Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2012 (Tripel Wit) - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by VaterRoss:
4.7/5 rDev +21.8%
Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass at CFWB, 7/21.
Beer pours a cloudy dark yellow with definite orange tones. Head is near-white with large bubbles that recede fairly quickly with the whole head disappearing about 1/3 of the way through the drink. Smell is of ripe banana, with some spices and definite sweetness coming through. Somewhat reminiscent of a weizen-bock. Taste is very sweet, with coriander tickling the palette before the strong taste of ripe bananas rolls in. Near the end of the taste a decent amount of booziness comes out, though not unpleasantly. Mouthfeel is surprisingly chill for a super wheat beer with the spiciness and booziness being the most aggressive parts, not particularly dry either.
Although I have not had the draft version, I suspect this beer benefits from the cask by cutting down on the high carb normally seen in the style. With the carb this would probably be a bit much. A very sweet, boozy, yeasty, and spicy beer. If it wasn't for the banana tones and lighter wheat body this could be easily mistaken for a Tripel.
07-22-2012 15:53:46 | More by VaterRoss
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3.1/5 rDev -19.7%
Poured into a chalice a dull medium golden with a thinner than expected white head that was gone very quickly.Aromas of orange peel and sweet alcohol mainly,not much dimention to it.Quite sweet on the palate with the chamomile being pretty aggressive in the aftertaste,alot of brown sugar and alcohol sweetness going on.Eh, not really didgging this to much,it's just to sweet and spiced for my taste.
07-11-2012 20:33:03 | More by oberon
3.76/5 rDev -2.6%
poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, malts, some yeast. Taste is fruity, malts, some spice, a touch of alcohol is present, just a bit of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.
06-01-2013 13:16:42 | More by tone77
3.4/5 rDev -11.9%
22 ounce bottle. Served in an Orval chalice, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stick around for too long. Not much lacing. Aroma is nice but also seems weak, the brew smells like orange, cloves, honey, and pears. It tastes like oranges, sweet spices, clove, honey, wheat and chamomile. It's sweeter than I was expecting it to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and coating with moderate carbonation. I'm not sure if I would buy this again, but for $5.99 a bomber I think it's worth trying.
07-20-2012 22:44:57 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev +3.6%
So, tried the cask version, and figured it was time to try the draft version.
While the same gold color as before, the draft version is actually a bit lighter than the cask version. On the nose, the honey and clove dominate, with a hint of orange citrus in the background, along with some "wheatiness." On the palate, thnis beer is prettt tasty, but it's also a bit sweet and boozy, there is plenty of honey and clove, but there's also mandarin orange and light maraschino cherry. In combination, it's pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderately long, clove and honey filled finish. The one area where I'd really give this beer a detraction under the old system is with drinkability. The combination of noticeable sweetneess and alcohol is a bit of a detraction. Still otherwise, this is pretty tasty beer from the folks at Clipper Cith/Heavy Seas.
05-18-2012 21:02:55 | More by John_M
3.63/5 rDev -6%
Thank you, Justin.
Pouring a golden-orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk leaving some lacing, this looks good. The nose lives up to the name. The coriander and orange peel are quite prominent, with the balance leaning towards the orange peel. The orange peel character, in fact, is more like a whole, super-ripe orange rather than a dried peel. This blends quite nicely with the fruity notes from the yeast as well, which are more along the lines of stone fruit and ripe pluots. Moderately spicy as well, there's a floral, honey-like spiciness I can't quite put my finger on.
The palate opens spicy, sweet and floral. The orange peel character is big, bright and rather refreshing, and the coriander lends an interesting spicy accent. This is followed by more fruity flavors, with some ripe peach, ripe plums and a very floral honey note present. The alcohol is noticeable on the finish, lending another spicy flavor and really does lighten up the palate. Despite this, however, this beer is moderately sweet, but it's more a fruity sweetness than a cotton candy-like sweetness that some tripels have. Where the beer is most severely lacking, IMO, is the mid-palate. Lacking in the wheat proteins that usually act as a backbone for the coriander flavor, it does seem excessively light. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is drying, spicy, fruity and a little alcoholic on the finish. Solid stuff, this is simultaneously unique and an enjoyable gimmick.
09-03-2012 01:02:30 | More by DefenCorps
4.1/5 rDev +6.2%
22 ounce bottle into chalice, 2012 bottling. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, orange peel, chamomile, brown sugar, honey, biscuit, clove, light pepper, floral, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of fruity/spicy esters with malt and spice notes. Taste of apple, pear, orange zest, chamomile, brown sugar, honey, biscuit, clove, light pepper, floral, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, chamomile, clove, honey, brown sugar, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of spicing with fruity/spicy ester flavors; with very balanced malt sweetness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced Tripel style. Great balance and complexity of spice/ester flavors with malt sweetness; and quite smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.
04-25-2013 04:11:21 | More by superspak
Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2012 (Tripel Wit) from Heavy Seas Beer
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