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

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BA SCORE
83
good

387 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 387
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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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mspeese

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-12-2013 00:38:34 | More by mspeese
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-23-2013 04:44:07 | More by Kelp
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Bill235

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-12-2013 23:00:57 | More by Bill235
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Brendog9

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-09-2013 23:16:49 | More by Brendog9
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halo913

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-06-2013 02:55:59 | More by halo913
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-01-2011 05:02:11 | More by rab53
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

22 ounce bomber - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a chestnut-hued body with a medium-sized, frothed, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: The nose is fruity and sugary, like toasted cherry-flavored caramel, provided there even is such a thing and with some spritzes of wafting alcohol, like standing next to someone overdoing it on their sprayable haircare products.

Taste: This so-called Über Abbey Ale starts with a burst of sweet maltiness with some tastes of sugar-glazed, toasted, chewy bread crusts and dark caramel with just a teeny tiny hint of cocoa. Strong fruity tastes of raisins and discount cherry cordial join the mix. Spicy character reminiscent of cloves jumps out midway. Hint of dried herbs with some slight bitterness. Finishes with some all-too notable alcoholic heat and still a fair amount of lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit simplistically sweet, and a bit hot at times, leaving a beverage that doesn't quite mesh well for me. By no means is it an exemplary example of the style, but, well, that's usually my feelings towards any of the Clipper City brews. This one just lacks the grace and charm of those bold brews from Belgian, or the Belgian-styled beers that many American breweries are excelling at nowadays. If it does have one thing going for it, it's the price - you could do a lot worse monitarily when it comes to a bomber these days.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 21:19:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Baron

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in a Chimay Chalice, ~55 degrees

A- Pours a dark amber color, very smooth appearance, yet the most apparent characteristic of the beer is its amazing clarity of body when compared to other Belgian Tripels, looks almost like a deep Irish Red. Thin white head emerges but dissipates quite quickly without a trace. Strong carbonation.

S - Fruity esters at first followed by slightly smoky malt and a little spice. Not particularly powerful like others of its kin.

T- Sweet fruit notes appear first (figs, plums mainly), followed by a moderate malt flavor with smoky hints leading to a rather dry finish and spice aftertaste. Very low alcohol/ warming taste on the tongue despite its 9% ABV rating.

M - Most prominent in the body texture is the high degree of carbonation which washes over the palette, reducing flavor. Medium to medium light bodied for a Triple.

D - Extremely drinkable for someone who isn't typically keen on the Belgian style. the high alcohol is surprisingly masked well by the lighter body and dry finish.

this brew was recommended to me by a friend who doesn't like Belgians all that much. But to that end, this seems like a good beer to help ease someone into the style: a lighter, easy drinking beer that still retains some of the aromas and flavor of its brethren. Most interesting indeed.

-Baron

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 19:42:20 | More by Baron
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head, but I did pour it into a chalice. It's a deep brown with orangey-red glow.

The nose is dark cherry with vinous notes. There's a bunch of alcohol in this one.

All dark fruit, closest is dark cherries, like in the nose. There is a little bit of spice, either cloves or black pepper, underneath the fruit. The alcohol is very prevalent creating a medicinal aftertaste that I am not enjoying. I've had stronger beers with better masking. I've had beers with poorer masking that tasted better as well.

The overall feel is not of a beer that I really wanted finish, but I've only poured beer on rare occasions: skunked, caught by mom, exceptionally horrible, floating cigarette, dog got to it when I put it down, etc.

A few friends have suggested trying Heavy Seas and these guys know their beer so I'll make sure try another one of their offerings, just not this one. This was not worthy of the Orval chalice I used.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 23:52:09 | More by Naugros
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aubuc1

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in to a goblet. Pours a dark amber/ light brown with very little to no head. Smells sweet and fruity, almost like preserves, with yeasty malt in the background. Tastes very sweet and very fruity- some sort of berry that I can't place. The sweetness masks the alcohol, which is not detectable. Light mouthfeel, but the sweetness is dominant. Interesting, but not something to write home about.

I did get it out a Heavy seas 12 pack sampler though, which is nice.

Had a bottle that is seven months past its "best by date". Not nearly as sweet, and a little sour. Not great; it still doesn't really come together, but better than fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 00:57:02 | More by aubuc1
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Hatchman

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Burnt Orange and Dark Cherry, and a pinkish sheet of lace over the glass.

