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3.73/5
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89 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged on Jamaican Allspice wood and featuring pepper and fruit flavors, PLANK III offers a unique taste and aroma. According to Christopher Leonard, Brewmaster and Operations Manager, “PLANK III is an exciting Belgian-style Tripel. We believe it is the first commercially available beer that has been aged on Jamaican Allspice wood. Goldenrod in color with a dense head and creamy mouthfeel, this robust, bold brew presents phenolic flavors of white pepper and peach skin from the warm fermentation along with subtle spiciness from the wood aging.”

Hops: Styrian Aurora, German Smaragd
Malts: Pale, 2-Row. German Munich Malt
Suggested Food Pairings: Strong, pungent semi-soft and semi-firm cheeses, anything

Added by bccocx on 07-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
89
pDev:
11.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 16
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Bronze, clarity, 1 finger of head, no lacing

S - apples, fruit, belgian candy sugar,

T - Sweet, subtle oak, belgian candy sugar

F - Oily and slick

O - A decent Tripel, was hoping for more as an oak aged

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Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harryhops
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Darkish amber-golden body, hazed and with a thinnish, white head. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Lightly bready malts given a good sprinkling of candy sugar. Some hints of orchard fruit and ripe banana. Quirky spicy, woodsy character, a spritz of spirited alcohol.

Taste: First part of the first sip tasted like a Home Depot. Sweetish, honeyish bready pale maltiness. A little light fruitiness pear and apple and 'nana. Growing, encroaching spiciness along with some increasing alcohol warmth. Woody, yes, but against the sweetness, alcohol warmth and phenolic spiciness, I'm having trouble picking the parts added by the allspice wood. Semi-sweet, warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not so great, a bit unbalanced for me. Hard to tell where the wood begins and ends, frankly.

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Photo of bluehende
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dualscar
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jadjunk
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Our 'Plank' project explores aging beer on woods that have never been used with beer before. Our 3rd offering features a blend of European style with Caribbean personality- a fitting adventure on the Heavy Seas!" Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel, aged on Jamaican Allspice wood. Available as a limited release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a foamy frothed head of a biscuity white color over a caramel amber body with light specked sediment and relaxed, moderate carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is thin and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Pale and light wheat malt character with light banana, summer fruit and mild clove, thin alcohol and spice. Not much wood character in the aroma, overall a very Potency is moderate. 4

(Taste) Pale and malt syrup body and light candy sugars with a reserved sweetness, clove, banana, peach rind and a light effervescent spiciness and drying finish from the wood, but little raw or toasted wood character to speak of. Solid flavor on the tripel front, lacking show on the wood aging. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, smooth, lightly syrupy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a moderate frothiness and a medium crisp finish. Body is shy of medium, medium+ overall. Balance is lightly spicy and yeasty over sweet. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) A nicely built tripel ale with a flavorful, but not overbearing presence of fruity and spicy yeast character. Unfortunately, I found the usage of Jamaican Allspice wood a bit too transparent to make a notable impact on the beer outside from a subtle impact on its potent spiciness, which is slightly north of normal for a Tripel, but makes for an enjoyable twist. Altogether, its a very tasty and enjoyable Tripel with just the right degree of flavor to remain satisfying throughout. 3.75

Heavy Seas Beer's
Plank III
3.8/5.00

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Photo of brotherloco
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cdhaines
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

too much spiciness

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of djrn2
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevehagy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gillagorilla
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drknight
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of misternebbie
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ZackJ
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of ConradKenney
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear dark gold with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like grassy hops and spicy Belgian yeast, with some candi sugar and a little golden raisin. It had a clean sweet and sour aftertaste.
M: It was oily with fine carbonation. Nice and slick.
D: This was decent light Belgian, but I couldn't find any wood. Nice scent and taste and body, with a decent finish. The alcohol was well hidden, so it was easy to drink. Ok to try once, but disappointing it wasn't more unique.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled on 4/26/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, honey, toasted bread, light bubblegum, herbal, grass, light wood, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, honey, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light wood, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange zest, apricot, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, honey, toasted bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice tripel style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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