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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 ShadesOfGray
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
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 berserker256
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of Mistofminn
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this sweet bottle the BA Secret Santa 09 box I got from Tanger. Thanks Jon!

Poured into a pint glass, this is a beautiful cloudy orange gold color with a nice tan head and lively carbonation. Head retention is excellent and leaves lacing. There is lots of floaties in the beer just cruising around. Good look to it.

My intial thoughts on the nose were it is very vinous. Very wine like in nature, but I also get a vinegary acidic quality I wasn't expecting, nearly like a Flanders ale or Lambic. It gives way to Belgian yeast and a huge malt backbone. Spicey and floral, very fruity. Very unique nose.

The taste is similar, but much more malty. There is a huge fruity malt backbone on this. I had this pegged for a Tripel before I got to it's page to see it's a Biere de Garde. Totally threw me off. Very thick. The Beet sugar gives it a very distinct and unigue taste.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, on the thick side. Smooth and creamy with a light (despite the lively nature) carbonation. Slightly dry aftertaste. Drinkability is good.

Overall, a solid offering from Voodoo Brewing, and a solid introductin to their beers. I look forward to trying more!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into tulip.

Pours with a low, 1F head over top of a relatively clear, dirty blond color, with a little bit of carbonation and a decent amount of lacing for the style.

Smell is peppery, with some orange peel, wing sauce, and heavy yeast.

Flavor is citrusy - orange tang quality, with an unexpected caramel and vanilla sweetness. Black pepper bite in the finish. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth.

Drinkability is nice, and the ABV is pretty well hidden in the flavor/mf.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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 beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast, and hops, corinander, and slight banana. The taste is sweet, malty, nice yeast notes, with some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear, golden body with just about two fingers of white head. The final pour from the bottle leaves a good amount of yeast sediment in the glass. The head quickly has ok retention and it leaves behind some nice, sticky sheets of lacing.

Just a bit of peppery yeast in the aroma along with some rather light smelling malts. A little bit of slightly tart, musty yeast.

The taste has a very light malt profile once again, but it is interesting and refreshing, so no complaints from me. A good peppery flavor pairs with a slight tartness that is a bit funky. Some light fruits such as apple come through. The end has a good bit of alcohol warming and a blast of ethanol in the flavor. Also, a big, sweet, sugary flavor comes through along with the alchol. A little too strong on the alcohol probably.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, pretty good overall I would say.

A pretty good beer overall, but a little too boozy overall.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gran Met came to me in a 22 ounce brown bottle with a silver pry off cap. This is one of many beers that BanditBrewingCo sent my time a couple weeks ago. Thanks again, man!

After a Sunday full of painting around the house, a beer sounds heavenly...

I let this one sit outside the fridge for about 10 minutes before opening... I see about 1/2 inch of yeast sediment in the bottom of the bomber, so I gently pour the first sampling into my imperial pint. Pours a light, hazy copper or dark brass, depending on your inpertretation. The head retention is great on this beer. After the initial pour, a 1/4 inch white foam and active head remains. There's also some attractive lacing seen, as well.

I get lemon zest and light, toasty malts on the nose. In addition, I get some hops and light oaky qualities to that as well. Nose is pretty strong with a trace of alcohol, too.

Medium bodied and medium to full flavored for a Bière de Garde. High carbonation in the mouth helps breakdown the thickness in body. I get woody flavors mixed with slightly bitter and earthy hops in the beginning, sweet caramel like malts in the middle and a lemon or orange zest, tobacco and fig in the finish. The 10.5% is hidden well when it's near fridge temp. As it warms the heat comes with it.

Though not a favorite style of mine at this time, I really this beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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 brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at 58 degrees.

Pours pale, hazy gold with plenty of particulates in suspension. A quarter inch head of white dissapated to a partial skim coat and a few dots of lacework are present.

Aromatics lead off with candy sugar, citrus-laden spice, and light malt. Orange peel, coriander, cloves, and bubblegum.

Medium bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel and somewhat tacky. The carbonation is low for style. Crispish.

Powdered candi sugar, cloves, orangy citrus, and honey lead off the palate. A warming alcohol bite steps forward along with a mild bitterness and plenty of bubblegum.

Finishes with a bit of brash alcohols, citrus spice, and a lingering honey-like sweetness.

Pretty tasty but a bit on the sweet side and the carbonation could be ramped up a notch.
The spicyness is pretty straightforward and this beer really comes off as more of a big Triple.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Pours a clear gold with a big white head. The head lasts quite well. Aroma is sweet fruits with hints of floral. Has a wonderful flavor. Blended very well. Hides the alcohol nicely. This is a big beer with some very complex tastes. Has good carbination a nice mouthfeel. A solid finish. A real good beer.

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Photo of DIM
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this bottle is about a year old.

a: This was an almost clear golden straw colored yellow. It poured with a smallish fizzy white cap that could be revived with a swirl even towards the end of the glass.

s: This was kind of one dimensional. Solventy, phenolic, perfumed, and yeasty bananas.

t: Here again, there weren't many layers to this one. Warm, dry, flowery, and faintly banana like yeastiness. At times I got a suggestion of grape.

m: Nice body and moderately fizzy carbonation.

d: This was pretty good, but I wouldn't have minded some more complexity. Maybe I'll like Voodoo Love Child better.

