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

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83
good

417 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | 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 SIRIUS2
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Deep ruby brown in color with a smooth off white head, dissipating to just a creamy layer hovering on the surface. Lacing was fair.

S: Sweet fig, dates, brown sugar, caramel malts. No discernible hops that I could detect.

T: Flavors are much like they smell. Malty goodness with flavors of dark fruit and candied sugar. Although there is some sweetness going on here on the palate, the brew is not totally sweet, and in fact, there is a hint of dryness toward the finish. The finish is largely malty fruit, but is clean, with a little bit of warmth in the linger.

M&D: Full and satisfying mouthfeel but not heavy. Carbonation is light and creamy making for one wicked smooth experience. Although there is some warmth in the finish, this still goes down way too easy and could sneak up on you in no time. Beautiful brew and highly recommended.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love a good Belgium Dark and this is no exception.
Pours a dark amber with a smallish white head that melts to merely a faint ring rather quickly.

Aromas are straight from Belguim...Belguim yeasts, dark fruits, sweet candy malt and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is smoothly dark candied sugars, dark roasted malts, and again the dark fruits like plums, prunes, and dark raisins. No hint of alcohol in the taste...nothing hot here, just sweet.

Aftertaste becomes immediately drying and the sweetness reduces to nothing rather than leaving a cloying stickiness in your mouth.

Like it...as most Belgium Dark ales...I like what they did with this one...as with most Heavy Seas Brews.

Photo of RppIII
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Pours amber brown that turns to a dark amber once settled in the glass. The head is a thin fawny layer that subsides to a swirl coating almost like whips of clouds on a sea of beer

Smell: There is little odor coming from this beer, aside from a fruity alcohol wafting into my nostrils there are hints of dark malts and spice.

Taste: Opening this beer "holy Sheet" Über abbey style ale I was preparing myself for an all out assault on my senses! I was expecting a complex beer, with a prevalent yeast, and an alcohol content to keep me warm in the coldest of winter months. After taking a drink the most prevalent thing I notice from this beer is a dry mouth. However, there is a sweetness of fruit (raisin, prune, fig) and caramel malt with hints of toasted grain and an interesting burnt character. A very subtle hop essence works almost in harmony with the drying effect of the alcohol to create a delightful flavour/experience. The yeast adds a hint of spiciness, as the beer warms towards room temperature the fruit soaked alcohol aroma becomes more established in the flavour of the beer leading to a pleasing contrast of spicy notes and fruity alcohol aroma. I love the finish of sweetness, almost like a red wine I had earlier this evening.

Mouthful: Carbonation is precise to the claims on the bottle, along with the warming effect of the alcohol the beer brings about a sense of drying. This is not unpleasant but could affect the drinkability of this beer.

Drinkability: A great beer to keep you warm on a chilly day. I enjoy what was done with this beer but there seems to be a discrepancy in it's advertised style. I would not consider this a Belgian Strong Dark Ale; I would consider this more of an American interpretation of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Personally I would drink this beer all night, I enjoyed what Clipper City has done with this beer!

Photo of Rudgers73
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my chalice from a 12 oz bottle. Hmmm, no head. Maybe it's the strength of this one, but I like my BSDA's to have a really nice, tall, frothy head. The smell is mainly bready yeast and super sweet maltiness. This one might still have a chance with me...
The taste is really good. Full body, just a touch of the alcohol at the end but otherwise very well hidden. As the beer warms it takes on quite a boozy taste and mouthfeel, though. I prefer it cooler than warmer. Complex malts and smooth bitter-sweet flavor. It doesn't have the thick body or head of a good Belgian, but it sure tastes like one. I'd say this is definitely a drinkable beer.

Photo of tiger88
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby/burgundy color with an off white head that hung around a couple minutes. The head left no lacing as it dissipated. Smelled really sweet. Alcohol was prominant but not overwhelming. It tastes great. Drank it along with a grilled ribeye and mushrooms. The sweetness settles down as it warms a bit. Good clean mouthfeel with no aftertaste. Very drinkable beer though you will want to space them out because they're not year-round.

Photo of weeare138
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really not sure why the lack of love for this one. I found it to be well done and very authentic Belgian in nature, especially for a regional brewery on the East Coast...
Appears a semi-transparent mahogany hue of garnett amber with a small, light tan head that slowly fades into a spiraled cap and mild collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy banana nut bread with caramel, melanoiden malt, raisins, brown sugar...reminds me a bit of Chimay Red.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with complex, yeasty dough, rich caramalized malt(Special B?), and a touch of cocoa. The yeast is the real "bread winner" of this beer making it complex and delicious.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, bready, with raisin sweetness sliding along the tongue and into a lip smacking finish.

Well done brew. I hope they decide to keep it in the lineup for a long time b/c I would put it up there with both Chimay Red, as well as New Belgian Abbey.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Lothar666
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured nice and dark, like caramel oak mahogany in the body and a creamy off white head. Head was thick at first but quickly receeded, leaving bits of lacing in the rim.

S- Some pleasant belgian spices and candied fruits; dark ones like raisins and figs and a bit of caramel apple.

T- Dark fruits, floral accents and strong belgian style spices are all present in the flavor profile, as is sweet caramel and brown sugar and a touch of hops to balance it out. Alcohol is present but not unwelcome.

M- Thick, sticky, and sugary. Very full bodied and extremely smooth but with a tingle in the finish.

D- The strong alcohol in this does not hurt the drinkability in the least. It goes down smooth and easy and leaves the pallet craving another sip even after the last drop is gone. I am very impressed... This brewery has made an excellent accomplishment here, successfully reproducing a half decent but lower priced American version of a style that is normally much more expensive and less accessable.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of jgordon3
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I went to the local store (Julio's Westborough MA) looking for New Belgium Abbey Ale (didn't have it) and I picked this up. I was not disappointed. It had a roasted brown colour and a light head that disappeared quickly. Strong alcohol smell; malty with date and figs; a little sweet. Weakly carbonated and a little syrupy but overall very good and easily drinkable. In direct comparison to others of this ilk (Dogfish head Raison, Deliriums) I think this is a clear winner.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of ABOWMan
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
83 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.