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

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BA SCORE
83
good

393 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
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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RppIII

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +18%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 01:25:37 | More by RppIII
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Rudgers73

New York

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 20:52:40 | More by Rudgers73
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tiger88

Alabama

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 00:27:25 | More by tiger88
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Lothar666

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 04:05:45 | More by Lothar666
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jgordon3

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 01:39:51 | More by jgordon3
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fmrl


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

04-21-2012 20:05:52 | More by fmrl
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bigaddy

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-10-2013 00:32:27 | More by bigaddy
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sammy806

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-18-2014 19:24:41 | More by sammy806
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

03-16-2012 20:12:09 | More by mendvicdog
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 18:23:50 | More by weeare138
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-07-2014 16:37:54 | More by bubseymour
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JamieDuncan

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-07-2014 16:37:02 | More by JamieDuncan
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DruRho

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-18-2013 19:24:02 | More by DruRho
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RHB33

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-17-2014 21:50:02 | More by RHB33
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-09-2013 20:25:44 | More by goblue3509
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murraymj

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-02-2013 00:39:40 | More by murraymj
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Hokies

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep reddish brown with a minimal head and a light lace left on the glass.

Dark fruits and candy sugar dominate the aroma with the caramel malt in the background.

I was not overly impressed with the aroma but the taste is quite nice. Not overly boozy with a nice blend of dark fruits, sugar, caramel and raisins. Their is also a nice yeast flavor at the end.

I have to say that is probably one of the best American BSDA's that I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 04:42:33 | More by Hokies
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polopaul20

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

10-17-2013 14:19:19 | More by polopaul20
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rorjets

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

12-17-2013 03:44:56 | More by rorjets
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Jamison85

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-15-2013 03:52:26 | More by Jamison85
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

06-02-2013 16:10:55 | More by hockeyfighter19
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MaChiNe


4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

05-19-2012 15:09:41 | More by MaChiNe
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MarvinSnyder

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

07-08-2014 00:12:49 | More by MarvinSnyder
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hdofu

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow fruity is one thing that came to mind with my first sip. Also the aroma was that of holiday spiced punch. The taste is that of dark cherries and black grapes with a bitter aftertaste after the bubbles die down. The appearance is a honey colored reddish/brown with a small white head that this appears leaving a lace trail very quickly. The warmth from the alcohol warms the tongue like hot coals warm a pot while sudz make the tongue tingle. This beer is noticeably heavy in its punch (almost made me shout "Holy Sheet!" and I don't think I could knock back more then one in a night.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 22:00:24 | More by hdofu
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 01:56:48 | More by Clydesdale
Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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