Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) | Heavy Seas Beer

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

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

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
Ratings:
422
Reviews:
250
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
14.84%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 250
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. No date codes that I could see. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a translucent, brownish, ruby-orange. A tan head soon becomes a heavy ring. Smell is peaty, and caramelized malt. Sweet. Taste is balanced well up front with some earthiness and slightly floral hops. More smoky, robust malt. A touch of sourness on the back. Feel is super creamy, but lively at the same time. Great feel. Finishes long and crisp.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, buy before date of July/08

A: Pours a deep brown/mahogany under a small slightly off white head. A bit of retention and no lace.

S: Smells a yeast, bread, some brown sugar, a little bit of raisins and dark fruit.

T: Pretty sweet throughout, with hints of dark fruit and raisins. A bit of bitterness in the finish, not enough to balance sweetness. Hints of alcohol as well. Slightly herbal. Slightly off, but good.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is a little prickly, alcohol is there in taste a little and also a little warming. Drinkability is good. Would have liked some yeast in the bottle at least. Overall, a decent effort at the style.

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Photo of sophisticated
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Pours dark brown, almost ruby colored when held up to the light. Poured with a thick two finger off-white head. The head settled out within a few minutes to cling to the sides of the glass and didn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some Belgian yeast spiciness with some candy sugar and dark fruit notes. The taste is more malty and caramely then I expected. I expected the Belgian yeast to be a little more present, which isn't a bad thing in my opinion. it has a sweet flavor to it with some dark fruits going on, as well as a decent amount of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick with moderate carbonation. I opened this one not expecting to like it as much as I did, but I ended up really enjoying it. It was a nice mix of Belgian flavors with an American twist. I liked how the Belgian yeast was a little more subtle in this one which gave the other flavors a chance to come through.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It pours a very dark red color with a finger of off-white head that holds very well at first, but then suddenly dies and does not lace well.

S: Sweet figs dominate with grape peel, clove spice, and a little banana flavor.

T: Sweet berries, figs, dates, some clove spice, and some dry graininess in the finish.

M: The body is medium-thick with average carbonation and a little stickiness in the finish.

O: This is better than the typical bastardized American attempt at a Dubbel. It fortunately avoids the artificial-tasting fruit flavors of some of the other American version of abbey ales.

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Photo of youngblood
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark ruby with very little head. It looks highly carbonated and slightly slick.
Smells crazy fruity. I get loads of cherry especially, although there is also lots of date & hints of fig. Some unplaced sweetness also, can't figure it out.
Taste follows smell. This is one of the fruitiest BSDA's I've had in a while. Strong cherry throughout, slight breadiness hanging around. There's a bit of a funny hop aftertaste here, can't place what's not right about it though? Alcohol flares up a bit every now and then, but otherwise hides ABV nicely.
Feels very slick on the tongue, goes down easy though.

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored ale with a very rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity and malty.Taste is rum,dark fruit and alcohol.This beer kind of reminds me of a kool-aid mixed with rum.Tasty and drinkable although alcohol is very noticeable.I do recommend and would purchase agsin!!

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Photo of dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange...
Pours with a gigantic, five-fingered, full, foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a bit of time before slowly dissipating and leaving a generous layer of lacing around the top of the glass...
Smell was thick and deep, full of roasted malts, candied sugars, and mollasses...
Taste strongly complmented the aroma, bursting with a powerful suggestion of malts, vanilla,caramel, candied sugars, toffee, yeast, honey, and a noticeable presence of alcohol, which isn't that well-masked...
Rich, creamy mouthfeel filled with thick flavors and a burning essence of alcohol...
Drinkability took a hit due to the ultra-rich and super-thick flavors as well as the noticeable ABV which makes its presence pretty well-known...
Otherwise, not a bad sample from Clipper City...

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Photo of
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Beautiful, rich looking, clear, dark amber. Modest, ivory colored head. Some legs, no/little lacing.

Aromas of cherries, alcohol, toffee and candi sugar.

Sweet & fruity taste, cherries (sweet & dark). Alcohol, a bit too noticeable -- moves towards a slightly medicinal taste. Slight roast notes, toffee. Herbal finish, nice lingering bitterness.

