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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Ãœber Abbey Ale)Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Ãœber Abbey Ale)
BEER INFO

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States | website

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
Reviews:
250
Ratings:
422
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
19.23%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
26
For Trade:
1
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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 robbrandes
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes.

5oz taster, poured @ northern virginia brewfest.

pours a deep brown, almost hints of purple. lots of dark fruit - raisins, figs, some cloves... nice full body on this one. not sure how the bottle holds up, but the keg was excellent. glad i tried it early in the day!

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

A - Pours a clear dark ruby red with an inch of mixed foam that drops fairly quickly.

S - Massively fruity - cherries and raisins come to mind - as well as some lychee and apple.

T - Sweet and malty, with a notable alcohol. Fruity, but not in a bad way. Toffee, molasses, lots of apple cider, tropical fruit and some light berries. Don't notice any distinct hop flavours and the finish is mildly bitter and dries out some. Some Belgian spiciness is also present.

M - Odd tongue-numbing sensation. Moderate body and low carbonation.

D - Interesting brew with interesting flavours. Not at all heavy despite being high alcohol.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Raisin nose. Flavor is sweet, raisiny, not cloying good balance, higher ABV is hidden. $2.25 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear dark mahogany with a fine-bubbled pale tan head. Aroma is strong and fruity with yeasty and malty undertones and a whisper of butterscotch. Flavor is fruity and a bit sweet with malty and woody undertones. Texture is rough, edgy and tingly, leaving a pleasing finish.

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

I picked up this beer the other night not having any idea what I was getting into. I just thought the name was funny and needed one last bottle to complete the six pack so I could get out of there.

All I can say is WOW. I can't believe how good this beer is. It's got a great color and feels great in my mouth. It's very flavorful and reminds me a lot of a beer I used to drink in England called Carlsburg Special Brew that you can't find here stateside.

I would definitely pick up a 6 pick of this to sip on no matter what time of year.

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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 JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a wine glass.

Pours a deep amber with a creamy tan head.

Aromas of dark fruit, sour, alcohol, caramel, and oak. Not an oak aged beer from what I can tell. Not sure where the tannins and sour are coming from. However, this is a January release beer, and here it is in almost December. So, it's got about a year of age on it.

First sip also shows that wood aging note that was in the aroma, some tannins, alcohol, and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is big and chewy, woody, and tannic.

Very drinkable beer, almost wine-like in every characteristic.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a maple syrup brown color with some rimming of beigeish head.
Smells got some malt syrup character maybe some brown sugar.
Taste definitely has the very sweet malts, and some sugary, thicker bodied quality.
Finish is just a tad dirty, but pretty clean with a solid sugar/syrup after-taste.
Drinks very smoothly. The malts really make the body drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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 ericj551
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Sheet pours a dark amber with a foamy but fading off-white head. The aroma is at first fresh, overripe raspberries, with hints of caramel. The flavor is rich and malty, with some of the fruity berry flavor and a dark, toasted caramel finish. There is a bit of an alcohol bite at the end, not quite covered up by the huge flavor of this beer.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep ruby color with a decent sized head that laces nicely. has a complex aroma, lots of malt and fruit dominate while distinct fruits like banana come through its pretty good.

taste is good, the alcohol content is strong but not too overpowering.

mouthfeel is good,not watery at all

can't wait to drink the rest of these

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Photo of ellindril
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer took me entirely by surprise.

The look of the beer is a very dark and cloudy amber.

When I poured it into my glass it was very cold (and also possibly quite old) so the carbonation was low. There was little to no lacing.

The mouthfeel of the beer was a little too gritty and hars given the mellowness of rich smell.

The taste struck me. I was expecting something less rich and deep. The rich sweet malt is the first thing that reaches your tongue. After the malt passes rich hints of plum or similar fruit can be detected. This fruity flavor stays with you in the aftertaste with just a hint of bitterness to balance and offset what would otherwise be a cloying sweetness.

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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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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark cola brown with crimson highlights, a full finger of tan head fed by plenty of carbonation, though no sediment that the bottle mentions

S - a sweet fruity aroma latent with spices like coriander and nutmeg, typical for the style of course and well done, maybe a bit too sweet

T - wow, much better than i expected, rich dark fruits with some woodiness and subtle spiciness, well blended, and a backbone sweetness like molasses or borwn sugar

M&D - the base sweetness lends the beer a silky smoothness, some carbonation makes it through the taste and gives the beer a liveliness on the tongue, a refreshing well done beer, the Heavy Series continues its quality

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Photo of adamette
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland last week. No observed "best by" date. Poured into my silver rimmed Westvleteren goblet.

A Creamy light brown head over a dark brown body which glows a dark mahogany in front of direct light. Curtain like lacing left on the inside of the glass after repeated sips. 4.0

S Sweet malt with minimal hops. A warmth of alcohol is apparent. Inviting, interesting smell. 4.0

T Nice, sweet malt taste with a warmth of alcohol that is really a nice effect. This taste is of a classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale and I really like the sweetness with the Belgian yeast taste as well. Bravo. 4.5

M Some syrupy stickiness but the feel is moderate. There is a warmth of alcohol to it and it certainly is a "big" beer but really I would characterize this as a moderate feel for the style. 4.0

D The malty sweetness helps the drinkability which cannot be that high due to the elevated ABV of 9.0%. 3.5

Notes: Very good example of the style, a rival of classic Belgian beers.

