Gran Met
Voodoo Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #441
ABV:
9.2%
Score:
84
Ranked #33,633
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 12.37%
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
282
From:
Voodoo Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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84
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Notes: 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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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 282
Photo of janubio
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a trappist glass.
Golden colour, small head with short retention, small lacing.
Aroma of cloves, fruits, cake, sugar, coriander, yoghourt.
Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. Sweet spicy finish.
Taste of fruits, peaches, cloves, coriander, yoghourt, malts.
Good.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy, gold in color with minimal head. Taste is honey, orange, cream and Belgian spice. Medium heavy bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Nice and sweet. Good for the style. Wpuld drink this again.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- a spicy vegetal note mixes with aromas of clove, peppery yeast, apples, pear & phenolic notes

T- peppery yeast up front adds notes of clove, banana, ripe pear and green apple. Mid-palate gives some musty notes, as well as more pepper. The finish gives some phenolic notes and lingers of clove

M- medium body with medium biting carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a slightly warming finish

O- a solid effort for the style, only downside is the weird vegetal note at times

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Photo of Shade1951
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice Belgian. The most impressive thing about it is the smell - a bit sweet with hints of spices. If that is appealing to a person, then the flavor won't disappoint, as it closely resembles the smell. Carbonation is appropriate, and I would judge the body as medium.

I'm glad I tried this. one.

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Photo of teromous
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't see a bottle date listed.

Appearance: The body is a light amber orange which has an opalescence that prevents it from being seen through. The head is very short and fades quickly to a thin ring of white. It's a far cry from the usual large and rocky white head that accompanies most other Tripels.

Aroma: There is a pleasant clove and sweet smelling caramel aroma.

Taste: There is a nice oxidized caramel flavor to the beer which has a bit of a cardboard presence mixed with a sweet but light caramel flavor. There is a faint clove flavor.

Mouthfeel: The winner in this beer is the mouthfeel. It has a nice bubbly texture with a light and effervescent body that finishes clean and refreshing. It finishes off-dry. It is pleasant to drink.

Overall: It lacks a bit in aroma and it feels quite a bit aged. I don't know how old this beer is because there is no date code. Still, the beer is enjoyable. There are a lot of Tripels I would recommend before this one but it is good enough that I would drink it again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a yellow liquid with 2/3" white head. Phenolic yeast, alcohol heat comes through in the first few whifs on the nose and some boozy apple later on.

Taste leans first with alcohol and a dry toasted malt feel. Hopping is very light, yeast phenols are high. Alcohol remains constant and pressuring through the entire experience. Gets even more challenging as it warms, bringing out even more alcohol. Any beet sugar doesn't seem to be around in the finished product, maybe it just cooked out into the pronounced dryness of the beer. There's a little bit of bubblegum note. Alcohol bubble gum with a splice of apple like gulden drak.

I'll never be a tripel fan, and this foray was no different. I just get tons of alcohol heat and yeast plasticness. Take this review for what it is worth from someone who almost never likes tripels.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, melon, red apple, peppercorn, light banana/bubblegum/clove, candi sugar, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, peach, pear, melon, red apple, peppercorn, light banana/bubblegum/clove, candi sugar, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/grassy bitterness and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, peach, pear, melon, red apple, peppercorn, light banana/bubblegum/clove, candi sugar, cracker, white bread, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 9.2%. Overall this is an excellent tripel! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink for the ABV. Great well rounded Belgian yeast complexity and clean Pils malt backbone, with balancing noble hops. Well attenuated, not sweet/heavy at all for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good American take on a Tripel. Pours a mostly clear golden color with some reddish/orange highlights. Small fizzy white head that fades fast. No lacing on the sides of the Chimay goblet. Aroma and taste include some slightly sweet apple and Belgian yeast. Not much in the way of pepper or other spices. The yeast is not as prominent as in some of the better Belgians. Taste is pretty good, but again not up to comparison with the better Tripels. Mouthfeel is rich and mostly smooth. Some alcohol warming but no "bite", as is expected in any good Tripel. Very pleasant, but hardly world class.

