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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Editor’s Note: Holy Sheet is now brandy barrel aged. If you had the non-barrel aged, older addition, please rate it under Holy Sheet (1997-2012).

Rich, complex and unique. Abbey style ales are transcendent, and ours stands proudly in the ranks. Aged in brandy barrels, Holy Sheet is a mahogany ale brewed with Belgian Abbey yeast, candi sucre, and unique crystal malts. Rounded, spicy caramel flavors mixed with vinous notes and oak overtones, this ale pairs well with quiet contemplation…


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2013
On tap at the Pour House. Man, this was tasty. Aroma of candied sugar, dark fruits, and caramel and toffee. Poured murky dark brown with a small head. Taste was wonderful and sweet with candied sugar, dates, caramel, and Panera bread crust. Deliciously warm. Would gladly have this again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (5072) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
From a trade with vlan1 and opened at an ESBLS. This was black but somehow clear. The brandy came through very nicely and it brought all kinds of fruit. Some wood with vanilla. Brown sugar and big malts. I like this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2013
Small tan head with fair retention and lacing. Murky, amber brown color. Nose of booze and some caramel malt notes. Body is med/full, oily on the palate, coating with a soft carbonation. Brandy flavors up front backed up with lesser notes of dark fruit, caramel malts and some bready notes, light vanilla and wood pushing through as it warms.Finish is sorta sweet but maybe balanced with some woody tannic notes. Kinda grows on you as it warms. Fairly boozy tasting. Curious as to why the original Sheet is an Abbey Double and this BA version is a Belgian Strong? Brandy barrel aging changes the style? Bomber from statelineliquors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1359) - Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Appearance: deep amber, with ruby highlights and a short, fizzy light tan head that shrinks to a thin cap. Aroma: candi sugar, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, booze, raisins, and a hint of cherries. Taste: very sweet, with vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, leather, plums, with definite notes of wood and brandy. Finish: sweetness slowly fades, leaving an oaky burn that I’d expect after a wee dram. Notes: This is a barrel-aged beer that makes excellent use of and derives plenty of benefit from that aging process. The notes of brandy are clearly present, but do not overpower the Belgian strong base. This is a pleasant sipper for the fall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6164) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
9/2/13. 22oz bottle from Five Points. Brown pour, plenty of reds under the light, with a small khaki head, minimal lacing. Surprisingly light aroma, some sweetness, very mild barrel, plenty of brown sugar, candy sugar, and caramel. Lightly sweet flavor, caramel, subtle barrel, a hint of burnt caramel. Meh.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (980) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2013
Hazy dark amber/brownish; thin rimming beige head; Flava is rich rich rich if bourbon and caramel and licorice; feels medium with decent fizz; finishes sweet malty

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1725) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Slightly hazy brown pour with an off-white head. Nose is malty bourbon. Taste is nice, not a ton of bourbon to it, but a nice characteristic belgian double.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radio_nowhere (915) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 Bomber into Trappist glass. Hazy dark brown color with off-white head. Aroma of white wine, dark fruit (raisins, plums, figs), caramel sweetness, bready and spicy Belgian yeast. Taste brings out more oak, booze, candy sugar, nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, fresh fruits (cherries, red grapes), peppery spices, slight brininess and mild hop bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, complex, smooth, sweet, malty, boozy with dry finish. Fun trying to identify the aromas/flavors in this, nice rounded barrel-aged strong. Enjoyed.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gerbewa (216) - - AUG 2, 2013
Bomber from Holmes. This one is different. Very malty and sweet. Definitely can pick up the flavor of the brandy barrel which adds a complexity to the flavor. Taste grows on me after a couple of sips. Good beer. Just prefer something dry and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2013
22oz bottle pours a deer dark brown with zero head. Oak caramel and vanilla taste.


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