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Heavy Seas - Plank III - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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 -1.4%
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
Photo of Bladezone
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%

Bladezone, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Bierleichen
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

Bierleichen, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of earlholman
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

earlholman, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Heavy Seas insists it's "goldenrod in color". I'll go with that. pretty fat foamy head on the pour that mostly dissipates.
smell: Pretty much like a as expected nose from a Tripel. A little yeasty and a bit of spice. Maybe some "subtle spiciness" from the Allspice wood, nothing unique stands out.
taste: A little more depth in the taste. i am getting some white pepper and interesting notes, i guess from the Allspice.
overall: Not bad at all. Not a home run but kudos for trying new things.

cindyjeffsmith, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.25/5  rDev -11%

mendvicdog, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%

weeare138, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of coobstar
4/5  rDev +9.6%

mmmm.. an excellent mouth-encompassing malty backbone is accompanied by a bitingly spicy but not overly bitter tongue-lashing, likely emerging from the allspice wood aging. Not at all cloying - an excellent balance of sweet and dry.

Belies (or belays) its booziness in taste until you find it warmly creeping down the esophageal passage. Perfect for a chilly night at the tiller, I would imagine, smelling salt on the air, a lone gull crying high above.

I enjoyed it superfresh and local from Capital Beer & Wine in Bethesda, MD.

coobstar, Aug 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

kevintaraross, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

NJBeer265, Jul 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

IPAchris, Sep 04, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev +9.3%

Rbodacious, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of gcd
5/5  rDev +37%

gcd, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of Ephraim
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Average Belgian Tripel. I dont taste anything different from the Jamaican wood. Good rich color. Not much head from the bottle pour. Its a big break from the other Heavy Seas beers which is nice. Limited release and the ratings Im seeing means it probably wont be back next year.

Ephraim, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of AWB3
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

AWB3, Jul 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Boone757, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

2dogbrew, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of notdriving
4.48/5  rDev +22.7%

notdriving, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

The aroma smells of pale malts, and yeasty funk of some sort.
Never smelled allspice wood but there is a dry tannin pepper smell too. Light.
Pours a rustic amber with a tall beige head.
Drinks sweet and malty as it crosses the palate. Hints of spice and dry tannins are in the finish along with some warming alcohol.
Overall it's okay something different.

micromaniac129, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Petegrieco, Jul 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

jzeilinger, Aug 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Thedrizzle, Aug 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Storm21, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deeper copper with a short-lasting white head. The aroma has nice fruity esters with a little more depth from the wood and hint of spices. The taste is very similar to the aroma but with just a little more oomph. It's not stunning but it is quite good. The wood aging doesn't affect the expected weight and there remains a nice light weight to the body. A nice addition to a Belgian ale.

delta490, Aug 09, 2014
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Heavy Seas - Plank III from Heavy Seas Beer
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