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

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BA SCORE
82
good

249 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 249
Hads: 423
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 15
Gots: 25 | 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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Reviews: 249 | Hads: 423
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Excited to try this one.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get some dark fruit, brown sugar and maple notes, as well as some caramel and alcohol. The alcohol is present, but it is not boozy smelling.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of toffee and dark fruit notes, as well as quite a bit of brown sugar. The beer is very sweet and has a touch of Belgian yeast character to it. The alcohol is once again present, but it doesn't hurt drinkability.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another good beer from Heavy Seas. (620 characters)

Photo of cnally
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always thought Clipper City is a massively underrated producer of the finest quality. Shocking that I have never had this beer, of my favorite style, from them.

The appearance is a deep mahogany, mostly opaque but along the edges a little light seeps through the deep amber. An off-tan head remains, and clings just a little to the glass.

A boozy trip in the aroma, firy. Highly bready and filled with a frontal malt nose.

Woody, boozy, bready flavor. Nice balance between that and the deep malts. The belgian malts really deliver a dark fruity flavor. Plum, cherry, a little sherry flavor...nice and complex.

Full mouthfeel. Creamy and full bodied. A little hot.

A pleasing brew and really reliant on Special B malt, I would guess. That mild pungency that arises from the beligian yeast and the fruity malt really makes up for the forward booziness. (860 characters)

Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was glad to get this spring release. Overall a good beer.
It pours a nice clear mahogony red, slight off-white head about half an inch and dissapates. Lace is light.
Aroma is malts, dark cherry and fruits.
Taste again carried by sweet malts, fruits like cherry, banana and sherry alcohol.
The mouth is smooth, alittle hop crisp, oil feel and slight alcohol warmth.
Good brew, respect the 9% on this medium bodied sweet brew. Only drawback, it can seem alittle to sweet as it warms. (489 characters)

Photo of csmiley
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium to dark brown. Got a little over a half inch head with good retention. Lacing was just average.

S - First, there is a Belgian yeast aroma mixed with some spiciness, which is nice. Second, there is fairly strong caramel and bread smell that act as a balance to the spices.

T - Malt is very significant in this one. At first there is a big, sweet, caramel sensation but that gets quickly backed by a sharp spiciness and alcohol. On the end there is just a hint of cherry. Everything does go well together in this one.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Drinkability is good. The beer is smooth and the alcohol is hardly noticeable. I would have no problem having a few more of these. (717 characters)

Photo of Jaynuze
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky enough to get a case of this new rare beauty from the brewer. Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a thin white head. It dissipated quickly, but this might have been due to the cleanliness of the tulip glass I was using.

The nose has notes of sweet fruits and spice ... apple seems to be the most prominent. Though it is a sweet aroma, it is not overbearingly sweet. The chocolate malts really seem to round out the nose and taste.

The initial sip is a bit sweet ... though the beer had only been in the fridge for about 20 minutes. There is a light pinch of alcohol, but drinker beware, though this beer is smooth it's strong (9%). I'm not sure if this is better served warmer or colder, but I've got 23 others to test out my "theories"! Again, notes of apple with a smooth malty finish make this beer a great sipping brew. I'm not sure if I could handle more than two per sitting, as with most Belgian styles, the malty sweetness tends to get to me ... so does the 9% ABV!

Bubbles were rapidly rising once poured into the glass. This beer is very well carbonated and well balanced. Not much of a sign from the two brands of hops (Warrior and Tettanger), however Belgians tend to be much maltier than hoppy. The alcohol is well balanced with the malts and makes this a very smooth drinking beer. Though alcohol is noticed in the finish it still has a light creamy finish.

It's a good stab at the Belgian style. I'll have to drink a few more to see how my impressions change, but I sure am glad that I have more to sample! This is a smooth drinking beer and I can't wait until they put this one on cask! It seems a bit large for a Spring release, but it is still pretty darn tasty! Once again, Clipper City has built another winner! (1,757 characters)

Photo of Kranders
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Poured a muddy brown, with very thin head. Pretty unappealing from sight. Nice sweet overtones in the aroma that were very inviting. Really rich taste, complex and sweet with a lot of malt. Slight fruity hints in the back. Stays on the tongue longer than expected with some sweetness there as well. Very enjoyable. (337 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour was dark chocolate with a one finger head. Great lacing on the glass that held throughout the drink.

