Heavy Seas - Yule Tide (2009) | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by yourefragile on 11-16-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 116
Reviews by DBoone:
Photo of DBoone
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased ($5.99) at my local that had just gotten the beer in today. Bomber with kinda neat holiday label.
Poured straight into the middle of a Unibroue Maudite tulip glass. Hazy golden color with an off white head that rapidly dissipated, although a very thin line of lacing held for a while.
A small amount of citrus smell was noted immediately, along with some typical belgian odors including light banana and maybe a hint of clove from the belgian yeast used in the fermentation.
I really like the taste of this tripel, getting a light malty flavor with the a tiny amount of hops. Slightly sweeter, I think than most tripels, but enjoyable. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Silky smooth mouthfeel leaving a light coating on the tongue and palate.
Good overall drinkability, have one or maybe, two bombers at most in one sitting.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a style I go to often,an American version even less,I took a flyer on this and got what I expected really.Poured into a large tulip glass a deep golden with a tinge of burnt orange,a thinner but well retained white head atop.Big funk and phenols in the nose,not much fruit character,the barnyard-like funk is the main component here.Flavors are phenolic and medicinal, two things I dont much care for really,there is some white grape skin and ginger that comes thru but the yeasty flavors are just to much for me.Not my thing,others may like it more but the yeasty flavors are a bit much for me.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bomber poured into a goblet. A good, but not great, beer. Golden color, small white head. It had a sweet malt and spice aroma. A very malty taste, with some clove and cinnamon, and something sweet. Nice enough beer, not outstanding. I'm not sure i would want to drink this again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Ninety 9 Bottles in Norwalk, Ct. No freshness info to be had. Pours clouded, medium apricot amber, with a lot of yeasties floating around in the glass. Eggshell head of about 1/4 inch, stays, then goes to a thicker collar, leaving typical slippery sheeting and the medium spots of lace. Flowery nose with Belgian yeast notes and pepper. Densely flavorful tripel, notes of more Belgian yeast, dark fruit juice, sweet malts. Sweet being the operative word...not crazy about this one, lacks some sort of a hoppy presence to at least attempt to balance things out a bit...Heavy seas, not really hitting the note here with this one

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Photo of Mantooth
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a 22 ounce bottle, a honey golden body pretty clear, able to see through it. Big luscious off white head forms fine speckled lacing as it dwindles.

Aroma big juicy fruit layers of malts and tart apples, with candied sugars. Even a touch of alcohol in the nose with a bready nutty layer that seems to foreshadow each sip.

Flavor is harsh alcohol, tropical fruit, nothing smooth compared to most Belgian tripels. Spicy finish and alcohol burn is almost too much to even enjoy this young residual sugar burdened American version of a great Belgian style. This is not a good tripel, high alcohol volume bang for your buck yes.

Mouthfeel is harsh cloyingly sweet with a rough edge of grains and alcohol hitting the palate in the worst possible way, carbonation levels aren't my issues it's more the overall feel on the palate.

Overall quality is poor, a big beer 10% abv with too much fusel alcohol and rough flavors to cohesively recognize as a quality tripel.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a two-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pears with a good amount of clove and a bit of alcohol. As it warms the alcohol becomes more prevalent.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light fruit flavors up front are backed by sweet malt and hints of spices - as with the smell mostly clove. Midway through the sip the spices come out a bit more before fading into a crisp ending that leaves hints of pears on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I believe this was my first tripel I've had on-cask (besides Curieux but that's aged in bourbon barrels so it's a bit different) and I was impressed. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable than I would like but I can sacrifice that for a smoother mouthfeel. Worth a shot.

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Photo of JDizzle124
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heavy Seas- Yule Tide

A- Bright hazy/ cloudy orangey yellow with a thick frothy white head. Good chunky lacing.
S- Sweet and tart fruits; orange, lemon, and grapefruit citrus with a wintery spice touch.
T- Incredibly sweet and tart. Thick sweet ripe fruits; citrusy lemon, orange, and grapefruit with hints of ripe cherry and grape. Sugary sweet with hints of nutmeg and clove spices.
M- Way too sweet and fruity tart. Fruit and sugar sweetness dominate.

Overall- Just too sweet.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spotted at a new to me beverage store. $3.59 for a bomber..Not bad!

Slightly hazy amber/gold on the pour surprisingly low carbonation and a thin head that dropped quickly to a cover leaving sparse lace.

Smells of sweet fruits with a bit of a yeasty aroma coming through also.

Taste is similar with sweet slightly tart fruits coming through, hints of alcohol and a hint of chalkiness on the finish. Mouthfeel of fairly viscous and coating. Fleeting carbonation.

I've had more enjoyable Tripels but this wouldn't be passed over if spotted again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On cask at Mr. Goodbar. Yeasty aroma, cloudy grapefruit colour, with absolute minimal whitish Caesar head. The taste is yeasty, and then what follows is some nutmeg and cinammon, and a thickish cooking combination. Not very drinkable, and unfortunately not a great example of this normally fine Belgian style.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finger of mixed- consistency white head. Rich gold body and some lacing.

Nose is some Belgian funk, yeasty, sort of musty orange.

