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

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Reviews: 249
Hads: 423
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 14.79%
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 nrpellegrini
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured to pint glass.

Most of the Clipper City beers are a little too thick for me, but I really enjoyed this one.

Its a lot smoother and easier to handle.
Color is deep amber, with thin white head that fades. Slight hoppy smell, but not overpowering or big bite on the taste. Good blend of spices come through and goes down easy.

Try it.
Reviewed 4-17-2008 : A- / 4.15
Talked to the head brewmaster and they changed the recipe and bottle it in 22oz now.. So here are the improvements to the new brew.

A little less sweet, with a bit of a dryer finish. Cleaner, not a lot of belgian yeast moving around. A bit more crisp, but no bite, just a really easy drink...

My review is the current report on this beer.

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Photo of SugarBunny
4.77/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a dark brown beer with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. It smells sweet and fruity, but the taste is more complex. The malt is more than sweet and its mouthfeel is almost thick. It does not taste like the 9% on the label, even when I let it warm up.

I like this one so much, I'd session two or three (over the course of an evening), even though it is 9%!

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Photo of kdawg105
4.76/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really good beer!! The appearance was inviting with lace that stuck to the glass the whole way down. The smell was a little lighter that expected but nice with a balance of malt and hops. The taste great very balanced brew with a nice little bite of hops. The mouthfeel is perfect it has a nice feel to it. The drinkability is also great the beer has no overpowering characters and it finishes really smooth!! To be so strong in abv.% it is a really easy drinking brew!

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Photo of jsawicki603
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer at the Clipper City Brewery this past weekend. They had it on tap and I would have to say that it is one of the best strong beers that I have ever tasted.

The beer comes out of the tap as a nice crimson reddish brown color with a small copperish head. It has a fruity/spiced smell. The taste has these subtle hints of fruit and spice with a smooth finish.

This beer is very drinkable esepcially for a 9-10% ABV beer. After the brewery tour, I bought a six pack to take home and enjoy.

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates down to a nice cap quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of candy malts and dark fruits. Has a bit of floweriness to it as well.

Taste: Fruity and slightly bitter up front. Devleops a sweet, fruity, and malty finish. Has only the slightest booziness at the end; there's really no way you'd know that this is a 9% ABV beer without checking the bottle.

Mouthfeel: A little light-bodied for a Belgian but still very pleasing.

Overall: A superbly done Belgian beer. Fruity, flowery, and malty. It is also extraordinarily drinkable for a Belgian beer. The alcohol is effectively masked by the flavors and it has a lighter-than-average body. In a word, delicious...

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Photo of ckollias
4.38/5  rDev +20%
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.

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Photo of brianlg
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a beautiful fucking beer. I have had 4 of these tonight and am pretty tipsy. And $9 for a 6 pack of these is an amazing price. This might be the greatest tasting beer I've had thus far. I get an aftertaste of peanuts. Very good tasting brew. Try this beer at room temp at first. My first bottle was at room temp because I didn't feel like waiting on it to chill, and it was better than the colder beers I had later. Try this beer as room temp, it is so delicious. This is definitely my favorite beer I've had to this day. Fucking amazing. I'm sad I bought the last 6 pack of this.

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Photo of nickthetick
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are already a great number of in-depth reports by BAs more qualified than myself so I will take a different tact.

This is a bridge beer, a transitional beer, from the craft to the Belgian. It is absolutely the perfect medium between an excellent Brown ale and an excellent Belgian ale (single).

For those of you/ us that are looking for a less expensive peek behind the curtain of what the great Belgians are all about this is it. Reasonably priced, tasting malty, sweet and dark fruity.

All good. Get some!

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Photo of Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RppIII
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Pours amber brown that turns to a dark amber once settled in the glass. The head is a thin fawny layer that subsides to a swirl coating almost like whips of clouds on a sea of beer

Smell: There is little odor coming from this beer, aside from a fruity alcohol wafting into my nostrils there are hints of dark malts and spice.

