2011 Coming Home Holiday Ale
Grand Teton Brewing Co.

2011 Coming Home Holiday Ale2011 Coming Home Holiday Ale
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
3.93 | pDev: 15.52%
Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Idaho, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
2011 Coming Home Holiday Ale2011 Coming Home Holiday Ale
Notes: This Belgian-Style Golden Ale is rich in flavor and is designed to be a smooth and soothing sipping beer. Deep blonde in color, Coming Home 2011 uses rich malts balanced by a special Belgian yeast strain which adds notes of soft, peppery, clove-like spice character to the beer. Belgian candi sugar is used during the brewing process to give this ale a clean, easy drinking appeal. True to the Belgian tripel style, it carries deceivingly soft alcohol aromas. Don’t let the innocence fool you, this holiday ale is one to be respected. It will delight when shared with your favorite people during the holiday season and can also be cellared to warm you on any cold winter’s day. This beer should age gracefully and can be cellared for a year or more.

42 IBU
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 40 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.03/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Yellow pour, 3/4" white head. All kinds of belgian spice rack going on in the aroma. Then dry hopped with dirt and band aids. Tastes the same way. Real boozy too. Completely unenjoyable.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml Bottle
Bottled On: 10/21?

Poured into a chalice a very nice cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice creamy one-finger white head, which leaves a nice medium size island, and some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some nice citrus notes, with a nice spice note. The taste is malty, yeasty, very nice citrus/spice note. Medium body. Overall, a very nice brew. Recommeded.

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Wasatch from Colorado, Oct 25, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy gold under a sudsy white 1.5” foam collar, dissipates quickly but leaves good lacing.
S: Banana, spice, dried fruit.
T: Fruit, caramel, malt, banana, clove, white pepper, raisins.
F: Creamy, medium body, medium high carbonation.
O: An easy to drink holiday beer with big alcohol and big flavor.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Apr 19, 2015
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3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Grand Tetons Coming Home 2011

Appearance: straw yellow, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: apples, grain, and malts.

Taste: yeast, sugar sweetness, a bit of grainy malt, and some apple.

Mouthfeel: medium and a little rough.

This is a decent brew. The aroma is nice, but the mouth feel is on the rougher side. The flavors aren't bad, but they aren't something to write home about.

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megahurts4 from Louisiana, Nov 23, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer looks fantastic. It's a beautiful cloudy orange with a tight head. The smell is fruity and you can tell this one is going to have a kick. The 9% doesn't hide itself..

It tastes Belgiany sweet, and is more of a Tripel than a strong pale ale. It's spicy and the alcohol is very apparent. The aftertaste is very boozy. It's initial flavor is on par with some of the better Tripels I've had with some nice spicy esters, but the aftertaste is where this one loses some points. The best Tripels are able to mask their high ABV, but this one does not. It's not unpleasant, it's just not my favorite thing. Still, a fine taste, indeed.

The mouthfeel is great. It's smooth with mild carbonation. Almost soft on the palate. Big fan.

Great beer. Unexpected, and a great random purchase.

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StoutSnob40 from California, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of codsmith
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: medium gold/yellow color, but very hazy. Pours with a decent white rocky head.

S: A decent amount of fruity esters, slightly spicy and a noticeable yeast character emit off the top. Slight perfumy hop aroma. No noticeable hot alcohol or diacetyl

T: Very heavy flavor forward with a sweat honey taste. The carbonation is held in check and doesn't add a lot of bitter flavor. It leaves you with a pear after-taste.

M: Carbonation is low-medium, body is medium-to-full. No noticeable alcohol warmth

O: I typically find Belgian's of this style with too much carbonation and as a result too bitter and not enjoyable, but this one pulls back the carbonation and lets you enjoy more of the nuances of the flavors that involved in this style.

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codsmith from Illinois, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of TheDinger
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into pint glass. Nice golden/yellow pour that is clean. A very generous 2+ finger white head that sticks around a bit. Smell is that of a Belgian/German ale. Nice hints of fruit, cloves, seasonal spices and a touch of booze. Taste is very nice and smooth. The fruits (grapefruit, mango, banana) hide the 9% quite well. Comes off a little like a tripel. Pretty complex and unique. Very refreshing. Feel was just okay. A bit too dry and thin. Comes off watery and weak. Overall- A pretty interesting beer. Like the taste and look. The fruits and dull hops make it very easy and somewhat sessionable for 9%. Smell and feel are a bit off, but it was a pretty good brew for a cold December evening. I would try the Holiday series again, price is a bit high too. Belgian style ale/tripel was quite nice and the spices/cloves were just right. Try one-

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TheDinger from South Carolina, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle pours a stunningly clear, light gold color with a moderate cap of white head. Not much for retention or lacing, but the clarity of this beer is truly amazing.

