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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Ãœber Abbey Ale)Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Ãœber Abbey Ale)
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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 brentk56
2.46/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a hazy caramel color with a buoyant head that one would expect from a Belgian style; leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Spice cake and cherry cough syrup

Taste: Starts out with a medicinal, almost cherry cough syrup flavor that is fortunately not overly sweet; after the swallow, some mellowing prune flavors arrive to cut into the first impression but the overall effect is very strange

Mouthfeel: Medium body with heavy carbonation; plenty of warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Why they released this beer I will never know as it is a poor facsimile of a BSDA and a mediocre home brewer could have done better; just a mess from a brewer that makes some great beers

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Photo of Minkybut
2.16/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this terrible brew into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a decently nice mahogany color that looked pretty good. But then the smell hit me and that was like soured beer smells the day after it has been in the trash can. The taste was equally sour with a sweetness I just could not stomach. Alcohol taste was way overpowering and too much also. Not buy again.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only a whisp of a head, on mahogony brown. Dark beer aroma and boozy. Surprisingly high alcohol. A decent beverage though only passable Belg, not very complex consistent with several American trainees of these styles I have had recently. Medium mouthfeel that goes down in a rush. Sweet with caramel. Drying aftertaste. Number 2400.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. Big, and not subtle. But it stretches a bit, sugary flavors and alcohol start to overpower everything else. The best overall flavor is in the final throws of the last sip, gentle, warming alcohol, some sugar, some hops in more moderate proportions. Instead of being turned up to 10, this beer should be left at 6. Drop the Uber, keep the rest.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with '07 notch cut into label declaring 9% ABV.

Pours a dark ruby russet yet clear hue, lacking any bubbles rising to the surface topped with a compact frothy khaki headcap leaving slowly dripping lace behind.

Deep spicy caramel nose with nutmeg and cinnamon hints. Lots of cotton candy notes and red apple spice wafer.

First swigs: Spice wafer and lolipop candy sugar and a touch of detectable cinnamon. Fruit aspects of dark cherry and pear with a touch of heat. A husky grain character resounds throughout from start to finish with the cherry.

Feel has a slight cloying sweetness that leaves a lingering doughy dryness aspect. Medium bodied with a cherry 7-Up finish.

Last swigs: A hot Belgian with a dark cherry middle. Seems to have a harsh malt aspect.

Beer is good. Happy big beering.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange with a small splash of dark cherry. The label says there's yeast present, but I got the entire bottle into the glass on one pour and the beer is as clear as a bell. Up top is a pale caramel cap that doesn't look Belgian in the least. It looks okay, though, and coats the glass with a solid (holy) sheet.

The nose is strangely underpowered. If I work at it, I can appreciate dark malt, a glancing blow of dark fruitiness and whiff of alcohol, but that's about it. This Uber Abbey Ale isn't anywhere close to uber so far. My hopes aren't high for abbey-like either.

Although there's much more happening on the palate, this Heavy Seas offering is a poor imitation of a true BSDA or a dubbel or whatever the hell it's supposed to be. It's as if the brewers got the outlines right, but didn't fill them in with the correct colors or textures.

The flavor profile consists of dark caramel, dates, bitter orange, burnt sugar and alcohol. I've only had a few ounces so far and my tongue is already in the beginning stages of numbness. The beer is being consumed during its 'best by' month. My guess is that it would have gone another year at least.

Where's the depth of flavor? Where's the complexity? Where's the warm spiciness of a good Belgian yeast strain? Absent, absent and... well, it is sort of spicy. Time and warming settles things down some and allows the various flavors to get comfortable with one another. Given all that, this is still far from great beer.

The mouthfeel is American strong ale more than Belgian strong ale. In other words, it's full and sticky with a laid back amount of bubbles. If you want a light touch or subtlety of any sort, look elsewhere.

Holy Sheet isn't bad beer by any means. I hate to let stated style influence me too much, but Clipper City opened themselves up by calling this an abbey ale. If I had 'American strong ale' in my head when I popped the cap, I mind have been more kind. Other than Peg Leg, this is my least favorite of the (mostly) excellent Heavy Seas line of beers.

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Photo of ccrida
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to johnmichaelsen for bringing this all the way from Baltimore for me!
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Delirium snifter, Holy Sheet is a dark garnet with a 1 finger bone colored head that fairly quickly subsides to a thick collar and moderate skim, leaving only slight lace.

The aroma is nice, a sticky sweetness but not overwhelming, lots of dark fruit and caramel.

The taste is similarly rich and fruity, semi-sweet but with a nice spice to it. Pretty boozy and phenolic, with a lingering finish. Bring on the hobo breath!

The mouthfeel is smooth, with a medium light body, but low carbonation makes it a bit syrupy.

This was an pretty average BSDA, although my enthusiasm for the Heavy Sea's line probably adds a bit of bias. The taste is smooth, and the light body makes it an easy drinker, but the booziness keeps you in check. I'm glad I got to try it though, and look forward to seeing if some time in the cellar for my other bottle will turn it into something special. Thanks again John!

