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

Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Ãœber Abbey Ale)Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Ãœber Abbey Ale)
BA SCORE
3.68/5
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
251
Ratings:
422
pDev:
14.67%
Bros Score:
4.1
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
Trade:
1
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 422 |  Reviews: 251
Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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 vdub191
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of zaphodchak
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Minimal head, very dark ruby body.

Dark raisin on the nose? Some malt and a bit of booze.

Dark grape in the taste, slightly vinous, malt and hop balance, but with a malty finish.

Thinnish mouthfeel, but not watery.

Overall fine, but unremarkable for a dubbel. Improves as it warms.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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 NCSUdo
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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 ramblinwreck101
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Naugros
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much of a head, but I did pour it into a chalice. It's a deep brown with orangey-red glow.

The nose is dark cherry with vinous notes. There's a bunch of alcohol in this one.

All dark fruit, closest is dark cherries, like in the nose. There is a little bit of spice, either cloves or black pepper, underneath the fruit. The alcohol is very prevalent creating a medicinal aftertaste that I am not enjoying. I've had stronger beers with better masking. I've had beers with poorer masking that tasted better as well.

The overall feel is not of a beer that I really wanted finish, but I've only poured beer on rare occasions: skunked, caught by mom, exceptionally horrible, floating cigarette, dog got to it when I put it down, etc.

A few friends have suggested trying Heavy Seas and these guys know their beer so I'll make sure try another one of their offerings, just not this one. This was not worthy of the Orval chalice I used.

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Photo of salinasa
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Roy1586
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of phisig137
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 bboven
2.57/5  rDev -30.2%
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 Natural510
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange-amber with minimal head & lacing.
Smells fruity with berry & fig; the malts & yeast come through a bit as well.
Tastes of cherries, berries & apricot or fig...can't decide. Lightly spicy & peppery. Very earthy & a bit smoky as well. Malts are rich, and both the yeast & hops are apparent without standing out.
Alcohol content and slight hop & yeast twang are felt in the mouth, but not as much carbonation as I'd expect from a Belgian-style ale.
Overall a decent stab at a Belgian Dark, though it doesn't do much to stand apart from the others. A nice drinker nonetheless...I will try more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of DruRho
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of chrisroarshack
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of AWB3
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pink-tinted red-brown with brass highlights and exceptional clarity. A dense, off-white head of two and a half finger shows good retention and leaves a few specs of lacing. Rich aroma of sweet, dark fruits and dextrinous highly-kilned malts -but not particularly aromatic. First sip is sweet with caramel and shows some woody peat charater. Date syrup and unrefined sugar flavors emerge; then the semi-dry aftertaste reveals a smooth alcohol taste, Goldings or other mild english flavor hop notes, and a balancing bitterness. The carbonation is actually quite low- but extremely smooth. The body is medium and the lack of crispness allows a malt-centric mouthfeel with robust fruit and booze tones to hang around. Finishes a little hot with plenty of residual caramel and beet sugar; but the velvety mouthfeel alone warrents a respectable drinkability. The only dissapointment here is the lack of Belgian flair; there is no real yeast character to speak of - but its still a decent abbey ale if you want something extra malty.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Brooklyn snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates down to a nice cap quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of candy malts and dark fruits. Has a bit of floweriness to it as well.

Taste: Fruity and slightly bitter up front. Devleops a sweet, fruity, and malty finish. Has only the slightest booziness at the end; there's really no way you'd know that this is a 9% ABV beer without checking the bottle.

Mouthfeel: A little light-bodied for a Belgian but still very pleasing.

Overall: A superbly done Belgian beer. Fruity, flowery, and malty. It is also extraordinarily drinkable for a Belgian beer. The alcohol is effectively masked by the flavors and it has a lighter-than-average body. In a word, delicious...

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite nice: This one features a superb dark cherry fruitiness, some really nice toastiness, a nice caramel note, and a sweet, bready malt character. It hides its alcohol very well and is quite drinkable for a 9% abv. Dry toasted grain finish.

This one seems pretty hit or miss with the BA reviews. I for one like it: I’m particularly impressed with how drinkable it is considering the alcohol content. Another treat from the Heavy Seas line of brews…

Recommended.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: There was a recipe change for all Holy Sheet brewed 2010 onward. This review was conducted with the "new" Holy Sheet.

A- Poured from the tap with a thin ivory colored head, which quickly receded to a haze layer, leaving some decent lacing behind. The body was a slightly opaque mahogany color, with no carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Beautifully pungent aromas of leather, ripe dark fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast aromatics. Doesn't smell quite like a Belgian abbey ale, but certainly as a Belgian-style abbey ale with an American Twist. I suppose Heavy Seas' description of it as an "Uber Abbey Ale" is quite fitting. That said, this bold bouquet of aroma is fantastic.

T- A nice replicate of the nose plus some unanticipated earthiness and breadlike qualities. Finishes malty with a lingering (and mild) stale hop bitterness, and a touch of booze.

M- A nice medium body, with some moderately soft carbonation. Nothing too impressive, and the carbonation is a touch prickly. A mark above average in the mouthfeel department.

D- Very drinkable for the ABV. Looks, smells and tastes nice. Satisfying. Not bad at all.

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Photo of richobrien
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of beerphan
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
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 csmiley
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a medium to dark brown. Got a little over a half inch head with good retention. Lacing was just average.

S - First, there is a Belgian yeast aroma mixed with some spiciness, which is nice. Second, there is fairly strong caramel and bread smell that act as a balance to the spices.

T - Malt is very significant in this one. At first there is a big, sweet, caramel sensation but that gets quickly backed by a sharp spiciness and alcohol. On the end there is just a hint of cherry. Everything does go well together in this one.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Drinkability is good. The beer is smooth and the alcohol is hardly noticeable. I would have no problem having a few more of these.

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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 422 ratings
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