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Photo of Eddieeight
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright gold with a tinge of haze
Smells like clove apple and banana
Taste is sour which overpowers any delicate notes. A little fruity. Very dry finish.
Mouthfeel light and bubbly.
Overall I think victory golden monkey is better in this style.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from my PA buddy.
This was poured into a chalice and held a nice half finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off very nicely. Not much lace but what follows in the aroma is very nice.
The aroma had a superb blend of sweet "iced" red delicious apples frosting the edges with a little bit of Belgian malts and a clean Belgian spice. Some hay and grassy sweetness came out with a light citrus and a little bit of bubblegum.
The flavor presented a fairly nice blend of sweet to spice with the sweetness coming out just a tickle more than expected. Red delicious apple to bubblegum and semi-grassy sort of aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a clean sipping quality about it. ABV felt right on with no excessive booziness sometimes found in tripels brewed by American brewers. Voodoo did a great job of containing that "heat" - kudos to them.
Overall, now this is an exceptionally well done American brewed Tripel well worthy of coming back to.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent little tripel pours a nice clear
golden with a nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, subtle
wispy pool, and very light lacing. Nose of banana esters and subtle bubblegum
with sweet candy malts. Flavors follow the nose with slight exception with
mild candy malts and banana notes tossed into a light green apple flavor
that mingles with a light herbal note from hops. Nice mouth feel, closer to a
Belgian golden than a tripel with medium carbonation, medium body, and a
lightly clean finish.

Overall I would say this is a standard take on a Belgian but closer to a blonde
or golden with a touch more esters in it from the yeast. That said it is still a
nice brew from a new brewery to this area that I am glad to have tried.

Cheers

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Photo of BB1313
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a mild haze but still has some clarity to it with some bubbles racing upwards; small white head that fades leaving nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are subtle, but nice. Mild yeast and malt notes. Hints of apple, pear, banana and bubblegum. The flavors are clean. Some earthy notes. Fresh grass is in the mix. Some black pepper. The beet sugar is noticeable, but this one doesn't come off as sweet at all. Mild warmth, but the alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Finishes dry for the most part. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid "American Tripel". It's very similar to their Voodoo Love Child, minus the fruit, but I personally like this one a bit more. It's clean, crisp and refreshing. Enjoyable stuff.

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

Voodoo Brewing sample number two for me is a winner. It is a decent representation of the style and a pleasure to drink.

It pours yellow with just a bit of fizz. The aroma is yeasty plus a bit of finishing hops. Nice.

The taste is that of a well behaved big Belgian. It might mellow out with aging, but it is OK as is.

Ultimately this is an easy drinking huge Belgian, if such a thing could be. A pretty good value at $2.25. Recommended.

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Photo of atniup
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lots of initial taste. I taste apple and pear more than banana. The slightest bit of bittnerness, but just about right. Feels good. You really can't go wrong.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear sparkling pale gold with a moderate fuzzy white head.

Smell is apple, pear, banana, and spiced wheat.

Gran Met is a little heavy and strong in taste, but not bad, with sweet spiced apple bread, but fairly strong on the phenols.

Crisp with a frothy fluff.

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Photo of threeviews
4.49/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (no freshness date) into a non-nucleated Charente glass.

A - Leaving a majority of the yeast/sediment out from the initial pour, Gran Met still pours a hazy, golden orange with nothing more than a pinky's worth of a white head. Clearly not bottle conditioned, the lack of head is not expected from the style. However, the color and turbidity is quite perfect for the style. (3.5)

S - Although not certain, my guess is that Voodoo is using the same yeast strain as Brouwerij De Dolle. Citrus (orange and grapefruit), honey, macerated fleshy fruit (apricot, pear, peach) and hints of rum raisin are all present. (4.5)

T - Everything in the nose translates to the palate. This is a massively fruity tripel and for something brewed in the USA is quite acute for the Belgian Tripel style. Gran Met is much more estery than phenolic...very refreshing and complex for a beer of its strength. (4.5)

M - Medium-plus mouthfeel with moderate carbonation gives Gran Met a powerful presence. The sweetness coats the palate, but the bitterness is no slouch and swoops in to create a convincing, yet pleasant drying finish. (4.5)

O - Being that Gran Met reminds me of Dulle Teve from Brouwerij De Dolle (with the latter receiving many accolades) is nothing short of a wonderful interpretation of the style. My only criticism is the lack of head. However, I understand that Voodoo Brewery might not be equipped to produce a true bottle conditioned/refermented beer and can therefore forgive that element and offer my endorsement for Gran Met. At ~$11 a 4-Pack, this is a great value and just hope I can source some more! (4.75)

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Translucent amber liquid, active carbonation , one finger frothy white foam cap , good lacings

Aroma of sweetness, Belgian yeast, whiff of spice

Tastes sweet, yeast notes, spice, little banana, little clove

Taste the alcohol, lingers in the roof of my mouth beer

Nice beer

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Photo of LAp
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Noses a distinct belgian yeast and fruit ester from the bottle. Pours a slightly murky straw-honey with an almost-half-finger white head forming and receding relatively rapidly. Nose from the tulip is somewhat more floral and hoppy than from the bottle, but the most prominent notes are still bread, yeast, belgian spice, and fruit esters alongside peppercorn. Opens with an exceptional banana bread note accented by the same esters from the nose. Strong belgian spices and yeast here too. The body is medium/medium-thick which suits the beer perfectly. Overall, an exceptional belgian.

