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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: 168 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of phisig137
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Bomber pours into my Samichlaus tulip a mostly clear deep golden almost amber hue. Generous, dense 1.5 finger head has great retention, slowly falling to a ring around the top of the liquid.

S- Big time yeast aroma, mostly super spicy phenols. There also seems to be a touch of banana/wheat like aromas. Deep in the back, there is also a tiny touch of sulfur that does not seem terribly out of place.

F- Again, nice spicy yeast hits up front, but is quickly washed away by a wave of sweetness. Caramel and raw sugar flavors dominate. By the time the finish come along, the hops a quite prevalent... not to the level of say Houblon Chouffe, but hoppier than other triples to be sure.

M- Thick and creamy. Could use a slightly higher amount of carbonation though to counteract some of the sweetness.

D- Shockingly good for the ABV

Overall, pretty damn good, and a steal at $5.99 a bomber. I do think it is slightly too sweet, and slightly under carbonated, but not enough to dock it serious points. I can think of a more appropriate beverage than a 10% Yule Tide to beat the christmas songs that I've had to listen to all fuckin day out of my head.

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

I don't know what qualifies this as a "Yule" beer, except that it is rather heavy and spicy, but it's quite good no matter what time of year you pop it open.

Pours deep orange golden with a lively white head that falls to a decent lacing. The aroma is rich and spicy, with clove and allspice, and nice fruity pear esters. The flavor follows through, with spice and fruit, apricot and pear. There is some butterscotch and caramel in there, but farther back. The alcohol punch is evident, but in balance. The mouthfeel is heavy and thick, emphasizing the high-gravity sweetness of the brew.


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

A: The head on this beer is tightly bound and small bubbled, color is golden with just a hint of orange, lots of active carbonation, though the pour was quite clear the bottom of the bottle reveals lots of sediment - 3.50, S: Heavily cloved with lots of floral aromas, strong powdery yeast and also some fruity sweetness - 4.25, T: Considerable sweetness which appears to mask the alcohol which at 10% I would expect to be up front and present, candied sugars must have been part of the recipe, hops are present but in the background - they seem to impart a green and grassy flavor - 3.75, M: Very creamy - 4.00, D: I enjoyed this beer more so than Clipper City's other bomber releases, a decent beer overall - 3.25

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

So far I have not been hugely impressed with the Mutiny Fleet series from Heavy Seas/Clipper City. Recently, the Drafting Room at Exton had a firkin of this for a Belgian beer promotion.

The beer pours a solid gold color with not much head retention or lacing. On the nose, this beer smells pretty sweet with clove and significant cherry cough drop. On the palate this beer is VERY sweet and boozy, and I feel as if I'm drinking liquified cherry cough drops or some cherry liquer. The sweetness is a bit much, especially coupled with the noticeable high alcohol. Mouthfeel is soft and fairly full (as one would expect out of a firkin), and is probably this beer's best attribute. Drinkability is fair at best, with the sweetness and high alcohol making it very tough going.

Not very impressed with this, and am becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the brewer's inability to at least mask the high alcohol in these mutiny fleet beers.

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Photo of Kurioser
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: The beer had a short-lasting, low head capping a hazy orange-gold beer.

Smell: I got a big scent of yeast off of this one.

Taste: I got a definite taste of breadiness; maybe some bananna bread? It was slightly cloying with a smidgen of bitterness along the edges. I also got the impression of an orange-honey-vanilla complex.

Mouthfeel: I would say that the beer felt slightly thick, and the bitterness lingered a bit.

Drinkability: A bit much in many ways; the cloying sweetness of this beer, combined with the powerful orange-honey-vanilla impression make this a once-in-a-while beer for me.

Admittedly I have another aging in the basement, so I may have a different review for you all in a few months!

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

New offering in the Mutiny Fleet series of beers. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. "An avalanche of flavor" reads the label

A: Pours a translucent, yet relatively clear deep honey golden color with a thick, bubbly whitish head which fades to a thick ring of tiny bubbles and a thin film. Minimal dots of lacing.

S: Very nice, smooth balanced aroma. Very little alcohol presence, primarily a mix of fruity sweet and spicy notes. Banana, clove, pepper, yeast, caramel malt, etc.

T: Like aroma, a smooth balance of fruit and spice. Primarily sweet orange citrus with mild banana notes dominate peppery spiciness. Malt backbone is present but never asserts itself. As it warms up starts to lean a little too sweet for my taste, but that's more of an issue with my own taste for the style.

M: Soft and creamy, lighter side of medium bodied with mild carbonation. Clean finish, not quite effervescent level of carbonation, minimal alcohol presence. Very pleasant.

D: After ranging from indifferent to disappointed on the first 3 Mutiny Fleet series (well, the barrel aged Great Pumpkin was very nice) I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was. Great American take on the style, not exceptional, but very nice complex balance of flavors with well concealed alcohol makes this a very pleasant, drinkable Tripel.

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