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 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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Photo of nriech
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Who coulnt pick this one up with a name like Holy Sheet, might as well been Holy Shyat.

Appearance: Had a good amber color, decent copper head. A bit of lacing.

Smell: Great spicy aromas with apples, yeast, and a bit of alcohol strength.

Taste: Awesome! A little bit sweet and an obvious alcohol punch but still smooth enough to drink a couple without overdoing it. The apples again come out in the taste along with a tiny bit of hops, malt, caramel, and yeast.

Overall another winner in the Heavy Seas brand, keep em' coming!

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.29/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my chalice from a 12 oz bottle. Hmmm, no head. Maybe it's the strength of this one, but I like my BSDA's to have a really nice, tall, frothy head. The smell is mainly bready yeast and super sweet maltiness. This one might still have a chance with me...
The taste is really good. Full body, just a touch of the alcohol at the end but otherwise very well hidden. As the beer warms it takes on quite a boozy taste and mouthfeel, though. I prefer it cooler than warmer. Complex malts and smooth bitter-sweet flavor. It doesn't have the thick body or head of a good Belgian, but it sure tastes like one. I'd say this is definitely a drinkable beer.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a beautifully clear burgundy color with a light-tan head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and malty and very fruity. Mild hop smell and a rather distinct booziness are present.

Tastes caramel malty and very fruity upfront leading into a medium bitterness and nice noble hop flavor. Finishes slightly sweet with a boozy taste. While definately a Belgian style, it would even be better with more yeasty flavors.

Full body, light carbonation.

This is a good beer and easy drinking despite the pronounced booze. Another winner from Heavy Seas/Clipper City.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
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 riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber brown,with a thin tan head. Not much retention,bur good lace. Smell is of dark fruits,and alchol. This is a medium bodied,brew with some carbionation. Taste is of dark fruits. Has a nice rum rasin edge. The alchol is big all the way! Good stuff!

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to pick this one up. The "Heavy Seas" beers are all worth trying.

Color is good, a nice brown-amber color. Nothing too dark here. Almost no head at all, and what few bubbles formed vanished immediately. Nice sweet nose on this one, scents of belgian candy sugar are present. Taste is just OK, This beer has a lot going on but its fairly subdued. I'm not sure if this is because it's still a bit green, or if it's the built-in 'drinkability' of the Heavy Seas line. It will be interesting to see how this one develops over the next few months. There is no way I'd ever guess this beer is 9%, the alcohol is absolutely cloaked.

Overall, a good, American style Belgian.

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Photo of jsawicki603
4.67/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this beer at the Clipper City Brewery this past weekend. They had it on tap and I would have to say that it is one of the best strong beers that I have ever tasted.

The beer comes out of the tap as a nice crimson reddish brown color with a small copperish head. It has a fruity/spiced smell. The taste has these subtle hints of fruit and spice with a smooth finish.

This beer is very drinkable esepcially for a 9-10% ABV beer. After the brewery tour, I bought a six pack to take home and enjoy.

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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 6 pack from Jason's and couldn't wait to crack open a bottle.

Not a huge amount of head on this beer, and what's there dissipates pretty quickly. However, beer is a loverly amber brown color, with enticing flavors of spice on the palate. The beer is very rich and sweet tasting, but is not over the top in the latter regard. Although obviously a big beer, it's not heavy or too tiring to drink. Very nice smooth mouthfeel, with almost a creamy texture. I could probaly drink a couple of these, as the beer is pretty drinkable for its 9% abv.

Another solid performance from Clipper City's heavy seas line. Can't wait to try this beer on draft.

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

a dull ruby color, smells of sweet fruits - spiced. Spiced apple? peaches? Hides its alcohol fairly well, with a little astringency on the finish. Mellow carbonation. Good American example of an abbey ale, but I would question its spring release tactic, as this seems more like a December through February beer. The Heavy Seas line over all is a good example of a well-grounded approach to "extreme" beer without being retarded about it.

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

I was lucky enough to get a case of this new rare beauty from the brewer. Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a thin white head. It dissipated quickly, but this might have been due to the cleanliness of the tulip glass I was using.

The nose has notes of sweet fruits and spice ... apple seems to be the most prominent. Though it is a sweet aroma, it is not overbearingly sweet. The chocolate malts really seem to round out the nose and taste.

The initial sip is a bit sweet ... though the beer had only been in the fridge for about 20 minutes. There is a light pinch of alcohol, but drinker beware, though this beer is smooth it's strong (9%). I'm not sure if this is better served warmer or colder, but I've got 23 others to test out my "theories"! Again, notes of apple with a smooth malty finish make this beer a great sipping brew. I'm not sure if I could handle more than two per sitting, as with most Belgian styles, the malty sweetness tends to get to me ... so does the 9% ABV!

Bubbles were rapidly rising once poured into the glass. This beer is very well carbonated and well balanced. Not much of a sign from the two brands of hops (Warrior and Tettanger), however Belgians tend to be much maltier than hoppy. The alcohol is well balanced with the malts and makes this a very smooth drinking beer. Though alcohol is noticed in the finish it still has a light creamy finish.

It's a good stab at the Belgian style. I'll have to drink a few more to see how my impressions change, but I sure am glad that I have more to sample! This is a smooth drinking beer and I can't wait until they put this one on cask! It seems a bit large for a Spring release, but it is still pretty darn tasty! Once again, Clipper City has built another winner!

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