Another belgian from Voodoo (this version was a 9.2% version of Gran Met) feels woefully underrated, perhaps due to the changing nature of the brew over the course of its life.

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Photo of burnstar
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright gold with a small head that leaves some lacing on the surface. Mild estery smell- some bananas and cloves. And the taste is similarly mild for the style. It's pretty much what you'd expect from the flavor a strong Belgian-style pale but mellower and extremely drinkable. If drinkability was still a rating category on BA it would be a 5, especially for the style and given the ABV. And I think that still counts for something- so I'm bumping it's taste rating from what it would be otherwise. Very nice well carbonated medium bodied mouthfeel also contributes to its great drinkability. Overall, one of the best non-Belgian Belgians, especially for a brewer that doesn't specialize in the style.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

$ 30/12 pack ($ 0.208/oz) at Franklin Beer Co, Franklin, PA
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter; the 12 pack is hand labeled BB 5/6/16
Aroma – very weak, slight hops
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer – very poor for a tripel
Lacing fair – partial rings and small islands of tiny bubbles
Body light gold, slight haze (unfiltered)
Flavor – weak hops bitterness, well balanced by the light malt; no yeast phenolics or esters detected; no alcohol, no dicetyl
Palate – medium, syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

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Photo of David_Porter
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

L- dark gold color, 1 finger of head, moderate lacing
S- Banana, Vanilla, Clove and other spices with hint of alcohol esters
T- Sweet and subtle, no one flavor dominates the others
F- nothing too sharp, balanced
O- Pretty good standard Tripel... would get it again

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Photo of ajm5108
2.64/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours an apple-juice color with very little head or carbonation. Some spices / cloves & banana aroma like many classic Belgian style brews, but also a noticable alcohol esters smell as well. Very astringent alcohol taste as well, overpowering the banana / raisin / clovevyou get from the Belgian yeast. The foundation for a solid beer is there but the boozeyness doesnt mix well with the other flavors. Thin and leaves little on the palette to savor.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Deep bronze and brassy orange body color, quite clear, with supper fine middle column of carbonation rising in the distance. Head is fluffy white, manages simple two fingers and slowly settles in layers, and always being repopulated.

Good solid basic tripel nose. Soft malted sweetness and sucrose. A touch of fruity ester but also some sticky pasty like aromas. Small chewy candy and taffy like quality but also small, and not too large on sugars. Pretty solid.

Palate brings mild surprises, but also just the basics. Good simple sweetness of sucrose, but also slightly bitter as well. Finishes kind of dry, but manages some powder and flaky like honey crisp notes as well. Slightly herbal, and brings out some nice green herb like sweetness. After taste goes to a nice mellow red apple quality, slightly tannic skin like as well, but not off putting or compromised. Mild heat, not too boozy either, and has a little bit of wet but nothing weak, and very supportive feel to the palate.

Pretty solid tripel and a nice one that just sticks to a good solid basic quality.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, color is copper, opaque, head is bright white and presents about 1/4 inch thick, nice effervescence on the pour with high bubbling action.

Smell changes as it warms, heading toward sweeter flavors with subtle sweetness and sharp yeast spice and noticeable ester and alcohol presence.

Taste is similar to the aroma, noticeable sweetness, lighter flavors or sharpness than many tripels, somewhat smooth in presentation; esters and alcohol are noticeable but pleasant in flavor.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant for a tripel, very smooth and balanced, not to sweet or drying, flavors persist throughout the mouth equally.

Overall, a very nice tripel, a little sweeter than some in the aroma and flavor but smooth in the mouthfeel and finish.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.75 A: Murky orange brown color. One finger of white creamy head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Really clean, which I love in Belgian beers. Sugary maltiness. Peppery yeastiness. Pie crust. A host of fruits including pineapple, peach, and even some plum/prune.

4.0 T: Taste is really good too. Again quite sugary with a bit of cracker/pie crust as well. Pepper and a hint of banana. Fruits as mentioned above. Booze is extremely well hidden, offering just a hint of warming on finish.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation with a pleasant spritziness to it. Supremely smooth.

4.0 D: Very nice beer. Definitely recommended.

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Gran Met from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 282 ratings