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

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BA SCORE
83
good

390 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 390
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 16 | 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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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown color with miniscule white head that quickly falls to a thin ring. No lacing.
Smell is heavy on sweet dark fruit (dates, plums, raisins)
Taske is also very sweet, with strong fruit notes and almost some wine-like characteristics.
Finishes has some fruity aspects, but very little taste retention.
A very enjoyable beer, with some strong taste sensations, but the alcohol content limits its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 00:17:08 | More by tgbljb
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nriech

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Who coulnt pick this one up with a name like Holy Sheet, might as well been Holy Shyat.

Appearance: Had a good amber color, decent copper head. A bit of lacing.

Smell: Great spicy aromas with apples, yeast, and a bit of alcohol strength.

Taste: Awesome! A little bit sweet and an obvious alcohol punch but still smooth enough to drink a couple without overdoing it. The apples again come out in the taste along with a tiny bit of hops, malt, caramel, and yeast.

Overall another winner in the Heavy Seas brand, keep em' coming!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 17:11:46 | More by nriech
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ABOWMan

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 23:08:38 | More by ABOWMan
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark ruby red with an inch of mixed foam that drops fairly quickly.

S - Massively fruity - cherries and raisins come to mind - as well as some lychee and apple.

T - Sweet and malty, with a notable alcohol. Fruity, but not in a bad way. Toffee, molasses, lots of apple cider, tropical fruit and some light berries. Don't notice any distinct hop flavours and the finish is mildly bitter and dries out some. Some Belgian spiciness is also present.

M - Odd tongue-numbing sensation. Moderate body and low carbonation.

D - Interesting brew with interesting flavours. Not at all heavy despite being high alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 03:25:21 | More by allergictomacros
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BrewIndy

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer the other night not having any idea what I was getting into. I just thought the name was funny and needed one last bottle to complete the six pack so I could get out of there.

All I can say is WOW. I can't believe how good this beer is. It's got a great color and feels great in my mouth. It's very flavorful and reminds me a lot of a beer I used to drink in England called Carlsburg Special Brew that you can't find here stateside.

I would definitely pick up a 6 pick of this to sip on no matter what time of year.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 23:48:47 | More by BrewIndy
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Raisin nose. Flavor is sweet, raisiny, not cloying good balance, higher ABV is hidden. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 23:02:19 | More by jdhilt
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sideshowrob

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to pick this one up. The "Heavy Seas" beers are all worth trying.

Color is good, a nice brown-amber color. Nothing too dark here. Almost no head at all, and what few bubbles formed vanished immediately. Nice sweet nose on this one, scents of belgian candy sugar are present. Taste is just OK, This beer has a lot going on but its fairly subdued. I'm not sure if this is because it's still a bit green, or if it's the built-in 'drinkability' of the Heavy Seas line. It will be interesting to see how this one develops over the next few months. There is no way I'd ever guess this beer is 9%, the alcohol is absolutely cloaked.

Overall, a good, American style Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2007 19:13:46 | More by sideshowrob
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark cola brown with crimson highlights, a full finger of tan head fed by plenty of carbonation, though no sediment that the bottle mentions

S - a sweet fruity aroma latent with spices like coriander and nutmeg, typical for the style of course and well done, maybe a bit too sweet

T - wow, much better than i expected, rich dark fruits with some woodiness and subtle spiciness, well blended, and a backbone sweetness like molasses or borwn sugar

M&D - the base sweetness lends the beer a silky smoothness, some carbonation makes it through the taste and gives the beer a liveliness on the tongue, a refreshing well done beer, the Heavy Series continues its quality

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 01:44:42 | More by sinstaineddemon
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robbrandes

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

5oz taster, poured @ northern virginia brewfest.

pours a deep brown, almost hints of purple. lots of dark fruit - raisins, figs, some cloves... nice full body on this one. not sure how the bottle holds up, but the keg was excellent. glad i tried it early in the day!

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 00:49:28 | More by robbrandes
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ellindril

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer took me entirely by surprise.

