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

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BA SCORE
83
good

406 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of Mitchster
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best buy notched into label of 1/10, purchased a 6'er on a whim for $8.99. 9% ABV per the label. Pours out to a rather clear dark mahogany, forming a medium sized light tan head with poor retention and absent lacing. Carbonation is mild. The aroma open with caramel, butterscotch, and a suggestion of butter like a ringwood tainted version of a trappist yeast. Not very phenolic and not what I was expecting. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium dense body. Pronounced biscuity flavor akin to Fat Tire reminds me loosely of New Belgiums Abbey, although it's not phenolic enough and has a very pronounced rubbery aftertaste which hurts it's drinkability. Nutty and toasty. Very little yeast in the bottle.

This is a decent beer considering my lack of alternatives in the area, but I probably wouldn't buy it again unless I was really jonesin' for a dubbel and had no other alternatives.

Mitchster, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of techcommdood
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Poured a clear, clean dark crimson with very little head.

Smell
Faint malty sweetness and nuts.

Taste
Very sweet and nutty, with an almost hazelnut character to it. Some good lemony citrus coming through as well.

Mouthfeel
Thick, clean, and wet. Sounds dirty, but there you have it.

Drinkability
Very drinkable. In fact, I drank it faster than I should have. Between the sweetness and lemon notes, and the very wet mouthfeel, this one can go down quick!

Overall
Extremely pleased with this one. Had it on tap a few weeks prior and it was outstanding. Better on tap, but very good in bottle.

techcommdood, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/brown color. 1/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, tart malt, and slight fruit aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, sweet malt, and slight fruit/raisin. Alcohol content is noticeable throughout, but not in an overpowering fashion. Good blend with the tart malt not resulting in too much dryness. Overall, a pretty decent beer that's worth a try.

Tone, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of dude
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with suspended yeasties. Little head to speak of but carbonation level is fine. Smells of rum soaked dark fruits, very fruity, spicy and sweet smelling. Taste is sweet as well with a caramelly-like flavor as well as the aformentioned rum raisins. Mouthfeel is sticky. Drinkability is good although the flavors did not improve with warming. Alcohol became much more prevalent in taste as this warmed up. Plus I was drunk.

dude, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of matty
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored ale with a very rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity and malty.Taste is rum,dark fruit and alcohol.This beer kind of reminds me of a kool-aid mixed with rum.Tasty and drinkable although alcohol is very noticeable.I do recommend and would purchase agsin!!

matty, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a dark clear mahogany with one finger of off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma of malts, yeast, sour milk, and dark ripe fruit.

Tastes of dark ripe fruit, caramel malts, Belgian candied sugar, raisins, and yeast. The finish is a combination of booze and raisins.

Medium bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

Pretty much an average Belgian dark and bit overdone on the sweet side. Definitely worth a try, though.

Monkeyknife, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of neenerzig
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my snifter. This beer pours a fairly dark reddish brown, dirty looking color. The off-white head was maybe 1/4 inch when poured. Settles fairly quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing here at all. Has a dark fruit aroma, like raisins, but these nostrils can't pick up much else other than that, also a bit of tart and maybe a hint of caramel malt. Has a sort of sweet and sour tart flavor along with some raisins and a slight roasted malt flavor, rounded out with a bit of spice and a sweet brown sugar or molasses type flavor. The taste of alcohol is definitely present. Something about the flavors overall seems, well, a little off. They don't blend as well together as they might. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. This is certainly a unique take on a Belgian Strong dark Ale and not quite like any other Belgian Strong Dark Ale style beer I have ever had before. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

Eric

neenerzig, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of trafordboy
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a snifter

A -Holey caramel color, like a bourbon but lighter. It just LOOKS good. Modest head, some frothy tracing across the top, nothing special. Medium carbonation.

S - Sort of a bitter, fruity aroma. Take your pick of cheery, apricot, stem, even a little plain old grass.

T - Early sour cherry notes (very surprising!), later absolutely tons of raisin in particular, but also rum. Fruity, not quite the bite you'll find in most abbey ales. Wonderful lingering aftertaste, something like a bit of mashed apples.

M/D - Dominant raisin character in aroma and taste. Not too puckery despite the initial sour cherry hit. Fruity but not crazy sweet either, something inbetween.

