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

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BA SCORE
83
good

401 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | 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 TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Pours dark brown, almost ruby colored when held up to the light. Poured with a thick two finger off-white head. The head settled out within a few minutes to cling to the sides of the glass and didn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some Belgian yeast spiciness with some candy sugar and dark fruit notes. The taste is more malty and caramely then I expected. I expected the Belgian yeast to be a little more present, which isn't a bad thing in my opinion. it has a sweet flavor to it with some dark fruits going on, as well as a decent amount of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick with moderate carbonation. I opened this one not expecting to like it as much as I did, but I ended up really enjoying it. It was a nice mix of Belgian flavors with an American twist. I liked how the Belgian yeast was a little more subtle in this one which gave the other flavors a chance to come through.

billab914, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of jgasparine
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: There was a recipe change for all Holy Sheet brewed 2010 onward. This review was conducted with the "new" Holy Sheet.

A- Poured from the tap with a thin ivory colored head, which quickly receded to a haze layer, leaving some decent lacing behind. The body was a slightly opaque mahogany color, with no carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Beautifully pungent aromas of leather, ripe dark fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast aromatics. Doesn't smell quite like a Belgian abbey ale, but certainly as a Belgian-style abbey ale with an American Twist. I suppose Heavy Seas' description of it as an "Uber Abbey Ale" is quite fitting. That said, this bold bouquet of aroma is fantastic.

T- A nice replicate of the nose plus some unanticipated earthiness and breadlike qualities. Finishes malty with a lingering (and mild) stale hop bitterness, and a touch of booze.

M- A nice medium body, with some moderately soft carbonation. Nothing too impressive, and the carbonation is a touch prickly. A mark above average in the mouthfeel department.

D- Very drinkable for the ABV. Looks, smells and tastes nice. Satisfying. Not bad at all.

jgasparine, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Billolick, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of sophisticated
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice label - a pirate at sea. Argh.
Pours a cloudy dark-amber/brown. The bottle claims to have yeast sediment. It's cloudy but not much sediment is visible. Small head leaves a bit of lace.

Smells of berries, Belgian yeast, malts. Overall, sweet and nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Kind of like a boozey toast with jam. Strawberries, malts, bread, as well as some alcohol presence. This has a bit of a sharp bite.

D) Pretty good. It's fairly tasty and my first try from this brewery. This may not be my favorite style but it's enjoyable enough. At 9% ABV its a sipper.

sophisticated, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of RppIII
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Pours amber brown that turns to a dark amber once settled in the glass. The head is a thin fawny layer that subsides to a swirl coating almost like whips of clouds on a sea of beer

Smell: There is little odor coming from this beer, aside from a fruity alcohol wafting into my nostrils there are hints of dark malts and spice.

Taste: Opening this beer "holy Sheet" Über abbey style ale I was preparing myself for an all out assault on my senses! I was expecting a complex beer, with a prevalent yeast, and an alcohol content to keep me warm in the coldest of winter months. After taking a drink the most prevalent thing I notice from this beer is a dry mouth. However, there is a sweetness of fruit (raisin, prune, fig) and caramel malt with hints of toasted grain and an interesting burnt character. A very subtle hop essence works almost in harmony with the drying effect of the alcohol to create a delightful flavour/experience. The yeast adds a hint of spiciness, as the beer warms towards room temperature the fruit soaked alcohol aroma becomes more established in the flavour of the beer leading to a pleasing contrast of spicy notes and fruity alcohol aroma. I love the finish of sweetness, almost like a red wine I had earlier this evening.

Mouthful: Carbonation is precise to the claims on the bottle, along with the warming effect of the alcohol the beer brings about a sense of drying. This is not unpleasant but could affect the drinkability of this beer.

Drinkability: A great beer to keep you warm on a chilly day. I enjoy what was done with this beer but there seems to be a discrepancy in it's advertised style. I would not consider this a Belgian Strong Dark Ale; I would consider this more of an American interpretation of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Personally I would drink this beer all night, I enjoyed what Clipper City has done with this beer!