Taste: Opening this beer "holy Sheet" Über abbey style ale I was preparing myself for an all out assault on my senses! I was expecting a complex beer, with a prevalent yeast, and an alcohol content to keep me warm in the coldest of winter months. After taking a drink the most prevalent thing I notice from this beer is a dry mouth. However, there is a sweetness of fruit (raisin, prune, fig) and caramel malt with hints of toasted grain and an interesting burnt character. A very subtle hop essence works almost in harmony with the drying effect of the alcohol to create a delightful flavour/experience. The yeast adds a hint of spiciness, as the beer warms towards room temperature the fruit soaked alcohol aroma becomes more established in the flavour of the beer leading to a pleasing contrast of spicy notes and fruity alcohol aroma. I love the finish of sweetness, almost like a red wine I had earlier this evening.

Mouthful: Carbonation is precise to the claims on the bottle, along with the warming effect of the alcohol the beer brings about a sense of drying. This is not unpleasant but could affect the drinkability of this beer.

Drinkability: A great beer to keep you warm on a chilly day. I enjoy what was done with this beer but there seems to be a discrepancy in it's advertised style. I would not consider this a Belgian Strong Dark Ale; I would consider this more of an American interpretation of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Personally I would drink this beer all night, I enjoyed what Clipper City has done with this beer!

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my chalice from a 12 oz bottle. Hmmm, no head. Maybe it's the strength of this one, but I like my BSDA's to have a really nice, tall, frothy head. The smell is mainly bready yeast and super sweet maltiness. This one might still have a chance with me...
The taste is really good. Full body, just a touch of the alcohol at the end but otherwise very well hidden. As the beer warms it takes on quite a boozy taste and mouthfeel, though. I prefer it cooler than warmer. Complex malts and smooth bitter-sweet flavor. It doesn't have the thick body or head of a good Belgian, but it sure tastes like one. I'd say this is definitely a drinkable beer.

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Photo of tiger88
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby/burgundy color with an off white head that hung around a couple minutes. The head left no lacing as it dissipated. Smelled really sweet. Alcohol was prominant but not overwhelming. It tastes great. Drank it along with a grilled ribeye and mushrooms. The sweetness settles down as it warms a bit. Good clean mouthfeel with no aftertaste. Very drinkable beer though you will want to space them out because they're not year-round.

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Photo of weeare138
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really not sure why the lack of love for this one. I found it to be well done and very authentic Belgian in nature, especially for a regional brewery on the East Coast...
Appears a semi-transparent mahogany hue of garnett amber with a small, light tan head that slowly fades into a spiraled cap and mild collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy banana nut bread with caramel, melanoiden malt, raisins, brown sugar...reminds me a bit of Chimay Red.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with complex, yeasty dough, rich caramalized malt(Special B?), and a touch of cocoa. The yeast is the real "bread winner" of this beer making it complex and delicious.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, bready, with raisin sweetness sliding along the tongue and into a lip smacking finish.

Well done brew. I hope they decide to keep it in the lineup for a long time b/c I would put it up there with both Chimay Red, as well as New Belgian Abbey.

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Photo of Lothar666
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured nice and dark, like caramel oak mahogany in the body and a creamy off white head. Head was thick at first but quickly receeded, leaving bits of lacing in the rim.

S- Some pleasant belgian spices and candied fruits; dark ones like raisins and figs and a bit of caramel apple.

T- Dark fruits, floral accents and strong belgian style spices are all present in the flavor profile, as is sweet caramel and brown sugar and a touch of hops to balance it out. Alcohol is present but not unwelcome.

M- Thick, sticky, and sugary. Very full bodied and extremely smooth but with a tingle in the finish.

D- The strong alcohol in this does not hurt the drinkability in the least. It goes down smooth and easy and leaves the pallet craving another sip even after the last drop is gone. I am very impressed... This brewery has made an excellent accomplishment here, successfully reproducing a half decent but lower priced American version of a style that is normally much more expensive and less accessable.

