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

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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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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of JDizzle124
2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of ChrisPro
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of fatbatcat
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of ncbeerbubba
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of mtalley999
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Mudawg
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of chefduff2
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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 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 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 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 dpasotti
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden color with a clear orange hue. Small off-white head fades appropriately for a beer of this ABV. Smells, well, like a tripel. Some spices and overripe bananas, but somewhat dull. Nothing really pulls me in to drink it.

Flavor is a nice blend of spices, malt sweetness, and a slight earthiness. Nothing really stands out, as is expected. Hop presence is a bit high for the style, but it works. Alcohol gives some puckering on the finish, but again appropriate.

The mouthfeel is my biggest beef. It is a little too heavy and sticky in my opinion. Carbonation could also be higher. A pretty good tripel that I would drink again (but only if it was free).

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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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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color w/ a sliver of a white head. The head quickly disappears into nothing. Average lacing on the snifter glass. The nose is strong- really heavy apricot, with maybe some cinnamon and other spices in there. Not very complex, smooth, or enjoyable. It's not disgusting though. Taste is a little better. You still get the fruit and spices, but there's a strong hop presence in there as well. Not great for the style, and fairly simple- but not horrible. Feel is way too thin and syrupy, and simple to compete w/ the best tripels in the world. Overall, this is a decent brew, but not a very good tripel. Definitely needs more malt, yeast, better taste and complexity to compete. If this was labeled a winter warmer, I'd be a little easier on the scores. Cheers.

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Photo of Naugros
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the 2009 version of this beer that was bought at the brewery. They said it has improved with age and I'd hate to think what it was like before since I did not enjoy this beer. The look of it is fine, but no real head whatsoever. The smell is the best part with pineapple (maybe papaya) esters coming off of it and a bit of spice that makes me think of a rye beer. The taste is another story and it took all my will power to finish this beer. Overly sticky sweet, which means that the lees floating around in this beer failed to convert all the sugars to alcohol. It might say 10%, but it drank less than that.

Have you ever been at a buffet and grabbed a bunch of "fresh" pineapple, because you know it love it? And then you're not paying attention and put a piece of it in your mouth that was brown? It tastes slightly fermented and pretty awful. That's what this tasted like. Is it possible the beer turned? Yeah. And I rarely post a review on a beer that turned, but the staff at the brewery said it was at its peak. Who am I to argue? So I'm reviewing it as if it was at its peak

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Photo of Aenema
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours brownish orange with a small, off-white head.
Smell - Sweet, spicy.
Taste - Lots of sugary yeast followed by a mix of spices, but the sweetness returns with a vengeance and takes over.
Mouthfeel - Light-medium body, well balanced carbonation.
Drinkability - Too damn sweet. This beer is rather pleasant initially, but the sweetness overpowers everything else.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The 22-ounce bomber bottle with a jolly-looking Jolly Roger on the label pours orangey-gold with quite a bit of odd-looking sediment in suspension. A finger-thick cap of ivory foam slowly fades, leaving wispy lacing clinging to the sides of my flashy Tripel Karmeliet tulip.

The aroma is pungently perfume-sweet and a tad fruity with a dash of earthy spice. A splash of near-naked alcohol fails to disguise itself in a thinly-veiled masquerade of overripe plums and mushy red apples.

The taste is overpoweringly sweet and rife with the same notion of overripe apples and plums. A much-welcomed twist of tangy tangerine and a sprinkle of nutmeg and white pepper do what they can to knock down the cloying sugary factor... and fail. Alcohol warming is almost instantaneous upon Yule Tide's arrival in the belly. As the drink rises a few degrees toward room temperature, a floral drizzle of sourwood honey sprinkled with raw sugar drops onto the sweet-heap, exacerbating things further.

The drink is on the fullish side of medium-bodied with excellent carbonation. Too sweet for me, and I feel pretty certain I'll struggle to finish the whole bomber. But I will, nonetheless.

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Photo of cnally
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up for...$2.99 a 22oz bomber!!! Seriously. In USD.

The appearance is a hazy golden orange, with a difficult to produce white head that laces a bit.

Highly yeasty and fermented aroma, apple cider of course. A little like honeycomb.

Flavor is pretty unbalanced, with a massive sour flavor and distracting sweetness. The finish does bring out a little mild bitterness from the hops but the majority of flavors are acidic and sweet.

A pretty syrupy brew, low carbonation and a heavy viscous feel.

Listen, the price was right for me. And the alcohol is very well hidden. So it is decently drinkable in spite of its uneven flavor and thick feel.

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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 Jwaks
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle, drank from a goblet

The body shows a medium golden orange with very scant carbonation below a half finger white head fading to nothing leaving little to no lacing.

spicy yeast, white pepper, clove and pear dominate the nose with hints of orange zest, spring flowers and sweet apple

overripe pear and a bit of malt upfront is quickly overpowered by clove, white pepper and yeast in the mid palate, spiciness fades to a semi-dry finish showing overripe apple and pear leaving a lingering, cloying sweetness and a bit of acidic citrus fruit.

It's heavy handed, round, almost syrupy, cloyingly sweet and medium to heavy bodied for the style with little carbonation to keep it lively and interesting. Alcohol is nearly undetectable.

This is the second american brewed tripel, behind red hook tripel, with high alcohol, great weight and complexity that's nearly ruined by the total lack of carbonation and cloying sweetness. This great effort would be much improved with some austerity, fusel alcohol, band aid etc, lighter more acidc citrus fruit to balance it's sweetness, add carbonation and a respectable head and lacing found in well made Belgian tripels and it can stand against the best.

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Photo of Ysgard
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have always been a fan of the Clipper City Heavy Seas brews, and this is the first I've tried from a bomber.

This disappointed in so many ways.

Appearance - Too dark by half, the underlying issue with this beer shows itself early. Oddly, lace and head retention are an issue here, despite the "thick" pour it displays, a veritable syrup by the standard of Tripels.

Aroma - Alcohol, floral earthy hops, Belgian yeast, leaning towards spicy, with a bubble gum and bananas aroma. A very prominent alcohol aroma. Malt hangs around the back, another hint of the thug that is ruining the neighborhood.

Taste - Rumors confirmed. The thick sweet flavors of under-attenuation are present in force. This breaks all the rules of a tripel, probably because they shot too high as compared to their capabilities. The hop flavors and bitterness levels seem about right, but overwhelmed by the very apparent high final gravity. Almost a Tripel syrup. Everything promised by the aroma is present, gum spices and floral earthy hops.

Mouthfeel - Too thick to truly enjoy. Either there are too many infermentables, or the yeast rangers let the yeast fall asleep on the job. This fermentation tastes like it stalled 10 points too soon, becoming sticky and thick. Carbonation either is not high enough, or is overbalanced by the thickness.

Drinkability - Absent its declared style, I actually like this beer fine. But it's flaws are too apparent to forgive of the style. Too thick, too dark, too soon. As a home brewer, this beer feels like it had its fermentation rushed.

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Photo of runner72
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served from a 22 oz bottle

A - pours a hazy orangish color. It hass a slight head and good amount of carbonation

S - phenolic, yeasty, some wheat. it has a hint or orange

T - Strong. You can taste alcohol. it burns the tongue. Aftertaste istays on the palate. It doesn't blend as well as I expect from a tripel

M - heavy in the mouth. high carbonation

D - It is a little too heavy and you can taste the alcohol too much to make rate it higher for drinkability.

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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 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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