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Heavy Seas - Yule Tide (2009) - Heavy Seas Beer

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164 Ratings
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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 11-16-2009)
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: pours pale golden orange with an off white finger and a half head.
S: spicy with yeast, with fruit and sweet malt
T: a sweet mix of malt, candied fruit, spices and a very light hop bitterness. it also hides its alcohol well
M: think and has low to medium carbonation.
D: very easy. almost too, flavors are balanced well. one of the best american triples i have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 23:21:49 | More by rootbeerman
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hdofu

Maryland

4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one a bunch. Smell is intensely of belgian spices. Taste is strongly of coriander, but also somewhat sweet. It had poured an pale copper color with a foamy white head. This beer is overwhemingly smooth and must have it's alcohol burn hid beneath the waters. Probably the best beer I've had out of this state even beating out the double dog ipa

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 03:37:21 | More by hdofu
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thekanna

Maryland

4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy, radiant gold with a finger of white head.

S: Strong bananas, yeast, and malty sweetness. The aroma has a pungent floral and yeast character that brings your nose to the point of saturation without going overboard.

T: Like a sweet, boozy, yeasty bread. Phenols are definitely strong, yet contribute a warming feel to the brew. Bananas, sweet wheat malts, tulips, honey, and spices create a nice balance.

M: Full bodied and smooth, with subdued carbonation.

D: This is absolutely delicious. Heavy Seas continues to go above and beyond to create stellar brews. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 06:52:23 | More by thekanna
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-23-2012 15:52:57 | More by Mikecap
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Abe_Froman

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

03-24-2012 03:54:49 | More by Abe_Froman
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shigg85

Japan

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-29-2012 23:36:11 | More by shigg85
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JxExM

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

05-19-2012 15:49:42 | More by JxExM
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Amity Wine & Spirits, New Haven CT, $5.99. No dating on the bottle. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Bright semi-hazy brew is a brilliant golden color and generates a massive 3" of smooth stable light tan head. Very intense smell, a thick sweet and grainy light malt body, lactose, apricots, white grapes, a delightful old yeast funk, and spicy alcohol. The taste follows straight from the smell and it all blends seamlessly together, very smooth and lovely. The alcohol is apparent but not objectionable. Body is moderately thick but supple, carbonation is soft and appropriate. Alcohol adds some welcome spice without being boozy. Finish has some lingering yeast funk and alcohol.

I found this to be a highly enjoyable and well-balanced example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 03:00:02 | More by BeerNinja007
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MiScusi

California

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to me by my friend Brian who resides just outside Baltimore.

A- Pours a cloudy dark golden, weak head, fizzles very fast.

S- The Belgian yeast earthy phenols are great here, and there are plenty of fruity esters to balance with that. Very nice balance between the two actually.

T- This is a sweet beer. Fruity, a little earthy. Smooth. All the parts mingle together so nicely here. Makes for a very tasty brew.

M- Very fine tingly mouthfeel, some slickness to the body.

D- Really good beer overall. Alcohol was well hidden. Nice tripel for being on the higher ABV end.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 08:04:34 | More by MiScusi
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an Orval-branded chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light-brown color. Has almost no head and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fruity and spicy with that yeast smell that is typical of most Belgian and Belgian-style beers.

Taste: A very striking beer; you definitely don't see this one coming. Hits you hard up front with aggressive spiciness and mild hoppy bitterness. Finishes yeasty and fruity. Very complex, very good, and very aggressive. Additionally, you would never know that this beer is 10% ABV; the flavor masks the alcohol deceptively well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a nice carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: An excellent tripel and a great winter seasonal. This beer is definitely warming and surprisingly drinkable for its ABV. Definitely worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 23:03:03 | More by wahhmaster
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k7sw

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful classic golden color with a big thick head. Lacing sticks around even after the head has diminished.
There's a strong scent to this one of something dark and sweet. (and I don't usually smell much)
Malt and hops are well balanced, the taste is sweet and bitter.
Very crisp mouthfeel.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer and will be looking out for it through the end of the winter months.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 10:19:10 | More by k7sw
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is yeasty with fruity, floral and grassy undertones. It pours a pretty clear golden amber with a fluffy eggshell-white head that leaves some good lacing. Rich, fruity flavor has malty and grassy hints, and - WHOA, watch out for the alcohol bite! It has hints of caramel and butterscotch as well. Smooth, full-bodied texture has quite a bit of fizz to it, leaving a persistent tingle. Just what you need to get through the blooming holidays!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:38:50 | More by Cyberkedi
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LuthersMug

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pleasant orange ambrosia look, cloudy with specks floating throughout. A bit of a pale yellow head, decent lacing.

