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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Ãœber Abbey Ale)Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Ãœber Abbey Ale)
BEER INFO

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jaynuze on 03-12-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
422
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
19.23%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Oakenator
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium to dark brown with surprising opacity. A decent head at pour persists fairly well. Some spotted lacing present on the glass.

S: Malty and sweet. Alcohol presence on the nose.

T: Really sweet and lots of malts. Taste of syrup but nice.

M: Thick with a creaminess to the carbonation.

O: Nicely done dubbel.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Deep ruby brown in color with a smooth off white head, dissipating to just a creamy layer hovering on the surface. Lacing was fair.

S: Sweet fig, dates, brown sugar, caramel malts. No discernible hops that I could detect.

T: Flavors are much like they smell. Malty goodness with flavors of dark fruit and candied sugar. Although there is some sweetness going on here on the palate, the brew is not totally sweet, and in fact, there is a hint of dryness toward the finish. The finish is largely malty fruit, but is clean, with a little bit of warmth in the linger.

M&D: Full and satisfying mouthfeel but not heavy. Carbonation is light and creamy making for one wicked smooth experience. Although there is some warmth in the finish, this still goes down way too easy and could sneak up on you in no time. Beautiful brew and highly recommended.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love a good Belgium Dark and this is no exception.
Pours a dark amber with a smallish white head that melts to merely a faint ring rather quickly.

Aromas are straight from Belguim...Belguim yeasts, dark fruits, sweet candy malt and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is smoothly dark candied sugars, dark roasted malts, and again the dark fruits like plums, prunes, and dark raisins. No hint of alcohol in the taste...nothing hot here, just sweet.

Aftertaste becomes immediately drying and the sweetness reduces to nothing rather than leaving a cloying stickiness in your mouth.

Like it...as most Belgium Dark ales...I like what they did with this one...as with most Heavy Seas Brews.

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Photo of RppIII
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my chalice from a 12 oz bottle. Hmmm, no head. Maybe it's the strength of this one, but I like my BSDA's to have a really nice, tall, frothy head. The smell is mainly bready yeast and super sweet maltiness. This one might still have a chance with me...
The taste is really good. Full body, just a touch of the alcohol at the end but otherwise very well hidden. As the beer warms it takes on quite a boozy taste and mouthfeel, though. I prefer it cooler than warmer. Complex malts and smooth bitter-sweet flavor. It doesn't have the thick body or head of a good Belgian, but it sure tastes like one. I'd say this is definitely a drinkable beer.

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Photo of tiger88
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby/burgundy color with an off white head that hung around a couple minutes. The head left no lacing as it dissipated. Smelled really sweet. Alcohol was prominant but not overwhelming. It tastes great. Drank it along with a grilled ribeye and mushrooms. The sweetness settles down as it warms a bit. Good clean mouthfeel with no aftertaste. Very drinkable beer though you will want to space them out because they're not year-round.

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Photo of weeare138
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really not sure why the lack of love for this one. I found it to be well done and very authentic Belgian in nature, especially for a regional brewery on the East Coast...
Appears a semi-transparent mahogany hue of garnett amber with a small, light tan head that slowly fades into a spiraled cap and mild collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy banana nut bread with caramel, melanoiden malt, raisins, brown sugar...reminds me a bit of Chimay Red.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with complex, yeasty dough, rich caramalized malt(Special B?), and a touch of cocoa. The yeast is the real "bread winner" of this beer making it complex and delicious.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, bready, with raisin sweetness sliding along the tongue and into a lip smacking finish.

Well done brew. I hope they decide to keep it in the lineup for a long time b/c I would put it up there with both Chimay Red, as well as New Belgian Abbey.

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Photo of Lothar666
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured nice and dark, like caramel oak mahogany in the body and a creamy off white head. Head was thick at first but quickly receeded, leaving bits of lacing in the rim.

S- Some pleasant belgian spices and candied fruits; dark ones like raisins and figs and a bit of caramel apple.

T- Dark fruits, floral accents and strong belgian style spices are all present in the flavor profile, as is sweet caramel and brown sugar and a touch of hops to balance it out. Alcohol is present but not unwelcome.

M- Thick, sticky, and sugary. Very full bodied and extremely smooth but with a tingle in the finish.

D- The strong alcohol in this does not hurt the drinkability in the least. It goes down smooth and easy and leaves the pallet craving another sip even after the last drop is gone. I am very impressed... This brewery has made an excellent accomplishment here, successfully reproducing a half decent but lower priced American version of a style that is normally much more expensive and less accessable.

