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

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 168
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
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:
Beer added by: yourefragile on 11-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at Mr. Goodbar. Yeasty aroma, cloudy grapefruit colour, with absolute minimal whitish Caesar head. The taste is yeasty, and then what follows is some nutmeg and cinammon, and a thickish cooking combination. Not very drinkable, and unfortunately not a great example of this normally fine Belgian style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a cloudy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of beer had some light spice notes along with some grainy malt and Belgian yeast aromas. The taste of the beer was pretty typical of most Tripel's out there. There were some light citrusy notes that were nice. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied and had a good amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was pretty good but it's just wasn't what I was expecting for a Winter Brew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shiny kumquat with a swirling snowstorm of yeast that remains in suspended animation. Multiple streams of fine bubbles find their way to the underside of a thick slice of manila colored foam that is sticky enough to leave small sheets of suds as it shrinks.

The nose is redolent of golden fruit (light), alcohol (medium), and clove-like yeast esters (heavy). Not bad, but far from a world-beater. Warming probably won't change much... and doesn't.

Yule Tide Belgian Style Tripel Ale is not a very good effort at a Belgian-style tripel. All the necessary pieces are present (more or less) but they don't fit together as well as they might. Hard to tell where the blame lies, so let's dig deeper.

The malts taste mostly pale with a modest toasted-earthy undertow. Using Munich malt (strictly a guess) in beer of this style is a major no-no. Whatever hops were used don't contribute much bitterness or flavor. Which leaves us with Trappist ale yeast that isn't exactly setting the world ablaze. Good beer of this style shouldn't be that hard to get right.

Ground clove-dusted apricots macerated in Absolut is the sum total of the flavor profile (had to get that in there). The mouthfeel is American big beer cushy and slick, which is wonderful in a general sense, but light years away from the style's best.

On the whole, the Pyrate Fleet series from Clipper City Brewing is much better than the higher ABV Mutiny Fleet series. Yule Tide does absolutely nothing to change that. Why does a tripel get a Christmas-themed name and why is the Jolly Roger on the label wearing a Santa hat and sporting a mistletoe necklace?

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Photo of oberon
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a style I go to often,an American version even less,I took a flyer on this and got what I expected really.Poured into a large tulip glass a deep golden with a tinge of burnt orange,a thinner but well retained white head atop.Big funk and phenols in the nose,not much fruit character,the barnyard-like funk is the main component here.Flavors are phenolic and medicinal, two things I dont much care for really,there is some white grape skin and ginger that comes thru but the yeasty flavors are just to much for me.Not my thing,others may like it more but the yeasty flavors are a bit much for me.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a rather tall white head. Smells strangely of grass and lemon zest. A bit tart, too. Is it supposed to be that way? Not much in the way of malt or sweetness like you'd expect from a tripel... The flavor is pure pineapple juice which is nice, but also not intended (at least, I'm fairly certain of that). There's a bit of acidity and tartness to it and a pretty obvious lack of maltiness/sweetness. Medium body with high carbonation.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is overwhelming banana orange. Did not like it.

Taste is slightly better, but can't overcome the smell.

Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Would not recommend highly, but still a decent beer. This is one of Heavy Seas poorer offerings in my opinion though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a ever so slightly hazed, dark gold body with a foamy, barely off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, sweetish nose housing notes of Granny Smith apple slices, faux berries, gum, pineapple packed in heavy syrup, and a clearing shot of ethanol.

Taste: Sugar encrusted pale, grainy malts with a big splash of green apple cider. Then, a bit of strawberry gum, peppercorns, and a hit of fairly warming alcohol. Also, some pineapple along with a big rebound of sweetness. Slightly acidic throughout. Sweetish, warm, fruity finish with more of that chewing gum accent riding out leisurely into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Yule Tide falls somewhere between "acceptable" and "okay," which, to be honest, exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/18/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, citrus, apples, spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong alcohol bite that is followed by sweet flavors of citrus, caramel, spices and apples. Then a mild breadiness comes in from the Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is also mild but there's a decent balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer and not quite your typical Christmas release, but there are better Tripels out there.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a 22 ounce bottle, a honey golden body pretty clear, able to see through it. Big luscious off white head forms fine speckled lacing as it dwindles.

