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Bellwoods Grandma’s Boy (2012-2014)

Formerly brewed at Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
A brett barrel aged tripel with fruit addition (plums). Barrels include second and third use french oak barrels (wine) from Norm Hardie and Tawse with multiple strains of brett and other bugs. Barrel flavour and aroma contribution is predominantly from brett and other bugs + oak. 2012 Version was aged 5 months prior to bottle conditioning. 2014 version was aged 16 months in barrel and with plums for additional 4 months prior to bottle conditioning. 2014 version released on draft Nov 2014. Bottles will be released Dec 2014. Yeast: Trappist
Hop: Hallertau
Malt: Pilsner, Abbey, Wheat, Oats

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (19347) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Draught at the brewpub
Cloudy amber color, with medium sized creamy head. The aroma of malt is a bit woody, fruity, with delicate vanilla and flowers touch. Smooth mouthfeel; some malt flavor, light fruity and vinous touch, maybe very light vanilla; correct bitterness.
I believe that beers with a different malt profile should be wine barrel aged; this kind of tartness clashes with the spicy malt. A bit over the top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcberko (14665) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 27, 2015
500mL bottle, sent from wilco (thanks a lot, Mike), pours a cloudy golden orange with a small white head. Nose brings out massive plums upfront, with medium brett and some candied fruit underneath. Flavour is quite complex, with lots of vinous oak notes upfront, followed by peaches, and medium brett funk. Pretty fruity, vinous and oaky. Fairly alcoholic, but not too boozy. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
A hazed golden ale with a thin white head. In aroma, beautiful fruity malt with smooth Brett, cork character, ground cherries, lactic acid, very nice. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity malt with orange pulp, coriander, smooth Brett, cork, grassy hops, citrus pulp, excellent. On tap at brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (12904) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 24, 2015
Draft - Soured stone fruit and some white grape. Cloudy gold with a decent head. Soured peach notes, touch of chalk and orange rind. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11242) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2012
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2012 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. Had on tap at the brewpub and it was very good balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle shared by Ryan, thanks! Pours a hazy gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of earthy grains with some funky fruits and a decent amount of sweetness. Flavor has a good amount of sweet grains with a light earthy tart fruit and a decent amount of funk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
2012-09-20. Lightly hazy golden dark amber body, small off-white head. 3+ Fairly woody aroma with a bit of alcohol, musty notes, mild fruit and vinous notes. 7+ Flavour is similar, modest woody quality hits at vanilla/tannins, but pleasantly so - less rough than some barrel aged beers. Mild fruity vinous like character, sweet white wine? 7+ Smooth average plus palate. 3+ Pretty nice, very nuanced. Volo Funk Night, Toronto

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Bottle shared by Ryan - thanks! Hazy light orange pour with a white head. Plum, wood. Mild funk. Decent sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9606) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2014
On tap @ the brewpub, listed as 10%. Cloudy orange-gold. Very funky nose, lightly sour, fruity undertones. Tart plum skins, deep barnyard funk, lightly estery. Would never peg this as a tripel, this is all farmhouse! And so drinkable at 10%, waaaaat! Loved it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
Plums, white grapes and citrus fruit wrap themselves around eloquent cereals, while wood and brettanomyces greenness add complexity to an already compelling Wild Tripel.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam coats the blond mist.
-The mouthfeel is dry and soft. Drinkability is sky high for such a potent brew.
-As for most Bellwoods creations, the rendering and flavor display are classy and balanced.
-Brettanomyces adds character but doesn’t take over, which I appreciate.
-Can’t wait to try this bottled!

On tap at Siboire, Sherbrooke.

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