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

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BA SCORE
83
good

412 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | 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 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
Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into an oversized wine glass. Consumed within freshness limits displayed on bottle.

A: Cherry toned brew with fizzy off-white head that disappated to a thin rim with no lacing.

S: Oaky cherry aromas with lots of yeast and bread aromas as well. Touch of licorice and phenol smells as well.

T: Very fruity and spicy with a high cherry-berry quotient and decided yeast contribution. Alcohol and mild hops bitterness is more apparent with warming.

M: Very easy to drink with low carbonation and tangy, slightly dry feel. Aftertaste is mild citrus and more berry.

D: A uniquely spicy, fruity abbey ale with nicely hidden alcohol kick.

argock, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark ruby red with an inch of mixed foam that drops fairly quickly.

S - Massively fruity - cherries and raisins come to mind - as well as some lychee and apple.

T - Sweet and malty, with a notable alcohol. Fruity, but not in a bad way. Toffee, molasses, lots of apple cider, tropical fruit and some light berries. Don't notice any distinct hop flavours and the finish is mildly bitter and dries out some. Some Belgian spiciness is also present.

M - Odd tongue-numbing sensation. Moderate body and low carbonation.

D - Interesting brew with interesting flavours. Not at all heavy despite being high alcohol.

allergictomacros, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of dewalt
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the annual Cask Ale festival held by the Blue Point Brewing Company. Pours dark brown with a slight head, and bears a spicy, fruity aroma. The taste is fruity and hoppy, strong flavors of cherries and raisins. Not a great example of the style, more American than Belgian, but still a nice brew.

dewalt, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in to a goblet. Pours a dark amber/ light brown with very little to no head. Smells sweet and fruity, almost like preserves, with yeasty malt in the background. Tastes very sweet and very fruity- some sort of berry that I can't place. The sweetness masks the alcohol, which is not detectable. Light mouthfeel, but the sweetness is dominant. Interesting, but not something to write home about.

I did get it out a Heavy seas 12 pack sampler though, which is nice.

Had a bottle that is seven months past its "best by date". Not nearly as sweet, and a little sour. Not great; it still doesn't really come together, but better than fresh.

aubuc1, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

purchase by jul 08 (no yeast on bottom ?)pours a clear deep copper-brown color w/ a non-existent head which leaves little lacing in my snifter ; a cherry/raison smell w/ notes of nuts, wood and alcohol ; an overly sweet, rich, malty flavor starting out w/ tart cherry and dried figs w/ some oaky rum-like notes turning a bit rough w/ a strong hot alcohol flavor, some caramel and nuts come thru as it warms, some "flowery" undertone in the finish ; a robust, full mouthfeel with little co2, feels a bit "slick" on the tongue ; a drinkable beer, but not an exceptional one, could be aged for a while..

animal69, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle at cellar temperature poured into a chalice with some serious air, yields a clear burgundy body with a herd of floaties and a finger of loose light tan foam that recedes rather quickly to a silky ring plus a tiny patch floating in the middle... reminds me of a funny cartoon eyeball, but one that leaves virtually no lacing.

Smells malty with dark fruit; tastes brown sugary sweet with immediate warming alcohol-- a lot of it--dry red-winey with caramel and a red apple peel dry finish.

Rich and sticky with an oily-sweet lipsmacking finish. Coating, sticky, heavy.

cvstrickland, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The weak point of this very nice beer is the appearance which leaves very little head and becomes just a mahogany, somewhat clear, slightly syrupy, flat looking beer. Keep going and it gets better. The aroma has hints of fig, maybe apricot, alcohol, and an overall rum soaked fruitiness. The taste is very chewy with some caramel maltiness, warming alcohol, heavy fruits, raisin, some grains, and an overall pungent strong Belgian dark character. There are some yeasty bits floating in the glass. The beer is medium to full bodied, and packs a bit of a wallop. This is a very nice Belgian style beer, but you'll have to get beyond the appearance which underestimates the true qualities of the beer. L'Chaim.

albern, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of ericj551
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Sheet pours a dark amber with a foamy but fading off-white head. The aroma is at first fresh, overripe raspberries, with hints of caramel. The flavor is rich and malty, with some of the fruity berry flavor and a dark, toasted caramel finish. There is a bit of an alcohol bite at the end, not quite covered up by the huge flavor of this beer.

ericj551, May 25, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

USCTrojanBrian, May 18, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear brown color with an amber tint. It has an inch and a half or so of frothy off white head that is not retained for long before becoming a haze over the top of the brew.

S: The smell of yeast is not as distinct and pronounced as in most of this style. To me that makes it more appealing. There is also a strong smell of sweet malt. I pick up a hint of dark fruit and just a touch of alcohol in the aroma as well. All the pieces combine to a very pleasant aroma.

T: The taste is overall pleasant, but it is not as balanced as I would have hoped. It starts out with a very sweet taste from the malts. There is a toffee taste that starts to mellow out the sweetness, and then the after taste is bitter. The flavors are all good by themselves, but the transitions of the taste make them less pleasing.

M: A medium bodied brew. It is lacking in in mouth carbonation or spicing.

D: The bitter after taste and alcohol warming make this one far from a session beer. However, it is slightly above normal for the style.

GatorBeerNerd, May 17, 2008
Photo of cabsandking
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.

cabsandking, May 13, 2008
Photo of DmanGTR
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - moderate pour yielded a deep burgundy red with a 1/4" head that disappeared quickly only to leave a few bubbles in a tulip chalice

S - grapes, figs, sweet malts, grapefruit, light hoppiness

T - sweet maltiness up front, tangy fruits, and a hoppy and alcoholic finish. Leaves a bittersweet aftertaste

M - light/medium bodied, light carbonation, somewhat chewy

D - decent, the alcohol is warming and apparent. This is more of a sipper

Overall - A very wine-like ale. The flavors are plentiful and satisfying, although I do prefer the smell over the taste. Malty, fruit, hoppy, tangy, this beer has it all. A great nightcap. I wouldn't get this every week but it does have its prime moments for around $2-3 per 12 oz bottle.

