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:
251
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
14.79%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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Photo of coldmeat23
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

GLASS: Chimay Goblet
TEMP: Cellared at approx 45 degrees

Pours a deep ruby red color. Bubbles come up, but no head will form. For a Belgian style brew, this is a letdown.

The nose is letdown number two. It's extremely understated. All it really has going for it is that it smells sweet. Huge sweet malts with a hint of yeastiness, a touch of caramel and some dark fruit notes.

The taste is a little bit better. Sweet malts and a big presence of dark fruits. Dark candi sugars. A light touch of sweet molasses. Some notes of honey and lightly sweetened bananas. An almost bready yeastiness.

Very light/thin body. No creaminess, at all. Very smooth, though. Low level of carbonation hurts this one. Kick-up that carbonation and introduce some creaminess and this would be worlds different.

Okay, I feel weird saying it, but this is damn drinkable. Despite my complaints, I see that it would be easy to down multiple bottles in a session. The 9.0%ABV is very well hidden, to boot.
Overall, this is a very good brew, just not so much when comparing it to the style that it represents.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of rderedin
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Nyskizy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mick303
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Beermaine
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ramblinwreck101
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of kingjohnh
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Buebie
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was naughty tonight and pulled a beer from the 'no touch' cellar. This is a 2008 bottle courtesy of gford217. Got it in a trade a couple years ago.
Was stored at 50 degrees in the dark, went into the fridge a couple weeks ago.

Poured from the bottle into an oversized snifter. Poured somewhat hard revealing less then an inch of off white head. Fizzling away to leave a collar of retention. Lace is mostly non existent.
Color is brown, cranberry juice highlights when held to light.

Aroma is very well malty. Alot of caramel in there with a touch of burnt toffee, dark fruit and a very distant waft of chocolate. A bit of cranapple juice in there also, mixing with a half fermented grape. Resulting in a sweet wine aroma. Some mild alcohol in there too with a spice.

Mouthfeel at first is light and crisp, giving way to a little syrupy slickness.

Taste is sweet upfront, plenty of malt, caramel and burnt toffee again, increasing spice, wine similarities, more of a red though. Fermented fruit, belgian yeast flavors, little funk and breadiness with very mild coriander and fig. Finishing with a tart cranberry flavor..its more of a fermented fruit with some sweetness.
A mild bittering into the finish, lingering with cranberry bitters after the swallow.

I have not had this fresh and I can only imagine that the years have put on a bit of mellowing. Good brew overall. I did notice one off flavor on first sip though and it seemed to melt away as the beer warmed. That being vinegar, was odd.

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Photo of generallee
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a chalice. The bottle has its abv listed at 9%. There is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has a deep garnet color body with good clarity and some nice viable carbonation flowing up to the surface. On top is an average size light tan head. It hangs on well as I drink it slowly fades to a thin covering that lasts to the end. On the glass the head leaves behind some spotty lacing.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet candy like nose that reminds me of cherry flavored Jolly rancher candy.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a big malty sweetness with the same cherry candy notes as in the aroma. There is also a slight cherry chough syrup like alcoholic touch in there. Hop bitterness and flavor are mild and really only show up in the finish where they try in vain to balance the malt sweetness. On the palate it has a slightly thin feel for the sweetness and nice average carbonation.

Notes: Overall I feel this one was a bit on the sweet side with a simple raw character.

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Photo of smcolw
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.
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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 ClockworkOrange
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my Duvel tulip glass, Holy Sheet appears a slightly cloudy crimson chestnut color with about a finger of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are of raisins, cherries, sweet caramel, brown sugar, yeast esters, figs, and a touch of chocolate. A tad better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. A nice Belgian dark - worth a try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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 sixerofelixir
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. No date codes that I could see. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a translucent, brownish, ruby-orange. A tan head soon becomes a heavy ring. Smell is peaty, and caramelized malt. Sweet. Taste is balanced well up front with some earthiness and slightly floral hops. More smoky, robust malt. A touch of sourness on the back. Feel is super creamy, but lively at the same time. Great feel. Finishes long and crisp.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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 sophisticated
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice label - a pirate at sea. Argh.
Pours a cloudy dark-amber/brown. The bottle claims to have yeast sediment. It's cloudy but not much sediment is visible. Small head leaves a bit of lace.

Smells of berries, Belgian yeast, malts. Overall, sweet and nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Kind of like a boozey toast with jam. Strawberries, malts, bread, as well as some alcohol presence. This has a bit of a sharp bite.

D) Pretty good. It's fairly tasty and my first try from this brewery. This may not be my favorite style but it's enjoyable enough. At 9% ABV its a sipper.

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Photo of billab914
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. Pours dark brown, almost ruby colored when held up to the light. Poured with a thick two finger off-white head. The head settled out within a few minutes to cling to the sides of the glass and didn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Aroma has some Belgian yeast spiciness with some candy sugar and dark fruit notes. The taste is more malty and caramely then I expected. I expected the Belgian yeast to be a little more present, which isn't a bad thing in my opinion. it has a sweet flavor to it with some dark fruits going on, as well as a decent amount of spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick with moderate carbonation. I opened this one not expecting to like it as much as I did, but I ended up really enjoying it. It was a nice mix of Belgian flavors with an American twist. I liked how the Belgian yeast was a little more subtle in this one which gave the other flavors a chance to come through.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It pours a very dark red color with a finger of off-white head that holds very well at first, but then suddenly dies and does not lace well.

S: Sweet figs dominate with grape peel, clove spice, and a little banana flavor.

T: Sweet berries, figs, dates, some clove spice, and some dry graininess in the finish.

M: The body is medium-thick with average carbonation and a little stickiness in the finish.

O: This is better than the typical bastardized American attempt at a Dubbel. It fortunately avoids the artificial-tasting fruit flavors of some of the other American version of abbey ales.

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Photo of youngblood
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark ruby with very little head. It looks highly carbonated and slightly slick.
Smells crazy fruity. I get loads of cherry especially, although there is also lots of date & hints of fig. Some unplaced sweetness also, can't figure it out.
Taste follows smell. This is one of the fruitiest BSDA's I've had in a while. Strong cherry throughout, slight breadiness hanging around. There's a bit of a funny hop aftertaste here, can't place what's not right about it though? Alcohol flares up a bit every now and then, but otherwise hides ABV nicely.
Feels very slick on the tongue, goes down easy though.

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber colored ale with a very rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity and malty.Taste is rum,dark fruit and alcohol.This beer kind of reminds me of a kool-aid mixed with rum.Tasty and drinkable although alcohol is very noticeable.I do recommend and would purchase agsin!!

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Photo of dsa7783
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
3.65 out of 5 based on 422 ratings.
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