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

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BA SCORE
83
good

398 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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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)
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

07-23-2013 21:31:14 | More by BarryMFBurton
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz. bottle, freshness month of June '08 notched on the label - poured into a glass chalice:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head with some bubbles. It becomes a wisp of a patch. A fuller head and at least some lacing would be nice.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, a bit of bready spicing and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of sweet caramel/toffee. It has a nice, though not particularly complex, maltiness. There's a touch of herbal spicing. Sweetness dominates with just a touch of a bitterish (slightly metallic?) finish. What's so "uber" about this? I don't know. Maybe the alcohol, which is noticeable in a warming way. (Nothing especially high though, considering the style. Letting this warm up to room temperature did little to add to complexity. The taste is fine, but nothing special, IMO.

It has a medium body with moderate carbonation. The feel, though not great, is probably the best part of this brew.

Not a bad brew to sip on - in fact the maltiness is nice. But, there are American interpretations that have greater depth and complexities, not to mention some of the great Belgian classics - which this hardly holds a candle to. Wish there was more "going on" here. Maybe it's the yeast strain. Overall, as I stated, it's not bad, but just doesn't thrill me.

05-04-2008 16:56:20 | More by jwc215
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dude

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Hazy amber with suspended yeasties. Little head to speak of but carbonation level is fine. Smells of rum soaked dark fruits, very fruity, spicy and sweet smelling. Taste is sweet as well with a caramelly-like flavor as well as the aformentioned rum raisins. Mouthfeel is sticky. Drinkability is good although the flavors did not improve with warming. Alcohol became much more prevalent in taste as this warmed up. Plus I was drunk.

03-08-2009 18:38:12 | More by dude
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kbeals

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

A- Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy mahogany color. About two fingers of off white head cover the top, not much lacing.

S- Dark fruits and a bit boozy, a hint of malts and hops come through.

T- The taste is relatively tart with dark fruits. Slightly malty and a bit boozey.

M- Light bodied and smooth.

D- Good drinkability, although the ABV may be a bit much for me to drink more than one. Good beer overall, however.

06-18-2009 01:24:42 | More by kbeals
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animal69

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

purchase by jul 08 (no yeast on bottom ?)pours a clear deep copper-brown color w/ a non-existent head which leaves little lacing in my snifter ; a cherry/raison smell w/ notes of nuts, wood and alcohol ; an overly sweet, rich, malty flavor starting out w/ tart cherry and dried figs w/ some oaky rum-like notes turning a bit rough w/ a strong hot alcohol flavor, some caramel and nuts come thru as it warms, some "flowery" undertone in the finish ; a robust, full mouthfeel with little co2, feels a bit "slick" on the tongue ; a drinkable beer, but not an exceptional one, could be aged for a while..

06-07-2008 02:04:33 | More by animal69
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zeff80

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

A - Poured out an opaque, dark burgundy color with a one-finger head of tan foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of raisin and malt. It also had a boozy/alcohol aroma.

T - It tasted fruity with some raisin flavors. Nice rich, biscuity malt with a touch of boozy alcohol.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied brew with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This wasn't the best Belgian style ale. It just wasn't balanced.

08-19-2009 01:26:26 | More by zeff80
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armock

New York

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

A - Poured a dark amber color with a two finger tan head that fades to a covering

S - Is of sweet fruity malt with some alcohol coming through

T - Isn't as good as it smells light malt taste with a lot of alcohol getting through

M - This beer has light carbonation with a slight alcohol burn

D - The other Clipper City brews that I've had were way better than this one this could have been a great beer if they could of had more flavor and less alcohol taste in it

02-08-2008 22:54:11 | More by armock
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

12 oz bottle with '07 notch cut into label declaring 9% ABV.

Pours a dark ruby russet yet clear hue, lacking any bubbles rising to the surface topped with a compact frothy khaki headcap leaving slowly dripping lace behind.

Deep spicy caramel nose with nutmeg and cinnamon hints. Lots of cotton candy notes and red apple spice wafer.

First swigs: Spice wafer and lolipop candy sugar and a touch of detectable cinnamon. Fruit aspects of dark cherry and pear with a touch of heat. A husky grain character resounds throughout from start to finish with the cherry.

Feel has a slight cloying sweetness that leaves a lingering doughy dryness aspect. Medium bodied with a cherry 7-Up finish.

Last swigs: A hot Belgian with a dark cherry middle. Seems to have a harsh malt aspect.

Beer is good. Happy big beering.

08-09-2007 03:35:16 | More by blitheringidiot
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped with a thin head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is loads of dried fruits, brown sugar and yeast. The taste is an interesting blend of flavor, just nothing all that spectacular. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of warming alcohol. This is a decent beer, but nothing remarkable.

03-13-2008 04:09:43 | More by atsprings
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beerphan

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz bottle -> goblet
notched brewery fresh before: AUG 07

Pours a dark clear ambered chestnut with a small slightly off white head that becomes just a rim of suds around the glass. Not much lace just a few scattered gobs. Carbonation appears minimal.