Nose has some mango and papaya fruitiness and a fair amount of alcohol. Light on the grains and hops are almost non-existent at this point. Smells like a good tripel.

If they were aiming for a good, fairly authentic tripel (which I think they were), this one hits close to the mark. A very nice, fruity yeast presence and a light grainy malt flavour. There may be some light spicing here, but Id be surprised if there was anything other than the yeast esters. Its still a little bit alcoholic and I disagree with the claim that it 'should age gracefully and can be cellared for a year or more'. Its already yeasty galore and the malts wont hold up over time. This is an interesting choice for a "Holiday Ale" but I find it to be a refreshing change of pace from the norm...leave it to Idaho of all places to make an innovative winter warmer. Not bad, glad I grabbed a couple of these last time I was in Kansas.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.12/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow pour, soft white head, nice lace/retention. Blast, whoa, this is one of the most pungent smelling Belgian yeasts I've ever come across. Wow. Was just too much, I'm sure there's some enthusiasts that probably love how big this is, so if you're reading this, you might know that my '2' rating could be awesome if you just love the dirtiest funkiest smelling belgian band aid phenolic yeast dragged through a box of dryer sheets.

Ridiculous amount of coriander and other spice rack stuff. Man this taste, its just overpoweringly unenjoyable, like rubbing alcohol mixed with lots of sagebrush, coriander, thyme, etc. . .who knows there might be some softer flavors like flowers or bananas in here, everything else is just such a path of scorched earth policy, who knows what this has otherwise.

Just not an enjoyable beer for me.

Someone brought this to the March Madness tasting. Nobody claimed it though. It was like one of those bad farts that just wafted over to my part of the table.

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Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium sized bottle, capped, poured into a tulip glass. From notes.

Dark straw colored, off white colored head, good retention and lacing.
Pleasant fruity aroma, citric, lots of pineapple, honey, fresh grass, yeast.
Medium bodied, refreshingly bittersweet, very easy to drink. Honey and pineapple dominate, but citric notes, faint hoppiness, yeastiness, bread round up the flavors. Not spectacular like their stout but still very good.

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brdc from Wisconsin, Feb 11, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz brown bottle with a vintage date of 2011.

LOOK: Very clear golden, impressive lacing

SMELL: Passion fruit, chalky yeast, Asian pear, estery, biscuity, dried grass, peppery, medicinal herb

TASTE: Green peppercorn, deep smoothness, yeast, alcohol, bready, pineapple, passion fruit, herbal, taffy, medicinal, nutty, very dry

Wow, I was certainly not ready for this one. Comparable to some of the best Tripels out there, throw this one into a blind tasting you'd never know it was US brewed. The only thing I was looking for was a bit more carbonation, aside from that this one is a must.

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Jason from Massachusetts, Feb 10, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 10/27/2011 (or 11/27/2011 - there is a smudge) poured to tulip. The beer pours a hazy golden color with an impressive 3 finger white bubbly head. Some retention and no lacing. The nose is rather subdued but develops more as the beers warms. Lots of belgian yeast character with a noted toasty biscuity malt foundation. Some banana and lemon character in the end. The beer starts off with a stronger malt profile in the beginning and develops to a mild citrus almost spicy hop flavor in the middle. Mild bitterness. Finishes somewhat dry with a lingering citrus yeast element, very good. More flavorful than the nose let on. Medium bodied and lighter on carbonation. Overall, I was very impressed. I wish the nose had more impact but aside from that this was wonderful. Will likely go pick up another to cellar.

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hopfacebrew from Colorado, Feb 08, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled strongly of clove and spices. Faint caramel and grainy notes.

T - It tasted peppery and spicy with a nice clove taste. Good sweet caramel and grain flavor provides balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a very dry finish.

O - This is a very nice holiday ale. Grand Teton does really good limited release beers.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Feb 02, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 1 PINT 9.4 FLUID OUNCE w/ ChrisF in Alta, WY (bottle from the brewery). Poured from the Cheerful/Holiday labeled bottle w/ a red station wagon in front of the Tetons into a 16oz Table Wine Glass. Has BOTTLED ON ???? on the side of the label.

Aroma- A very complexed aroma comes around. Has a huge yeast note and malty background. Some fruit esters are included in the finish with also some sourness? Interesting!

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that has average retention. The body is a dark golden color with semi-hazing. Leaves suds behind on the glass.

Flavor- Malts come off very strong from the beginning of the drink. Citrus is the second attribute noted and has a light spicy hop character. Very easy going bitterness (light-medium) and has a semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth but Effervescent, and has a prickly finish with strong malts once again.

Overall Impression- Awesome flavor and power in this intense, Belgian style Tripel. Enjoyed it greatly and looking forward to the Coming Home 2010 now! If your able to find this guy, hold onto it for a while.

