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

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393 Ratings

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | 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 swtchuck


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-02-2013 20:40:52 | More by swtchuck
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 19:38:22 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of kingjohnh

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-12-2014 14:52:14 | More by kingjohnh
Photo of wyattshotmaker


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 02:15:34 | More by wyattshotmaker
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4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber with ruby highlights and a vigorous pour yielded only a slowly diminishing off white head. Big fruity aromas of raisons, ripe orchard fruits, and berries mixes with roasted malts, and some phenols. Nice mouthfeel, starts creamy and develops a nice weight leaving a slight slickness on the palate. The layers of fruit character is terrific; dried fruits, tart berries, tropicals at times. Some hop notes stand out in the finish along with some phenols and a vinous quality.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 13:33:34 | More by cabsandking
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-10-2013 00:32:27 | More by bigaddy
Photo of MrMonkey

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a two-finger off-white head that fades rather quickly to a thin cap. No lacing.

Smells fruity and malty with some earthy hops in the background. Strawberry, figs, plums, raisins and sour cherries on a solid malt background with a hint of spice and alcohol.

Taste is bready malts up front that lead into a sweet red wine like fruitiness: plums raisins, and cherries. The sweet fruits lead into an alcohol warming, but the carbonation keeps it from getting too hot. I do think some time will mellow that out though.

Medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, but the carbonation keeps it lively and prevents it from feeling too viscous.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I'd like to see how this improves with some time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 15:21:05 | More by MrMonkey
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3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. I guess people are calling this color mahogany. Looks darkish amber when backlit. Head is okay but doesn't leave any lace and doesn't get all rocky and such--somewhat of a disapointment.

Smell is underwhelming. Dark malts and fruit and some booze in there, not a lot of complexity. Taste is similar, pretty sweet. Personally i am more of a fan of BPA and BSPA as opposed to their darker kin, but I can usually appreciate a really well done dark beer--this one just doesn't seem to make the grade.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thick. I would really like a lighter body with some more carbonation. While we are at it, i would like it to be less sweet. Maybe get some yeast with better attenuation. Also, what is this on the label about a layer of yeast. Is this bottle conditioned or not? I didn't see any in the beer. Also, they have a tendency to call their bottles "pounders." At twleve ounces, they are a bit short of a pound. Very confusing overall. While it certainly doesn't hold its own against others of the style, it is an alright beer. I was expecting a lot after loving the category 5 Imperial ESB, but i was disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 23:07:09 | More by wheelinshirt
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4.83/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured to pint glass.

Most of the Clipper City beers are a little too thick for me, but I really enjoyed this one.

Its a lot smoother and easier to handle.
Color is deep amber, with thin white head that fades. Slight hoppy smell, but not overpowering or big bite on the taste. Good blend of spices come through and goes down easy.

Try it.
Reviewed 4-17-2008 : A- / 4.15
Talked to the head brewmaster and they changed the recipe and bottle it in 22oz now.. So here are the improvements to the new brew.

A little less sweet, with a bit of a dryer finish. Cleaner, not a lot of belgian yeast moving around. A bit more crisp, but no bite, just a really easy drink...

My review is the current report on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 03:51:57 | More by nrpellegrini
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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

5oz taster, poured @ northern virginia brewfest.

pours a deep brown, almost hints of purple. lots of dark fruit - raisins, figs, some cloves... nice full body on this one. not sure how the bottle holds up, but the keg was excellent. glad i tried it early in the day!

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 00:49:28 | More by robbrandes
Photo of KevinTK

4/5  rDev +9%

05-30-2012 14:11:08 | More by KevinTK
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-09-2013 23:16:49 | More by Brendog9
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

06-02-2013 22:18:34 | More by dllman25
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

11-10-2013 19:29:14 | More by Lee_Hancock
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

06-07-2013 01:58:39 | More by jgammoniv
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3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this at a tasting @ HiPS. Picked up a growler a couple days later.

Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a deep amber/brown with ruby highlights. Half finger of head with minimal lacing leaving a small ring around the top of the beer.

S: Dark fruits - raisins & figs - and brown sugar or cinnamon. Also a little green apple.

T: Light dark fruit flavors and sweet malts, with a little bit of molasses. Mildly hot in the finish.

M: A bit short on carbonation for what I was expecting in an Uber Abbey Ale. Feel is somewhat thin as well.

O: Nothing outstanding, but worth a try.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2011 01:26:30 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of Aenema


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

Appearance - Pours maple brown with a one finger off-white head which quickly fades. Hazy body flecked with yeast and minimal lacing.
Smell - Caramel malt, some citrus and candied sugar.
Taste - Sweet, dark fruit, caramel malts.
Mouthfeel - Finely carbonated with a medium body.
Drinkability - A little too sweet for extended drinking, but still reasonably drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 02:26:41 | More by Aenema
Photo of Doppelbockulus


3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-30-2013 23:36:58 | More by Doppelbockulus
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New York

4/5  rDev +9%

01-29-2012 14:28:53 | More by casualfan
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour was dark chocolate with a one finger head. Great lacing on the glass that held throughout the drink.

Heavy malt smell at the front of the nose. Hints of florals and hop spice in the rear.

The drink starts with a heavy kick of malt sweet in the front. Around mid tongue there is a quick kick of hops with that standard Belgian finish.

Easy drinking beer, and incredible from a cask. I look forward to trying it on regular tap or in a bottle.

Serving type: cask

05-02-2011 17:53:13 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of thequeen711


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

This is a beautiful colour pour, mahogany brown with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Three finger head slipping into light lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, candy sugars.
Taste initially of the dark fruits, then the alcohol kicks in the aftertaste. Medium heavy mouthfeel, an interesting Uber Abbey Ale, this is. I'm not digging the fruitiness of the ale, but certainly worth the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 02:33:00 | More by thequeen711
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New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a large tulip glass

A: tan head on top of a beautiful dark red body. very very good looking beer. the head retained pretty well and left good lacing.

S: cherry scent with a dark malty aroma.

T: a cherry fruity taste with a bit of a bitter bite. very smooth but i would definitely like more flavor. for a beer this pretty I'd expect a great flavor. but it is definitely lacking. other then the initial cherry flavor it all just simply goes away. I was just expecting more. the 9% abv is hidden very well and is unnoticeable.

M: good full body with the right amount of carbonation. just right.

O: this beer has a lot going for it, good body, great appearance and a good scent. but unfortunately the most important part, the taste, is a let down. i expect more from a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 16:01:50 | More by 11millsown113
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North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 12:06:45 | More by NCBeernut
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-18-2014 19:24:41 | More by sammy806
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-14-2012 21:59:48 | More by Stoutsman
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