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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 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 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 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 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 philbe311
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Half a finger's worth of rich creamy tightly packed egg shell colored head... Modest at best retention gives way to a full veil of lace with a dollop of froth in the center of the glass and a slight collar... The color is a golden honey... A mix of carbonation with some large bubbles clinging to the glass and some small bubbled quickly paced bubbles rising in the center of the glass...

S - Sweet fruity esters dominate... Mangoes... Grapes... Sweet apples... Pear... Golden raisins... Pears in syrup... A touch of cantaloupe... A bit of orange zest... Candied sugars... A bit of Belgian yeastiness...

T - There is very little connection between the nose and what translates on the palette... The fruity sweetness alluded to be the nose is present, but buried beneath a bunch of other flavors... A bit of tobacco... Fresh cut grass notes... A slight spice kick - possible sage or thyme... Interesting with a good bit of complexity...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Bristling muted carbonation... A bit sticky... Starts a bit lush and finishes a bit dry and a bit chalky...

D - This one will challenge the senses of even the most experienced BAs... There's a lot going on here, a lot of which is very good.., However, in the end this one seems a bit disjointed and misses the mark slightly...

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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 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 IronCitySteve
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright yellow color with lots of carbonation. Provides a thick pillow of white foam head that disspiates to a film. There is some spotty lacing.

S: Ample amounts of bread, yeast, light citrus and sugar.

T: Starts off sweet, lots of yeast and bread hitting the palate first. In the middle the citrus comes through a tad but it is mostly yeast. Finishes fresh, the citrus coming through. The carbonation tickles the back of the mouth and throat.

M: Light and very effervescent. Leaves a slight tingling on the palate.

O: The taste is different, not unappealing my any means, just a tad unusual. Clean and vibrant.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

big thanks to PittRooney for this nice extra!

22oz bomber at cellar temp poured into an ommegang goblet. 2/11 written in sharpie on the blue cap. listed as 9.5% on the bottle.

pours out a fairly clear golden, slight orange color with a fizzy white head that was gone within a minute. just a thin retentive ring left. no lace.

aromas of phenolic belgian yeast, apples, sweet candied sugary grains.

crisp carbonation, but almost no alcohol esters, the 9.5% is very well hidden (maybe from the late sugar additions). a fruity, phenolic belgian yeast gives way to sweet candied malts, crisp apples and maybe some pears. full bodied. dry finish

overall: not terribly complex, but refreshing and easy drinking

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Photo of Seanibus
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden with a thinnish soapy head and lots of carbonation. The aroma is dense and very grainy, with a thick, almost grape-like feeling. The flavor is intensely toasty and grainy, with nuts, clover, and a healthy helping of earth, like a golden beet - sweetish and loamy. As it warms, fruit comes forward, with peach and apricot, musky and slightly earthy. The mouthfeel is slick and full, with a citric bitterness on the finish. Tasty, but not terribly refreshing.

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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 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 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 jdense
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle shared with beer buddy in The Big, thanks Peter for carrying this back from PA.

One finger white head, foamy bubbles, medium dissipation with some lacing retained. Hazy deep gold body, chill haze went away upon warming, several trails of rising carbonation. Nose is fairly fruity, we got a banana-like nose hit immediately after decanting but that quickly went away, leading to a spicy nose re coriander with a bit of curacao orange for good measure. Smells more like a tripel than a Biere de Garde, had a hard time picking up any roasted malt in the nose. Taste is pretty sweet for BdG style, mirror the nose, I picked up some clove notes as it warmed. Medium full mouthfeel, pretty good effervescence, just a bit sticky. ABV well hidden, pretty drinkable. Though the beer is probably mistakenly classified, this was quite tasty and drinkable despite the high ABV.

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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 goblue3509
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a foamy one to one and a half finger head which gives way to some decent lacing. The aroma is of belgium candy and a hint of citrus. The taste has a sweet malt character with belgium candy and a hint of citrus. At the backend there is a slight hop bite to balance out the flavor. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and there is a slight boozey feel. The drinkability is good, due to the high alcohol content it could be a lot and it is very sweet however, the flavors are good and enjoyable. You could easily have a couple of these.

