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

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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 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 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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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 DrBier
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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

On-tap 12/18/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, citrus, apples, spices, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong alcohol bite that is followed by sweet flavors of citrus, caramel, spices and apples. Then a mild breadiness comes in from the Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is also mild but there's a decent balance. The after-taste is spicy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer and not quite your typical Christmas release, but there are better Tripels out there.

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Photo of billab914
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a pale amber in color with a thick white fluffy head. The head settled out and clung to the sides but left decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is dominated by the Belgian yeast, it has some spiciness and some sweet sugary notes. Taste is sweet, almost sugary with a strong Belgian yeast spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's slightly too sweet for me which hurts it's drinkability.

Overall it was a decent beer but not one of my favorites for the style. Probably wouldn't buy this one again.

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

Starts with a moderate head, settles to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Leaves good lace. A minor chill haze to the otherwise deep gold/light amber color.

Strong smell of soured milk; no sweetness. Good Belgian yeast bite.

Strong citrus taste to the beer. There's also a sweetness that I could not detect in the smell. The body is rich from residual sugars. A touch of hop in the swallow, but the aftertaste is like clover honey with a touch of spruce.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smell is overwhelming banana orange. Did not like it.

Taste is slightly better, but can't overcome the smell.

Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Would not recommend highly, but still a decent beer. This is one of Heavy Seas poorer offerings in my opinion though.

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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 duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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

Shiny kumquat with a swirling snowstorm of yeast that remains in suspended animation. Multiple streams of fine bubbles find their way to the underside of a thick slice of manila colored foam that is sticky enough to leave small sheets of suds as it shrinks.

The nose is redolent of golden fruit (light), alcohol (medium), and clove-like yeast esters (heavy). Not bad, but far from a world-beater. Warming probably won't change much... and doesn't.

Yule Tide Belgian Style Tripel Ale is not a very good effort at a Belgian-style tripel. All the necessary pieces are present (more or less) but they don't fit together as well as they might. Hard to tell where the blame lies, so let's dig deeper.

The malts taste mostly pale with a modest toasted-earthy undertow. Using Munich malt (strictly a guess) in beer of this style is a major no-no. Whatever hops were used don't contribute much bitterness or flavor. Which leaves us with Trappist ale yeast that isn't exactly setting the world ablaze. Good beer of this style shouldn't be that hard to get right.

Ground clove-dusted apricots macerated in Absolut is the sum total of the flavor profile (had to get that in there). The mouthfeel is American big beer cushy and slick, which is wonderful in a general sense, but light years away from the style's best.

On the whole, the Pyrate Fleet series from Clipper City Brewing is much better than the higher ABV Mutiny Fleet series. Yule Tide does absolutely nothing to change that. Why does a tripel get a Christmas-themed name and why is the Jolly Roger on the label wearing a Santa hat and sporting a mistletoe necklace?

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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 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 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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Gavage
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: hazy orange color with a wispy head that falls to a spotty surface foam quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: yeast, pepper, fruit sweetness, and a floral aroma is easy to detect.

Taste: fruit sweetness is up front here with honey, green grapes, pepper, yeast, and a prominent alcohol flavor. Bitterness tries to cut down the sweetness here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Mild dryness throughout. Long aftertaste as the alcohol and sweeetness hangs around the mouth for a while.

Drinkability: a slow sipping beer that tended to be a bit to sweet for my liking. After the bomber was empty, I was not yearning for any more.

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Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is yellow / orange and has a slight haze to it. Forms a diffuse white head. Carbonation is mild to moderate and there is no lacing on the glass. Looks fine.

Aroma is slightly alcoholic and slightly yeasty. There is a slight biting bitterness in there as well. Its simple but good. I like how it smells. Makes me think, "Tripel", which is a good thing when you are drinking a tripel.

Beer is sweet with a late bitter. It is oddly spicy, like holiday spicy. Beer is really aggressive in the palate and strong flavored. Very surprising. Mouthfeel is OK, drinkability is good. Medium bodied beer. I enjoyed it, not great but decent.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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