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Gran Met | Voodoo Brewing Company

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Gran MetGran Met

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 Knapp85
2.17/5  rDev -41%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I enjoy most of Voodoo's brews but I found this one to be a little strange. I struggled to finish my half of the bottle. My friend and I agreed that this brew a bit weird. It was sweet but it just had some odd flavors going on in it. I liked everything this beer had brought to the table everything from the label design to the aroma and color. I was just glad that I was able to finish it and move on to the next one we had in the fridge.

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Photo of kbuzz
2.52/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bottle with a super rad label into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark straw, golden yellow with a thin half finger white head that faded pretty quickly. A fair amount of bubbles shooting up through the beer.

S: Very potent saison smell. Some lemony citrus notes. Strong orange rind in there as well. Floral and spicy hop notes...a little bit of that belgian yeast quality in there...sort of a wet hay smell.

T: STRONG biting citrus taste...lemon, grapefruit, orange...almost reminds me of a glass of theraflu or a bad screwdriver. Not very pleasing at all. Just an overwhleming astringent citrus overload. I can't get past it at all. I actually might not finish this beer.

M: Highly carbonated and medium-thin to thin bodied. Was certainly meant to be a summer beer. Definitely a dry beer as well.

O: This is going to be the lowest rated beer I've reviewed to date. I can tell what they were going for and they missed. The yeast doesn't come thorugh enough...and that theraflu/cheap vodka screwdriver taste just overwhelms anything that might have been done well. Perhaps I got a bad bottle, but this is not good. I'm going to let it warm a bit and see if it improves, but more than likely, I will be dumping this. Two big thumbs down on this one from me - Voodoo has many, many better beers in their stable...avoid this one.

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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 charlesw
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting. I must say that I am really pleased that this doesn't taste like the pilzilla and big brown ale! I'm still not thrilled with it. No head. Little smell. The taste... Varies! When stone sober and on a clean tongue it's cidery and astringent. Later (after a few little glasses) it's citrus and astringent. In the end you're just wasted - I should have shared the bottle!

The astringency... Is a bit interesting. I just had a big name trip the other day and it was wicked astringent, too. Like... Well... Like not knowing how to brew has something to do with the style or something. Weird. Seriously weird.

So, yeah. Positive suggestions... Don't mash so long. Don't crush your grains so finely. Add a little wheat (or whatever) to give it a tiny head...

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a chalice. Pours an average clear copper color with little to no head at all, which is surprising, because it seems pretty carbonated. Needless to say, not much lacing to talk of at all.

Aroma is pretty hard to put my finger on...very, very faint. Can slightly make out a spice...ginger maybe? A little note of citrus too.

Flavor is nothing special either. It's got a kick of some spices, but I didn't really enjoy it. Grand Met has a carbonated/seltzery feel/taste to it. Light bodied, therefore easy to drink.

Not my favorite Voodoo brew.

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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 treyrab
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split this one on while brewing with jac5084 and the girlfriend. Poured into 3 chalices...

A: This is really the peak of the beer, and then it snowballs downhill from here. Anyway, this one pours a nice, hazy yellow like a good Belgian Pale Ale. This one does not have much head nor does it lace, but that was not expected. The carbonated rushes up the glass and is very eventful.

S: Whoa, smells like a strong macro mixed with banana and alcohol. It's smells almost as if way too much cane sugar was added to this and the alcohol was forced. Not much Belgian malts it seems. Quite a turnoff.

T: The taste is similar to the smell, very strong, almost malt liquor tasting with banana and alcohol.

Overall, this one was hard to force down. The alcohol astringency and the cloying of the off banana flavors really took away from the beer. Overall, Voodoo is a great brewery, and this is the first offering that I did not enjoy.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a hazy dark amber color with a dense slightly off white head leaving a nice lacing.

S-the nose is strong with lots of burnt brown sugar up front and candied fruit behind, notes of yeast and acetone seem to blend together with dark fruits of plum and black cherries in the back.

T-the taste is much of the same, burnt sugars, candied fruit, acetone and yeast, some dark candied fruits in the back. lots of sweetness with notes of heat and alcohol in the finish.

M-creamy, syrupy feel, full bodied and chewy with a moderate carbonation.

