Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2011 (Dubbel) - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.79/5 rDev -4.5%
"Winners from our annual 'Letter of Marque' home-brew competition will work alongside our brewmaster to create a yearly special release. Historically, a Letter of Marque was a document that made a Pyrate a legitimate privateer. Our Letter of Marque makes a home brewer a legitimate professional!" Recipe is from David Edmundson and Doug John. Brewed in the style of a Belgian Style Dubbel, the 2011 Letter of Marque was released in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a crisp, sudsy beige head over a maple-amber body. Clarity is good, with a mild haze and light flecked sediment in tow. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25
(Smell) Up front is a medium bready caramel malt body with a pinch of wheat malt, a dash of thin candied sugar and some mild fruit notes of plum and fig. The bright yeast profile showcases citrusy fruit notes and mellow ethanol. Mild oxidation is creeping into the aroma and a modest sourness is gaining ground as well. Potency is medium/high. 3.5
(Taste) The malt profile estimates out to a light biscuity malt and low toasted grain body with some thin syrupy sweetness. There is an earthy grain bitterness and hop presence is nonexistent, as expected per the style, but notes of licorice, vanilla and light ethanol tend to round out the balance. The drinkability of this dubbel is incredibly high, fairly light on the malt side of things but with a decent amount of balance and composition to keep it interesting. 4
(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, chewy, mildly syrupy. Carbonation adds a moderate level of buzz to the mouthfeel for a lightened texture- whether this is too much or little for the style is a fair question, although I found it roundly appropriate. The body is medium for the style and medium overall. Balance is slightly grainy with acidic fruit over sweetness, which is fairly light for the beer in general. The drinkability is nonetheless high. Alcohol presence is moderate. 3.75
(Overall) This Belgian Style Dubbel seems to fit the style guidelines fairly well, even if it keeps a simple malt template and a somewhat mellow yeast profile, it keeps a high drinkability and a favorable balance of flavors, which is what one should expect from many beers. Don't expect anything original or out-of-place in this beer. It seems that Heavy Seas picked a decent winner to showcase in this entry. 3.75
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Letter Of Marque 2011: Belgian Style Dubbel
04-23-2014 02:00:23 | More by Jadjunk
3.91/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from 22oz bottle into a Piraat snifter.
A: Pours dark reddish-brown with 1/2 inch light tan head. Good retention and a nice coat of lacing left on the glass with each tip.
S: Lightly sweet and fruity with more malt showing than average for style. Excellent.
T: Flavorful and similar to the aroma. Lightly sweet start and mildy bitter in the aftertaste. Nicely fruity with dark fruit (raisins, figs), toffee, and light spices.
M: Medium-full body. Slight astringent and not quite as smooth as expected for style. Medium+ carbonation.
O: Impressive American rendtition of this Belgian style, albeit not up to the best Belgians.
07-12-2013 20:33:53 | More by chinchill
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Lightly chilled 22 oz bomber into a 12 oz tulip. As we're heading into 2013 I figured it was about time to crack this 2011 release.
Look- A vigorous pour leaves me with a generous three finger head. Soapy look, off-white. Decent retention. The beer itself has a rich dark amber hue with hints of red, reminds me of dark maple syrup or pale LME before dilution.
Smell- Gobs of ripe stone fruit; cherry and butterscotch, currants, sweet, peach cobbler, jammy. Swirling brings out a stronger spicy aroma, something floral but faint.
Taste- A bit plainer than the nose indicated, and lighter as well. Mild spiciness and dark brown bread mix it up with light vanilla, plum, and green tea. Finishes with a toastier flavor and a bit of cherry candy. Faint oxidation, but two years in a fridge hasn't hurt it much. Nice, subtler than most dubbels. Tasty.
Mouthfeel- Medium body, light carbonation. Fuller feel on the swallow, Juicy feel, an easy drinker. Lighter than anticipated. No hint of the ABV.
Overall- Nice, clean, distinctly Heavy Seas, and richly flavored without going too far. It's also aged exceptionally well. I wouldn't mind at all if they decided to bring this one back.
01-07-2013 07:10:52 | More by Lawl3ss
3.73/5 rDev -6%
I've had this bottle for about 18 monts and finally opened it up today.
I used a tulip glass for this beer. There was very minimal foam on the initial pour. The body is deep brown, like leather colored.
Off the top you get raisins and tobacco. The nose is light and easy.
The flavor is pretty simple. I get a decent amount of malt, some dark fruit (not a lot), and some more of the tobacco.
This beer was good. It probably didn't merit a special run, but I enjoyed it.
01-02-2013 18:43:16 | More by ummswimmin
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
pretty darn good brew. pours a light amber. nice two finger head. steady carbonation. good lacing down the glass. fruit aroma dates and some grass from hops. full flavor and lighter body than expected. nice finish but watch the abv.
suckem up and movem out.
