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)
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 GatorBeerNerd
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear brown color with an amber tint. It has an inch and a half or so of frothy off white head that is not retained for long before becoming a haze over the top of the brew.

S: The smell of yeast is not as distinct and pronounced as in most of this style. To me that makes it more appealing. There is also a strong smell of sweet malt. I pick up a hint of dark fruit and just a touch of alcohol in the aroma as well. All the pieces combine to a very pleasant aroma.

T: The taste is overall pleasant, but it is not as balanced as I would have hoped. It starts out with a very sweet taste from the malts. There is a toffee taste that starts to mellow out the sweetness, and then the after taste is bitter. The flavors are all good by themselves, but the transitions of the taste make them less pleasing.

M: A medium bodied brew. It is lacking in in mouth carbonation or spicing.

D: The bitter after taste and alcohol warming make this one far from a session beer. However, it is slightly above normal for the style.

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Photo of cabsandking
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark amber with ruby highlights and a vigorous pour yielded only a slowly diminishing off white head. Big fruity aromas of raisons, ripe orchard fruits, and berries mixes with roasted malts, and some phenols. Nice mouthfeel, starts creamy and develops a nice weight leaving a slight slickness on the palate. The layers of fruit character is terrific; dried fruits, tart berries, tropicals at times. Some hop notes stand out in the finish along with some phenols and a vinous quality.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - moderate pour yielded a deep burgundy red with a 1/4" head that disappeared quickly only to leave a few bubbles in a tulip chalice

S - grapes, figs, sweet malts, grapefruit, light hoppiness

T - sweet maltiness up front, tangy fruits, and a hoppy and alcoholic finish. Leaves a bittersweet aftertaste

M - light/medium bodied, light carbonation, somewhat chewy

D - decent, the alcohol is warming and apparent. This is more of a sipper

Overall - A very wine-like ale. The flavors are plentiful and satisfying, although I do prefer the smell over the taste. Malty, fruit, hoppy, tangy, this beer has it all. A great nightcap. I wouldn't get this every week but it does have its prime moments for around $2-3 per 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour into my Lucifer goblet reveals a faintly hazed mahogany brown. The wheaten head is initially high, but quickly sizzles away to a very thin ring. No lace.

Aroma is dark bread, raisins, cherries, subtle yeast spice, and alcohol. As it warms it's Belgian characteristics emerge.

Flavor is similar but yeast and clove spice is stronger. It has nice notes of dark fruit, and light earthy qualities. The strong, hot alcohol flavor overrides everything after a few sips. It tastes very fresh and perhaps it needs a few months or years to tame. It tastes like it could become excellent with age but for now it's just too hot.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

An incredibly deep-red/rust color sits under a true-to-style head of insanely tiny bubbles...a tight creamy head just like the Belgians do it.

Aroma is good but not very Belgian...fruits are big and round, no spiciness detected, and the malt is reminiscent of an English pale ale. No hops in the aroma and the yeast is seemingly MIA.

Taste is more like it. Boozy and syrupy on one hand, pungent and fruity on the other. Red licorice, sherry, cherry, caramel/toffee, faint bubblegum and just an accent of heat. Not the most complex of the style, but enough depth and very well-balanced.

Mouthfeel is awesome...round and creamy, with enough carbonation to offer depth but not distraction. Big and gooey without seeming thick or overly weighty. Couldn't be better.

The bar is set pretty for a beer like this, but Clipper City pulls through. Puts its own stamp on the style and doesn't just go for the clone approach. Yet another very likable beer from the Heavy Seas series.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, freshness month of June '08 notched on the label - poured into a glass chalice:

Pours reddish copper with a thin head with some bubbles. It becomes a wisp of a patch. A fuller head and at least some lacing would be nice.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, a bit of bready spicing and a whiff of alcohol.

The taste is of sweet caramel/toffee. It has a nice, though not particularly complex, maltiness. There's a touch of herbal spicing. Sweetness dominates with just a touch of a bitterish (slightly metallic?) finish. What's so "uber" about this? I don't know. Maybe the alcohol, which is noticeable in a warming way. (Nothing especially high though, considering the style. Letting this warm up to room temperature did little to add to complexity. The taste is fine, but nothing special, IMO.

It has a medium body with moderate carbonation. The feel, though not great, is probably the best part of this brew.

Not a bad brew to sip on - in fact the maltiness is nice. But, there are American interpretations that have greater depth and complexities, not to mention some of the great Belgian classics - which this hardly holds a candle to. Wish there was more "going on" here. Maybe it's the yeast strain. Overall, as I stated, it's not bad, but just doesn't thrill me.