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Photo of jgordon3
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I went to the local store (Julio's Westborough MA) looking for New Belgium Abbey Ale (didn't have it) and I picked this up. I was not disappointed. It had a roasted brown colour and a light head that disappeared quickly. Strong alcohol smell; malty with date and figs; a little sweet. Weakly carbonated and a little syrupy but overall very good and easily drinkable. In direct comparison to others of this ilk (Dogfish head Raison, Deliriums) I think this is a clear winner.

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a beautiful reddish/bronze, with perfect clarity with a moderate amount of amber foam. Given the label of Uber Abby ale I had expected to see some haze, but this beer had none. It took a vigorous pour to get a reasonable head on this beer, but it's worth it when you breathe in the wonderful aroma.

The aroma is quite fruity, with a notes of grape and pear.

The flavor is remarkable. I believe StrangeBrewer76 stated it best when he said that Holy Sheet was a "bridge beer, a transitional beer, from the craft to the Belgian". This Uber Abby has Uber flavor. Grape, pear, apple and raisin seem to come to mind as you sip this ale. That and plenty of alcohol.

The mouthfeel and drinkability got weaker marks from me. Primarily becasue I felt that the beer drank "flat" after the first couple of sips. The complexity of flavor is lost somewhat becasue of the lack of carbonation and that "ruined" the near perfect experience for me.

Still overall, I think that this Heavy Seas Abby Ale is worthy of its name. It is an inspired American craft beer version of a Belgin Abby ale! For me, the best of both worlds.

Well done Clipper City!

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Photo of hdofu
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow fruity is one thing that came to mind with my first sip. Also the aroma was that of holiday spiced punch. The taste is that of dark cherries and black grapes with a bitter aftertaste after the bubbles die down. The appearance is a honey colored reddish/brown with a small white head that this appears leaving a lace trail very quickly. The warmth from the alcohol warms the tongue like hot coals warm a pot while sudz make the tongue tingle. This beer is noticeably heavy in its punch (almost made me shout "Holy Sheet!" and I don't think I could knock back more then one in a night.

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Photo of nriech
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Who coulnt pick this one up with a name like Holy Sheet, might as well been Holy Shyat.

Appearance: Had a good amber color, decent copper head. A bit of lacing.

Smell: Great spicy aromas with apples, yeast, and a bit of alcohol strength.

Taste: Awesome! A little bit sweet and an obvious alcohol punch but still smooth enough to drink a couple without overdoing it. The apples again come out in the taste along with a tiny bit of hops, malt, caramel, and yeast.

Overall another winner in the Heavy Seas brand, keep em' coming!

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A reddish-brown color with a bit of translucent haze. A fairly large, thick and frothy light tan head with very nice retention and very good lace.

S: Quite sweet and fruity. Some sugar, along with pineapple, plum, and grape. Some spicy, phenolic notes of clove go well with the floral hops. A bit of a vinous/alcohol aroma as well, but it's well hidden all things considered.

T: A big, fruity and spicy kiss up front. Plums, pineapple, and grapes again, with clove and slightly medicinal flavors. Floral hops are also present, although they are generally fleeting. A generous dose of brown sugar and some surprising graininess into the finish, along with a taste of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied, with subdued, tingly carbonation. A riding, alcoholic twang makes the finish a bit dry and sugary.

D: This is an interesting take on a Belgian style. I like most of Clipper City's stuff, and this is no different. At once undeniably Belgian in style and American in execution. Well done.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep reddish brown color with miniscule white head that quickly falls to a thin ring. No lacing.
Smell is heavy on sweet dark fruit (dates, plums, raisins)
Taske is also very sweet, with strong fruit notes and almost some wine-like characteristics.
Finishes has some fruity aspects, but very little taste retention.
A very enjoyable beer, with some strong taste sensations, but the alcohol content limits its drinkability.

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Photo of Hokies
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep reddish brown with a minimal head and a light lace left on the glass.

Dark fruits and candy sugar dominate the aroma with the caramel malt in the background.

I was not overly impressed with the aroma but the taste is quite nice. Not overly boozy with a nice blend of dark fruits, sugar, caramel and raisins. Their is also a nice yeast flavor at the end.

I have to say that is probably one of the best American BSDA's that I have tasted.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to pick this one up. The "Heavy Seas" beers are all worth trying.