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Photo of Mikecap
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a deep amber brownish color into a tulip glass a short off white head that leaves delicate lacing.

Smell: Dark roasted malts and a bit of alcohol at the front of the nose. Also smell some sweetness of sugar and dark fruits.

Taste: Much better than I expected as the alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Never having a brandy barrel aged beer before this is a bit of an experience. The beer is slightly sweet with notes of red grapes and caramel.

Mouthfeel: This is medium-bodied in the belgian style and goes down smooth without too much burn from the alcohol. Decent carbonation and a nice sipper.

Overall: This was definitely an interesting beer but quite enjoyable. It is nice to see Heavy Seas experimenting with several different styles and methods of aging. This is worth seeking out if you're into barrel aged beers or Belgian style trappist ales.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly clear, dark copper with a ruby hue. Almost an inch of off-white head arose before retreating to a partial skim coat.
Aromatics have plenty of caramel, raisins, cloves, dark sugar, and toffee.
As it warms, some dark rum steps forward as well as shades of butterscotch, cherry skins, and cocoa-dusted bannana peels.
The mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. A bit lacking for a Belgian.
The pallet is lightly laced with rum-soaked raisins, red grapes, juicy malt, and a hint of sweet chocolate.
Bitterness is fairly firm and the beer starts drying, but finishes with residuals.
Alcohol is well hidden but warming enough to add some complexity and perhaps some vineousity later in life.

This perhaps could be a good one for cellaring, although it's pretty damn tasty now. Let her warm up and you'll find some nice complexities within.
Jack up the carbonation a bit and I'm sold.
Put it in a corked and caged 750 and people will drool.

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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 jgasparine
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Note: There was a recipe change for all Holy Sheet brewed 2010 onward. This review was conducted with the "new" Holy Sheet.

A- Poured from the tap with a thin ivory colored head, which quickly receded to a haze layer, leaving some decent lacing behind. The body was a slightly opaque mahogany color, with no carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Beautifully pungent aromas of leather, ripe dark fruit, candy sugar and Belgian yeast aromatics. Doesn't smell quite like a Belgian abbey ale, but certainly as a Belgian-style abbey ale with an American Twist. I suppose Heavy Seas' description of it as an "Uber Abbey Ale" is quite fitting. That said, this bold bouquet of aroma is fantastic.

T- A nice replicate of the nose plus some unanticipated earthiness and breadlike qualities. Finishes malty with a lingering (and mild) stale hop bitterness, and a touch of booze.

M- A nice medium body, with some moderately soft carbonation. Nothing too impressive, and the carbonation is a touch prickly. A mark above average in the mouthfeel department.

D- Very drinkable for the ABV. Looks, smells and tastes nice. Satisfying. Not bad at all.

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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 schmitter
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, the Clipper City Heavy Seas line is the greatest mixed pack known to man.

Color - Deep amber, looks like the Phillies of the Schmidt Era. Poured with a thin head. Smells spicy, hints of cinnamon. Tasted sweet from the alcohol, malty, scotch. Not a true 'abbey' but delicious, definitely going back for more.

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Photo of Zraly
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber aged for over a year

Poured into St. Bernardus chalice. Looks like a run-of-the-mill belgian dubbel of ilk. Soft tan head that disipates. Tawny port color. Smell of sweet malt.

Delicious! Wonderful malt and sugary notes up front. Tastes a bit like a good American Merlot. Fruity and a touch balsamic. Slightly phenolic in the finish with a hint of hops to round out the mouthfeel. Extremely smooth and drinkable. I have been impressed with Clipper City's "Heavy Seas" series. Well-made products that are approachable and fun to try.

A very good interpretation of Belgian dark ale. I'm serving mine up with a pot of sausage jambalaya and french bread. I even added a touch to the pot. :D

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

A:Poured into a thin lipped snifter,this beer had a deep brown with a slight red color. For the sake of reviewing,a very deep amber.

S:Smells like a semi-buttery chocolate covered cherry.Quite nice,with a slight grainy malt scent.

Taste:Tastes like a dark chocolate covered cherry.It's a pretty fun beer to sip honestly. Alot of dark chocolately malt flavor coupled with dark fruits and a slight yeast spiciness with dark candi sugar. After tastes is dark chocolate, then upon swallowing again I pick up a roasted malt with a slight chocolate hint.Has a very slight hop bitterness in the after taste,almost negligiable.

M:Decent amount of carbonation,not very carbonated but enough to let me know it is beer. Sometimes I think I'm a bad judge of mouthfeel, probably from drinking so much damn pop as a kid.

D:Belgian Dark Strong Ales and drinkibility don't go hand in hand, but I have no trouble polishing off a bottle or two with a dessert or with some food. Even as an appertif it would be exceptional. I had it with a slice of berry crumb pie,and it was excellent.

Overall, I think this is one of the better American Belgian-style beers,especially considering the price.

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