2010 Coming Home Holiday Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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2010 Coming Home Holiday Ale2010 Coming Home Holiday Ale

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: russpowell on 11-11-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This Belgian-style Quadrupel ale is full-bodied and robust, boldly showcasing flavors of sweet dried fruits delivered on a smooth, velvety palate. Specialty malts and roasted barley give this beer a sweet malty aroma that complements its complex fruitiness. Brewed in the Belgian tradition with dark candi sugar and a Trappist ale yeast, Coming Home Holiday Ale is rich and flavorful, meant to be shared and savored among friends.

At 10% alcohol by volume, our Quad pours a deep garnet color with a dense, pillowy head. Aromas are sweet and rummy, reminding us of holiday treats. Subtle hop flavor gives enough bitterness to balance the brown sugar and caramel flavors, mingling with figs, raisins, and dates.
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 17
Reviews by Scotchboy:
Photo of Scotchboy
4.14/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Front Door, Boise.

A: Reddish brown with golden edges. Almost no head.

S: Good quad smell, lots of carmel and dark, sticky fruit. Sweet without being overly so.

T: Not quite as amazing as the smell but still very nice. Dark fruit, carmel, hint of mollasses, very balanced malt presence with a tiny bitterness at the end. A ltitle boozy in a good way. Mellow but complex.

MF: Creamy, lightly full bodied (if that makes sense).

O: I really liked this one, one of the best American quads I've had although I'm not positive its completely true to the style. Really enjoyable and VERY easy to drink.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. The aroma is full of dark fruit and toffee. I get a lot of cherries as well as some prunes, raisins and dates. The fruit notes are very strong and go nicely with the malt and a little bit of alcohol and spiciness.

The flavor is full of raisins, prunes and cherries. I also get a lot of toffee and caramel notes, as well as some alcohol and a little bit of Belgian yeast. There is also a little brown sugar in the flavor.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Macadoodle's in Joplin, MO. Cool Cowboy art on the label

Pours an effervescent chestnut with a pinky of tan head. Nice thick, vicious look to this; above average lacing & some head retention

S: Green bananas, dark fruit, fusel booze and brown bread.

T: Dark fruit, candi sugar, & green bananas up front,pretty much mimics the nose, some doughy notes plus green appleskins. Green banana, plums, & toned down boozeyness are all there as this warms, plus a touch of pralines/pecan. I would love to have this with some English Christmas Pudding or Gingerbread. Finishes slightly sweet with boozey green banana, dryness & a nice warming sensation filtered through pears and honey

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, thins out as this warms, but picks up in warming sensation, so kind of a wash

Good drinkability, maybe give this one a bit more time (3-12 months) to smooth out. No Westy 12, but a nice take on the style from a underrated brewery that produces high quality at reasonable price (on a craft beer sliding scale!)

Photo of Glibber
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this on tap at the Front Door in Boise. They had it stored for 2 years. I love Belgian Quads, and think Grand Teton is the top brewery in Idaho. This beer did not disappoint. Dark caramel color with hint of red. Nice lacing head, an amazing dark fruit nose and a very complex taste. Malt, bread, cherry, plum. This was an exceptional beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 picked up this evening at the COOP... Paid $10.... Damn. Poured into my Old Guardian goblet while helping the wife a bit with some photo jobs.

Thin dark tan head... the brew is very pretty burnished walnut... no real lacing and the retention is nonexistent.

First I will give the positives about the aroma... good toasty malt presence.. a bit of raisin and lite fig.. a little peppery and some unexpected clove.. Okay... now the negatives, right now, everything seems very "unblended" and multidimensional without ever catching gears... and there is still quite a heavy EtOH presence right now.. I figure things will ultimately mesh well, but I expect is going to take a while in the bottle.

Flavor has quite a bit more dried cherry presence than I would hope for.. there is some toasted malt presence and a very lite roasty quality that is a minor tie that binds.. really pretty spicy (I know no spices are used) with something that screams clove.. even ginger.. plummy with warmth... boozy right now and needs some cellaring... The spicy phenols seem pretty out of place.

Body and carbonation seem about right for now....

Honestly, I think this bottle shows the bones of a pretty nice beer... Because it isn't too malty and sweet jives with me.. It just seems very very fresh and I believe the good folks at Grand Teton should have brewed Coming Home this time last year and just now released it... that said, I will make my ultimate decision NEXT Thanksgiving.

I love that GT has always thrown in the seemingly random Belgian brew.. The Oud Bruin was nice.... The Spiced Brown I liked quite a bit too. Keep it up.


Edit: I feel like I reviewed this one pretty harsh.... I will come back around and hit this one again once I've had it in the cellar for a long while.

