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Heavy Seas - Plank III - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged on Jamaican Allspice wood and featuring pepper and fruit flavors, PLANK III offers a unique taste and aroma. According to Christopher Leonard, Brewmaster and Operations Manager, “PLANK III is an exciting Belgian-style Tripel. We believe it is the first commercially available beer that has been aged on Jamaican Allspice wood. Goldenrod in color with a dense head and creamy mouthfeel, this robust, bold brew presents phenolic flavors of white pepper and peach skin from the warm fermentation along with subtle spiciness from the wood aging.”

Hops: Styrian Aurora, German Smaragd
Malts: Pale, 2-Row. German Munich Malt
Suggested Food Pairings: Strong, pungent semi-soft and semi-firm cheeses, anything

(Beer added by: bccocx on 07-08-2014)
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a darker amber (almost a copper) color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Retention isn't the best, but a creamy-looking collar remains on the edges of the glass, boosted by the vibrant carbonation. Only tiny specs of lacing are left behind.

S: As tripels go, this one leans heavily towards sweet. There are plenty of fruit esters floating around (grape, apple, pear, and cherry), with lesser touches of biscuit, vanilla, and pepper. The calling card of this offering (Allspice wood) imparts a subtle yet perceptible note of fall-time spices and Allspice. While it doesn't come off as an amazing tripel, it does do enough to differentiate it from the Golden Monkeys of the world.

T: Drier than I expected. The presence of Allspice wood cuts into the sweetness of the base quite well, especially on the back end. Still, there's an upsurge of biscuity yeast post-swallow that nicely betrays its tripel roots. Initially there are some decent fruit esters, along with some banana and vanilla. If there's any problem with this one, it's that there's too much spice/wood presence, and not enough of the base tripel coming through. Still, it's highly enjoyable in all facets.

M: This is a dry beer - as it should be. The wood tannins really give it a biting crispness to it. And yet, the alcohol is perfectly hidden. Translation: we're entering the Danger Zone. Carbonation is medium-high, aiding in the drinkability.

O: Now this is solid. It's very spicy, even by tripel standards. Ergo, it won't be for everyone. It's a really drinkable and dangerous brew, which is exactly what I want from the style - anytime I meet a 8.5% bomber that was borderline effortless, it's always a great thing.

3.6/5: Well-spiced tripel that's flat-out dangerous

ThisWangsChung, Aug 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DRBiser, Yesterday at 12:12 AM
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3.96/5  rDev +6.7%

polopaul20, Saturday at 01:32 AM
Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a large tulip glass a deep burnt orange a half finger bone white head.Alcohol,yeast,and fruit in the nose,not getting much of the allspice wood.Vanilla toffee and spiced yeasty flavors with just a hint of the wood coming thru...just a hint, a decent amount of alcohol in the finish.Not a world beater but it's not bad.

oberon, Wednesday at 11:37 PM
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Smooches, Nov 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

dmberger, Nov 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Roguer, Nov 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

wisrarebeer, Nov 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

bigred89, Oct 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

OkLetsGo14, Oct 22, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gmann, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of Apellonious
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A - Bright orange, with ruby highlights. One finger head, decent lace retention.

S- Banana, bubble gum, yeast.

T - Banana, candied sugar, yeast, and some wood/spice on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is good, slightly creamy, semi-dry finish.

O- This is tasty. The wood/spice is subtle. Almost overly fruity, but recommended.

Apellonious, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of fourstringer
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped "14116".

A: Hazy, golden orange-yellow body with 1 finger of off-white head. OK retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet, spicy Belgian yeast. Fruit-forward: banana, tropical fruit, lemon, coriander. Some darker baking spice. Allspice? Maybe. Candi sugar. The wood-aged elements are subtle, but there is a hint of dark rum.

T: The sweetness, fruit and spice hit first with an accompanying wheat-like maltiness. A moderate hop bitterness develops to close it out somewhere between dry and semi-dry. Light alcohol presence, especially for the style. Lingering fruit and hops in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate-to-low carbonation for the style with a medium body. Smooth and slightly creamy. A tad sticky.

O: I found this one to be pretty tasty. I'm a bit surprised by the low scores. I'll admit it was more imperial hefeweizen than tripel and the wood-aged notes were dialed low in the mix, but it drank very nicely.


fourstringer, Oct 16, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

TomG2751, Oct 14, 2014
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4.47/5  rDev +20.5%

Arithmeticus, Oct 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Shawnspl, Oct 11, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -1.9%

LowRG, Oct 10, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a clear bright copper/orange color with a frothy white head and decent carbonation.

The nose is Belgian yeast, a little fruit, sugar, bubble gum, faint vanilla, a little spicy pepper. The flavor is fun and unique. It is more dry than I was anticipating considering the base style, lots of Belgian yeast and wheat notes, heavy All-Spice characteristics, but absolutely zero oak or wood. Only the spice comes from the barrel, nothing more. This tastes good, but drinks more like what I imagined a tripel brewed with all-spice might taste like.

nmann08, Oct 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Lucular, Oct 06, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -5.1%

cfadams17, Oct 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Zetcha7x, Oct 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

DrBier, Sep 23, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

TheManiacalOne, Sep 20, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Bierleichen, Sep 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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