Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel) | Heavy Seas Beer

Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel)Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel)
BA SCORE
85.9%
Liked This Beer
3.96 w/ 128 ratings
Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel)Holy Sheet (Brandy Barrel)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States
hsbeer.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
128
Liked:
110
Avg:
3.96/5
pDev:
8.08%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
17
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 24
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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

22 ounce bottle into chalice, 2013 bottling. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a nice 1 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of plum, raisin, fig, pear, toast, caramel, brown sugar, light chocolate, clove, pepper, oak, toffee, light vanilla, light brandy, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester, malt, and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of plum, raisin, fig, pear, toast, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, brown bread, clove, pepper, toffee, oak, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, toast, chocolate, brown bread, brown sugar, clove, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and robust malt flavors; with a fair amount of barrel presence and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent barrel aged dubbel. All around great complexity and balance of yeast ester, robust malt, and moderate barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear dark cola brown in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and crimson highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy foamy tan head that reduces to very large patch of medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark fruits (plum, raisin, and fig), dark malts, spices (clove and pepper), and distinctive Belgian yeast. Light to moderate aromas of rum and oak barrels.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with dark fruit sweetness including plum, fig, and raisin. That is followed by flavors of spices including clove and pepper, distinctive Belgian yeast, and rum + oak barrel. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly and a light amount of rum/alcohol flavors which lingers.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: I found this to be a very enjoyable barrel aging on a dubbel - not a combination that I have had a lot of times. I chose the rum barrel aged beer on this cold evening because rum reminds me of the Caribbean and I needed some warm thoughts...and the alcohol warming as well.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Minus the barrel aging, this already a pretty good dubbel. Barrels add just the right amount, woody, slightly sour, smoky. Aroma is yeasty, herbal, taste brings in some molasses sweetness. This would probably be a decent dubbel without the aging, so the added accents are a nice touch.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy in color a rather deep amber with just a 1/2 inch of mocha head.
S - mild brandy tones, rather sherry like with a bit of sour plum and prunes. Other dank dark fruits as well, rather fruity.
T - A simple touch of brandy not very noticeable on the palate just a mild burn to the finish. Taste isn't very sour which is nice just mild dark fruits mostly plums, and some dry yeasts in the finish.
M - Medium in thick in body with some rather boozy notes.

Overall I am not sure how the base beer is since I never had Holy Sheet but it seems pretty good with brandy notes. Not bad overall.

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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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
Beer rating: 85.9% out of 100 with 128 ratings
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