Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
This beer poured a very dark red amber color and formed a light tan foamy head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, dark fruit and spices. The flavor was of malt, cherries and chocolate and combination gives it a candy aspect. The body is medium light and the finish slightly astringent yet sweet. Almost a little too sweet to enjoy.
03-01-2009 02:16:47 | More by Wildman
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
02-28-2009 21:26:57 | More by TheMistler
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
02-28-2009 05:22:23 | More by Brad007
4.15/5 rDev +13.1%
A - pours a dark cola brown with crimson highlights, a full finger of tan head fed by plenty of carbonation, though no sediment that the bottle mentions
S - a sweet fruity aroma latent with spices like coriander and nutmeg, typical for the style of course and well done, maybe a bit too sweet
T - wow, much better than i expected, rich dark fruits with some woodiness and subtle spiciness, well blended, and a backbone sweetness like molasses or borwn sugar
M&D - the base sweetness lends the beer a silky smoothness, some carbonation makes it through the taste and gives the beer a liveliness on the tongue, a refreshing well done beer, the Heavy Series continues its quality
02-26-2009 01:44:42 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.23/5 rDev -12%
Pours a clear copper in color with absolutely no head. Whole lot of malt in the nose. Lots of malt in the taste with a very strong fruit presence as well. Plenty of dark, ripe and juicy plums. Some dark grapes and just a hint of currant. Not the best of the lot, but easily drinkable.
02-21-2009 21:40:18 | More by FtownThrowDown
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
pours a deep ruby color with a decent sized head that laces nicely. has a complex aroma, lots of malt and fruit dominate while distinct fruits like banana come through its pretty good.
taste is good, the alcohol content is strong but not too overpowering.
mouthfeel is good,not watery at all
can't wait to drink the rest of these
02-21-2009 05:51:48 | More by 1fastz28
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
This beer pours a deep mahogony color with very little head to it, not much lacing to speak of just little wisps here and there. Nose is very fruity and sweet malts, some sugar and yeast also. Taste is of caramel malts, some brown sugar, fruity - perhaps cherries, alcohol is detectable. There is a bit of an alcohol burn, slightly syrupy at first, and finishes a little dry. Medium Body. Overall, not a bad beer, I may not pick this one up again but I wouldn't turn it away.
02-20-2009 17:04:20 | More by Jayli
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours to a minimal head that dissipates fast and leaves no lacing. Absolutely beautiful red color to the beverage! The first thing to hit is the alcohol taste then a dose of malty sweetness combined with a caramel taste from the Belgium Candi sugars. No detectable hops. This really teeters the line between just right and almost too sweet to drink. Very nice if enjoyed slowly.
02-17-2009 15:51:07 | More by imaguitargod
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours mahogany brown with hints of burgundy red. Head is modest, especially considering that is in the BSDA category.
Aroma is rich with brown sugar sweetness and strong dark fruit notes - raisins, dates, and cherry. Underlying yeasty spices add complexity.
Taste is initially malty, sticky sweet candied sugar caramel and toffee. Plenty of brown sugar, hints of molasses. Dark fruit as mentioned in the nose with the addition of plum. Cherry and dates really stand out. Then finishes with a mild herbal character along with yeasty spices - notably cinnamon and clove. Warming alcohol is present throughout.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Sticky and chewy.
Overall a sweet malt bomb with some interesting complexity of dark fruit and spices. Tasty in it's own way, but doesn't quite fit the BSDA style. Certainly drinkable.
02-15-2009 16:01:24 | More by Blakaeris
4.22/5 rDev +15%
Poured a beautiful reddish/bronze, with perfect clarity with a moderate amount of amber foam. Given the label of Uber Abby ale I had expected to see some haze, but this beer had none. It took a vigorous pour to get a reasonable head on this beer, but it's worth it when you breathe in the wonderful aroma.
The aroma is quite fruity, with a notes of grape and pear.
The flavor is remarkable. I believe StrangeBrewer76 stated it best when he said that Holy Sheet was a "bridge beer, a transitional beer, from the craft to the Belgian". This Uber Abby has Uber flavor. Grape, pear, apple and raisin seem to come to mind as you sip this ale. That and plenty of alcohol.
The mouthfeel and drinkability got weaker marks from me. Primarily becasue I felt that the beer drank "flat" after the first couple of sips. The complexity of flavor is lost somewhat becasue of the lack of carbonation and that "ruined" the near perfect experience for me.
Still overall, I think that this Heavy Seas Abby Ale is worthy of its name. It is an inspired American craft beer version of a Belgin Abby ale! For me, the best of both worlds.
Well done Clipper City!
02-14-2009 23:08:38 | More by ABOWMan
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
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
02-03-2009 15:43:17 | More by hopdog
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev +15%
A: A reddish-brown color with a bit of translucent haze. A fairly large, thick and frothy light tan head with very nice retention and very good lace.
S: Quite sweet and fruity. Some sugar, along with pineapple, plum, and grape. Some spicy, phenolic notes of clove go well with the floral hops. A bit of a vinous/alcohol aroma as well, but it's well hidden all things considered.
T: A big, fruity and spicy kiss up front. Plums, pineapple, and grapes again, with clove and slightly medicinal flavors. Floral hops are also present, although they are generally fleeting. A generous dose of brown sugar and some surprising graininess into the finish, along with a taste of alcohol.
