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:
251
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
14.79%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chimay goblet.

Pours a deep ruby brown, black highlights seeping in at certain angles, with a nice half-finger of bright head, though the lacing is somewhat weak. The nose is a melange of coffee, dark fruits, and booze. The taste highlights those fruits, mostly plum and fig, with the booziness lending a sort of oakey flavoring; lots o' complexity. The body is a heavy medium, and it doesn't coat the mouth too much, allowing this brew to be fairly drinkable, though the moderate alcohol may have something to say about that.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out an opaque, dark burgundy color with a one-finger head of tan foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of raisin and malt. It also had a boozy/alcohol aroma.

T - It tasted fruity with some raisin flavors. Nice rich, biscuity malt with a touch of boozy alcohol.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied brew with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This wasn't the best Belgian style ale. It just wasn't balanced.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local bar.

Beer is darker than I expected, copper to brown clear, thin head, no lacing, low carbonation.

Beer smells like malt and a little alcohol. Some yeasty breadiness to it.

Beer is thick and sweet up front, mildly dry on the finish, overall it is easy drinking, a little hot on the front but it fills out in the midpalate with some yeast character. Eh, I'd have it again I suppose.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Copper with a big fat creamy head on the pour that recedes no almost nothing. Thin lacing.
smell: Malts and fruit with a sour and sweet balance.
taste: Mellow. Tasty though simpler than i would have expected. Slight bitter aftertaste.
overall: A nice brew though nothing outstanding.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a 12 oz. bottle, and had a strangely illustrated cartoony label that put it firmly in the likeness of its other Heavy Seas siblings. The beer poured out brownish orange in color and lacked a good sized head. The layer of yeast mentioned on the neck label never got loose from its dwelling at the bottom of the sea and showed up in my goblet. The aroma was spicy, warm, and malty, but the lack of earthiness gave this away from being a true Belgian beer. The taste was fruity to brim with the rum soaked raisins, red cherries, and candied apples showing up on the tongue. Unfortunately the alcohol was bracing hot, and there was not enough complexity to mask it. If the yeast had been allowed to dry the mouthfeel some more, the beer would have turned out more charming. May be some age will accomplish this. As released, a bit too hot for my tastes.

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Photo of imaguitargod
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a minimal head that dissipates fast and leaves no lacing. Absolutely beautiful red color to the beverage! The first thing to hit is the alcohol taste then a dose of malty sweetness combined with a caramel taste from the Belgium Candi sugars. No detectable hops. This really teeters the line between just right and almost too sweet to drink. Very nice if enjoyed slowly.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very slightly hazy reddish brown. You've really gotta give it some muscle to put a head on it, as the tan foam settles into a ring pretty quickly.

The smell is spicy and tart. Sort of like a well-spiced cherry pie, but light on the crust. Pretty nice, but not quite an authentic Belgian smell.

The flavor matches the smell pretty well. Cherry-like tartness greets you and then you get the taste of baking spices. It's a nice stab at something like Maudite, but it just doesn't carry the complexity. It's good, but nothing mind-blowing. Alcohol shows its face from time to time, unlike the truly world class BSDAs. There's a decent amount of bitterness on the finish too.

Mouthfeel is fairly spot-on for the style. Upper end of medium bodied with good carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability is above average. Holy Sheet is a way better attempt at a BSDA than Hang Ten is at a weizenbock (seriously disgusting shit). I doubt I'll buy it again, given that I can get a 4-pack of Trois Pistoles or Maudite for about $1.50 less, but it's a nice try on the part of Clipper City Brewing.

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Photo of JNForsyth
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. Big, and not subtle. But it stretches a bit, sugary flavors and alcohol start to overpower everything else. The best overall flavor is in the final throws of the last sip, gentle, warming alcohol, some sugar, some hops in more moderate proportions. Instead of being turned up to 10, this beer should be left at 6. Drop the Uber, keep the rest.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a dark clear mahogany with one finger of off-white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma of malts, yeast, sour milk, and dark ripe fruit.

