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2011 Coming Home Holiday Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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2011 Coming Home Holiday Ale2011 Coming Home Holiday Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

37 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.99%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 12-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This Belgian-Style Golden Ale is rich in flavor and is designed to be a smooth and soothing sipping beer. Deep blonde in color, Coming Home 2011 uses rich malts balanced by a special Belgian yeast strain which adds notes of soft, peppery, clove-like spice character to the beer. Belgian candi sugar is used during the brewing process to give this ale a clean, easy drinking appeal. True to the Belgian tripel style, it carries deceivingly soft alcohol aromas. Don’t let the innocence fool you, this holiday ale is one to be respected. It will delight when shared with your favorite people during the holiday season and can also be cellared to warm you on any cold winter’s day. This beer should age gracefully and can be cellared for a year or more.

42 IBU
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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of PappyVans
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of megahurts4
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Grand Tetons Coming Home 2011

Appearance: straw yellow, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: apples, grain, and malts.

Taste: yeast, sugar sweetness, a bit of grainy malt, and some apple.

Mouthfeel: medium and a little rough.

Overall:
This is a decent brew. The aroma is nice, but the mouth feel is on the rougher side. The flavors aren't bad, but they aren't something to write home about.

Photo of dwagner003
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks fantastic. It's a beautiful cloudy orange with a tight head. The smell is fruity and you can tell this one is going to have a kick. The 9% doesn't hide itself..

It tastes Belgiany sweet, and is more of a Tripel than a strong pale ale. It's spicy and the alcohol is very apparent. The aftertaste is very boozy. It's initial flavor is on par with some of the better Tripels I've had (my favorite style), but the aftertaste is where this one loses some points. The best Tripels are able to mask their high ABV, but this one does not. It's not unpleasant, it's just not my favorite thing. Still, a fine taste, indeed.

The mouthfeel is great. It's smooth with mild carbonation. Almost soft on the palate. Big fan.

Great beer. Unexpected, and a great random purchase.

Photo of codsmith
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: medium gold/yellow color, but very hazy. Pours with a decent white rocky head.

S: A decent amount of fruity esters, slightly spicy and a noticeable yeast character emit off the top. Slight perfumy hop aroma. No noticeable hot alcohol or diacetyl

T: Very heavy flavor forward with a sweat honey taste. The carbonation is held in check and doesn't add a lot of bitter flavor. It leaves you with a pear after-taste.

M: Carbonation is low-medium, body is medium-to-full. No noticeable alcohol warmth

O: I typically find Belgian's of this style with too much carbonation and as a result too bitter and not enjoyable, but this one pulls back the carbonation and lets you enjoy more of the nuances of the flavors that involved in this style.

Photo of icehawk
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of brotherloco
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheDinger
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into pint glass. Nice golden/yellow pour that is clean. A very generous 2+ finger white head that sticks around a bit. Smell is that of a Belgian/German ale. Nice hints of fruit, cloves, seasonal spices and a touch of booze. Taste is very nice and smooth. The fruits (grapefruit, mango, banana) hide the 9% quite well. Comes off a little like a tripel. Pretty complex and unique. Very refreshing. Feel was just okay. A bit too dry and thin. Comes off watery and weak. Overall- A pretty interesting beer. Like the taste and look. The fruits and dull hops make it very easy and somewhat sessionable for 9%. Smell and feel are a bit off, but it was a pretty good brew for a cold December evening. I would try the Holiday series again, price is a bit high too. Belgian style ale/tripel was quite nice and the spices/cloves were just right. Try one-

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a stunningly clear, light gold color with a moderate cap of white head. Not much for retention or lacing, but the clarity of this beer is truly amazing.

Nose has some mango and papaya fruitiness and a fair amount of alcohol. Light on the grains and hops are almost non-existent at this point. Smells like a good tripel.

