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Grand Teton Coming Home Holiday Ale 2013



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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Brewed in the Belgian Dubbel tradition, this year’s Coming Home Holiday Ale is big and bold yet imminently drinkable. Coming Home 2013 features celebratory flavors of dark sugar and raisins and a spicy, dry finish. It was brewed with pale and brown malts plus special dark candi sugar. The sugar addition provides a sweet aroma and dark fruit flavors without the cloying thickness typical of all-malt brews. Coming Home 2013 was fermented with ale yeast from a Belgian Trappist monastery to add hints of nutmeg, clove and other holiday spices. At 7.5% ABV this is an ale to be savored, enjoyed with friends over a holiday meal or paired with flavorful cheeses.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brenn79 (1471) - Idaho, USA - MAY 17, 2014
750 ml bottle- Pours lightly hazy autumn amber with a one finger head that reduces quickly leaving a thin bubbly collar. Aroma is brown sugar, Belgian yeast, holiday spices, malt. The taste is similar, only with a little metallic off note. This isn’t bad, straight down the line average, but the 2011 tripel (I think it was 2011) was an awesome beer, personally I would prefer if they made that their holiday beer every year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
poisoneddwarf (1676) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 17, 2014
750 ml bottle, thanks brenn79! Aroma consists of toast, caramel. Pours slightly hazy orange with a medium off-white head that collapses after a minute. Taste is sweet and toasty, with a faint offnote of metal. Body seems a little thin for style. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2323) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Slightly darker orange, moderate to small head, decent lace/retention. Aroma of darker fruit, Belgian yeast, sugar, lightly spiced. Medium bodied, fairly dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (5944) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Tap. Clear amber pour with a very small head. Slightly sweet aroma but not very bold. Clean moderate palate. Sweet taste - some dark fruit and a bit of yeast. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2090) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 6, 2014
Dark brown, sweetness and nice. A pretty nice dubbed. On tap at JL Beers in Fargo.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Busick (355) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Poured a reddish brown color with a toasted marshmallow head. Overpowering wine taste. Was not a favorite Barley-wine for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle, picked up the Bozeman Co-op for $10. I like the new bottles, they are a huge improvement from the wax dipped swing-tops. Bright copper/orange pour with very little beige head. Startling clarity and few bubbles. **I was much ‘rougher’ pouring the second glass and it yielded a larger head with a rather translucent copper-orange color. A gentle aroma of spices, candy sugar, cloves, and yeast. Lightly floral and dry. The flavors come off as subdued; a malty, spicy and lightly spiced flavor. Soft feel, middle-weight body, maybe a bit on the light side. Light yeast and floral tingle in the end. Quite approachable. I would love to see this become a regular seasonal release if the price could come down a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (1611) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
Aromas of bubblegum and caramel... Dark fruit. Similar flavors. A bit thin but a nice dubbel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10699) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Tap at Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours amber with an off-white head. Light malty aroma with a spice hint. Med body - not really thick. Flavor is mildly spicy malt. Arguably some darkish fruit. Finishes a bit off dry. Something sweet floats in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 (443) - , Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Picked this one up at the COOP yesterday... enjoyed tonight with a piping hot bowl of Tom Kha Gai.. Yummy. Pours a clear light amber with a short lasting off-white head... Could use better retention and lacing. The nose is surprisingly proper... Good toasty maltiness with a lesser caramel... Yeasty esters show as raisin and some background dried cherry.... hints of banana with warmth. Flavor is not quite as rich as the aroma leads... mirrors the nose with a light clovey phenol presence... Medium body with a medium/high carbonation... I am really liking this one... Seems fresh.. and seems authentic/Continental.. Glad this wasn’t some overdone malt-bomb.. Well done... I don’t think I would cellar this one.

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