Friday, February 17, 2012

Heavy Seas Yule Tide

Ok, so I know I am a little late to the whole Christmas beer party, but I apparently forgot I had this one sitting in the fridge...

Yet another big bottle, big alcohol content brew here. Keep 'em coming, and I will keep drinking 'em from Clipper City Brewing in Baltimore, MD!

Heavy Seas Yule Tide is a 10% ABV Belgian Tripel that pours a clear golden color with a two-finger head of dense, ivory foam. The beer smells of spicy coriander, citrus and bubblegum, with a slightly unpleasant soured-milk note.

The first sip is VERY warm with lots of coriander and clove - in my opinion it tastes like a super heavy Belgian Witbier. Tons of citrus (lemon, orange and grapefruit) and floral (honeysuckle) flavors add depth, but this brew is a bit too sweet and boozy for me. Its making this big bottle seem a little overwhelming! Although the mouthfeel is smooth and frothy, I'm not really digging this one. Maybe it would have been better closer to Christmas...

Note: After consulting the Heavy Seas website, I noticed that most of their big-bottle, Mutiny Fleet beers have been retired, including this one...If you see a bottle (anything but this one) grab it!

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