If they were aiming for a good, fairly authentic tripel (which I think they were), this one hits close to the mark. A very nice, fruity yeast presence and a light grainy malt flavour. There may be some light spicing here, but Id be surprised if there was anything other than the yeast esters. Its still a little bit alcoholic and I disagree with the claim that it 'should age gracefully and can be cellared for a year or more'. Its already yeasty galore and the malts wont hold up over time. This is an interesting choice for a "Holiday Ale" but I find it to be a refreshing change of pace from the norm...leave it to Idaho of all places to make an innovative winter warmer. Not bad, glad I grabbed a couple of these last time I was in Kansas.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.12/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow pour, soft white head, nice lace/retention. Blast, whoa, this is one of the most pungent smelling Belgian yeasts I've ever come across. Wow. Was just too much, I'm sure there's some enthusiasts that probably love how big this is, so if you're reading this, you might know that my '2' rating could be awesome if you just love the dirtiest funkiest smelling belgian band aid phenolic yeast dragged through a box of dryer sheets.

Ridiculous amount of coriander and other spice rack stuff. Man this taste, its just overpoweringly unenjoyable, like rubbing alcohol mixed with lots of sagebrush, coriander, thyme, etc. . .who knows there might be some softer flavors like flowers or bananas in here, everything else is just such a path of scorched earth policy, who knows what this has otherwise.

Just not an enjoyable beer for me.

Someone brought this to the March Madness tasting. Nobody claimed it though. It was like one of those bad farts that just wafted over to my part of the table.

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium sized bottle, capped, poured into a tulip glass. From notes.

Dark straw colored, off white colored head, good retention and lacing.
Pleasant fruity aroma, citric, lots of pineapple, honey, fresh grass, yeast.
Medium bodied, refreshingly bittersweet, very easy to drink. Honey and pineapple dominate, but citric notes, faint hoppiness, yeastiness, bread round up the flavors. Not spectacular like their stout but still very good.

Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz brown bottle with a vintage date of 2011.

LOOK: Very clear golden, impressive lacing

SMELL: Passion fruit, chalky yeast, Asian pear, estery, biscuity, dried grass, peppery, medicinal herb

TASTE: Green peppercorn, deep smoothness, yeast, alcohol, bready, pineapple, passion fruit, herbal, taffy, medicinal, nutty, very dry

Wow, I was certainly not ready for this one. Comparable to some of the best Tripels out there, throw this one into a blind tasting you'd never know it was US brewed. The only thing I was looking for was a bit more carbonation, aside from that this one is a must.

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/27/2011 (or 11/27/2011 - there is a smudge) poured to tulip. The beer pours a hazy golden color with an impressive 3 finger white bubbly head. Some retention and no lacing. The nose is rather subdued but develops more as the beers warms. Lots of belgian yeast character with a noted toasty biscuity malt foundation. Some banana and lemon character in the end. The beer starts off with a stronger malt profile in the beginning and develops to a mild citrus almost spicy hop flavor in the middle. Mild bitterness. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering citrus yeast element, very good. More flavorful than the nose let on. Medium bodied and lighter on carbonation. Overall, I was very impressed. I wish the nose had more impact but aside from that this was wonderful. Will likely go pick up another to cellar.

Photo of dragomni
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of clove and spices. Faint caramel and grainy notes.

T - It tasted peppery and spicy with a nice clove taste. Good sweet caramel and grain flavor provides balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a very nice holiday ale. Grand Teton does really good limited release beers.

Photo of DCon
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 1 PINT 9.4 FLUID OUNCE w/ ChrisF in Alta, WY (bottle from the brewery). Poured from the Cheerful/Holiday labeled bottle w/ a red station wagon in front of the Tetons into a 16oz Table Wine Glass. Has BOTTLED ON ???? on the side of the label.

Aroma- A very complexed aroma comes around. Has a huge yeast note and malty background. Some fruit esters are included in the finish with also some sourness? Interesting!

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has average retention. The body is a dark golden color with semi-hazing. Leaves suds behind on the glass.

Flavor- Malts come off very strong from the beginning of the drink. Citrus is the second attribute noted and has a light spicy hop character. Very easy going bitterness (light-medium) and has a semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth but Effervescent, and has a prickly finish with strong malts once again.

Overall Impression- Awesome flavor and power in this intense, Belgian style Tripel. Enjoyed it greatly and looking forward to the Coming Home 2010 now! If your able to find this guy, hold onto it for a while.

Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Beaver13
2.22/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle, bottled on 10/27/11 (I think). Pours a hazy dark gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts, musty earthy yeast and some banana.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some earthy yeast and banana. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a muddled tripel. Too sweet.

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2011 Coming Home Holiday Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.