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

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BA SCORE
83
good

393 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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cnally

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always thought Clipper City is a massively underrated producer of the finest quality. Shocking that I have never had this beer, of my favorite style, from them.

The appearance is a deep mahogany, mostly opaque but along the edges a little light seeps through the deep amber. An off-tan head remains, and clings just a little to the glass.

A boozy trip in the aroma, firy. Highly bready and filled with a frontal malt nose.

Woody, boozy, bready flavor. Nice balance between that and the deep malts. The belgian malts really deliver a dark fruity flavor. Plum, cherry, a little sherry flavor...nice and complex.

Full mouthfeel. Creamy and full bodied. A little hot.

A pleasing brew and really reliant on Special B malt, I would guess. That mild pungency that arises from the beligian yeast and the fruity malt really makes up for the forward booziness.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 02:43:31 | More by cnally
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claytri

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 14:45:47 | More by claytri
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark copper brown with amber highlights. Good clarity. Visible effervescence. Lacking a good head.

S: Malty sweet. Caramel. Spicy pepper. A little cakey. Fruity esters - cherries and some apple. Alcohol is perfumy. Overall a nice aroma.

T: Alcohol dominates this beer - solventy and kind of hot. Flat taste. Dry and slightly bitter at the end. Spicy but no real fruit flavors to add complexity of depth.

MF: Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth. Not full or creamy.

D,notes: My feeling is that this beer does not manage its alcohol content well. It's pretty hot. I did not find the other flavors particularly robust or good tasting.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 16:35:02 | More by Nipitato
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beerman207

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark Red color, 1 finger head.

S- Smells sweet and like alcohol which is a little alarming in the nose for that to be dominant.

T- Clove, dark fruit, perhaps some caramel.

M- Medium all around in carbonation. It has a nice warming feeling in the finish

D- Nothing outstanding but at $1.95 for a single it was worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 02:47:00 | More by beerman207
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charlesw

New York

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown but very clear - no head. Smells like sugar/alcohol. Tastes like, well, brown sugar, I guess. And alcohol. I should give it higher marks, here, 'cause the wife likes it so much, but, well, I just can't. Sorry. It's really too bad, too, given how much I enjoy others of the heavy seas series. Hmm. Maybe I'll have to check my scores and rereview them or something. This one just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 00:43:54 | More by charlesw
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sneth019

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-10-2012 02:06:58 | More by sneth019
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Stunning amber body with a thin white ring and nice carbonation.

Belgian candi sugar and cherry.

Yeasty,cherry cough syurp,no hop flavor at all.

Mouthful is cloying and sweet,pretty easy on the carbonation.

Not much to say about this beer.Its no belgian in my book and I like this brewery alot but this is my least favorite beer from them.This beer falls flat.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 23:51:16 | More by MmmIPA
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iceball585

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 00:46:09 | More by iceball585
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Deep ruby brown in color with a smooth off white head, dissipating to just a creamy layer hovering on the surface. Lacing was fair.

S: Sweet fig, dates, brown sugar, caramel malts. No discernible hops that I could detect.

T: Flavors are much like they smell. Malty goodness with flavors of dark fruit and candied sugar. Although there is some sweetness going on here on the palate, the brew is not totally sweet, and in fact, there is a hint of dryness toward the finish. The finish is largely malty fruit, but is clean, with a little bit of warmth in the linger.

M&D: Full and satisfying mouthfeel but not heavy. Carbonation is light and creamy making for one wicked smooth experience. Although there is some warmth in the finish, this still goes down way too easy and could sneak up on you in no time. Beautiful brew and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 01:25:17 | More by SIRIUS2
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sacfly

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, notched JUL 08
Pours a very clear caramel color with a thin head of tan bubbles. Aroma of brown sugar with a bit of plumb. Taste is mixed overripe fruit, plumb and apricot, with a somewhat harsh character. I'm not sure how to describe it, but the harshness is similar to other beers (and homebrews) that use a bit too much refined sugar and ferment a bit too hot. Hot alcohol lingers long into the aftertaste. Hot and unpleasant the longer I sip it. Very drying.
Sorry Hugh.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 20:54:26 | More by sacfly
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grayburn

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 04:25:15 | More by grayburn
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Zanico

