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

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83
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419 Ratings
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 24 | 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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Ratings: 419 | Reviews: 251
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Buebie
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On May 9, 2010, I had a chance to retry this beer. First impression is the head is completely different: A huge, rocky, beige version! Lots of clumpy lace.

The rest of the review is still accurate.
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Modest beige head on initial pour; this quickly dies to a single circle of bubbles along the glass. Dark caramel in color, clear.

Brown sugar aroma; a little cotton candy, too. I guess it would be redundant to say that this smells sweet.

Some interesting sourness shows up on the first sip. This quickly yields to a great deal of caramel sweetness. I notice a touch of hop which is important to give some semblance of balance. In the swallow and aftertaste, the sourness (like bitter orange rind) returns and lasts a long time. The body and carbonation are as expected for this style of beer.

I am surprised that at 9% abv I don't detect the alcohol. I would say that this could be a dangerous beer, especially for those with sweet teeth.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my Duvel tulip glass, Holy Sheet appears a slightly cloudy crimson chestnut color with about a finger of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of raisins, cherries, sweet caramel, brown sugar, yeast esters, figs, and a touch of chocolate. A tad better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. A nice Belgian dark - worth a try.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only a whisp of a head, on mahogony brown. Dark beer aroma and boozy. Surprisingly high alcohol. A decent beverage though only passable Belg, not very complex consistent with several American trainees of these styles I have had recently. Medium mouthfeel that goes down in a rush. Sweet with caramel. Drying aftertaste. Number 2400.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. No date codes that I could see. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a translucent, brownish, ruby-orange. A tan head soon becomes a heavy ring. Smell is peaty, and caramelized malt. Sweet. Taste is balanced well up front with some earthiness and slightly floral hops. More smoky, robust malt. A touch of sourness on the back. Feel is super creamy, but lively at the same time. Great feel. Finishes long and crisp.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, buy before date of July/08

A: Pours a deep brown/mahogany under a small slightly off white head. A bit of retention and no lace.

S: Smells a yeast, bread, some brown sugar, a little bit of raisins and dark fruit.

T: Pretty sweet throughout, with hints of dark fruit and raisins. A bit of bitterness in the finish, not enough to balance sweetness. Hints of alcohol as well. Slightly herbal. Slightly off, but good.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is a little prickly, alcohol is there in taste a little and also a little warming. Drinkability is good. Would have liked some yeast in the bottle at least. Overall, a decent effort at the style.

Photo of sophisticated
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice label - a pirate at sea. Argh.
Pours a cloudy dark-amber/brown. The bottle claims to have yeast sediment. It's cloudy but not much sediment is visible. Small head leaves a bit of lace.

Smells of berries, Belgian yeast, malts. Overall, sweet and nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Kind of like a boozey toast with jam. Strawberries, malts, bread, as well as some alcohol presence. This has a bit of a sharp bite.

D) Pretty good. It's fairly tasty and my first try from this brewery. This may not be my favorite style but it's enjoyable enough. At 9% ABV its a sipper.

Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Pours dark brown, almost ruby colored when held up to the light. Poured with a thick two finger off-white head. The head settled out within a few minutes to cling to the sides of the glass and didn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some Belgian yeast spiciness with some candy sugar and dark fruit notes. The taste is more malty and caramely then I expected. I expected the Belgian yeast to be a little more present, which isn't a bad thing in my opinion. it has a sweet flavor to it with some dark fruits going on, as well as a decent amount of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick with moderate carbonation. I opened this one not expecting to like it as much as I did, but I ended up really enjoying it. It was a nice mix of Belgian flavors with an American twist. I liked how the Belgian yeast was a little more subtle in this one which gave the other flavors a chance to come through.

Photo of misternebbie
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of youngblood
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark ruby with very little head. It looks highly carbonated and slightly slick.
Smells crazy fruity. I get loads of cherry especially, although there is also lots of date & hints of fig. Some unplaced sweetness also, can't figure it out.
Taste follows smell. This is one of the fruitiest BSDA's I've had in a while. Strong cherry throughout, slight breadiness hanging around. There's a bit of a funny hop aftertaste here, can't place what's not right about it though? Alcohol flares up a bit every now and then, but otherwise hides ABV nicely.
Feels very slick on the tongue, goes down easy though.

Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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!!

Photo of dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours with a gigantic, five-fingered, full, foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a bit of time before slowly dissipating and leaving a generous layer of lacing around the top of the glass...
Smell was thick and deep, full of roasted malts, candied sugars, and mollasses...
Taste strongly complmented the aroma, bursting with a powerful suggestion of malts, vanilla,caramel, candied sugars, toffee, yeast, honey, and a noticeable presence of alcohol, which isn't that well-masked...
Rich, creamy mouthfeel filled with thick flavors and a burning essence of alcohol...
Drinkability took a hit due to the ultra-rich and super-thick flavors as well as the noticeable ABV which makes its presence pretty well-known...
Otherwise, not a bad sample from Clipper City...

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Beautiful, rich looking, clear, dark amber. Modest, ivory colored head. Some legs, no/little lacing.

Aromas of cherries, alcohol, toffee and candi sugar.

Sweet & fruity taste, cherries (sweet & dark). Alcohol, a bit too noticeable -- moves towards a slightly medicinal taste. Slight roast notes, toffee. Herbal finish, nice lingering bitterness.

Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Dry.
Very nice, struck me as a BSDA, which, in fact, it was (I really impress myself sometimes..., yes, this is sarcasm). Not too sweet, nice complexity, only complaint is alcohol is a bit too evident.

Photo of beerman207
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark Red color, 1 finger head.

S- Smells sweet and like alcohol which is a little alarming in the nose for that to be dominant.

T- Clove, dark fruit, perhaps some caramel.

M- Medium all around in carbonation. It has a nice warming feeling in the finish

D- Nothing outstanding but at $1.95 for a single it was worth trying.

Photo of Aenema
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours maple brown with a one finger off-white head which quickly fades. Hazy body flecked with yeast and minimal lacing.
Smell - Caramel malt, some citrus and candied sugar.
Taste - Sweet, dark fruit, caramel malts.
Mouthfeel - Finely carbonated with a medium body.
Drinkability - A little too sweet for extended drinking, but still reasonably drinkable.

Photo of ybnorml
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark amber beer. Has a small off white head. The aroma has a light floral character with small caramel malt note and a strong candy background.The candy sweetness hits the tip og your tongue first with that distinctive belgian hop note at the sides of your tongue. The finish starts with a strong malty sweetness rushing down the back of your tongue followed by a light peppery bite at the end.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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