S - Caramel and yeast were pleasing in the nose

T - Lots of sweet maltiness in this one. Caramel and apple cider excited the palate. Balanced pretty well.

M - Malts are the predominant feature of this brew. Creamy, bold, and delicious.

D - At 10% and easy to drink, this brew leaves you feeling good.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 03:09:19 | More by LuthersMug
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into globe glass, 2011 bottle. Pours slightly cloudy deep golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings on the glass as well; good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, candi sugar, clove, tart and spicy yeast. Nice aromas with big strength. Pretty much spot on from what I was expecting from the style; pretty much no alcohol noticed in the aromas. Taste of huge pear, apricot, lemon, caramel, candi sugar, biscuit, clove, pepper, spicy yeast, and a bit of tart grains. Lingering notes of pear, apricot, pepper, clove, and tart spiciness on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Nice and easy drinking, but is still a sipper as expected. Alcohol is nicely hidden, but there is still a decent sized warming on the finish. Overall this is easily one of the best American made Tripels I have ever had. Super fruity, yet balanced. Easy to drink despite being 10%.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 05:44:06 | More by superspak
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is light golden in color with a white head. Pretty good lacing. Nose is a good dose of spice with mild fruit and a bit of grain. Taste is light with some nice spicing. Feel is quite nice with a smooth character. Spicing is quite nice. Drinks very well and is a nice holiday spiced ale.

Serving type: cask

11-09-2010 02:45:41 | More by Thorpe429
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Rast

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

11-14-2013 13:47:39 | More by Rast
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BTFU

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

04-28-2013 05:39:45 | More by BTFU
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mttdls

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

09-19-2012 17:41:15 | More by mttdls
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

09-15-2012 22:43:53 | More by t0rin0
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

02-16-2013 15:01:53 | More by DrFunkenstein
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GTB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

12-23-2012 00:17:41 | More by GTB
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

01-24-2013 13:27:50 | More by GrindFatherBob
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clipper City Brewing
Heavy Seas, Mutiny Fleet, Yule Tide

G- Riedel 6416/07

A-Dark golden-amber, cloudy with lees. Foam quick to settle, leaving some lace.

S- Belgian yeast breadiness, a touch of rustic funkiness, champagne, green apple, golden raisins.

T- Big, sweet, rich malt. Yeasty bread with spice. Warm biscuits with butter & honey.

M, D- Viscous mouthfeel. Sweeter than most tripels. ABV masked by this beer's substance.

An enjoyable tripel.

Serving: Bomber

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:03:15 | More by WhiteOak
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nickthetick

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear gold with a slight orange tint into a brewers art goblet with about a half finger of off white head that thins fairly quickly.

S: nice spiciness, a tad fruity, bananas, apples, very yeasty, a lot of bread note, some caramel, honey and sweet malt. Very complex.

T: heavy with the spices right up front. With a healthy dose of some boozy light fruits like apples. Huge yeast flavors like biscuits and fruity esthers.

MF: hot, astringent in places, full bodied, light carbonation and almost syrupy.

O: I great beer but a bit too boozy, it would be super great with a couple more months on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:04:24 | More by nickthetick
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DBoone

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased ($5.99) at my local that had just gotten the beer in today. Bomber with kinda neat holiday label.
Poured straight into the middle of a Unibroue Maudite tulip glass. Hazy golden color with an off white head that rapidly dissipated, although a very thin line of lacing held for a while.
A small amount of citrus smell was noted immediately, along with some typical belgian odors including light banana and maybe a hint of clove from the belgian yeast used in the fermentation.
I really like the taste of this tripel, getting a light malty flavor with the a tiny amount of hops. Slightly sweeter, I think than most tripels, but enjoyable. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Silky smooth mouthfeel leaving a light coating on the tongue and palate.
Good overall drinkability, have one or maybe, two bombers at most in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 01:58:03 | More by DBoone
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Heavy Seas - Yule Tide (2009) from Heavy Seas Beer
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