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

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

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by Jaynuze on 03-12-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.52/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a somewhat translucent cola-brown hue; it is capped with a thin tan head that exists briefly and then recedes to a collar.

S - The nose is a mix of spicy notes from yeast, nutty impressions and dark fruitiness, especially dates.

T - There is a strong metallic taste in this beer that I do not like whatsoever. The off-flavor is disconcerting to the point that while I can detect some of the same nice elements I found in the nose, I cannot suffer this offense for more than a few mouthfuls.

M - It's not the feel's fault.

O - The beer is mostly a moderate-to-middling offering, except for the terrible taste. Why bother?

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Photo of bboven
2.57/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep garnet color, clear with no head or lacing after the initial pour. Pretty color, though.

The fruity esters from the yeast are definitely there with a good bit of dark fruit aroma as well. However, the overwhelming smell is hot, nail-polish remover alcohol. It's not hidden well at all.

Still a lot of alcohol in the taste, but the essential flavors for the style are there as well.

A bit high on carbonation, neither very drying or very sticky.

Not the best example of the style. The alcohol is running rampant in both the nose and the flavor.

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Photo of Big78CJ
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a pretty beer in terms of the color of the liquid but there is no head to speak of off my semi-gentle pour.

Is there something fruity in my nostrils? Either I inhaled a sweet tart or this beer has some candy sugar in it. This beer is a bit more alcoholy than I would have liked. Perhaps a year away from light on the lower level of a ship would do this beer good. Of course, if they were "heavy seas" they would shake this sh** out of this beer until it was worthless anyway. I taste fruit, something dark and sweet but not quite as dark as a plum or anything.

I would drink this again but probably only if it was given or was really cheap at the store. Still, not bad all the same. Maybe next year they will tweak it a bit. There is nothing in there to make me cry Holy Sheet!

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Photo of errantnight
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well that was a disappointing first experience... after listening to a podcast w/ the head brewer here on TBN I was excited to see that Clipper City beers were available on my trip to Boston, so I picked some up.

First of all, this is a dubbel, not a belgian strong dark (hopefully this is corrected as you're reading this, and you're just wondering why I'm even pointing this out).

Now, it pours a nice rich ruby/mahogany that's clear, and has decent, but nothing special, head.

Smell is hugely sweet with tons of caramel malt, and some hot, fusel alcohols. Belgian fruitiness and floral notes are present but barely there. It reminds me almost of the aroma of Avery's Kaiser, which was an out of control caramel malt bomb.

Taste is the same, but not quite as oppressively rich and sweet as expected. Despite a big mid-palate burst of juicy, rich, mouth-filling sweetness, it finishes dry enough. Some banana and raisin and bready malt come through, it tastes just like dubbel that is out of control with malt and alcohol. As it warms, the alcohol is noticeable. This wouldn't be bad in a big beer like this... if it weren't trying to be a Belgian. Belgian beers shouldn't have such noticeable, and distinct, alcohol. Drink too many of these and it'd be headache city.

Mouthfeel is too rich and heavy, and it's under-carbonated.

Seems like a Belgian Dubbel influenced too much by someone who loves English Barleywines.

A bit of a mess, and not recommended, but not awful.

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Photo of SchmoTerp
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not experienced in the abbey ales so keep in mind....

Pours a deep caramel with little head. Smells sweet, particularly for an ale. I was not impressed with this one but probably mostly because it felt and tasted more like a barleywine than anything else. Even the aftertaste was a bit off for an ale.

I'll be curious to try this one again after sampling more abbey ales but for now, I'll be leaving it alone.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nice red color, clear body with a thin, loud, fast and fizzy head that dissipated completely. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma was of raisins, sweet malt, caramel, and hints of chocolate. Alcohol was definitely noticeable, it was almost boozy.

Taste was of very strong malt, with slight roasted hints. It was sweet, with rum notes evident. Alcohol was not well hidden - it did taste like booze. I didn't get any peanut taste that others have mentioned.

Mouthfeel is kind of average, not much body for something with this much flavor. A trifle thin.

Drinkability gets lower marks. I was hard pressed to finish this before it got too warm. It was like downing shots of whiskey mixed with Sam Adams Boston Lager.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. BB 01/10.

Appearance: Almost no head, thin tan ring around the edge. Clear brown with hues of brick red.

Nose: Sweet candy nose. Smells like dark caramel mixed with dried fruits.

Palate: Medium- to full-bodied. Lots of caramel and chocolate sweetness. Raisins, prunes, leather, apricot. Almost no carbonation and a serious alcohol burn on the finish.

