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

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BA SCORE
82
good

249 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 249
Hads: 423
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jaynuze on 03-12-2007

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Reviews: 249 | Hads: 423
Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a dark reddish brown color. With a decent head on it. The smell was a little citric smelling. Some Belgian yeast aromas too. The the taste was a little strange to me, kinda got a little funky on me. The mouthfeel was ok, overall I would have to try this one again. (288 characters)

Photo of bum732
2.03/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

S: Heavy dark fruits, figs mostly, some rich caramel, spicy alcohol.

L: Cloudy reddish brown, light tan head that dissipates.

T: Dark fruits with some citrus followed by a medium high bitter, slightly lemony component. Mild rich breadiness melds. Quite acrid in the finish, drying slightly with some spiciness. An off compound i can't nail down, almost bleach like.

M: Hot, alcoholic, medium bodied, medium carbonation.

A really terrible beer, aroma was good. But there is a an acrid, bitter component that is very unappealing. Couldn't finish this one and ended up drain pouring it. (587 characters)

Photo of kirkpjr
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It pours a very dark red color with a finger of off-white head that holds very well at first, but then suddenly dies and does not lace well.

S: Sweet figs dominate with grape peel, clove spice, and a little banana flavor.

T: Sweet berries, figs, dates, some clove spice, and some dry graininess in the finish.

M: The body is medium-thick with average carbonation and a little stickiness in the finish.

O: This is better than the typical bastardized American attempt at a Dubbel. It fortunately avoids the artificial-tasting fruit flavors of some of the other American version of abbey ales. (656 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark brown, big thick brown creamy head faded quickly leaving a thin 1/2 inch clingy lacey gooey head that stuck till the bottom of the glass. The smell was classic belgian, sweet, dark cherries, but hints of caramel, even maybe chocolate, very full and nice bouguet. Maybe even a sherry or bourbon smell as well. Taste was wonderful, dark fruity flavors right up front, apricots, bananas, cherry, a bit of a bready taste and a nice dry finish. The feel was so much lighter tehn I though basedd on appearence, and that is a good thing in this case. Not thick at all, very nice light and lively consistency, nice carboination, dances around in the mouth, beautiful. (678 characters)

Photo of CuttDeez
2.92/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Snifter

A - A deep dark brown body that has nice notes of deep red amber when in the light. A large white head that mellows to a half finger head with some stick.
S - The Aroma is nice as it renders good carmalized sugars and malt, mixed with good yeast and a plethora of deep dark fruits. A complex yet nicely balanced nose.
T & M - What happened to the nose is my first thought. The beer just doesnt have any pop. There is fruit there but light, sugars there but light - The tastes are all blah. The good thing is the ABV is well hidden.

O - Let me start by saying I love heavy seas and love the Mutiny fleet so I was excited about this beer. Then I was unimpressed and underwhelmed by this brew. I was sad but I will not be turned away from the great mutiny fleet!

-Cheers (799 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates down to a nice cap quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of candy malts and dark fruits. Has a bit of floweriness to it as well.

Taste: Fruity and slightly bitter up front. Devleops a sweet, fruity, and malty finish. Has only the slightest booziness at the end; there's really no way you'd know that this is a 9% ABV beer without checking the bottle.

Mouthfeel: A little light-bodied for a Belgian but still very pleasing.

Overall: A superbly done Belgian beer. Fruity, flowery, and malty. It is also extraordinarily drinkable for a Belgian beer. The alcohol is effectively masked by the flavors and it has a lighter-than-average body. In a word, delicious... (835 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.52/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a somewhat translucent cola-brown hue; it is capped with a thin tan head that exists briefly and then recedes to a collar.

S - The nose is a mix of spicy notes from yeast, nutty impressions and dark fruitiness, especially dates.

T - There is a strong metallic taste in this beer that I do not like whatsoever. The off-flavor is disconcerting to the point that while I can detect some of the same nice elements I found in the nose, I cannot suffer this offense for more than a few mouthfuls.

M - It's not the feel's fault.

O - The beer is mostly a moderate-to-middling offering, except for the terrible taste. Why bother? (644 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Copper with a big fat creamy head on the pour that recedes no almost nothing. Thin lacing.
smell: Malts and fruit with a sour and sweet balance.
taste: Mellow. Tasty though simpler than i would have expected. Slight bitter aftertaste.
overall: A nice brew though nothing outstanding. (295 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought a big bottle of this big ale.

A - Pours a deep hazy amber with ample head that quicky fades.

S - An odd (and not all too pleasant) smell of cloves and brown sugar. Little to no aromas

T - Spicy figgy malt with a sweet accent and a long finish accompanied by an alcohol warmth. Not hard to find the ABV in this one. Classic alcohol / malt balance

M - Slight tingle of carbonation and heavy muthfeel.