Aroma big juicy fruit layers of malts and tart apples, with candied sugars. Even a touch of alcohol in the nose with a bready nutty layer that seems to foreshadow each sip.

Flavor is harsh alcohol, tropical fruit, nothing smooth compared to most Belgian tripels. Spicy finish and alcohol burn is almost too much to even enjoy this young residual sugar burdened American version of a great Belgian style. This is not a good tripel, high alcohol volume bang for your buck yes.

Mouthfeel is harsh cloyingly sweet with a rough edge of grains and alcohol hitting the palate in the worst possible way, carbonation levels aren't my issues it's more the overall feel on the palate.

Overall quality is poor, a big beer 10% abv with too much fusel alcohol and rough flavors to cohesively recognize as a quality tripel.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a moderate head, settles to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Leaves good lace. A minor chill haze to the otherwise deep gold/light amber color.

Strong smell of soured milk; no sweetness. Good Belgian yeast bite.

Strong citrus taste to the beer. There's also a sweetness that I could not detect in the smell. The body is rich from residual sugars. A touch of hop in the swallow, but the aftertaste is like clover honey with a touch of spruce.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
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%.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is yellow / orange and has a slight haze to it. Forms a diffuse white head. Carbonation is mild to moderate and there is no lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Aroma is slightly alcoholic and slightly yeasty. There is a slight biting bitterness in there as well. Its simple but good. I like how it smells. Makes me think, "Tripel", which is a good thing when you are drinking a tripel.

Beer is sweet with a late bitter. It is oddly spicy, like holiday spicy. Beer is really aggressive in the palate and strong flavored. Very surprising. Mouthfeel is OK, drinkability is good. Medium bodied beer. I enjoyed it, not great but decent.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden color with a 1/2" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet pale malt scent along with a rather fruity Belgian yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a very smooth pale malt flavor. It's rich and full of Belgian yeast character. The yeast provides plenty of fruity esters as well as a mild dry/earthy character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking Tripel. It's basic in nature, but it's well brewed and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a pale amber in color with a thick white fluffy head. The head settled out and clung to the sides but left decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is dominated by the Belgian yeast, it has some spiciness and some sweet sugary notes. Taste is sweet, almost sugary with a strong Belgian yeast spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's slightly too sweet for me which hurts it's drinkability.

Overall it was a decent beer but not one of my favorites for the style. Probably wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy orange color with a wispy head that falls to a spotty surface foam quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: yeast, pepper, fruit sweetness, and a floral aroma is easy to detect.

Taste: fruit sweetness is up front here with honey, green grapes, pepper, yeast, and a prominent alcohol flavor. Bitterness tries to cut down the sweetness here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Mild dryness throughout. Long aftertaste as the alcohol and sweeetness hangs around the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: a slow sipping beer that tended to be a bit to sweet for my liking. After the bomber was empty, I was not yearning for any more.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Ninety 9 Bottles in Norwalk, Ct. No freshness info to be had. Pours clouded, medium apricot amber, with a lot of yeasties floating around in the glass. Eggshell head of about 1/4 inch, stays, then goes to a thicker collar, leaving typical slippery sheeting and the medium spots of lace. Flowery nose with Belgian yeast notes and pepper. Densely flavorful tripel, notes of more Belgian yeast, dark fruit juice, sweet malts. Sweet being the operative word...not crazy about this one, lacks some sort of a hoppy presence to at least attempt to balance things out a bit...Heavy seas, not really hitting the note here with this one

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Photo of yourefragile
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New offering in the Mutiny Fleet series of beers. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. "An avalanche of flavor" reads the label

A: Pours a translucent, yet relatively clear deep honey golden color with a thick, bubbly whitish head which fades to a thick ring of tiny bubbles and a thin film. Minimal dots of lacing.