Nose: Yeast, candy caramel, alcohol, some sour apple

Mild fruitiness with some candy sweetness, cherry, and hot alcohol. Finishes with some spice, but this one may be best with some simmering as it finishes quick alcoholicy.

Decent mouthfeel medium full with an alcohol drying.

Not a bad brew, just a little hot for me. Not sure if that is par for the style, i'd like to try this again in a few months.

04-10-2007 21:06:54 | More by beerphan
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iamntbatman

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Appearance: Auburn with a large, white head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and a surprising lack of sweet fruitiness characteristic of the style. Some astringent chemical/alcohol notes.

Taste: Again, sweet and malty but lacking any sort of yeasty funk or fruitiness. Not offensive, but nowhere near as complex as I've come to expect.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and thick. Not exactly representative of the style, but definitely pleasant.

Drinkability: I could have one or two of these no problem, but I'd want a little more going on here if was to drink more than that.

This was a decent attempt overall. Like I said, not offensive in any way but not the best I've had by a longshot.

03-25-2009 04:07:10 | More by iamntbatman
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imaguitargod

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours to a minimal head that dissipates fast and leaves no lacing. Absolutely beautiful red color to the beverage! The first thing to hit is the alcohol taste then a dose of malty sweetness combined with a caramel taste from the Belgium Candi sugars. No detectable hops. This really teeters the line between just right and almost too sweet to drink. Very nice if enjoyed slowly.

~Jonathan Passow

02-17-2009 15:51:07 | More by imaguitargod
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nova009

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip

A- pours a dark red/brown amber color, poured very thick, a thick foamy tan head appears and lasts for awhile, no apparent lacing

S- belgian wheat, dark sugars, ripe fruit, spices, possibly clove, smell is okay nothing special

T- dark fruit, slight sweetness, spices, once again nothing special, in fact the flavor is a little more harsh than i expected

M- medium-heavy, decent balance of carbonation, slight alcohol burn

D- simply put this was an okay abbey ale, I've had much better

08-14-2010 03:05:47 | More by nova009
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours mahogany brown with hints of burgundy red. Head is modest, especially considering that is in the BSDA category.

Aroma is rich with brown sugar sweetness and strong dark fruit notes - raisins, dates, and cherry. Underlying yeasty spices add complexity.

Taste is initially malty, sticky sweet candied sugar caramel and toffee. Plenty of brown sugar, hints of molasses. Dark fruit as mentioned in the nose with the addition of plum. Cherry and dates really stand out. Then finishes with a mild herbal character along with yeasty spices - notably cinnamon and clove. Warming alcohol is present throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Sticky and chewy.

Overall a sweet malt bomb with some interesting complexity of dark fruit and spices. Tasty in it's own way, but doesn't quite fit the BSDA style. Certainly drinkable.

02-15-2009 16:01:24 | More by Blakaeris
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Light fizzy almost 1 finger head fades at a quick pace over super hazy yeast filled murky brown color.

Nose had some dark Belgian malts, candi sugar, light yeast, reddish fruits, light almost tart fruit.

Taste brings darker Belgian malts, dark fruits and lighter fruits, some nutty malts, plenty of raisin and a light biscuit, warming booze and boozy taste, light caramel, spicy. Finishes semi sweet, lingering fruit, some sweet sugars as well.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied with decent carb and warming booze.

Overall ok but nothing special, a bit boozy, sweet malts and sugars, fruits, slightly tangy makes new think this is on the edge of going sour and is infected.

03-30-2011 00:25:57 | More by jlindros
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a deep ruby brown, black highlights seeping in at certain angles, with a nice half-finger of bright head, though the lacing is somewhat weak. The nose is a melange of coffee, dark fruits, and booze. The taste highlights those fruits, mostly plum and fig, with the booziness lending a sort of oakey flavoring; lots o' complexity. The body is a heavy medium, and it doesn't coat the mouth too much, allowing this brew to be fairly drinkable, though the moderate alcohol may have something to say about that.

02-08-2010 00:26:44 | More by TMoney2591
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

On tap at a local bar.

Beer is darker than I expected, copper to brown clear, thin head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Beer smells like malt and a little alcohol. Some yeasty breadiness to it.

Beer is thick and sweet up front, mildly dry on the finish, overall it is easy drinking, a little hot on the front but it fills out in the midpalate with some yeast character. Eh, I'd have it again I suppose.

04-15-2011 21:02:19 | More by drabmuh
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BigJim5021

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a very slightly hazy reddish brown. You've really gotta give it some muscle to put a head on it, as the tan foam settles into a ring pretty quickly.

The smell is spicy and tart. Sort of like a well-spiced cherry pie, but light on the crust. Pretty nice, but not quite an authentic Belgian smell.

The flavor matches the smell pretty well. Cherry-like tartness greets you and then you get the taste of baking spices. It's a nice stab at something like Maudite, but it just doesn't carry the complexity. It's good, but nothing mind-blowing. Alcohol shows its face from time to time, unlike the truly world class BSDAs. There's a decent amount of bitterness on the finish too.