Heavy malt smell at the front of the nose. Hints of florals and hop spice in the rear.

The drink starts with a heavy kick of malt sweet in the front. Around mid tongue there is a quick kick of hops with that standard Belgian finish.

Easy drinking beer, and incredible from a cask. I look forward to trying it on regular tap or in a bottle. (448 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Heavy Seas goodie. Decent price makes this a good sipper summer session brew – but as a sipper only.

Deep mahogany brown with a semi-frothy tan head that produced nice sliding laces. Small notes of Belgium yeast and sugar cane in the aroma. But the taste is where this one shines; nice mishmash of plum and cherry, sweet and tart – maybe just a smidgen of cherry cough syrup, but not enough to be a distraction. Smooth and silky texture, I’m ready for a couple more. (480 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a nice cherry, mahogany amber color with bright ruby highlights, good clarity and a chunky head of white foam which left lots of sticky web-like lacing. Great!

S: Smell is sweet and slightly spicy. Dried cherry, dates and brown sugar jump to mind.

T: Taste is a deep, complex fruity and malty combo with some chaotic hop bitter and spiciness thrown in the mix. Cherry juice, pears and lemon peel combined with oily grapefruit hops and sweet, dark sugarcane. Rich and complex tasting.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied and sweetly sticky.

D: One would have to tread lightly with this Belgian ale, it is strong and rather tasty. The alcohol is present, which deters the drinkability slightly, but it's just a nice, robust abbey ale. Love the parrot dressed as a monk on the label artwork. (860 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Shouldn't this be a Belgian Strong Dark Ale since it's at 9%? Best before August '07 clearly notched below the regularly awesome CC artwork.

Appearance: A dark amber hue to the body, and some spotty lacing not billowing as much as I'd expected, though as it warms some better things start to happen.

Smell: Ripe pear, watermelon, and dark tropical fruit dominate the nose, along with whiffs of unsweetened chocolate, bread crust, cherries, lots of malt and I imagine candi sugar, plum, and the earthy notes of raisins. I miss the phenolic funk, but this holds up well with the dark fruits all over the place.

Taste: The aroma comes through well, as dark fruits are all over the place, with pear sticking out, along with watermelon, funnily enough, as I said before for the nose. Not sure what the yeast is they're using, but whatever the funk's lacking, the dark fruit flavors are making up for it; there are a lot, and the finish is long and coating.

Mouthfeel: Moderately heavy and rich, though there's enough creamy carbonation so it doesn't feel all that coating, which allows the flavors enough room do their thing.

Drinkability: I really like what Clipper City's doing with this. I imagine it's not easy emulating a BSDA, especially for the funkiness that you just (usually) don't get with a domestic. Still, at 9%, this is balanced, not too expensive, and a good sipper for folks who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on a caged and corked and / or 11.2 oz. bottle of something imported. Are those most likely going to be better? Yes. But this was a nice treat, and something I'll be buying in the spring (for those late nights) as long as they keep making it. (1,720 characters)

Photo of techcommdood
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Poured a clear, clean dark crimson with very little head.

Smell
Faint malty sweetness and nuts.

Taste
Very sweet and nutty, with an almost hazelnut character to it. Some good lemony citrus coming through as well.

Mouthfeel
Thick, clean, and wet. Sounds dirty, but there you have it.

Drinkability
Very drinkable. In fact, I drank it faster than I should have. Between the sweetness and lemon notes, and the very wet mouthfeel, this one can go down quick!

Overall
Extremely pleased with this one. Had it on tap a few weeks prior and it was outstanding. Better on tap, but very good in bottle. (606 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle, with purchase by Jul08 on the label. Served in a tulip glass, this was a dark red/brown (burgundy according to the label) with a small white head that didn't last. It had a pleasant spice and fruit aroma, and there was a nice yeasty edge to it also. The taste was sweet, plum and/or cherry, followed by some bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Maybe a little too much on the sweet side for me, but still a very enjoyable beer. (438 characters)

Photo of DeepSix
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 12oz. Dark amber with a minimal head. Minor lacing and small head throughout.

