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Gran Met - Voodoo Brewing Company

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 8
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006)
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Sammy, Aug 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Mar 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

djrn2, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

acurtis, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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

metter98, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger head that leaves plenty of lace; not the best appearance for a Belgian but decent enough

Smell: Sugary cookie dough malts, with fruity, overripe stone fruit character

Taste: Strong Belgian candi sugar flavors, up front, which is only augmented by the earthy sweetness of the beet sugar; by mid-palate, the Germanic influence is noted, particularly in the grassy hops; after the swallow, however, the sweetness and the booziness take over

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate to high carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: The high ABV limits the drinkability but this is still a very nice beer; more a BSPA or perhaps, a tripel, to my palate than a biere de garde

brentk56, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, sweet and chocked full of taste from both traditional Belgian ales and newer micro-brewed flavor, this American brewed tripel ale bridges both worlds with power and innovation.

The beer opens with a dark honey color and a viscous visual weight that seems to exceed that of authentic versions. A frothy off white head builds atop the beer but sucumbs to the beer mid way through the session along with only subtle hints of lace to the glass.

The strong scent of pilsner malt dictates the nose with dominance and assertion. The dense malts are accompanied with cidery undertones, mild peat, peppery alcohol scents, flowery aromas, and fruit esters of apples, pears, and apricots. Very Belgianesque, but with a much sweeter impression than was expected.

The malt-forward character extends confidently into taste and begins to give the beer a taste of imperial pilsners with Belgian overtones. Grainy-sweet to taste, the rich malt taste is partly of bread, of sucrose, of corn, and of raw barley. The whimsical balance of fruity esters and spicy phenols dance underneath with pairings of apple to clove, pear to pepper, and apricot to scorched earth. Even a note of chipotle, cinnamon, and cumin can be added to a tertiary mix.

Dense textures of malt gives a nearly oily feel to the mouth before the spices of middle palate begins stripping the higher residual sugars from the mouth and bridging toward a mildly acidic, peppery alcohol, and near-capsaicin heat to finish. A closure of semi-sweet character is a slight detraction from the drier versions of Belgium.

The slightly muddled beer could benefit from a much drier body, more embedded earthen character from multiple wild Belgian yeasts and hops, and the more bubbly carbonation of champagne; even if it means backing off of the alcohol to more moderate ranges of 9%. The yeast seems stressed to the point of producing rough fusal alcohol and failing to fully attenuate the beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Texasfan549, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.05/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoy most of Voodoo's brews but I found this one to be a little strange. I struggled to finish my half of the bottle. My friend and I agreed that this brew a bit weird. It was sweet but it just had some odd flavors going on in it. I liked everything this beer had brought to the table everything from the label design to the aroma and color. I was just glad that I was able to finish it and move on to the next one we had in the fridge.

Knapp85, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 26, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

RblWthACoz, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 17, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Slatetank, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Rifugium, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a relatively mellow nose that boasts of pilsner malts and Belgian ale yeast. The esters are present, but much lower than most strong pales in comparison. The taste is decent as well. It has a highly drinkable taste that's not too heavy in mouthfeel and not as estery as some. The result is a tastey brew that goes down easy and finishes nearly clean with just a touch of warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an enjoyable beer. It's quite drinkable and isn't that far from the style guidelines.

WesWes, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lovely golden color with a modest foam. Spritzy in the mouth. Yeasty and fruity, rather woody and tending toward bitterness in the aftertaste. The stuff really is a shot to the head, powerful alcohol dose and easy sipping.

The fruit is certainly interesting. It would be a good taste test, however, to put this up against some cheap fruity malt beverages and see whether it's that much better. If they'd only put this in 24 oz cans and sell it for $1.99. However, on tasting another glass, the hops come through. But there is a lot of odd fruit, like grapes and muskmelon. It keeps changing.

mactrail, May 28, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with some yellow highlights. A short head disappears quickly.

Smell: sugar and fruit sweetness dominates, with some yeast aromas that are a bit softer.

Taste: caramel, big fruit sweetness, yeast, pepper, and a nice bitterness. Alcohol is noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less so at the finish. Long sweet aftertaste here.

Drinkability: a nice slow sipping beer here. Once the bomber was empty I did not want any more based on the high alcohol level.

Gavage, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

weeare138, Oct 12, 2007
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

yourefragile, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

orangesol, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

tempest, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of stakem
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a 22.5oz matching Voodoo over-sized snifter. The brew appears a clouded color of golden somewhat similar to fresh orange juice but maybe a bit darker. A slightly off-white colored cap is nearly a finger strong fading to a thin film atop. Rising bubbles maintain a decent cap throughout the duration.

The aroma starts off with notes of yeastiness reminiscent of apple and pear. A mild spice somewhat like clove and pepper is also present. There is an unmistakable scent of belgian candy sugar present that gives a brightness to the nose blended against a fruity aspect almost like orange or mild citrusy hops.

The flavor is not as sweet as you might think based off of the aroma. The yeast impact is fairly bold with a flavor of pear, apple, clove, pepper and a mild bready feel. Some fruity hop aspect is present with an herbal bitterness. A warming amount of neutral alcohol is felt mid palate and into the aftertaste.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. As far as tripels go, this is pretty spot on for the style. Lots of yeast character and a touch of that belgian candy sugar aspect resides. I could get myself in trouble with a couple bottles of this.

stakem, May 25, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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...

Billolick, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

akorsak, Mar 01, 2008
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Gran Met from Voodoo Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.