Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2012 (Tripel Wit) | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2012 (Tripel Wit)Heavy Seas Letter Of Marque 2012 (Tripel Wit)

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 04-21-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass at CFWB, 7/21.

Beer pours a cloudy dark yellow with definite orange tones. Head is near-white with large bubbles that recede fairly quickly with the whole head disappearing about 1/3 of the way through the drink. Smell is of ripe banana, with some spices and definite sweetness coming through. Somewhat reminiscent of a weizen-bock. Taste is very sweet, with coriander tickling the palette before the strong taste of ripe bananas rolls in. Near the end of the taste a decent amount of booziness comes out, though not unpleasantly. Mouthfeel is surprisingly chill for a super wheat beer with the spiciness and booziness being the most aggressive parts, not particularly dry either.

Although I have not had the draft version, I suspect this beer benefits from the cask by cutting down on the high carb normally seen in the style. With the carb this would probably be a bit much. A very sweet, boozy, yeasty, and spicy beer. If it wasn't for the banana tones and lighter wheat body this could be easily mistaken for a Tripel.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DaveBlack
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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