Smell- Chocolate and burnt caramel and sugar with a hint of fruit.

Taste- The only fruit I can taste is prunes, dates, and raisins. I'm not a big fan of any of those, so the taste score is lacking for me personally. Slight taste of the burnt chocolate, caramel, and sugar that the smell hinted. No hops or yeast that I can detect.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and fizz, lighter mouthful than the flavor would indicate.

Drinkability- Not a summer beer, a little too heavy on the palate and eye for that. I don't like the fruit tastes involved, and the mix of fizz and burnt sweetness with the sour fruit taste leaves me sort of, well, like I just sucked on something sour. I don't think I would search this beer out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 00:07:02 | More by Hatchman
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Shaw

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky brown in color with hardly any head, just an island of foam in my glass.

Smells lightly of dried fruits and funk and must.

The taste is nice, with notes of dried fruit and malt and a little bit of must, like it's been aging in a cellar. The high alcohol level is almost totally hidden.

The body is hefty.

Overall this is a decent strong dark ale. I wouldn't call it an extreme example of the style, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 06:21:19 | More by Shaw
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Coorskid33

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A~ Very impressive deep amber with no visable carbonation. Head was 1 inch and beautiful, wish it stayed longer.

S~ Light alcohol and slight malts, but kind of off putting in it's strength.

T~ Pretty damn good. Good hop presence, good carb level, and a slightly strong but overall pleasant alcohol taste. After taste was peanut like and lingered in my mouth making me crave more.

M~ Oily and smooth, enjoyed it at the time.

D~ This was a good beer from a brewer I've really wanted to like, and haven't been able to until this point. Nice change of pace from my normal IPA,Porter, and lager and was impressed. Drank at 40 degrees and I'd call it a winter warmer. Nice brew

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 23:03:48 | More by Coorskid33
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Take Two: April 19, 2010 (on tap)
Holy Sheet takes on much more of a Belgian Dubbel character than a Dark Strong Ale. A lot of aged stone fruits of plub/prune, raison/grape, figs, dates, and apples. Quite sweet and estery mix creates the complexity to accompany the confectionate malts but lacks the depth to make a meaningful impact in balance and complexity without the hops. Still, good beer.

There may be enough Belgian 'stuff' in here to be considered an Abbey-style Ale, but the beer kinda falls apart without proving that it belongs up there with authentic Abbey Ales. the pour brings a beautiful chesnut colored, ruby hue with light, airy head formation and withstanding retention. Heavy carbonation brings a sparkling character to the beer. Aromas are sharply sweet with hints of caramelization, confectionate sugars, heavy esters, and an agressive ethanol scent. Flavors begin with a Dopplebock-like melanoiden caramel and worty-sweet character, along with confectionate sugars that don't attenuate fully. High esters of plumbs, grapes, and bruised fruits swirl around an agressive 'rum-meets-nail-polish-remover' alcohols, making the beer tough to drink. Finishes very alcoholic, hot, and sweet. Perhaps some age can help the brew, but the flavors have not melded, at least not as of yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 16:35:57 | More by BEERchitect
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Clear deep mahogany/burgundy liquid with an off white, tannish head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
S: Strong alcohol smell, doesn't even really smell like a beer. Slightly sweet, candied fruit, malt, caramel, brown sugar and alcohol. Strong, but not very pleasant to me.
T: Medium body, adequate carbonation, pleasant mouth feel. For such a strong beer and flavors, finish is generally clean. Taste follows the smell, malty body, with dark and candied fruits, caramel and slight medicinal taste from the alcohol. I'm not crazy about this, and the alcohol is a little too strong and unbalanced, but for an American take on this style, it's pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 05:10:32 | More by yourefragile
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a copper/garnet color with good clarity. The one finger head of beige foam quickly dissipated and left marginal lacing. The aroma was strange, like roasted carrots. Toasted malt, Belgian yeast, hints of smoke and earth. The flavors were complex but not nearly as sophisticated as a true Belgian. Caramel malt, toffee, nuts, lots of earth, hints of wood, alcohol and an awkward bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium and the carbonation ok. I was not impressed, but it wasn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 11:34:59 | More by thekevlarkid
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange with a small splash of dark cherry. The label says there's yeast present, but I got the entire bottle into the glass on one pour and the beer is as clear as a bell. Up top is a pale caramel cap that doesn't look Belgian in the least. It looks okay, though, and coats the glass with a solid (holy) sheet.

