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

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BA SCORE
83
good

419 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Jaynuze on 03-12-2007

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - moderate pour yielded a deep burgundy red with a 1/4" head that disappeared quickly only to leave a few bubbles in a tulip chalice

S - grapes, figs, sweet malts, grapefruit, light hoppiness

T - sweet maltiness up front, tangy fruits, and a hoppy and alcoholic finish. Leaves a bittersweet aftertaste

M - light/medium bodied, light carbonation, somewhat chewy

D - decent, the alcohol is warming and apparent. This is more of a sipper

Overall - A very wine-like ale. The flavors are plentiful and satisfying, although I do prefer the smell over the taste. Malty, fruit, hoppy, tangy, this beer has it all. A great nightcap. I wouldn't get this every week but it does have its prime moments for around $2-3 per 12 oz bottle.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, no date on it but I'm pretty sure it's about a year or so old since I know I've had this bottle a while. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a ruby red/copper color with about a half inch light tan head and some sediment floaties noticeable. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet and malty, it smells like dark fruit (raisins, plums), caramel, bready malt, and some brown sugar. The brew tastes like dark fruit (mostly plums), bready malt, caramel, wood, and a slight bitter flavor that I can't identify. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and has good carbonation. I think it's a good brew, I enjoyed it.

Photo of williamherbert
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany/rose red color. No head. Very hazy. Looks almost like a deep red or blush wine. Bold, really.

Has the nice fizzy, alcoholic sour smell but it's combined with a rich berry smell. It's a Belgian Abbey with a fruity add-on. Sweet dried fruits -- notable cherry. Grapes and plum skins. Liqueurs.

First a burst of fruity berry flavor, with a second wave of fizzy, pungent alcoholy Belgian. Heavy tartness. It's got a super-harsh aftertaste. Hints of butterscotch. Sharp flower/citrus hop. Bitter cherry.

Feels very fizzy and bubbly. Has a bit of a burn on the way down. Sharp on the roof of the mouth. It's a hard drink. Heavy, alcohol-rich, pungent. Akin to a barleywine. Cherry and spicy Belgian yeasts. It burrrns!

Photo of taez555
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a somewhat clear copper/mahogany body with a small off-white/tan head that died down quickly.

Nose is very non-descript at first. You really have to work hard to get any discernable smells. As it warms some dark fruits and candy start to come out. Some classic belgian yeast and even some dark tropical fruits.

Taste is full bodied. Dark fruits, raisins, caramel, molasses, some very mild chalk, lots of classic belgian dark trappist yeast flavor. There's an immediate big warmth with this baby. Hops are rather present, although they really just give an earthy touch. Bitterness is very present, but it's an earthy Belgian type leafy bitterness that goes well with the Belgian yeast. Ends with a mild lingering bitterness.

I had this beer for the first time on tap at NERAX, and I gotta say, Cask is the way to go with this baby. In the bottle it's decent, a nice American attempt at a Belgian Quad (Chimay Blue type beer), but on cask all those wonderful Belgian flavors and warmth attack you. Definitely a beer that works much better at cellar temps.

On cask this beer easily scores a whole letter grade higher.

Photo of argock
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. Consumed within freshness limits displayed on bottle.

A: Cherry toned brew with fizzy off-white head that disappated to a thin rim with no lacing.

S: Oaky cherry aromas with lots of yeast and bread aromas as well. Touch of licorice and phenol smells as well.

T: Very fruity and spicy with a high cherry-berry quotient and decided yeast contribution. Alcohol and mild hops bitterness is more apparent with warming.

M: Very easy to drink with low carbonation and tangy, slightly dry feel. Aftertaste is mild citrus and more berry.

D: A uniquely spicy, fruity abbey ale with nicely hidden alcohol kick.

Photo of RollingRocker
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being from MD i love the Clipper City Heavy Seas line of beer. Pours dark reddish brown with hardly any head. Nice aroma with a hint of some citrus maybe? Tastes like apricots don't get it but i taste apricots. Nice mouth feel, too little carbonation but a very drinkable beer with alot of interesting flavor

-RR

Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Trappist Glass]

The pour was a dark cranberry brown with a large (2-3 finger) light tan creamy head that diminished down to a thin layer and large collar of residue, thus producing some really good sheets of streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a dark bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of dark fruit (plums and raisins), brown sugar and a mild ruby port scent.

