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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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Photo of MeowTom
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear golden color with an obvious unfiltered touch to it. There is a pretty nice head to it that goes down to a lacy top.

S- A yeasty fruity smell of apples and peaches. Beautiful light fragrance that reminds me of fall.

T- Wow, this is really fruity and the belgian yeast are very prominent.

M- It is a medium body for it and is a very full belgium. The carbonation is good. There is a heavy alcohol feel that makes me wonder if I wouldn't of been better off aging this for a year and have it next Christmas.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a ever so slightly hazed, dark gold body with a foamy, barely off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, sweetish nose housing notes of Granny Smith apple slices, faux berries, gum, pineapple packed in heavy syrup, and a clearing shot of ethanol.

Taste: Sugar encrusted pale, grainy malts with a big splash of green apple cider. Then, a bit of strawberry gum, peppercorns, and a hit of fairly warming alcohol. Also, some pineapple along with a big rebound of sweetness. Slightly acidic throughout. Sweetish, warm, fruity finish with more of that chewing gum accent riding out leisurely into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Yule Tide falls somewhere between "acceptable" and "okay," which, to be honest, exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange-yellow color with a nice amount of fluffy white head.

The scent was of sweet sugar and fruit, some notes of belgian yeast.

The taste was of sweet fruits, belgian sugars, yeast, some spice, and apparent alcohol.

Medium body, very smooth and prickly feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty good tripel, the flavor was very good and hid the high abv very well. Very easy drinker.

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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 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 evilkalla
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving: Bomber into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear copper. Practically no head to speak of. Carbonation appears to be on the low side. Somewhat flat and lifeless looking.

S: I don't really smell anything. Maybe a little candy sweetness but that's it.

T: High on sweetness. Maybe a little to much. A little spiciness in there but it's overwhelmed by the sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Feels okay. Could be a little bit more carbonated for the style, though.

O: Not my favorite. Not a drain pour but I would not buy this again.

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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 jeffmart22
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear golden copper color. An aggressive pour yields a three finger head that dissipated, leaving a good amount of lacing behind. You can see some alcohol clinging to the glass.

A - Smells of sweet banana and sweet citrus. You can pick up the alcohol on the nose. A slight earthy and peppery aromas.

T - This one is on the sweet side. Actually it's really sweet. Has tastes of sweet or candied fruits. Alcohol is hidden by the sweetness but you can feel it warming you up.

M - Thin in body. Flavor duration is moderate.

O - Ok beer, but it is priced properly.

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Photo of adamhdv
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a tulip, orange in color that reminds me slightly of a dark honey. Thin head with bubbles and slight lacing.

S: First sniff is a tad sour but after a few swirls get sweeter.

T: Citrus, apricot, cloves and a bit of spice.

M: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. You can notice the 10% abv burn though I feel it hides it well.

O: Overall a good beer. Alcohol was decently hidden, imo. For the price paid, it was worth it.

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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 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 womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a rather tall white head. Smells strangely of grass and lemon zest. A bit tart, too. Is it supposed to be that way? Not much in the way of malt or sweetness like you'd expect from a tripel... The flavor is pure pineapple juice which is nice, but also not intended (at least, I'm fairly certain of that). There's a bit of acidity and tartness to it and a pretty obvious lack of maltiness/sweetness. Medium body with high carbonation.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a cloudy golden yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of beer had some light spice notes along with some grainy malt and Belgian yeast aromas. The taste of the beer was pretty typical of most Tripel's out there. There were some light citrusy notes that were nice. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied and had a good amount of carbonation. Overall this beer was pretty good but it's just wasn't what I was expecting for a Winter Brew.

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

22oz bottle served in a chalice.

L - hazed copper color with a thin white head that left a few spots behind.

S - candy sugar, white grape and pear.

T - pears and white grapes upfront with candy sweetness coming in before a hint of alcohol finishing dry and sweet.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation and a nice dry finish.

O - not the best tripel but not a bad one either.

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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 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 Arithmeticus
2.81/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured chilled in mini ale glass (multiple times)

A: good lacing; cloudy dark pale yellow; good carb
S: strong yeast, pear aroma; pear compote emerges as the glass warms
T: super strong pear cider flavor; it's a rather concentrated flavor, and not quite what I expect in a trippel--too much of the dark, candied fruits for my taste.

I can see why others like this beer, but it's not for me.

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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 bonbright7
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The golden amber hue of this Tripel-style ale was readily apparent with subtle lacing as I tossed it around my glassware to get a feel for it. After trying another ale of the same strength, I started on this with some mild caution, but I fell into place with it after the first glass.

The aroma of the this Pirate ale sent up mixed flags to confuse me, or maybe to taunt my senses, while the powerful taste sent the message home that Heavy Seas can make good beers in higher strengths. I love the current Winter Storm and the Loose Canon and will add this to the list for friends to try.

The alcohol resonates softly with presence while the lingering after taste raised the Pirate flag over my ship.

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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 OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dark fruit and some dry candy sugar. In the taste, dry candy sugar, dark fruits and a small alcohol note in the end. Quite smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry dark fruit and boozy aftertaste. Interesting triple with a dark fruit presence.

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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 Kromes
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured into a goblet, clear orange in color with a thin line of white bubbles on top.

S: A weird musky, grainy booze aroma with a little bit of tropical fruit and yeast that saves the aroma.

T: A musty fruit, sour, grain alcohol flavor that has somewhat of a tropical/mango flavor in the background.

M: Light body with OK carbonation and a somewhat bitter finish.

O: I'm a big fan of the tripel, so it's disappointing when I have one that I do not like. It seems as if this beer was crafted with high ABV as a first priority and flavor as a second.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Belgian Style Tripel that isn't bottle fermented...?

A: Almost no head at all on top of this crystal-clear amber colored beer. Bubbles are constantly rising from the bottom of the Chimay chalice into which it was poured.

S: Slight Belgian yeast smell, and a crisp alcohol smell. Doesn't much smell like a beer. It's so clean smelling that it could easily be a white wine.

T: Taste is surprisingly robust given the smell. Sweet malts and some slight bready yeast up front, a hit of the alcohol. A lot of candy sweetness (too much) and some slight banana.

M: Kind of syruppy, medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

O: This beer tries to make up for what it lacks in depth with over-the-top sweetness. The bottle proclaims it to be "An avalanche of flavor" which it is, the problem is that it's one note, and not a very good note. Not really worth getting.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a medium gold color with a 1/4 inch head that fades quickly to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and some sporadic lacing sticking above it.

S- Smells fumey with a Belgian yeast characteristic along with plenty of alcohol. Almost smells like white wine...

T- Wow, it actually kind of tastes like white wine, sparkling of course. Maybe prosecco? Very strange because the potent Belgian yeast fuses with the high alcohol and somehow results in a light flavor reminiscent of fermented white grape juice. Huh. The only thing that strays from this is the rich sweetness from the yeast and malts.

M- There's even a dry aftertaste with bitter tannins...like what you get with wine. This is crazy. Low-medium carbonation further reinforces the wine-like construct.

O- I honestly don't know what to think about this one. It's not bad but the white wine comparisons are uncanny. This seems to be a common trend for Heavy Seas' big bottle offerings. High alcohol that's followed through in a messy fashion leading to bizarre flavors. I'm probably just gonna stick to Loose Cannon and Dubbel Cannon from now on.

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