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Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2011 (Dubbel)Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2011 (Dubbel)

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by mpyle on 06-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by giblet:
Photo of giblet
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pretty darn good brew. pours a light amber. nice two finger head. steady carbonation. good lacing down the glass. fruit aroma dates and some grass from hops. full flavor and lighter body than expected. nice finish but watch the abv.

suckem up and movem out.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of chinchill
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a Piraat snifter.
A: Pours dark reddish-brown with 1/2 inch light tan head. Good retention and a nice coat of lacing left on the glass with each tip.
S: Lightly sweet and fruity with more malt showing than average for style. Excellent.
T: Flavorful and similar to the aroma. Lightly sweet start and mildy bitter in the aftertaste. Nicely fruity with dark fruit (raisins, figs), toffee, and light spices.
M: Medium-full body. Slight astringent and not quite as smooth as expected for style. Medium+ carbonation.
O: Impressive American rendtition of this Belgian style, albeit not up to the best Belgians.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light brown/amber into my brewers art chalice with a thin amount (about a half a finger) of khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S: dark fruits, caramel, a tad musty, leather, grassy.

T: a lot of dates and figs, some prunes, sweet but also earthy. Leathery with a musty bite and also some black grapes.

MF: light carbonation, creamy flavor and smooth taste profile.

O: a bit light on the body and color but not a bad beer, there are so many better dubbles out there. Its neat that this started as a home brew and like I said its a good beer but I wouldn't pass up a Westmalle for one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a mostly clear orange/amber color with about an inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, peppery spice, cherries, yeast and a bit of banana. Taste is similar to the aroma, there's peppery spice, caramel and bready malt, plums, bananas and some bubblegum. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and has good carbonation. This is quite an interesting brew, I certainly didn't expect the banana and bubblegum taste in this dubbel, but it works well. I liked it, and for $5.99 it's not too bad of a price. I'd buy this one again, I think it's good overall.

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Photo of n2185
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear mahogany with a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Some spicy yeast notes at first followed by lots and lots of bubblegum and candy sugar aromas. There are some dark fruit aromas in there, but they're not very distinct. The finish has a floral, lavender-like aroma to it with some light bread/yeast notes.

T: While the aroma is very sweet-smelling, the flavor has a very strong yeast presence with some spice notes at first followed by a hearty bread/yeast flavor throughout. There are some light bubblegum flavors in there along with a touch of dark fruit. The finish has a slight alcohol presence along with a little bitterness.

M: Medium-light body with a surprising amount of carbonation feel given the poor head retention and lack of lacing. The carbonation brings out the yeast flavors and gives it almost a spritz feel.

O: An interesting dubbel and a bit different than what I've come to expect form the style. While the flavors don't really come together as well as they should, it's still a decent beer.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DiscGolfRobot
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking at the earliest reviews I determined this beer was brewed in June of last year, so that makes it at least 8 months old.

A - Noted as have pretty low carbonation, fourming a slight bubbly lace ring that as mild lacing. Color is a dark brown yet clear not hazy.

S - The yeast in the smell is very fruity along with some dark fruits mostly plums, and a bit of caramel or toffee.

T - Taste is very clean without much chalkiness of the yeast giving it a good bubblegum tone. Fruit is light yet balanced with a mild touch of hops and caramel in the finish. Tasty.

M - Medium bodied it hides the 8% well.

Overall can't say I can find this anymore and even though it's old it's still drinking fantastic. Worth picking up if you can find it under 6 bucks like me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria a few months back. Served in a Mikasa goblet.

Pours a reddish-brown with a thin off-white head and just a bit of spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries through a bit of dark fruits and light sweetness. Faint toffee presence as well. The flavor is semi-sweet with nice fruit notes. A bit of cherry there as well. Medium body with low-medium carbonation and a bit of a chewy nature. Pretty good overall. Another fairly-solid beer in the Letter of the Marque lineup.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, white grape and plums. In the taste, dark fruit, raisin, plum, and fig. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry dark fruit aftertaste. It is a bit tart in the nose, but dry dark fruit in taste.

