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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer

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82
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249 Reviews
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Reviews: 249
Hads: 423
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Jaynuze on 03-12-2007

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Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure why an additional difference between this and the barrel-aged version is the style it's listed as, but oh well. Notes are from the Fall of 2012, about 5 months ago, but complete.

The label's color almost speaks to the beer's, as it leans toward brown but has very much a red shade to it from the thickest to thinnest parts of its body. A big creamy off-white head is frothy and tops off at just less than 2 fingers. Lacing is chunky and sticks in very good quantity.
Both creamy and fruity sweetness run out of this beer's aroma, with spiciness to boot. Dark cherry, clove, must and thick, dark breads are foremost. Alcohol is a bit aggressive, a bit on the ethanolic side, and a medicinal kind of note lingers a little.
There's not as much sweetness on the tongue, though again a lot of dark fruit notes come out. Some of that's dryer, come sweeter. Chalky, musty notes add dryness from the yeast, which also adds lots of clove spiciness. Caramel's there in the malts with the bigger bready tone, and a little of a not-quite-smokiness, like the tasty smokiness in certain caramels, accompanies it. It's a little bit phenolic, and the alcohol's not shy, but it comes together.
The body's got a nice strength and fluff to it, keeping up a consistent crispness while managing a smoothness that rolls nicely on the tongue. Alcohol isn't too sharp, and surprisingly not considering its effect on the smell and taste. (1,426 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a murky, cloudy mahogany with a quickly fleeting, fizzy head that left a light sheen for lacing.

Creamy banana on the nose was a bit surprising. I found a prominent malt base and a cider like component to the scent also.

The taste is smooth, creamy dried fruit, not candied or sugary, but sweet enough. Also there's some chocolate malt and some milk chocolate. Not a lot of barrel flavor but some good flavors nonetheless.

The feel is thicker, despite the fizzy appearance, smooth and creamy.

Overall, this was a 2013 that may have needed a little more time, though the feel was excellent. The subtle barrel complexities could have been more prominent with more age so I will cellar the other one. (708 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 7.49. 2013 vintage. Served in a high ball glass.

Pours a mahogany hued deep brown with a finger and a half sandy cream head. The head disappears without leaving any lace.

Smells of mild vinegar (like many sours), caramel and stone fruit with the brandy coming in stronger as it warms.

A pretty smooth and pleasing blend of cherry skins, prunes, caramel, brown sugar, bitter apple peel, a slight woodsy barrel note and brandy/booze.

Creamy medium full body with fairly subtle carbonation. Brandied fruit finish.

This seems to occupy a space for dark fruity Belgians somewhere in between dubbels and quads/BSDAs. It is fairly robust and complex. As with others in the newly revamped and barrel aged Uncharted Waters series this is an outstanding value. Under eight bucks for a barrel aged abbey ale. It may not be stellar or ground breaking but it's worth a try. (926 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer exclusively because it was aged in brandy barrels; well, and because the brandy barrel-aged Beer Geek Brunch was more than $1.25 an ounce. To affordable beer!

A: A slowly cascading head catches the eye first, raising a light tan fizz above the murky, rust-colored body; looks likes powder atop the body after it dissipates. Layers of lace are sticky and abundant.

S: Bready scents dominate, though they are only moderate in intensity – doughy biscuit, rye, and fresh-baked wheat bread. A modest sweetness of black cherry, buttery caramel, and grape jam adds contrast before the aromas culminate in a bright, alcoholic swing reminiscent of sweet red wine.

T: Brandy-forward, and proud of it: first sip lends a considerable sweetness and alcoholic briskness. Candi sugar has been used with full force, as the first tastes are a heavy burnt sugar and molasses. A sweeter palate develops as strawberry syrup and Maraschino cherry notes overtake, though they bring the palate to a climax in an a thick, medicinal way; I’ll admit that it does remind me of cherry cough syrup, but only for a moment. Finishes with a touch of spice and alcoholic fire, lingering with a taste of cinnamon.