A sweet nose, malts pretty overpowering. Darks fruits, with Belgian yeast. Only a snippet of alcohol in the smell.

More sweetness in the taste, along with hints of dark fruits, similar to the smell. A bit too simple (as in lacking complexity) for this style, others see it, I'm not, then again I'm not seeing the alcoholic burn at the end either. A rather bland if present at all bitterness and hops.

Medium mouthfeel, with what seems like zero carbonation. The alcohol I did notice here, but not in the taste. Notable sweetness here with results in it wanting to stay in one side of your mouth when you're pushing it to the other.

Not a bad attempt for Clipper City here, but much room for improvement, think I could have a couple of these, although the alcohol doesn't seem to have hit me from it's ABV. Someone wrote about how it's on better on cask, I'm gonna hafta keep my eye out for that. (1,007 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a traditional pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, freshness date of June 2008.

Appearance: Thick, one-finger head, good lacing, and a transparent, orange-copper body. Lazy, rolling carbonation. Nice looking.

Smell: Whoa. Pineapple? Yeah, that's definitely pineapple. Weird, but nice. Other, darker fruits, a general overall sweetness, and cloves are detectable. Very interesting.

Taste: The taste is a little less varied than the nose. Mild phenols, cloves and a few other yeasty, earthy notes, raisin/plum sweetness, and dry, spicy, warming alcohol (only in the finish). Interesting, and varied, but a little less than I expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel: Smooth at first, but then big and bubbly as the mouth evolves with each sip. So, I like it at first, but then it becomes distracting.

Drinkability: Hm, not outstanding. It's pretty alcoholic in the finish (not to mention overall - 9%), and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. It's very interesting though, and there's plenty to taste and smell.

I found this beer interesting at first, but it became somewhat one-dimensional near the close, with the alcoholic aftertaste beginning to overpower after a time. Nonetheless, it's worth it to give this one a try, because they did manage to nail the whole "Belgian style" pretty well. Maybe aging it might develop a few of the flavors further, as well. (1,364 characters)

Photo of weasbri
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish burgundy color with a thin head into my new Belgian goblet. A bit of a yeasty aroma, mixed with estery alcohol.
The taste was quite nice, not too much alcohol despite the 9% label. I picked up some definite fruity notes, perhaps some cherry, along with the yeast mixed with fruity alcohol and malty sweetness. A nice tartness going down, with a slightly bitter but dry finishing kick.
Sometimes I think Clipper City goes overboard with the high alcohol content on their Heavy Seas line, but this one worked pretty well. (540 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my snifter. This beer pours a fairly dark reddish brown, dirty looking color. The off-white head was maybe 1/4 inch when poured. Settles fairly quickly to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Not much lacing here at all. Has a dark fruit aroma, like raisins, but these nostrils can't pick up much else other than that, also a bit of tart and maybe a hint of caramel malt. Has a sort of sweet and sour tart flavor along with some raisins and a slight roasted malt flavor, rounded out with a bit of spice and a sweet brown sugar or molasses type flavor. The taste of alcohol is definitely present. Something about the flavors overall seems, well, a little off. They don't blend as well together as they might. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. This is certainly a unique take on a Belgian Strong dark Ale and not quite like any other Belgian Strong Dark Ale style beer I have ever had before. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing.

Eric (1,037 characters)

Photo of Umbra
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty Unibroue snifter. Freshness dating was blatantly evident. Heavy seas cartoon stays constant with the line.
Appearance: Amber tinged mahagany with a bunch of body carbonation. Regardless, the tan head didn't last very long. Lacing was spotty but relentless.
Smell: Bready aroma with a load of dark fruits. Cherry was predominant (had whiffs of red Nyquil, but not in a bad way)
Taste: Dark and summer fruits and hefty, well balanced malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation made it creamier. Didn't last long either way.