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Photo of Vylo
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ARRR. Any beer with piracy involved interests me :D.

Pour an orange-amber color.

Smell was nothing to be noticed, but wasn't obnoxious in any way.

Taste was quite nice, classic dubbel feel, not much to stand out, but definite quality to the malt taste.

Mouthfeel was quite good. A lot of beers can ruin a taste with bad/overbearing carbonation, but this one was solidly done.

Overall, a neat drink. Worth a pick up if you haven't tried, but I wouldn't break down any doors to get a bottle.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of John_M
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Mahaffey's the other day.

The beer pours a fairly dark amber brown color with the pretty good head retention and lacing (at least for a cask beer). The nose is likewise attractive, showcasing licorice, cherry cough drops, brown sugar and dark chocolate. The flavor profile replicates the nose, though I'm not sure how well cask conditioning works with the dubbel style. While there was plenty of flavor in this beer, and considerable underlying spice, the low carbonation made this beer appear a bit on the thin side I thought. Alcohol was pretty well integrated into the flavor profile (something that is occasionally a problem with CC/HS beers), with just a touch of alcoholic heat in the finish.

Nothing to get very excited about with this beer, but I thought it a pretty decent effort nonetheless.

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Photo of mpyle
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - Amber color, brilliantly clear. Pours a semi-large white head finely bubbled and with moderate retention.

Some malty sweetness and a gentle Belgian spiciness to the nose. Hints of pepper and alcohol and even some mint.

A slight biscuity note to the initial malt flavor, and the malt melds nicely with the gentle peppery spice notes from the yeast. Curious if the same yeast is used with the Dubbel Cannon beer - some similarities. Finishes fairly dry, with a lingering spicy alcohol note.

MF - Moderate body and fairly high carbonation, very much in style. Alcohol warming is present but under control, and also in style.

Overall - A fairly clean interpretation of the style, and certainly not as complex or spicy as some Belgian examples. However, a very pleasant Belgiany beer brewed to Heavy Seas normal high standards.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright clear amber color with a nice two finger white foam head that has really good retention. There is not much in the way of lacing.

S: Ample amounts of spepper pice, belgian yeast, citrus hops and some caramel malt sweetness. Very inviting on the nose.

T: Starts off with a sweet malt flavor, mostly caramel and biscuits. In the middle, there is a nice amount of belgian yeast and pepper spice that comes through. The finish is nicely balanced with the malty sweetness giving way to more yeast and spice with just a hint of citrus hops.

M: A nice medium to full bodied beer that leaves a clean refreshing taste on the palate.

O: This is a really nice Dubbel. Very clean and crisp, refreshing on a hot day. The alcohol is held at bay too, which makes this easy to drink.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 32 ounce Whole Foods growler into a St Bernardus goblet. Filled 28 June 2011 (today).

A: Generous frothy head is beautiful, but doesn't last long in this wide goblet. A pleasant, if dull, brown, it blazes orange in direct lighting.

S: Very fruity. Some nice yeast. Sweet and flat.

T/M: Yummy. If not an exceptional dubbel, a good one. Chewy and very full-bodied, it sits heavy on the tongue. Carbonation is light, letting the enormously sugary malts be the main event. Fruits are dark and overripe -- maybe soft cherries.

O: Straight 4s, it seems. That fits. Everything is good; nothing is splendid. Recommended. Probably won't drink again, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 22 oz bomber into a 12 oz tulip. As we're heading into 2013 I figured it was about time to crack this 2011 release.

Look- A vigorous pour leaves me with a generous three finger head. Soapy look, off-white. Decent retention. The beer itself has a rich dark amber hue with hints of red, reminds me of dark maple syrup or pale LME before dilution.

Smell- Gobs of ripe stone fruit; cherry and butterscotch, currants, sweet, peach cobbler, jammy. Swirling brings out a stronger spicy aroma, something floral but faint.

