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

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BA SCORE
84
good

415 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.95%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a chestnut-hued body with a medium-sized, frothed, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: The nose is fruity and sugary, like toasted cherry-flavored caramel, provided there even is such a thing and with some spritzes of wafting alcohol, like standing next to someone overdoing it on their sprayable haircare products.

Taste: This so-called Über Abbey Ale starts with a burst of sweet maltiness with some tastes of sugar-glazed, toasted, chewy bread crusts and dark caramel with just a teeny tiny hint of cocoa. Strong fruity tastes of raisins and discount cherry cordial join the mix. Spicy character reminiscent of cloves jumps out midway. Hint of dried herbs with some slight bitterness. Finishes with some all-too notable alcoholic heat and still a fair amount of lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A bit simplistically sweet, and a bit hot at times, leaving a beverage that doesn't quite mesh well for me. By no means is it an exemplary example of the style, but, well, that's usually my feelings towards any of the Clipper City brews. This one just lacks the grace and charm of those bold brews from Belgian, or the Belgian-styled beers that many American breweries are excelling at nowadays. If it does have one thing going for it, it's the price - you could do a lot worse monitarily when it comes to a bomber these days.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a deep ruby brown, black highlights seeping in at certain angles, with a nice half-finger of bright head, though the lacing is somewhat weak. The nose is a melange of coffee, dark fruits, and booze. The taste highlights those fruits, mostly plum and fig, with the booziness lending a sort of oakey flavoring; lots o' complexity. The body is a heavy medium, and it doesn't coat the mouth too much, allowing this brew to be fairly drinkable, though the moderate alcohol may have something to say about that.

Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark burgundy color with a one-finger head of tan foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of raisin and malt. It also had a boozy/alcohol aroma.

T - It tasted fruity with some raisin flavors. Nice rich, biscuity malt with a touch of boozy alcohol.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied brew with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This wasn't the best Belgian style ale. It just wasn't balanced.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-based goblet, Holy Sheet (funny name... I think this might be a joke that has something to do with their head brewer who's of hispanic descent - :) displays a very dark chestnut brown with a burgundy cast and glowing crimson-orange highlights that are reminiscent of some film version of what hellfire might look like. The creamy yellowed head rises up at first but then slumps gently down into a thin surface covering and moderate collar. The retention is good, given the strength, but it only leaves minor spots and splashes of lace behind.

The aroma is rich and bold with lots of dark raisins, dark sugar, dripping dark-red fruit, and spice. Absolutely wonderful!!! Carrying this from the kitchen to the front room I was absolutely engulfed in it. I could sit and enjoy this in and of itself.

The flavor, however, is not nearly as fruity and sweet as the nose suggests. It's much denser, darker, and richer with notes of fig and other dark fruits (cherries, raisins, prunes) that have been dusted with a light coating of demerara sugar and peppered with spice and herbal hops - much more of what you'd expect of the style. There's some mild astringency like the the skin of dark fruits, and the alcohol is present, but in a good way... you should expect it to be there without it standing out on it's own. In this case it's worked in nicely amidst the dark fruit, yeasty spice, and herbal hops. It's remarkably rounded and well-balanced; and quite drinkable in a relaxed, sipping kind of way.

Would I like it sweeter and more fruity as the nose suggests? Well it seems like a good idea at first, but when it actually comes down to drinking it, probably not. But the contrast is a little bit of a speedbump at first sip. Regardless, I think this is a great beer, and right up there with the others in the Heavy Seas line. Worth trying!

Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had to throw a Belgian in the mix, just had to. Massive frothing head with clinging lace all the way down, bright and clear mahogany hue. Smells of dried dark fruit, candied fruit, chalky yeast, pineapple, caramel, wild flowers and clove. Sizable crispness with a fluffy medium body. Slight medicinal and bandaid flavor runs into tones of dusty clove and chalky yeast. Maltiness throws toasted grain, caramel and a ghost-like burnt malt at the palate. Hops show up but are lots in the creative chaos. Slight vinous higher alcohol twang middle to end, like a weak red table wine. Ends on a sweet note with some clove and phenolic action, soft but present.

Love it when American brewers get Belgian right. Holy Sheet is one of those seasonals that has a bit of shelf life as well being 9.0% abv but it drinks very well when fresh.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a brilliant clear ruby brown tone forms a thin tan head, carbonation sort of fizzy. Lacing forms thin and sparse with specks scattered sporadically around my pint glass. Aromatics offer tart raisin and apple notes with some candi sugar and caramelized brown sugar like malt tones, very fruity not much spice noted. Flavor comes off with a trace of metallic funk, super sweet border line syrupy sweet with candi sugar coming off in a bad way. Deep fruits of plum and raisin with evident alcohol notes drowning out most of the other flavors, spices are lacking seems like the yeast strain is in house. It sits really heavy with a rather cloying sweetness that takes over and doesn't let any other component truly shine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with sticky residual sugars hanging around along with carbonation levels that I consider pretty rough especially for what should be a velvety smooth Abbey style ale. Drinkability not a bad 12 pack sampler brew but nothing to grab a whole six of, one and move on maybe this is your style.

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

On-tap 3/5/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains dark fruit, chocolate, Belgian yeast.

T: The taste is well-balanced, with flavors of Belgian yeast, chocolate and dark fruit. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer and I could drink a few, but it's not one that would select over too many others.

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

Holy Sheet. Nice name.

Pouts a clear and dark brown. Crème head. Nose is candy and slight sugar. Seems one-dimensional. Flavor is super sugar as well. A definite hijacking of the experience. Too much sugar, Slight caramel tone. Not much else going on. Feel is low in carbonation and sticky on the liquid feel. This is one to pass on. Sure there are promising features, but it certainly doesn't come through.

