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

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BA SCORE
83
good

393 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | 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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USCTrojanBrian

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 23:30:47 | More by USCTrojanBrian
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claytri

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich Mahogany with a tan head. The aroma was of caramel malt and spices. The tastes was of caramel malt, vanilla, and spice. The feel was heavy and wet. A very pleasant beer, the spices and vanilla were a good compliment to the malt.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 14:45:47 | More by claytri
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grayburn

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish brown darkness into the glass. The head starts a big cream colored blob, then dissolves into a small ring around the glass. There is some decent, small-bubbled lacing.

The smell starts a little grainy for the style, but continues into a nice estery belgian. The yeast really take a deserved front seat in this brew.

The taste follows the nose here, the start is a bit of sour caramel flavors that are immediately balanced by a sweetness and the ripe fruit from the yeast. nice.

The mouthfeel is nice, medium carbonation, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

I could drink quite a few of these, my first went down rather quickly for 9 percent. be careful.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 04:25:15 | More by grayburn
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dewalt

New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the annual Cask Ale festival held by the Blue Point Brewing Company. Pours dark brown with a slight head, and bears a spicy, fruity aroma. The taste is fruity and hoppy, strong flavors of cherries and raisins. Not a great example of the style, more American than Belgian, but still a nice brew.

Serving type: cask

06-28-2008 23:27:50 | More by dewalt
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deereless

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A flash of thick head that drops relatively quickly leaving a spotty layer over the surface of the beer, deep amber to light brown in color, minor activity is visible in the beer - 3.50, S: Tons of tart cherries and a good deal of spiciness, lots of phenols and the faintest hint of a high quality balsamic vinegar (that's good), thick sweetness that I associate with dried figs or prunes - 4.25, T: Very spicy and slightly peppery, alcohol plays a large part of the palate, dry body, candied sugars, brandied soaked dried cherries, hint of clove, a bit dry and chalky - 4.00, M: Medium bodied but with a touch of silkiness - 4.00, D: All around a good brew, quite drinkable - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 23:21:18 | More by deereless
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oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Heavy Seas offering from Clipper City on tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured a medium brown infused with amber a thinner but pretty well sustained light brown head atop.Lighter aromas mainly I picked up some phenolic-like spice and cherry with a hint of brown sugar.Somewhat yeasty flavors a little clove-like spice but a good rich fruitiness shows itself like cherry,bannana even a hit of apricot a decent herbal hop twang comes thru nicely in the finish.Pretty easy going down and flavorful with all the right components to make it a decent Belgian dark ale,I liked it and I am not even a huge fan of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2007 12:17:09 | More by oberon
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An incredibly deep-red/rust color sits under a true-to-style head of insanely tiny bubbles...a tight creamy head just like the Belgians do it.

Aroma is good but not very Belgian...fruits are big and round, no spiciness detected, and the malt is reminiscent of an English pale ale. No hops in the aroma and the yeast is seemingly MIA.

Taste is more like it. Boozy and syrupy on one hand, pungent and fruity on the other. Red licorice, sherry, cherry, caramel/toffee, faint bubblegum and just an accent of heat. Not the most complex of the style, but enough depth and very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is awesome...round and creamy, with enough carbonation to offer depth but not distraction. Big and gooey without seeming thick or overly weighty. Couldn't be better.

The bar is set pretty for a beer like this, but Clipper City pulls through. Puts its own stamp on the style and doesn't just go for the clone approach. Yet another very likable beer from the Heavy Seas series.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 21:28:08 | More by Metalmonk
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just an one finger head, not a good start, but the color is nice, rating a 19 on the SRM beer color chart. Clear and lots of micro bubbles. Smell is that of caramel, pineapple, mango, raisins, butterscotch, and malt. The taste is rich and full, with flavors of raisians, mango, pineapple, caramel, toffee, coco, butterscotch, figs, molasses, lime, and malt. Mouthfeel is good with a full body and creaminess. Overall I like this beer, although a little syrupy and a little sweet. Would make a great desert beer, or a welcome to my place offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 19:03:02 | More by beerprovedwright
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Burgundy red with the brightest ruby-colored highlights when held to the light. Not seeing any sediment in this Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale - pretty clean body. Pour produces a better than 1 finger thick, off-white colored head - slightly sticky/rocky at the start but quickly fades to no more than a couple cm of foam on the surface. Sheets of lacing coat the glass with every swirl and sip.