Taste is better-- intense caramel malt with some heavy funk. Somewhat woody as well. Some cinnamon-apple, other fruit character common to Belgian styles.

Mouthfeel is thick, a bit sticky.

The story I heard was that this was from last year's batch which wasn't deemed good enough to release at the time. It's pretty good, the flavor profile (and alcohol) are on the high side of tripel, and it drinks and tastes more like a barleywine in many ways, albeit with Belgian yeast.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice. Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is candied sugar, spices, fruity sweetness, yeast and some alcohol.

T- The taste is very sweet with a peppery spiciness and a warming finish from the alcohol. Overall the taste is pretty good but it can be a bit sweet and the alcohol can be a little hot at times.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- Overall, this one isn't horrible but is a little too hot going down. Worth a shot.

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Photo of RickS95
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks American. Sort of an orangey apricot color, pretty clear. Head is brilliant white, about a finger thick and dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the perimeter.

Lots of things happening in the nose. Funky, tart smelling Belgian yeast with lots of citrus, mostly orange peel. A little candied sugar as a backdrop.

Kinda fruity taste. The citrus is very evident, as is the alcohol. Yeast and candied sugar are also very present. Tastes like a fruitcake dipped in alcohol.

A lot of different feelings, but they're slightly rough around the edges. Sweet, tart, tangy, dry, bitter, with just a bit of heat in the finish. Medium bodied and though you can taste and feel the high ABV, it's well disguised.

All Heavy Seas beers are direct and come right at you, this is no different. It's got a lot of positives, but it's just a little unrefined. Still very worth trying.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MiScusi
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to me by my friend Brian who resides just outside Baltimore.

A- Pours a cloudy dark golden, weak head, fizzles very fast.

S- The Belgian yeast earthy phenols are great here, and there are plenty of fruity esters to balance with that. Very nice balance between the two actually.

T- This is a sweet beer. Fruity, a little earthy. Smooth. All the parts mingle together so nicely here. Makes for a very tasty brew.

M- Very fine tingly mouthfeel, some slickness to the body.

D- Really good beer overall. Alcohol was well hidden. Nice tripel for being on the higher ABV end.

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Photo of hdofu
4.65/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one a bunch. Smell is intensely of belgian spices. Taste is strongly of coriander, but also somewhat sweet. It had poured an pale copper color with a foamy white head. This beer is overwhemingly smooth and must have it's alcohol burn hid beneath the waters. Probably the best beer I've had out of this state even beating out the double dog ipa

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Photo of nickthetick
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear gold with a slight orange tint into a brewers art goblet with about a half finger of off white head that thins fairly quickly.

S: nice spiciness, a tad fruity, bananas, apples, very yeasty, a lot of bread note, some caramel, honey and sweet malt. Very complex.

T: heavy with the spices right up front. With a healthy dose of some boozy light fruits like apples. Huge yeast flavors like biscuits and fruity esthers.

MF: hot, astringent in places, full bodied, light carbonation and almost syrupy.

O: I great beer but a bit too boozy, it would be super great with a couple more months on the shelf.

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Photo of mozim
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Duvel glass to evoke that Belgian sensation.

Poured a medium amber color w fast acting white foam. Lots of sediment floating around. Good stickiness.

Belgian notes in the nose with some sweetness.

Sweet and sour taste that gives way to pronounced sweetness. Hefty alcohol burn that lingers. Like a whiskey.

Heavy carbonation in the mouth. Flavorful, but a difficult drink - need to invest some time with this one.

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Photo of mscudder
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Enjoyed in a New Belgium globe. Thick lacing with a nice hazy amber/orange.

S - Sweet fruits, yeast, and assorted spices.

T - Pears, grapes, overall very sweet with a bitter finish. Beautifully masks the 10% ABV.

M - Medium body, sticky and creamy texture with a crisp dry finish.

O - I like the complexity of this brew at $5 a bomber. For one that enjoys a sweet beer this may be for you! Personally, I have had better, but worth a shot!

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Photo of sneth019
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Mudawg
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of u2carew
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Consumed 11/27/09
A) Pours with a barely any head at all. A line of lacing at the edge of the glass, but not sticky on the sidewall. Hazy body. Rust colored.
S) Banana. Grainy. Some yeast. Malty sweetness.
T) Malty blast of Belgian sweetness up front. Then quickly moves to a mix of alcohol and banana and dark fruit taste. Lingering alcohol effervescence in the finish.
M) Not very fizzy, light carbonation. Thick. Somewhat chewy. Medium body. Syrupy.
D) A well crafted brew but a slow sipper. I'd have another one.

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Photo of thekanna
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy, radiant gold with a finger of white head.

S: Strong bananas, yeast, and malty sweetness. The aroma has a pungent floral and yeast character that brings your nose to the point of saturation without going overboard.

T: Like a sweet, boozy, yeasty bread. Phenols are definitely strong, yet contribute a warming feel to the brew. Bananas, sweet wheat malts, tulips, honey, and spices create a nice balance.

M: Full bodied and smooth, with subdued carbonation.

D: This is absolutely delicious. Heavy Seas continues to go above and beyond to create stellar brews. I really enjoyed this one.

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