Gran Met | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Gran MetGran Met

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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 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 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 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 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 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 NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +16%
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 +16%
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 +16%
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 +15.8%
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 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 jeffmart22
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours kinda dark hazy yellow maybe straw like color with very little head. Good carbonation, the head emerges to more than a finger when you disturb the beer. It leaves just slight lacing.

A - The first thing I think is crisp granny smith apples.
I get a slight burn maybe either the alcohol or a spice aroma from the yeast. Slight tart or sour smell. Very little malt aroma.

T - Wow, This is better than it's getting credit for.
It starts with a nice fruity sweetness than there is a great peppery spice thing going on almost like black pepper, which I love! There is a little earthiness to it. Really nice stuff! And let me just say, the alcohol is completely hidden by all the great sweet and spice mix, be careful with this big boy!

M - It's a thin beer, but that does not mean its lacking on mouthfeel. It's mouth tingling.

O - Im going to get more! One of the more interesting Belgians I've had for a while.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a bit sugary and dry fruitiness. In the taste, dry sugary flavor and a nice white grape flavor. A dry bite and a medium to big mouth feel with a dry fruity aftertaste. A nice fruity presence, yet a bit dry. A very nice beer.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into a snifter, the pour is pale yellow with a fizzy little white head, some lacing. The aroma is full of sweet fruit, peaches and pears. It taste like it smells, sweet and fruity with some spices in there. It has a lingering sweet finish with alcohol notes. The beer is an easy drinker that hides its abv well. Not sure if biere de garde is the right style, but it is a tasty brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last Voodoo beer I could get my hands on. Props to PA breweries!

A - Golden yellow with impressive white fluffy head. My second pour produced a bouquet of head that hugged the top of my glass like a dome. Great lacing also hugging the glass. Very impressive.

S - Mostly Belgium sugars and alcohol really. Not too complex but shows what the beer will overall offer. Not sure how beets would smell but they are in there.

T - Pretty much tastes like Magic hats wacko with double alcohol. The sweetness really helps make the beer enjoyable but the constant taste of the alcohol is kind of off putting.

M - Pretty heavy and gets repetitive after the first glass.

D - Overall I enjoyed getting to try the beer but really would prefer the Voodoo Love child since it's a more mellowed version of this with great fruit flavor. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A quite delicious Belgian strong from Voodoo. Pours a very clear yellow with a nice head that leaves nice lacing. Smell is of spicy Belgian yeast and fruit. Tastes nicely spicy as well with a little bit of alcohol and a bit of a grapey sweetness. Nice mouthfeel as well. I thought the alcohol was well hidden. It did not taste like a 10.5% ABV, though we sure felt the effects very quickly as we shared this before going out to a nice dinner.

I was looking forward to giving Voodoo's beer another try after an unpleasant battle with their carbonation bomb, 4 Seasons IPA. This was quite nice and I hope my second try at the 4 Seasons will also be good. Thanks, Jordan, for the samples.


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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at hulmeville inn.

A- very faint head that dissipate instantly. Hazy sunset yellow orange in color.

S- musty and dusty with some wet hay and green vegetation. Green pepper corns as well.

T- herbal and spicy with wet hops and pepper corns. Musty barn yard, pale malts, mild honey sweetness.

M- slightly higher then medium mouth feel with about the same in carb. Nicely dry.

D- no way this stuff is this high in abv. Very well done matt. Super flavorful and very easy to enjoy.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz brown bottle not dated

Voodoo Brewing Gran Met Ale [Grand Master] poured a hazy orange gold color with a bubbly ½" thin white head that took-off-running quickly leaving behind a thin bubbly ring in my tulip glass. The nose is dominated by sweetness; light candy sugar, sugary dough, yeast and fruit. The taste is very similar to the aroma. The flavors of apple, cherry, and plum with a nice hint of alcohol are present. The Ale is medium bodied with a medium-high slightly fizzy carbonation.

Gran Met is very drinkable ale that hides its 9.5 ABV very well. Goes well paired with brownies. Voodoo Brewing continues to impress.

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Photo of Viggo
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to biegaman for sharing this one at a recent brewday. The label is pretty kickass.

