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

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: 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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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 168
Photo of rootbeerman
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: pours pale golden orange with an off white finger and a half head.
S: spicy with yeast, with fruit and sweet malt
T: a sweet mix of malt, candied fruit, spices and a very light hop bitterness. it also hides its alcohol well
M: think and has low to medium carbonation.
D: very easy. almost too, flavors are balanced well. one of the best american triples i have had.

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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 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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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Amity Wine & Spirits, New Haven CT, $5.99. No dating on the bottle. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Bright semi-hazy brew is a brilliant golden color and generates a massive 3" of smooth stable light tan head. Very intense smell, a thick sweet and grainy light malt body, lactose, apricots, white grapes, a delightful old yeast funk, and spicy alcohol. The taste follows straight from the smell and it all blends seamlessly together, very smooth and lovely. The alcohol is apparent but not objectionable. Body is moderately thick but supple, carbonation is soft and appropriate. Alcohol adds some welcome spice without being boozy. Finish has some lingering yeast funk and alcohol.

I found this to be a highly enjoyable and well-balanced example of the style.

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Photo of k7sw
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful classic golden color with a big thick head. Lacing sticks around even after the head has diminished.
There's a strong scent to this one of something dark and sweet. (and I don't usually smell much)
Malt and hops are well balanced, the taste is sweet and bitter.
Very crisp mouthfeel.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer and will be looking out for it through the end of the winter months.

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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 Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is yeasty with fruity, floral and grassy undertones. It pours a pretty clear golden amber with a fluffy eggshell-white head that leaves some good lacing. Rich, fruity flavor has malty and grassy hints, and - WHOA, watch out for the alcohol bite! It has hints of caramel and butterscotch as well. Smooth, full-bodied texture has quite a bit of fizz to it, leaving a persistent tingle. Just what you need to get through the blooming holidays!

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an Orval-branded chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light-brown color. Has almost no head and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Fruity and spicy with that yeast smell that is typical of most Belgian and Belgian-style beers.

Taste: A very striking beer; you definitely don't see this one coming. Hits you hard up front with aggressive spiciness and mild hoppy bitterness. Finishes yeasty and fruity. Very complex, very good, and very aggressive. Additionally, you would never know that this beer is 10% ABV; the flavor masks the alcohol deceptively well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a nice carbonation bite to it.

Drinkability: An excellent tripel and a great winter seasonal. This beer is definitely warming and surprisingly drinkable for its ABV. Definitely worth a try...

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Photo of LuthersMug
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pleasant orange ambrosia look, cloudy with specks floating throughout. A bit of a pale yellow head, decent lacing.

S - Caramel and yeast were pleasing in the nose

T - Lots of sweet maltiness in this one. Caramel and apple cider excited the palate. Balanced pretty well.

M - Malts are the predominant feature of this brew. Creamy, bold, and delicious.

D - At 10% and easy to drink, this brew leaves you feeling good.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into globe glass, 2011 bottle. Pours slightly cloudy deep golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings on the glass as well; good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big lemon, apricot, pear, candi sugar, clove, tart and spicy yeast. Nice aromas with big strength. Pretty much spot on from what I was expecting from the style; pretty much no alcohol noticed in the aromas. Taste of huge pear, apricot, lemon, caramel, candi sugar, biscuit, clove, pepper, spicy yeast, and a bit of tart grains. Lingering notes of pear, apricot, pepper, clove, and tart spiciness on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Nice and easy drinking, but is still a sipper as expected. Alcohol is nicely hidden, but there is still a decent sized warming on the finish. Overall this is easily one of the best American made Tripels I have ever had. Super fruity, yet balanced. Easy to drink despite being 10%.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is light golden in color with a white head. Pretty good lacing. Nose is a good dose of spice with mild fruit and a bit of grain. Taste is light with some nice spicing. Feel is quite nice with a smooth character. Spicing is quite nice. Drinks very well and is a nice holiday spiced ale.

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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 WhiteOak
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clipper City Brewing
Heavy Seas, Mutiny Fleet, Yule Tide

G- Riedel 6416/07

A-Dark golden-amber, cloudy with lees. Foam quick to settle, leaving some lace.