D-extremely sweet and very sugary, a little burnt sugar and not much else. also shows the heat a little, might do well with a little age but i wouldn't expect much from this.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grand Master not exactly flavors collide at this stage in the game I hope some bottle conditioning is in the works at the brewery before the next batch is released. Very much like a Victory Golden Monkey that always gets so much better with age, alright fresh but it will shine with time. Right now flavors are brash young raw and unrefined. Appearance fine white bubbly head semi hazed golden bright honey amber body lacing is even with fine bubbles sticking to the glass. Aroma has some fusel alcohol upfront blended with sweet sugar components mentioned on the bottle as a mix of Belgian candy and beet sugar some of grainy aspects with some green apple and tropical fruit esters. Flavor brings semi metallic with alcohol infused grainy flavors, and cloying sweet sugar not unnatural just not well blended yet sweetness to the forefront of each sip. Alchol brashness blends with esters like tart apple and tropical fruit notes, age this please because now it starts to cause some unpleasant warming and forty ounce high graviy conotations with it. Mouthfeel body is medium with syrup like textures carbonation flows heavy for a tripel, traditionally these are velvety I remember Dead Tony's Tripel at Four Sons Brewing being much more quaffable than this one. Drinkability was straight to the head not too drinkable a great belgian style triple will get you there without letting you know it along the way. This beer isn't able to pull it off, throw it in the cellar and re-evaluate.

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Photo of BWH3
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gran Met Tripel Voodoo Brewing Co

22 oz bottle in Pint Glass at 50 degrees F

My third tasting from this brewery. A bare bones recipe of 2-row Belgian pale malt, beet sugar, light candi, Hallertau hops, and house tripel yeast.

Appearance: Golden, yellow or wheat color. Amazing clarity. Highly carbonated. Pours a fair sized bleach white head which laces well. This head is too petite and drops too quickly for this style of beer, but this is not surprising given the use of only Belgian 2-row in the grain bill. (3.0)

Smell: Light flowery aroma with notes of honey and passion fruit esters. The hallertau brings some sharp hay/grass qualities. Somewhat strong alcohol scent. Maybe a bit of fresh bread aroma from the malt. No citrus or orange aromas. No banana esters or peppery, clove spiciness. This bouquet is not complex or bold enough for this style. Nothing bad just too many omissions. (3.0)

Taste: The sip begins with a delicate honey-like sweetness that is not overpowering. The peppery, warm alcohol flavor follows capped by a crisp, dry hay hops flavor balanced by malt body and sweetness. Aftertaste is bready sweetness on the lips and alcohol spice in the throat. Again, nothing bad but too many omissions from the tradition No citrus flavors. The alcohol spiciness is too big and sharp. The hops are subtle but perhaps too weak in flavor. (3.0)

Mouthfeel: Too watery for Tripel. The body is light medium. Gas is good for style and I like that is not sticky like many American examples in this class can be. (3.5)

Drinkability: Quaffable at 9.5% ABV. Not heavy or overly sweat. In fact, not too filling despite above average gas content. (4.0)

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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 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 BigMike
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very hazy light orange in color. A nice off white head that's fluffy and thick with tight bubbles. Nice lacing.

S: Very fruity nose. Floral and candy also. A bit of coriander in the background.

T: Lots of sweetness initially. Some fruity esters and Belgian yeast.

M: medium bodied. Fairly smooth with good carbonation.

Overall: A pretty average beer. Not bad but I wouldn't seek it out.

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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 dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, i believe from no bs 17.3

poured into a bells tulip, 6pm on a long saturday

appearance: bubbly pale golden body, foamy beige caps that retain well...this is def a living being

smell: not much to the nose, clean and yeasty with some light fruity esters

taste: a drinkable but not brilliant belgian attempt, overly sweet citrus, stale yeast, white pepper and booze

mouthfeel: sweet and faux-syrupy

drinkability: ok

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a bright orange with an ivory 2 finger spongey head that was well lasting while leaving a spongy ring lacing around the glass vessel. There was a slight turbidity of small micro speckled yeasty matter but not enough to disrupt clarity of objects or light from the opposing side. The visible carbonation was medium-strong with a steady showering display of fast moving micro bubbles.

S: The initial aroma was yeasty with dry bread, and dry banana chips. Slightly dried orange skins with a soft dry flowery scent are also noted here.

T: There is a bit of dried spiciness (cloves) and a warm honey glazed sweetness. The fruitiness comes off rather dull and mundane with moments of warm pineapple slices. The finish finds a warming of alcohol and warm oranges with a moderate fade of flowery hops. There is a distinct sharp bite after the swallow that livens things up a bit but overall found the flavor to be rather mundane itself. The beer ends dry with light tart finish that was rather quick off the tongue and forgettable.

M: very sharp with a crisp bite. A light creamy texture with some carbonation edginess adds some feel to a medium consistency that ends with a sharp bite of carbonation felt in the pit of the stomach after the swallow.

