Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale)
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Style:
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
ABV:
9%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.72 | pDev: 14.52%
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
424
From:
Heavy Seas Beer
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  15
Gots
  26
SCORE
84
Good
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Reviews by MarvinSnyder:
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MarvinSnyder from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Jul 08, 2014
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DeepSix from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

May 11, 2009
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grayburn from South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish brown darkness into the glass. The head starts a big cream colored blob, then dissolves into a small ring around the glass. There is some decent, small-bubbled lacing.

The smell starts a little grainy for the style, but continues into a nice estery belgian. The yeast really take a deserved front seat in this brew.

The taste follows the nose here, the start is a bit of sour caramel flavors that are immediately balanced by a sweetness and the ripe fruit from the yeast. nice.

The mouthfeel is nice, medium carbonation, the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

I could drink quite a few of these, my first went down rather quickly for 9 percent. be careful.

May 25, 2009
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goblue3509 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Jun 09, 2013
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dude from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with suspended yeasties. Little head to speak of but carbonation level is fine. Smells of rum soaked dark fruits, very fruity, spicy and sweet smelling. Taste is sweet as well with a caramelly-like flavor as well as the aformentioned rum raisins. Mouthfeel is sticky. Drinkability is good although the flavors did not improve with warming. Alcohol became much more prevalent in taste as this warmed up. Plus I was drunk.

Mar 08, 2009
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RickKrumenacker from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - garnet colored...one-finger of cream colored head that dissipates quickly...leaves a thin ring around the top...sticky lacing

S - cinnamon and raisons dominate the aroma...very subtle cherry...alcohol is there, but not overpowering...swirling brings out a sugary aroma

T - hit with the alcohol right away...sweetness is brought out with a caramelized sugar flavor...some spiciness is picked up as well - mostly cinnamon, but isn't as pronounced as with the aroma

M - moderately high carbonation...somewhat smooth across the tongue...a bit of a medicinal aftertaste

D - a decent beer, but there are many others in this style that I would reach for before this one...

Aug 07, 2009
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CAP1868 from Tennessee

2.3/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass

A- Poured a dark amber color with minimal head and lacing

S- Smelled very sweet with fruit and maybe figs, this was a bad sign for me

T- Very sweet to me, I just wasn't into it, it had sweetness with a nasty aftertaste

M- Mouthfeel was okay but the beer simply confused my palate

D- I could barely stomach one of these let alone a couple

Oct 29, 2008
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atremains from Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber. A vigorous pour produces practically no head in my westmalle glass. The carbonation is enticing though.

S- Very fruity smell, raisins.

T- Taste is fruity raisins, as the beer warms I get more of a sweet red licorice? taste from it. The alcohol is there, but it is not offensive.

M- The mouthfeel is between thin and medium, dry finish. Decently carbonated.

D- I had this once from a friend a couple months back, and now again from a friend. Probably wouldn't buy this one on my own, but it's not the worst beer you could drink after a days work.

Jul 16, 2009
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sophisticated from Michigan

3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice label - a pirate at sea. Argh.
Pours a cloudy dark-amber/brown. The bottle claims to have yeast sediment. It's cloudy but not much sediment is visible. Small head leaves a bit of lace.

Smells of berries, Belgian yeast, malts. Overall, sweet and nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Kind of like a boozey toast with jam. Strawberries, malts, bread, as well as some alcohol presence. This has a bit of a sharp bite.

D) Pretty good. It's fairly tasty and my first try from this brewery. This may not be my favorite style but it's enjoyable enough. At 9% ABV its a sipper.

Dec 30, 2009
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

4/5  rDev +7.5%

May 26, 2014
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Aenema from Maryland

3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours maple brown with a one finger off-white head which quickly fades. Hazy body flecked with yeast and minimal lacing.
Smell - Caramel malt, some citrus and candied sugar.
Taste - Sweet, dark fruit, caramel malts.
Mouthfeel - Finely carbonated with a medium body.
Drinkability - A little too sweet for extended drinking, but still reasonably drinkable.