Pours a clear straw yellow with some golden highlights, thin white head forms, drops to a thin layer and ring, some lace spots on the glass stick around. Smell is neat, very sweet and sugary, honey, some floral, pears, light fruits, alcohol, spice, pretty raw but I like it. Taste is similar, honey, lots of sugar, wheat and yeast, spicy alcohol, apricots, pears, some floral, spicy finish, nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, some warmth going down. Pretty solid tripel, thanks Jan!

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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 BeerCon5
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves a small amount throughout the beer.

The scent was of sweet fruits, grape and pear were most noticeable, also a hint of alcohol.

The taste is also of sweet fruits, there is also a grassy presence, some spice, and noticeable alcohol.

Fairly light body, smooth and crisp feel, moderate to high carbonation.

This was a pretty good beer, very complex and flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a bomber poured into a snifter at cellar temp. This was a gift at Christmas from my brother.
Pours a slightly hazy straw color, fairly light coloring. Wasnt expecting it to be hazy at all, but its not a terrible thing.
I get bleached white fizzy head of under 1 cm it is tightly packed but fades very quickly to nothing, not even an edge layer.
Aroma is some grainy malt and a little musty yeast mixing with a bit of general sugary sweetness. I also get a little bit of spicy hops.
Overall the nose is nice, pretty mild, but nice.
First sip reveals a light crisp body and fine fizzy carbonation. NO syrupy texture like many Belgians at this ABV have. Physically very easy to drink this beer.
Flavor is nice and sweet with some complexity. I get sweet caramel and some fruitiness with white grapes and pears mixing together. I also get a bit of spicy hops and some doughy, scone-like yeast hits. The ABV is very well hidden with only a little warmth after the swallow, but no accompanying black pepper or heat throughout.
This brew is well crafted and easy to drink. Not super complex, but what it presents is enjoyable and tasty. ABV is well hidden and will definitely help me sleep tonite.

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Photo of sliverX
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Mister goodbar/ Cole's 1st Cask ale Festival, 16oz pint for $5, They had it listed as a Tripel
Poured a pale slightly cloudy golden straw, with a filmy white head that left decent lacing
Smells grainy and bread-like
tastes as best I could put it was JuicyFruit gum, with as my friend noted a sweet dill note, and a bit of a metallic acidity to it as well
Medium bodied very nice to drink even with the sweetness

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into my CBS snifter, this beer is a cloudy peach/gold with subtle hints of red. It’s actually a bit darker than I was expecting. There is very little head to this beer. But whatever bubbles do actually form, quickly fade to a thin white ring along the top of the beer. No lacing as it drinks.

S: I’m picking up notes of candied sugar, citrus, clove, banana, and bubble gum. It’s definitely got the Belgian yeastyness going on, but it’s not overwhelming. This beer smells great.

T: The initial hit is a little weak. There is a bit of citrus right off the bat, but it seems thin. Once the beer has some time to settle onto the palate all of the flavors in the nose shine through. The clove notes start things off, followed by the banana and bubblegum. The finish sees the return of some subtle clove and a candied sweetness.

M: Light bodied beer. The flavors and textures are balanced really well in this brew. Likewise, the carbonation is spot on.

O: I wasn’t overly impressed with look of this beer, and the taste leaves a little something to be desired right up front. But that being said, this is a pretty darn good beer. The drinkability is super high. I downed almost half the bottle in 5 minutes and I had no idea this beer was pushing 9.5% ABV. The booze is completely undetectable (at least until it warms a bit). There is no doubt that I’d return to this beer again in the future.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta show some love for the Grandmaster Flash. Gran met is a great beer. Poured from the bomber sized bottle into my mug at the Blue Canoe Brewery. This beer pours with very small head. It tastes like a good tripel. The flavor is pretty dry, some slight sweetness. No real hops mostly yeast. Some slight fruitness in the finish.

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Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Dan. My bottle poured into a tulip glass produced a finger worth of white head that trailed of to a thin lace. The body of the brew was a cloudy yellowish orange in color.

This is the second of their Belgians I tried this weekend so I kind of like the aroma of the strain of Belgian yeast they are using. Nice and fruity (oranges and other citrus) the brew also has some wonderful spices as well. The flavor is very much like the nose fruity and sweet but with some bitter in it as well. The feel in my mouth is medium with good carbonation for my tongue as well.

A good Belgian from America I have been impressed with both of their offerings. It was very drinkable and the bomber when down with no problem at all.

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