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

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83
good
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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Photo of JAck199
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefydawg
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came out of the bottle more clear than expected, with a bourbon color. Thin but dense and creamy light khaki head. Not as much lacing a some other Heavy Seas

Smells of dried fruit, molasses, and maybe some oak-aged bourbon.

Tastes of like all that and more. Lot of beer there. The alcohol and malt are apparent even in the early sips. Nice and warming on a night of (Holy Sheet) sleet such as this. Definitely a 'Jack Daniels' quality as the liquid warms. A fresh doughy maltiness with powdered sugar sneaks in and tries in vain to keep up with the alcohol. Fermented fruitcake?

Although it is medium bodied, it packs a wallop. Great sipper for a nightcap or a fireside chat. If I would accompany food, it would be with smoked salmon or hot pepper cheese. Smooth for its strength.

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Photo of Vogt52
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of weasbri
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish burgundy color with a thin head into my new Belgian goblet. A bit of a yeasty aroma, mixed with estery alcohol.
The taste was quite nice, not too much alcohol despite the 9% label. I picked up some definite fruity notes, perhaps some cherry, along with the yeast mixed with fruity alcohol and malty sweetness. A nice tartness going down, with a slightly bitter but dry finishing kick.
Sometimes I think Clipper City goes overboard with the high alcohol content on their Heavy Seas line, but this one worked pretty well.

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Photo of DeepSix
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a traditional pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, freshness date of June 2008.

Appearance: Thick, one-finger head, good lacing, and a transparent, orange-copper body. Lazy, rolling carbonation. Nice looking.

Smell: Whoa. Pineapple? Yeah, that's definitely pineapple. Weird, but nice. Other, darker fruits, a general overall sweetness, and cloves are detectable. Very interesting.

Taste: The taste is a little less varied than the nose. Mild phenols, cloves and a few other yeasty, earthy notes, raisin/plum sweetness, and dry, spicy, warming alcohol (only in the finish). Interesting, and varied, but a little less than I expected from the smell.

Mouthfeel: Smooth at first, but then big and bubbly as the mouth evolves with each sip. So, I like it at first, but then it becomes distracting.

Drinkability: Hm, not outstanding. It's pretty alcoholic in the finish (not to mention overall - 9%), and leaves a bit of an aftertaste. It's very interesting though, and there's plenty to taste and smell.

I found this beer interesting at first, but it became somewhat one-dimensional near the close, with the alcoholic aftertaste beginning to overpower after a time. Nonetheless, it's worth it to give this one a try, because they did manage to nail the whole "Belgian style" pretty well. Maybe aging it might develop a few of the flavors further, as well.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle, with purchase by Jul08 on the label. Served in a tulip glass, this was a dark red/brown (burgundy according to the label) with a small white head that didn't last. It had a pleasant spice and fruit aroma, and there was a nice yeasty edge to it also. The taste was sweet, plum and/or cherry, followed by some bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Maybe a little too much on the sweet side for me, but still a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of techcommdood
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance
Poured a clear, clean dark crimson with very little head.

Smell
Faint malty sweetness and nuts.

Taste
Very sweet and nutty, with an almost hazelnut character to it. Some good lemony citrus coming through as well.

Mouthfeel
Thick, clean, and wet. Sounds dirty, but there you have it.

Drinkability
Very drinkable. In fact, I drank it faster than I should have. Between the sweetness and lemon notes, and the very wet mouthfeel, this one can go down quick!

Overall
Extremely pleased with this one. Had it on tap a few weeks prior and it was outstanding. Better on tap, but very good in bottle.

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Photo of asabreed
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Shouldn't this be a Belgian Strong Dark Ale since it's at 9%? Best before August '07 clearly notched below the regularly awesome CC artwork.

Appearance: A dark amber hue to the body, and some spotty lacing not billowing as much as I'd expected, though as it warms some better things start to happen.

Smell: Ripe pear, watermelon, and dark tropical fruit dominate the nose, along with whiffs of unsweetened chocolate, bread crust, cherries, lots of malt and I imagine candi sugar, plum, and the earthy notes of raisins. I miss the phenolic funk, but this holds up well with the dark fruits all over the place.

Taste: The aroma comes through well, as dark fruits are all over the place, with pear sticking out, along with watermelon, funnily enough, as I said before for the nose. Not sure what the yeast is they're using, but whatever the funk's lacking, the dark fruit flavors are making up for it; there are a lot, and the finish is long and coating.

Mouthfeel: Moderately heavy and rich, though there's enough creamy carbonation so it doesn't feel all that coating, which allows the flavors enough room do their thing.

Drinkability: I really like what Clipper City's doing with this. I imagine it's not easy emulating a BSDA, especially for the funkiness that you just (usually) don't get with a domestic. Still, at 9%, this is balanced, not too expensive, and a good sipper for folks who don't want to spend an arm and a leg on a caged and corked and / or 11.2 oz. bottle of something imported. Are those most likely going to be better? Yes. But this was a nice treat, and something I'll be buying in the spring (for those late nights) as long as they keep making it.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pour was dark chocolate with a one finger head. Great lacing on the glass that held throughout the drink.

Heavy malt smell at the front of the nose. Hints of florals and hop spice in the rear.

The drink starts with a heavy kick of malt sweet in the front. Around mid tongue there is a quick kick of hops with that standard Belgian finish.

Easy drinking beer, and incredible from a cask. I look forward to trying it on regular tap or in a bottle.

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Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Heavy Seas goodie. Decent price makes this a good sipper summer session brew – but as a sipper only.

Deep mahogany brown with a semi-frothy tan head that produced nice sliding laces. Small notes of Belgium yeast and sugar cane in the aroma. But the taste is where this one shines; nice mishmash of plum and cherry, sweet and tart – maybe just a smidgen of cherry cough syrup, but not enough to be a distraction. Smooth and silky texture, I’m ready for a couple more.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Poured a nice cherry, mahogany amber color with bright ruby highlights, good clarity and a chunky head of white foam which left lots of sticky web-like lacing. Great!

S: Smell is sweet and slightly spicy. Dried cherry, dates and brown sugar jump to mind.

T: Taste is a deep, complex fruity and malty combo with some chaotic hop bitter and spiciness thrown in the mix. Cherry juice, pears and lemon peel combined with oily grapefruit hops and sweet, dark sugarcane. Rich and complex tasting.

M: Mouthfeel is full-bodied and sweetly sticky.

D: One would have to tread lightly with this Belgian ale, it is strong and rather tasty. The alcohol is present, which deters the drinkability slightly, but it's just a nice, robust abbey ale. Love the parrot dressed as a monk on the label artwork.

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Photo of Kranders
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. Poured a muddy brown, with very thin head. Pretty unappealing from sight. Nice sweet overtones in the aroma that were very inviting. Really rich taste, complex and sweet with a lot of malt. Slight fruity hints in the back. Stays on the tongue longer than expected with some sweetness there as well. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Excited to try this one.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get some dark fruit, brown sugar and maple notes, as well as some caramel and alcohol. The alcohol is present, but it is not boozy smelling.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of toffee and dark fruit notes, as well as quite a bit of brown sugar. The beer is very sweet and has a touch of Belgian yeast character to it. The alcohol is once again present, but it doesn't hurt drinkability.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another good beer from Heavy Seas.

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Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Egor1020
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of DruC4
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of TheMsnLink
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Keene
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of JstnP
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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