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

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of beerman207
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark Red color, 1 finger head.

S- Smells sweet and like alcohol which is a little alarming in the nose for that to be dominant.

T- Clove, dark fruit, perhaps some caramel.

M- Medium all around in carbonation. It has a nice warming feeling in the finish

D- Nothing outstanding but at $1.95 for a single it was worth trying.

beerman207, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Chalice glass produced good fingers worth of tan head on top of a ruby red body. The head turns to a thin lace

Aromas of malts, dark fruits and some alcohol fill your nose

The alcohol flavor is a bit strong almost masks the fruitiness of this one

Medium mouthfeel great sipper, light carbonation smooth is a word that comes to mind

Not a bad Belgian strong it's a bit warm they could have turned down the alcohol some

joepais, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of lovindahops
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pint glass

A- dark amber look with slight head that disappears quickly. Lacing not bad

S- sweet malt and alcohol. Almost smells medicinal

T- some fruit and smoked malty flavor. Again, sweet syrup and big time alcohol

M- full bodied and sweet and creamy

D- pretty tasty. The blend of fruitiness and toasted sweet malt made it good. One to two is enough because of the alcohol

lovindahops, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours with a gigantic, five-fingered, full, foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a bit of time before slowly dissipating and leaving a generous layer of lacing around the top of the glass...
Smell was thick and deep, full of roasted malts, candied sugars, and mollasses...
Taste strongly complmented the aroma, bursting with a powerful suggestion of malts, vanilla,caramel, candied sugars, toffee, yeast, honey, and a noticeable presence of alcohol, which isn't that well-masked...
Rich, creamy mouthfeel filled with thick flavors and a burning essence of alcohol...
Drinkability took a hit due to the ultra-rich and super-thick flavors as well as the noticeable ABV which makes its presence pretty well-known...
Otherwise, not a bad sample from Clipper City...

dsa7783, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Beautiful, rich looking, clear, dark amber. Modest, ivory colored head. Some legs, no/little lacing.

Aromas of cherries, alcohol, toffee and candi sugar.

Sweet & fruity taste, cherries (sweet & dark). Alcohol, a bit too noticeable -- moves towards a slightly medicinal taste. Slight roast notes, toffee. Herbal finish, nice lingering bitterness.

Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Dry.
Very nice, struck me as a BSDA, which, in fact, it was (I really impress myself sometimes..., yes, this is sarcasm). Not too sweet, nice complexity, only complaint is alcohol is a bit too evident.

, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pink-tinted red-brown with brass highlights and exceptional clarity. A dense, off-white head of two and a half finger shows good retention and leaves a few specs of lacing. Rich aroma of sweet, dark fruits and dextrinous highly-kilned malts -but not particularly aromatic. First sip is sweet with caramel and shows some woody peat charater. Date syrup and unrefined sugar flavors emerge; then the semi-dry aftertaste reveals a smooth alcohol taste, Goldings or other mild english flavor hop notes, and a balancing bitterness. The carbonation is actually quite low- but extremely smooth. The body is medium and the lack of crispness allows a malt-centric mouthfeel with robust fruit and booze tones to hang around. Finishes a little hot with plenty of residual caramel and beet sugar; but the velvety mouthfeel alone warrents a respectable drinkability. The only dissapointment here is the lack of Belgian flair; there is no real yeast character to speak of - but its still a decent abbey ale if you want something extra malty.

PBRstreetgang, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown mahogany color, with a one finger head. Little retention leaves nothing behind.

Aroma is choc-full of malty goodness. Caramel, raw grain, toffee, and a slight hint of coffee are dominant, along with a hint of alcohol. Faint fig aroma is present in the back.

Flavor is a bit unexpected. Big time light fruits, apples, pears, pineapple, passion fruit, and perhaps Lychee nuts are present. Little malt notes of caramel and toffee are present. Formidable alcohol punch and warming on the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky, full and almost cloying. Drinkability is decent, considering the ABV.

An enjoyable beer, but not the greatest belgian style out there. I'd like to have more of a belgian yeast flavor. This almost seems like a standard ale yeast that fermented warm. It lacks depth and character, but the flavor that is there doesn't have any drawbacks. It's a good beer, and well worth $8.49 a sixer, but I wouldn't go to any extraordinary lengths to get it....

phisig137, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy mahoganny, a small head and a bit of lacing, but not much.

S - A slightly woodsy hop profile, caramel malt, banana and cloves.

T - Spicy, allspice, cloves, alcohol with a bit of banana and a tiny bit of fusel alcohol. Mostly grassy, slightly pine, hops in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, thin to medium, very refreshing.

D - Good, very good. I like Clipper City (having lived in Balmer for several years). I certainly wouldn't mind having this again and I am glad to see the Heavy Seas line expanding.

mrasskicktastic, May 01, 2007
Photo of Infamous7100
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Dark brown/deep claret in color. I had absolutely no head on this pour. Nothing remarkable here.
Smells very nice. Sweet malts come through first, followed by what I believe to be some brown sugar. The dark fruits are also readily apparent. Not a hint of alcohol here.
It's very complex on the palate. The spicy sweetness blends well together with the fruits and the alcohol. It is indeed sweet, but the finish is a little strong and there's a little burn. The hang however, is minimal.
It's medium bodied and it does a great deal on the palate. It's complex yet not too heavy.
Considering the ABV, this is pretty smooth sailing, pardon the pun. Nice taste, not too much of a boozy flavor and not too filling.

Infamous7100, May 09, 2009
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

BarryMFBurton, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jwc215, May 04, 2008
Photo of dude
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

dude, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of kbeals
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kbeals, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of animal69
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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..

animal69, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

zeff80, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

armock, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

blitheringidiot, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

atsprings, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of beerphan
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerphan, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of iamntbatman
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

iamntbatman, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of imaguitargod
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

imaguitargod, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of nova009
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

nova009, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Blakaeris
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Blakaeris, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jlindros, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

TMoney2591, Feb 08, 2010
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