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Heavy Seas - Phantom Ship Barrel Aged Tripel | Heavy Seas Beer

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BA SCORE
3.98/5
Very Good
125 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Phantom Ship is an exciting Belgian-style tripel aged in bourbon barrels. 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 vanilla and subtle spiciness from the bourbon-barrel aging.

Added by JohnGalt1 on 01-06-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
125
pDev:
8.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
22
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 125 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by fourstringer:
Photo of fourstringer
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Brewer's Art goblet. 2015. Stamped 15032.

A: Cloudy, orange-yellow body. 1 finger of off-white head. Ok retention. Scant lacing.

S: Fruity, Belgian yeast with notes of banana, mango, pineapple. Coriander. Other indistinct spice. Candi sugar. Caramel. Vanilla.

T: Spicy fruit and a bit of earthy yeast opens. Barrel-aged, bready malts develop. Vanilla. Cardamom. Port. Bourbon notes. There is a mild underlying hop presence and light bitterness throughout that becomes more noticeable at the fairly dry finish. Alcohol is present, but light for 10% ABV.

M: Smooth, moderate carbonation with a medium body. Slightly sticky on the palate, but nice feel overall.

O: Well integrated tripel fruit and spice alongside barrel-aged bourbon notes. More of the latter as it warms. Tasty.

Prost!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of imbibehour
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Vintage 2015.

Deep copper amber, with a real good hue from light chestnut brown to bright orange tangerine. Small column of rising carbonation in the middle hitting a thin one finger off white head that settles to a good and simple 3 millimeter creamy collar, and a little puck. Dark looking amber style tripel but fairly solid.

Creamy cookie and biscuit smelling. Lots of vanilla tones with soft digestive cookie biscuit like malt sweetness. Barely a hint, but just squeaks out some fruity esters more towards an almost mild sour sensing pear to apple. Doesn't seem to hint at much Belgian like character, as some caramel and vanilla biscuit really dominate, but has a nice aroma to it I'll admit.

Palate is a bit jumbled and all over. Much of the vanilla and biscuit tones fill the mid palate but also seem to clash with some of the fruit which seems a hard time trying to balance between tartness and sweetness and poke itself out. There is some hint of thick and round like oak aging, but there is a big amount of dry carbonation that really jumps out, unfortunately not being playful and coming up as more distracting. Caramel and apple seem to be the good amount of flavors after some time, a good amount of honey coating is really hitting the lips on the aftertaste as well which just gives some semblance there is a tripel going on here. Good amount of boozy in the pit stomach warmth, but luckily not too hot.

There's a lot of good qualities to this brew, but it's not that really appealing to me. Some of the flavors just don't fit for my style and I am also not the biggest fan of barrel aging this style. That being said, there are a lot of flavors and qualities though that will appeal to many, and things could be far worse.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: amber bodied ale with a few fingers of ivory foam that slimmed into a filmy cap with just a few slim bits of lace left behind

S: sweet fruity aromas of pale, plump, ripe orchard-styles fruits like peaches and plums accented with tones of vanilla and booze

T: sweet and fruity again, caramel, booze and pale fruits merged into a lush body of ale, warmed with hints of spice and booze

M: lush and plush, soft and fuzzy; medium-full bodied, mild carbonation

O: a nice tripel, complemented with bourbon barrel impressions.

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Photo of ksimons
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-pours a clear golden orange color with a fingers worth of white head

S-bready malt base, sugar, light citrus, and Belgian yeast

T-taste is similar to the smell, as the beer warms more bourbon and vanilla is apparent in the taste

M-medium body, moderate to high carbonation, dry prickly finish

Overall another very good beer from the uncharted waters series, not a lot of bourbon in the smell or taste

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wow. it's like drinking caramel. it's fantastic for a barrel aged tripel.

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Photo of briandaube
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Piraat tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours with a moderately dense bone-colored head over a slightly hazy orange-amber body. Retention is good and lacing is medium.

Aroma: Bready malts, fruitcake, yeast, and undertones of alcohol. Woody barrel aging effects with delicate bourbon.

Flavor: Lightly toasted malts, soft fruit, faint spiciness, vanilla, bourbon and yeast. The bourbon and barrel aging seem to come forward as the ale warms.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, semi-dry finish. Smooth, medium body and medium+ carbonation. Alcohol presence is light for ABV.

Overall: An enjoyable, quality Tripel with a twist: light-moderate effects of bourbon barrel aging.

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Photo of BraveMountie
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dhmxray
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierleichen
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avisong
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of earlholman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glass_house
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

VERY much enjoyed this fine brew from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. Ale pours a rich orange amber with a nice thick off white head of foam that SLOWLY dissipates to a thin pool and thick ring with solid sudsy lacing. Nose of Belgian candy, banana, vanilla, and as others have mentioned very subtle bourbon with warmth. Flavors are sweet Belgian candy sugar and light esters from the yeast with notes of banana, mild smooth vanilla that is far from over powering, and light bourbon in the back with hints of oak cask on the aftertaste. Smooth and lightly creamy mouth feel with a light dry finish. Most exceptional. VERY NICE! An excellent example of the equal of the sum of your parts. Nothing overpowering and all within splendid balance.

CHEERS!

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Photo of drummerguy
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beejay
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Brown amber in color, with a bit of haze in there. Nice full off white head.

S: A rather delicate aroma for a bourbon barrel brew. Lovely Belgian yeast characteristics come up, Floral with a hint of berries, and a touch of cloves. Really lovely.

T: Nice. Sweet with ripe berries, clove, the finish is fruity with a hint of the bourbon barrel.

M: Medium in body, a touch on the syrupy side, but the very high carbonation lightens it, and gives it a very authentic Belgian feel.

O: I think my one complaint about this brew is that there just isn't enough of the barrel character for me, there is a touch of the bourbon, and wood, but just a hint more would turn this beer from very good to awesome.

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Photo of BeerBuzzGuy
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CptBlackBeerd
4.67/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Dark yellow, almost amber, slightly hazy. Dense off white head on the pour that mostly sticks around.
smell: Pretty subtle until it warms, then the yeasty Tripel thing starts happening with a nice bourbon compliment.
taste: Ditto. Nice Tripel tastes complimented by the Bourbon Barrel.
overall: Well done Heavy Seas.

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Photo of metter98
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose—bananas and spices seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell and has some vanilla flavors from the bourbon barrel aging.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste as much like as a bourbon barrel aged beer as I would have expected as there are only hints of vanilla in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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