D: Good drinkability per style, though a bit boozy then usual with only moderately good enjoyment. A dry booziness and dry sweetness along with a sharp acidic bite makes for an honest sipper. Drinks much bigger then its advertised 9.5% bottle labeled abv which is strangely labeled as 10.5% on BA? A bigger interpretation of a biere de garde that ultimately lacks a bigger flavor and wouldn't be in rush to buy again. Overall does the job with minimum results.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gran met has a slighty hazy dark tan/gold look to it. Unfortunatly, there was no head/cap on the top just some a faint skim of foam, leaving no lacing. Smells consist of a strong malt addition with bready scents. The cane and beet sugars used somehow overpower the other smells though. Also getting fruits and spices and a whiff of alcohol. Taste is ok for a belgian pale but is kind of all over the place. Im liking the wheat/belgian yeast strain used but the overlying sweetness from the sugars kind of klll this one for me. This has a medium body with ample carbonation but I was not intrigued to get another glass of it, the recipe could use some tinkering.

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Photo of wingman14
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one pours yellow with a froth white head and left some lacing. The smell is mostly alcohol with some sweet and fruit notes. The taste was extremely strong, not trying to hide any of the high ABV, but still has some strong sweet and fruit notes. I was not a fan of the lack of balance, but it didn't take much away from the beer. The mouthfeel is smooth, and yet again strong, somewhat medium light with nice carbonation. This is a very powerful beer that will knock you off your bar stool. I would not drink more than a couple due to the high ABV. Worth checking out if you get a chance.

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Photo of meatyard
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is an almost clear, golden orange with a short whitish head that drops quickly to a light cover.
The smell is of a tangy citrus with bread qualities and a bit of alcohol.
The taste is astringent with an alcohol presence that lingers. Not too keen on this part of this beer.
Mouthfeel is thin and dry.
Drinkability for me is OK but not high considering the ABV.

I was hoping for a bit more of the usual qualities in a BSPA that this takes elsewhere. Maybe with age it will learn some balance, at least tone down the alcohol.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer pours a hazy golden caramel colored body with a thick creamy eggshell colored head that last and last. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- This beer has a clean yeasty aroma with note of fresh rain and a cidery finish. As the beer warms the cidery notes increase a bit.

T- The soft flavor of doughy yeast is sweet with a hard candy flavor to follow. As the beer warms this candy flavor turns more and more into apple. There is a soft white raisin note and a stronger carbonic acid dryness that least to a soft green hop prick at the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel due much to the full head and a dry finish but no real alcohol heat.

D- This beer has some strong apple juice/cider qualities that dominate and not much character from the yeast. It was a bit dull to make it through a full bottle.

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Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a semi-transparent, light gold with a small white head that slowly fades out. Scattered spots and streaks are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, vanilla, doughy bread, poached pears, with some earthy, zesty spice and a touch of booze.
Taste echoes the aromas with a slightly sweet, banana and pear flavor coming through with a tropical fruit hanging on in the background.
Mouthfeel is is semi sweet, dry, and boozy with some doughy yeast kicking around.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to mikereaser for sending this in our trade from a little while ago.

A: Pours a hazy golden hue. Big, soapy, light orange head that reaches three-fingers in thickness reatures excellent retention and lots of sticky, ropey lace.

S: Fruity, spicy yeast with hints of caramel and spice.

T: Sweet, fruity yeast, soft rounded fruit, dusty/toasty malt, and a shake or two of white pepper.

M: Sweet and fruity. Dry spicy alcohol that becomes almost intrusive near the end of the glass. Too hot!

D: Not bad, but but kind of one-dimentional. We liked Voodoo Love Child better.

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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 berserker256
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This 22 ounce bottle was was in a shopping cart full of discounted beers at my local rip-off joint. It was half off so I paid $4.50 for it. I don't know why it was discounted but I bought it anyway. I like this style of beer so I figured "why not?" It poured out hazy and opaque with a slight orange straw color. A decent head formed but fizzled out rather rapidly. An abundance of unfiltered floaters hover about. The smell has some sort of bitter astringent sweet charcter that I can't really put my finger on. It's a scent that I don't hate but I'm not particularly fond of it either. Smells like cleaning chemicals, orange peels, and corriander... I guess. Perhaps it's old beer and that's why it's in the bargain bin. I thought this was a "keeping" beer, though. I do think the taste is superior to the scent, however. Sweet, bready, yeasty, grassy, earthy, and spiced. Bittersweet and alcohol-warmed afterglow. Good body and not syrupy with the right level of carbonation. Good drinkablity but watch out with the ABV.

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Gran Met from Voodoo Brewing Company
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