Grandma's Boy (2012-2015) | Bellwoods Brewery

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Grandma's Boy (2012-2015)Grandma's Boy (2012-2015)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Grandma's Boy Tripel has a serious past with Bellwoods. There was the original Grandma's Boy Tripel, the blend with our early Farmhouse Saison (later Farmhouse Classic) that we named Cuvée De Grandma's Boy, and then of course the barrel-aged version — our first barrel-aged beer release.

So it goes without saying that Grandma's Boy holds a special place in our hearts. This barrel-aged version received a healthy dose of ripe yellow plums, courtesy of Not Far From The Tree, and was left to age and gain wisdom in Niagara wine barrels for just over 6 months. We think of this beer as the very beginning of our dynamic barrel-aging experiments, and the positive feedback from its release has motivated us to expand our barrel program substantially.

Added by Sammy on 09-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
53
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
5
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 53
Reviews by liamt07:
Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip. Bottled Sept 12/2011, aged in wine barrels on yellow plums.

Mahogany body with a creamy head and sticky lace. Nose of Brett, tart fruits, barrel and wet wood. A bit musty, vinous and a touch acetic. Plums are on the rawer side. Very nice. Lots more malt on the palate, still retains fruit but not as prominently. Some sourdough bread, barrel sweetness and a touch if buttery character. Definitely a step down from the nose. Medium feel, low carbonation. A pleasant Belgian ale, but palate left me wanting a bit more complex sour character and barrel interplay.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of acurtis
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tmappin
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Volo Funk Night II. A good sour beer. The plums, thank goodness, are subtle, yet the fruit sourness is right there. The wine is subordinate, so the taste is not dominated by the barreling. Good fruit sugar makes it very drinkable. Very fresh. A good colour. Another bang on target for the style, kudos to these two imaginative brewers.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dry, pretty tart but not boldly so. Lightly tart fruity nose.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got on a trade. Served at 5deg C in a tulip

A- Opened with an incredible pop. Pours a 1" high white head that stays for a minute before film out. Medium gold colored and unfiltered

S- Lots of Brett here.

T- Sour and a touch bitter. Has a thick body but lacks that tripel pop. I like the Brett but it's a more one sided brew than anything else albeit a good brew

M- Pretty dry and tart as expected but not that great

O- Pretty good brew overall. Will drink if someone else buys it as I feel it's not the greatest of deals out there. Pretty expensive and that is reflected in the rating

Food Pairing

This nice brew went very well with........ Cucumber with dill, sour cream and a touch of melted butter on top. Slice the cucumber thin then add the rest. I like sometimes a green onion diced up too.

Enjoy

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Photo of Rutager
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thank you, Liamt07!!

Appearance. Pours a deep amber-orange with a little haze and over a finger of frothy white head that settles pretty quick.

Smell. Sour apples, pears and sweet plums, some nice dank barrel wood, light belgian yeast and light sweet malts.

Taste. Nice light fruits ...mainly orchard fruits, nicely sweet and lightly sour. Some woody white wine with some nice dry woody funk and a little bit of fruity belgian yeast. High alcohol fairly well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Very nice stuff. I think I would have stuck with calling this a trippel as the brewer has named it, but a very nice one with the light sourness and funky barrel action. Great stuff from a great brewery. Thanks again Liam!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vinous notes with light tart notes and some funk notes. Taste is also dominated by more funk then expected with some tart and vinous notes. Plums are quite hard to distinguish and somehow get lost in the mix. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Good sour with nice level of complexity while retaining some drinkability.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nick for this bottle. Bottled on 9/12/12 and pouted in to Bellwoods tulip.

A - Opaque cloudy dark orange colour with two fingers of cream coloured head that receded to a thin layer.

S - Sour/funk up front that is not overly pungent. Some candy-like sweetness, caramel, spice Belgian yeast and a big oak presence.

T - Light sourness up front that is closer to being tart than sour. Toffee, bready notes, Belgian yeast and spice. Not getting much plum.

M - Medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papat444
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Low brett aroma with a dry citrus aspect. Translates into the flavor, but real rich plum flavor. Loved this beer!

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Vigorous carbonation out of the bottle that. Settles out to a foamy thick cap, plenty of lacing on the glass. Thick swampy apricot brew and chunky sediment in the glass.
S: Yeasty Brett with sweet and tart fruity notes. Lemon rind and a like musty white grape. Smooth oaky finish
T: Sweet start of tart fruits and lemon rind followed quickly with a funky and yeasty biscuits. The finish highlights the oak aging, with white wine styled smooth buttery oaks, and a tartness that gripes.
M: low carbonation with a medium body, with plenty of lingering tartness.
O: Harmonious play between tarts, sweet, funky and tangy. The interplay of the smell and the taste roll well together, complimenting each other and referencing white wine throughout. PS - holy shit where'd this booze come from? No suggestion anywhere of the 10% on the smell or taste. Danger zone, dangerously delicious.

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Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of SebD
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of lemon, plums, Brett, definite funk and some woody oak.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some lemon/plum tartness along with Brett characteristics, funk and woody oak.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Whatup14
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BakaGaijin
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was very tasty. Thought the ABV was a little higher than it needed to be. I've been told future releases will probably have a lower ABV.

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Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bellwoods.

Beer is an orange/amber colour with a moderate to large sized white head. OK retention, some lacing.

Nose is slightly tart, with plum, oak, light fruit and caramel malt all present. I seem to get a bit of a red wine scent but perhaps that is the power of suggestion, as this beer was aged in wine barrels.

Tastewise, I get plum, wood and a vinous flavour. General fruit flavours. Somewhat sour. Good.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit sticky. Slightly puckery.

Overall, quite tasty. A nice beer for sure.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jerboat
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loved this, can't wait for them to release more.

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Photo of Kmat10
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Grandma's Boy (2012-2015) from Bellwoods Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.
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