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

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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Photo of hardcor33
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

hardcor33, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of KevinTK
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

KevinTK, May 30, 2012
Photo of JxExM
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

JxExM, May 19, 2012
Photo of harrisjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

harrisjohnson, May 13, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -13%
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.

ChainGangGuy, May 07, 2012
Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +8.7%

MSandahl23, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Mudawg, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Abe_Froman
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Abe_Froman, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange-yellow color with a nice amount of fluffy white head.

The scent was of sweet sugar and fruit, some notes of belgian yeast.

The taste was of sweet fruits, belgian sugars, yeast, some spice, and apparent alcohol.

Medium body, very smooth and prickly feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty good tripel, the flavor was very good and hid the high abv very well. Very easy drinker.

BeerCon5, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

duceswild, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

thegerm87, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of nickthetick
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.

nickthetick, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of RickS95
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks American. Sort of an orangey apricot color, pretty clear. Head is brilliant white, about a finger thick and dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the perimeter.

Lots of things happening in the nose. Funky, tart smelling Belgian yeast with lots of citrus, mostly orange peel. A little candied sugar as a backdrop.

Kinda fruity taste. The citrus is very evident, as is the alcohol. Yeast and candied sugar are also very present. Tastes like a fruitcake dipped in alcohol.

A lot of different feelings, but they're slightly rough around the edges. Sweet, tart, tangy, dry, bitter, with just a bit of heat in the finish. Medium bodied and though you can taste and feel the high ABV, it's well disguised.

All Heavy Seas beers are direct and come right at you, this is no different. It's got a lot of positives, but it's just a little unrefined. Still very worth trying.

RickS95, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of evilkalla
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving: Bomber into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear copper. Practically no head to speak of. Carbonation appears to be on the low side. Somewhat flat and lifeless looking.

S: I don't really smell anything. Maybe a little candy sweetness but that's it.

T: High on sweetness. Maybe a little to much. A little spiciness in there but it's overwhelmed by the sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Feels okay. Could be a little bit more carbonated for the style, though.

O: Not my favorite. Not a drain pour but I would not buy this again.

evilkalla, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of mscudder
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Enjoyed in a New Belgium globe. Thick lacing with a nice hazy amber/orange.

S - Sweet fruits, yeast, and assorted spices.

T - Pears, grapes, overall very sweet with a bitter finish. Beautifully masks the 10% ABV.

M - Medium body, sticky and creamy texture with a crisp dry finish.

O - I like the complexity of this brew at $5 a bomber. For one that enjoys a sweet beer this may be for you! Personally, I have had better, but worth a shot!

mscudder, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of sneth019
4/5  rDev +8.7%

sneth019, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of jeffmart22
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden copper color. An aggressive pour yields a three finger head that dissipated, leaving a good amount of lacing behind. You can see some alcohol clinging to the glass.

A - Smells of sweet banana and sweet citrus. You can pick up the alcohol on the nose. A slight earthy and peppery aromas.

T - This one is on the sweet side. Actually it's really sweet. Has tastes of sweet or candied fruits. Alcohol is hidden by the sweetness but you can feel it warming you up.

M - Thin in body. Flavor duration is moderate.

O - Ok beer, but it is priced properly.

jeffmart22, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of adamhdv
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a tulip, orange in color that reminds me slightly of a dark honey. Thin head with bubbles and slight lacing.

S: First sniff is a tad sour but after a few swirls get sweeter.

T: Citrus, apricot, cloves and a bit of spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. You can notice the 10% abv burn though I feel it hides it well.

O: Overall a good beer. Alcohol was decently hidden, imo. For the price paid, it was worth it.

adamhdv, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of HopHeadInOhio
4/5  rDev +8.7%

HopHeadInOhio, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of BrewMaven
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotted at a new to me beverage store. $3.59 for a bomber..Not bad!

Slightly hazy amber/gold on the pour surprisingly low carbonation and a thin head that dropped quickly to a cover leaving sparse lace.

Smells of sweet fruits with a bit of a yeasty aroma coming through also.

Taste is similar with sweet slightly tart fruits coming through, hints of alcohol and a hint of chalkiness on the finish. Mouthfeel of fairly viscous and coating. Fleeting carbonation.

I've had more enjoyable Tripels but this wouldn't be passed over if spotted again.

BrewMaven, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of ncbeerbubba
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

ncbeerbubba, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +8.7%

jaidenjb, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of k7sw
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.

k7sw, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

womencantsail, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Knapp85, Jan 01, 2012
Heavy Seas - Yule Tide (2009) from Heavy Seas Beer
84 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.