M: Goes down thick and fiery, stinging a little like brandy at first. Like the palate, it is quite syrupy, which makes it more of a chore to drink after half a glass.

O: A good beer, but not a great one. I can taste a bit of the brandy influence on the palate, but not enough to make this any more special than the Belgian strong dark ales I’ve had in the past. Underneath it all, though, there’s a well-crafted abbey ale, and that still shines through as an enjoyable flavor profile. (1,696 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like most beers of this style, it has a ton of style. It pours dark but translucent, as it should, with light lacing that stays for a while. The aroma is pronounced. Very yeasty.

The taste is strong and bitter under that yeasty good ness of the style. It gets better as it warms and as you warm to it - like a grapefruit, you have to get used to it but once you do, it works better.

The aftertaste is also strong and overpowering. ' not sure that this would go OK with any food. It gets pretty boozy tasting.

Overall, this is not a great revelation, but a competent selection. I will not seek it out again, but if it finds me that would be ok too. (651 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a deep amber brownish color into a tulip glass a short off white head that leaves delicate lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts and a bit of alcohol at the front of the nose. Also smell some sweetness of sugar and dark fruits.

Taste: Much better than I expected as the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Never having a brandy barrel aged beer before this is a bit of an experience. The beer is slightly sweet with notes of red grapes and caramel.

Mouthfeel: This is medium-bodied in the belgian style and goes down smooth without too much burn from the alcohol. Decent carbonation and a nice sipper.

Overall: This was definitely an interesting beer but quite enjoyable. It is nice to see Heavy Seas experimenting with several different styles and methods of aging. This is worth seeking out if you're into barrel aged beers or Belgian style trappist ales. (885 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium to dark brown with surprising opacity. A decent head at pour persists fairly well. Some spotted lacing present on the glass.

S: Malty and sweet. Alcohol presence on the nose.

T: Really sweet and lots of malts. Taste of syrup but nice.

M: Thick with a creaminess to the carbonation.

O: Nicely done dubbel. (329 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this bomber bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque brown hue with red highlights and white head that quickly dissipates leaving a nice trail

S: Strong sweet malty aroma that is on the spicy side with hints of caramel.

T: Rich sweet ale with Belgian yeast and brandy background. Caramel with background with a slight alcohol burn.

M: Thick body and medium carbonation.

O: Phenomenal take on a abbey style Belgian Brew. Great flavors and aroma. (473 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist Glass]

The pour was a dark cranberry brown with a large (2-3 finger) light tan creamy head that diminished down to a thin layer and large collar of residue, thus producing some really good sheets of streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of dark fruit (plums and raisins), brown sugar and a mild ruby port scent.

The taste was sweet, malty and a bit acidic with hints of port wine and brown sugar early on and then became sweetly acetic with a good strong note of dark fruit and a decent alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a nice fruity alcohol warming sensation at the end.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy in texture with a mildly soft carbonation.

Overall a fantastic Abbey Ale with the fruit, malts and alcohol working very well together. YUM... (879 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, no date on it but I'm pretty sure it's about a year or so old since I know I've had this bottle a while. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a ruby red/copper color with about a half inch light tan head and some sediment floaties noticeable. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums), caramel, bready malt, and some brown sugar. The brew tastes like dark fruit (mostly plums), bready malt, caramel, wood, and a slight bitter flavor that I can't identify. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I enjoyed it. (646 characters)

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clipper city brewing, heavy seas, Holy Sheet uber abbey ale. Yep, that's a mouthful, and so is this beer.

Coming from just outside of Baltimore, Clipper City has made some serious headway in the world of craft beer. Their Loose Cannon has become one of the most popular craft beers in our store, and their seasonal are always worth grabbing.

This brew tonight is their limited Holy Sheet "uber abbey ale". At about 9% abv, its definitely going to be uber something. It pours out a dark amber color, with medium head. The foam is unusually tiny bubbles, but fades quickly. At nine percent alcohol, I'm not surprised by how quickly the foam disappears.

The Holy Sheet smells like a malt bomb, and I'm getting excited! My first sip reveals tons of complexity, malty goodness, and a little bit of booziness. I'm getting flavors of toffee and caramel, with plenty of sweet malty flavors like vanilla and honey.

