Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2012 (Tripel Wit)
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Belgian Tripel
3.9 | pDev: 14.1%
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2012 (Tripel Wit)Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2012 (Tripel Wit)
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 43
Reviews by GrindFatherBob:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a chalice a dull medium golden with a thinner than expected white head that was gone very quickly.Aromas of orange peel and sweet alcohol mainly,not much dimention to it.Quite sweet on the palate with the chamomile being pretty aggressive in the aftertaste,alot of brown sugar and alcohol sweetness going on.Eh, not really didgging this to much,it's just to sweet and spiced for my taste.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, tried the cask version, and figured it was time to try the draft version.

While the same gold color as before, the draft version is actually a bit lighter than the cask version. On the nose, the honey and clove dominate, with a hint of orange citrus in the background, along with some "wheatiness." On the palate, thnis beer is prettt tasty, but it's also a bit sweet and boozy, there is plenty of honey and clove, but there's also mandarin orange and light maraschino cherry. In combination, it's pretty tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderately long, clove and honey filled finish. The one area where I'd really give this beer a detraction under the old system is with drinkability. The combination of noticeable sweetneess and alcohol is a bit of a detraction. Still otherwise, this is pretty tasty beer from the folks at Clipper Cith/Heavy Seas.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in an Orval chalice, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stick around for too long. Not much lacing. Aroma is nice but also seems weak, the brew smells like orange, cloves, honey, and pears. It tastes like oranges, sweet spices, clove, honey, wheat and chamomile. It's sweeter than I was expecting it to be. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and coating with moderate carbonation. I'm not sure if I would buy this again, but for $5.99 a bomber I think it's worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, strong, malty aroma has a firm tone of orange plus notes of cinnamon and chamomile. It pours a nice clear amber with a fairly thick ivory head that leaves good lacing. Mouth-filling flavor has a malty core plus apple, orange, chamomile, woody and brown sugar notes. Each sip seems just a little different. Smooth texture has good fizz and body, leaving a snappy, spicy finish. Join this mutiny!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Justin.

Pouring a golden-orange with a dense, white head that falls off to a disk leaving some lacing, this looks good. The nose lives up to the name. The coriander and orange peel are quite prominent, with the balance leaning towards the orange peel. The orange peel character, in fact, is more like a whole, super-ripe orange rather than a dried peel. This blends quite nicely with the fruity notes from the yeast as well, which are more along the lines of stone fruit and ripe pluots. Moderately spicy as well, there's a floral, honey-like spiciness I can't quite put my finger on.

The palate opens spicy, sweet and floral. The orange peel character is big, bright and rather refreshing, and the coriander lends an interesting spicy accent. This is followed by more fruity flavors, with some ripe peach, ripe plums and a very floral honey note present. The alcohol is noticeable on the finish, lending another spicy flavor and really does lighten up the palate. Despite this, however, this beer is moderately sweet, but it's more a fruity sweetness than a cotton candy-like sweetness that some tripels have. Where the beer is most severely lacking, IMO, is the mid-palate. Lacking in the wheat proteins that usually act as a backbone for the coriander flavor, it does seem excessively light. Medium-light in body with moderate carbonation, this beer is drying, spicy, fruity and a little alcoholic on the finish. Solid stuff, this is simultaneously unique and an enjoyable gimmick.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of fruits, malts, some yeast. Taste is fruity, malts, some spice, a touch of alcohol is present, just a bit of sweetness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 58 º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy golden white head over a mildly hazy golden amber body. Clarity is moderate with plenty of light pulpy sediment in suspension. Retention is slightly above average, lacing is light and spotty. 3.5

(Smell) Heavy aromas of pale cracker malt and a touch of biscuit with a fluffy wheat malt and . Very strong phenols and slighter esters in the aroma here, big floral notes, bright spices and some creeping funk amidst a puff of alcohol. Dated aroma. 3.25

(Taste) Very similar to the aroma, fluffy wheat, cracker and biscuity malts with a profound syrupy sweetness, fairly dense on the palate. Notes of sweet orange syrup, honey syrup and a soft coriander add a touch of complexity but don't balance the flavor all that well, contributing to the sweetness factor. Chamomile is incredibly distinctive and bold in the flavor. Overall it has a very nectar-like sweetness with not a lot of balance to round it out. Very flavorful, but not very well balanced. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, syrupy and peppery. Carbonation is moderate, adding a slight fluffiness to the mouthfeel while preserving the flavor and body. The body is heavy for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is sweet over bitter and phenolic with a prevailing syrupy sweetness. Alcohol presence is medium, a bit easier to pull out than desirable. 3.25

(Overall) 2012's Letter of Marque winner is a very heavily bodied Tripel, certainly boozy and malty as expected, but lacking enough balance from the spice and bittering agents to justify keeping it as strong. I would expect anybody to find better Tripel representatives out there that can provide equal flavor with much higher drinkability and balance. This one just doesn't do it for me. 3.25

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Letter Of Marque 2012: Tripel Wit Style

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: One finger of head builds slowly as I pour, and lasts fr quite a while afterwards. The beer itself is a cloudy, light honey color.

S: Lots of malts, and almost as much orange comes through on the aroma. Smells sweet, floral, and a little earthy. Complex, and really nice.

T: Interesting flavor, with lots of sugary malts, some molasses notes, and a heavy hit of the orange peel. There is a slight spiciness as well, and floral notes in the center. The finish is quite sweet, with that lingering molasses flavor. The taste is actually reminiscent of mulled apple cider, which is unexpected, but not necessarily a bad thing. The alcohol is slightly warming as it descends, though it doesn't come through on the tongue.

M: Moderately heavy body, quite sticky and viscous with a decent amount of carbonation.

O: Not generally what I expect a beer to taste like. I think that they may have gone a bit overboard with both the brown sugar and the orange peel, but the chamomile (I guess, though I wouldn't know chamomile if it bit me in the face) brings a nice lemony floral note that doesn't quite offset the sweetness. A good beer, good for the fall.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, 2012 bottling. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger foamy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, orange peel, chamomile, brown sugar, honey, biscuit, clove, light pepper, floral, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of fruity/spicy esters with malt and spice notes. Taste of apple, pear, orange zest, chamomile, brown sugar, honey, biscuit, clove, light pepper, floral, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, citrus, chamomile, clove, honey, brown sugar, biscuit, light pepper, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance and complexity of spicing with fruity/spicy ester flavors; with very balanced malt sweetness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced Tripel style. Great balance and complexity of spice/ester flavors with malt sweetness; and quite smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2012 (Tripel Wit) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 43 ratings