Tastes of dark ripe fruit, caramel malts, Belgian candied sugar, raisins, and yeast. The finish is a combination of booze and raisins.

Medium bodied, sticky, and moderately carbonated.

Pretty much an average Belgian dark and bit overdone on the sweet side. Definitely worth a try, though.

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Photo of thequeen711
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful colour pour, mahogany brown with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Three finger head slipping into light lacing. Aroma of dark fruits, plums, figs, raisins, candy sugars.
Taste initially of the dark fruits, then the alcohol kicks in the aftertaste. Medium heavy mouthfeel, an interesting Uber Abbey Ale, this is. I'm not digging the fruitiness of the ale, but certainly worth the taste.

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Photo of Billolick
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, a gift from a non BA friend, Daver. "For fresh taste purchase before" date notched onto the bottom of the front label. At 9% do folks want this one to be "fresh" or would some age calm things down and allow some growth of complexity? Oh well, doubt I will ever find out..Pours murky dark and dull brown, quickly dissapearing minor head and no lace. The nose is of rum, sweet candied fruits and boozy. Notes of dark fruits, caramel, sweet darker malts, a hint of smoke and more boozyness. Cant say I'm in love with. Lacks the density of flavors and intrigue of better crafted examples. Got to give Heavy Seas credit for sticking their necks out on this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/5/08 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains dark fruit, chocolate, Belgian yeast.

T: The taste is well-balanced, with flavors of Belgian yeast, chocolate and dark fruit. The malt character is hearty and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer and I could drink a few, but it's not one that would select over too many others.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour into my Lucifer goblet reveals a faintly hazed mahogany brown. The wheaten head is initially high, but quickly sizzles away to a very thin ring. No lace.

Aroma is dark bread, raisins, cherries, subtle yeast spice, and alcohol. As it warms it's Belgian characteristics emerge.

Flavor is similar but yeast and clove spice is stronger. It has nice notes of dark fruit, and light earthy qualities. The strong, hot alcohol flavor overrides everything after a few sips. It tastes very fresh and perhaps it needs a few months or years to tame. It tastes like it could become excellent with age but for now it's just too hot.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrRetardedMonkey for the bottle.

Poured into a steamless wineglass.

Pours out a Dark Amber color with little head.

First taste bings out the carbination which is high. Other than the high carbination, this is pretty much a basic Belgian Stong Dark.

Drinkability is good. If it was Sold in Texas, I'd buy it.

I'd like to say more, but I just committed the worst of all fouls and spilt my glass. Now I'm too mad to go on.

Pray for me.

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Photo of trafordboy
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in a snifter

A -Holey caramel color, like a bourbon but lighter. It just LOOKS good. Modest head, some frothy tracing across the top, nothing special. Medium carbonation.

S - Sort of a bitter, fruity aroma. Take your pick of cheery, apricot, stem, even a little plain old grass.

T - Early sour cherry notes (very surprising!), later absolutely tons of raisin in particular, but also rum. Fruity, not quite the bite you'll find in most abbey ales. Wonderful lingering aftertaste, something like a bit of mashed apples.

M/D - Dominant raisin character in aroma and taste. Not too puckery despite the initial sour cherry hit. Fruity but not crazy sweet either, something inbetween.

This tasted much different from my first (undocumented) attempt at the Holy Sheet. Both tastings have been enjoyable but quite different where the other was more like your traditional Belgian/abbey, if a bit more sweet/candylike.

I'd pair this with a dessert/something sweet, most ideally to round out the flavor. As far as basic food pairings, maybe some salmon, salad or sushi (alliteration, yikes). As a Baltimore transplant, Clipper City has grown on me. I had a fantastic Hop3 on cask the other afternoon at Max's which is worth revisiting. This is their one beer I've truly enjoyed both times I've tasted it (inconsistent flavors, but both were enjoyable).

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of needMIbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ConradKenney
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SakellariosVouvalis
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of lillitnn92
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jaxon53
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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