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Photo of SchmoTerp
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am not experienced in the abbey ales so keep in mind....

Pours a deep caramel with little head. Smells sweet, particularly for an ale. I was not impressed with this one but probably mostly because it felt and tasted more like a barleywine than anything else. Even the aftertaste was a bit off for an ale.

I'll be curious to try this one again after sampling more abbey ales but for now, I'll be leaving it alone.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to wickedpete for the beer.
Color is burgundy, crimson, and black cherry. Head shot up with lot's of carbonation and disappeared. Thin ring of lace clings to the crown of the beer with several holes in it. Lace falls like sand in an hour glass with each sip.
Dark fruit aroma with some alcohol present. Cherries and figs are what I notice most. Not nearly as much going on in the nose as what I expected.
Flavor is more complex that the aroma and it taste better than it smells. That being said the flavors are not entirely Belgian imo. Lot's of dark fruit flavors and alcohol. Again cherries, figs and raisins. Also a bit of a grainy malt profile.
Mouthfeel is good with lot's of carbonation.
The beer started off quite drinkable. But about half way through it I had to go cut some cheese and a slice of rye bread to help me finish it. It wasn't a struggle b/c it tasted bad. I just got bored sipping it about half way through. The munster cheese and rye bread pared nicely with the beer though.
Overall it's a good beer that I'm glad I got to try but I won't be seeking this beer out anytime soon. It may be a good choice to interduce the style to someone though.

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Photo of Risser09
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2008 Bottling - Cellar Temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent brown color with red highlights. 1/2" head is tan colored and very short lived. No lacing whatsoever and some carbonation activity.

Smell: Belgian yeast. Pepper, raisin, fresh barley. Lots of boozy alcohol.

Taste: Belgian yeast, peppery allspice, a bit of caramel. This beer tastes so heavy with alcohol it ruins any sort of flavor profile. Not a very complex beer.

Mouthfeel: Actively carbonated in the mouth. Plenty of alcohol to go around, which matches the spiciness. Medium body,

Drinkability: A decent beer. More booze than flavor or aroma. Not a great one. Won't be seeking again.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Clear deep mahogany/burgundy liquid with an off white, tannish head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
S: Strong alcohol smell, doesn't even really smell like a beer. Slightly sweet, candied fruit, malt, caramel, brown sugar and alcohol. Strong, but not very pleasant to me.
T: Medium body, adequate carbonation, pleasant mouth feel. For such a strong beer and flavors, finish is generally clean. Taste follows the smell, malty body, with dark and candied fruits, caramel and slight medicinal taste from the alcohol. I'm not crazy about this, and the alcohol is a little too strong and unbalanced, but for an American take on this style, it's pretty good.

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Photo of tiger88
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep ruby/burgundy color with an off white head that hung around a couple minutes. The head left no lacing as it dissipated. Smelled really sweet. Alcohol was prominant but not overwhelming. It tastes great. Drank it along with a grilled ribeye and mushrooms. The sweetness settles down as it warms a bit. Good clean mouthfeel with no aftertaste. Very drinkable beer though you will want to space them out because they're not year-round.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark copper brown with amber highlights. Good clarity. Visible effervescence. Lacking a good head.

S: Malty sweet. Caramel. Spicy pepper. A little cakey. Fruity esters - cherries and some apple. Alcohol is perfumy. Overall a nice aroma.

T: Alcohol dominates this beer - solventy and kind of hot. Flat taste. Dry and slightly bitter at the end. Spicy but no real fruit flavors to add complexity of depth.

MF: Moderate carbonation. Alcohol warmth. Not full or creamy.

D,notes: My feeling is that this beer does not manage its alcohol content well. It's pretty hot. I did not find the other flavors particularly robust or good tasting.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured to pint glass.

Most of the Clipper City beers are a little too thick for me, but I really enjoyed this one.

Its a lot smoother and easier to handle.
Color is deep amber, with thin white head that fades. Slight hoppy smell, but not overpowering or big bite on the taste. Good blend of spices come through and goes down easy.

Try it.
Reviewed 4-17-2008 : A- / 4.15
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Talked to the head brewmaster and they changed the recipe and bottle it in 22oz now.. So here are the improvements to the new brew.

A little less sweet, with a bit of a dryer finish. Cleaner, not a lot of belgian yeast moving around. A bit more crisp, but no bite, just a really easy drink...

My review is the current report on this beer.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice style glass.

A: Deep ruby brown in color with a smooth off white head, dissipating to just a creamy layer hovering on the surface. Lacing was fair.

