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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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Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 168
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 JoePat
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with an off white head that lingers for a good amount of time leaving a ring of lacing around the glass.
Smells spicy, fruity, begiany. A hint of cloves and a lot of citrus and maybe pinapple.
Very malty at first and then you get that pinapple, citrus flavor with the hops coming in to balance it out so it is not too sweet.
Great mouth feel almost thick and syrupy but with a lot of carbonation so that it rounds out on the tongue.
Not all that drinkable considering the alcohol but that does not take away from the enjoyment.
I may have to get another to see what a couple years does to it.

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

A- A clear, copper liquid with a decently thick head that settles down to a thin covering but leaves nice lacing.

S- Fruit, honey, alcohol, cooked vegetable,s and white bread.

T- Fruit, honey, and a strong alcohol kick. Sweet, but well blended. Once I got accustomed to the alcohol it became pretty nice.

M- Alcohol warmth and a bit of a bite. A little drying at the end.

D- Tasty and better than other beers I have head from this brewery. A bit of a sipper, but a nice American take on the style.

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

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is sweet and fruity with spices and yeast

T - Follows the nose starts off sweet and fruity then finishes with yeast and spice flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This was a beer that I enjoyed quite a bit its a good relaxing beer that would be nice to have after a long day worth a try if you see it around

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - oops. One of the forgotten beers of Christmas '09. Always better to have a few extras though. This one pours a honey-hued golden color. A solid, cakey cap of two fingers, mostly white with a tint of yellow. Looks sticky but except for one shiny mountain the lace is sliding down the glass. A little agitation on the bomber's bottom shows a good portion of sediment in the depths, so decant carefully if you prefer crystal seas.

Aroma - some good fruity sweetness and caramel, shows off a bit of the Belgian yeast.

Taste - a malty sweet oranginess. A little like children's aspirin, though some good Belgian yeast joins in, adding some complexity. Apart from that, this is a fairly straight-forward tripel. The swallow has a muted bite and allows for a mostly juicy and slick finish. A good solid example of the style, though the Belgian influence could be more stated.

Mouthfeel - not quite heavy but a good solid body. Slick and smooth, this tripel hides the abv quite well, so mind yer sails.

Drinkability - tasty, it might be worth it to stow one of these away in Davey Jones' locker if you can keep away for awhile.

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Photo of chickenflea
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy deep gold color. The thick white head did not hang around very long and had minimal lacing on the glass.

Aroma of malt, bread dough, and orange juice.

A lot of yeast in the flavor. Prune and navel orange also present. Medium spiciness. This brew is very tasty. Full of flavor.

The texture is excellent for the style: Creamy but not too heavy. The beauty of this brew increases with temperature. The flavor really comes out in the upper 40's. A pleasant aftertaste.

This beer will not be hurried. It has plenty to show you between sips. Intriguing and much better than I expected.

I found it on sale at the local liquor store so I thought I would try it. I am going down to buy several more bottles if they are still available. My first Clipper City brew. I hope to try more soon.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent to me by my friend Brian who resides just outside Baltimore.

A- Pours a cloudy dark golden, weak head, fizzles very fast.

S- The Belgian yeast earthy phenols are great here, and there are plenty of fruity esters to balance with that. Very nice balance between the two actually.

T- This is a sweet beer. Fruity, a little earthy. Smooth. All the parts mingle together so nicely here. Makes for a very tasty brew.

M- Very fine tingly mouthfeel, some slickness to the body.

D- Really good beer overall. Alcohol was well hidden. Nice tripel for being on the higher ABV end.

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Photo of mountdew1
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a golden amber with small amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. It had a small 1 finger white head made of very fine foam that clung to the sides very well. Aroma was sweet, slightly yeasty with a small tounch of green olive in the back end. Flavor was sweet, akin to fresh white bread with a small amount of vanilla citrus. Coated well, a little to sweety thick in the mouth. Not at all carbonated which was a touch underwhelming. Pleasant enough to drink, but definitely something to savor.

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Photo of parkeak0
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Decided to open this up after a less-than-exciting Saturday of studying for midterms. A Christmas gift from my little brother... thanks Sam!

A - Pours a golden/orange with a one finger head. A bit darker than typical for the style. Decent retention, nice lace. A pretty beer.