Photo of rrski198
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Dark, cloudy, amber brown color. Little no no head with an off white color, pretty decent lacing.

S: Traditional belgian yeast smell backed up by a sweet malty scent and followed by a ton of booze. Not much else there.

T: Sweet raisans, brwon sugar, and brandy/wine booze up front. The flavor comes and goes quickly.

M: Big time carbonation, lots of heat from teh alcohol. Creamy and thick as it coats the mouth.

D: Decent quad w/ a heavy brandy taste. The scent leaves something to be desired, the taste is good but I am left feelign that this beer is all that complex.

Photo of The3rdbeer
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a peachy brownish amber with a half finger of head, poured semi aggressively

I get cherry, a little anise, and prune in the smell there is little alcohol as well.

mouthfeel is slightly viscous and little carbonation lightly tingles the tongue, I get the flavor of raisin, nice malt, subtle dryness in after taste is delightful

I intended to cellar this beer but ended up giving in about 2 months after I bought it, wish I had another to retaste after the flavors rounded out a bit more.

Over all delightful for my first Grand Teton brew

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a wine glass.

(Insert Ozzy Osbourne joke here.) It pours a nice amber-garnet topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose comprises plum, fig, brown sugar, cherry, and clover. The taste runs very similarly, though with a lovely vein of mild chocolate running through the aforementioned bits. The body is a rather hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very nice quad, though I think it's missing a bit o' that Belgian quality that makes quads pure joy. Beyond that, though, I would highly recommend this beauty for winter enjoyment.

Photo of robbyc1
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep clear brown w nice garnet highlights, off brown head w great lacing.

Solid if unexciting raison and plum nose. Deep malt here.

It's very malty and has a nice stone fruit flavor, but the flavors are muddled. A balanced finish, not sweet and easy drinking. It's a bit lacking in body, and mouthfeel,but the drinkability makes up for it. Well hidden abv, not a powerhouse but was hoping for more.

Photo of DCon
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a 1 PINT 9.4 FLUID OUNCE w/ ChrisF in Alta, WY (bottle from the brewery). Poured from the Gloomy/Western labeled bottle w/ a Cowboy/Farmer bringing in his horse, through the snow into a 16oz Table Wine Glass. Has OCT 19 2010 stamped on the inside of the Grand Teton Pamphlet hung around every Cellar Series 750mL Bottle.

Aroma- Tons of complexity but lets start with the obvious characters... Tons of plum, raisin, and dark fruits hanging out in unison. Very distinct all the way through until a sharp, light booziness hits the nose. Unreal how this one aged!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head and lasts for a good amount of time. Has a dark amber colored body and clear. Leaves quite a bit of suds behind.

Flavor- Very similar to aroma except has strong malts. Tons of sweetness, dark fruits, and character with a slight alcohol note in the finish. Light bitterness but easy and smooth.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has some strength in the finish.

Overall Impression- Wow! If you see this bottle in ANY shop, grab two! (One for me and one for you). This one was quite the treat as the characteristics popped out huge in the aroma AND the taste. Really surprised me at times how delicious it was. HIGHLY recommend.

Photo of ferrari29
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Tulip glass

A - Beer poured with a dark brown body; beige one finger foam formed; a moderate amount of carbonation and lacing that seemed to stick pretty well on the sides of the glass

S - High ABV dominates the noise; spices come up after the alcohol; smells of citrus and other fruits come up too; almost like a fruitcake and hints of liquorice

T - Malty; figs, raisin and dates flavors come up as they hit you upfront at the tip of the tongue; middle to the back-end of the drink leaves some dryness; this drink leaves my palate asking for more flavor

M - Bubbly; creamy but feisty with flavors of fruits and dates; overall I felt that this beers mouthfeel was the best thing about the beer

D - I dig it, but would much rather save this as a seasonal beer; definitely not something I could drink very often; I could have one drink and pass on another

Photo of SirRuss
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Wonderfully deep brown fading into a maroon hue. The first pour offers brilliant clarity emphasizing the redish notes, while the bottom pour will compound the brown as it brings with it gratifying levels of sediment. The off-white head is of good size, and acceptable density, but the retention is short-lived.

S: Not a whole lot. Both malts and hops are present, but reveal themselves reluctantly, and in an unimpressively generic fashion: caramel notes and pine

T: The forepalate is somewhat of a non-event so, not surprisingly, transition isn't winning this brew any points either. In it's favour however is the complexity found on the mid-palate: The malt provides light caramel notes that hang upon the mainstay of figs, raisins, dates - plum even- as promised by the label. The hops play well into the equation, and the pine reaffirms itself to lend the brew a refreshing relief from the malt.

