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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Reviews: 250 | Ratings: 422
Photo of HopDerek
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orangish-red with brown hues. Surprisingly poured with a good inch of frothy off-white head that left a good solid layer of froth on top with good lacing on the glass. Smells are primarily fruits like cherries and fig, but also has some sweet spice characteristics like brown sugar and cinnamon. Taste has some cherries and raisons, but is very much broadcasting its alcohol, almost rum mixed in and not being masked very well. Medium in body though a bit watery, ok carbonation. Not a bad representation of the style, but not extraordinary. I'd pick one up again in next year's batch.

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

I was glad to get this spring release. Overall a good beer.
It pours a nice clear mahogony red, slight off-white head about half an inch and dissapates. Lace is light.
Aroma is malts, dark cherry and fruits.
Taste again carried by sweet malts, fruits like cherry, banana and sherry alcohol.
The mouth is smooth, alittle hop crisp, oil feel and slight alcohol warmth.
Good brew, respect the 9% on this medium bodied sweet brew. Only drawback, it can seem alittle to sweet as it warms.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy mahoganny, a small head and a bit of lacing, but not much.

S - A slightly woodsy hop profile, caramel malt, banana and cloves.

T - Spicy, allspice, cloves, alcohol with a bit of banana and a tiny bit of fusel alcohol. Mostly grassy, slightly pine, hops in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, thin to medium, very refreshing.

D - Good, very good. I like Clipper City (having lived in Balmer for several years). I certainly wouldn't mind having this again and I am glad to see the Heavy Seas line expanding.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty good looking ruby colour with a mid-range sized head that quickly (and expectedly) dissolves to next to nothing.

The aroma is a good blend of dark berries, wood, a touch of alcohol and some brown sugar.

The flavour is more of the same stuff from the aroma, but is a bit blander and even a touch hot from alcohol. Berries are again the main flavour and they blend nicely with some wood notes again. The flavour is a bit more earthy than the aroma would lead on. Alcohol is mixed in throughout and again provides for a bit of hotness. It's not overbearing, just a bit distracting at times. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and actually a bit more watery than anticipated.

This one was alright overall. Balance could be a bit better and it could be beefed up a tad overall to avoid some of its blandness. but its still not bad in the end. Not a stellar example of the style but doesn't do it any injustice at the same time...

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Photo of rajendra82
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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 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 Duster72
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle labeled best by Aug 07. Pours a very dark amber with minimal head and no lacing. Aroma is sugars, alcohol, and yeast with some dark fruit hiding in the background. Taste is dominated by the yeast with dark fruits and malts. Mouthfeel is rather flat and cloying. A one bottle drinker. Not horrible, but not my favorite of the style. I would love to try this fresh on tap.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one was hard to get the brewery only made 2000 c.s and sold out in two weeks! Dark reddish brown in color, small head retention, on the nose I get brandy
brown sugar, and fig. The taste: good carbonation and acidity, Tons of roasted malt
and a fresh baked bread yeasty mouthfeel. The finish is smooth with a bakers chocolate note. I would recommend this to any malt fan. This one tends to be on the sweet side.

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Photo of bruachan
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

grabbed it at north end marked at the edge of hudson

the head died without ceremony (though i my glass might not be clean) but left some lacing. the color is a dark red

fruity. the aroma has a cherry/cranberry tartness to it and a cherry sweetness. not sour like a lambic--just tart. there are hops in there, too, but the malts are producing fruitiness

fruity again in the flavor profile, though less tart. there's a hint of booze to follow from the aroma's cue but it melds with bitterness

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Photo of Foxman
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours a slightly hazy ruby brown. A finger of pithy tan head stays in residence for a reasonable while. Lacing is thinner and less sustained than I would anticipate.

The aroma brings malt, candy sugar sweet and fruity with a rather muddled puddle of raisins, dark cherry, and melon. An estery air of ripe pear and bread drop cravenly in the face of a blast of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is cloying, with Belgian candy sugar easily identifiable, but with the fruit essence decidedly more indistinct, leading to an unfortunate Robitussin impression. The yeast delivers a bit more distinction, with the pears and apples ripe, and a bit of biscuit appears as well. Alcohol borders on searing. The finish is definably cloying, syrupy, and in the end, seemingly sweet simply for the sake of being sweet.

Full bodied, it does coat and wax the palate, which would be more impressive if it delivered something more than sugar.

While the aroma at least breaks the components into somewhat notable parts, ones it hits the mouth, it's sweet and hot. It takes some effort to make a beer so cloying that the rock candy is the main and really only player. And the ABV is very obvious, which at least helps you decide if it's worth it to experience the mediocrity inherent in the beer itself. For me, it's not.

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Photo of Umbra
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my trusty Unibroue snifter. Freshness dating was blatantly evident. Heavy seas cartoon stays constant with the line.
Appearance: Amber tinged mahagany with a bunch of body carbonation. Regardless, the tan head didn't last very long. Lacing was spotty but relentless.
Smell: Bready aroma with a load of dark fruits. Cherry was predominant (had whiffs of red Nyquil, but not in a bad way)
Taste: Dark and summer fruits and hefty, well balanced malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. The carbonation made it creamier. Didn't last long either way.

Drinkability: Easy drinking and interesting. Will be buying more from a local favorite.

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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 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 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 fightingirishcmk
2.51/5  rDev -31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours an amber color, when I opened it I could immediately smell it, very little head which dissipated very quickly

S: Fruity, with a berry like taste, very sweet smelling

T: Well, this is my first abbey ale. I haven't found too many beers I don't like. But this is one that I can't stand. Anyway, tastes of cherries, rasperry, maybe lingonberry- cough syrup. It seriously made me feel sick. I think I'll stop here. This is the first beer I've had that I had to pour out. Could have been my tastes at the time, but I really didn't feel good after it.

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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 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 beerphan
3.64/5  rDev 0%
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 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 oberon
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Heavy Seas offering from Clipper City on tap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poured a medium brown infused with amber a thinner but pretty well sustained light brown head atop.Lighter aromas mainly I picked up some phenolic-like spice and cherry with a hint of brown sugar.Somewhat yeasty flavors a little clove-like spice but a good rich fruitiness shows itself like cherry,bannana even a hit of apricot a decent herbal hop twang comes thru nicely in the finish.Pretty easy going down and flavorful with all the right components to make it a decent Belgian dark ale,I liked it and I am not even a huge fan of the style.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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…


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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 weeare138
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really not sure why the lack of love for this one. I found it to be well done and very authentic Belgian in nature, especially for a regional brewery on the East Coast...
Appears a semi-transparent mahogany hue of garnett amber with a small, light tan head that slowly fades into a spiraled cap and mild collar. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy banana nut bread with caramel, melanoiden malt, raisins, brown sugar...reminds me a bit of Chimay Red.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with complex, yeasty dough, rich caramalized malt(Special B?), and a touch of cocoa. The yeast is the real "bread winner" of this beer making it complex and delicious.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front, bready, with raisin sweetness sliding along the tongue and into a lip smacking finish.

Well done brew. I hope they decide to keep it in the lineup for a long time b/c I would put it up there with both Chimay Red, as well as New Belgian Abbey.

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Photo of tempest
2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer is basically missing all the yeasty goodness. No clove, date, banana, anything like that. Smells like a cherry cough syrup and doesn't taste much better. There's a cheap, alcoholic aftertaste with a hint of chalk, the main flavor best described as medicinal. Call it extreme beer gone bad. Avoid.

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Photo of phisig137
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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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