The Holy Sheet reminds me of a blend of two of my favorite beers, the Chimay Grande Reserve and Delirium Nocturnum. Medium to full bodied, a bit on the boozy side, with just the right amount of malty sweetness. I'm a big fan of the Holy Sheet, I recommend it highly. (1,177 characters)

Photo of Kranders
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Poured a muddy brown, with very thin head. Pretty unappealing from sight. Nice sweet overtones in the aroma that were very inviting. Really rich taste, complex and sweet with a lot of malt. Slight fruity hints in the back. Stays on the tongue longer than expected with some sweetness there as well. Very enjoyable. (337 characters)

Photo of 11millsown113
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a large tulip glass

A: tan head on top of a beautiful dark red body. very very good looking beer. the head retained pretty well and left good lacing.

S: cherry scent with a dark malty aroma.

T: a cherry fruity taste with a bit of a bitter bite. very smooth but i would definitely like more flavor. for a beer this pretty I'd expect a great flavor. but it is definitely lacking. other then the initial cherry flavor it all just simply goes away. I was just expecting more. the 9% abv is hidden very well and is unnoticeable.

M: good full body with the right amount of carbonation. just right.

O: this beer has a lot going for it, good body, great appearance and a good scent. but unfortunately the most important part, the taste, is a let down. i expect more from a beer like this. (824 characters)

Photo of shanblur
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 22oz bomber into a chalice.

A - Deep amber color color with an off-white head. Leaves sparse lacing.

S - Sweet and malty with caramel and dark fruit aromas.

T - Much like the smell with a strong presence of alcohol.

M - Medium body with a light carbonation.

Certainly a strong ale. Not overly complex but a nice beer. (382 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by schen9303. 12oz. bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

Pours a .5 finger light brown-gray head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy brown. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick. Nice, but average for the style.

Nose is raisin, brown sugar, and dates with a slight tartness. Moderately aromatic and appropriate but rather plain.

Opens raisin and a touch of sour red fruit. Some brown sugar and dried dates in the middle. Yeasty. More tartness towards the finish with a sharp aftertaste. Oddly nice.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and filmy in the mouth with some bubbles and liveliness going down. Not really to style.

While this one's completely not to style, the slight tartness and oilyness in the feel works for it. A surprising and enjoyable representation of the BSDA. (811 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. No date codes that I could see. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a translucent, brownish, ruby-orange. A tan head soon becomes a heavy ring. Smell is peaty, and caramelized malt. Sweet. Taste is balanced well up front with some earthiness and slightly floral hops. More smoky, robust malt. A touch of sourness on the back. Feel is super creamy, but lively at the same time. Great feel. Finishes long and crisp. (421 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Minimal head, very dark ruby body.

Dark raisin on the nose? Some malt and a bit of booze.

Dark grape in the taste, slightly vinous, malt and hop balance, but with a malty finish.

Thinnish mouthfeel, but not watery.

Overall fine, but unremarkable for a dubbel. Improves as it warms. (285 characters)

Photo of cnally
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always thought Clipper City is a massively underrated producer of the finest quality. Shocking that I have never had this beer, of my favorite style, from them.

The appearance is a deep mahogany, mostly opaque but along the edges a little light seeps through the deep amber. An off-tan head remains, and clings just a little to the glass.

A boozy trip in the aroma, firy. Highly bready and filled with a frontal malt nose.

Woody, boozy, bready flavor. Nice balance between that and the deep malts. The belgian malts really deliver a dark fruity flavor. Plum, cherry, a little sherry flavor...nice and complex.

Full mouthfeel. Creamy and full bodied. A little hot.

A pleasing brew and really reliant on Special B malt, I would guess. That mild pungency that arises from the beligian yeast and the fruity malt really makes up for the forward booziness. (860 characters)

Photo of ellindril
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer took me entirely by surprise.

The look of the beer is a very dark and cloudy amber.