Notes: Poor effort. Needs more carbonation, more balance to the mouthfeel. Flavors are good, but palate balance is way off.

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Photo of beerbutcher
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours beautiful red/auburn with broad bubbles of a one-finger head that dissipates almost instantly.

aroma is a touch rancid, lots of fruit but the rotten kind. also noting a heft of caramelized sugar and some brandy in the alcohol mix.

it'g got a lot of sugar on the palate, and fluffy carbonation, a wash of alcohol and a lingering odd fruitiness. not the normal belgian kind. perhaps it's a touch of brett.. but i like brett and i'm not into this beer.

mouthfeel is a bit sweet, but remains light. the hops are in decent proportion, but the alcohol finishes a bit hot. then there's a lingering acrid something or other.. like the hops were oxidized. texturally, it's balanced i guess.

overall this does not work for me. reminds me of rotten caramel apples. something off-putting in the odor and the alcohol may be high for the style. also the sweetness and then the acrid finish...

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Photo of sacfly
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, notched JUL 08
Pours a very clear caramel color with a thin head of tan bubbles. Aroma of brown sugar with a bit of plumb. Taste is mixed overripe fruit, plumb and apricot, with a somewhat harsh character. I'm not sure how to describe it, but the harshness is similar to other beers (and homebrews) that use a bit too much refined sugar and ferment a bit too hot. Hot alcohol lingers long into the aftertaste. Hot and unpleasant the longer I sip it. Very drying.
Sorry Hugh.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of sweet Belgian yeast, roasted nuts and malt, and a touch of booze. Flavor is quite sweet with some alcohol and dark fruits as well as roasted malt. Palate is a bit harsh, grainy, and boozy. Overall much too sweet for me.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a solid burgundy color with good carbonation and a big dirty white head. HeNose is malts, grain, some fruits. Taste was a little effervescent with fruits like raspberries, figs, prunes, raisins and caramel. Lots of spice and alcohol. Mouthfeel is hot and unpleasant as this beer is off balanced.

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Photo of CuttDeez
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a Snifter

A - A deep dark brown body that has nice notes of deep red amber when in the light. A large white head that mellows to a half finger head with some stick.
S - The Aroma is nice as it renders good carmalized sugars and malt, mixed with good yeast and a plethora of deep dark fruits. A complex yet nicely balanced nose.
T & M - What happened to the nose is my first thought. The beer just doesnt have any pop. There is fruit there but light, sugars there but light - The tastes are all blah. The good thing is the ABV is well hidden.

O - Let me start by saying I love heavy seas and love the Mutiny fleet so I was excited about this beer. Then I was unimpressed and underwhelmed by this brew. I was sad but I will not be turned away from the great mutiny fleet!


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Photo of drseamus
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a rich mahogany color with no head and no visible carbonation. The body is crystal clear. The aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of spice in the background. The flavor is overwhelmingly malty with a bunch of spice. The sweetness is pretty strong initially but fades quickly. It is nice and smooth with good body, but that's really the only good part. Not a beer I'd drink again.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A big ale. Pours solid amber/reddish brown. Head was short lived. A strong malty-sweet aroma dominated this beer. Big malty/sweetish front end, which is smooth and dries a bit towards the finish. A slight medicidnal sweet aftertaste detracts a bit from taste points. Alcohol comes through a bit in the finish as well. While the malt dominates, I thought this beer was a little too bland; it was missing the kind of esthers one expects in a Belgian Ale.

Not a bad Abbey -good after dinner beer.Could use a bit more character.

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Photo of farrago
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

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Photo of Risser09
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2008 Bottling - Cellar Temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent brown color with red highlights. 1/2" head is tan colored and very short lived. No lacing whatsoever and some carbonation activity.

Smell: Belgian yeast. Pepper, raisin, fresh barley. Lots of boozy alcohol.

Taste: Belgian yeast, peppery allspice, a bit of caramel. This beer tastes so heavy with alcohol it ruins any sort of flavor profile. Not a very complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated in the mouth. Plenty of alcohol to go around, which matches the spiciness. Medium body,

Drinkability: A decent beer. More booze than flavor or aroma. Not a great one. Won't be seeking again.

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Photo of tayner
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle says purchase before august 2007

Pours a clear dark caramel brown with a small head that quickly dissipates into a nice ring, but no lacing as i drink.

Smell is sweet and boozy.. the only thing that overpowers the boozy smell is the malt.