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the idiot that blithers for a bottle. I have had this on tap & it holds up well in a bottle. Dark amber in color with a boozy smell of malt & sweet. Tastes fairly sweet & malty. Mouthfeel and drinkability are affected by a bit of an alcohol burn. About $30/case makes this a bargain in the Philadelphia area.


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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-based goblet, Holy Sheet (funny name... I think this might be a joke that has something to do with their head brewer who's of hispanic descent - :) displays a very dark chestnut brown with a burgundy cast and glowing crimson-orange highlights that are reminiscent of some film version of what hellfire might look like. The creamy yellowed head rises up at first but then slumps gently down into a thin surface covering and moderate collar. The retention is good, given the strength, but it only leaves minor spots and splashes of lace behind.

The aroma is rich and bold with lots of dark raisins, dark sugar, dripping dark-red fruit, and spice. Absolutely wonderful!!! Carrying this from the kitchen to the front room I was absolutely engulfed in it. I could sit and enjoy this in and of itself.

The flavor, however, is not nearly as fruity and sweet as the nose suggests. It's much denser, darker, and richer with notes of fig and other dark fruits (cherries, raisins, prunes) that have been dusted with a light coating of demerara sugar and peppered with spice and herbal hops - much more of what you'd expect of the style. There's some mild astringency like the the skin of dark fruits, and the alcohol is present, but in a good way... you should expect it to be there without it standing out on it's own. In this case it's worked in nicely amidst the dark fruit, yeasty spice, and herbal hops. It's remarkably rounded and well-balanced; and quite drinkable in a relaxed, sipping kind of way.

Would I like it sweeter and more fruity as the nose suggests? Well it seems like a good idea at first, but when it actually comes down to drinking it, probably not. But the contrast is a little bit of a speedbump at first sip. Regardless, I think this is a great beer, and right up there with the others in the Heavy Seas line. Worth trying!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, coppery sort of color. Off white head. Malty and slightly spiced aroma. Big malt flavor with a mellow blend of spice and phenols. The spicyness is more from the alcohol and phenolics then any added ingredient. Somewhat sweet-more so then necessary. Good body. Overall a very nice beer. Not as much "belgian" characteristics as I was expecting but a damn good beer none the less.

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Photo of BitteBier
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Attractive enough on the pour, with a clear, dark cherrywood color and a small amount of quickly-fleeting head. The smell is in-your-face strong and sweet but nonetheless nuanced a bit by dark fruit, brown sugar, and alcohol. In the taste, though, the strong vs. nuanced battle is tipped decidedly toward the strong. Very sweet and alcoholic in the way that cough syrup is. I think there was some spice trying to work its way in, but I couldn't drink more than a couple swallows of this. I like hefty Belgian ales, but this one doesn't work for me. Mouthfeel is full and chewy, but I don't want this taste to linger. Rare is the time I pour any beer down the drain, but I quickly fled this one in favor of a better example of the style.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love a good Belgium Dark and this is no exception.
Pours a dark amber with a smallish white head that melts to merely a faint ring rather quickly.

Aromas are straight from Belguim...Belguim yeasts, dark fruits, sweet candy malt and just a hint of alcohol.

Taste is smoothly dark candied sugars, dark roasted malts, and again the dark fruits like plums, prunes, and dark raisins. No hint of alcohol in the taste...nothing hot here, just sweet.

Aftertaste becomes immediately drying and the sweetness reduces to nothing rather than leaving a cloying stickiness in your mouth.

Like it...as most Belgium Dark ales...I like what they did with this one...as with most Heavy Seas Brews.

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Photo of Big78CJ
2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a pretty beer in terms of the color of the liquid but there is no head to speak of off my semi-gentle pour.

Is there something fruity in my nostrils? Either I inhaled a sweet tart or this beer has some candy sugar in it. This beer is a bit more alcoholy than I would have liked. Perhaps a year away from light on the lower level of a ship would do this beer good. Of course, if they were "heavy seas" they would shake this sh** out of this beer until it was worthless anyway. I taste fruit, something dark and sweet but not quite as dark as a plum or anything.

I would drink this again but probably only if it was given or was really cheap at the store. Still, not bad all the same. Maybe next year they will tweak it a bit. There is nothing in there to make me cry Holy Sheet!

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On May 9, 2010, I had a chance to retry this beer. First impression is the head is completely different: A huge, rocky, beige version! Lots of clumpy lace.

The rest of the review is still accurate.

Modest beige head on initial pour; this quickly dies to a single circle of bubbles along the glass. Dark caramel in color, clear.

Brown sugar aroma; a little cotton candy, too. I guess it would be redundant to say that this smells sweet.

Some interesting sourness shows up on the first sip. This quickly yields to a great deal of caramel sweetness. I notice a touch of hop which is important to give some semblance of balance. In the swallow and aftertaste, the sourness (like bitter orange rind) returns and lasts a long time. The body and carbonation are as expected for this style of beer.

I am surprised that at 9% abv I don't detect the alcohol. I would say that this could be a dangerous beer, especially for those with sweet teeth.

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Photo of HopDerek
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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 +8.7%
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 -0.8%
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 -14.4%
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 -3%
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 -16.8%
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 -11.7%
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 -13.3%
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 +5.7%
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 -13%
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 +6%
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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