Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.2/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
07-28-2009 02:22:14 | More by sonicdescent
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
07-25-2009 02:47:00 | More by beerman207
3.25/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
07-16-2009 03:40:01 | More by atremains
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
07-16-2009 01:20:09 | More by pwoods
3.9/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
07-13-2009 04:04:19 | More by Buschyfor3
4.13/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
07-11-2009 20:03:01 | More by ThaBobfather
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-29-2009 02:26:41 | More by Aenema
3.78/5 rDev +3%
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!
06-20-2009 02:33:37 | More by williamherbert
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
06-18-2009 01:24:42 | More by kbeals
3.2/5 rDev -12.8%
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
06-16-2009 21:19:26 | More by Norfawkers
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
06-13-2009 14:08:11 | More by schmitter
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-29-2009 00:46:09 | More by iceball585
4.18/5 rDev +13.9%
I picked up this beer the other night not having any idea what I was getting into. I just thought the name was funny and needed one last bottle to complete the six pack so I could get out of there.
All I can say is WOW. I can't believe how good this beer is. It's got a great color and feels great in my mouth. It's very flavorful and reminds me a lot of a beer I used to drink in England called Carlsburg Special Brew that you can't find here stateside.
I would definitely pick up a 6 pick of this to sip on no matter what time of year.
05-25-2009 23:48:47 | More by BrewIndy
3.88/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
05-25-2009 04:25:15 | More by grayburn
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my Duvel tulip glass, Holy Sheet appears a slightly cloudy crimson chestnut color with about a finger of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of raisins, cherries, sweet caramel, brown sugar, yeast esters, figs, and a touch of chocolate. A tad better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. A nice Belgian dark - worth a try.
05-18-2009 05:47:21 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.03/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
05-16-2009 02:15:34 | More by wyattshotmaker
3.15/5 rDev -14.2%
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
05-15-2009 12:06:45 | More by NCBeernut
3.78/5 rDev +3%
GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared at approx 45 degrees
Pours a deep ruby red color. Bubbles come up, but no head will form. For a Belgian style brew, this is a letdown.
The nose is letdown number two. It's extremely understated. All it really has going for it is that it smells sweet. Huge sweet malts with a hint of yeastiness, a touch of caramel and some dark fruit notes.
The taste is a little bit better. Sweet malts and a big presence of dark fruits. Dark candi sugars. A light touch of sweet molasses. Some notes of honey and lightly sweetened bananas. An almost bready yeastiness.
Very light/thin body. No creaminess, at all. Very smooth, though. Low level of carbonation hurts this one. Kick-up that carbonation and introduce some creaminess and this would be worlds different.
Okay, I feel weird saying it, but this is damn drinkable. Despite my complaints, I see that it would be easy to down multiple bottles in a session. The 9.0%ABV is very well hidden, to boot.
Overall, this is a very good brew, just not so much when comparing it to the style that it represents.
05-15-2009 03:44:35 | More by coldmeat23
3.95/5 rDev +7.6%
Poured into a snifter from a 12oz. Dark amber with a minimal head. Minor lacing and small head throughout.
A sweet nose, malts pretty overpowering. Darks fruits, with Belgian yeast. Only a snippet of alcohol in the smell.
More sweetness in the taste, along with hints of dark fruits, similar to the smell. A bit too simple (as in lacking complexity) for this style, others see it, I'm not, then again I'm not seeing the alcoholic burn at the end either. A rather bland if present at all bitterness and hops.
Medium mouthfeel, with what seems like zero carbonation. The alcohol I did notice here, but not in the taste. Notable sweetness here with results in it wanting to stay in one side of your mouth when you're pushing it to the other.
Not a bad attempt for Clipper City here, but much room for improvement, think I could have a couple of these, although the alcohol doesn't seem to have hit me from it's ABV. Someone wrote about how it's on better on cask, I'm gonna hafta keep my eye out for that.
05-11-2009 02:21:51 | More by DeepSix
2.78/5 rDev -24.3%
12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. BB 01/10.
Appearance: Almost no head, thin tan ring around the edge. Clear brown with hues of brick red.
Nose: Sweet candy nose. Smells like dark caramel mixed with dried fruits.
Palate: Medium- to full-bodied. Lots of caramel and chocolate sweetness. Raisins, prunes, leather, apricot. Almost no carbonation and a serious alcohol burn on the finish.
Notes: Poor effort. Needs more carbonation, more balance to the mouthfeel. Flavors are good, but palate balance is way off.
05-10-2009 03:28:18 | More by SFLpunk
3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter.
Dark brown/deep claret in color. I had absolutely no head on this pour. Nothing remarkable here.
Smells very nice. Sweet malts come through first, followed by what I believe to be some brown sugar. The dark fruits are also readily apparent. Not a hint of alcohol here.
It's very complex on the palate. The spicy sweetness blends well together with the fruits and the alcohol. It is indeed sweet, but the finish is a little strong and there's a little burn. The hang however, is minimal.
It's medium bodied and it does a great deal on the palate. It's complex yet not too heavy.
Considering the ABV, this is pretty smooth sailing, pardon the pun. Nice taste, not too much of a boozy flavor and not too filling.
05-09-2009 21:49:39 | More by Infamous7100
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
Thanks goes out to Gyle41386 for this one.
Pours a nice clean/clear dark golden brown color, some carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, with some figs, raisins, and plums. The taste is sweet, malty, with some dark fruit notes. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.
05-07-2009 00:49:58 | More by Wasatch
3.7/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured a dark ruby with very little head. It looks highly carbonated and slightly slick.
Smells crazy fruity. I get loads of cherry especially, although there is also lots of date & hints of fig. Some unplaced sweetness also, can't figure it out.
Taste follows smell. This is one of the fruitiest BSDA's I've had in a while. Strong cherry throughout, slight breadiness hanging around. There's a bit of a funny hop aftertaste here, can't place what's not right about it though? Alcohol flares up a bit every now and then, but otherwise hides ABV nicely.
Feels very slick on the tongue, goes down easy though.
05-02-2009 13:50:44 | More by youngblood
4.78/5 rDev +30.2%
It's a dark brown beer with a tan head that dissipates rather quickly. It smells sweet and fruity, but the taste is more complex. The malt is more than sweet and its mouthfeel is almost thick. It does not taste like the 9% on the label, even when I let it warm up.
I like this one so much, I'd session two or three (over the course of an evening), even though it is 9%!
04-30-2009 01:31:00 | More by SugarBunny
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours a very slightly hazy reddish brown. You've really gotta give it some muscle to put a head on it, as the tan foam settles into a ring pretty quickly.
The smell is spicy and tart. Sort of like a well-spiced cherry pie, but light on the crust. Pretty nice, but not quite an authentic Belgian smell.
The flavor matches the smell pretty well. Cherry-like tartness greets you and then you get the taste of baking spices. It's a nice stab at something like Maudite, but it just doesn't carry the complexity. It's good, but nothing mind-blowing. Alcohol shows its face from time to time, unlike the truly world class BSDAs. There's a decent amount of bitterness on the finish too.
Mouthfeel is fairly spot-on for the style. Upper end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Dry finish.
Drinkability is above average. Holy Sheet is a way better attempt at a BSDA than Hang Ten is at a weizenbock (seriously disgusting shit). I doubt I'll buy it again, given that I can get a 4-pack of Trois Pistoles or Maudite for about $1.50 less, but it's a nice try on the part of Clipper City Brewing.
04-28-2009 06:15:39 | More by BigJim5021
Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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