The look of the beer is a very dark and cloudy amber.

When I poured it into my glass it was very cold (and also possibly quite old) so the carbonation was low. There was little to no lacing.

The mouthfeel of the beer was a little too gritty and hars given the mellowness of rich smell.

The taste struck me. I was expecting something less rich and deep. The rich sweet malt is the first thing that reaches your tongue. After the malt passes rich hints of plum or similar fruit can be detected. This fruity flavor stays with you in the aftertaste with just a hint of bitterness to balance and offset what would otherwise be a cloying sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 01:32:45 | More by ellindril
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had to throw a Belgian in the mix, just had to. Massive frothing head with clinging lace all the way down, bright and clear mahogany hue. Smells of dried dark fruit, candied fruit, chalky yeast, pineapple, caramel, wild flowers and clove. Sizable crispness with a fluffy medium body. Slight medicinal and bandaid flavor runs into tones of dusty clove and chalky yeast. Maltiness throws toasted grain, caramel and a ghost-like burnt malt at the palate. Hops show up but are lots in the creative chaos. Slight vinous higher alcohol twang middle to end, like a weak red table wine. Ends on a sweet note with some clove and phenolic action, soft but present.

Love it when American brewers get Belgian right. Holy Sheet is one of those seasonals that has a bit of shelf life as well being 9.0% abv but it drinks very well when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 05:27:37 | More by Jason
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cabsandking

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber with ruby highlights and a vigorous pour yielded only a slowly diminishing off white head. Big fruity aromas of raisons, ripe orchard fruits, and berries mixes with roasted malts, and some phenols. Nice mouthfeel, starts creamy and develops a nice weight leaving a slight slickness on the palate. The layers of fruit character is terrific; dried fruits, tart berries, tropicals at times. Some hop notes stand out in the finish along with some phenols and a vinous quality.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 13:33:34 | More by cabsandking
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 01:22:22 | More by JamnesCameron
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John_M

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 6 pack from Jason's and couldn't wait to crack open a bottle.

Not a huge amount of head on this beer, and what's there dissipates pretty quickly. However, beer is a loverly amber brown color, with enticing flavors of spice on the palate. The beer is very rich and sweet tasting, but is not over the top in the latter regard. Although obviously a big beer, it's not heavy or too tiring to drink. Very nice smooth mouthfeel, with almost a creamy texture. I could probaly drink a couple of these, as the beer is pretty drinkable for its 9% abv.

Another solid performance from Clipper City's heavy seas line. Can't wait to try this beer on draft.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 21:30:02 | More by John_M
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Zraly

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 22:30:29 | More by Zraly
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a maple syrup brown color with some rimming of beigeish head.
Smells got some malt syrup character maybe some brown sugar.
Taste definitely has the very sweet malts, and some sugary, thicker bodied quality.
Finish is just a tad dirty, but pretty clean with a solid sugar/syrup after-taste.
Drinks very smoothly. The malts really make the body drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 20:03:01 | More by ThaBobfather
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Pencible

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a dark and clear reddish brown with white head. It had a very sweet but earth smell like wild wheat, caramel malt, and floral hops. It tasted almost like a dry chardonnay grapes mixed with sour cherries, along with floral hops and some yeast. It was watery with some carbonation and had a moderately bitter aftertaste. Overall this had nice flavor for an abbey ale: very clean and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 22:35:44 | More by Pencible
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 00:42:15 | More by Cyberkedi
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adamette

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland last week. No observed "best by" date. Poured into my silver rimmed Westvleteren goblet.

