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

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BA SCORE
83
good

388 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 388
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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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taez555

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 22:35:48 | More by taez555
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 11:34:59 | More by thekevlarkid
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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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Baron

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

-Baron

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 19:42:20 | More by Baron
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Hokies

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 04:42:33 | More by Hokies
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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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Shaw

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 06:21:19 | More by Shaw
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jgordon3

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 01:39:51 | More by jgordon3
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RollingRocker

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 20:57:45 | More by RollingRocker
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farrago

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 00:34:53 | More by farrago
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Coorskid33

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 23:03:48 | More by Coorskid33
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dogfishandi

New York

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 00:08:39 | More by dogfishandi
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BMoney575

Texas

2.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Overall, avoid.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 22:08:48 | More by BMoney575
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iamntbatman

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 04:07:10 | More by iamntbatman
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Raisin nose. Flavor is sweet, raisiny, not cloying good balance, higher ABV is hidden. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 23:02:19 | More by jdhilt
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brianlg

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a beautiful fucking beer. I have had 4 of these tonight and am pretty tipsy. And $9 for a 6 pack of these is an amazing price. This might be the greatest tasting beer I've had thus far. I get an aftertaste of peanuts. Very good tasting brew. Try this beer at room temp at first. My first bottle was at room temp because I didn't feel like waiting on it to chill, and it was better than the colder beers I had later. Try this beer as room temp, it is so delicious. This is definitely my favorite beer I've had to this day. Fucking amazing. I'm sad I bought the last 6 pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 07:28:39 | More by brianlg
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best buy notched into label of 1/10, purchased a 6'er on a whim for $8.99. 9% ABV per the label. Pours out to a rather clear dark mahogany, forming a medium sized light tan head with poor retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is mild. The aroma open with caramel, butterscotch, and a suggestion of butter like a ringwood tainted version of a trappist yeast. Not very phenolic and not what I was expecting. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium dense body. Pronounced biscuity flavor akin to Fat Tire reminds me loosely of New Belgiums Abbey, although it's not phenolic enough and has a very pronounced rubbery aftertaste which hurts it's drinkability. Nutty and toasty. Very little yeast in the bottle.

This is a decent beer considering my lack of alternatives in the area, but I probably wouldn't buy it again unless I was really jonesin' for a dubbel and had no other alternatives.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 19:42:48 | More by Mitchster
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techcommdood

New York

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Poured a clear, clean dark crimson with very little head.

Smell
Faint malty sweetness and nuts.

Taste
Very sweet and nutty, with an almost hazelnut character to it. Some good lemony citrus coming through as well.

Mouthfeel
Thick, clean, and wet. Sounds dirty, but there you have it.

Drinkability
Very drinkable. In fact, I drank it faster than I should have. Between the sweetness and lemon notes, and the very wet mouthfeel, this one can go down quick!

Overall
Extremely pleased with this one. Had it on tap a few weeks prior and it was outstanding. Better on tap, but very good in bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 16:14:11 | More by techcommdood
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Tone

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, tart malt, and slight fruit aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, sweet malt, and slight fruit/raisin. Alcohol content is noticeable throughout, but not in an overpowering fashion. Good blend with the tart malt not resulting in too much dryness. Overall, a pretty decent beer that's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 03:23:57 | More by Tone
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dude

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with suspended yeasties. Little head to speak of but carbonation level is fine. Smells of rum soaked dark fruits, very fruity, spicy and sweet smelling. Taste is sweet as well with a caramelly-like flavor as well as the aformentioned rum raisins. Mouthfeel is sticky. Drinkability is good although the flavors did not improve with warming. Alcohol became much more prevalent in taste as this warmed up. Plus I was drunk.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 18:38:12 | More by dude
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored ale with a very rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity and malty.Taste is rum,dark fruit and alcohol.This beer kind of reminds me of a kool-aid mixed with rum.Tasty and drinkable although alcohol is very noticeable.I do recommend and would purchase agsin!!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 07:26:03 | More by matty
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a dark clear mahogany with one finger of off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma of malts, yeast, sour milk, and dark ripe fruit.

Tastes of dark ripe fruit, caramel malts, Belgian candied sugar, raisins, and yeast. The finish is a combination of booze and raisins.

Medium bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

Pretty much an average Belgian dark and bit overdone on the sweet side. Definitely worth a try, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 02:18:18 | More by Monkeyknife
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neenerzig

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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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trafordboy

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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: on-tap

03-02-2009 20:04:02 | More by trafordboy
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