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Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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 cichief
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 oz. bottle near Pittsburgh.

A- Pours a hazy gold with a snow white head. The head was nice and creamy, the beer appropriate for the style was slightly cloudy.

S- Not a strong scent, but some fruit (apples maybe)

T- Very pleasant bready and fruity. Some phenols there, quite nice, the alcohol wasn't overwhelming.

M- Smooth, not overly carbonated, creamy texture from the tiny bubbles.

D- The alcohol in this makes it dangerous, because it is quite drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a relatively mellow nose that boasts of pilsner malts and Belgian ale yeast. The esters are present, but much lower than most strong pales in comparison. The taste is decent as well. It has a highly drinkable taste that's not too heavy in mouthfeel and not as estery as some. The result is a tastey brew that goes down easy and finishes nearly clean with just a touch of warmth in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an enjoyable beer. It's quite drinkable and isn't that far from the style guidelines.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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 ski271
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a mix 12-pack of Bombers I bought at Pletcher's in State College, PA.
An enjoyable beer, even if it's not your typical Belgian strong ale.
Clear, bubbly medium gold with a large, pillowy off-white head. Good lacing and great head retention. Smell is mild. Fruit, Belgian yeast and light alcohol-estery scent. Taste-wise, some noticable alcohol intially and on the finish, but otherwise well hidden by the ale's balance. Musty yeast, a slightly biscuity malt, pepper and a hefty dose of fruit. Body is a little heftier than I expect for thew style, and texture is a little syrupy despite the lively carbonation. Like I said, definitely not a good representation of the style, but for some reason I really liked this one.

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Photo of sliverX
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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 PittBeerGirl
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at bocktown tonight. Served in a snifter.

A- Body is a minimally foggy golden yellow with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Served with a 1.2 finger head which eventually fades to a thin collar. No lacing is left behind in the glass.

S-Lots of phenols along with grapes and maybe a hint of apples.

T- Very dry fruity flavors of white grapes and apples upfront with a subtle yeast backbone. The finish is dry and clean with a minimal phenolic bitterness and alcohol warmth cutting through.

M- Medium to high carbonation and dry phenolic body.

D- This is a pretty good beer but it drinks more like a white wine. Great transition beer for the wine drinkers. This might need a little time to settle down on the alcohol flavors and build complexity.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Union Jack's in Glenside and lugged out here to the left coast. Pours an orange-ade-ish brown with a short parchment white layer of bubbles on top. Laces tightly. very clear. Smells of ethanol and cloves and grapefruit with a delicate, slightly biscuity malt base. Smells nice and not overwhelmingly strong. Flavor is strong though...big ethanol and spicy blast up front. Candi sugar sweetness moves in with a clove and coriander kick. Ethanol lingers on the finish, as does a distinct citrus acid note. Full bodied, approaching syrupy. Drinks well, a fairly well crafted tripel, though i wouldn't say its anything super-special.

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Photo of treyrab
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
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 Viggo
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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 biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My sample of Voodoo's Gran Met had a honey hued body with thin, soapy bubbles floating over top. Very little foam for the style. The beer maintained near perfect clarity all the whilst its gold gleam was bouncing back any beams of light that should try and strike it. Apart from the lack of head, which is good cause for concern, the beer otherwise looked quite promising.

The aroma is sweet as candy and actually, it smells a fair bit like it too. The use of sugar was apparently no small part of the recipe. The beer has both bubble gum and fruity esters in spades, but more candy than fruit. This can work for the style, but gives the beer an unmistakably American character that falls far inferior to its authentic Belgian originators.

I also smelt what seemed to be steamed vegetables. It was an odd odor, about as pleasant as it sounds. On the fruit end pears especially kept popping into mind, (perhaps in part because the smell reminded me of a sugary sweet Chimay White reduction I make with pears to pour over ice cream).

The alcohol is quick and eager to greet you, but it just says 'hi!' and excuses itself. It's not long after every few sips you ask yourself where exactly could it have gone. The texture and body aren't quite right for the style but the mouthfeel is made very smooth by a low laying bitterness and pinch of sweetness on the finish.

The yeast they've used works really well in this beer. It will deceive a little taste of spices and also add an inkling of spiciness. It brings with it a nice portfolio of phenols that, until the beer warmed, were kept wonderfully in check. The taste is of a nice, clean pale malt and hints at light fruit. Room temperature would expose the alcohol and let the phenols run loose, but the malt bill was hefty enough to keep things from completely falling apart at the seams.

Voodoo has hit the style pretty well for a US brewery; I still insist Belgian Ales can (and have) defeated 95% of America's commercial brewers. This would need a few adjustments to compete with the top entries in its style. Regardless, this was enjoyed and made a wonderful accompaniment to my citrus glazed orange roughy lunch!

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Gran Met from Voodoo Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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