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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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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: russpowell on 11-11-2010)
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Reviews by russpowell:
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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!)

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 04:37:23 | More by russpowell
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2010 Coming Home Holiday Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
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