Topic Archives: Abbey Ales

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Heavy Seas Holy Sheet! in Brandy Returns

Holy Sheet! is back from Heavy Seas Brewing (Baltimore, MD). A Belgian style abbey ale aged in brandy barrels. Was the third release in the Uncharted Waters Series. 2014 is the second time barrel aged Holy Sheet! has hit shelves.

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…

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale (w/ Candi SugarBarrel AgedBrandy)
Availability: 22oz bombers, Draft (Limited). All Heavy Seas markets. Limited time.
Release: May, 2014

9% ABV 

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Posted in Beer News, New Belgium, New Releases

New Belgium’s Super Cru & Abbey Grand Cru Arriving Together

New Belgium Brewing celebrates 20 years of brewing in 2011.   Their biggest beer – Fat Tire Amber, is getting a makeover for the occasion – to Super Cru.  Super Cru is a “double” version of Fat Tire, with double the hops & double the malts.  Not stopping there, NB added pear juice and a saison yeast.   It weighs in at 10%, and will be available in 22 oz bombers.

In addition to Super Cru, Abbey Grand Cru will be returning as well.   Abbey is brewed after every 1,000 batches.  It’s New Belgium’s Abbey Ale with increased hops, malts & fermentation.  Of course the finishing touch is a Belgian yeast addition, and some more bottle fermentation.   Cellars well.  9% ABV.

Read on for the full press release

Arrival: May-June 2011

Full Press Release

As Part of the Lips of Faith Series, Super Cru is Released with Abbey Grand Cru

Ft. Collins, CO, April 28, 2011 — In honor of New Belgium’s 20th anniversary celebration, the brewery’s flagship Fat Tire Amber Ale is getting a makeover. The result is New Belgium Super Cru, which is part of New Belgium’s esteemed Lips of Faith Series. This special creation, along with Abbey Grand Cru, make up the second rollout of Lips of Faith beers this year. The quarterly program taps the creativity of New Belgium’s brewers and delivers unique, short-run batches.

Super Cru is a big, beautiful double version of Fat Tire Amber Ale, doubling the malt bill and hop profile of the traditional version. To accentuate the fresh apple ester of Fat Tire, New Belgium added Asian pear juice and tweaked it further with a saison yeast. Super Cru opens with a big bready nose, rolls from floral hop to earthy malt and finishes with a touch of clove.

Super Cru is 10% ABV and is available in 22-ounce bombers and draft.

Abbey Grand Cru is not new, but is making a long-awaited comeback. Abbey Grand Cru is a New Belgium ritual, where it is traditionally brewed after every 1,000 batches. Abbey Grand Cru honors the award-winning Abbey Ale, taking that celebrated recipe and increasing the hops, malts and fermentation time. It is fermented with an authentic Belgian yeast strain and is refermented in the bottle to produce natural carbonation.

Abbey Grand Cru continues to improve and age deliciously. Optimal storage is a cool (40-55°), dark place where the bottles can remain undisturbed. It is best served at cellar temperature in a New Belgium globe.

Abbey Grand Cru is 9.5% ABV and is available in 22-ounce bombers and draft.

For more information about the Lips of Faith series, New Belgium or the 20th anniversary,

About New Belgium Brewing Company
New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, began operations in a tiny Fort Collins basement in 1991. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces seven year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey, Mothership Wit and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship. For more information, visit

Posted in Highland Brewing, New Releases

New! Highland Brewing’s – Seven Sisters

Highland Brewing’s latest release adds a beer to their seasonal lineup — Seven Sisters Abbey Style Ale.  It follows Black Mountain Bitter, Highland’s Winter Seasonal.

Seven Sisters Abbey Ale is of course an Abbey Ale, with double the normal grain bill, and Belgian dark candi sugar.  (Candi sugar very literally looks like rock candy.  It is implemented in the brewing process to raise the ABV of the brew, without adding to the body of the brew.)  A Belgian Trappist yeast was used in Seven Sisters — giving the beer a dark fruit tone. (And of course the Belgian flavor!)   Hop Bill includes a plethora of noble hops, adding spicy flavors to the brew and not a lot of bitterness.

Ingredients —

Hops — Hallertau Hersbrucker, German Spalt Select

Malts — Pilsen, Pale, Extra Special, & Chocolate Malts

6.5% ABV

20 IBU (Low Bitter)

Availability — 12oz/6pks, and Limited Draft offerings. Seasonal.