RppIII, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of becktone
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 9-1-09

Eye: Exactly what you expect from this type of beer; brown in color and when light passes through it, it becomes crimson. Nice clarity to this beer as well. Its got a nice head as it sits here in this Chimay goblet, perfect, just like every other great beer poured into this glass. Its not so much a head, as a covering for the beer, a thick blanket that looks so right for this beer, in this glass. Lacing is nice.

Nose: Lots of dark fruity aromas here, plums and rasins, prunes. Dark candied aromas too. Sweetness from alcohol. Overall a nice smelling beer.

Tongue: Fruity aromas come out to play, but not in the way that I expected. They are much more subdued. Alcohol is very noticeable. Almost everything that was great about the aroma is gone. Tin character is present. Finish is dry and the aftertaste is short lived leaving the palate dry, unhappy and wanting something more, something better, wishing that that next sip will be better though it won't be. Overall this one's flavor is just short lived. Its not bad, but it doesn't last long at all and does not have a pleasant aftertaste. Almost get some roasted grain bitterness from this, which is off for the style. I mean some of those dark fruits are there but the alcohol just cuts too much, it really ruins what is nice bout this beer.

Feel and Drinkability: Its funny that the label gets it right "full bodied and aromatic..." yes its very aromatic, too bad that doesn't come out in the flavor of this brew though. Body is full and carbonation is a bit high for my liking, too prickly as well. It works, but I think it could be better. Overall not a bad beer, but I think it could use some work. Its just not as complex or deep as others that I've had. Also everything bout it tends to be short lived. Sure I'm enjoying it but not enough to buy it agian.

becktone, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of sweet Belgian yeast, roasted nuts and malt, and a touch of booze. Flavor is quite sweet with some alcohol and dark fruits as well as roasted malt. Palate is a bit harsh, grainy, and boozy. Overall much too sweet for me.

LilBeerDoctor, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

zeff80, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of RickKrumenacker
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - garnet colored...one-finger of cream colored head that dissipates quickly...leaves a thin ring around the top...sticky lacing

S - cinnamon and raisons dominate the aroma...very subtle cherry...alcohol is there, but not overpowering...swirling brings out a sugary aroma

T - hit with the alcohol right away...sweetness is brought out with a caramelized sugar flavor...some spiciness is picked up as well - mostly cinnamon, but isn't as pronounced as with the aroma

M - moderately high carbonation...somewhat smooth across the tongue...a bit of a medicinal aftertaste

D - a decent beer, but there are many others in this style that I would reach for before this one...

RickKrumenacker, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.9/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a solid burgundy color with good carbonation and a big dirty white head. HeNose is malts, grain, some fruits. Taste was a little effervescent with fruits like raspberries, figs, prunes, raisins and caramel. Lots of spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is hot and unpleasant as this beer is off balanced.

barleywinefiend, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of alexgash
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. 2009.

Tiny sediment suspended in an amber-penny body. Small, persistent, light khaki head. Some lacing. Nose of toffee, rummy fruits, spicy chocolate (mole?), and bubblegum. Good, but kind of subdued overall. Taste starts with some graininess and slightly tart fruits. Toffee malt blends in. Yeasty bubblegum is there as well. Slightly boozy in a rummy fruit sort of way. Medium-full body. Not that bad, but a little rough around the edges.

alexgash, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
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.

sonicdescent, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of beerman207
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.

beerman207, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of atremains
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber. A vigorous pour produces practically no head in my westmalle glass. The carbonation is enticing though.

S- Very fruity smell, raisins.

T- Taste is fruity raisins, as the beer warms I get more of a sweet red licorice? taste from it. The alcohol is there, but it is not offensive.

M- The mouthfeel is between thin and medium, dry finish. Decently carbonated.

D- I had this once from a friend a couple months back, and now again from a friend. Probably wouldn't buy this one on my own, but it's not the worst beer you could drink after a days work.

atremains, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Leffe Chalice.

A: Pours a ruby tinted woody color with tons of tiny bubbles rushing to the top. A moderate head forms and holds nicely for awhile. Decent lacing.

S: Very fruity nose. Some dark fruits mixed with Candi sugar and sugared candy fruits. Strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, tart white mango. Grape juice. Some light caramel maltiness.