Medium to full body. Low carbonation. Dry.
Very nice, struck me as a BSDA, which, in fact, it was (I really impress myself sometimes..., yes, this is sarcasm). Not too sweet, nice complexity, only complaint is alcohol is a bit too evident.

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Photo of beerman207
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.

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Photo of Aenema
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clean dark amber beer. Has a small off white head. The aroma has a light floral character with small caramel malt note and a strong candy background.The candy sweetness hits the tip og your tongue first with that distinctive belgian hop note at the sides of your tongue. The finish starts with a strong malty sweetness rushing down the back of your tongue followed by a light peppery bite at the end.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer exclusively because it was aged in brandy barrels; well, and because the brandy barrel-aged Beer Geek Brunch was more than $1.25 an ounce. To affordable beer!

A: A slowly cascading head catches the eye first, raising a light tan fizz above the murky, rust-colored body; looks likes powder atop the body after it dissipates. Layers of lace are sticky and abundant.

S: Bready scents dominate, though they are only moderate in intensity – doughy biscuit, rye, and fresh-baked wheat bread. A modest sweetness of black cherry, buttery caramel, and grape jam adds contrast before the aromas culminate in a bright, alcoholic swing reminiscent of sweet red wine.

T: Brandy-forward, and proud of it: first sip lends a considerable sweetness and alcoholic briskness. Candi sugar has been used with full force, as the first tastes are a heavy burnt sugar and molasses. A sweeter palate develops as strawberry syrup and Maraschino cherry notes overtake, though they bring the palate to a climax in an a thick, medicinal way; I’ll admit that it does remind me of cherry cough syrup, but only for a moment. Finishes with a touch of spice and alcoholic fire, lingering with a taste of cinnamon.

M: Goes down thick and fiery, stinging a little like brandy at first. Like the palate, it is quite syrupy, which makes it more of a chore to drink after half a glass.

O: A good beer, but not a great one. I can taste a bit of the brandy influence on the palate, but not enough to make this any more special than the Belgian strong dark ales I’ve had in the past. Underneath it all, though, there’s a well-crafted abbey ale, and that still shines through as an enjoyable flavor profile.

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Photo of joepais
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Chalice glass produced good fingers worth of tan head on top of a ruby red body. The head turns to a thin lace

Aromas of malts, dark fruits and some alcohol fill your nose

The alcohol flavor is a bit strong almost masks the fruitiness of this one

Medium mouthfeel great sipper, light carbonation smooth is a word that comes to mind

Not a bad Belgian strong it's a bit warm they could have turned down the alcohol some

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Photo of phisig137
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown mahogany color, with a one finger head. Little retention leaves nothing behind.

Aroma is choc-full of malty goodness. Caramel, raw grain, toffee, and a slight hint of coffee are dominant, along with a hint of alcohol. Faint fig aroma is present in the back.

Flavor is a bit unexpected. Big time light fruits, apples, pears, pineapple, passion fruit, and perhaps Lychee nuts are present. Little malt notes of caramel and toffee are present. Formidable alcohol punch and warming on the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky, full and almost cloying. Drinkability is decent, considering the ABV.

An enjoyable beer, but not the greatest belgian style out there. I'd like to have more of a belgian yeast flavor. This almost seems like a standard ale yeast that fermented warm. It lacks depth and character, but the flavor that is there doesn't have any drawbacks. It's a good beer, and well worth $8.49 a sixer, but I wouldn't go to any extraordinary lengths to get it....

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Photo of armock
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark amber color with a two finger tan head that fades to a covering

S - Is of sweet fruity malt with some alcohol coming through

T - Isn't as good as it smells light malt taste with a lot of alcohol getting through

M - This beer has light carbonation with a slight alcohol burn

D - The other Clipper City brews that I've had were way better than this one this could have been a great beer if they could of had more flavor and less alcohol taste in it

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with '07 notch cut into label declaring 9% ABV.

Pours a dark ruby russet yet clear hue, lacking any bubbles rising to the surface topped with a compact frothy khaki headcap leaving slowly dripping lace behind.

Deep spicy caramel nose with nutmeg and cinnamon hints. Lots of cotton candy notes and red apple spice wafer.

First swigs: Spice wafer and lolipop candy sugar and a touch of detectable cinnamon. Fruit aspects of dark cherry and pear with a touch of heat. A husky grain character resounds throughout from start to finish with the cherry.