S: Very nice, smooth balanced aroma. Very little alcohol presence, primarily a mix of fruity sweet and spicy notes. Banana, clove, pepper, yeast, caramel malt, etc.

T: Like aroma, a smooth balance of fruit and spice. Primarily sweet orange citrus with mild banana notes dominate peppery spiciness. Malt backbone is present but never asserts itself. As it warms up starts to lean a little too sweet for my taste, but that's more of an issue with my own taste for the style.

M: Soft and creamy, lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation. Clean finish, not quite effervescent level of carbonation, minimal alcohol presence. Very pleasant.

D: After ranging from indifferent to disappointed on the first 3 Mutiny Fleet series (well, the barrel aged Great Pumpkin was very nice) I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was. Great American take on the style, not exceptional, but very nice complex balance of flavors with well concealed alcohol makes this a very pleasant, drinkable Tripel.

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Photo of weeare138
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler fill from Capone's...

Appears a hazy gold with with an orange hue when held to the light. A small, white head quickly fizzles into a mild cap. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of apricots, citrus, peppery spice, apple, and floral notes.
Taste is of the mentioned aroma with some more spicing and a white wine/poached pear flavor making an appearance.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some winter spices clinging to the semi-dry finish.

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Photo of John_M
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

So far I have not been hugely impressed with the Mutiny Fleet series from Heavy Seas/Clipper City. Recently, the Drafting Room at Exton had a firkin of this for a Belgian beer promotion.

The beer pours a solid gold color with not much head retention or lacing. On the nose, this beer smells pretty sweet with clove and significant cherry cough drop. On the palate this beer is VERY sweet and boozy, and I feel as if I'm drinking liquified cherry cough drops or some cherry liquer. The sweetness is a bit much, especially coupled with the noticeable high alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft and fairly full (as one would expect out of a firkin), and is probably this beer's best attribute. Drinkability is fair at best, with the sweetness and high alcohol making it very tough going.

Not very impressed with this, and am becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the brewer's inability to at least mask the high alcohol in these mutiny fleet beers.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Almost clear amber color. Spicy nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet, spicy rum. Interesting triple. $6.75 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle purchased at The Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into a Chimay chalice, formed a 1/8" off-white head over the slightly cloudy dark amber brew. Head is promptly down to a swirly layer of bubbles, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is sweet and spices. Taste starts very sweet, with spices interspersed from middle to end, but the main story is the saccharin sweetness. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, and drinkability is okay. Maybe the sugar will fade a bit as it warms.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice. Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is candied sugar, spices, fruity sweetness, yeast and some alcohol.

T- The taste is very sweet with a peppery spiciness and a warming finish from the alcohol. Overall the taste is pretty good but it can be a bit sweet and the alcohol can be a little hot at times.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- Overall, this one isn't horrible but is a little too hot going down. Worth a shot.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dirty amber brown with at least a half of white foamy head which is slightly opaque.

S - The single best part of this beer an explosion of Belgium candies, rich dark fruits, fresh cut lemons, and just a tiny bit of alcohol in the nose.

T - Not as great as the smell but hides the ABV well. Starts off with a bit of bittering lemon, then some raisin and cherries and finish's off with an extreme bit of Belgium candied sugars that is stellar at first but second pour makes it cloying and boring.

M - To me it was a medium bodied Triple with hardcore ABV.

Overall if I had just a 12oz pour then I would try this beer again but would never tackle an entire bomber to myself again. A very smooth, sweet, and cheap ($6.49 a bottle retail) Triple. Share it with someone!

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pears with a good amount of clove and a bit of alcohol. As it warms the alcohol becomes more prevalent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light fruit flavors up front are backed by sweet malt and hints of spices - as with the smell mostly clove. Midway through the sip the spices come out a bit more before fading into a crisp ending that leaves hints of pears on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I believe this was my first tripel I've had on-cask (besides Curieux but that's aged in bourbon barrels so it's a bit different) and I was impressed. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable than I would like but I can sacrifice that for a smoother mouthfeel. Worth a shot.

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