M: Medium bodied, with subdued, tingly carbonation. A riding, alcoholic twang makes the finish a bit dry and sugary.
D: This is an interesting take on a Belgian style. I like most of Clipper City's stuff, and this is no different. At once undeniably Belgian in style and American in execution. Well done.
02-02-2009 01:56:48 | More by Clydesdale
4.38/5 rDev +19.3%
There are already a great number of in-depth reports by BAs more qualified than myself so I will take a different tact.
This is a bridge beer, a transitional beer, from the craft to the Belgian. It is absolutely the perfect medium between an excellent Brown ale and an excellent Belgian ale (single).
For those of you/ us that are looking for a less expensive peek behind the curtain of what the great Belgians are all about this is it. Reasonably priced, tasting malty, sweet and dark fruity.
All good. Get some!
01-30-2009 03:07:39 | More by StrangeBrewer76
2.25/5 rDev -38.7%
Poured into a pint glass
A- Poured a dark amber color with minimal head and lacing
S- Smelled very sweet with fruit and maybe figs, this was a bad sign for me
T- Very sweet to me, I just wasn't into it, it had sweetness with a nasty aftertaste
M- Mouthfeel was okay but the beer simply confused my palate
D- I could barely stomach one of these let alone a couple
10-29-2008 16:51:45 | More by CAP1868
3.78/5 rDev +3%
Pours a dark orange-amber with minimal head & lacing.
Smells fruity with berry & fig; the malts & yeast come through a bit as well.
Tastes of cherries, berries & apricot or fig...can't decide. Lightly spicy & peppery. Very earthy & a bit smoky as well. Malts are rich, and both the yeast & hops are apparent without standing out.
Alcohol content and slight hop & yeast twang are felt in the mouth, but not as much carbonation as I'd expect from a Belgian-style ale.
Overall a decent stab at a Belgian Dark, though it doesn't do much to stand apart from the others. A nice drinker nonetheless...I will try more offerings from this brewery.
08-02-2008 07:56:22 | More by Natural510
3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
Thanks to MrRetardedMonkey for the bottle.
Poured into a steamless wineglass.
Pours out a Dark Amber color with little head.
First taste bings out the carbination which is high. Other than the high carbination, this is pretty much a basic Belgian Stong Dark.
Drinkability is good. If it was Sold in Texas, I'd buy it.
I'd like to say more, but I just committed the worst of all fouls and spilt my glass. Now I'm too mad to go on.
Pray for me.
07-30-2008 00:53:43 | More by whoneeds8
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
Pours a dark auburn with creamy head. Very nice, rich color. It has a nice amount of aroma though it took me a while to really pick out what I was noticing. Deffinite notes of cherry and wheat, a malty smell but not malty like say a double bock or such. The taste has some sweetness and some spice, it's like a mix of a tripel and a barleywine almost. The flavors are mild, though. Hints of cherry, raisin, fig, but all light with very little aftertaste which has hints of things I can't put my finger on. It has a moderate body and good amount of carbonation that slides on your tongue. It feels good in your mouth and the light aftertaste makes it more drinkable.
07-26-2008 19:38:22 | More by BirdFlu
3.83/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
07-20-2008 05:15:40 | More by argock
4.2/5 rDev +14.4%
A - Pours a clear dark ruby red with an inch of mixed foam that drops fairly quickly.
S - Massively fruity - cherries and raisins come to mind - as well as some lychee and apple.
T - Sweet and malty, with a notable alcohol. Fruity, but not in a bad way. Toffee, molasses, lots of apple cider, tropical fruit and some light berries. Don't notice any distinct hop flavours and the finish is mildly bitter and dries out some. Some Belgian spiciness is also present.
M - Odd tongue-numbing sensation. Moderate body and low carbonation.
D - Interesting brew with interesting flavours. Not at all heavy despite being high alcohol.
07-03-2008 03:25:21 | More by allergictomacros
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-28-2008 23:27:50 | More by dewalt
3.48/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
06-11-2008 00:57:02 | More by aubuc1
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
purchase by jul 08 (no yeast on bottom ?)pours a clear deep copper-brown color w/ a non-existent head which leaves little lacing in my snifter ; a cherry/raison smell w/ notes of nuts, wood and alcohol ; an overly sweet, rich, malty flavor starting out w/ tart cherry and dried figs w/ some oaky rum-like notes turning a bit rough w/ a strong hot alcohol flavor, some caramel and nuts come thru as it warms, some "flowery" undertone in the finish ; a robust, full mouthfeel with little co2, feels a bit "slick" on the tongue ; a drinkable beer, but not an exceptional one, could be aged for a while..
06-07-2008 02:04:33 | More by animal69
3.35/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
06-04-2008 00:49:20 | More by cvstrickland
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
06-01-2008 03:14:44 | More by albern
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
Holy Sheet pours a dark amber with a foamy but fading off-white head. The aroma is at first fresh, overripe raspberries, with hints of caramel. The flavor is rich and malty, with some of the fruity berry flavor and a dark, toasted caramel finish. There is a bit of an alcohol bite at the end, not quite covered up by the huge flavor of this beer.
05-25-2008 00:45:28 | More by ericj551
Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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