Taste- A bit plainer than the nose indicated, and lighter as well. Mild spiciness and dark brown bread mix it up with light vanilla, plum, and green tea. Finishes with a toastier flavor and a bit of cherry candy. Faint oxidation, but two years in a fridge hasn't hurt it much. Nice, subtler than most dubbels. Tasty.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, light carbonation. Fuller feel on the swallow, Juicy feel, an easy drinker. Lighter than anticipated. No hint of the ABV.

Overall- Nice, clean, distinctly Heavy Seas, and richly flavored without going too far. It's also aged exceptionally well. I wouldn't mind at all if they decided to bring this one back.

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Photo of LuthersMug
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I picked up at the recommendation of my neighbor

A - Nice brownish hue with musty tints of orange when held to the light. Not a huge head, but some nice pale, creamy lacing.

S - Slightly sweet, caramel, a little yeasty.

T - It sounds a bit strange, but I picked up Double Bubble gum, but it went down nice. Enjoyable.

M - Creamy malts, a bit of warming from the alcohol, fairly clean finish

O - I enjoyed this and have another bottle I will pull out at a later date.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"Winners from our annual 'Letter of Marque' home-brew competition will work alongside our brewmaster to create a yearly special release. Historically, a Letter of Marque was a document that made a Pyrate a legitimate privateer. Our Letter of Marque makes a home brewer a legitimate professional!" Recipe is from David Edmundson and Doug John. Brewed in the style of a Belgian Style Dubbel, the 2011 Letter of Marque was released in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 52º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, sudsy beige head over a maple-amber body. Clarity is good, with a mild haze and light flecked sediment in tow. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 3.25

(Smell) Up front is a medium bready caramel malt body with a pinch of wheat malt, a dash of thin candied sugar and some mild fruit notes of plum and fig. The bright yeast profile showcases citrusy fruit notes and mellow ethanol. Mild oxidation is creeping into the aroma and a modest sourness is gaining ground as well. Potency is medium/high. 3.5

(Taste) The malt profile estimates out to a light biscuity malt and low toasted grain body with some thin syrupy sweetness. There is an earthy grain bitterness and hop presence is nonexistent, as expected per the style, but notes of licorice, vanilla and light ethanol tend to round out the balance. The drinkability of this dubbel is incredibly high, fairly light on the malt side of things but with a decent amount of balance and composition to keep it interesting. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is light, chewy, mildly syrupy. Carbonation adds a moderate level of buzz to the mouthfeel for a lightened texture- whether this is too much or little for the style is a fair question, although I found it roundly appropriate. The body is medium for the style and medium overall. Balance is slightly grainy with acidic fruit over sweetness, which is fairly light for the beer in general. The drinkability is nonetheless high. Alcohol presence is moderate. 3.75

(Overall) This Belgian Style Dubbel seems to fit the style guidelines fairly well, even if it keeps a simple malt template and a somewhat mellow yeast profile, it keeps a high drinkability and a favorable balance of flavors, which is what one should expect from many beers. Don't expect anything original or out-of-place in this beer. It seems that Heavy Seas picked a decent winner to showcase in this entry. 3.75

Heavy Seas Beer's
Letter Of Marque 2011: Belgian Style Dubbel

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Photo of bmjivi221
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of cdbooth219
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber/ brown with 2 fingers of mocha head that dissipates rather slowly

S: Hints of bread, dark candied fruits and a bit of mustiness. Also a bit of brown sugar

T: Sweet dark friuits, figs, cherries, and prunes, and brown sugar up front, followed by bready maltiness. Finishes with a bit of earthy bitterness, herbal notes, and mustiness

M: Medium-full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Alcohol presence is there, but not overwhelming.

O: I found this to be an enjoyable American-made Dubbel. Definitely not the best of the style, but a tasty, well-made beer still.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of ridgeisgod
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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