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

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BA SCORE
83
good

390 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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david131

California

2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- A deep orange with some ruby hues. The carbonation is slow ot rise and the white head has decent retention.

S- Sugar, earth, raisins, and cinnamon. Light and somewhat metallic. Smells pretty similar to other Heavy Seas beers.

T- Same as the aroma with a strong alcohol edge.

M- Metallic, thin, and harsh. The alcohol is very apparent.

D- Boozy and not all that appealing. The sweetness helps a bit. Not good, but stuff like this has come to be expected from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 03:13:44 | More by david131
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color with a buoyant head that one would expect from a Belgian style; leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Spice cake and cherry cough syrup

Taste: Starts out with a medicinal, almost cherry cough syrup flavor that is fortunately not overly sweet; after the swallow, some mellowing prune flavors arrive to cut into the first impression but the overall effect is very strange

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy carbonation; plenty of warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Why they released this beer I will never know as it is a poor facsimile of a BSDA and a mediocre home brewer could have done better; just a mess from a brewer that makes some great beers

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 00:38:40 | More by brentk56
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fightingirishcmk

New York

2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours an amber color, when I opened it I could immediately smell it, very little head which dissipated very quickly

S: Fruity, with a berry like taste, very sweet smelling

T: Well, this is my first abbey ale. I haven't found too many beers I don't like. But this is one that I can't stand. Anyway, tastes of cherries, rasperry, maybe lingonberry- cough syrup. It seriously made me feel sick. I think I'll stop here. This is the first beer I've had that I had to pour out. Could have been my tastes at the time, but I really didn't feel good after it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 20:25:46 | More by fightingirishcmk
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ktrillionaire

Florida

2.45/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a somewhat translucent cola-brown hue; it is capped with a thin tan head that exists briefly and then recedes to a collar.

S - The nose is a mix of spicy notes from yeast, nutty impressions and dark fruitiness, especially dates.

T - There is a strong metallic taste in this beer that I do not like whatsoever. The off-flavor is disconcerting to the point that while I can detect some of the same nice elements I found in the nose, I cannot suffer this offense for more than a few mouthfuls.

M - It's not the feel's fault.

O - The beer is mostly a moderate-to-middling offering, except for the terrible taste. Why bother?

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 20:42:59 | More by ktrillionaire
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

08-12-2013 13:30:27 | More by ygtbsm94
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chrispoint

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

02-19-2012 20:37:31 | More by chrispoint
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

06-04-2012 16:08:43 | More by OriolesFan1008
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

05-31-2014 22:34:05 | More by Fettpopps
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bboven

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep garnet color, clear with no head or lacing after the initial pour. Pretty color, though.

The fruity esters from the yeast are definitely there with a good bit of dark fruit aroma as well. However, the overwhelming smell is hot, nail-polish remover alcohol. It's not hidden well at all.

Still a lot of alcohol in the taste, but the essential flavors for the style are there as well.

A bit high on carbonation, neither very drying or very sticky.

Not the best example of the style. The alcohol is running rampant in both the nose and the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 03:30:45 | More by bboven
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Big78CJ

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a pretty beer in terms of the color of the liquid but there is no head to speak of off my semi-gentle pour.

Is there something fruity in my nostrils? Either I inhaled a sweet tart or this beer has some candy sugar in it. This beer is a bit more alcoholy than I would have liked. Perhaps a year away from light on the lower level of a ship would do this beer good. Of course, if they were "heavy seas" they would shake this sh** out of this beer until it was worthless anyway. I taste fruit, something dark and sweet but not quite as dark as a plum or anything.

I would drink this again but probably only if it was given or was really cheap at the store. Still, not bad all the same. Maybe next year they will tweak it a bit. There is nothing in there to make me cry Holy Sheet!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 03:31:09 | More by Big78CJ
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errantnight

California

2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well that was a disappointing first experience... after listening to a podcast w/ the head brewer here on TBN I was excited to see that Clipper City beers were available on my trip to Boston, so I picked some up.

First of all, this is a dubbel, not a belgian strong dark (hopefully this is corrected as you're reading this, and you're just wondering why I'm even pointing this out).

Now, it pours a nice rich ruby/mahogany that's clear, and has decent, but nothing special, head.

Smell is hugely sweet with tons of caramel malt, and some hot, fusel alcohols. Belgian fruitiness and floral notes are present but barely there. It reminds me almost of the aroma of Avery's Kaiser, which was an out of control caramel malt bomb.

Taste is the same, but not quite as oppressively rich and sweet as expected. Despite a big mid-palate burst of juicy, rich, mouth-filling sweetness, it finishes dry enough. Some banana and raisin and bready malt come through, it tastes just like dubbel that is out of control with malt and alcohol. As it warms, the alcohol is noticeable. This wouldn't be bad in a big beer like this... if it weren't trying to be a Belgian. Belgian beers shouldn't have such noticeable, and distinct, alcohol. Drink too many of these and it'd be headache city.

Mouthfeel is too rich and heavy, and it's under-carbonated.

Seems like a Belgian Dubbel influenced too much by someone who loves English Barleywines.

A bit of a mess, and not recommended, but not awful.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 18:15:03 | More by errantnight
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SchmoTerp

Alabama

2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not experienced in the abbey ales so keep in mind....