Drinkability: Easy drinking and interesting. Will be buying more from a local favorite. (663 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a dull ruby color, smells of sweet fruits - spiced. Spiced apple? peaches? Hides its alcohol fairly well, with a little astringency on the finish. Mellow carbonation. Good American example of an abbey ale, but I would question its spring release tactic, as this seems more like a December through February beer. The Heavy Seas line over all is a good example of a well-grounded approach to "extreme" beer without being retarded about it. (437 characters)

Photo of chiefydawg
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came out of the bottle more clear than expected, with a bourbon color. Thin but dense and creamy light khaki head. Not as much lacing a some other Heavy Seas

Smells of dried fruit, molasses, and maybe some oak-aged bourbon.

Tastes of like all that and more. Lot of beer there. The alcohol and malt are apparent even in the early sips. Nice and warming on a night of (Holy Sheet) sleet such as this. Definitely a 'Jack Daniels' quality as the liquid warms. A fresh doughy maltiness with powdered sugar sneaks in and tries in vain to keep up with the alcohol. Fermented fruitcake?

Although it is medium bodied, it packs a wallop. Great sipper for a nightcap or a fireside chat. If I would accompany food, it would be with smoked salmon or hot pepper cheese. Smooth for its strength. (784 characters)

Photo of bruachan
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed it at north end marked at the edge of hudson

the head died without ceremony (though i my glass might not be clean) but left some lacing. the color is a dark red

fruity. the aroma has a cherry/cranberry tartness to it and a cherry sweetness. not sour like a lambic--just tart. there are hops in there, too, but the malts are producing fruitiness

fruity again in the flavor profile, though less tart. there's a hint of booze to follow from the aroma's cue but it melds with bitterness (499 characters)

Photo of albern
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The weak point of this very nice beer is the appearance which leaves very little head and becomes just a mahogany, somewhat clear, slightly syrupy, flat looking beer. Keep going and it gets better. The aroma has hints of fig, maybe apricot, alcohol, and an overall rum soaked fruitiness. The taste is very chewy with some caramel maltiness, warming alcohol, heavy fruits, raisin, some grains, and an overall pungent strong Belgian dark character. There are some yeasty bits floating in the glass. The beer is medium to full bodied, and packs a bit of a wallop. This is a very nice Belgian style beer, but you'll have to get beyond the appearance which underestimates the true qualities of the beer. L'Chaim. (707 characters)

Photo of deereless
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A flash of thick head that drops relatively quickly leaving a spotty layer over the surface of the beer, deep amber to light brown in color, minor activity is visible in the beer - 3.50, S: Tons of tart cherries and a good deal of spiciness, lots of phenols and the faintest hint of a high quality balsamic vinegar (that's good), thick sweetness that I associate with dried figs or prunes - 4.25, T: Very spicy and slightly peppery, alcohol plays a large part of the palate, dry body, candied sugars, brandied soaked dried cherries, hint of clove, a bit dry and chalky - 4.00, M: Medium bodied but with a touch of silkiness - 4.00, D: All around a good brew, quite drinkable - 3.50 (684 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Heavy Seas offering from Clipper City on tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured a medium brown infused with amber a thinner but pretty well sustained light brown head atop.Lighter aromas mainly I picked up some phenolic-like spice and cherry with a hint of brown sugar.Somewhat yeasty flavors a little clove-like spice but a good rich fruitiness shows itself like cherry,bannana even a hit of apricot a decent herbal hop twang comes thru nicely in the finish.Pretty easy going down and flavorful with all the right components to make it a decent Belgian dark ale,I liked it and I am not even a huge fan of the style. (621 characters)

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just an one finger head, not a good start, but the color is nice, rating a 19 on the SRM beer color chart. Clear and lots of micro bubbles. Smell is that of caramel, pineapple, mango, raisins, butterscotch, and malt. The taste is rich and full, with flavors of raisians, mango, pineapple, caramel, toffee, coco, butterscotch, figs, molasses, lime, and malt. Mouthfeel is good with a full body and creaminess. Overall I like this beer, although a little syrupy and a little sweet. Would make a great desert beer, or a welcome to my place offering. (546 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, coppery sort of color. Off white head. Malty and slightly spiced aroma. Big malt flavor with a mellow blend of spice and phenols. The spicyness is more from the alcohol and phenolics then any added ingredient. Somewhat sweet-more so then necessary. Good body. Overall a very nice beer. Not as much "belgian" characteristics as I was expecting but a damn good beer none the less. (384 characters)

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