Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.63/5 rDev -1.1%
I bought this beer exclusively because it was aged in brandy barrels; well, and because the brandy barrel-aged Beer Geek Brunch was more than $1.25 an ounce. To affordable beer!
A: A slowly cascading head catches the eye first, raising a light tan fizz above the murky, rust-colored body; looks likes powder atop the body after it dissipates. Layers of lace are sticky and abundant.
S: Bready scents dominate, though they are only moderate in intensity – doughy biscuit, rye, and fresh-baked wheat bread. A modest sweetness of black cherry, buttery caramel, and grape jam adds contrast before the aromas culminate in a bright, alcoholic swing reminiscent of sweet red wine.
T: Brandy-forward, and proud of it: first sip lends a considerable sweetness and alcoholic briskness. Candi sugar has been used with full force, as the first tastes are a heavy burnt sugar and molasses. A sweeter palate develops as strawberry syrup and Maraschino cherry notes overtake, though they bring the palate to a climax in an a thick, medicinal way; I’ll admit that it does remind me of cherry cough syrup, but only for a moment. Finishes with a touch of spice and alcoholic fire, lingering with a taste of cinnamon.
M: Goes down thick and fiery, stinging a little like brandy at first. Like the palate, it is quite syrupy, which makes it more of a chore to drink after half a glass.
O: A good beer, but not a great one. I can taste a bit of the brandy influence on the palate, but not enough to make this any more special than the Belgian strong dark ales I’ve had in the past. Underneath it all, though, there’s a well-crafted abbey ale, and that still shines through as an enjoyable flavor profile.
07-23-2013 21:31:14 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.86/5 rDev +5.2%
Like most beers of this style, it has a ton of style. It pours dark but translucent, as it should, with light lacing that stays for a while. The aroma is pronounced. Very yeasty.
The taste is strong and bitter under that yeasty good ness of the style. It gets better as it warms and as you warm to it - like a grapefruit, you have to get used to it but once you do, it works better.
The aftertaste is also strong and overpowering. ' not sure that this would go OK with any food. It gets pretty boozy tasting.
Overall, this is not a great revelation, but a competent selection. I will not seek it out again, but if it finds me that would be ok too.
07-14-2013 18:02:04 | More by schoolboy
4.1/5 rDev +11.7%
Appearance: Poured a deep amber brownish color into a tulip glass a short off white head that leaves delicate lacing.
Smell: Dark roasted malts and a bit of alcohol at the front of the nose. Also smell some sweetness of sugar and dark fruits.
Taste: Much better than I expected as the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Never having a brandy barrel aged beer before this is a bit of an experience. The beer is slightly sweet with notes of red grapes and caramel.
Mouthfeel: This is medium-bodied in the belgian style and goes down smooth without too much burn from the alcohol. Decent carbonation and a nice sipper.
Overall: This was definitely an interesting beer but quite enjoyable. It is nice to see Heavy Seas experimenting with several different styles and methods of aging. This is worth seeking out if you're into barrel aged beers or Belgian style trappist ales.
06-22-2013 15:25:02 | More by Mikecap
Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.