When I poured it into my glass it was very cold (and also possibly quite old) so the carbonation was low. There was little to no lacing.

The mouthfeel of the beer was a little too gritty and hars given the mellowness of rich smell.

The taste struck me. I was expecting something less rich and deep. The rich sweet malt is the first thing that reaches your tongue. After the malt passes rich hints of plum or similar fruit can be detected. This fruity flavor stays with you in the aftertaste with just a hint of bitterness to balance and offset what would otherwise be a cloying sweetness. (686 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear mahogany and rapidly builds a off white bubbly head which dissipates very fast into nothing. No lacing!
The smell is malty sweet and hints dark fruit , honey, caramel and fig. There is also a earthy feel to it like a whiskey barrel wooden undertone.
The taste is pretty much confirming the flavors. Upfront we have the dark fruits and fig, being sweetened in the middle by caramel and brown sugar notes, bitter malty notes adding into balance.
At the end the bitterness mellows again and those earthy wooden whiskey barrel undertones will give the finish.
Interesting brew. Might have to revisit this beer at a different time. Winter for example! (670 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a BrewDog cervoise glass. No visible best before date.

A: Nice tight head churns slightly before fading. The beer is a clear, if dark, beautiful brown that turns brilliant ruby in direct lighting. Some slight bubbles. Good lacing.

S: Some sweet yeastiness. Akin to whisky wash. Fruit (apples and pears) is noticeable.

T: I've been looking for this one for a while, well before Clipper City changed their name Heavy Seas. I had held off on buying it a couple of times because of the lackluster reviews...it seems they were sadly accurate. A sort of sour/tart fruitiness is the single best part of the beer, and is actually quite nice. Unfortunately, it's the only thing really going on. Aside from that, the beer is almost characterless except for a *slight* yeast and alcohol presence.

M: A bit of puckering from the unripe fruit, some nice carbonation, and an acceptably full body.

O: Disappointing, but not bad. I won't be having any more. I recommend Clipper City's Mutiny Fleet, but not this bottle. Still, I'm determined to enjoy finishing it now that I've opened it. It shouldn't be too much trouble. (1,146 characters)

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just an one finger head, not a good start, but the color is nice, rating a 19 on the SRM beer color chart. Clear and lots of micro bubbles. Smell is that of caramel, pineapple, mango, raisins, butterscotch, and malt. The taste is rich and full, with flavors of raisians, mango, pineapple, caramel, toffee, coco, butterscotch, figs, molasses, lime, and malt. Mouthfeel is good with a full body and creaminess. Overall I like this beer, although a little syrupy and a little sweet. Would make a great desert beer, or a welcome to my place offering. (546 characters)

Photo of robbrandes
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

5oz taster, poured @ northern virginia brewfest.

pours a deep brown, almost hints of purple. lots of dark fruit - raisins, figs, some cloves... nice full body on this one. not sure how the bottle holds up, but the keg was excellent. glad i tried it early in the day! (289 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clouded mahogany into an american shaker with two inches of khaki hockey puck for a head.

S: heavy malts, biscuit, toffee, prunes and figs.

T: right up front there is prunes, figs, and rum soaked raisins. There is an earthy malt and biscuit backbone with a bit of citrus and heat behind it all.

MF: heavy, great effervescence and a bit dry at the end.

O: amazing beer, but I like it fresh from the tap or bottle as a personal preference. The cask doesn't do a whole lot to help this beer. (507 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA as part of Maryland night. As a proud Terrapin, I was happy to be here, enjoying the hell outta some UTZ Crab Chips!

A - Dark brownish-orange with a thin head that recedes to a slight haze and ring.
S - Caramel malt, spicy Belgian yeast, and a touch of sweet bubblegum. Pretty mild nose, can't tell what this is trying to be.
T - OK, a BSDA. Lots of dark malty flavors of caramel & toffee, figs, raisins, and a touch of that 9% ABV.
M - Creamy mouth-feel with a medium-full body and sharp carbonation.
O - Notes say it was pretty good, but I didn't find it to be too memorable. A solid American example of a BSDA. (656 characters)

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