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

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

Brewed by:
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 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 JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of fatbatcat
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hardcor33
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of KevinTK
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JxExM
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of harrisjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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 MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Mudawg
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Abe_Froman
4.5/5  rDev +22%

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 duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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 sneth019
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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 HopHeadInOhio
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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 ncbeerbubba
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Heavy Seas - Yule Tide (2009) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 170 ratings