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DCon from Missouri, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.22/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750ml bottle, bottled on 10/27/11 (I think). Pours a hazy dark gold with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts, musty earthy yeast and some banana.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts with some earthy yeast and banana. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a muddled tripel. Too sweet.

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Beaver13 from Colorado, Jan 19, 2012
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4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A strong aroma of fruit, yeast, spices, and malt.

T: Tasted of yeast, malt, cloves, pepper, and some light fruit. This is a well balanced, complex, easy to like flavor. Very crisp and enjoyable.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Coming Home is one of the better American versions of a Belgian style. A well done beer.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Jan 12, 2012
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a oversized sniffter

Appearance : cloudy golden ale with a nice two finger fluffy white head with sticky lacing

Smell : smells of Belgium yeast and muted black pepper. Some nice muted spice aromas but the Belgium yeast dominates.

Taste : great flavor lots of Belgium yeast and clove abound. The 9% abv is hardly noticeable which is nice. I'm also tasting clove and other spices and finishes fairly sweet with a mild tartness

Mouthfeel : medium to light bodied brew with adequate carbonation

Overall : im really glad I acquired this beer because I really enjoyed it. Hope they make it again it was yummy :)

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BUNZILLA from Indiana, Jan 12, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They call it a "Belgian Style Golden Ale," which describes it pretty accurately. Huge alcohol flavored perfume bomb that is still very appealing. Sweet with a tart flavor. Lavender, chardonnay, and saffron tastes. Really reminds me of Dogfish Head Midas Touch. Sharp, fragrant, and thoroughly aromatic. Hot along with malt intensity. More winey than beery, but it's a great sipping flavor.

Really rich with something like flaming butterscotch. Just a hint of sourness gives it an edge. Quite attractive in the Duvel tulip, with a bright golden color. From the 22 oz bottle.

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mactrail from Washington, Jan 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been really excited about this beer lately. I bought it the other night at first as gift but couldn't bring myself to part with it. I never got my hands on it last year. Looks like a golden peach. Smells of apricot and orange. Tastes like a high hef. that has something to prove. Feel is really nice. Overall this is a high quality beer that deserves a second third and 52nd look. Great beer that fit into a great Christmas.

Thank You Grabd Teton for producing beers that I love.

Merry Christmas

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a Christmas Eve growler from CBX.

A- Standard Tripel cloudy golden color. Lots of bubbles with a slight head that didn't last too long.

S-Spices hit you up front. Sweet malt smell.

T- Sweet fruity flavor with nice blend of spices. Slight bitterness at the end. Enjoyable.

M- You can def. feel the 9% coming through on this. Not overpowering, but you know this is a bigger beer.

O- Been trying more and more tripels lately and love them all. This one doesn't really stand out from the rest, but it's still really good.

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bigdrewsmoove from South Carolina, Dec 24, 2011
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3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with a pinky of ivory colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Pineapple, pears& some grassy notes

T: Follows the nose, honey sweetness, & candi-sugar dryness up front. Pineapple & a bit of booze is fairly dominant. Hay notes mix with acidic/sweet pineapple as this warms, some raw boozey notes as well. Finishes grassy & very sweet, but a nice overall crispness counters some off the sweetness (along with the grassyness)

MF: Slick, medium bodied, crisp carbonation, skews too sweet for my liking

A pretty good Tripel but a little too much pineapple & booze heat to go too wild about

Probably the lowest rating I've given to this Brewery, so I will always look forward to any of their special releases

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russpowell from Arkansas, Dec 23, 2011
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3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Explosive appearance here, straw/tan light colored body exuding carbonation with a bubbly voluminous head leaving some lacing.. Cant put my finger on the nose but there is scarce traces of malt and only a slight note of spices. Maybe tripel/belgian style pale ale, what have you, is not my steez, but ill try to be objective. Apricot, alcohol, some maltiness on the back end... this brew is a thin-bodied brew.. Overall, just one for me.. hope one of these holiday seasonal offerings is spot on with my tastebuds/preferences.

Happy Holidays, nonetheless.! Cheers

P.S. Definitely thinking that i haven't had anything comparable to this except La Fin du Monde... good parallel to this brew. IMO

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3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up tonight at the Boise COOP.... paid $10 and change. Poured into my Cigar City goblet... Decent 1" head atop a slightly hazed bright golden brew... spotty lacing, but nothing too spectacular.

Nose shows a fair amount of clove phenols and some lighter white peppercorns... pale maltiness helps pull out some light apricot fruitiness... smells pretty traditional for sure.

Flavors are not nearly as spicy.. instead much more estery... apricot and pear.... some background clove notes from mid palate to a lingering finish...

Very nice continental body and carbonation...

The neck ringer calls this one a Triple, and I would agree more than a BSPA .... personally anyway.

I will definitely be buying this one again to sit on for a while and see how it develops.


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2011 Coming Home Holiday Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 40 ratings