Pours a deep caramel with little head. Smells sweet, particularly for an ale. I was not impressed with this one but probably mostly because it felt and tasted more like a barleywine than anything else. Even the aftertaste was a bit off for an ale.

I'll be curious to try this one again after sampling more abbey ales but for now, I'll be leaving it alone.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 14:03:17 | More by SchmoTerp
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

12-07-2012 23:46:24 | More by Damian74Shensky
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice red color, clear body with a thin, loud, fast and fizzy head that dissipated completely. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma was of raisins, sweet malt, caramel, and hints of chocolate. Alcohol was definitely noticeable, it was almost boozy.

Taste was of very strong malt, with slight roasted hints. It was sweet, with rum notes evident. Alcohol was not well hidden - it did taste like booze. I didn't get any peanut taste that others have mentioned.

Mouthfeel is kind of average, not much body for something with this much flavor. A trifle thin.

Drinkability gets lower marks. I was hard pressed to finish this before it got too warm. It was like downing shots of whiskey mixed with Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 03:36:55 | More by connecticutpoet
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

11-06-2012 20:02:17 | More by RBorsato
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sacfly

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, notched JUL 08
Pours a very clear caramel color with a thin head of tan bubbles. Aroma of brown sugar with a bit of plumb. Taste is mixed overripe fruit, plumb and apricot, with a somewhat harsh character. I'm not sure how to describe it, but the harshness is similar to other beers (and homebrews) that use a bit too much refined sugar and ferment a bit too hot. Hot alcohol lingers long into the aftertaste. Hot and unpleasant the longer I sip it. Very drying.
Sorry Hugh.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 20:54:26 | More by sacfly
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SFLpunk

Vermont

2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. BB 01/10.

Appearance: Almost no head, thin tan ring around the edge. Clear brown with hues of brick red.

Nose: Sweet candy nose. Smells like dark caramel mixed with dried fruits.

Palate: Medium- to full-bodied. Lots of caramel and chocolate sweetness. Raisins, prunes, leather, apricot. Almost no carbonation and a serious alcohol burn on the finish.

Notes: Poor effort. Needs more carbonation, more balance to the mouthfeel. Flavors are good, but palate balance is way off.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 03:28:18 | More by SFLpunk
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beerbutcher

Maine

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours beautiful red/auburn with broad bubbles of a one-finger head that dissipates almost instantly.

aroma is a touch rancid, lots of fruit but the rotten kind. also noting a heft of caramelized sugar and some brandy in the alcohol mix.

it'g got a lot of sugar on the palate, and fluffy carbonation, a wash of alcohol and a lingering odd fruitiness. not the normal belgian kind. perhaps it's a touch of brett.. but i like brett and i'm not into this beer.

mouthfeel is a bit sweet, but remains light. the hops are in decent proportion, but the alcohol finishes a bit hot. then there's a lingering acrid something or other.. like the hops were oxidized. texturally, it's balanced i guess.

overall this does not work for me. reminds me of rotten caramel apples. something off-putting in the odor and the alcohol may be high for the style. also the sweetness and then the acrid finish...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 02:50:37 | More by beerbutcher
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of sweet Belgian yeast, roasted nuts and malt, and a touch of booze. Flavor is quite sweet with some alcohol and dark fruits as well as roasted malt. Palate is a bit harsh, grainy, and boozy. Overall much too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 18:32:31 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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CuttDeez

Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Snifter

A - A deep dark brown body that has nice notes of deep red amber when in the light. A large white head that mellows to a half finger head with some stick.
S - The Aroma is nice as it renders good carmalized sugars and malt, mixed with good yeast and a plethora of deep dark fruits. A complex yet nicely balanced nose.
T & M - What happened to the nose is my first thought. The beer just doesnt have any pop. There is fruit there but light, sugars there but light - The tastes are all blah. The good thing is the ABV is well hidden.

O - Let me start by saying I love heavy seas and love the Mutiny fleet so I was excited about this beer. Then I was unimpressed and underwhelmed by this brew. I was sad but I will not be turned away from the great mutiny fleet!

-Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:36:03 | More by CuttDeez
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a solid burgundy color with good carbonation and a big dirty white head. HeNose is malts, grain, some fruits. Taste was a little effervescent with fruits like raspberries, figs, prunes, raisins and caramel. Lots of spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is hot and unpleasant as this beer is off balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 04:35:36 | More by barleywinefiend
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drseamus

New York

2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with no head and no visible carbonation. The body is crystal clear. The aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of spice in the background. The flavor is overwhelmingly malty with a bunch of spice. The sweetness is pretty strong initially but fades quickly. It is nice and smooth with good body, but that's really the only good part. Not a beer I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 00:59:16 | More by drseamus
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jpkoch1962

Indiana

2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A big ale. Pours solid amber/reddish brown. Head was short lived. A strong malty-sweet aroma dominated this beer. Big malty/sweetish front end, which is smooth and dries a bit towards the finish. A slight medicidnal sweet aftertaste detracts a bit from taste points. Alcohol comes through a bit in the finish as well. While the malt dominates, I thought this beer was a little too bland; it was missing the kind of esthers one expects in a Belgian Ale.

Not a bad Abbey -good after dinner beer.Could use a bit more character.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 00:46:29 | More by jpkoch1962
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3/5  rDev -18.5%

07-30-2013 23:36:58 | More by Doppelbockulus
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.5%

06-14-2013 19:08:02 | More by Lanstrum
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