Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
A:Poured into a thin lipped snifter,this beer had a deep brown with a slight red color. For the sake of reviewing,a very deep amber.
S:Smells like a semi-buttery chocolate covered cherry.Quite nice,with a slight grainy malt scent.
Taste:Tastes like a dark chocolate covered cherry.It's a pretty fun beer to sip honestly. Alot of dark chocolately malt flavor coupled with dark fruits and a slight yeast spiciness with dark candi sugar. After tastes is dark chocolate, then upon swallowing again I pick up a roasted malt with a slight chocolate hint.Has a very slight hop bitterness in the after taste,almost negligiable.
M:Decent amount of carbonation,not very carbonated but enough to let me know it is beer. Sometimes I think I'm a bad judge of mouthfeel, probably from drinking so much damn pop as a kid.
D:Belgian Dark Strong Ales and drinkibility don't go hand in hand, but I have no trouble polishing off a bottle or two with a dessert or with some food. Even as an appertif it would be exceptional. I had it with a slice of berry crumb pie,and it was excellent.
Overall, I think this is one of the better American Belgian-style beers,especially considering the price.
05-16-2009 02:15:34 | More by wyattshotmaker
3.15/5 rDev -14.2%
Particulate suspended in the deep reddish copper body, topped by a decent off-white head, but the alcohol keeps it from lasting too long. Sweet cherry smell is dominant. Abundant esters add some complexity. Alcohol is detectable. Taste is estery with a distinct cherry taste as well. Definitely tart, almost mouth-puckering at times with some sourness. Sweetness tries to balance the tartness, but fails. The almost mouth-puckering tartness can be a little much for my taste and a little thin, but good level of carbonation. Not bad, but I probably won't buy this again
05-15-2009 12:06:45 | More by NCBeernut
3.78/5 rDev +3%
GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared at approx 45 degrees
Pours a deep ruby red color. Bubbles come up, but no head will form. For a Belgian style brew, this is a letdown.
The nose is letdown number two. It's extremely understated. All it really has going for it is that it smells sweet. Huge sweet malts with a hint of yeastiness, a touch of caramel and some dark fruit notes.
The taste is a little bit better. Sweet malts and a big presence of dark fruits. Dark candi sugars. A light touch of sweet molasses. Some notes of honey and lightly sweetened bananas. An almost bready yeastiness.
Very light/thin body. No creaminess, at all. Very smooth, though. Low level of carbonation hurts this one. Kick-up that carbonation and introduce some creaminess and this would be worlds different.
Okay, I feel weird saying it, but this is damn drinkable. Despite my complaints, I see that it would be easy to down multiple bottles in a session. The 9.0%ABV is very well hidden, to boot.
Overall, this is a very good brew, just not so much when comparing it to the style that it represents.
05-15-2009 03:44:35 | More by coldmeat23
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
05-11-2009 02:21:51 | More by DeepSix
2.78/5 rDev -24.3%
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.
05-10-2009 03:28:18 | More by SFLpunk
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
Dark brown/deep claret in color. I had absolutely no head on this pour. Nothing remarkable here.
Smells very nice. Sweet malts come through first, followed by what I believe to be some brown sugar. The dark fruits are also readily apparent. Not a hint of alcohol here.
It's very complex on the palate. The spicy sweetness blends well together with the fruits and the alcohol. It is indeed sweet, but the finish is a little strong and there's a little burn. The hang however, is minimal.
It's medium bodied and it does a great deal on the palate. It's complex yet not too heavy.
Considering the ABV, this is pretty smooth sailing, pardon the pun. Nice taste, not too much of a boozy flavor and not too filling.
05-09-2009 21:49:39 | More by Infamous7100
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
05-07-2009 00:49:58 | More by Wasatch
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured a dark ruby with very little head. It looks highly carbonated and slightly slick.
Smells crazy fruity. I get loads of cherry especially, although there is also lots of date & hints of fig. Some unplaced sweetness also, can't figure it out.
Taste follows smell. This is one of the fruitiest BSDA's I've had in a while. Strong cherry throughout, slight breadiness hanging around. There's a bit of a funny hop aftertaste here, can't place what's not right about it though? Alcohol flares up a bit every now and then, but otherwise hides ABV nicely.
Feels very slick on the tongue, goes down easy though.
05-02-2009 13:50:44 | More by youngblood
4.78/5 rDev +30.2%
It's a dark brown beer with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. It smells sweet and fruity, but the taste is more complex. The malt is more than sweet and its mouthfeel is almost thick. It does not taste like the 9% on the label, even when I let it warm up.
I like this one so much, I'd session two or three (over the course of an evening), even though it is 9%!
04-30-2009 01:31:00 | More by SugarBunny
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours a very slightly hazy reddish brown. You've really gotta give it some muscle to put a head on it, as the tan foam settles into a ring pretty quickly.
