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

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BA SCORE
84
good

415 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
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 trafordboy
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jsanford
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA as part of Maryland night. As a proud Terrapin, I was happy to be here, enjoying the hell outta some UTZ Crab Chips!

A - Dark brownish-orange with a thin head that recedes to a slight haze and ring.
S - Caramel malt, spicy Belgian yeast, and a touch of sweet bubblegum. Pretty mild nose, can't tell what this is trying to be.
T - OK, a BSDA. Lots of dark malty flavors of caramel & toffee, figs, raisins, and a touch of that 9% ABV.
M - Creamy mouth-feel with a medium-full body and sharp carbonation.
O - Notes say it was pretty good, but I didn't find it to be too memorable. A solid American example of a BSDA.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/5/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains dark fruit, chocolate, Belgian yeast.

T: The taste is well-balanced, with flavors of Belgian yeast, chocolate and dark fruit. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer and I could drink a few, but it's not one that would select over too many others.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a dark clear mahogany with one finger of off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma of malts, yeast, sour milk, and dark ripe fruit.

Tastes of dark ripe fruit, caramel malts, Belgian candied sugar, raisins, and yeast. The finish is a combination of booze and raisins.

Medium bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

Pretty much an average Belgian dark and bit overdone on the sweet side. Definitely worth a try, though.

Photo of 11millsown113
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a large tulip glass

A: tan head on top of a beautiful dark red body. very very good looking beer. the head retained pretty well and left good lacing.

S: cherry scent with a dark malty aroma.

T: a cherry fruity taste with a bit of a bitter bite. very smooth but i would definitely like more flavor. for a beer this pretty I'd expect a great flavor. but it is definitely lacking. other then the initial cherry flavor it all just simply goes away. I was just expecting more. the 9% abv is hidden very well and is unnoticeable.

M: good full body with the right amount of carbonation. just right.

O: this beer has a lot going for it, good body, great appearance and a good scent. but unfortunately the most important part, the taste, is a let down. i expect more from a beer like this.

Photo of JNForsyth
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlexJ
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour into my Lucifer goblet reveals a faintly hazed mahogany brown. The wheaten head is initially high, but quickly sizzles away to a very thin ring. No lace.

Aroma is dark bread, raisins, cherries, subtle yeast spice, and alcohol. As it warms it's Belgian characteristics emerge.

Flavor is similar but yeast and clove spice is stronger. It has nice notes of dark fruit, and light earthy qualities. The strong, hot alcohol flavor overrides everything after a few sips. It tastes very fresh and perhaps it needs a few months or years to tame. It tastes like it could become excellent with age but for now it's just too hot.

Photo of thequeen711
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful colour pour, mahogany brown with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Three finger head slipping into light lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, candy sugars.
Taste initially of the dark fruits, then the alcohol kicks in the aftertaste. Medium heavy mouthfeel, an interesting Uber Abbey Ale, this is. I'm not digging the fruitiness of the ale, but certainly worth the taste.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by schen9303. 12oz. bottle poured into a Darkness snifter.

Pours a .5 finger light brown-gray head with poor retention. Beer is a cloudy brown. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good stick. Nice, but average for the style.

Nose is raisin, brown sugar, and dates with a slight tartness. Moderately aromatic and appropriate but rather plain.

Opens raisin and a touch of sour red fruit. Some brown sugar and dried dates in the middle. Yeasty. More tartness towards the finish with a sharp aftertaste. Oddly nice.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and filmy in the mouth with some bubbles and liveliness going down. Not really to style.

While this one's completely not to style, the slight tartness and oilyness in the feel works for it. A surprising and enjoyable representation of the BSDA.

Photo of needMIbeerinMD
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of SakellariosVouvalis
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of drtth
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of dllman25
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Robyn
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Gyle41386 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some figs, raisins, and plums. The taste is sweet, malty, with some dark fruit notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Photo of Lawnboy33
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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