Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.83/5 rDev +31.6%
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.
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.
04-17-2008 03:51:57 | More by nrpellegrini
4.8/5 rDev +30.8%
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!
03-12-2010 02:18:20 | More by kdawg105
4.78/5 rDev +30.2%
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%!
04-30-2009 01:31:00 | More by SugarBunny
4.7/5 rDev +28.1%
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.
03-15-2007 18:46:42 | More by jsawicki603
4.55/5 rDev +24%
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.
01-14-2012 04:31:44 | More by TheCorkStopsHere
4.43/5 rDev +20.7%
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...
04-23-2011 17:17:54 | More by wahhmaster
4.4/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
03-20-2009 07:28:39 | More by brianlg
4.39/5 rDev +19.6%
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.
06-08-2013 01:25:41 | More by ckollias
4.38/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
06-27-2011 22:15:16 | More by nickthetick
4.38/5 rDev +19.3%
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!
01-30-2009 03:07:39 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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.
04-17-2008 01:25:17 | More by SIRIUS2
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.
05-30-2007 05:11:17 | More by IntriqKen
4.33/5 rDev +18%
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.
06-14-2013 00:51:12 | More by Oakenator
Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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