Color is good, a nice brown-amber color. Nothing too dark here. Almost no head at all, and what few bubbles formed vanished immediately. Nice sweet nose on this one, scents of belgian candy sugar are present. Taste is just OK, This beer has a lot going on but its fairly subdued. I'm not sure if this is because it's still a bit green, or if it's the built-in 'drinkability' of the Heavy Seas line. It will be interesting to see how this one develops over the next few months. There is no way I'd ever guess this beer is 9%, the alcohol is absolutely cloaked.

Overall, a good, American style Belgian.

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Photo of robbrandes
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

5oz taster, poured @ northern virginia brewfest.

pours a deep brown, almost hints of purple. lots of dark fruit - raisins, figs, some cloves... nice full body on this one. not sure how the bottle holds up, but the keg was excellent. glad i tried it early in the day!

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear dark ruby red with an inch of mixed foam that drops fairly quickly.

S - Massively fruity - cherries and raisins come to mind - as well as some lychee and apple.

T - Sweet and malty, with a notable alcohol. Fruity, but not in a bad way. Toffee, molasses, lots of apple cider, tropical fruit and some light berries. Don't notice any distinct hop flavours and the finish is mildly bitter and dries out some. Some Belgian spiciness is also present.

M - Odd tongue-numbing sensation. Moderate body and low carbonation.

D - Interesting brew with interesting flavours. Not at all heavy despite being high alcohol.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Raisin nose. Flavor is sweet, raisiny, not cloying good balance, higher ABV is hidden. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark mahogany with a fine-bubbled pale tan head. Aroma is strong and fruity with yeasty and malty undertones and a whisper of butterscotch. Flavor is fruity and a bit sweet with malty and woody undertones. Texture is rough, edgy and tingly, leaving a pleasing finish.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up this beer the other night not having any idea what I was getting into. I just thought the name was funny and needed one last bottle to complete the six pack so I could get out of there.

All I can say is WOW. I can't believe how good this beer is. It's got a great color and feels great in my mouth. It's very flavorful and reminds me a lot of a beer I used to drink in England called Carlsburg Special Brew that you can't find here stateside.

I would definitely pick up a 6 pick of this to sip on no matter what time of year.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber with ruby highlights and a vigorous pour yielded only a slowly diminishing off white head. Big fruity aromas of raisons, ripe orchard fruits, and berries mixes with roasted malts, and some phenols. Nice mouthfeel, starts creamy and develops a nice weight leaving a slight slickness on the palate. The layers of fruit character is terrific; dried fruits, tart berries, tropicals at times. Some hop notes stand out in the finish along with some phenols and a vinous quality.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a maple syrup brown color with some rimming of beigeish head.
Smells got some malt syrup character maybe some brown sugar.
Taste definitely has the very sweet malts, and some sugary, thicker bodied quality.
Finish is just a tad dirty, but pretty clean with a solid sugar/syrup after-taste.
Drinks very smoothly. The malts really make the body drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-based goblet, Holy Sheet (funny name... I think this might be a joke that has something to do with their head brewer who's of hispanic descent - :) displays a very dark chestnut brown with a burgundy cast and glowing crimson-orange highlights that are reminiscent of some film version of what hellfire might look like. The creamy yellowed head rises up at first but then slumps gently down into a thin surface covering and moderate collar. The retention is good, given the strength, but it only leaves minor spots and splashes of lace behind.

The aroma is rich and bold with lots of dark raisins, dark sugar, dripping dark-red fruit, and spice. Absolutely wonderful!!! Carrying this from the kitchen to the front room I was absolutely engulfed in it. I could sit and enjoy this in and of itself.

The flavor, however, is not nearly as fruity and sweet as the nose suggests. It's much denser, darker, and richer with notes of fig and other dark fruits (cherries, raisins, prunes) that have been dusted with a light coating of demerara sugar and peppered with spice and herbal hops - much more of what you'd expect of the style. There's some mild astringency like the the skin of dark fruits, and the alcohol is present, but in a good way... you should expect it to be there without it standing out on it's own. In this case it's worked in nicely amidst the dark fruit, yeasty spice, and herbal hops. It's remarkably rounded and well-balanced; and quite drinkable in a relaxed, sipping kind of way.

Would I like it sweeter and more fruity as the nose suggests? Well it seems like a good idea at first, but when it actually comes down to drinking it, probably not. But the contrast is a little bit of a speedbump at first sip. Regardless, I think this is a great beer, and right up there with the others in the Heavy Seas line. Worth trying!

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