DmanGTR, May 12, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour into my Lucifer goblet reveals a faintly hazed mahogany brown. The wheaten head is initially high, but quickly sizzles away to a very thin ring. No lace.

Aroma is dark bread, raisins, cherries, subtle yeast spice, and alcohol. As it warms it's Belgian characteristics emerge.

Flavor is similar but yeast and clove spice is stronger. It has nice notes of dark fruit, and light earthy qualities. The strong, hot alcohol flavor overrides everything after a few sips. It tastes very fresh and perhaps it needs a few months or years to tame. It tastes like it could become excellent with age but for now it's just too hot.

AlexJ, May 08, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An incredibly deep-red/rust color sits under a true-to-style head of insanely tiny bubbles...a tight creamy head just like the Belgians do it.

Aroma is good but not very Belgian...fruits are big and round, no spiciness detected, and the malt is reminiscent of an English pale ale. No hops in the aroma and the yeast is seemingly MIA.

Taste is more like it. Boozy and syrupy on one hand, pungent and fruity on the other. Red licorice, sherry, cherry, caramel/toffee, faint bubblegum and just an accent of heat. Not the most complex of the style, but enough depth and very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is awesome...round and creamy, with enough carbonation to offer depth but not distraction. Big and gooey without seeming thick or overly weighty. Couldn't be better.

The bar is set pretty for a beer like this, but Clipper City pulls through. Puts its own stamp on the style and doesn't just go for the clone approach. Yet another very likable beer from the Heavy Seas series.

Metalmonk, May 06, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, freshness month of June '08 notched on the label - poured into a glass chalice:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head with some bubbles. It becomes a wisp of a patch. A fuller head and at least some lacing would be nice.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, a bit of bready spicing and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of sweet caramel/toffee. It has a nice, though not particularly complex, maltiness. There's a touch of herbal spicing. Sweetness dominates with just a touch of a bitterish (slightly metallic?) finish. What's so "uber" about this? I don't know. Maybe the alcohol, which is noticeable in a warming way. (Nothing especially high though, considering the style. Letting this warm up to room temperature did little to add to complexity. The taste is fine, but nothing special, IMO.

It has a medium body with moderate carbonation. The feel, though not great, is probably the best part of this brew.

Not a bad brew to sip on - in fact the maltiness is nice. But, there are American interpretations that have greater depth and complexities, not to mention some of the great Belgian classics - which this hardly holds a candle to. Wish there was more "going on" here. Maybe it's the yeast strain. Overall, as I stated, it's not bad, but just doesn't thrill me.

jwc215, May 04, 2008
Photo of SchmoTerp
2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not experienced in the abbey ales so keep in mind....

Pours a deep caramel with little head. Smells sweet, particularly for an ale. I was not impressed with this one but probably mostly because it felt and tasted more like a barleywine than anything else. Even the aftertaste was a bit off for an ale.

I'll be curious to try this one again after sampling more abbey ales but for now, I'll be leaving it alone.

SchmoTerp, May 04, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to wickedpete for the beer.
Color is burgundy, crimson, and black cherry. Head shot up with lot's of carbonation and disappeared. Thin ring of lace clings to the crown of the beer with several holes in it. Lace falls like sand in an hour glass with each sip.
Dark fruit aroma with some alcohol present. Cherries and figs are what I notice most. Not nearly as much going on in the nose as what I expected.
Flavor is more complex that the aroma and it taste better than it smells. That being said the flavors are not entirely Belgian imo. Lot's of dark fruit flavors and alcohol. Again cherries, figs and raisins. Also a bit of a grainy malt profile.
Mouthfeel is good with lot's of carbonation.
The beer started off quite drinkable. But about half way through it I had to go cut some cheese and a slice of rye bread to help me finish it. It wasn't a struggle b/c it tasted bad. I just got bored sipping it about half way through. The munster cheese and rye bread pared nicely with the beer though.
Overall it's a good beer that I'm glad I got to try but I won't be seeking this beer out anytime soon. It may be a good choice to interduce the style to someone though.

wcudwight, May 03, 2008
Photo of Risser09
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2008 Bottling - Cellar Temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent brown color with red highlights. 1/2" head is tan colored and very short lived. No lacing whatsoever and some carbonation activity.

Smell: Belgian yeast. Pepper, raisin, fresh barley. Lots of boozy alcohol.

Taste: Belgian yeast, peppery allspice, a bit of caramel. This beer tastes so heavy with alcohol it ruins any sort of flavor profile. Not a very complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated in the mouth. Plenty of alcohol to go around, which matches the spiciness. Medium body,

Drinkability: A decent beer. More booze than flavor or aroma. Not a great one. Won't be seeking again.

Risser09, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Clear deep mahogany/burgundy liquid with an off white, tannish head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
S: Strong alcohol smell, doesn't even really smell like a beer. Slightly sweet, candied fruit, malt, caramel, brown sugar and alcohol. Strong, but not very pleasant to me.
T: Medium body, adequate carbonation, pleasant mouth feel. For such a strong beer and flavors, finish is generally clean. Taste follows the smell, malty body, with dark and candied fruits, caramel and slight medicinal taste from the alcohol. I'm not crazy about this, and the alcohol is a little too strong and unbalanced, but for an American take on this style, it's pretty good.

yourefragile, Apr 25, 2008
Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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