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Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel) - Heavy Seas Beer

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Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel)Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel)

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very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
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DrunkinYogi, Mar 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

beernads, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

oriolesfan4, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

weeare138, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into chalice, 2013 bottling. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of plum, raisin, fig, pear, toast, caramel, brown sugar, light chocolate, clove, pepper, oak, toffee, light vanilla, light brandy, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of plum, raisin, fig, pear, toast, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, clove, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and robust malt flavors; with a fair amount of barrel presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged dubbel. All around great complexity and balance of yeast ester, robust malt, and moderate barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Holy Sheet (barrel aged version)

LOOK: Pours a dark brown, for the most part clarity is fine. Off white foam forms and leaves a good amount of lacing. Some sediment was in the last pour but nothing crazy.
SMELL: Brown sugar, oak, bourbon.
TASTE: Opens up with rich sugary malts, chocolate, more malt, brandy. There is a small amount of oak. Nutty flavor with a pleasant warming booze. Small earthy, leafy hops. Belgian yeast gives to brew some fruity notes of fig and rum raisin.
OVERALL: A bold beer, definitely not shy with the alcohol and big flavors. I think this would be a good choice to set aside in the cellar for a few years to see what happens.

Stinkypuss, Jul 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Kelp, Dec 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

ShanePB, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

tobelerone, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9% ABV, 2013

A - Holy Sheet pours dark mahogany brown in color and comes topped with sudsy ivory foam. The dense cap of bubbles lingers quite a while, draping the glass in lace as it descends.

S - Soft Belgian-inspired yeast dabbles with banana and clay behind the smooth caramel-sweet malt. Wet wood and suggestions of brandy are forthright but to get any complexity, a vigorous swirl is required and opens up nuances of raisin and dried, candied dark fruits but also includes traces of vinegar reminiscent of a sour brown like La Folie.

T - The Belgian inspiration is still in this beer, opening the flavor up as opposed to hiding like in the aroma. Raisin and plum present some of the dark fruit nuances while smooth maltiness follows through. Brandy barrel incorporation in flavor is minimal though, and only suggests hints of the spirit but brings more oak and traces of sour vinegar to the table.

M - Holy Sheet's rich entry mirrors a Belgian dubbel closely and has a good balance, though malt forward. Warming alcohol thins the feel out for a smooth experience that's lovely to drink.

O - The base beer is a classic example of an American-brewed Belgian beer that's clearly American-brewed, though certainly isn't bad. Unfortunately, this beer seems to have spent very little time in the barrel (probably a continuously used barrel at that) as it tastes young. It hasn't been given the chance to really mingle with the Brandy, which is more of an after thought.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy in color a rather deep amber with just a 1/2 inch of mocha head.
S - mild brandy tones, rather sherry like with a bit of sour plum and prunes. Other dank dark fruits as well, rather fruity.
T - A simple touch of brandy not very noticeable on the palate just a mild burn to the finish. Taste isn't very sour which is nice just mild dark fruits mostly plums, and some dry yeasts in the finish.
M - Medium in thick in body with some rather boozy notes.

Overall I am not sure how the base beer is since I never had Holy Sheet but it seems pretty good with brandy notes. Not bad overall.

DrDemento456, Sep 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

KevinGordon, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Brenden
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Holy Sheet is a deep, dark garnet-hued brown that's neither clear nor opaque but isn't thick either. A medium brown head makes an effort and brings up a steady half-finger of foam. Retention isn't bad, and lacing clings in loose spotting that isn't too sparse.
The smell is, on first impression, bubble gum. That makes way for clove, a gentle spiciness, and plenty of fruits with some brown sugar and wood. The brandy is evident without giving off too much heat. It's got balance and depth without relying too heavily on alcohol (though it's certainly not weak) or wood, but integrating everything very well.
Figs, bread and caramel come out in the flavor as well, mingling with clove and spiciness with wood coming through just in a light dry note amidst the sweetness, taming it well. A beer like this can really get cloying, and this one doesn't.
The feel doesn't translate as well in this beer. It's smooth, yes, but really seems to run thin. There's not much crispness to liven it, not that I want more than just a little. It simply seems like the brandy got to the body and brought it down some. For a heavy style, meant to be a meal, the body ought to be there. Still, this is a great beer overall.

Brenden, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

IPAchris, Nov 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

ZEB89, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

warnerry, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep amber brown color. Didn't get much of a head, but that's partially due to me pouring it too cold. The small head that did form was a frothy beige.

4.0 S: Not a whole lot of beers work well with the brandy barrel treatment, but this is one of them. Vinous grape enters seamlessly with raisin, dates, prunes, currants, and plums from the base. Caramel maltiness with toastiness, toffee, and a light peppery spiciness. Oak and vanilla. Very nice here.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, except it may be even more vibrant. Plum and grape intertwine with caramel and toasty malts. Dates, raisins, prune, currants fall underneath. Again not a whole lot of spice, but enough pepper to give it some complexity. Oak and vanilla on finish.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. The carbonation level is fine, but it could be a bit spritzier. Still, super smooth.

3.75 D: Very good barrel effort here. Barrel flavors complement the base beer's flavors quite well.

DavoleBomb, Aug 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ncstateplaya, Aug 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Daniellobo, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

sulldaddy, Apr 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

VeganUndead, Apr 24, 2014
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Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel) from Heavy Seas Beer
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.