S: Sweet fig, dates, brown sugar, caramel malts. No discernible hops that I could detect.

T: Flavors are much like they smell. Malty goodness with flavors of dark fruit and candied sugar. Although there is some sweetness going on here on the palate, the brew is not totally sweet, and in fact, there is a hint of dryness toward the finish. The finish is largely malty fruit, but is clean, with a little bit of warmth in the linger.

M&D: Full and satisfying mouthfeel but not heavy. Carbonation is light and creamy making for one wicked smooth experience. Although there is some warmth in the finish, this still goes down way too easy and could sneak up on you in no time. Beautiful brew and highly recommended.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a two-finger off-white head that fades rather quickly to a thin cap. No lacing.

Smells fruity and malty with some earthy hops in the background. Strawberry, figs, plums, raisins and sour cherries on a solid malt background with a hint of spice and alcohol.

Taste is bready malts up front that lead into a sweet red wine like fruitiness: plums raisins, and cherries. The sweet fruits lead into an alcohol warming, but the carbonation keeps it from getting too hot. I do think some time will mellow that out though.

Medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, but the carbonation keeps it lively and prevents it from feeling too viscous.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I'd like to see how this improves with some time in the cellar.

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

Wow fruity is one thing that came to mind with my first sip. Also the aroma was that of holiday spiced punch. The taste is that of dark cherries and black grapes with a bitter aftertaste after the bubbles die down. The appearance is a honey colored reddish/brown with a small white head that this appears leaving a lace trail very quickly. The warmth from the alcohol warms the tongue like hot coals warm a pot while sudz make the tongue tingle. This beer is noticeably heavy in its punch (almost made me shout "Holy Sheet!" and I don't think I could knock back more then one in a night.

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Photo of sacfly
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, notched JUL 08
Pours a very clear caramel color with a thin head of tan bubbles. Aroma of brown sugar with a bit of plumb. Taste is mixed overripe fruit, plumb and apricot, with a somewhat harsh character. I'm not sure how to describe it, but the harshness is similar to other beers (and homebrews) that use a bit too much refined sugar and ferment a bit too hot. Hot alcohol lingers long into the aftertaste. Hot and unpleasant the longer I sip it. Very drying.
Sorry Hugh.

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Photo of akorsak
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from Shawan Liquors.

A: The ale is a dark amber color, a coke that has been watered down by ice cubes. A miniature head came on pour, but I am hesitant to really call it head. The ale is dark in the rudimentary sense only.

S: The nose is very spicy, fruity with cinnamon spice, almost a Christmas spiced ale. The alcohol doesn't particularly stand out but you can tell that it is there.

T: Faintly sour cherry is my first impression from the ale. The sweetness is augmented by cinnamon and candi sugars and a touch of medicinal bite. The booziness is present but it lacks the customary heat. The sweetness is strong, almost too much to handle. One bottle is enough for me.

M: If you like lots of spices, this one won't disappoint. Me? I am not sold, there is just too much going on.

D: One bottle is good. This one shoots for too complex of a flavor profile.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very, very dark brown with hints of ruby redness (you can call that burgundy if you'd like). The head is stark white and fluffy and about a half inch in thickness. Its a nice rich head that hands on (just like the pirate on the label).

Smell is strong, sweet fruit with a touch of alcohol. Call me crazy but I am reminded just a little of Play-Doh when I smell this beer. Mainly, though, I am getting sweet fermented fruit and maybe a bit of cinnamon.

Taste is impressive with this one. Lots of sweetness, juicy fruits and a nice bit of warming from the high alcohol. This is a rich and flavorful beer and a great American version of a strong Abbey ale. This is a very unique beer with quite a bit of complexity. Another great beer from the Heavy Seas collection!

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Photo of joepais
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Chalice glass produced good fingers worth of tan head on top of a ruby red body. The head turns to a thin lace

Aromas of malts, dark fruits and some alcohol fill your nose

The alcohol flavor is a bit strong almost masks the fruitiness of this one

Medium mouthfeel great sipper, light carbonation smooth is a word that comes to mind

Not a bad Belgian strong it's a bit warm they could have turned down the alcohol some

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Photo of Pencible
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a dark and clear reddish brown with white head. It had a very sweet but earth smell like wild wheat, caramel malt, and floral hops. It tasted almost like a dry chardonnay grapes mixed with sour cherries, along with floral hops and some yeast. It was watery with some carbonation and had a moderately bitter aftertaste. Overall this had nice flavor for an abbey ale: very clean and drinkable.

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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 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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