S - Belgian ester-y yeast, fresh tart fruit, alcohol, some spice.

T - Belgian yeast, sweet malt up front, slight citric tartness, spice and alcohol on the finish. Very nice.

M - Perhaps slightly heavier than typical. Lacks the crisper, dryer characteristic I look for in an excellent tripel.

D - I don't think I would suggest having more than a bomber in one sitting. Though it's decently hidden, this is a 10% beer.

A nice offering from Clipper City. My only complaint about this beer is that it's a bit sweet, and lacks the crispness one finds in the very best example of the style. Nonetheless a very good beer.

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Photo of biggred1
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brassy orange cast with a small light tan head that leaves fine lace on the glass. The nose is a bit subdued for the style with granny smith apple skin, pale malts and some nice funky Belgian yeastiness. Luckily, the flavors are not as laid back as the nose with coriander spice and dry yeasty flavors balanced with candy sugar sweetness. A bit on the mild side carbonation wise compared to the great Belgian tripels. Medium bodied with fairly well hidden alcohol. I think the carbonation may need a tweak to elevate this beer to the level of the truly great examples of the style. An enjoyable brew anyway.

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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 jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving traces of lace. Almost clear amber color. Spicy nose. Strong carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet, spicy rum. Interesting triple. $6.75 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Kendo
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a tulip. Body is hazy light- orange with a small head that disappears quickly. No lacing.

S: Yeasty with generic spice and cloves. Fruity sweetness as well.

T: Follows the nose: fruity sweetness with spice (pepper?), cloves and yeast. Alcohol is not well-hidden.

M: Medium-to-full in heft. Feel is oily and slick. Lingering yeasty-ness and sweetness on the palate.

D: Not so good. Too sweet for my liking. Ended up "trading" about half of my glass to my friend who liked this one better than the Anderson Valley Brother David's Tripel, which he then handed over to me. He liked this one, I preferred that one. I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of beer2day
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Honey gold pour with little to no head. Laces decently well.

Nose is very sweet and a little spicy. Candy sugar mainly with weaker clove and even weaker bananas. Just the right mix for a Belgian triple, really.

Hits very sweet. Burnt candy sugar comes on in the middle along with quite a bit of winter spices. Turns tart toward the finish and comes on really thick. Nice, but a little overpowering.

Feel is quite good. Thick and syrupy to match the flavor profile and style.

Decent sipper, but definitely a bottle to split.

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Photo of becktone
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 1-24-10

Eye: Body is a cloudy copper-gold in appearance. Head has great formation and nice retention, forming at about two fingers and holding solidly at one. Texture of the head is billowy, rocky, and foamy. Lacing forms in thick sheets, leaving a landscape of foam on the inside of the glass complete with mountains and valleys.

Nose: Pretty yeast influenced aroma here. Spicy aroma from yeast and some light banana esters from yeast. Very light caramel tones. Pretty easy going aroma all in all. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Good strong malt backbone supports it all, though its nowhere near being forwardly sweet.

Tongue: Big on spicy character from the yeast.Yeast is huge in this beer, plays a very big role. Alcohol is detectable and spreads some warmth as it goes down. Not very much sweetness in this beer, most of it is made up of the yeast characteristics as it should be, spice is the variety of life....or in beer terms its what sets BSPAs apart from Tripels...yeast spiciness. Malt backbone is there, and yes sweetness too, but its main focus is on the spice. Hints at light caramel and light candied flavors right before the finish. Good strong aftertaste, some sweetness that I can't quite put a finger on(closest description I can get is the light caramel and light candied flavors) mingling with the spice

Feel and Drinkability: This beer was definitely worth the money. Less than six dollars for a bomber....? Hell yeah its worth it. This is one that easy to say yes to picking up again both this winter and in winters to come. Highly carbonated with fine bubbles yet they're not coarse or fine enough or obnixious enough to scrub the palate and detract from the brew. Despite the high carbonation the body actually has some weight to it. For the style I'd say its got a nice full body.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy burnt oranage appearance with fluffy white head, decent retention an dok lacing. Smell is of belgian yeasts, candied sugar and alight presence of fruit and spices. Taste is of belgian yeast with a very nice blend of the sugar, fruit and spices. Slightly syrupy with full carbonation, little linger aftertaste. Very good beer, not as stong or well blended as other Tripels, but very good ingredient profile, none the less.