S- Belgian yeast breadiness, a touch of rustic funkiness, champagne, green apple, golden raisins.

T- Big, sweet, rich malt. Yeasty bread with spice. Warm biscuits with butter & honey.

M, D- Viscous mouthfeel. Sweeter than most tripels. ABV masked by this beer's substance.

An enjoyable tripel.

Serving: Bomber

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dirty amber brown with at least a half of white foamy head which is slightly opaque.

S - The single best part of this beer an explosion of Belgium candies, rich dark fruits, fresh cut lemons, and just a tiny bit of alcohol in the nose.

T - Not as great as the smell but hides the ABV well. Starts off with a bit of bittering lemon, then some raisin and cherries and finish's off with an extreme bit of Belgium candied sugars that is stellar at first but second pour makes it cloying and boring.

M - To me it was a medium bodied Triple with hardcore ABV.

Overall if I had just a 12oz pour then I would try this beer again but would never tackle an entire bomber to myself again. A very smooth, sweet, and cheap ($6.49 a bottle retail) Triple. Share it with someone!

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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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Photo of Boto
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one poured a hazy, orange hued dark golden color. There was surprisingly almost no head on mine. The aroma is nice. Lots of breadiness, yeast, orange, corriander, cinnamon. The taste is bready, some sweetness, and then hits you with a fairly dry finish. Some orange and cinnamon notes to the taste. Alcohol is non-evident. Nice!

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Photo of jgasparine
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy orange-amber colored beer, that when poured aggressively from the bottle, yields a thin white head, which quickly evaporates to some tiny bits of edge lacing. Super-fine bubble trains were also observed working their way up the sides of the glass through the faint haze of sediment.

S- Big lucious aromas of Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and pale malts emminate from the glass; followed by restrained aromas of bananas and clove. Signs of something big and sweet to come?

T- Belgian yeast and pale malt flavors are the most dominant by taste, followed by the lesser anticipated flavors of candy sugar and ale fruitiness. Each sip finishes peppery and a little hot with alcohol, as I would expect from a Tripel. However, unlike most Tripels, I find this one to be pleasantly sweeter than other Belgian and Belgian-style Tripels I have sampled.

M- The BIG chewy body is a perfect compliment to this big sweet Belgian-style Tripel. It is slightly oily, and it also has a beautifully super-soft carbonation to accompany it... just wonderful.

D- Very drinkable for the ABV... but this is a very big beer nonethelss. I could easily down this bomber by myself, but that would easily make it the *only* beer of the evening I could appreciate... rather I think this beer is more appropriate to be shared amongst 2-4 friends.

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Photo of becktone
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 1-24-10

Eye: Body is a cloudy copper-gold in appearance. Head has great formation and nice retention, forming at about two fingers and holding solidly at one. Texture of the head is billowy, rocky, and foamy. Lacing forms in thick sheets, leaving a landscape of foam on the inside of the glass complete with mountains and valleys.

Nose: Pretty yeast influenced aroma here. Spicy aroma from yeast and some light banana esters from yeast. Very light caramel tones. Pretty easy going aroma all in all. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Good strong malt backbone supports it all, though its nowhere near being forwardly sweet.

Tongue: Big on spicy character from the yeast.Yeast is huge in this beer, plays a very big role. Alcohol is detectable and spreads some warmth as it goes down. Not very much sweetness in this beer, most of it is made up of the yeast characteristics as it should be, spice is the variety of life....or in beer terms its what sets BSPAs apart from Tripels...yeast spiciness. Malt backbone is there, and yes sweetness too, but its main focus is on the spice. Hints at light caramel and light candied flavors right before the finish. Good strong aftertaste, some sweetness that I can't quite put a finger on(closest description I can get is the light caramel and light candied flavors) mingling with the spice

Feel and Drinkability: This beer was definitely worth the money. Less than six dollars for a bomber....? Hell yeah its worth it. This is one that easy to say yes to picking up again both this winter and in winters to come. Highly carbonated with fine bubbles yet they're not coarse or fine enough or obnixious enough to scrub the palate and detract from the brew. Despite the high carbonation the body actually has some weight to it. For the style I'd say its got a nice full body.

