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

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BA SCORE
83
good

401 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jaynuze on 03-12-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by whoneeds8:
Photo of whoneeds8
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

Thanks to MrRetardedMonkey for the bottle.

Poured into a steamless wineglass.

Pours out a Dark Amber color with little head.

First taste bings out the carbination which is high. Other than the high carbination, this is pretty much a basic Belgian Stong Dark.

Drinkability is good. If it was Sold in Texas, I'd buy it.

I'd like to say more, but I just committed the worst of all fouls and spilt my glass. Now I'm too mad to go on.

Pray for me.

whoneeds8, Jul 30, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A new Heavy Seas offering from Clipper City on tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured a medium brown infused with amber a thinner but pretty well sustained light brown head atop.Lighter aromas mainly I picked up some phenolic-like spice and cherry with a hint of brown sugar.Somewhat yeasty flavors a little clove-like spice but a good rich fruitiness shows itself like cherry,bannana even a hit of apricot a decent herbal hop twang comes thru nicely in the finish.Pretty easy going down and flavorful with all the right components to make it a decent Belgian dark ale,I liked it and I am not even a huge fan of the style.

oberon, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of SIRIUS2
4.33/5  rDev +18%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Deep ruby brown in color with a smooth off white head, dissipating to just a creamy layer hovering on the surface. Lacing was fair.

S: Sweet fig, dates, brown sugar, caramel malts. No discernible hops that I could detect.

T: Flavors are much like they smell. Malty goodness with flavors of dark fruit and candied sugar. Although there is some sweetness going on here on the palate, the brew is not totally sweet, and in fact, there is a hint of dryness toward the finish. The finish is largely malty fruit, but is clean, with a little bit of warmth in the linger.

M&D: Full and satisfying mouthfeel but not heavy. Carbonation is light and creamy making for one wicked smooth experience. Although there is some warmth in the finish, this still goes down way too easy and could sneak up on you in no time. Beautiful brew and highly recommended.

SIRIUS2, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of fmrl
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

fmrl, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

A 12oz bottle, with purchase by Jul08 on the label. Served in a tulip glass, this was a dark red/brown (burgundy according to the label) with a small white head that didn't last. It had a pleasant spice and fruit aroma, and there was a nice yeasty edge to it also. The taste was sweet, plum and/or cherry, followed by some bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Maybe a little too much on the sweet side for me, but still a very enjoyable beer.

lordofthewiens, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has its abv listed at 9%. There is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has a deep garnet color body with good clarity and some nice viable carbonation flowing up to the surface. On top is an average size light tan head. It hangs on well as I drink it slowly fades to a thin covering that lasts to the end. On the glass the head leaves behind some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet candy like nose that reminds me of cherry flavored Jolly rancher candy.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a big malty sweetness with the same cherry candy notes as in the aroma. There is also a slight cherry chough syrup like alcoholic touch in there. Hop bitterness and flavor are mild and really only show up in the finish where they try in vain to balance the malt sweetness. On the palate it has a slightly thin feel for the sweetness and nice average carbonation.

Notes: Overall I feel this one was a bit on the sweet side with a simple raw character.

generallee, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Duster72
3.23/5  rDev -12%

Bottle labeled best by Aug 07. Pours a very dark amber with minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is sugars, alcohol, and yeast with some dark fruit hiding in the background. Taste is dominated by the yeast with dark fruits and malts. Mouthfeel is rather flat and cloying. A one bottle drinker. Not horrible, but not my favorite of the style. I would love to try this fresh on tap.

Duster72, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%

Had to throw a Belgian in the mix, just had to. Massive frothing head with clinging lace all the way down, bright and clear mahogany hue. Smells of dried dark fruit, candied fruit, chalky yeast, pineapple, caramel, wild flowers and clove. Sizable crispness with a fluffy medium body. Slight medicinal and bandaid flavor runs into tones of dusty clove and chalky yeast. Maltiness throws toasted grain, caramel and a ghost-like burnt malt at the palate. Hops show up but are lots in the creative chaos. Slight vinous higher alcohol twang middle to end, like a weak red table wine. Ends on a sweet note with some clove and phenolic action, soft but present.

Love it when American brewers get Belgian right. Holy Sheet is one of those seasonals that has a bit of shelf life as well being 9.0% abv but it drinks very well when fresh.

Jason, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

12 ounce bottle, a gift from a non BA friend, Daver. "For fresh taste purchase before" date notched onto the bottom of the front label. At 9% do folks want this one to be "fresh" or would some age calm things down and allow some growth of complexity? Oh well, doubt I will ever find out..Pours murky dark and dull brown, quickly dissapearing minor head and no lace. The nose is of rum, sweet candied fruits and boozy. Notes of dark fruits, caramel, sweet darker malts, a hint of smoke and more boozyness. Cant say I'm in love with. Lacks the density of flavors and intrigue of better crafted examples. Got to give Heavy Seas credit for sticking their necks out on this one.