I wanted to taste some belgian breadiness in the flavor, but all i get is the malt front and finish of astringent alcohol. I can taste all 9% of the alcohol, and if i didnt know it i would say it was more in the 10-12% range.. not well hidden at all. No hops to speak of, just alot of caramel malt. If it didnt say on the bottle that it was belgian i would not have guessed.

Heavy mouthfeel and drying astringent alcohol after swallowing.

Too heavy on the alcohol to be a good session beer. One of these was enough for me. Glad i tried it, but there are way too many good Belgian Strong Ales to revisit this one, even if it were local to me. Cool name though!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a dark reddish brown color. With a decent head on it. The smell was a little citric smelling. Some Belgian yeast aromas too. The the taste was a little strange to me, kinda got a little funky on me. The mouthfeel was ok, overall I would have to try this one again.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. I guess people are calling this color mahogany. Looks darkish amber when backlit. Head is okay but doesn't leave any lace and doesn't get all rocky and such--somewhat of a disapointment.

Smell is underwhelming. Dark malts and fruit and some booze in there, not a lot of complexity. Taste is similar, pretty sweet. Personally i am more of a fan of BPA and BSPA as opposed to their darker kin, but I can usually appreciate a really well done dark beer--this one just doesn't seem to make the grade.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thick. I would really like a lighter body with some more carbonation. While we are at it, i would like it to be less sweet. Maybe get some yeast with better attenuation. Also, what is this on the label about a layer of yeast. Is this bottle conditioned or not? I didn't see any in the beer. Also, they have a tendency to call their bottles "pounders." At twleve ounces, they are a bit short of a pound. Very confusing overall. While it certainly doesn't hold its own against others of the style, it is an alright beer. I was expecting a lot after loving the category 5 Imperial ESB, but i was disappointed.

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Photo of shivtim
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear brown beer with orangey tints. Not much of a head. Nose is lots of grains, some yeast, and slightly sweet syrup. Taste is sweet malts with some slight bread, and lots of alcohol on the finish. The alcohol is a bit harsh. Mouthfeel is pretty good, and drinkability is hindered only by the ethanol.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet.

Stunning amber body with a thin white ring and nice carbonation.

Belgian candi sugar and cherry.

Yeasty,cherry cough syurp,no hop flavor at all.

Mouthful is cloying and sweet,pretty easy on the carbonation.

Not much to say about this beer.Its no belgian in my book and I like this brewery alot but this is my least favorite beer from them.This beer falls flat.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not the best interpretation of the style. A little thin in body with not much head to speak of and no lacing. Tasted okay with some cherry mixed in there but very harsh alcohol dominates the flavor. Maybe I drank this too cold, unsure but not one I will ever refuse if given to me but not one I'll seek out and this is my favorite style of beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a nice caramel malt scent along with a slightly fruity Belgian yeast aroma. It's a bit dry with some warming in the nose. The taste is decent. It has a warm crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some fruity esters, but nothing special. This is a very bland Belgian style brew, much like Saranac's Belgian ale. It's devoid of any real malt character and the yeast esters are not very pronounced. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a dumbed down Belgian brew. It's very forgettable with lots of the real thing available these days.

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Photo of kirkpjr
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this at a tasting @ HiPS. Picked up a growler a couple days later.

Poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a deep amber/brown with ruby highlights. Half finger of head with minimal lacing leaving a small ring around the top of the beer.

S: Dark fruits - raisins & figs - and brown sugar or cinnamon. Also a little green apple.

T: Light dark fruit flavors and sweet malts, with a little bit of molasses. Mildly hot in the finish.

M: A bit short on carbonation for what I was expecting in an Uber Abbey Ale. Feel is somewhat thin as well.

O: Nothing outstanding, but worth a try.

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Photo of akorsak
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from Shawan Liquors.

A: The ale is a dark amber color, a coke that has been watered down by ice cubes. A miniature head came on pour, but I am hesitant to really call it head. The ale is dark in the rudimentary sense only.

S: The nose is very spicy, fruity with cinnamon spice, almost a Christmas spiced ale. The alcohol doesn't particularly stand out but you can tell that it is there.

T: Faintly sour cherry is my first impression from the ale. The sweetness is augmented by cinnamon and candi sugars and a touch of medicinal bite. The booziness is present but it lacks the customary heat. The sweetness is strong, almost too much to handle. One bottle is enough for me.

M: If you like lots of spices, this one won't disappoint. Me? I am not sold, there is just too much going on.

D: One bottle is good. This one shoots for too complex of a flavor profile.

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