S: At the start, I can pick up notes of dark fruit - raisins and plums - and some candy sugar too, but then the alcohol hits with quite a warm, medicinal punch. I opened this bottle after letting it sit for 20 min. and warming to near room temperature and the alcohol seems pretty prominent from the start.

T: Alot going on the flavor department. First off, there is the candy sugar flavor, augmented by some dark fruitiness like raisins, plums and maybe even the slightest hint of a cherry. Then there comes a spike of a spice and heat: white-pepper, maybe some cloves, and that huge medicinal alcohol from the nose which quickly cools to reveal a grainy, powdery wheat flavor - thinking like fresh-baked whole grain bread. Finish is drying, slightly spicy and I can pick out a smattering of the Belgian yeast as it leaves a faint, doughy bread flavor on the end of the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel actually felt slightly creamy at the start of each sip before fading to a powdery finish on the swallow.

D: The alcohol is there, thats for sure. That being said, this is still quite a flavorful, complex Belgian-style dark ale. One is starting to warm me up a bit; two and you would be good to go.

A fine American-brewed Belgian. I've had pretty good luck with Clipper City's Heavy Seas lineup and this one is another great beer. Definitely one to give a shot if you cannot afford the more expensive Belgian varieties or if you don't want to have to buy a 750 and drink it all in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 04:04:19 | More by Buschyfor3
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albern

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The weak point of this very nice beer is the appearance which leaves very little head and becomes just a mahogany, somewhat clear, slightly syrupy, flat looking beer. Keep going and it gets better. The aroma has hints of fig, maybe apricot, alcohol, and an overall rum soaked fruitiness. The taste is very chewy with some caramel maltiness, warming alcohol, heavy fruits, raisin, some grains, and an overall pungent strong Belgian dark character. There are some yeasty bits floating in the glass. The beer is medium to full bodied, and packs a bit of a wallop. This is a very nice Belgian style beer, but you'll have to get beyond the appearance which underestimates the true qualities of the beer. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 03:14:44 | More by albern
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, coppery sort of color. Off white head. Malty and slightly spiced aroma. Big malt flavor with a mellow blend of spice and phenols. The spicyness is more from the alcohol and phenolics then any added ingredient. Somewhat sweet-more so then necessary. Good body. Overall a very nice beer. Not as much "belgian" characteristics as I was expecting but a damn good beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 01:05:36 | More by lackenhauser
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Brad007

Vermont

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown color with an one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is smooth with a hint of raisin and sweet malt in the nose. Seems very inviting.

Taste is a bit rough at first but it gives way to a tart fruit/raisin taste with not much else to detect in the middle. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of the same tart fruit and raisin flavors with a small amount of alcohol heat.

Not bad. Easy to drink, even if it isn't the best example for its' style. Worth a shot, especially if you like the style. This may influence you to look for other examples as well. It's still quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 05:22:23 | More by Brad007
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a dull ruby color, smells of sweet fruits - spiced. Spiced apple? peaches? Hides its alcohol fairly well, with a little astringency on the finish. Mellow carbonation. Good American example of an abbey ale, but I would question its spring release tactic, as this seems more like a December through February beer. The Heavy Seas line over all is a good example of a well-grounded approach to "extreme" beer without being retarded about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 02:22:46 | More by dedrinker
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riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown,with a thin tan head. Not much retention,bur good lace. Smell is of dark fruits,and alchol. This is a medium bodied,brew with some carbionation. Taste is of dark fruits. Has a nice rum rasin edge. The alchol is big all the way! Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 17:56:55 | More by riversider76
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chiefydawg

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came out of the bottle more clear than expected, with a bourbon color. Thin but dense and creamy light khaki head. Not as much lacing a some other Heavy Seas

Smells of dried fruit, molasses, and maybe some oak-aged bourbon.