This tasted much different from my first (undocumented) attempt at the Holy Sheet. Both tastings have been enjoyable but quite different where the other was more like your traditional Belgian/abbey, if a bit more sweet/candylike.

I'd pair this with a dessert/something sweet, most ideally to round out the flavor. As far as basic food pairings, maybe some salmon, salad or sushi (alliteration, yikes). As a Baltimore transplant, Clipper City has grown on me. I had a fantastic Hop3 on cask the other afternoon at Max's which is worth revisiting. This is their one beer I've truly enjoyed both times I've tasted it (inconsistent flavors, but both were enjoyable).

trafordboy, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Wildman
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very dark red amber color and formed a light tan foamy head that left latticed lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, dark fruit and spices. The flavor was of malt, cherries and chocolate and combination gives it a candy aspect. The body is medium light and the finish slightly astringent yet sweet. Almost a little too sweet to enjoy.

Wildman, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of TheMistler
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into wide-mouthed wine glass, the color of this brew can be easily summarized - brown. A heavy pour revealed little in the way of head - less than a pinky, off-white, dissipated quickly with a soda-like snap, crackle and pop.

Lots of cherry to the nose. Candied dark druits. Some chocolate. A hint of spice as well as boozniess. Also some levity, for lack of better term, from yeast. Side note: after finishing my beer, the glass reeked of ethanol.

Considering the lack of head, it has a decent bit of carbonation, even some prickliness and bite. Medium bodied, chewy feel.

Oh, yeah, I love the name, too.

TheMistler, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown color with an one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is smooth with a hint of raisin and sweet malt in the nose. Seems very inviting.

Taste is a bit rough at first but it gives way to a tart fruit/raisin taste with not much else to detect in the middle. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is full of the same tart fruit and raisin flavors with a small amount of alcohol heat.

Not bad. Easy to drink, even if it isn't the best example for its' style. Worth a shot, especially if you like the style. This may influence you to look for other examples as well. It's still quite drinkable.

Brad007, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark cola brown with crimson highlights, a full finger of tan head fed by plenty of carbonation, though no sediment that the bottle mentions

S - a sweet fruity aroma latent with spices like coriander and nutmeg, typical for the style of course and well done, maybe a bit too sweet

T - wow, much better than i expected, rich dark fruits with some woodiness and subtle spiciness, well blended, and a backbone sweetness like molasses or borwn sugar

M&D - the base sweetness lends the beer a silky smoothness, some carbonation makes it through the taste and gives the beer a liveliness on the tongue, a refreshing well done beer, the Heavy Series continues its quality

sinstaineddemon, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper in color with absolutely no head. Whole lot of malt in the nose. Lots of malt in the taste with a very strong fruit presence as well. Plenty of dark, ripe and juicy plums. Some dark grapes and just a hint of currant. Not the best of the lot, but easily drinkable.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of 1fastz28
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep ruby color with a decent sized head that laces nicely. has a complex aroma, lots of malt and fruit dominate while distinct fruits like banana come through its pretty good.

taste is good, the alcohol content is strong but not too overpowering.

mouthfeel is good,not watery at all

can't wait to drink the rest of these

1fastz28, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep mahogony color with very little head to it, not much lacing to speak of just little wisps here and there. Nose is very fruity and sweet malts, some sugar and yeast also. Taste is of caramel malts, some brown sugar, fruity - perhaps cherries, alcohol is detectable. There is a bit of an alcohol burn, slightly syrupy at first, and finishes a little dry. Medium Body. Overall, not a bad beer, I may not pick this one up again but I wouldn't turn it away.

Jayli, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of imaguitargod
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a minimal head that dissipates fast and leaves no lacing. Absolutely beautiful red color to the beverage! The first thing to hit is the alcohol taste then a dose of malty sweetness combined with a caramel taste from the Belgium Candi sugars. No detectable hops. This really teeters the line between just right and almost too sweet to drink. Very nice if enjoyed slowly.

~Jonathan Passow

imaguitargod, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of Blakaeris
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany brown with hints of burgundy red. Head is modest, especially considering that is in the BSDA category.

Aroma is rich with brown sugar sweetness and strong dark fruit notes - raisins, dates, and cherry. Underlying yeasty spices add complexity.

