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Grand Teton Coming Home Holiday Ale 2011

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 42   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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. Enjoy Coming Home 2011 with cajun crab cakes or your favorite holiday game bird, whether it be roast turkey, pheasant or duck. For dessert we suggest a delicate creme brulee or an apricot-amaretto tart.

SRM: 3.7
OG: 18 degrees Plato


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (630) - Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2014
fond as i am of the tripel style i took a liking to this even if it was marketed as a generic belgian golden ale on the label. i especially like the tripels that are opaque rather than clear and this one delivered.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (220) - Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2013
A smooth-tight-frothy white head of medium stature floats on a clear sunny straw body showcasing several medium paced streamers, medium sized patches of lace all around

Bright lemon and clove combine to create a bold illuminated earthy character supported by a tawny sweet layer of apple and candied sugar, soft white pepper on a nondescript medium body with lovely tight carbonation followed by a sweet earthy bready residual with enunciated clove accents

Capped 25.4oz with smudged bottled on date of 10/31/11? at 50º into 13.75oz Stölzle Berlin

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scooterbub (794) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - SEP 22, 2013
25.4 ounce bottle. Pours a nice golden color with a two inch pillowy white head that lasts. Tons of carbonation. A rather nice beer to look at. Taste is of yeast, malt, straw, fruit, peaches, wood and spice. Lots of layers of flavor that are reveled with each sip. Similar aroma. Has a very nice body. Wet, with a warming and slight dry finish. Very east to drink and quite enjoyable. Reminds me of Leffe Blonde, but better. There are several bottles in town I’ll have to pick up and save. Very good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5575) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle thanks to Craig. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. A big fruity nose. The flavor is candy sugar, some beet, banana, big fruity flavors, some heat. Pretty nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (4121) - Utah, USA - MAR 31, 2013
750ml bottle picked up at Discount Liquor
Appearance: Clear golden with a small white head and some lacing
Aroma: Perfume, orange peel, sugar and esters
Taste: Oranges, esters and lemon
Ok. May have been better but I just drank a Tripel that Mike brewed that was much better than this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (687) - USA - MAR 30, 2013
Golden, slight haze, off-white head. Aroma is perfumy and floral, light spice, dry crackerlike malt. Flavor is grainy-sweet malt, peppery phenols, perfumy notes, a touch of caramel malt, some lemon and a little touch of peach. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
berrya785 (440) - Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750 mL bottle of the 2011 edition poured into a tulip glass. The appearance is a hazy gold with a nice two-finger fluffy white head and excellent lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, black pepper, and spices. The taste is great. Flavors of Belgian yeast and clove with a nice tart finish. The high ABV is not noticeable at all. Excellent Belgian style ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5889) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
750 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place. Glad I finally got around to this one. Picked it up a year ago not knowing how appropriate it would be upon our return to Cincy after a 90-day road trip today. Pours a hazy gold with a small white head that dissipates into a small ring. Aroma of sweet malts, mild spice, pears, candi sugar, and mild banana. Flavor of sweet malts, pears, mellow spices, apricots, candi sugar, dried banana, and clove. Medium-bodied, with a sweet mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Not an overly sweet tripel, maybe has mellowed a bit with a year on it. Good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1150) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2012
(bottle) Pours out a clear gold color with a fairly thin white head and good lacing. Aroma holds a nice array of scents, with aromas of pears, banana, stale sourdough bread, honey, and some faint vanilla. As it warms, the banana and honey scents become predominant, and a little bit of warming alcohol is detected. When cold, there was an off scent that was somewhat sour, but with warming the aroma really begins to round out and showcase the more doughy scents I was looking for from the yeast. The pale malt really shows up here well with further warming, and I begin to smell some angel food cake. The flavor is somewhat similar to the aroma, but not as complex, with an even pale malt sweetness showing up in the fore before yielding to mid flavors of floral honey, light peach and apricot, and a finish of stale bread with faint bitterness and lingering alcohol heat. Hints of spice are shown too. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is more toned down than most tripels I’ve tried. Overall this is a solid take on a tripel, and most of the elements that are present in its Belgian counterparts, are also present within this beer. Well done Grand Teton.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3667) - - SEP 19, 2012
750ml bottle. 2011. cloudy gold beer with a small white head. robust nose of grapefruit, honey, vanilla cake, lemon meringue pie filling. flavor is lightly tart with citrus, pineapple and a grassy finish. warming alcohol presence. medium-full body. best tripel i’ve had in a long time.


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