Tastes of like all that and more. Lot of beer there. The alcohol and malt are apparent even in the early sips. Nice and warming on a night of (Holy Sheet) sleet such as this. Definitely a 'Jack Daniels' quality as the liquid warms. A fresh doughy maltiness with powdered sugar sneaks in and tries in vain to keep up with the alcohol. Fermented fruitcake?

Although it is medium bodied, it packs a wallop. Great sipper for a nightcap or a fireside chat. If I would accompany food, it would be with smoked salmon or hot pepper cheese. Smooth for its strength.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 03:49:49 | More by chiefydawg
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patreely12

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - caramel brown with small tan head. nice lacing. some notable carbonation.

S - bitter hops. some toffee scented malts. also some oak and a slight hint of sweet raisins and alcohol.

T/M - tastes like the nose. the oak aged hint is a nice touch and give the beer great flavor there is also a roasted malt note that isn't present in the nose. medium bodied. kind of slick or syrupy. really good though.

O - really nice flavor and drinkability even at 9% ABV. I'd like to have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 01:09:46 | More by patreely12
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weasbri

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish burgundy color with a thin head into my new Belgian goblet. A bit of a yeasty aroma, mixed with estery alcohol.
The taste was quite nice, not too much alcohol despite the 9% label. I picked up some definite fruity notes, perhaps some cherry, along with the yeast mixed with fruity alcohol and malty sweetness. A nice tartness going down, with a slightly bitter but dry finishing kick.
Sometimes I think Clipper City goes overboard with the high alcohol content on their Heavy Seas line, but this one worked pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 22:57:28 | More by weasbri
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my snifter. This beer pours a fairly dark reddish brown, dirty looking color. The off-white head was maybe 1/4 inch when poured. Settles fairly quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing here at all. Has a dark fruit aroma, like raisins, but these nostrils can't pick up much else other than that, also a bit of tart and maybe a hint of caramel malt. Has a sort of sweet and sour tart flavor along with some raisins and a slight roasted malt flavor, rounded out with a bit of spice and a sweet brown sugar or molasses type flavor. The taste of alcohol is definitely present. Something about the flavors overall seems, well, a little off. They don't blend as well together as they might. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. This is certainly a unique take on a Belgian Strong dark Ale and not quite like any other Belgian Strong Dark Ale style beer I have ever had before. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

Eric

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 04:04:10 | More by neenerzig
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a traditional pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, freshness date of June 2008.

Appearance: Thick, one-finger head, good lacing, and a transparent, orange-copper body. Lazy, rolling carbonation. Nice looking.

Smell: Whoa. Pineapple? Yeah, that's definitely pineapple. Weird, but nice. Other, darker fruits, a general overall sweetness, and cloves are detectable. Very interesting.

Taste: The taste is a little less varied than the nose. Mild phenols, cloves and a few other yeasty, earthy notes, raisin/plum sweetness, and dry, spicy, warming alcohol (only in the finish). Interesting, and varied, but a little less than I expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel: Smooth at first, but then big and bubbly as the mouth evolves with each sip. So, I like it at first, but then it becomes distracting.

Drinkability: Hm, not outstanding. It's pretty alcoholic in the finish (not to mention overall - 9%), and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. It's very interesting though, and there's plenty to taste and smell.

I found this beer interesting at first, but it became somewhat one-dimensional near the close, with the alcoholic aftertaste beginning to overpower after a time. Nonetheless, it's worth it to give this one a try, because they did manage to nail the whole "Belgian style" pretty well. Maybe aging it might develop a few of the flavors further, as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 22:19:57 | More by CrellMoset
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle, with purchase by Jul08 on the label. Served in a tulip glass, this was a dark red/brown (burgundy according to the label) with a small white head that didn't last. It had a pleasant spice and fruit aroma, and there was a nice yeasty edge to it also. The taste was sweet, plum and/or cherry, followed by some bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Maybe a little too much on the sweet side for me, but still a very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 20:15:18 | More by lordofthewiens
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DeepSix

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz. Dark amber with a minimal head. Minor lacing and small head throughout.