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light fizzy almost 1 finger head fades at a quick pace over super hazy yeast filled murky brown color.

Nose had some dark Belgian malts, candi sugar, light yeast, reddish fruits, light almost tart fruit.

Taste brings darker Belgian malts, dark fruits and lighter fruits, some nutty malts, plenty of raisin and a light biscuit, warming booze and boozy taste, light caramel, spicy. Finishes semi sweet, lingering fruit, some sweet sugars as well.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied with decent carb and warming booze.

Overall ok but nothing special, a bit boozy, sweet malts and sugars, fruits, slightly tangy makes new think this is on the edge of going sour and is infected.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local bar.

Beer is darker than I expected, copper to brown clear, thin head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Beer smells like malt and a little alcohol. Some yeasty breadiness to it.

Beer is thick and sweet up front, mildly dry on the finish, overall it is easy drinking, a little hot on the front but it fills out in the midpalate with some yeast character. Eh, I'd have it again I suppose.

Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a nice caramel malt scent along with a slightly fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It's a bit dry with some warming in the nose. The taste is decent. It has a warm crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some fruity esters, but nothing special. This is a very bland Belgian style brew, much like Saranac's Belgian ale. It's devoid of any real malt character and the yeast esters are not very pronounced. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a dumbed down Belgian brew. It's very forgettable with lots of the real thing available these days.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, freshness month of June '08 notched on the label - poured into a glass chalice:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head with some bubbles. It becomes a wisp of a patch. A fuller head and at least some lacing would be nice.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, a bit of bready spicing and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of sweet caramel/toffee. It has a nice, though not particularly complex, maltiness. There's a touch of herbal spicing. Sweetness dominates with just a touch of a bitterish (slightly metallic?) finish. What's so "uber" about this? I don't know. Maybe the alcohol, which is noticeable in a warming way. (Nothing especially high though, considering the style. Letting this warm up to room temperature did little to add to complexity. The taste is fine, but nothing special, IMO.

It has a medium body with moderate carbonation. The feel, though not great, is probably the best part of this brew.

Not a bad brew to sip on - in fact the maltiness is nice. But, there are American interpretations that have greater depth and complexities, not to mention some of the great Belgian classics - which this hardly holds a candle to. Wish there was more "going on" here. Maybe it's the yeast strain. Overall, as I stated, it's not bad, but just doesn't thrill me.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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

On May 9, 2010, I had a chance to retry this beer. First impression is the head is completely different: A huge, rocky, beige version! Lots of clumpy lace.

The rest of the review is still accurate.
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Modest beige head on initial pour; this quickly dies to a single circle of bubbles along the glass. Dark caramel in color, clear.

Brown sugar aroma; a little cotton candy, too. I guess it would be redundant to say that this smells sweet.

Some interesting sourness shows up on the first sip. This quickly yields to a great deal of caramel sweetness. I notice a touch of hop which is important to give some semblance of balance. In the swallow and aftertaste, the sourness (like bitter orange rind) returns and lasts a long time. The body and carbonation are as expected for this style of beer.

I am surprised that at 9% abv I don't detect the alcohol. I would say that this could be a dangerous beer, especially for those with sweet teeth.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Clear deep mahogany/burgundy liquid with an off white, tannish head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
S: Strong alcohol smell, doesn't even really smell like a beer. Slightly sweet, candied fruit, malt, caramel, brown sugar and alcohol. Strong, but not very pleasant to me.
T: Medium body, adequate carbonation, pleasant mouth feel. For such a strong beer and flavors, finish is generally clean. Taste follows the smell, malty body, with dark and candied fruits, caramel and slight medicinal taste from the alcohol. I'm not crazy about this, and the alcohol is a little too strong and unbalanced, but for an American take on this style, it's pretty good.

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of weeare138
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really not sure why the lack of love for this one. I found it to be well done and very authentic Belgian in nature, especially for a regional brewery on the East Coast...
Appears a semi-transparent mahogany hue of garnett amber with a small, light tan head that slowly fades into a spiraled cap and mild collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy banana nut bread with caramel, melanoiden malt, raisins, brown sugar...reminds me a bit of Chimay Red.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with complex, yeasty dough, rich caramalized malt(Special B?), and a touch of cocoa. The yeast is the real "bread winner" of this beer making it complex and delicious.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, bready, with raisin sweetness sliding along the tongue and into a lip smacking finish.

Well done brew. I hope they decide to keep it in the lineup for a long time b/c I would put it up there with both Chimay Red, as well as New Belgian Abbey.

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

12 ounce bottle, a gift from a non BA friend, Daver. "For fresh taste purchase before" date notched onto the bottom of the front label. At 9% do folks want this one to be "fresh" or would some age calm things down and allow some growth of complexity? Oh well, doubt I will ever find out..Pours murky dark and dull brown, quickly dissapearing minor head and no lace. The nose is of rum, sweet candied fruits and boozy. Notes of dark fruits, caramel, sweet darker malts, a hint of smoke and more boozyness. Cant say I'm in love with. Lacks the density of flavors and intrigue of better crafted examples. Got to give Heavy Seas credit for sticking their necks out on this one.

Photo of tempest
2.33/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is basically missing all the yeasty goodness. No clove, date, banana, anything like that. Smells like a cherry cough syrup and doesn't taste much better. There's a cheap, alcoholic aftertaste with a hint of chalk, the main flavor best described as medicinal. Call it extreme beer gone bad. Avoid.

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