Gran Met | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 threeviews
4.49/5  rDev +22%
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 -0.3%
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 +15.5%
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 +20.4%
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 -10.3%
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 +15.8%
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 -28.3%
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 +9.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +8.4%
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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Photo of classixIII
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy honey color with thin head that vanished quickly. Yeast is the predominant smell and taste, in a good way. Tiny carbonation, fairly smooth with the higher ABV evident at the end. Everything improves as it warms. This could be a go to brew for me. Voodoo is putting out some great beers.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2015-01-18 in Columbia, PA from a 22 oz bottle

A - Hazy gold with a 1/2-finger white head and little lace.

S - Sweet cherry pie, fresh plum, Belgian yeast/perfume. Very appealing.

T - Echoes the aromas but more tart. Allspice. Graham cracker. Finishes with some moderate balancing bitterness and acidity without losing all the candy sweetness. Alcohol is evident but restrained.

M - Medium body and light carbonation. Smooth.

O - An enjoyable, well-balanced triple that doesn't have as strong a yeast flavor as some triples.

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Photo of Pablo41
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I usually stay away from beers which are more of an IPA hopped up style. This beer delivers a very smooth sweet taste which I love. The beet sugar definitely comes through and helps to jack up the ABV to near 10% ABV. Let a couple of my NYC friends try and they are now addicted to this beer. Lucky for them it is now sold at Whole Foods. One of my favorite beers out there. Founder Matt Allyn delivers an amazing beer!

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Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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...

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Photo of Act25
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into Leffe Chalice.

American Tripel. Want to love, but ends a bit confused.

Appearance: Great hazy apricot color, fast fade head, moderate lace. Nice looking.

S: Belgian waft of apricot, pepper, coriander, spice, malt, and provocativeness. Nice. A bit of cidery stink too.

T: Grainy sweet, too yeasty, is first impression of sugary bread, then grain fields, hay. Giving way to cidery apple, stone fruit, pepper, spice, coriander. Lots of spice, and it finishes pretty nicely. But it's an uneven riot of flavors. Grows on you, and probably better with food (this is after dinner.) Alcohol shows, so meditation sipping is in order, make it last.

F: Peppery. Medium body. Astringent (Cidery). Leaves mouth in leafy place.

Overall yeasty and estery over done, and flavor collision mar what is otherwise a bold interpretation of a Tripel. This beer needs time, to warm, and grows better, warmer, more unified over time.

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Photo of apr3940
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great flavor for a Belgian Style beer. The Gran Met gives you the "punch in the mouth" type flavor. Nice cloudy golden / amber appearance, and a candy sweet taste. They use beet sugar, but it's not overpowering. Be very careful when you begin to savor, being a Belgian beer it stands around 10% and is very tasty (good beer that can begin to go down quickly).

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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


Pours a light hazy lemony honey gold, white head dissipates to a film quickly but retains there.

Smells of mild tart apple fruitiness and sweet clover honey.

Honey sweet with mild apple fruitiness and a slight orange fruity tinge. Sugary in a way.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a strangely sweet trippel; I'm used to this being a drier, grassier type of brew. It hides its strength very well. Overall, it's an interesting and different approach to a trippel, and I applaud that, but I prefer a more classical approach to this style personally and would probably stick to something else when in the mood for a trip. However, I do think this beer is worth a try for fans of the style who might be interested in a sweeter version of a trip and it's by no means a bad beer.

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Photo of Chaney
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up at a nice beer store in Monroeville, PA.

Served in a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Fairly light, orange-yellow color, with about a 1.5 finger head that clung to the glass like Spider-Man.

S: I got "Flinstone Vitamin" upfront, along with a good bit of Belgian funk, and quite a bit of candi sugar.

T: First of all, Tripels are my favorite Belgian style. That said, this has almost an unfresh flavor to it. Some staleness actually. Is that what the brewer intended and maybe it's not my cup of tea? I will say this though, I kinda dug the rye cracker quality at the end.

M: Sweet, and very date-like, with a thick sugariness that, if that was the brewer's goal, he/she succeeded. The lacing left on the glass was splotchy.

O: I'm on the fence with this one. I don't this this was poorly crafted at all. More like, I have vision in my mind of the perfect Tripel, and this one doesn't follow that mold. Still.... not bad.

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Photo of adamette
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured by me into a clean, clear glass from the growler that I had filled September 8th, 2012 at the brewpub. Cost I am not sure of but I am going to guess $11.99.

A A nice “psst” released from the cap when I unscrewed it (good sign I thought) and the look is much like I recall the beer from the labeled bottle that I enjoyed earlier this week which was purchased on that same date from the brew pub. A brief white head over a slightly hazy light caramel body. Good look. 4.0

S Belgian yeast and candi sugars eminate from the top of the beer but the smell is not a strong one. I recall that the real interest lies in the taste. 3.5

T Oh yes, that Belgian yeast and candi sugars conspire with a nice medium grain (possibly wheat) taste and the taste is very, very good. I have always appreciated the highly drinkable “comfortable” taste of Gran Met and the growler version does not dissappoint. 4.5

M This is one of my favorite features of the beer. There is a light effervessence of carbonation, that grainy (wheat?) feel and the great Belgian yeast that delivers a moderate, comfortable feel to the beer that I find very good indeed. I am brought back to the first time that I tasted Gran Met at the Frozen Falls Beer Fest in rural Ohio some years ago and I thought then that Gran Met was THE stand out beer. Tasting the beer tonight from the growler brings the same good experience. 4.5

D/O Drinkability could not be higher. Overall this is a great beer. If it were not for the excellent Cowbell Imperial Milk Stout and Big Black Voodoo Daddy this is the best Voodoo Brewery beer. That is really saying something! 5.0

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Photo of tone77
2.91/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into chalice glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange color with a tiny white head. The head faded almost immediately to give only the smallest amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell has a bready aroma as a base. With the bready aroma is a strong aroma of citrus and a light banana smell which is also mixed with aromas of yeast and an alcohol boozy smell.

Taste – A biscuit and wheat flavor meet the tongue. These flavors are on the drier side initially but sweeten more as the taste advances toward the middle. In the middle, orange. banana and yeast flavors gain strength, both melding well with the biscuit. At the end it dries out again a bit to the level it had in the beginning, with the alcohol detected in the nose showing up at the end leaving a light alcohol flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew, while slightly above the average beer of ~ 5 % abv, it is quite low for a Belgian Triple of this brews strength. While the body is lower than it should be the carbonation is on the average side and does help make up for the weak body (but not totally make up for it).

Overall – This really is not the best Belgian out there. It lacks a real flavor depth, it lacked any real head and its thin body was rather disappointing. Not a brew I would go back to.

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Photo of mactrail
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to leftmindedrighty for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a slightly hazy orange color and a finger of slight off white head.

Smell – Lots of floral notes and fruit esters, clove, Belgian yeast, breadiness, banana.

Taste – Quite similar to the nose. Seems like every other run of the mill Triple. Lots of banana and clove, floral at the back end, plenty of yeast.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A somewhat blah Triple, though coincidentally rather easy to drink. For such a high ABV, this goes down quite easily.

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