Gran Met - Voodoo Brewing Company

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 203
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 7.59%
Wants: 9
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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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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 (274 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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 (759 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (1,946 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.17/5  rDev -41.2%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (1,486 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-Tap.
Gran met has a slighty hazy dark tan/gold look to it. Unfortunatly, there was no head/cap on the top just some a faint skim of foam, leaving no lacing. Smells consist of a strong malt addition with bready scents. The cane and beet sugars used somehow overpower the other smells though. Also getting fruits and spices and a whiff of alcohol. Taste is ok for a belgian pale but is kind of all over the place. Im liking the wheat/belgian yeast strain used but the overlying sweetness from the sugars kind of klll this one for me. This has a medium body with ample carbonation but I was not intrigued to get another glass of it, the recipe could use some tinkering. (669 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
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... (588 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.91/5  rDev +6%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My sample of Voodoo's Gran Met had a honey hued body with thin, soapy bubbles floating over top. Very little foam for the style. The beer maintained near perfect clarity all the whilst its gold gleam was bouncing back any beams of light that should try and strike it. Apart from the lack of head, which is good cause for concern, the beer otherwise looked quite promising.

The aroma is sweet as candy and actually, it smells a fair bit like it too. The use of sugar was apparently no small part of the recipe. The beer has both bubble gum and fruity esters in spades, but more candy than fruit. This can work for the style, but gives the beer an unmistakably American character that falls far inferior to its authentic Belgian originators.

I also smelt what seemed to be steamed vegetables. It was an odd odor, about as pleasant as it sounds. On the fruit end pears especially kept popping into mind, (perhaps in part because the smell reminded me of a sugary sweet Chimay White reduction I make with pears to pour over ice cream).

The alcohol is quick and eager to greet you, but it just says 'hi!' and excuses itself. It's not long after every few sips you ask yourself where exactly could it have gone. The texture and body aren't quite right for the style but the mouthfeel is made very smooth by a low laying bitterness and pinch of sweetness on the finish.

The yeast they've used works really well in this beer. It will deceive a little taste of spices and also add an inkling of spiciness. It brings with it a nice portfolio of phenols that, until the beer warmed, were kept wonderfully in check. The taste is of a nice, clean pale malt and hints at light fruit. Room temperature would expose the alcohol and let the phenols run loose, but the malt bill was hefty enough to keep things from completely falling apart at the seams.

Voodoo has hit the style pretty well for a US brewery; I still insist Belgian Ales can (and have) defeated 95% of America's commercial brewers. This would need a few adjustments to compete with the top entries in its style. Regardless, this was enjoyed and made a wonderful accompaniment to my citrus glazed orange roughy lunch! (2,175 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,112 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, and hops, corinander, and slight banana. The taste is sweet, malty, nice yeast notes, with some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it. (421 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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. (1,721 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to biegaman for sharing this one at a recent brewday. The label is pretty kickass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with some golden highlights, thin white head forms, drops to a thin layer and ring, some lace spots on the glass stick around. Smell is neat, very sweet and sugary, honey, some floral, pears, light fruits, alcohol, spice, pretty raw but I like it. Taste is similar, honey, lots of sugar, wheat and yeast, spicy alcohol, apricots, pears, some floral, spicy finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, some warmth going down. Pretty solid tripel, thanks Jan! (594 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (844 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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 (431 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an uber hazy gold color, fluffy poof off white head that's gone quickly, leaving little lacing. Smell of shortbread, Belgian yeasts, faint citrus, faint white grape and hints of vinegar... interesting. Taste is a light blend of candy sugar, shortbread and Belgian yeasts. The background gives way to the faint citrus and white grape tastes. As the beers warms, there is a slightly acidic vinegar-like quality too it and the alcohol becomes more noticeable as well. Medium bodied, slightly heavy on the tongue, good carbonation, drying. A decent beer, interesting flavor profile, if not a tad light, the big bummer was the change from light and delicate when at a lower temp, to acidic and boozy when gets closer to room temperature. (738 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a hazy dark amber color with a dense slightly off white head leaving a nice lacing.

S-the nose is strong with lots of burnt brown sugar up front and candied fruit behind, notes of yeast and acetone seem to blend together with dark fruits of plum and black cherries in the back.

T-the taste is much of the same, burnt sugars, candied fruit, acetone and yeast, some dark candied fruits in the back. lots of sweetness with notes of heat and alcohol in the finish.

M-creamy, syrupy feel, full bodied and chewy with a moderate carbonation.

D-extremely sweet and very sugary, a little burnt sugar and not much else. also shows the heat a little, might do well with a little age but i wouldn't expect much from this. (721 characters)

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Gran Met from Voodoo Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.