M: Although considerable malt contributes to this brew, the 10%abv and careful carbonation takes the edge off the sweetness. Furthermore, the hops really cut through the flab with their green freshness, and results in a relatively light body (for the style), while retaining a decent level of malty density.

D/0: For a holiday ale it is actually fairly well done - it holds weight in the richness of flavor, but eases up on the mouthfeel where many of its peers continue to load intensity. Consequently, 'Coming Home' offers a go-to holiday brew that can be enjoyed as a simple, yet comprehensive low maintenance winter warmer.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a rich, syrupy garnet color with an awesome caramel and cappuccino foam colored head of two fingers. Alas, the head recedes into nothingness without even a wimper of foam. The bubbling is OK.

Very fruity malt and yeast aromas. Black cherry swirled with some caramel, a little Amaretto, and warm alcohol vanilla.

Make sure this beer is a little cooler than room temperature while drinking and rating. Vanilla, wood, cognac, caramel, and toasted sweet bread all come together. The alcohol shows itself in the middle of the palate and increases in warmth on the finish. Adding a very faint astringent quality to the warm lingering finish. A sipper for sure, but one that will be enjoyed served at the right temperature.

Photo of arizcards
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this as a Christmas gift last year, bottled on 10-19-10. This has rested at 55 degrees over the last year.

Beer poured garnet in to my Chimay chalice with little head that is pretty much gone.

Nose is good, dark fruits and of dark alcohol.

Taste is pretty similar to the nose, dark fruits, rum like booze, some hops to balance things out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but i am not catching much smoothness from the yeast strain.

Overall not a bad beer, probably not as boozy as when first bottled. Some nice quad characteristics but definitely room for improvement.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$9.99 at Poplar Wine & Spirits, bottled Oct 19,2010.

Not much of a pop when I removed the cap but it has plenty of carbonation judging from the huge head of off white foam I got when pouring.

It has a gorgeous reddish brown colour and the foam is very stubborn. It's shrinking really slowly leaving behind some excellent lacing.

The smell is dominated, for me, by a yeasty nose with some caramel malt sweetness and a peculiar...ummm...adjunct lager smell. Weird.

Candi sugar, yeast, cloves, bananas, a bit of dark fruit(wish there was more of this) and quite assertive with the alcohol, there's quite a bit going on but the overall taste doesn't seem to mesh all that well. It's a tough style to do well and I think this one missed the mark. At least, fresh it does.

Medium bodied with the carbonation on the heavy side of medium, I think it could use a tad more body.

Drinkability is okay. The alcohol is wearing on me but I reckon over time(read with some time in the cellar) that should calm down some, hopefully.

I was pleased to find this in Casper but I guess I expected too much given GT's track record with me.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with no head with a smell of burnt raisins and a little bit 'o' anise.

Taste packs a punch with a bit of burnt malt and charred raisins. Think of a well toasted piece of raisin bread!

Carbonation is moderate, and I figured the brew was thinner on the tongue then I'd expect.

The ABV is definitely apparent, and if you are goin to finish the whole bottle, kick your feet up and relax...sit for a while.

Not bad at all. Go try this one.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.81/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Love the artwork, love the bottle, even love the name...OK, a Belgian Quad?? If you say so...Pours a super ruddy and dark amber to brown. Beautiful two to three-fingers of rocky head shows up, and leaves sheets of excellent lacing. Very carbonated, way more so than any quad I've had. It shore is purty ta look at, like a farmer's daughter at her first square dance. Yee haw. That's where my love ends, though...Aroma is not unique or elite. Some standard Winter warmer notes, like malt and fig, dominate, as well as a distinct alcohol aroma. Some nutmeg or allspice WAAAY in the back, but that's 'bout it. Flavor is a mish-mash, not all of it good, neither...Some big malt and alcohol notesd right upfront, but it's all quashed by this tannic, astringent quality that I can't place but want to call "bleech". It colors the whole flavor profile and I don't like it. It's as if the hops got mashed in with the malt and then pulled out and they doused it in kerosene, lit it on fire, then added the char to the wort. It follows all the way through the finish and ruins the beer for me. 10% ABV is nice, but the price is a whopping $8.99/750ml bottle, so it ain't cheap none, niether...I would say if you can get stuff like Alesmith Yuletide avoid this at all costs and by extra of the Alesmith. I would love to get a lithograph of the label art, though...

What I like most: The beautiful pour.

What I like least: Pretty much everything else.

Verdict: Waay not worth the hefty price tag. Get a six'er of Anchor X-mas and call it good...

2010 Coming Home Holiday Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.