A Creamy light brown head over a dark brown body which glows a dark mahogany in front of direct light. Curtain like lacing left on the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 4.0

S Sweet malt with minimal hops. A warmth of alcohol is apparent. Inviting, interesting smell. 4.0

T Nice, sweet malt taste with a warmth of alcohol that is really a nice effect. This taste is of a classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale and I really like the sweetness with the Belgian yeast taste as well. Bravo. 4.5

M Some syrupy stickiness but the feel is moderate. There is a warmth of alcohol to it and it certainly is a "big" beer but really I would characterize this as a moderate feel for the style. 4.0

D The malty sweetness helps the drinkability which cannot be that high due to the elevated ABV of 9.0%. 3.5

Notes: Very good example of the style, a rival of classic Belgian beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 04:01:25 | More by adamette
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-based goblet, Holy Sheet (funny name... I think this might be a joke that has something to do with their head brewer who's of hispanic descent - :) displays a very dark chestnut brown with a burgundy cast and glowing crimson-orange highlights that are reminiscent of some film version of what hellfire might look like. The creamy yellowed head rises up at first but then slumps gently down into a thin surface covering and moderate collar. The retention is good, given the strength, but it only leaves minor spots and splashes of lace behind.

The aroma is rich and bold with lots of dark raisins, dark sugar, dripping dark-red fruit, and spice. Absolutely wonderful!!! Carrying this from the kitchen to the front room I was absolutely engulfed in it. I could sit and enjoy this in and of itself.

The flavor, however, is not nearly as fruity and sweet as the nose suggests. It's much denser, darker, and richer with notes of fig and other dark fruits (cherries, raisins, prunes) that have been dusted with a light coating of demerara sugar and peppered with spice and herbal hops - much more of what you'd expect of the style. There's some mild astringency like the the skin of dark fruits, and the alcohol is present, but in a good way... you should expect it to be there without it standing out on it's own. In this case it's worked in nicely amidst the dark fruit, yeasty spice, and herbal hops. It's remarkably rounded and well-balanced; and quite drinkable in a relaxed, sipping kind of way.

Would I like it sweeter and more fruity as the nose suggests? Well it seems like a good idea at first, but when it actually comes down to drinking it, probably not. But the contrast is a little bit of a speedbump at first sip. Regardless, I think this is a great beer, and right up there with the others in the Heavy Seas line. Worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 12:42:29 | More by NeroFiddled
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schmitter

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, the Clipper City Heavy Seas line is the greatest mixed pack known to man.

Color - Deep amber, looks like the Phillies of the Schmidt Era. Poured with a thin head. Smells spicy, hints of cinnamon. Tasted sweet from the alcohol, malty, scotch. Not a true 'abbey' but delicious, definitely going back for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 14:08:11 | More by schmitter
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 15:25:02 | More by Mikecap
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ericj551

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Sheet pours a dark amber with a foamy but fading off-white head. The aroma is at first fresh, overripe raspberries, with hints of caramel. The flavor is rich and malty, with some of the fruity berry flavor and a dark, toasted caramel finish. There is a bit of an alcohol bite at the end, not quite covered up by the huge flavor of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 00:45:28 | More by ericj551
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1fastz28

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep ruby color with a decent sized head that laces nicely. has a complex aroma, lots of malt and fruit dominate while distinct fruits like banana come through its pretty good.

taste is good, the alcohol content is strong but not too overpowering.

mouthfeel is good,not watery at all

can't wait to drink the rest of these

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 05:51:48 | More by 1fastz28
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly clear, dark copper with a ruby hue. Almost an inch of off-white head arose before retreating to a partial skim coat.
Aromatics have plenty of caramel, raisins, cloves, dark sugar, and toffee.
As it warms, some dark rum steps forward as well as shades of butterscotch, cherry skins, and cocoa-dusted bannana peels.
The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. A bit lacking for a Belgian.
The pallet is lightly laced with rum-soaked raisins, red grapes, juicy malt, and a hint of sweet chocolate.
Bitterness is fairly firm and the beer starts drying, but finishes with residuals.
Alcohol is well hidden but warming enough to add some complexity and perhaps some vineousity later in life.

This perhaps could be a good one for cellaring, although it's pretty damn tasty now. Let her warm up and you'll find some nice complexities within.
Jack up the carbonation a bit and I'm sold.
Put it in a corked and caged 750 and people will drool.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2008 00:17:12 | More by brewandbbq
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