Gran Met | Voodoo Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
voodoobrewery.com

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.

Added by WVbeergeek on 07-05-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
255
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
12.74%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
41
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 255 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of sposter4
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schoolboy
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
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 +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 Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
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 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 joshautry
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of White_Whiskey
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wingnut93
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Yancey82
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 alcohline_trip
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WunderLlama
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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 heerboth
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MrJuengling
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbeer40
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MSCUSN
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of madelf66
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 LisaEisMe
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of PhillyNole
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Gran Met from Voodoo Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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