Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel) | Heavy Seas Beer

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Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel)Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel)

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Uber Abbey Ale aged 8 months in Brandy Barrels

Added by cw577enfield on 06-19-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Appearance - The beer was a pretty straight brown color with modest bubbles topping the glass.

Smell - The brandy dominates the nose on this one, which may suggest brandy dominates the beer.

Taste - The initial taste begins sweet, but there is nothing about the taste to suggest this is a dubbel. As the taste evolves, it is pretty much straight brandy. If you use your imagination, you might find vanilla notes masked by the brandy. The aftertaste is not overly "hot", but it is modestly warming.

Mouthfeel - The brandy does coat the tongue nicely, but it coats with notes of straight brandy.

Overall - If I wanted to taste brandy, I would go out and buy a bottle. The booze really takes over on this one. I would probably not suggest this one to a friend.

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Holy Sheet (barrel aged version)

LOOK: Pours a dark brown, for the most part clarity is fine. Off white foam forms and leaves a good amount of lacing. Some sediment was in the last pour but nothing crazy.
SMELL: Brown sugar, oak, bourbon.
TASTE: Opens up with rich sugary malts, chocolate, more malt, brandy. There is a small amount of oak. Nutty flavor with a pleasant warming booze. Small earthy, leafy hops. Belgian yeast gives to brew some fruity notes of fig and rum raisin.
OVERALL: A bold beer, definitely not shy with the alcohol and big flavors. I think this would be a good choice to set aside in the cellar for a few years to see what happens.

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3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
9% ABV, 2013

A - Holy Sheet pours dark mahogany brown in color and comes topped with sudsy ivory foam. The dense cap of bubbles lingers quite a while, draping the glass in lace as it descends.

S - Soft Belgian-inspired yeast dabbles with banana and clay behind the smooth caramel-sweet malt. Wet wood and suggestions of brandy are forthright but to get any complexity, a vigorous swirl is required and opens up nuances of raisin and dried, candied dark fruits but also includes traces of vinegar reminiscent of a sour brown like La Folie.

T - The Belgian inspiration is still in this beer, opening the flavor up as opposed to hiding like in the aroma. Raisin and plum present some of the dark fruit nuances while smooth maltiness follows through. Brandy barrel incorporation in flavor is minimal though, and only suggests hints of the spirit but brings more oak and traces of sour vinegar to the table.

M - Holy Sheet's rich entry mirrors a Belgian dubbel closely and has a good balance, though malt forward. Warming alcohol thins the feel out for a smooth experience that's lovely to drink.

O - The base beer is a classic example of an American-brewed Belgian beer that's clearly American-brewed, though certainly isn't bad. Unfortunately, this beer seems to have spent very little time in the barrel (probably a continuously used barrel at that) as it tastes young. It hasn't been given the chance to really mingle with the Brandy, which is more of an after thought.

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Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel) from Heavy Seas Beer
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