The nose is strangely underpowered. If I work at it, I can appreciate dark malt, a glancing blow of dark fruitiness and whiff of alcohol, but that's about it. This Uber Abbey Ale isn't anywhere close to uber so far. My hopes aren't high for abbey-like either.

Although there's much more happening on the palate, this Heavy Seas offering is a poor imitation of a true BSDA or a dubbel or whatever the hell it's supposed to be. It's as if the brewers got the outlines right, but didn't fill them in with the correct colors or textures.

The flavor profile consists of dark caramel, dates, bitter orange, burnt sugar and alcohol. I've only had a few ounces so far and my tongue is already in the beginning stages of numbness. The beer is being consumed during its 'best by' month. My guess is that it would have gone another year at least.

Where's the depth of flavor? Where's the complexity? Where's the warm spiciness of a good Belgian yeast strain? Absent, absent and... well, it is sort of spicy. Time and warming settles things down some and allows the various flavors to get comfortable with one another. Given all that, this is still far from great beer.

The mouthfeel is American strong ale more than Belgian strong ale. In other words, it's full and sticky with a laid back amount of bubbles. If you want a light touch or subtlety of any sort, look elsewhere.

Holy Sheet isn't bad beer by any means. I hate to let stated style influence me too much, but Clipper City opened themselves up by calling this an abbey ale. If I had 'American strong ale' in my head when I popped the cap, I mind have been more kind. Other than Peg Leg, this is my least favorite of the (mostly) excellent Heavy Seas line of beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 15:21:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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shanblur

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 22oz bomber into a chalice.

A - Deep amber color color with an off-white head. Leaves sparse lacing.

S - Sweet and malty with caramel and dark fruit aromas.

T - Much like the smell with a strong presence of alcohol.

M - Medium body with a light carbonation.

Certainly a strong ale. Not overly complex but a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 22:34:56 | More by shanblur
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Holy Sheet. Nice name.

Pouts a clear and dark brown. Crème head. Nose is candy and slight sugar. Seems one-dimensional. Flavor is super sugar as well. A definite hijacking of the experience. Too much sugar, Slight caramel tone. Not much else going on. Feel is low in carbonation and sticky on the liquid feel. This is one to pass on. Sure there are promising features, but it certainly doesn't come through.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 03:52:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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becktone

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 9-1-09

Eye: Exactly what you expect from this type of beer; brown in color and when light passes through it, it becomes crimson. Nice clarity to this beer as well. Its got a nice head as it sits here in this Chimay goblet, perfect, just like every other great beer poured into this glass. Its not so much a head, as a covering for the beer, a thick blanket that looks so right for this beer, in this glass. Lacing is nice.

Nose: Lots of dark fruity aromas here, plums and rasins, prunes. Dark candied aromas too. Sweetness from alcohol. Overall a nice smelling beer.

Tongue: Fruity aromas come out to play, but not in the way that I expected. They are much more subdued. Alcohol is very noticeable. Almost everything that was great about the aroma is gone. Tin character is present. Finish is dry and the aftertaste is short lived leaving the palate dry, unhappy and wanting something more, something better, wishing that that next sip will be better though it won't be. Overall this one's flavor is just short lived. Its not bad, but it doesn't last long at all and does not have a pleasant aftertaste. Almost get some roasted grain bitterness from this, which is off for the style. I mean some of those dark fruits are there but the alcohol just cuts too much, it really ruins what is nice bout this beer.

Feel and Drinkability: Its funny that the label gets it right "full bodied and aromatic..." yes its very aromatic, too bad that doesn't come out in the flavor of this brew though. Body is full and carbonation is a bit high for my liking, too prickly as well. It works, but I think it could be better. Overall not a bad beer, but I think it could use some work. Its just not as complex or deep as others that I've had. Also everything bout it tends to be short lived. Sure I'm enjoying it but not enough to buy it agian.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 23:49:56 | More by becktone
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best buy notched into label of 1/10, purchased a 6'er on a whim for $8.99. 9% ABV per the label. Pours out to a rather clear dark mahogany, forming a medium sized light tan head with poor retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is mild. The aroma open with caramel, butterscotch, and a suggestion of butter like a ringwood tainted version of a trappist yeast. Not very phenolic and not what I was expecting. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium dense body. Pronounced biscuity flavor akin to Fat Tire reminds me loosely of New Belgiums Abbey, although it's not phenolic enough and has a very pronounced rubbery aftertaste which hurts it's drinkability. Nutty and toasty. Very little yeast in the bottle.

