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Heavy Seas - Plank IIIHeavy Seas - Plank III

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

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.

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 89
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
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 Jadjunk
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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%
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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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a large tulip glass a deep burnt orange a half finger bone white head.Alcohol,yeast,and fruit in the nose,not getting much of the allspice wood.Vanilla toffee and spiced yeasty flavors with just a hint of the wood coming thru...just a hint, a decent amount of alcohol in the finish.Not a world beater but it's not bad.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A - Bright orange, with ruby highlights. One finger head, decent lace retention.

S- Banana, bubble gum, yeast.

T - Banana, candied sugar, yeast, and some wood/spice on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is good, slightly creamy, semi-dry finish.

O- This is tasty. The wood/spice is subtle. Almost overly fruity, but recommended.

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Photo of fourstringer
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. Moderate hand. Stamped "14116".

A: Hazy, golden orange-yellow body with 1 finger of off-white head. OK retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet, spicy Belgian yeast. Fruit-forward: banana, tropical fruit, lemon, coriander. Some darker baking spice. Allspice? Maybe. Candi sugar. The wood-aged elements are subtle, but there is a hint of dark rum.

T: The sweetness, fruit and spice hit first with an accompanying wheat-like maltiness. A moderate hop bitterness develops to close it out somewhere between dry and semi-dry. Light alcohol presence, especially for the style. Lingering fruit and hops in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate-to-low carbonation for the style with a medium body. Smooth and slightly creamy. A tad sticky.

O: I found this one to be pretty tasty. I'm a bit surprised by the low scores. I'll admit it was more imperial hefeweizen than tripel and the wood-aged notes were dialed low in the mix, but it drank very nicely.


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Photo of nmann08
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a clear bright copper/orange color with a frothy white head and decent carbonation.

The nose is Belgian yeast, a little fruit, sugar, bubble gum, faint vanilla, a little spicy pepper. The flavor is fun and unique. It is more dry than I was anticipating considering the base style, lots of Belgian yeast and wheat notes, heavy All-Spice characteristics, but absolutely zero oak or wood. Only the spice comes from the barrel, nothing more. This tastes good, but drinks more like what I imagined a tripel brewed with all-spice might taste like.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 9/20/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains spices, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast and fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, spices and fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. There is some wood essence and alcohol in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev 0%

The aroma smells of pale malts, and yeasty funk of some sort.
Never smelled allspice wood but there is a dry tannin pepper smell too. Light.
Pours a rustic amber with a tall beige head.
Drinks sweet and malty as it crosses the palate. Hints of spice and dry tannins are in the finish along with some warming alcohol.
Overall it's okay something different.

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Photo of coobstar
4/5  rDev +6.7%

mmmm.. an excellent mouth-encompassing malty backbone is accompanied by a bitingly spicy but not overly bitter tongue-lashing, likely emerging from the allspice wood aging. Not at all cloying - an excellent balance of sweet and dry.

Belies (or belays) its booziness in taste until you find it warmly creeping down the esophageal passage. Perfect for a chilly night at the tiller, I would imagine, smelling salt on the air, a lone gull crying high above.

I enjoyed it superfresh and local from Capital Beer & Wine in Bethesda, MD.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a darker amber (almost a copper) color. The head is a finger high, and white in shade. Retention isn't the best, but a creamy-looking collar remains on the edges of the glass, boosted by the vibrant carbonation. Only tiny specs of lacing are left behind.

S: As tripels go, this one leans heavily towards sweet. There are plenty of fruit esters floating around (grape, apple, pear, and cherry), with lesser touches of biscuit, vanilla, and pepper. The calling card of this offering (Allspice wood) imparts a subtle yet perceptible note of fall-time spices and Allspice. While it doesn't come off as an amazing tripel, it does do enough to differentiate it from the Golden Monkeys of the world.

T: Drier than I expected. The presence of Allspice wood cuts into the sweetness of the base quite well, especially on the back end. Still, there's an upsurge of biscuity yeast post-swallow that nicely betrays its tripel roots. Initially there are some decent fruit esters, along with some banana and vanilla. If there's any problem with this one, it's that there's too much spice/wood presence, and not enough of the base tripel coming through. Still, it's highly enjoyable in all facets.

M: This is a dry beer - as it should be. The wood tannins really give it a biting crispness to it. And yet, the alcohol is perfectly hidden. Translation: we're entering the Danger Zone. Carbonation is medium-high, aiding in the drinkability.

O: Now this is solid. It's very spicy, even by tripel standards. Ergo, it won't be for everyone. It's a really drinkable and dangerous brew, which is exactly what I want from the style - anytime I meet a 8.5% bomber that was borderline effortless, it's always a great thing.

3.6/5: Well-spiced tripel that's flat-out dangerous

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Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deeper copper with a short-lasting white head. The aroma has nice fruity esters with a little more depth from the wood and hint of spices. The taste is very similar to the aroma but with just a little more oomph. It's not stunning but it is quite good. The wood aging doesn't affect the expected weight and there remains a nice light weight to the body. A nice addition to a Belgian ale.

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Photo of Ephraim
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Average Belgian Tripel. I dont taste anything different from the Jamaican wood. Good rich color. Not much head from the bottle pour. Its a big break from the other Heavy Seas beers which is nice. Limited release and the ratings Im seeing means it probably wont be back next year.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Heavy Seas insists it's "goldenrod in color". I'll go with that. pretty fat foamy head on the pour that mostly dissipates.
smell: Pretty much like a as expected nose from a Tripel. A little yeasty and a bit of spice. Maybe some "subtle spiciness" from the Allspice wood, nothing unique stands out.
taste: A little more depth in the taste. i am getting some white pepper and interesting notes, i guess from the Allspice.
overall: Not bad at all. Not a home run but kudos for trying new things.

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Heavy Seas - Plank III from Heavy Seas Beer
3.75 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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