O - Sweet like a Brown, warm like a scotch ale. Bold - yes, but not that interesting. Although mind you, I'm not throwing this one overboard. (554 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (683 characters)

Photo of patreely12
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap at the Heavy Seas BBQ fest. reviewed from notes.

A - caramel brown with small tan head. nice lacing. some notable carbonation.

S - bitter hops. some toffee scented malts. also some oak and a slight hint of sweet raisins and alcohol.

T/M - tastes like the nose. the oak aged hint is a nice touch and give the beer great flavor there is also a roasted malt note that isn't present in the nose. medium bodied. kind of slick or syrupy. really good though.

O - really nice flavor and drinkability even at 9% ABV. I'd like to have this again. (547 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, received as an EBF 2011 volunteer, and allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

Holy Sheet is pretty nice looking plum/mahogany, with a couple fingers of off-white head. It's not as explosive and frothy as the best Belgian style brews, but it does leave gorgeous sheets of lacing all the way around the glass. Head retention is just short of spectacular though. The nose is absolutely great, sweet dark fruits (very heavy on plum), and some bubble gum, fruity yeast esters. There's also just a hint of brown sugar. There's a big falloff when I take my first sip though, as the combination of the strong malty flavors and sweet fruity esters, without any kind of phenols or hops to balance, give the beer a profound cloying sweetness. This may also be due in part to possibly the worst mouthfeel I've ever encountered on any kind of Belgian style beer. It's noticeably underattenuated, and at the same time the carbonation doesn't have nearly the gusto to cut through it. As a result, the first word that comes to mind is syrupy, and that's diametrically opposite to what I'm looking for. As a drinking experience Holy Sheet is average, but when you're brewing in even a loosely Belgian style you're asking to be compared to some of the finest crafted beers around, and Holy Sheet just isn't on the same level. (1,344 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a wine glass.

Pours a deep amber with a creamy tan head.

Aromas of dark fruit, sour, alcohol, caramel, and oak. Not an oak aged beer from what I can tell. Not sure where the tannins and sour are coming from. However, this is a January release beer, and here it is in almost December. So, it's got about a year of age on it.

First sip also shows that wood aging note that was in the aroma, some tannins, alcohol, and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy, woody, and tannic.

Very drinkable beer, almost wine-like in every characteristic. (564 characters)

Photo of oregonskibum
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dull brown with hints of orange and some burnt red. Pours with a one-inch cream, light tan head.

S: Lots of raisin, prune, dark cherry, and other dark fruit flavors. Lots of sweet notes, brown sugar.

T: Taste is a lot like the smell, although the malts are much more noticable. Picking up a little spice or almost a green, spruce flavor mid-taste. Finish is sweet, a slightly burnt caramel.

M: Body is medium, although a touch on the sticky side. Carbonation is lively up front, but finishes more towards the flat side.

D: The more I try to carefully evaluate the beer, the more I'm not a big fan of the flavor components. On the surface though, this isn't a bad beer or hard to drink, except the high alcohol levels. (779 characters)

Photo of Naugros
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head, but I did pour it into a chalice. It's a deep brown with orangey-red glow.

The nose is dark cherry with vinous notes. There's a bunch of alcohol in this one.

All dark fruit, closest is dark cherries, like in the nose. There is a little bit of spice, either cloves or black pepper, underneath the fruit. The alcohol is very prevalent creating a medicinal aftertaste that I am not enjoying. I've had stronger beers with better masking. I've had beers with poorer masking that tasted better as well.

The overall feel is not of a beer that I really wanted finish, but I've only poured beer on rare occasions: skunked, caught by mom, exceptionally horrible, floating cigarette, dog got to it when I put it down, etc.

A few friends have suggested trying Heavy Seas and these guys know their beer so I'll make sure try another one of their offerings, just not this one. This was not worthy of the Orval chalice I used. (937 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber aged for over a year

Poured into St. Bernardus chalice. Looks like a run-of-the-mill belgian dubbel of ilk. Soft tan head that disipates. Tawny port color. Smell of sweet malt.

Delicious! Wonderful malt and sugary notes up front. Tastes a bit like a good American Merlot. Fruity and a touch balsamic. Slightly phenolic in the finish with a hint of hops to round out the mouthfeel. Extremely smooth and drinkable. I have been impressed with Clipper City's "Heavy Seas" series. Well-made products that are approachable and fun to try.