Jun 29, 2009
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farrago from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very little head, if any, same for the lacing. Red, brown mahogany in color, dark yet equally clear and clean, shade more orange at the rims. The nose comes up with milk chocolate, date and raisin fruit, the alcohol is noticeable, malts not able to smooth out the general volatility, light aspect of candied orange peels, has adequate density but lacks expressivity. Full-bodied, the carbonation does not add much texture nor get the flavors percolating. Hence, it's a bit sticky and more or less sits there as it produces rum raisin cake, date, fig and green apple fruit in addition to mild clove, cinnamon spice. The orange, lemon citrus mutters, touch more clarity to the biscuit and scone elements. Lack of concentration leads to an emptying out feel through the finish. If there's any flaws, would be the noticeability of the alcohol. Otherwise, just a beer that's consumable but misses the general mark.

Mar 30, 2009
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JamnesCameron from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +11%
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.

Dec 01, 2010
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Buschyfor3 from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A: Burgundy red with the brightest ruby-colored highlights when held to the light. Not seeing any sediment in this Belgian-style Strong Dark Ale - pretty clean body. Pour produces a better than 1 finger thick, off-white colored head - slightly sticky/rocky at the start but quickly fades to no more than a couple cm of foam on the surface. Sheets of lacing coat the glass with every swirl and sip.

S: At the start, I can pick up notes of dark fruit - raisins and plums - and some candy sugar too, but then the alcohol hits with quite a warm, medicinal punch. I opened this bottle after letting it sit for 20 min. and warming to near room temperature and the alcohol seems pretty prominent from the start.

T: Alot going on the flavor department. First off, there is the candy sugar flavor, augmented by some dark fruitiness like raisins, plums and maybe even the slightest hint of a cherry. Then there comes a spike of a spice and heat: white-pepper, maybe some cloves, and that huge medicinal alcohol from the nose which quickly cools to reveal a grainy, powdery wheat flavor - thinking like fresh-baked whole grain bread. Finish is drying, slightly spicy and I can pick out a smattering of the Belgian yeast as it leaves a faint, doughy bread flavor on the end of the tongue.

M: The mouthfeel actually felt slightly creamy at the start of each sip before fading to a powdery finish on the swallow.

D: The alcohol is there, thats for sure. That being said, this is still quite a flavorful, complex Belgian-style dark ale. One is starting to warm me up a bit; two and you would be good to go.

A nicely-done, American take on a Belgian ale. I've had pretty good luck with Clipper City's Heavy Seas lineup and this one is another solid offering. I'd say this was probably the best beer out of their sampler 12pk One to give a shot if you cannot afford the more expensive Belgian varieties or if you don't want to have to buy a 750 and drink it all in one sitting.

Jul 13, 2009
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Coorskid33 from Rhode Island

3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A~ Very impressive deep amber with no visable carbonation. Head was 1 inch and beautiful, wish it stayed longer.

S~ Light alcohol and slight malts, but kind of off putting in it's strength.

T~ Pretty damn good. Good hop presence, good carb level, and a slightly strong but overall pleasant alcohol taste. After taste was peanut like and lingered in my mouth making me crave more.

M~ Oily and smooth, enjoyed it at the time.

D~ This was a good beer from a brewer I've really wanted to like, and haven't been able to until this point. Nice change of pace from my normal IPA,Porter, and lager and was impressed. Drank at 40 degrees and I'd call it a winter warmer. Nice brew

Mar 28, 2009
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MarvinTheMarzen from Iowa

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Jan 22, 2013
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dogfishandi from New York

3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured out of 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. pours a clear dark amber/mahaghony color with a little bit of off white head that faded quickly to absolutlely nothing. no lacing to speak of. not enough off that soapy head that is classic to belgians.

not much of an aroma for a belgian. slight fruitiness with a solvent like alcohol smell.

the taste is malty upfront with a little bit of yeast, candied sugar, spice and fruitiness towards the finish, but not nearly enough phenolics going on as a belgian should be.

medium bodied almost sticky mouthfeel, i could easily drink the six pack, but prolly wouldnt buy this again, goes to show you that belgians make the best belgian beer.

Mar 27, 2009
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Liverpool08 from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light Plum color with a big puffy head that settles down into a nice 1 inch top. Good lacing thruout. Not much of an aroma, a little dark fruit smell. Taste echoes the dark fruit. A little spice and raisins, a little of the belgian funk. Still not a great flavor. Its an ok try at the style but lacks that deep candied fruit flavor you get in other Belgian darks. Its easy to drink and the booze is hidden well. So overall an ok brew.

Mar 24, 2010
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RppIII from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter

Appearance: Pours amber brown that turns to a dark amber once settled in the glass. The head is a thin fawny layer that subsides to a swirl coating almost like whips of clouds on a sea of beer

Smell: There is little odor coming from this beer, aside from a fruity alcohol wafting into my nostrils there are hints of dark malts and spice.

