Gran Met | Voodoo Brewery

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Gran MetGran Met

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
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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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of Pablo41
5/5  rDev +35.5%
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 iguana1010
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of TheAceOfSpaids
4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mike_ee
4.63/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great beer, very smooth and overall high abv! Great beer ! Passion fruit deff a taste in it

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Photo of AndreRus
4.59/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it over at their bub in Homestead, PA. Poured in tulip glass. Incredible aroma and great taste! Definitely getting more next time I'm there.

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Photo of dtx00
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of ttengea
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of threeviews
4.49/5  rDev +21.7%
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 burnstar
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
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 ChrisDolan74
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tast was spot on. Took me a while on the body but learned to appreciate the lighter body.

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Photo of adamette
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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 apr3940
4.31/5  rDev +16.8%
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 BigRizz62
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of atniup
4.28/5  rDev +16%
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 NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Impressive! The best beer I've had from Voodoo.

It poured a golden body beneath a bright white head (that unfortunately exhibited poor retention and very limited lacing. Of course I was drinking out of a bar glass that might not have been very clean, so I don't really know if it was the beer itself or not).

The aroma exhibited sweetish, bready and almost candyish malt with a hint of vanilla; a spritz of alcohol; yeast character (fruit: apple, pear, maybe white grape; some spice; actual yeast notes) and a background hoppiness. Very straight-forward.

The flavor carried on in the same way. Very straight-forward. Very focused. The alcohol was noticeable in the flavor, but not too much so, especially for a beer of 9.5%, and it certainly didn't inhibit the candyish, doughy malt, and (dull) hoppy flavors.

Overall, it was surprisingly drinkable. It's not really complex, but there's enough there to keep you interested; and in a way that's good because you're not distracted looking for more, or dealing with more (some beers are overdone, especially the stronger ones, but this is not). It's clear from the start what's there in the flavor and aroma, and it's good, and that's all you need! Nicely done.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a MJ tasting glass.

Pours a hazy golden color with a big billowy off white head. Good mix of large and small bubbles in the head and lots of evidence of good carbonation. Lots of lace on the glass. A little light in color for most traditional biere de garde I've had.

Aromas of sweet malt and hard candy. And a nice yeasty belgian character, but not too spicy. No hop aromas evident.

First sip is like an over sweet triple, a little alcohol heat, but lots of candy sweetness. No carbonic bite, indicating a spot on carbonation level.

Mouthfeel has a slight prickle from carbonation, but not overdone. Medium bodied, and a little sticky sweet. A little creaminess to the mouthfeel lets it fully coat your mouth as you sip.

Very dangerous drinkability for a 9.5% beer. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of grub
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

biegaman shared this one. thanks jan!

22oz bottle. sampled july 19/08.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a small white head. the head drops fairly quick to a ring around the glass and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. bubblegum. very light spice, smelling more like a non-specific yeasty character than any particular spice addition. caramel. cotton candy. light cracker and white bread. hint of grain. bit of alcohol, but doesn't seem like 10.5%. fruity too - passion fruit, apricot, bit of melon.

taste is great. white bread. bit of cracker. hint of biscuit. light alcohol, more in the warming mouthfeel than in the taste. similar fruit and spicy character to the aroma that i'm enjoying. bubblegum. less cotton candy than in the aroma, but still there. alcohol warming further on the way down. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation, which i'd usually expect to see a little higher but don't mind at this level. medium-light body. finish isn't quite as dry as i'd expect, but it's certainly not sweet or cloying.

drinkability is pretty good. the alcohol is well masked at first, but starts to show itself more as the beer warms. love the big bubblegum and fruity character and restrained spicing. great stuff.

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Photo of David_Porter
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Dawkins
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ramrod666
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of zekeman17
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of LAp
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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 blange3
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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