Billolick, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Excited to try this one.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get some dark fruit, brown sugar and maple notes, as well as some caramel and alcohol. The alcohol is present, but it is not boozy smelling.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of toffee and dark fruit notes, as well as quite a bit of brown sugar. The beer is very sweet and has a touch of Belgian yeast character to it. The alcohol is once again present, but it doesn't hurt drinkability.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another good beer from Heavy Seas.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Thanks to the idiot that blithers for a bottle. I have had this on tap & it holds up well in a bottle. Dark amber in color with a boozy smell of malt & sweet. Tastes fairly sweet & malty. Mouthfeel and drinkability are affected by a bit of an alcohol burn. About $30/case makes this a bargain in the Philadelphia area.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of Tabni
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Tabni, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +9%

Janeinma, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of dogfishandi
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

poured out of 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. pours a clear dark amber/mahaghony color with a little bit of off white head that faded quickly to absolutlely nothing. no lacing to speak of. not enough off that soapy head that is classic to belgians.

not much of an aroma for a belgian. slight fruitiness with a solvent like alcohol smell.

the taste is malty upfront with a little bit of yeast, candied sugar, spice and fruitiness towards the finish, but not nearly enough phenolics going on as a belgian should be.

medium bodied almost sticky mouthfeel, i could easily drink the six pack, but prolly wouldnt buy this again, goes to show you that belgians make the best belgian beer.

dogfishandi, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +9%

Mantooth, May 23, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

Appears a brilliant clear ruby brown tone forms a thin tan head, carbonation sort of fizzy. Lacing forms thin and sparse with specks scattered sporadically around my pint glass. Aromatics offer tart raisin and apple notes with some candi sugar and caramelized brown sugar like malt tones, very fruity not much spice noted. Flavor comes off with a trace of metallic funk, super sweet border line syrupy sweet with candi sugar coming off in a bad way. Deep fruits of plum and raisin with evident alcohol notes drowning out most of the other flavors, spices are lacking seems like the yeast strain is in house. It sits really heavy with a rather cloying sweetness that takes over and doesn't let any other component truly shine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with sticky residual sugars hanging around along with carbonation levels that I consider pretty rough especially for what should be a velvety smooth Abbey style ale. Drinkability not a bad 12 pack sampler brew but nothing to grab a whole six of, one and move on maybe this is your style.

WVbeergeek, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
1/5  rDev -72.8%

MyTBeerDrinker, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of pwoods
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Leffe Chalice.

A: Pours a ruby tinted woody color with tons of tiny bubbles rushing to the top. A moderate head forms and holds nicely for awhile. Decent lacing.

S: Very fruity nose. Some dark fruits mixed with Candi sugar and sugared candy fruits. Strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, tart white mango. Grape juice. Some light caramel maltiness.

T/M: The nose just does not hold up in the taste. A muddle mess of the dark fruits and candied sweetness, nothing destinct at all. Not bad, but a real disappointment after sitting on the nose for awhile. More of the light caramel mixed with a hint of spicy yeast and alcohol. Body is a bit lighter than I would have liked, around medium, and carbonation is a bit too high.

D: Not terrible for an American brewery attempting the Belgian style but I doubt I'll ever try this again.

pwoods, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Brenden, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Egor1020
4/5  rDev +9%

Egor1020, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +18%

Love a good Belgium Dark and this is no exception.
Pours a dark amber with a smallish white head that melts to merely a faint ring rather quickly.

Aromas are straight from Belguim...Belguim yeasts, dark fruits, sweet candy malt and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is smoothly dark candied sugars, dark roasted malts, and again the dark fruits like plums, prunes, and dark raisins. No hint of alcohol in the taste...nothing hot here, just sweet.

Aftertaste becomes immediately drying and the sweetness reduces to nothing rather than leaving a cloying stickiness in your mouth.

Like it...as most Belgium Dark ales...I like what they did with this one...as with most Heavy Seas Brews.

IntriqKen, May 30, 2007
Photo of weasbri
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured a brownish burgundy color with a thin head into my new Belgian goblet. A bit of a yeasty aroma, mixed with estery alcohol.
The taste was quite nice, not too much alcohol despite the 9% label. I picked up some definite fruity notes, perhaps some cherry, along with the yeast mixed with fruity alcohol and malty sweetness. A nice tartness going down, with a slightly bitter but dry finishing kick.
Sometimes I think Clipper City goes overboard with the high alcohol content on their Heavy Seas line, but this one worked pretty well.

weasbri, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of asabreed
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Shouldn't this be a Belgian Strong Dark Ale since it's at 9%? Best before August '07 clearly notched below the regularly awesome CC artwork.

Appearance: A dark amber hue to the body, and some spotty lacing not billowing as much as I'd expected, though as it warms some better things start to happen.

Smell: Ripe pear, watermelon, and dark tropical fruit dominate the nose, along with whiffs of unsweetened chocolate, bread crust, cherries, lots of malt and I imagine candi sugar, plum, and the earthy notes of raisins. I miss the phenolic funk, but this holds up well with the dark fruits all over the place.

Taste: The aroma comes through well, as dark fruits are all over the place, with pear sticking out, along with watermelon, funnily enough, as I said before for the nose. Not sure what the yeast is they're using, but whatever the funk's lacking, the dark fruit flavors are making up for it; there are a lot, and the finish is long and coating.

Mouthfeel: Moderately heavy and rich, though there's enough creamy carbonation so it doesn't feel all that coating, which allows the flavors enough room do their thing.

Drinkability: I really like what Clipper City's doing with this. I imagine it's not easy emulating a BSDA, especially for the funkiness that you just (usually) don't get with a domestic. Still, at 9%, this is balanced, not too expensive, and a good sipper for folks who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on a caged and corked and / or 11.2 oz. bottle of something imported. Are those most likely going to be better? Yes. But this was a nice treat, and something I'll be buying in the spring (for those late nights) as long as they keep making it.

asabreed, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +9%

DruC4, Sep 29, 2013
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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.