Taste: Opening this beer "holy Sheet" Über abbey style ale I was preparing myself for an all out assault on my senses! I was expecting a complex beer, with a prevalent yeast, and an alcohol content to keep me warm in the coldest of winter months. After taking a drink the most prevalent thing I notice from this beer is a dry mouth. However, there is a sweetness of fruit (raisin, prune, fig) and caramel malt with hints of toasted grain and an interesting burnt character. A very subtle hop essence works almost in harmony with the drying effect of the alcohol to create a delightful flavour/experience. The yeast adds a hint of spiciness, as the beer warms towards room temperature the fruit soaked alcohol aroma becomes more established in the flavour of the beer leading to a pleasing contrast of spicy notes and fruity alcohol aroma. I love the finish of sweetness, almost like a red wine I had earlier this evening.

Mouthful: Carbonation is precise to the claims on the bottle, along with the warming effect of the alcohol the beer brings about a sense of drying. This is not unpleasant but could affect the drinkability of this beer.

Drinkability: A great beer to keep you warm on a chilly day. I enjoy what was done with this beer but there seems to be a discrepancy in it's advertised style. I would not consider this a Belgian Strong Dark Ale; I would consider this more of an American interpretation of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Personally I would drink this beer all night, I enjoyed what Clipper City has done with this beer!

Dec 16, 2009
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brianlg from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is a beautiful fucking beer. I have had 4 of these tonight and am pretty tipsy. And $9 for a 6 pack of these is an amazing price. This might be the greatest tasting beer I've had thus far. I get an aftertaste of peanuts. Very good tasting brew. Try this beer at room temp at first. My first bottle was at room temp because I didn't feel like waiting on it to chill, and it was better than the colder beers I had later. Try this beer as room temp, it is so delicious. This is definitely my favorite beer I've had to this day. Fucking amazing. I'm sad I bought the last 6 pack of this.

Mar 20, 2009
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beerman207 from Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Dark Red color, 1 finger head.

S- Smells sweet and like alcohol which is a little alarming in the nose for that to be dominant.

T- Clove, dark fruit, perhaps some caramel.

M- Medium all around in carbonation. It has a nice warming feeling in the finish

D- Nothing outstanding but at $1.95 for a single it was worth trying.

Jul 25, 2009
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oregonskibum from Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dull brown with hints of orange and some burnt red. Pours with a one-inch cream, light tan head.

S: Lots of raisin, prune, dark cherry, and other dark fruit flavors. Lots of sweet notes, brown sugar.

T: Taste is a lot like the smell, although the malts are much more noticable. Picking up a little spice or almost a green, spruce flavor mid-taste. Finish is sweet, a slightly burnt caramel.

M: Body is medium, although a touch on the sticky side. Carbonation is lively up front, but finishes more towards the flat side.

D: The more I try to carefully evaluate the beer, the more I'm not a big fan of the flavor components. On the surface though, this isn't a bad beer or hard to drink, except the high alcohol levels.

Nov 03, 2010
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Baron from Massachusetts

3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, served in a Chimay Chalice, ~55 degrees

A- Pours a dark amber color, very smooth appearance, yet the most apparent characteristic of the beer is its amazing clarity of body when compared to other Belgian Tripels, looks almost like a deep Irish Red. Thin white head emerges but dissipates quite quickly without a trace. Strong carbonation.

S - Fruity esters at first followed by slightly smoky malt and a little spice. Not particularly powerful like others of its kin.

T- Sweet fruit notes appear first (figs, plums mainly), followed by a moderate malt flavor with smoky hints leading to a rather dry finish and spice aftertaste. Very low alcohol/ warming taste on the tongue despite its 9% ABV rating.

M - Most prominent in the body texture is the high degree of carbonation which washes over the palette, reducing flavor. Medium to medium light bodied for a Triple.

D - Extremely drinkable for someone who isn't typically keen on the Belgian style. the high alcohol is surprisingly masked well by the lighter body and dry finish.

this brew was recommended to me by a friend who doesn't like Belgians all that much. But to that end, this seems like a good beer to help ease someone into the style: a lighter, easy drinking beer that still retains some of the aromas and flavor of its brethren. Most interesting indeed.

-Baron

Apr 11, 2009
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wvbrewcrew from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +21%

Jun 10, 2014
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sneth019 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Feb 10, 2012
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