This is a decent beer considering my lack of alternatives in the area, but I probably wouldn't buy it again unless I was really jonesin' for a dubbel and had no other alternatives.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 19:42:48 | More by Mitchster
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dogfishandi

New York

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out of 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. pours a clear dark amber/mahaghony color with a little bit of off white head that faded quickly to absolutlely nothing. no lacing to speak of. not enough off that soapy head that is classic to belgians.

not much of an aroma for a belgian. slight fruitiness with a solvent like alcohol smell.

the taste is malty upfront with a little bit of yeast, candied sugar, spice and fruitiness towards the finish, but not nearly enough phenolics going on as a belgian should be.

medium bodied almost sticky mouthfeel, i could easily drink the six pack, but prolly wouldnt buy this again, goes to show you that belgians make the best belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 00:08:39 | More by dogfishandi
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a coppery-brick color with a medium turbidity. The head was foamy with an active display of surface eruptions that quickly led to its demise leaving no appreciable lacing. A mixture of macro and micro particulate matter clouds the drink, while a medium-strong display of carbonation quickly rises. Nice coloring and turbidity, but a weak holding head doesn't leave you much time to appreciate this.

S: The nose was semi-sweet but less so malty with a touch of solvent alcohol. Ripe fruit with raisins is also evident but less so appreciable in terms of strength. Overall lacks complexity and a malty fullness instead opting for a heavier then normal dose of alcohol fusels.

T: The flavor was spicy and a bit malty to start, bready notes come through it still doesn't convince me this is a malt forward beer. The alcohol is dominant, again coming in strong of solvent. Toasted grains struggle to come through but are blindsided by the heaping of alcohol and is never fully appreciated. As with the nose, lacked a certain level of complexity and depth iv come to expect per style, especially since abbeys are on the top of my list of favorite styles. Solvent alcohol tones, perhaps a bit much seem to drown out any appreciable attributes this may have brought to the table.

M: The mouthful was edgy from the carbonation, full bodied with a creamy texture and nature. Fusels are evident giving this a whinning high pitch alcohol tone rather a soft and warming nature and lacked any mouth coating maltiness despite its deceptive fullness.

D: A slow sipping boozy experience that trades of complexity and depth for a high dose of alcohol fusels makes this a bit of a disappointment. A marginable drinking experience , hindered by the high alcohol that feels like it drinks several points higher then its advertised 9.0%av. It took me awhile to drink this, and im no stranger to big alcohol beers, but maybe had something to do with the lack of enjoyment and unbalanced nature. Highly unlikely a re-visit and wouldn't go out of my way to recommend unless the person is interested in only tasting scotchy booze.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 22:36:50 | More by beerthulhu
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RickKrumenacker

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - garnet colored...one-finger of cream colored head that dissipates quickly...leaves a thin ring around the top...sticky lacing

S - cinnamon and raisons dominate the aroma...very subtle cherry...alcohol is there, but not overpowering...swirling brings out a sugary aroma

T - hit with the alcohol right away...sweetness is brought out with a caramelized sugar flavor...some spiciness is picked up as well - mostly cinnamon, but isn't as pronounced as with the aroma

M - moderately high carbonation...somewhat smooth across the tongue...a bit of a medicinal aftertaste

D - a decent beer, but there are many others in this style that I would reach for before this one...

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 01:41:10 | More by RickKrumenacker
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle at cellar temperature poured into a chalice with some serious air, yields a clear burgundy body with a herd of floaties and a finger of loose light tan foam that recedes rather quickly to a silky ring plus a tiny patch floating in the middle... reminds me of a funny cartoon eyeball, but one that leaves virtually no lacing.

Smells malty with dark fruit; tastes brown sugary sweet with immediate warming alcohol-- a lot of it--dry red-winey with caramel and a red apple peel dry finish.

Rich and sticky with an oily-sweet lipsmacking finish. Coating, sticky, heavy.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 00:49:20 | More by cvstrickland
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