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82
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249 Reviews
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Reviews: 249
Hads: 421
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 10.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: Jaynuze on 03-12-2007

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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)

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

Appearance- Burnt Orange and Dark Cherry, and a pinkish sheet of lace over the glass.

Smell- Chocolate and burnt caramel and sugar with a hint of fruit.

Taste- The only fruit I can taste is prunes, dates, and raisins. I'm not a big fan of any of those, so the taste score is lacking for me personally. Slight taste of the burnt chocolate, caramel, and sugar that the smell hinted. No hops or yeast that I can detect.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and fizz, lighter mouthful than the flavor would indicate.

Drinkability- Not a summer beer, a little too heavy on the palate and eye for that. I don't like the fruit tastes involved, and the mix of fizz and burnt sweetness with the sour fruit taste leaves me sort of, well, like I just sucked on something sour. I don't think I would search this beer out again. (808 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into pint glass

A- dark amber look with slight head that disappears quickly. Lacing not bad

S- sweet malt and alcohol. Almost smells medicinal

T- some fruit and smoked malty flavor. Again, sweet syrup and big time alcohol

M- full bodied and sweet and creamy

D- pretty tasty. The blend of fruitiness and toasted sweet malt made it good. One to two is enough because of the alcohol (403 characters)

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from a suggestion from the BeerMan777..cheers.
popped this cherry into several oddly shaped glasses shared amongst friends departing for the spring, summer, and maybe longer. there is longing in this glass, a deep red and foamy longing, the carbonated blood of brothers. oh and it smells like our blood too. candied raisin booze (why my blood is such a hit at the bank) and sultry notes of caramel. shoulda maybe sat on this one for a few months but i just got the shit! i gotta open a bottle of something. if i ever get another one, i'll treat her righter. til then, she's a hot lass full of potential...ready for babies. hot candy babies. (640 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a coppery-brick color with a medium turbidity. The head was foamy with an active display of surface eruptions that quickly led to its demise leaving no appreciable lacing. A mixture of macro and micro particulate matter clouds the drink, while a medium-strong display of carbonation quickly rises. Nice coloring and turbidity, but a weak holding head doesn't leave you much time to appreciate this.

S: The nose was semi-sweet but less so malty with a touch of solvent alcohol. Ripe fruit with raisins is also evident but less so appreciable in terms of strength. Overall lacks complexity and a malty fullness instead opting for a heavier then normal dose of alcohol fusels.

T: The flavor was spicy and a bit malty to start, bready notes come through it still doesn't convince me this is a malt forward beer. The alcohol is dominant, again coming in strong of solvent. Toasted grains struggle to come through but are blindsided by the heaping of alcohol and is never fully appreciated. As with the nose, lacked a certain level of complexity and depth iv come to expect per style, especially since abbeys are on the top of my list of favorite styles. Solvent alcohol tones, perhaps a bit much seem to drown out any appreciable attributes this may have brought to the table.

M: The mouthful was edgy from the carbonation, full bodied with a creamy texture and nature. Fusels are evident giving this a whinning high pitch alcohol tone rather a soft and warming nature and lacked any mouth coating maltiness despite its deceptive fullness.

D: A slow sipping boozy experience that trades of complexity and depth for a high dose of alcohol fusels makes this a bit of a disappointment. A marginable drinking experience , hindered by the high alcohol that feels like it drinks several points higher then its advertised 9.0%av. It took me awhile to drink this, and im no stranger to big alcohol beers, but maybe had something to do with the lack of enjoyment and unbalanced nature. Highly unlikely a re-visit and wouldn't go out of my way to recommend unless the person is interested in only tasting scotchy booze. (2,122 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark mahogany with a fine-bubbled pale tan head. Aroma is strong and fruity with yeasty and malty undertones and a whisper of butterscotch. Flavor is fruity and a bit sweet with malty and woody undertones. Texture is rough, edgy and tingly, leaving a pleasing finish. (286 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light Plum color with a big puffy head that settles down into a nice 1 inch top. Good lacing thruout. Not much of an aroma, a little dark fruit smell. Taste echoes the dark fruit. A little spice and raisins, a little of the belgian funk. Still not a great flavor. Its an ok try at the style but lacks that deep candied fruit flavor you get in other Belgian darks. Its easy to drink and the booze is hidden well. So overall an ok brew. (442 characters)

Photo of PJStello
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours easily and settled down with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly. Ranges from a mahogany to dark amber color as you move it around in the light.

Smell - Upon first opening the the bottle you are greeted with a nice characteristic belgian ale aroma; however, said aroma greatly tones down as the beer settles into the glass. After a few sips (with a good bit of room left in the glass) disturbing the beer a bit it will kick off a nice malty aroma.

Taste- Definitely tasted a few spices hitting the tongue right off the bat, however as it moved around I began to pick up a good bit of a honey flavor. The hops definitely offer more of an aromatic quality in this beer as they definitely linger in the after taste. The flavor of this beer really does let you know you are drinking a 9% beer .

Mouthfeel- This beer really sits in the middle of the road; I can't say it feels heavy, and I can't say it feels like the lightest beer either. It has a very light carbonation that gently tickles the tongue.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. I recommend starting your night with this beer and coasting with something like a Yeungling lager afterwards.

Grade- B (cold) / B+ (warm): When comparing it against other Belgian (style) Strong Ales I feel like this beer is a bit lacking in the flavor department, and it really has to be kicked in the ass to offer up a nice aroma. Holy Sheet is a very drinkable beer and something I would easily consider going back to if nothing better was offered at the time. (1,522 characters)

Photo of kdawg105
4.76/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really good beer!! The appearance was inviting with lace that stuck to the glass the whole way down. The smell was a little lighter that expected but nice with a balance of malt and hops. The taste great very balanced brew with a nice little bite of hops. The mouthfeel is perfect it has a nice feel to it. The drinkability is also great the beer has no overpowering characters and it finishes really smooth!! To be so strong in abv.% it is a really easy drinking brew! (469 characters)

Photo of dpasotti
2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transparent deep plum color into my Piraat balloon glass. Zero head despite the high-altitude pour directly down the center. Aroma is very clean and lacks any Belgian yeast character whatsoever. Dark toasty malt; very biscuity with just a little fruit. Smells quite similar to a doppelbock.

This is a Belgian style? A thin malty sweetness that turns tart and quickly fades away. Alcohol is very forward and feels like more than 9%. Not a hint of Belgian-style phenols anywhere on the palate either. Mouthfeel is thin and boring with medium-high carbonation.

Holy Sheet is a very disappointing offering from Clipper City, a solid brewery that I feel has some excellent beers in the form of Loose Cannon and The Great Pumpkin. I finished the bottle, but I won't be having this again. (791 characters)

Photo of claytri
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a rich Mahogany with a tan head. The aroma was of caramel malt and spices. The tastes was of caramel malt, vanilla, and spice. The feel was heavy and wet. A very pleasant beer, the spices and vanilla were a good compliment to the malt. (251 characters)

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