A sweet nose, malts pretty overpowering. Darks fruits, with Belgian yeast. Only a snippet of alcohol in the smell.

More sweetness in the taste, along with hints of dark fruits, similar to the smell. A bit too simple (as in lacking complexity) for this style, others see it, I'm not, then again I'm not seeing the alcoholic burn at the end either. A rather bland if present at all bitterness and hops.

Medium mouthfeel, with what seems like zero carbonation. The alcohol I did notice here, but not in the taste. Notable sweetness here with results in it wanting to stay in one side of your mouth when you're pushing it to the other.

Not a bad attempt for Clipper City here, but much room for improvement, think I could have a couple of these, although the alcohol doesn't seem to have hit me from it's ABV. Someone wrote about how it's on better on cask, I'm gonna hafta keep my eye out for that.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 02:21:51 | More by DeepSix
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asabreed

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Shouldn't this be a Belgian Strong Dark Ale since it's at 9%? Best before August '07 clearly notched below the regularly awesome CC artwork.

Appearance: A dark amber hue to the body, and some spotty lacing not billowing as much as I'd expected, though as it warms some better things start to happen.

Smell: Ripe pear, watermelon, and dark tropical fruit dominate the nose, along with whiffs of unsweetened chocolate, bread crust, cherries, lots of malt and I imagine candi sugar, plum, and the earthy notes of raisins. I miss the phenolic funk, but this holds up well with the dark fruits all over the place.

Taste: The aroma comes through well, as dark fruits are all over the place, with pear sticking out, along with watermelon, funnily enough, as I said before for the nose. Not sure what the yeast is they're using, but whatever the funk's lacking, the dark fruit flavors are making up for it; there are a lot, and the finish is long and coating.

Mouthfeel: Moderately heavy and rich, though there's enough creamy carbonation so it doesn't feel all that coating, which allows the flavors enough room do their thing.

Drinkability: I really like what Clipper City's doing with this. I imagine it's not easy emulating a BSDA, especially for the funkiness that you just (usually) don't get with a domestic. Still, at 9%, this is balanced, not too expensive, and a good sipper for folks who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on a caged and corked and / or 11.2 oz. bottle of something imported. Are those most likely going to be better? Yes. But this was a nice treat, and something I'll be buying in the spring (for those late nights) as long as they keep making it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 03:06:37 | More by asabreed
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a nice cherry, mahogany amber color with bright ruby highlights, good clarity and a chunky head of white foam which left lots of sticky web-like lacing. Great!

S: Smell is sweet and slightly spicy. Dried cherry, dates and brown sugar jump to mind.

T: Taste is a deep, complex fruity and malty combo with some chaotic hop bitter and spiciness thrown in the mix. Cherry juice, pears and lemon peel combined with oily grapefruit hops and sweet, dark sugarcane. Rich and complex tasting.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied and sweetly sticky.

D: One would have to tread lightly with this Belgian ale, it is strong and rather tasty. The alcohol is present, which deters the drinkability slightly, but it's just a nice, robust abbey ale. Love the parrot dressed as a monk on the label artwork.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 02:18:48 | More by Gambrinus1184
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Excited to try this one.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get some dark fruit, brown sugar and maple notes, as well as some caramel and alcohol. The alcohol is present, but it is not boozy smelling.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of toffee and dark fruit notes, as well as quite a bit of brown sugar. The beer is very sweet and has a touch of Belgian yeast character to it. The alcohol is once again present, but it doesn't hurt drinkability.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another good beer from Heavy Seas.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 19:58:34 | More by Mora2000
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%

06-10-2014 16:51:38 | More by Janeinma
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