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

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

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

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.

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 54
Photo of kevinlater
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

hazy, opaque light orange with off-white head. mild-to-moderate brett character, bright and fruity (lemony plums). finishes with a dry, white wine-like finish. full-bodied. blew me away

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Photo of Luisc94
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Strong golden colour, very hazy, a 2 finger white head with low retention.

S: Strong and complex, you can feel the smell all over the room, some citruses, the yellow plums are present there is some pine the barrel characteristics are soft, there is also a niche peach and pineapple.

T: The basic characteristics if the smell are present but in a different way. The barrel characteristic is more present (not sure what kind of barrel it was aged). The pine, plums and pineapple are very prominent and there is some spiciness to it. This beer has an interesting dry taste that makes all the flavors disappear fast.

M: I’d say is a mid to soft body and mid carbonation the strong dry wood feel is present still.

O: A very enjoyable triple, very soft the 11% abv can’t be felt at all but still super complex and the dryness that makes the flavor die fast just makes me want to drink more.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/12/12, cellared 7 months.

Hazy burnt orange with consistent, fine carbonation leading to a dense off-white head that condenses to wisps, but leaves nice lacing.

The nose is full of fruit, sweet pineapple brett, tartness (which I guess is the yellow plums, but I never would have nailed it), with a little bit of funk going on. A little grass/hay to boot. Really delightful. Palate has a little saison-like phenol spice, lots of dried and tropical fruits, and just dries right up. Really delightful - the Brett really came through, and it's much improved since the last tasting. Glad I saved this one and even more glad that I've got one left.

A tip of the hat to the boys of Bellwoods.

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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 mick303
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Cloudy orange golden colour, did have some light lacing. Smell has apricots and some vibrant yeasty florals, nice plummy tartness and fruits. Some oaky barrel character mixed in as well which makes for quite an interesting and vibrant aroma.

Taste starts with some spice, a dash of nutmeg before a full fruity. This has all the attributes on showcase in turn which I really like, maintains some of the triple rustocsweetness and a chewy yeasty character with bright florals and a tart fruity character, earthy Brett with some of the barrel oak coming on the dry finish. Not much lactic bite to it but a crisp acidity, alcohol is well intigrated and only gives a warming on the finish. Delicious and complex.

It has a full body with a crisp tartness and a moderate carbonation, intigrates really nicely and has a long Brett and oaky finish.

The longer you savour this beer the more the subtle complexiee emerge, and it pulls you in with its approachable nature. The plums are a wonderful compliment and this is showing some nice maturity through the aging with a really excellent balance and refined Brett character, very outstanding beer and also remarkably approachable.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2, on-tap at Bellwoods. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and splotches of lace. Hazy peach juice body with a nice glow to it when held to the light.

S - Smells like tart plum skins, vinous oak, lactic acidity, and mild brett funkiness. Base tripel isn't really obvious anymore, and as such there's no trace of the listed 10%. Guessing the additional year of aging has really done a number on the remaining sugars.

T - Taste reveals a bit more of its origins, with a mix of sweet stone fruit malts and plum flesh. Tropical brett funkiness dominates, with acidity showing up later and less intensely than in the aroma. Oaky finish and aftertaste.

M - Medium body, with moderate, active carbonation. Quite tannic, presumably from both oak and plums. Shockingly well-hidden alcohol. Would put this at 7-8% if forced to guess.

D - Best wild beer I've had from Bellwoods. Great balance of acidity, funk, oak, and sweetness, with a very complementary fruit choice. Dangerously drinkable too. Hope they bottle this batch, as I'd like to grab a few for later.

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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 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.


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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 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 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 wordemupg
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 21/10/12 cheers liamt07 for sending the bottle

A murky brownish amber with a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S some funky vinous notes, faint vinegar, woody notes and the plums there but I doubt I'd think plum if it wasn't written on the bottle, I get some brown sugar and very faint booze

T some apple plum cider with some wet wood on top of what I smell, I'm curious of the barrel choice I'd guess white wine but I could be wrong, interesting yeast profile and well hidden booze considering its 10%

M slightly sour with a medium-full body, a little slick and it's impressive how well the booze is hidden, bubbles are soft and there's enough of them to give it some life

O I wasn't expecting a funky barreled beer but they pulled it off, I'm not sure if plum would be my first choice but it works well

I have a good feeling about Bellwoods, this would be a hard one to pull off but they made it work. More things could go wrong then are likely to go right with when brewing barrel aged sours but they did well, I can't wait to see what these guys get up to in the future

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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 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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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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Grandma's Boy (2012-2015) from Bellwoods Brewery
4.17 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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