The taste was sweet, malty and a bit acidic with hints of port wine and brown sugar early on and then became sweetly acetic with a good strong note of dark fruit and a decent alcohol finish. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow with a nice fruity alcohol warming sensation at the end.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and creamy in texture with a mildly soft carbonation.

Overall a fantastic Abbey Ale with the fruit, malts and alcohol working very well together. YUM...

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a beautifully clear burgundy color with a light-tan head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty and very fruity. Mild hop smell and a rather distinct booziness are present.

Tastes caramel malty and very fruity upfront leading into a medium bitterness and nice noble hop flavor. Finishes slightly sweet with a boozy taste. While definately a Belgian style, it would even be better with more yeasty flavors.

Full body, light carbonation.

This is a good beer and easy drinking despite the pronounced booze. Another winner from Heavy Seas/Clipper City.

Photo of hopdog
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle notched purchase before Jul 08.

Poured a deeper orangish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of gerneral fruitiness, toasted caramel, nutty, and spices. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, and a little doughy.

Notes from: 3/6/08

Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite nice: This one features a superb dark cherry fruitiness, some really nice toastiness, a nice caramel note, and a sweet, bready malt character. It hides its alcohol very well and is quite drinkable for a 9% abv. Dry toasted grain finish.

This one seems pretty hit or miss with the BA reviews. I for one like it: I’m particularly impressed with how drinkable it is considering the alcohol content. Another treat from the Heavy Seas line of brews…

Recommended.

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 nicely-done, American take on a Belgian ale. I've had pretty good luck with Clipper City's Heavy Seas lineup and this one is another solid offering. I'd say this was probably the best beer out of their sampler 12pk 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.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a clear mahogany and rapidly builds a off white bubbly head which dissipates very fast into nothing. No lacing!
The smell is malty sweet and hints dark fruit , honey, caramel and fig. There is also a earthy feel to it like a whiskey barrel wooden undertone.
The taste is pretty much confirming the flavors. Upfront we have the dark fruits and fig, being sweetened in the middle by caramel and brown sugar notes, bitter malty notes adding into balance.
At the end the bitterness mellows again and those earthy wooden whiskey barrel undertones will give the finish.
Interesting brew. Might have to revisit this beer at a different time. Winter for example!

Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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).

Photo of TheMistler
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into wide-mouthed wine glass, the color of this brew can be easily summarized - brown. A heavy pour revealed little in the way of head - less than a pinky, off-white, dissipated quickly with a soda-like snap, crackle and pop.

Lots of cherry to the nose. Candied dark druits. Some chocolate. A hint of spice as well as boozniess. Also some levity, for lack of better term, from yeast. Side note: after finishing my beer, the glass reeked of ethanol.

Considering the lack of head, it has a decent bit of carbonation, even some prickliness and bite. Medium bodied, chewy feel.

Oh, yeah, I love the name, too.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the idiot that blithers for a bottle. I have had this on tap & it holds up well in a bottle. Dark amber in color with a boozy smell of malt & sweet. Tastes fairly sweet & malty. Mouthfeel and drinkability are affected by a bit of an alcohol burn. About $30/case makes this a bargain in the Philadelphia area.

Cheers.

Photo of iceball585
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark reddish color, semi-transparent, one finger thick head that faded to a thin lacy ring

S- Scotch malts, sweet, dried fruit, caramel, flowery, hint of alcohol

T- Toasted grains, caramel, dark fruits, slightly burnt malts, clove, bite of alcohol at the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, tart, very complex, warming feeling

D- Worth trying

I'm not normally in to Belgian Dark Strong Ales but I do like this one. After a while you really start to taste the alcohol.

Photo of grayburn
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of dewalt
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of claytri
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of MrMonkey
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a two-finger off-white head that fades rather quickly to a thin cap. No lacing.

Smells fruity and malty with some earthy hops in the background. Strawberry, figs, plums, raisins and sour cherries on a solid malt background with a hint of spice and alcohol.

Taste is bready malts up front that lead into a sweet red wine like fruitiness: plums raisins, and cherries. The sweet fruits lead into an alcohol warming, but the carbonation keeps it from getting too hot. I do think some time will mellow that out though.

Medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, but the carbonation keeps it lively and prevents it from feeling too viscous.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I'd like to see how this improves with some time in the cellar.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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