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Photo of jgordon3
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I went to the local store (Julio's Westborough MA) looking for New Belgium Abbey Ale (didn't have it) and I picked this up. I was not disappointed. It had a roasted brown colour and a light head that disappeared quickly. Strong alcohol smell; malty with date and figs; a little sweet. Weakly carbonated and a little syrupy but overall very good and easily drinkable. In direct comparison to others of this ilk (Dogfish head Raison, Deliriums) I think this is a clear winner.

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful reddish/bronze, with perfect clarity with a moderate amount of amber foam. Given the label of Uber Abby ale I had expected to see some haze, but this beer had none. It took a vigorous pour to get a reasonable head on this beer, but it's worth it when you breathe in the wonderful aroma.

The aroma is quite fruity, with a notes of grape and pear.

The flavor is remarkable. I believe StrangeBrewer76 stated it best when he said that Holy Sheet was a "bridge beer, a transitional beer, from the craft to the Belgian". This Uber Abby has Uber flavor. Grape, pear, apple and raisin seem to come to mind as you sip this ale. That and plenty of alcohol.

The mouthfeel and drinkability got weaker marks from me. Primarily becasue I felt that the beer drank "flat" after the first couple of sips. The complexity of flavor is lost somewhat becasue of the lack of carbonation and that "ruined" the near perfect experience for me.

Still overall, I think that this Heavy Seas Abby Ale is worthy of its name. It is an inspired American craft beer version of a Belgin Abby ale! For me, the best of both worlds.

Well done Clipper City!

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Photo of hdofu
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow fruity is one thing that came to mind with my first sip. Also the aroma was that of holiday spiced punch. The taste is that of dark cherries and black grapes with a bitter aftertaste after the bubbles die down. The appearance is a honey colored reddish/brown with a small white head that this appears leaving a lace trail very quickly. The warmth from the alcohol warms the tongue like hot coals warm a pot while sudz make the tongue tingle. This beer is noticeably heavy in its punch (almost made me shout "Holy Sheet!" and I don't think I could knock back more then one in a night.

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Photo of nriech
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Who coulnt pick this one up with a name like Holy Sheet, might as well been Holy Shyat.

Appearance: Had a good amber color, decent copper head. A bit of lacing.

Smell: Great spicy aromas with apples, yeast, and a bit of alcohol strength.

Taste: Awesome! A little bit sweet and an obvious alcohol punch but still smooth enough to drink a couple without overdoing it. The apples again come out in the taste along with a tiny bit of hops, malt, caramel, and yeast.

Overall another winner in the Heavy Seas brand, keep em' coming!

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A reddish-brown color with a bit of translucent haze. A fairly large, thick and frothy light tan head with very nice retention and very good lace.

S: Quite sweet and fruity. Some sugar, along with pineapple, plum, and grape. Some spicy, phenolic notes of clove go well with the floral hops. A bit of a vinous/alcohol aroma as well, but it's well hidden all things considered.

T: A big, fruity and spicy kiss up front. Plums, pineapple, and grapes again, with clove and slightly medicinal flavors. Floral hops are also present, although they are generally fleeting. A generous dose of brown sugar and some surprising graininess into the finish, along with a taste of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, with subdued, tingly carbonation. A riding, alcoholic twang makes the finish a bit dry and sugary.

D: This is an interesting take on a Belgian style. I like most of Clipper City's stuff, and this is no different. At once undeniably Belgian in style and American in execution. Well done.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown color with miniscule white head that quickly falls to a thin ring. No lacing.
Smell is heavy on sweet dark fruit (dates, plums, raisins)
Taske is also very sweet, with strong fruit notes and almost some wine-like characteristics.
Finishes has some fruity aspects, but very little taste retention.
A very enjoyable beer, with some strong taste sensations, but the alcohol content limits its drinkability.

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Photo of Hokies
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep reddish brown with a minimal head and a light lace left on the glass.

Dark fruits and candy sugar dominate the aroma with the caramel malt in the background.

I was not overly impressed with the aroma but the taste is quite nice. Not overly boozy with a nice blend of dark fruits, sugar, caramel and raisins. Their is also a nice yeast flavor at the end.

I have to say that is probably one of the best American BSDA's that I have tasted.

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