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

08-23-2013 23:19:03 | More by Zanico
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a maple syrup brown color with some rimming of beigeish head.
Smells got some malt syrup character maybe some brown sugar.
Taste definitely has the very sweet malts, and some sugary, thicker bodied quality.
Finish is just a tad dirty, but pretty clean with a solid sugar/syrup after-taste.
Drinks very smoothly. The malts really make the body drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 20:03:01 | More by ThaBobfather
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hdofu

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow fruity is one thing that came to mind with my first sip. Also the aroma was that of holiday spiced punch. The taste is that of dark cherries and black grapes with a bitter aftertaste after the bubbles die down. The appearance is a honey colored reddish/brown with a small white head that this appears leaving a lace trail very quickly. The warmth from the alcohol warms the tongue like hot coals warm a pot while sudz make the tongue tingle. This beer is noticeably heavy in its punch (almost made me shout "Holy Sheet!" and I don't think I could knock back more then one in a night.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 22:00:24 | More by hdofu
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ramblinwreck101

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-04-2013 00:47:52 | More by ramblinwreck101
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 00:53:43 | More by whoneeds8
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BitteBier

Indiana

2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Attractive enough on the pour, with a clear, dark cherrywood color and a small amount of quickly-fleeting head. The smell is in-your-face strong and sweet but nonetheless nuanced a bit by dark fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol. In the taste, though, the strong vs. nuanced battle is tipped decidedly toward the strong. Very sweet and alcoholic in the way that cough syrup is. I think there was some spice trying to work its way in, but I couldn't drink more than a couple swallows of this. I like hefty Belgian ales, but this one doesn't work for me. Mouthfeel is full and chewy, but I don't want this taste to linger. Rare is the time I pour any beer down the drain, but I quickly fled this one in favor of a better example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 19:00:15 | More by BitteBier
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wvbrewcrew

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-10-2014 21:01:51 | More by wvbrewcrew
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olympuszymurgus

California

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from a suggestion from the BeerMan777..cheers.
popped this cherry into several oddly shaped glasses shared amongst friends departing for the spring, summer, and maybe longer. there is longing in this glass, a deep red and foamy longing, the carbonated blood of brothers. oh and it smells like our blood too. candied raisin booze (why my blood is such a hit at the bank) and sultry notes of caramel. shoulda maybe sat on this one for a few months but i just got the shit! i gotta open a bottle of something. if i ever get another one, i'll treat her righter. til then, she's a hot lass full of potential...ready for babies. hot candy babies.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 06:55:36 | More by olympuszymurgus
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 19:03:02 | More by beerprovedwright
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tayner

Arizona

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle says purchase before august 2007

Pours a clear dark caramel brown with a small head that quickly dissipates into a nice ring, but no lacing as i drink.

Smell is sweet and boozy.. the only thing that overpowers the boozy smell is the malt.

I wanted to taste some belgian breadiness in the flavor, but all i get is the malt front and finish of astringent alcohol. I can taste all 9% of the alcohol, and if i didnt know it i would say it was more in the 10-12% range.. not well hidden at all. No hops to speak of, just alot of caramel malt. If it didnt say on the bottle that it was belgian i would not have guessed.

Heavy mouthfeel and drying astringent alcohol after swallowing.

Too heavy on the alcohol to be a good session beer. One of these was enough for me. Glad i tried it, but there are way too many good Belgian Strong Ales to revisit this one, even if it were local to me. Cool name though!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 20:17:00 | More by tayner
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AWB3

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

07-09-2013 21:50:43 | More by AWB3
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sonicdescent

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have to deduct right off the head..when you are dealing with a belgian style, I want the head to be overpowering. This one disspated into a crown before I could sit down, with no hint of lacing. Liquid is fine though, looks a reasonably thick red.

Scent is sweet, bready, light clove. Good!

Taste is similar to smell but a bit strong for my tastes. Can't fault it as it pertains to style though. Clove, bread, a little heat.

Mouth is a bit thick and flat for this style.

I'm going to have a difficult time finishing this.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 02:22:14 | More by sonicdescent
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JDeming

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

06-30-2014 02:20:07 | More by JDeming
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Liverpool08

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light Plum color with a big puffy head that settles down into a nice 1 inch top. Good lacing thruout. Not much of an aroma, a little dark fruit smell. Taste echoes the dark fruit. A little spice and raisins, a little of the belgian funk. Still not a great flavor. Its an ok try at the style but lacks that deep candied fruit flavor you get in other Belgian darks. Its easy to drink and the booze is hidden well. So overall an ok brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 23:21:09 | More by Liverpool08
Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.