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Photo of rrheisler
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this at RSVP in Portland, ME in the Christmas section. Haven't been disappointed with the Mutiny Series, so wanted to see how this held up. Poured into my favorite goblet.

A: Huge head off the pour, perhaps an inch and a half thick. Gorgeous. A deep blonde.

S: A nice smack of clove, banana, pepper, and yeast. Nothing to suggest malt or alcohol. Hmmm.

T: Bananas come right to the front of the mouth, with their sweetness melting away midway through with a touch of clove, perhaps nutmeg? Definitely a little yeasty and biscuity through the finish. Interesting.

M: Definitely a light, crisp feel through the mouth. Not thin, not thick, just somewhere in between. Very solid.

D: No hint of 10% ABV, coupled with the thinness in the mouth, really makes this a highly drinkable tripel. Delicious.

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Photo of Rschis16
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight haze in this tripel, but mostly clear. A healthy and smooth snowy white head resides on top with decent retention and spotty lacing. The aroma is potent, smelling very appetizingly vinous and and fruity. Dried fruit comes to mind, apricot in particular as well as Belgian candied fruit. A bit of that Belgian funk, in a sharp manner. Touch of booze as well.

Big and bold taste, full-bodied/flavored for sure. The alcohol definitely has a lot to say in this one, but it seems to be an integral part, playing off the candied fruit and apricot tastes. But it definitely is just a step up from warming, so might be considered too much as it burns a bit. A nice sip of wheaty malts that serves as a backbone, with a citrusy, pine hop finish that closes out the balance. The fruity tastes are juicy in the middle and then dry up nicely on the way out. Definitely a bit vinous with a Belgian funk from the yeast. The alcohol has a nice prickle to it that leads into balancing but biting hops in the finish, avoiding being cloying. Aftertaste has a weird funk to it that only slightly distracts.

I enjoyed this beer a lot. Glad I picked it up even though sometimes these guys can be hit or miss. This is a hit though so pick it up if you see it.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep gold color. The thick white head did not hang around very long and had minimal lacing on the glass.

Aroma of malt, bread dough, and orange juice.

A lot of yeast in the flavor. Prune and navel orange also present. Medium spiciness. This brew is very tasty. Full of flavor.

The texture is excellent for the style: Creamy but not too heavy. The beauty of this brew increases with temperature. The flavor really comes out in the upper 40's. A pleasant aftertaste.

This beer will not be hurried. It has plenty to show you between sips. Intriguing and much better than I expected.

I found it on sale at the local liquor store so I thought I would try it. I am going down to buy several more bottles if they are still available. My first Clipper City brew. I hope to try more soon.

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Photo of hrking
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at The Herot in downtown Muncie..Great winter beer with exceptional drinkability for a triple.. I was pleasantly surprised. Nice balance of flavors for a triple without being over bearing in any way. Drink this one chilled for best flavors! enjoyable brew try one!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden hue with a whispy white head that is quite tall but fades quickly and leaves nice walls of lace.

the aroma is very fruity. Pear, peach, and apricot with hints of tropical and touches of citrus. soft vanilla and estery clove. Hints of other spice.

flavor is complex and follows the nose. Nice toffee undertow swirls a bouquet of fruit with cherry, pear, peach and apricot. Touches of tart citrus, nice hoppy cut through and yeasty exotic flavors of spice. Nice balance. rich and complex. full of fruit.

thick and creamy with acidic touches.

wine like. complex, interesting, enjoyable.

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Photo of medic25
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As we lead up to Christmas, this Yule themed beer seemed like a good choice for the night. Served in a Duvel tulip, with a fairly thin white head and a darker amber color. Aroma is pleasant, sweet Belgian candy-like. Taste was enjoyable; sweet and bready with hints of cinnamon. The alcohol presence was barely noticeable, which is surprising for 10%. Not quite as complex as some of the Belgian tripels I've enjoyed, but an excellent version of the style.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Almost clear amber color. Spicy nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet, spicy rum. Interesting triple. $6.75 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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