Taste is initially malty, sticky sweet candied sugar caramel and toffee. Plenty of brown sugar, hints of molasses. Dark fruit as mentioned in the nose with the addition of plum. Cherry and dates really stand out. Then finishes with a mild herbal character along with yeasty spices - notably cinnamon and clove. Warming alcohol is present throughout.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Sticky and chewy.

Overall a sweet malt bomb with some interesting complexity of dark fruit and spices. Tasty in it's own way, but doesn't quite fit the BSDA style. Certainly drinkable.

Blakaeris, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful reddish/bronze, with perfect clarity with a moderate amount of amber foam. Given the label of Uber Abby ale I had expected to see some haze, but this beer had none. It took a vigorous pour to get a reasonable head on this beer, but it's worth it when you breathe in the wonderful aroma.

The aroma is quite fruity, with a notes of grape and pear.

The flavor is remarkable. I believe StrangeBrewer76 stated it best when he said that Holy Sheet was a "bridge beer, a transitional beer, from the craft to the Belgian". This Uber Abby has Uber flavor. Grape, pear, apple and raisin seem to come to mind as you sip this ale. That and plenty of alcohol.

The mouthfeel and drinkability got weaker marks from me. Primarily becasue I felt that the beer drank "flat" after the first couple of sips. The complexity of flavor is lost somewhat becasue of the lack of carbonation and that "ruined" the near perfect experience for me.

Still overall, I think that this Heavy Seas Abby Ale is worthy of its name. It is an inspired American craft beer version of a Belgin Abby ale! For me, the best of both worlds.

Well done Clipper City!

ABOWMan, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle notched purchase before Jul 08.

Poured a deeper orangish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of gerneral fruitiness, toasted caramel, nutty, and spices. Tastes of dark fruits, caramel, and a little doughy.

Notes from: 3/6/08

hopdog, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A reddish-brown color with a bit of translucent haze. A fairly large, thick and frothy light tan head with very nice retention and very good lace.

S: Quite sweet and fruity. Some sugar, along with pineapple, plum, and grape. Some spicy, phenolic notes of clove go well with the floral hops. A bit of a vinous/alcohol aroma as well, but it's well hidden all things considered.

T: A big, fruity and spicy kiss up front. Plums, pineapple, and grapes again, with clove and slightly medicinal flavors. Floral hops are also present, although they are generally fleeting. A generous dose of brown sugar and some surprising graininess into the finish, along with a taste of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, with subdued, tingly carbonation. A riding, alcoholic twang makes the finish a bit dry and sugary.

D: This is an interesting take on a Belgian style. I like most of Clipper City's stuff, and this is no different. At once undeniably Belgian in style and American in execution. Well done.

Clydesdale, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of StrangeBrewer76
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are already a great number of in-depth reports by BAs more qualified than myself so I will take a different tact.

This is a bridge beer, a transitional beer, from the craft to the Belgian. It is absolutely the perfect medium between an excellent Brown ale and an excellent Belgian ale (single).

For those of you/ us that are looking for a less expensive peek behind the curtain of what the great Belgians are all about this is it. Reasonably priced, tasting malty, sweet and dark fruity.

All good. Get some!

StrangeBrewer76, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of CAP1868
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass

A- Poured a dark amber color with minimal head and lacing

S- Smelled very sweet with fruit and maybe figs, this was a bad sign for me

T- Very sweet to me, I just wasn't into it, it had sweetness with a nasty aftertaste

M- Mouthfeel was okay but the beer simply confused my palate

D- I could barely stomach one of these let alone a couple

CAP1868, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange-amber with minimal head & lacing.
Smells fruity with berry & fig; the malts & yeast come through a bit as well.
Tastes of cherries, berries & apricot or fig...can't decide. Lightly spicy & peppery. Very earthy & a bit smoky as well. Malts are rich, and both the yeast & hops are apparent without standing out.
Alcohol content and slight hop & yeast twang are felt in the mouth, but not as much carbonation as I'd expect from a Belgian-style ale.
Overall a decent stab at a Belgian Dark, though it doesn't do much to stand apart from the others. A nice drinker nonetheless...I will try more offerings from this brewery.

Natural510, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of whoneeds8
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.

whoneeds8, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of BirdFlu
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.

BirdFlu, Jul 26, 2008
Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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