03-25-2012 21:20:15 | More by giblet
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
Looking at the earliest reviews I determined this beer was brewed in June of last year, so that makes it at least 8 months old.
A - Noted as have pretty low carbonation, fourming a slight bubbly lace ring that as mild lacing. Color is a dark brown yet clear not hazy.
S - The yeast in the smell is very fruity along with some dark fruits mostly plums, and a bit of caramel or toffee.
T - Taste is very clean without much chalkiness of the yeast giving it a good bubblegum tone. Fruit is light yet balanced with a mild touch of hops and caramel in the finish. Tasty.
M - Medium bodied it hides the 8% well.
Overall can't say I can find this anymore and even though it's old it's still drinking fantastic. Worth picking up if you can find it under 6 bucks like me.
02-21-2012 00:36:18 | More by DrDemento456
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
ARRR. Any beer with piracy involved interests me :D.
Pour an orange-amber color.
Smell was nothing to be noticed, but wasn't obnoxious in any way.
Taste was quite nice, classic dubbel feel, not much to stand out, but definite quality to the malt taste.
Mouthfeel was quite good. A lot of beers can ruin a taste with bad/overbearing carbonation, but this one was solidly done.
Overall, a neat drink. Worth a pick up if you haven't tried, but I wouldn't break down any doors to get a bottle.
12-21-2011 23:19:42 | More by Vylo
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
A: Pours a hazy amber/ brown with 2 fingers of mocha head that dissipates rather slowly
S: Hints of bread, dark candied fruits and a bit of mustiness. Also a bit of brown sugar
T: Sweet dark friuits, figs, cherries, and prunes, and brown sugar up front, followed by bready maltiness. Finishes with a bit of earthy bitterness, herbal notes, and mustiness
M: Medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Alcohol presence is there, but not overwhelming.
O: I found this to be an enjoyable American-made Dubbel. Definitely not the best of the style, but a tasty, well-made beer still.
10-16-2011 13:19:25 | More by cdbooth219
4.13/5 rDev +4%
A: pours a light brown/amber into my brewers art chalice with a thin amount (about a half a finger) of khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly.
S: dark fruits, caramel, a tad musty, leather, grassy.
T: a lot of dates and figs, some prunes, sweet but also earthy. Leathery with a musty bite and also some black grapes.
MF: light carbonation, creamy flavor and smooth taste profile.
O: a bit light on the body and color but not a bad beer, there are so many better dubbles out there. Its neat that this started as a home brew and like I said its a good beer but I wouldn't pass up a Westmalle for one.
10-10-2011 22:26:25 | More by nickthetick
3.85/5 rDev -3%
Pours a nice reddish brown with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.
Dark fruit aroma with a little Belgian yeast funk mixed in.
Dark fruit with a little sweetness and a spicy finish.
Well carbonated, a little thin on the mouthfeel.
Overall a solid dubbel with a very nice spicy finish.
10-03-2011 02:37:08 | More by busterwhite
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria a few months back. Served in a Mikasa goblet.
Pours a reddish-brown with a thin off-white head and just a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries through a bit of dark fruits and light sweetness. Faint toffee presence as well. The flavor is semi-sweet with nice fruit notes. A bit of cherry there as well. Medium body with low-medium carbonation and a bit of a chewy nature. Pretty good overall. Another fairly-solid beer in the Letter of the Marque lineup.
09-28-2011 23:52:58 | More by Thorpe429
3.73/5 rDev -6%
Pours a hazy deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, white grape and plums. In the taste, dark fruit, raisin, plum, and fig. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry dark fruit aftertaste. It is a bit tart in the nose, but dry dark fruit in taste.
09-14-2011 14:13:31 | More by OWSLEY069
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Nice take on a Dubbel
Presentation: 22 oz brown bottle. Perfunctory pirate skull themed label on this occasion repeating the predictable badly designed reproduction of the standard logo repeated over itself on the hat and the center of an old pirate letter. Side narrative goes over the intent of the brewing series, pirated themed inspiration, main description of the brew, and recognition of brewer's recipe from David Edmunson and Dough John. Notes vintage date (2011). Shows 8% Alc. by Vol. (7.8%) Served in a tulip glass.
A - Amber/brown pour, with a generous frothy head, medium retention, fair surface memory and some lacing.
S - Fruity and yeasty, nice sense of malt and sugar.
T - Taste following sweet malty sense, with a yeasty and spicy hint, caramel, bit of sugar, some dark fruit touches...
M - Medium body with a medium carbonation and a smooth finish.
O - Pleasing sense, a nice flowing dubbel.