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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 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 brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger head that leaves plenty of lace; not the best appearance for a Belgian but decent enough

Smell: Sugary cookie dough malts, with fruity, overripe stone fruit character

Taste: Strong Belgian candi sugar flavors, up front, which is only augmented by the earthy sweetness of the beet sugar; by mid-palate, the Germanic influence is noted, particularly in the grassy hops; after the swallow, however, the sweetness and the booziness take over

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate to high carbonation; plenty of warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: The high ABV limits the drinkability but this is still a very nice beer; more a BSPA or perhaps, a tripel, to my palate than a biere de garde

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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 bamadog
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I picked this bottle up back in November while on a trip back to Indiana, PA. Finally got around to drinking it, but I have to admit that after drinking it, I kind of wish I would have waxed it and put it away for at least 2 years. Review is from notes taken on 6/28/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour is a straw yellow;light golden color; starts with a 1/2 finger soft white head that fades to a thin and uneven, but full skim; body is very cloudy so I can't really get a feel for the carbonation based upon the appearance; fair spots and washes of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Some honey sweet maltiness that comes with an added blast of Belgian candi sugars; a slightly acidic green apple presence sneaks in as well as quite a bit of fusel alcohol as it continues to warm; overall the smell is pretty robust, especially when it comes to the proper temperature in my glass.

Taste: Alcohol is really the first and primary flavor that comes across throughout this drink, but as the bottle says, it's softened a little bit by the candi-like sugars (the beet sugars, perhaps?); a very mild Belgian spiciness is buried under all the alcohol and sugary sweetness; as it continues to warm a little, a light and slightly tart acidic green apple creeps in; the big booziness is a bit much and the sweetness from all the sugars is a bit cloying.

Mouthfeel: Body is of medium weight and is a little slick and oily; the alcohol is so big and present that it comes across as vaporous and the palate and gums are left very tingly; the carbonation is soft and fizzy, and really doesn't make much of a difference in the mouthfeel as the hot vapor from the alcohol kind of dominates; a thick and dry stickiness is left all over the mouth -- overall, a pretty interesting mouthfeel, and there's no doubt left in your mind that you're drinking a big beer with this one.

Drinkability: Really, kind of low because of the big and overly present ABV and slightly cloying sweetness; I wouldn't mind picking up another one of these though on my next trip home and waxing it up and letting sit for a couple of years to see if this alcohol mellows any; for the first offering I've sampled from this brewery though, I'm not disappointed -- I really want to try a couple of their smaller beers to see how they do those, because they can clearly do the big ones.

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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 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 MbpBugeye
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasnt lucky enough to find some BBVD on my trip to Pittsburgh, but I picked up a bottle of this. From reading the label I thought this was going to be a quad. Oh well, there arent many Biere de Gardes around so here goes.

A- Soapy large head eventually fades to a strange looking film. There is some lacing. The beer is a totally clear amber/red/burnt orange color.

S- The nose is a bit faint. I can get lots of bread dough like malts and lots of sugars. There are some light fruits like apples and pears as well. There is some very floral hallertau hops.

T- This almost reminds me of what an imperial Dortmunder might be like. Lots and lots of bread dough, flowery hops, sugary sweetness, prunes, beats and lots of alcohol spice and warmth.

M- Fuller body that it looks. Low carbonation. These characteristics create a smooth, slick, soft beer. The alcohol is totally prevalent. There is a lot of warmth on the finish.

D- This beer will surprise you. Its look, smell and part of its taste lead to you believe it is not such a beast of a beer. In actuality it is darn near a sipper.

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Photo of metter98
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A clear golden color with a little bit of lingering head
S: Can definitely smell the aroma of European hops and orange peels
T: Complex with flowers, hops, and a little bitterness
M/D: With the high alcohol content, nice to sip and take time to appreciate all the flavors

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Gran Met from Voodoo Brewing Company
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