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Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel) - Heavy Seas Beer

Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel)
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BA SCORE
89
very good

62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4
pDev: 7.75%


Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cw577enfield on 06-19-2013)
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy Sheet opens to a fruity, spicy nose with brandy overtones. The underlying Belgian is very present, with typical banana and clove aromas, but these are amplified by the brandy barrel aging, which brings out a touch more pepper, and adds scads of vanilla, lightly charred wood, and sweet brandy, giving the beer a strong overtone of brandy liqueur poured over banana ice cream. The malts add biscuit and pie crust, as well as touches of yeasty rising whole wheat dough, which combine with the banana to form a banana bread note. Add to this berry, cherry, orange, and fig fruit esters, as well as brown sugar, candi sugar, caramel, and threads of grapefruit from the hops, and the result is a fine aroma, nicely balanced between breads and sugars, and the brandy aging the cherry on top. There is a strong alcoholic overtone here, the brandy aging very apparent, but it does still mix well. One negative note is that the banana aromas come across as slightly overripe, perhaps because of the brandy, but coated in so much brown sugar and vanilla that it almost doesn’t matter.

On the tongue, the beer opens with more brandy than Belgian, the sweet, syrupy notes of the liqueur sliding across the tongue in waves of maple, agave, and corn syrup sweetness, mixed with vanilla and lightly charred wood. The Belgian notes come second, bringing bananas and peppery cloves, the sweetness of the banana mixing nicely with the syrupy brandy, and the peppery cloves blending with the charred wood. Fig, raisin, berry, and cherry fruit esters add further nuance, as do heaps of brown sugar and caramel. The malts also add whole wheat dough, biscuit, and pie crust, helping earth the brew. Hops add a touch of bitter pine and grapefruit in just enough quantity to keep the beer from becoming overly sweet. The brandy notes grow as the beer is held on the tongue, and in the aftertaste can become a bit alcoholic, with vapors climbing up the nose. Some brown sugars and vanilla notes also remain in the aftertaste, as well as a few fruit esters and bready notes, and all of it lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a very nice barrel-aged Belgian, the brandy notes blending perfectly with the Belgian notes, and setting a high standard for others to follow. The brandy barrels are inspired here, as too often Belgians are aged in bourbon barrels, which can lend far too harsh of an alcoholic kick. There is perhaps an overabundance of sugar and sweetness as a result, and licking your lips can seem like licking brandy-soaked brown sugar pops, but the beer is nice enough that this isn’t much of a problem.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:21:26 | More by jondeelee
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer was a pretty straight brown color with modest bubbles topping the glass.

Smell - The brandy dominates the nose on this one, which may suggest brandy dominates the beer.

Taste - The initial taste begins sweet, but there is nothing about the taste to suggest this is a dubbel. As the taste evolves, it is pretty much straight brandy. If you use your imagination, you might find vanilla notes masked by the brandy. The aftertaste is not overly "hot", but it is modestly warming.

Mouthfeel - The brandy does coat the tongue nicely, but it coats with notes of straight brandy.

Overall - If I wanted to taste brandy, I would go out and buy a bottle. The booze really takes over on this one. I would probably not suggest this one to a friend.

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04-19-2014 16:12:08 | More by JohnnyHopps
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sulldaddy

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3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark mahogany with garnet highlights on the edges of the glass. I get minimal creamy eggshell head of about 1 cm that fades quickly to nothing.
The aroma is lots of caramel and toffee with a bit of oak and booze.
Beer is very malty on the first sip with soft silky texture and mild rolling carbonation. The flavor is similar to nose with toffee and caramel mixing with just a little bit of booze on each swallow.
No hops anywhere to be found on this beer, very drinkable considering the ABV.
I dont find this to be a complex beer but it is certainly drinkable and could sneak up on you a little.

I would buy this again if I saw it on the shelf. Definitely a maltys brew with little to no hop presence.
Worth trying.

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2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a dark murky ruby with lots of haze; extremely small off-white head that leaves solid retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of sweet raisins and dark fruits. The brandy is clearly noticeable. Lots of caramel and vanilla as well. Smells good. The flavors are are also full of dark fruits. The brandy comes through in the flavors. It doesn't overwhelm the other flavors, but it's clearly there. There's a nice balance. It's also slightly spicy. More vanilla. Hints of cocoa and chocolate. Lots of caramel malts. There's some brown sugar in the mix. There's not a ton of Belgian characteristics and I sometimes forget I'm drinking a dubbel, but it still works. Finishes clean with a subtle warmth. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but thin. The carbonation is on the lower side, but it still works in this case. This makes a great beer to sip on and it starts to develop even more as it warms up.

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Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel) from Heavy Seas Beer
89 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.