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

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

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
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
422
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
19.23%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Take Two: April 19, 2010 (on tap)
Holy Sheet takes on much more of a Belgian Dubbel character than a Dark Strong Ale. A lot of aged stone fruits of plub/prune, raison/grape, figs, dates, and apples. Quite sweet and estery mix creates the complexity to accompany the confectionate malts but lacks the depth to make a meaningful impact in balance and complexity without the hops. Still, good beer.

There may be enough Belgian 'stuff' in here to be considered an Abbey-style Ale, but the beer kinda falls apart without proving that it belongs up there with authentic Abbey Ales. the pour brings a beautiful chesnut colored, ruby hue with light, airy head formation and withstanding retention. Heavy carbonation brings a sparkling character to the beer. Aromas are sharply sweet with hints of caramelization, confectionate sugars, heavy esters, and an agressive ethanol scent. Flavors begin with a Dopplebock-like melanoiden caramel and worty-sweet character, along with confectionate sugars that don't attenuate fully. High esters of plumbs, grapes, and bruised fruits swirl around an agressive 'rum-meets-nail-polish-remover' alcohols, making the beer tough to drink. Finishes very alcoholic, hot, and sweet. Perhaps some age can help the brew, but the flavors have not melded, at least not as of yet.

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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 Jason
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had to throw a Belgian in the mix, just had to. Massive frothing head with clinging lace all the way down, bright and clear mahogany hue. Smells of dried dark fruit, candied fruit, chalky yeast, pineapple, caramel, wild flowers and clove. Sizable crispness with a fluffy medium body. Slight medicinal and bandaid flavor runs into tones of dusty clove and chalky yeast. Maltiness throws toasted grain, caramel and a ghost-like burnt malt at the palate. Hops show up but are lots in the creative chaos. Slight vinous higher alcohol twang middle to end, like a weak red table wine. Ends on a sweet note with some clove and phenolic action, soft but present.

Love it when American brewers get Belgian right. Holy Sheet is one of those seasonals that has a bit of shelf life as well being 9.0% abv but it drinks very well when fresh.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly clear, dark copper with a ruby hue. Almost an inch of off-white head arose before retreating to a partial skim coat.
Aromatics have plenty of caramel, raisins, cloves, dark sugar, and toffee.
As it warms, some dark rum steps forward as well as shades of butterscotch, cherry skins, and cocoa-dusted bannana peels.
The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. A bit lacking for a Belgian.
The pallet is lightly laced with rum-soaked raisins, red grapes, juicy malt, and a hint of sweet chocolate.
Bitterness is fairly firm and the beer starts drying, but finishes with residuals.
Alcohol is well hidden but warming enough to add some complexity and perhaps some vineousity later in life.

This perhaps could be a good one for cellaring, although it's pretty damn tasty now. Let her warm up and you'll find some nice complexities within.
Jack up the carbonation a bit and I'm sold.
Put it in a corked and caged 750 and people will drool.

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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 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 BeerSox
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

Crystal clear mahogany color with an off-white head that settles to a ring.

The aroma has a strong brown sugar/caramel smell, which I usually don't find in these. Some phenolics are there as well.

Mild fruity flavors along with some alcohol. There isn't much to this one. I wouldn't say the flavor is bland, it's just not very complex. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

A decent BDPA. Enjoyable, but nothing to get too excited over.

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Photo of charlesw
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown but very clear - no head. Smells like sugar/alcohol. Tastes like, well, brown sugar, I guess. And alcohol. I should give it higher marks, here, 'cause the wife likes it so much, but, well, I just can't. Sorry. It's really too bad, too, given how much I enjoy others of the heavy seas series. Hmm. Maybe I'll have to check my scores and rereview them or something. This one just doesn't do it for me.

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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 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 csmiley
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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 Lothar666
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured nice and dark, like caramel oak mahogany in the body and a creamy off white head. Head was thick at first but quickly receeded, leaving bits of lacing in the rim.

S- Some pleasant belgian spices and candied fruits; dark ones like raisins and figs and a bit of caramel apple.

T- Dark fruits, floral accents and strong belgian style spices are all present in the flavor profile, as is sweet caramel and brown sugar and a touch of hops to balance it out. Alcohol is present but not unwelcome.

M- Thick, sticky, and sugary. Very full bodied and extremely smooth but with a tingle in the finish.

D- The strong alcohol in this does not hurt the drinkability in the least. It goes down smooth and easy and leaves the pallet craving another sip even after the last drop is gone. I am very impressed... This brewery has made an excellent accomplishment here, successfully reproducing a half decent but lower priced American version of a style that is normally much more expensive and less accessable.

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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 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 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 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 oelergud
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic brown 12oz glass bottle. Pry off cap. Red neck label with a blurp about the yeast and style. Red label with a crow's nest scene.
Semi transparent deep ruby body topped with a reluctant tan creamy head with interspersed small bubbles. Very little lace.
Sweet caramel nose, dark honey, spice and molasses.
Sweet alcoholic flavor. Some caramel and spice but mostly alcohol. The aftertaste is a hoppy alcoholic sensation.
Medium body with very little coating and a dry finish.
Not my cup of beer. The alcohol has too much presence.

-Oelergud

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a brilliant clear ruby brown tone forms a thin tan head, carbonation sort of fizzy. Lacing forms thin and sparse with specks scattered sporadically around my pint glass. Aromatics offer tart raisin and apple notes with some candi sugar and caramelized brown sugar like malt tones, very fruity not much spice noted. Flavor comes off with a trace of metallic funk, super sweet border line syrupy sweet with candi sugar coming off in a bad way. Deep fruits of plum and raisin with evident alcohol notes drowning out most of the other flavors, spices are lacking seems like the yeast strain is in house. It sits really heavy with a rather cloying sweetness that takes over and doesn't let any other component truly shine. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with sticky residual sugars hanging around along with carbonation levels that I consider pretty rough especially for what should be a velvety smooth Abbey style ale. Drinkability not a bad 12 pack sampler brew but nothing to grab a whole six of, one and move on maybe this is your style.

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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
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 RblWthACoz
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Holy Sheet. Nice name.

Pouts a clear and dark brown. Crème head. Nose is candy and slight sugar. Seems one-dimensional. Flavor is super sugar as well. A definite hijacking of the experience. Too much sugar, Slight caramel tone. Not much else going on. Feel is low in carbonation and sticky on the liquid feel. This is one to pass on. Sure there are promising features, but it certainly doesn't come through.

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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 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 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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