Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel) - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by jondeelee:
4.28/5 rDev +7.5%
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
More User Reviews:
3.84/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a clear amber brown color with a short tight khaki colored head that settled into a light ring. Pretty color.
The aroma is sweet. There is some brown sugar notes as well as raisin. A bit of a musty wine grape. Some general spice.
The beer is quite sweet but not cloying. A pumpernickel malt base with lots of grape fruitiness. A bit of a clove and pepper spice. The brandy barrel aging is subtle but does add that extra grape fruitiness that works quite well with this style. There is a candied raisin or candied plum note. Everything blends quite well together.
The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but its not cloying or sticky. There is an earthy bitterness in the finish. A tad of a belly burn from the abv.
Pretty impressed with this beer. Very nice balance. The flavor doesn't blow me away but they kept in check a beer that could get crazy sweet and boozy.
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2014 03:14:24 | More by Gmann
4/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: deep ruby brown ale with a singer of beige foam atop
S: subtle dark fruit aromas beneath the drier spirits of brandy and oak; elements of spice and must
T: fig and date-like fruits suffused with the essences of brandy; clove and spice, musty grapes and watery raisin
M: slim and slick, airy vapors, light-medium weight, slight tingle on the tongue, wet and dry finish
O: the dubbel is not a style I often go for, but I have so enjoyed all of Heavy Seas Uncharted Waters release in 2013 and 2014 that I picked this up. these guys are doing some real nice work with barrel-aging, and this was an enjoyable ale. May be hit-or-miss for hardcore dubbel fans, but for the curious, open-minded BA, a nice ale for sure.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2014 13:55:52 | More by Greywulfken
Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel) from Heavy Seas Beer
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