Feel has a slight cloying sweetness that leaves a lingering doughy dryness aspect. Medium bodied with a cherry 7-Up finish.

Last swigs: A hot Belgian with a dark cherry middle. Seems to have a harsh malt aspect.

Beer is good. Happy big beering.

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Photo of atsprings
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights when held to light. The beer is topped with a thin head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is loads of dried fruits, brown sugar and yeast. The taste is an interesting blend of flavor, just nothing all that spectacular. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of warming alcohol. This is a decent beer, but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy mahoganny, a small head and a bit of lacing, but not much.

S - A slightly woodsy hop profile, caramel malt, banana and cloves.

T - Spicy, allspice, cloves, alcohol with a bit of banana and a tiny bit of fusel alcohol. Mostly grassy, slightly pine, hops in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, thin to medium, very refreshing.

D - Good, very good. I like Clipper City (having lived in Balmer for several years). I certainly wouldn't mind having this again and I am glad to see the Heavy Seas line expanding.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Dark brown/deep claret in color. I had absolutely no head on this pour. Nothing remarkable here.
Smells very nice. Sweet malts come through first, followed by what I believe to be some brown sugar. The dark fruits are also readily apparent. Not a hint of alcohol here.
It's very complex on the palate. The spicy sweetness blends well together with the fruits and the alcohol. It is indeed sweet, but the finish is a little strong and there's a little burn. The hang however, is minimal.
It's medium bodied and it does a great deal on the palate. It's complex yet not too heavy.
Considering the ABV, this is pretty smooth sailing, pardon the pun. Nice taste, not too much of a boozy flavor and not too filling.

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Photo of animal69
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

purchase by jul 08 (no yeast on bottom ?)pours a clear deep copper-brown color w/ a non-existent head which leaves little lacing in my snifter ; a cherry/raison smell w/ notes of nuts, wood and alcohol ; an overly sweet, rich, malty flavor starting out w/ tart cherry and dried figs w/ some oaky rum-like notes turning a bit rough w/ a strong hot alcohol flavor, some caramel and nuts come thru as it warms, some "flowery" undertone in the finish ; a robust, full mouthfeel with little co2, feels a bit "slick" on the tongue ; a drinkable beer, but not an exceptional one, could be aged for a while..

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Photo of dpcoz
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Originally reviewed 04/03/2010)

Heavy Seas Mutiny Fleet - Holy Sheet
Uber Abbey Ale
Clipper City Brewing Co
1pt 6fl oz
Glass - Church Brew Works pint glass

Appearance - deep amber color, half a finger's worth of a tan head that fizzled out quickly. Poured a little like syrup. Fair amount of carbonation bubbles rising to the top

Smell - I suggest filling half the glass and swirling it around, putting your nose to the glass to welcome the sweet scent of sweetened Malts, Belgian sugars, cloves, honey, and I swear I smell banana. After swirling the glass I can say the aroma is one of the better ones I've experienced.

Taste - slight sweetness due to fruits and sugars, spices honey, and i am picking up some banana. Finish of toasty malts that really grows on me as I continue with the beer.

Mouthfeel - clipper city claims full bodied - I'll say medium from my experience. No hops that I can pick up but a decent carbonation that tickes the tongue as you transfer from lips to tonsils. At 9% abv, it's going to finish with a warming feeling.

Drinkability - I want to kick myself - clipper city recommends letting this one age for two years before enjoying, while I like it now, I would agree that the flavor probably needs the time to develop with cellar-aging. Still, I have to admit that I enjoyed this ale immensley, the aroma is one of the best I've had, and the taste is not that far behind. I plan to purchase another, store it and give another review sometime in 2012 or 2013.

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Photo of beerphan
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> goblet
notched brewery fresh before: AUG 07

Pours a dark clear ambered chestnut with a small slightly off white head that becomes just a rim of suds around the glass. Not much lace just a few scattered gobs. Carbonation appears minimal.

Nose: Yeast, candy caramel, alcohol, some sour apple

Mild fruitiness with some candy sweetness, cherry, and hot alcohol. Finishes with some spice, but this one may be best with some simmering as it finishes quick alcoholicy.

Decent mouthfeel medium full with an alcohol drying.

Not a bad brew, just a little hot for me. Not sure if that is par for the style, i'd like to try this again in a few months.

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Photo of dude
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
3.64 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
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