Notes: Nice brew, hits all the notes with dexterity, a bit perfunctory but nothing to complain about. I found the preceding rye porter more stimulating as a one-off brew, but OK...
08-29-2011 12:48:51 | More by Daniellobo
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
22oz bottle into my Stone nonic pint glass. It poured a deep mahogany color with a thin, spotty, off-white head to it. The head faded rather quickly into drinking it, but the color was nice.
The aroma shows a crisp fruit presence to it with some notes of apple and grape. The Belgian yeast spice comes out in it as well with a little clove and cinnamon. A little bit of sweet maltiness is there as well. The crisp, tart, fruity flavors seem to steal the show somewhat.
The taste also has a lot of crisp, fruity flavors going on throughout the flavor. Up front I get a little more sweetness to it while in the finish I get more of the yeast spice. I get more candi sugar like sweetness to it overall, but it has a little maltiness to it too. I get a little bit of an apple cider like quality to it in the finish as well.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being above average. Overall it was an easy drinking and pretty flavorful beer. The crisp, fruity flavors in it were pretty nicely done and the yeast spice wasn't overwhelming. It did feel a little sweet and sugary at times, but overall a pretty decent American version of the style.
08-12-2011 21:05:30 | More by billab914
3.95/5 rDev -0.5%
On cask at Mahaffey's the other day.
The beer pours a fairly dark amber brown color with the pretty good head retention and lacing (at least for a cask beer). The nose is likewise attractive, showcasing licorice, cherry cough drops, brown sugar and dark chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I'm not sure how well cask conditioning works with the dubbel style. While there was plenty of flavor in this beer, and considerable underlying spice, the low carbonation made this beer appear a bit on the thin side I thought. Alcohol was pretty well integrated into the flavor profile (something that is occasionally a problem with CC/HS beers), with just a touch of alcoholic heat in the finish.
Nothing to get very excited about with this beer, but I thought it a pretty decent effort nonetheless.
08-08-2011 12:44:43 | More by John_M
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
A: Pours a clear mahogany with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.
S: Some spicy yeast notes at first followed by lots and lots of bubblegum and candy sugar aromas. There are some dark fruit aromas in there, but they're not very distinct. The finish has a floral, lavender-like aroma to it with some light bread/yeast notes.
T: While the aroma is very sweet-smelling, the flavor has a very strong yeast presence with some spice notes at first followed by a hearty bread/yeast flavor throughout. There are some light bubblegum flavors in there along with a touch of dark fruit. The finish has a slight alcohol presence along with a little bitterness.
M: Medium-light body with a surprising amount of carbonation feel given the poor head retention and lack of lacing. The carbonation brings out the yeast flavors and gives it almost a spritz feel.
O: An interesting dubbel and a bit different than what I've come to expect form the style. While the flavors don't really come together as well as they should, it's still a decent beer.
07-31-2011 22:03:29 | More by n2185
4/5 rDev +0.8%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with about an inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, peppery spice, cherries, yeast and a bit of banana. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's peppery spice, caramel and bready malt, plums, bananas and some bubblegum. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has good carbonation. This is quite an interesting brew, I certainly didn't expect the banana and bubblegum taste in this dubbel, but it works well. I liked it, and for $5.99 it's not too bad of a price. I'd buy this one again, I think it's good overall.
07-22-2011 21:29:22 | More by bluejacket74
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
A: Pours a bright clear amber color with a nice two finger white foam head that has really good retention. There is not much in the way of lacing.
S: Ample amounts of spepper pice, belgian yeast, citrus hops and some caramel malt sweetness. Very inviting on the nose.
T: Starts off with a sweet malt flavor, mostly caramel and biscuits. In the middle, there is a nice amount of belgian yeast and pepper spice that comes through. The finish is nicely balanced with the malty sweetness giving way to more yeast and spice with just a hint of citrus hops.
M: A nice medium to full bodied beer that leaves a clean refreshing taste on the palate.
O: This is a really nice Dubbel. Very clean and crisp, refreshing on a hot day. The alcohol is held at bay too, which makes this easy to drink.
07-21-2011 23:08:34 | More by IronCitySteve
4/5 rDev +0.8%
22 oz bottle I picked up at the recommendation of my neighbor
A - Nice brownish hue with musty tints of orange when held to the light. Not a huge head, but some nice pale, creamy lacing.
S - Slightly sweet, caramel, a little yeasty.
T - It sounds a bit strange, but I picked up Double Bubble gum, but it went down nice. Enjoyable.
M - Creamy malts, a bit of warming from the alcohol, fairly clean finish
O - I enjoyed this and have another bottle I will pull out at a later date.
06-29-2011 05:41:52 | More by LuthersMug
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