The smell is spicy and tart. Sort of like a well-spiced cherry pie, but light on the crust. Pretty nice, but not quite an authentic Belgian smell.
The flavor matches the smell pretty well. Cherry-like tartness greets you and then you get the taste of baking spices. It's a nice stab at something like Maudite, but it just doesn't carry the complexity. It's good, but nothing mind-blowing. Alcohol shows its face from time to time, unlike the truly world class BSDAs. There's a decent amount of bitterness on the finish too.
Mouthfeel is fairly spot-on for the style. Upper end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Dry finish.
Drinkability is above average. Holy Sheet is a way better attempt at a BSDA than Hang Ten is at a weizenbock (seriously disgusting shit). I doubt I'll buy it again, given that I can get a 4-pack of Trois Pistoles or Maudite for about $1.50 less, but it's a nice try on the part of Clipper City Brewing.
04-28-2009 06:15:39 | More by BigJim5021
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
04-27-2009 02:18:48 | More by Gambrinus1184
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-25-2009 22:35:48 | More by taez555
3.45/5 rDev -6%
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.
04-16-2009 11:34:59 | More by thekevlarkid
2.4/5 rDev -34.6%
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.
04-15-2009 03:13:44 | More by david131
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
04-11-2009 19:42:20 | More by Baron
4.25/5 rDev +15.8%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep reddish brown with a minimal head and a light lace left on the glass.
Dark fruits and candy sugar dominate the aroma with the caramel malt in the background.
I was not overly impressed with the aroma but the taste is quite nice. Not overly boozy with a nice blend of dark fruits, sugar, caramel and raisins. Their is also a nice yeast flavor at the end.
I have to say that is probably one of the best American BSDA's that I have tasted.
04-05-2009 04:42:33 | More by Hokies
2.75/5 rDev -25.1%
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.
04-05-2009 03:36:55 | More by connecticutpoet
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
04-04-2009 06:21:19 | More by Shaw
4.28/5 rDev +16.6%
I went to the local store (Julio's Westborough MA) looking for New Belgium Abbey Ale (didn't have it) and I picked this up. I was not disappointed. It had a roasted brown colour and a light head that disappeared quickly. Strong alcohol smell; malty with date and figs; a little sweet. Weakly carbonated and a little syrupy but overall very good and easily drinkable. In direct comparison to others of this ilk (Dogfish head Raison, Deliriums) I think this is a clear winner.
04-03-2009 01:39:51 | More by jgordon3
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
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
04-02-2009 20:57:45 | More by RollingRocker
3/5 rDev -18.3%
Very little head, if any, same for the lacing. Red, brown mahogany in color, dark yet equally clear and clean, shade more orange at the rims. The nose comes up with milk chocolate, date and raisin fruit, the alcohol is noticeable, malts not able to smooth out the general volatility, light aspect of candied orange peels, has adequate density but lacks expressivity. Full-bodied, the carbonation does not add much texture nor get the flavors percolating. Hence, it's a bit sticky and more or less sits there as it produces rum raisin cake, date, fig and green apple fruit in addition to mild clove, cinnamon spice. The orange, lemon citrus mutters, touch more clarity to the biscuit and scone elements. Lack of concentration leads to an emptying out feel through the finish. If there's any flaws, would be the noticeability of the alcohol. Otherwise, just a beer that's consumable but misses the general mark.
03-30-2009 00:34:53 | More by farrago
3.45/5 rDev -6%
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
03-28-2009 23:03:48 | More by Coorskid33
3.4/5 rDev -7.4%
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.
03-27-2009 00:08:39 | More by dogfishandi
2.23/5 rDev -39.2%
Sampled on 3-25-09
Pours cloudy red/brown color, with a filmy white head that leaves behind pretty good lacing. A few bubbles constantly rise to the top.
Smell is very fruity, but with a subtle hop balance. No real Belgian in the aroma.
Taste is very light, with boozy kick. Not bad, just nothing there, except alcohol, which soon becomes obtrusive.
Mouthfeel is very thin, nothing like the style.
Drinkability is terrible, it's like washing down a shot of vodka with a Killian's.
03-25-2009 22:08:48 | More by BMoney575
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
Appearance: Auburn with a large, white head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Sweet malts and a surprising lack of sweet fruitiness characteristic of the style. Some astringent chemical/alcohol notes.
Taste: Again, sweet and malty but lacking any sort of yeasty funk or fruitiness. Not offensive, but nowhere near as complex as I've come to expect.
Mouthfeel: Syrupy and thick. Not exactly representative of the style, but definitely pleasant.
Drinkability: I could have one or two of these no problem, but I'd want a little more going on here if was to drink more than that.
This was a decent attempt overall. Like I said, not offensive in any way but not the best I've had by a longshot.
03-25-2009 04:07:10 | More by iamntbatman
Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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