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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 cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a chalice. Pours a golden orangish color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is candied sugar, spices, fruity sweetness, yeast and some alcohol.

T- The taste is very sweet with a peppery spiciness and a warming finish from the alcohol. Overall the taste is pretty good but it can be a bit sweet and the alcohol can be a little hot at times.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- Overall, this one isn't horrible but is a little too hot going down. Worth a shot.

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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 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 adamette
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Poured from tap at Ballantines in Willoughby during "craft beer night" 1 27 10 into a 10 oz. snifter at a cost of $3.

A Translucent medium brown body under a nice, light brown creamy head. 3.5

S Sweet malt and candy sugar smells in a smell that I find very pleasing indeed in what is my favorite style. The smell of this tripel is not very complex, however. As it warmed the smell actually improved, providing a deeper, warmer smell. 4.0

T Sweet malt, alcohol warmth, light butterscotch taste that, to me is just so good. I do not get a sense for the "spices" mentioned in the description on the menu, just the butterscotch malt sweetness and alcohol. Again here, as in the smell, not a particularly complex, inspiring taste, though. 4.0

M All of the great bigness, syrupy stickiness that I look for in a tripel. On top of that, there is a nice thickness, depth to the feel of this beer. 4.5

D Very good for the level of ABV due to its great butterscotch like sweetness. This is an apertif beer by any definition, though. 3.5

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Photo of albern
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid and enjoyable Tripel, not brilliant, but quite good. It pours a fairly clear amber color with an off white head, some retention, not much lace going on. The nose is about as Belgian yeasty and sweet malty as you will find. The nose is very good on this beer. The candied sugars and the bubblegum aromas are right on the mark. There is some carbonation and some particulates in the beer floating about.

The taste is very typically Belgian although a tad sweeter than it probably should be. You have the Belgian yeast bringing on the fruitiness. You have the candied sugars bringing in the sweet malts and the floral bouquet. There is a touch of coriander, maybe a touch of ginger in parts, but the beer definitely has a strong throaty 10% ABV presence. There is a periodic, almost intermittant off flavor, almost a cloying sweetness that is overwrought. It comes in and out. The beer is has some warming, albeit, sweet booziness in the finish, maybe a slight booze soaked floral or two. There are maybe some other apple type fruits in here as well, but the booze and the sweetness don't allow these things to emerge. There is a bit of spicy yeast to the beer as well. This is a good tripel, not brilliant but a solid effort.

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

Rather hefty, sweet, and tasty take on a Belgian Tripel.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Variation of the pirate skull design, on this occasion topped with a Santa Claus hat and a mistletoe under the crossed bones, and again while the design remains trite and fairly amateurish it almost begins to catch on by sheer repetition. Pirate narrative describing the general style of the brew without going into much detail on the side. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, shows Alc. by Vol (10%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Hazy deep amber pour, generous head with good retention and a bit of shy lacing. Fine yeast particles are visible.

S - Belgium yeast aroma, sweet profile emerging over touches of spice.

T - An assertive sweet malty backbone gives the brew its identity coated with Belgium yeast tones. Fruit and spice are faint notes punctuating the flavor. Warming and boozy notes finishing it.

M - Medium body with also medium carbonation, a tad short for what is typically expected of the style but working well with the interpretation brewed here. A bit of a finish like caramel, molasses...

D - Very drinkable. It is close to a sipper, with the assertive sweet and boozy profile but not quite there. If one feels pleased by the overall profile it goes down very nicely.

Notes: This probably will be short of the expectations for the style for most, but accomplishes a rather tasty brew with a distinct Belgium character, albeit woven in an assertive malty and boozy base. However, it achieves to remove some acidic notes found on most tripels and their sense of lightness over the woven complexity. A different beast that sure enough like most of these Clipper City bombers leans on an obvious boozy side. For me this is surprisingly probably their best so far followed by the DIPA. There is quite a bit of work to be done, and a tripel it may not be but there is a distinct US take on a Belgium feel waiting to coalesce.

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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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