Mouthfeel is fairly spot-on for the style. Upper end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability is above average. Holy Sheet is a way better attempt at a BSDA than Hang Ten is at a weizenbock (seriously disgusting shit). I doubt I'll buy it again, given that I can get a 4-pack of Trois Pistoles or Maudite for about $1.50 less, but it's a nice try on the part of Clipper City Brewing.

04-28-2009 06:15:39 | More by BigJim5021
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

appearance: Copper with a big fat creamy head on the pour that recedes no almost nothing. Thin lacing.
smell: Malts and fruit with a sour and sweet balance.
taste: Mellow. Tasty though simpler than i would have expected. Slight bitter aftertaste.
overall: A nice brew though nothing outstanding.

04-14-2011 00:00:07 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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dpcoz

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

(Originally reviewed 04/03/2010)

Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet - Holy Sheet
Uber Abbey Ale
Clipper City Brewing Co
1pt 6fl oz
Glass - Church Brew Works pint glass

Appearance - deep amber color, half a finger's worth of a tan head that fizzled out quickly. Poured a little like syrup. Fair amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

Smell - I suggest filling half the glass and swirling it around, putting your nose to the glass to welcome the sweet scent of sweetened Malts, Belgian sugars, cloves, honey, and I swear I smell banana. After swirling the glass I can say the aroma is one of the better ones I've experienced.

Taste - slight sweetness due to fruits and sugars, spices honey, and i am picking up some banana. Finish of toasty malts that really grows on me as I continue with the beer.

Mouthfeel - clipper city claims full bodied - I'll say medium from my experience. No hops that I can pick up but a decent carbonation that tickes the tongue as you transfer from lips to tonsils. At 9% abv, it's going to finish with a warming feeling.

Drinkability - I want to kick myself - clipper city recommends letting this one age for two years before enjoying, while I like it now, I would agree that the flavor probably needs the time to develop with cellar-aging. Still, I have to admit that I enjoyed this ale immensley, the aroma is one of the best I've had, and the taste is not that far behind. I plan to purchase another, store it and give another review sometime in 2012 or 2013.

07-30-2010 17:57:43 | More by dpcoz
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rajendra82

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

This beer came in a 12 oz. bottle, and had a strangely illustrated cartoony label that put it firmly in the likeness of its other Heavy Seas siblings. The beer poured out brownish orange in color and lacked a good sized head. The layer of yeast mentioned on the neck label never got loose from its dwelling at the bottom of the sea and showed up in my goblet. The aroma was spicy, warm, and malty, but the lack of earthiness gave this away from being a true Belgian beer. The taste was fruity to brim with the rum soaked raisins, red cherries, and candied apples showing up on the tongue. Unfortunately the alcohol was bracing hot, and there was not enough complexity to mask it. If the yeast had been allowed to dry the mouthfeel some more, the beer would have turned out more charming. May be some age will accomplish this. As released, a bit too hot for my tastes.

04-29-2007 03:49:30 | More by rajendra82
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Billolick

New York

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.

01-03-2010 21:49:08 | More by Billolick
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whoneeds8

Texas

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.

07-30-2008 00:53:43 | More by whoneeds8
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trafordboy

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

12 oz bottle poured in a snifter

A -Holey caramel color, like a bourbon but lighter. It just LOOKS good. Modest head, some frothy tracing across the top, nothing special. Medium carbonation.

S - Sort of a bitter, fruity aroma. Take your pick of cheery, apricot, stem, even a little plain old grass.

T - Early sour cherry notes (very surprising!), later absolutely tons of raisin in particular, but also rum. Fruity, not quite the bite you'll find in most abbey ales. Wonderful lingering aftertaste, something like a bit of mashed apples.

M/D - Dominant raisin character in aroma and taste. Not too puckery despite the initial sour cherry hit. Fruity but not crazy sweet either, something inbetween.

This tasted much different from my first (undocumented) attempt at the Holy Sheet. Both tastings have been enjoyable but quite different where the other was more like your traditional Belgian/abbey, if a bit more sweet/candylike.

I'd pair this with a dessert/something sweet, most ideally to round out the flavor. As far as basic food pairings, maybe some salmon, salad or sushi (alliteration, yikes). As a Baltimore transplant, Clipper City has grown on me. I had a fantastic Hop3 on cask the other afternoon at Max's which is worth revisiting. This is their one beer I've truly enjoyed both times I've tasted it (inconsistent flavors, but both were enjoyable).

03-02-2009 20:04:02 | More by trafordboy
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

An interesting beer. Big, and not subtle. But it stretches a bit, sugary flavors and alcohol start to overpower everything else. The best overall flavor is in the final throws of the last sip, gentle, warming alcohol, some sugar, some hops in more moderate proportions. Instead of being turned up to 10, this beer should be left at 6. Drop the Uber, keep the rest.

09-13-2007 01:49:39 | More by hustlemuscle
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