A very good interpretation of Belgian dark ale. I'm serving mine up with a pot of sausage jambalaya and french bread. I even added a touch to the pot. :D (702 characters)

Photo of nova009
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip

A- pours a dark red/brown amber color, poured very thick, a thick foamy tan head appears and lasts for awhile, no apparent lacing

S- belgian wheat, dark sugars, ripe fruit, spices, possibly clove, smell is okay nothing special

T- dark fruit, slight sweetness, spices, once again nothing special, in fact the flavor is a little more harsh than i expected

M- medium-heavy, decent balance of carbonation, slight alcohol burn

D- simply put this was an okay abbey ale, I've had much better (528 characters)

Photo of dpcoz
3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Originally reviewed 04/03/2010)

Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet - Holy Sheet
Uber Abbey Ale
Clipper City Brewing Co
1pt 6fl oz
Glass - Church Brew Works pint glass

Appearance - deep amber color, half a finger's worth of a tan head that fizzled out quickly. Poured a little like syrup. Fair amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

Smell - I suggest filling half the glass and swirling it around, putting your nose to the glass to welcome the sweet scent of sweetened Malts, Belgian sugars, cloves, honey, and I swear I smell banana. After swirling the glass I can say the aroma is one of the better ones I've experienced.

Taste - slight sweetness due to fruits and sugars, spices honey, and i am picking up some banana. Finish of toasty malts that really grows on me as I continue with the beer.

Mouthfeel - clipper city claims full bodied - I'll say medium from my experience. No hops that I can pick up but a decent carbonation that tickes the tongue as you transfer from lips to tonsils. At 9% abv, it's going to finish with a warming feeling.

Drinkability - I want to kick myself - clipper city recommends letting this one age for two years before enjoying, while I like it now, I would agree that the flavor probably needs the time to develop with cellar-aging. Still, I have to admit that I enjoyed this ale immensley, the aroma is one of the best I've had, and the taste is not that far behind. I plan to purchase another, store it and give another review sometime in 2012 or 2013. (1,494 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has its abv listed at 9%. There is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has a deep garnet color body with good clarity and some nice viable carbonation flowing up to the surface. On top is an average size light tan head. It hangs on well as I drink it slowly fades to a thin covering that lasts to the end. On the glass the head leaves behind some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet candy like nose that reminds me of cherry flavored Jolly rancher candy.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a big malty sweetness with the same cherry candy notes as in the aroma. There is also a slight cherry chough syrup like alcoholic touch in there. Hop bitterness and flavor are mild and really only show up in the finish where they try in vain to balance the malt sweetness. On the palate it has a slightly thin feel for the sweetness and nice average carbonation.

Notes: Overall I feel this one was a bit on the sweet side with a simple raw character. (1,028 characters)

Photo of deereless
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A flash of thick head that drops relatively quickly leaving a spotty layer over the surface of the beer, deep amber to light brown in color, minor activity is visible in the beer - 3.50, S: Tons of tart cherries and a good deal of spiciness, lots of phenols and the faintest hint of a high quality balsamic vinegar (that's good), thick sweetness that I associate with dried figs or prunes - 4.25, T: Very spicy and slightly peppery, alcohol plays a large part of the palate, dry body, candied sugars, brandied soaked dried cherries, hint of clove, a bit dry and chalky - 4.00, M: Medium bodied but with a touch of silkiness - 4.00, D: All around a good brew, quite drinkable - 3.50 (684 characters)

Photo of Buebie
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was naughty tonight and pulled a beer from the 'no touch' cellar. This is a 2008 bottle courtesy of gford217. Got it in a trade a couple years ago.
Was stored at 50 degrees in the dark, went into the fridge a couple weeks ago.

Poured from the bottle into an oversized snifter. Poured somewhat hard revealing less then an inch of off white head. Fizzling away to leave a collar of retention. Lace is mostly non existent.
Color is brown, cranberry juice highlights when held to light.

Aroma is very well malty. Alot of caramel in there with a touch of burnt toffee, dark fruit and a very distant waft of chocolate. A bit of cranapple juice in there also, mixing with a half fermented grape. Resulting in a sweet wine aroma. Some mild alcohol in there too with a spice.

Mouthfeel at first is light and crisp, giving way to a little syrupy slickness.

Taste is sweet upfront, plenty of malt, caramel and burnt toffee again, increasing spice, wine similarities, more of a red though. Fermented fruit, belgian yeast flavors, little funk and breadiness with very mild coriander and fig. Finishing with a tart cranberry flavor..its more of a fermented fruit with some sweetness.
A mild bittering into the finish, lingering with cranberry bitters after the swallow.

I have not had this fresh and I can only imagine that the years have put on a bit of mellowing. Good brew overall. I did notice one off flavor on first sip though and it seemed to melt away as the beer warmed. That being vinegar, was odd. (1,507 characters)

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