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Heavy Seas - Holy Sheet (Über Abbey Ale)
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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was lucky enough to get a case of this new rare beauty from the brewer. Pours a beautiful reddish amber with a thin white head. It dissipated quickly, but this might have been due to the cleanliness of the tulip glass I was using.
The nose has notes of sweet fruits and spice ... apple seems to be the most prominent. Though it is a sweet aroma, it is not overbearingly sweet. The chocolate malts really seem to round out the nose and taste.
The initial sip is a bit sweet ... though the beer had only been in the fridge for about 20 minutes. There is a light pinch of alcohol, but drinker beware, though this beer is smooth it's strong (9%). I'm not sure if this is better served warmer or colder, but I've got 23 others to test out my "theories"! Again, notes of apple with a smooth malty finish make this beer a great sipping brew. I'm not sure if I could handle more than two per sitting, as with most Belgian styles, the malty sweetness tends to get to me ... so does the 9% ABV!
Bubbles were rapidly rising once poured into the glass. This beer is very well carbonated and well balanced. Not much of a sign from the two brands of hops (Warrior and Tettanger), however Belgians tend to be much maltier than hoppy. The alcohol is well balanced with the malts and makes this a very smooth drinking beer. Though alcohol is noticed in the finish it still has a light creamy finish.
It's a good stab at the Belgian style. I'll have to drink a few more to see how my impressions change, but I sure am glad that I have more to sample! This is a smooth drinking beer and I can't wait until they put this one on cask! It seems a bit large for a Spring release, but it is still pretty darn tasty! Once again, Clipper City has built another winner!
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2007 15:13:59 |
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