T/M: The nose just does not hold up in the taste. A muddle mess of the dark fruits and candied sweetness, nothing destinct at all. Not bad, but a real disappointment after sitting on the nose for awhile. More of the light caramel mixed with a hint of spicy yeast and alcohol. Body is a bit lighter than I would have liked, around medium, and carbonation is a bit too high.

D: Not terrible for an American brewery attempting the Belgian style but I doubt I'll ever try this again.

pwoods, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of Buschyfor3
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Burgundy red with the brightest ruby-colored highlights when held to the light. Not seeing any sediment in this Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale - pretty clean body. Pour produces a better than 1 finger thick, off-white colored head - slightly sticky/rocky at the start but quickly fades to no more than a couple cm of foam on the surface. Sheets of lacing coat the glass with every swirl and sip.

S: At the start, I can pick up notes of dark fruit - raisins and plums - and some candy sugar too, but then the alcohol hits with quite a warm, medicinal punch. I opened this bottle after letting it sit for 20 min. and warming to near room temperature and the alcohol seems pretty prominent from the start.

T: Alot going on the flavor department. First off, there is the candy sugar flavor, augmented by some dark fruitiness like raisins, plums and maybe even the slightest hint of a cherry. Then there comes a spike of a spice and heat: white-pepper, maybe some cloves, and that huge medicinal alcohol from the nose which quickly cools to reveal a grainy, powdery wheat flavor - thinking like fresh-baked whole grain bread. Finish is drying, slightly spicy and I can pick out a smattering of the Belgian yeast as it leaves a faint, doughy bread flavor on the end of the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel actually felt slightly creamy at the start of each sip before fading to a powdery finish on the swallow.

D: The alcohol is there, thats for sure. That being said, this is still quite a flavorful, complex Belgian-style dark ale. One is starting to warm me up a bit; two and you would be good to go.

A fine American-brewed Belgian. I've had pretty good luck with Clipper City's Heavy Seas lineup and this one is another great beer. Definitely one to give a shot if you cannot afford the more expensive Belgian varieties or if you don't want to have to buy a 750 and drink it all in one sitting.

Buschyfor3, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of ThaBobfather
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.

ThaBobfather, Jul 11, 2009
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.

Aenema, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany/rose red color. No head. Very hazy. Looks almost like a deep red or blush wine. Bold, really.

Has the nice fizzy, alcoholic sour smell but it's combined with a rich berry smell. It's a Belgian Abbey with a fruity add-on. Sweet dried fruits -- notable cherry. Grapes and plum skins. Liqueurs.

First a burst of fruity berry flavor, with a second wave of fizzy, pungent alcoholy Belgian. Heavy tartness. It's got a super-harsh aftertaste. Hints of butterscotch. Sharp flower/citrus hop. Bitter cherry.

Feels very fizzy and bubbly. Has a bit of a burn on the way down. Sharp on the roof of the mouth. It's a hard drink. Heavy, alcohol-rich, pungent. Akin to a barleywine. Cherry and spicy Belgian yeasts. It burrrns!

williamherbert, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of kbeals
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy mahogany color. About two fingers of off white head cover the top, not much lacing.

S- Dark fruits and a bit boozy, a hint of malts and hops come through.

T- The taste is relatively tart with dark fruits. Slightly malty and a bit boozey.

M- Light bodied and smooth.

D- Good drinkability, although the ABV may be a bit much for me to drink more than one. Good beer overall, however.

kbeals, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A servicable Belgian-style strong beer but one beer per sitting is probably enough

Appearance: Deep brown with minimal head and next to no lacing

Smell: Barely noticable malt

Taste: Sweet punch with malty middle and slightly smokey finish

Mouthfeel: Strong kick but tapers off quickly minus the flavor with a slight bitterness in the finish

Drinkability: Sippable, one is enough

Norfawkers, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of schmitter
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, the Clipper City Heavy Seas line is the greatest mixed pack known to man.

Color - Deep amber, looks like the Phillies of the Schmidt Era. Poured with a thin head. Smells spicy, hints of cinnamon. Tasted sweet from the alcohol, malty, scotch. Not a true 'abbey' but delicious, definitely going back for more.

schmitter, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of iceball585
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.

iceball585, May 29, 2009
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