Wachusett Brewery Tour + Heavy Seas Yule Tide Review

Being sick for an entire week SUCKS. Seems like every time I get the slightest cold, I end up completely toasted by the cold. I tried to beat this one by taking the first two days of the cold off from work. No help – it came along and kicked my ass later in the week regardless. This past weekend I was only 80% healthy, but with the ridiculously nice weather we had in New England, I had to get out. On Saturday the wife and I hit-up Wachusett Brewery in Westminster, MA to take my first ever brewery tour. It was thoroughly interesting, especially given what I had learned in my recent semi-homebrewing experience. Wachusett is still a relatively small brewery with the original owners still doing much of the labor. I pulled an epic fail with the lack of photos…I’ll remember next time I suppose.

Although tonight I’m still not feeling 100% (giant sore lump in my throat), I’m getting back on the beer review train. I can’t think of a better place to start than with this Heavy Seas Yule Tide Belgian-style Tripel. 10% ABV and according to the label “An avalanche of flavor”. Yeee haw!

The aroma is pungent and mostly reminds me of bananas. Maybe even some lemon or other mild citrus in there too. The pour is golden amber. One finger of head that basically does NOT go away. Scientists should consider studying this head…it’s definitely defying some rule of physics.

The flavor is dangerously good. Dangerous in the sense that the 10% booze is pretty well hidden. The mouthfeel is where I actually detect it the most – syrupy. The brew is RIGHT down my ally in the sweetness department…like a deliciousness bomb in my mouth. Coriander and a mild citrus flavor are what mostly come through. Spicy, spicy, spicy in true Belgian form.

Now my opinion may be a little skewed from being away from reviewing for a week, but I’m inclined to give this beer top marks across the board. Well worth trying.

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Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.