors that pop out of the ale. The flavor progression is pleasant, treating the palate to a strong profile.

D: One bottle is enough. The alcohol is evident from first sip and easily overwhelms the senses.

Photo of philbe311
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Half a finger's worth of rich creamy tightly packed egg shell colored head... Modest at best retention gives way to a full veil of lace with a dollop of froth in the center of the glass and a slight collar... The color is a golden honey... A mix of carbonation with some large bubbles clinging to the glass and some small bubbled quickly paced bubbles rising in the center of the glass...

S - Sweet fruity esters dominate... Mangoes... Grapes... Sweet apples... Pear... Golden raisins... Pears in syrup... A touch of cantaloupe... A bit of orange zest... Candied sugars... A bit of Belgian yeastiness...

T - There is very little connection between the nose and what translates on the palette... The fruity sweetness alluded to be the nose is present, but buried beneath a bunch of other flavors... A bit of tobacco... Fresh cut grass notes... A slight spice kick - possible sage or thyme... Interesting with a good bit of complexity...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Bristling muted carbonation... A bit sticky... Starts a bit lush and finishes a bit dry and a bit chalky...

D - This one will challenge the senses of even the most experienced BAs... There's a lot going on here, a lot of which is very good.., However, in the end this one seems a bit disjointed and misses the mark slightly...

Photo of charlesw
2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting. I must say that I am really pleased that this doesn't taste like the pilzilla and big brown ale! I'm still not thrilled with it. No head. Little smell. The taste... Varies! When stone sober and on a clean tongue it's cidery and astringent. Later (after a few little glasses) it's citrus and astringent. In the end you're just wasted - I should have shared the bottle!

The astringency... Is a bit interesting. I just had a big name trip the other day and it was wicked astringent, too. Like... Well... Like not knowing how to brew has something to do with the style or something. Weird. Seriously weird.

So, yeah. Positive suggestions... Don't mash so long. Don't crush your grains so finely. Add a little wheat (or whatever) to give it a tiny head...

Photo of wingman14
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one pours yellow with a froth white head and left some lacing. The smell is mostly alcohol with some sweet and fruit notes. The taste was extremely strong, not trying to hide any of the high ABV, but still has some strong sweet and fruit notes. I was not a fan of the lack of balance, but it didn't take much away from the beer. The mouthfeel is smooth, and yet again strong, somewhat medium light with nice carbonation. This is a very powerful beer that will knock you off your bar stool. I would not drink more than a couple due to the high ABV. Worth checking out if you get a chance.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a big billowy off white head. Good mix of large and small bubbles in the head and lots of evidence of good carbonation. Lots of lace on the glass. A little light in color for most traditional biere de garde I've had.

Aromas of sweet malt and hard candy. And a nice yeasty belgian character, but not too spicy. No hop aromas evident.

First sip is like an over sweet triple, a little alcohol heat, but lots of candy sweetness. No carbonic bite, indicating a spot on carbonation level.

Mouthfeel has a slight prickle from carbonation, but not overdone. Medium bodied, and a little sticky sweet. A little creaminess to the mouthfeel lets it fully coat your mouth as you sip.

Very dangerous drinkability for a 9.5% beer. Very enjoyable.

Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi-transparent, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered spots and streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, vanilla, doughy bread, poached pears, with some earthy, zesty spice and a touch of booze.
Taste echoes the aromas with a slightly sweet, banana and pear flavor coming through with a tropical fruit hanging on in the background.
Mouthfeel is is semi sweet, dry, and boozy with some doughy yeast kicking around.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Murky orange brown color. One finger of white creamy head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Really clean, which I love in Belgian beers. Sugary maltiness. Peppery yeastiness. Pie crust. A host of fruits including pineapple, peach, and even some plum/prune.

4.0 T: Taste is really good too. Again quite sugary with a bit of cracker/pie crust as well. Pepper and a hint of banana. Fruits as mentioned above. Booze is extremely well hidden, offering just a hint of warming on finish.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritziness to it. Supremely smooth.

4.0 D: Very nice beer. Definitely recommended.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last Voodoo beer I could get my hands on. Props to PA breweries!

A - Golden yellow with impressive white fluffy head. My second pour produced a bouquet of head that hugged the top of my glass like a dome. Great lacing also hugging the glass. Very impressive.

S - Mostly Belgium sugars and alcohol really. Not too complex but shows what the beer will overall offer. Not sure how beets would smell but they are in there.

T - Pretty much tastes like Magic hats wacko with double alcohol. The sweetness really helps make the beer enjoyable but the constant taste of the alcohol is kind of off putting.

M - Pretty heavy and gets repetitive after the first glass.

D - Overall I enjoyed getting to try the beer but really would prefer the Voodoo Love child since it's a more mellowed version of this with great fruit flavor. Pretty good beer.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle not dated

Voodoo Brewing Gran Met Ale [Grand Master] poured a hazy orange gold color with a bubbly ½" thin white head that took-off-running quickly leaving behind a thin bubbly ring in my tulip glass. The nose is dominated by sweetness; light candy sugar, sugary dough, yeast and fruit. The taste is very similar to the aroma. The flavors of apple, cherry, and plum with a nice hint of alcohol are present. The Ale is medium bodied with a medium-high slightly fizzy carbonation.

Gran Met is very drinkable ale that hides its 9.5 ABV very well. Goes well paired with brownies. Voodoo Brewing continues to impress.

Photo of GbVDave
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to mikereaser for sending this in our trade from a little while ago.

A: Pours a hazy golden hue. Big, soapy, light orange head that reaches three-fingers in thickness reatures excellent retention and lots of sticky, ropey lace.

S: Fruity, spicy yeast with hints of caramel and spice.

T: Sweet, fruity yeast, soft rounded fruit, dusty/toasty malt, and a shake or two of white pepper.

M: Sweet and fruity. Dry spicy alcohol that becomes almost intrusive near the end of the glass. Too hot!

D: Not bad, but but kind of one-dimentional. We liked Voodoo Love Child better.

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Gran Met from Voodoo Brewing Company
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