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Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%

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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 05-23-2004)
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Photo of Kendo

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the growler into an Ommegang tulip. Body is dark-orange with a whitish head. Some lace.

S: Yeasty overall with spice and cloves.

T: Sweet malt foundation is followed by spices and clove. Some citrusy hops at the finish. Heat from the alcohol is felt in the belly.

M: Medium in heft, a bit slick-ish in feel.

O: Good, though a little too hot from that high ABV and the slick feel doesn't really work for a saison.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2014 19:30:28 | More by Kendo
Photo of dank203

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not the greatest saison I've had. but it is drinkable. has the base flavors but its just not that complex. might be picking up some cinnamon spice. otherwise just a little too sweet for the style. good value though, and still refreshing. a bit heavy, I like this style between 6-7%

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:17:31 | More by dank203
Photo of LeRose


3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance is a golden/amber color, not much of a head - maybe a finger's worth, minimal retention, minimal lacing.

The aroma was a mix of spices (mainly picked out clove and cardamom), bread that seemed on the sweet side, a bit yeasty.

The taste seemed out of balance toward the sweet side. The clove was easily picked out, some phenolic flavors, a bit of citrus, a touch of pepper. There was a bit of acidic funkiness and a surprising warming effect at the end. It seemed a bit too sweet for the style.

The mouthfeel was a little heavy - not what I would call light and refreshing. The carbonation was moderate.

Overall, this was not a bad beer, but I don't think it was quite a saison either. It seemed to be more of a tripel or some other Belgian style. Not sorry to have tried it, but probably don't need to buy it again. Just didn't meet the truly expectation of a saison.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 11:53:35 | More by LeRose
Photo of metter98

New York

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with underlying notes of candi sugar.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of Belgian yeast and candi sugar, although no sweetness is perceptible from the latter. Hints of bananas and spices are also noticleable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison seems to be a little heavier in body compared to most of the other beers I've tried in the style, possibly due to its use of candi sugar as an ingredient.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 20:08:11 | More by metter98
Photo of KYGunner


3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Relatively clear golden coloring gives way to a thick and foamy bright white head.

The aromas hold the required scent for a Saison with a wild and gamey yeast that seems overpowered by clove. Some Hefeweizen qualities scream out as the yeast is at the fore.

The flavors exhibit the same yeast forward character with a bit more clove. There is then a peppercorn spiciness that follows with a dull malt and grassy finish.

The feel is light, effervescent and bubbly but the carbonation isnt too burdensome.

Overall, I've had better but I find this to be an easy, crisp drinking Saison that fits in its niche.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2013 01:31:49 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Flounder57


3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. it is a pale yellow orange with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, spices, bready malts, sweet pale malts, yeasty notes, banana, and clove.

Taste: Same as above with all characteristics blended well together.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little dry, medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid Saison. A little sweeter than most, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 04:15:08 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Andrew041180


3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep gold, with perhaps a shade of amber. The head pushes up a couple inches, but not as much as I expected with a fairly vigorous pour. It recedes rather quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Surprisingly little visible carbonation.

S - Fairly typical farmhouse style aroma. Spiciness leads the way, followed by a bit of banana and a bit of funkiness.

T - Follows the nose. It's not as tight as some of the other saisons I've had. The trailing funkiness leaves the beer feeling a little heavy.

M - Medium-bodied and non-descript. I expected a bit more carbonation, but maybe I'm confusing styles a bit? Kind of a lingering funkiness on the finish that I wasn't a huge fan of.

O - Not a bad beer, and I enjoyed it for the most part. However, I've had other beers that I much preferred to this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 01:10:58 | More by Andrew041180
Photo of Guden


3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Shiny gold with amazing clarity. 1 finger thick white head slowly fades to a thin film.

S- A big aroma of citrus, spice and grain. Coriander, orange peel, cream of wheat with a little trace of pepper, cardamom and cedar in the mix.

T- Similar to the nose, citrusy and lightly spicy with a candy like sweetness. FInishes dry and spicy with a subtle bitterness. A bit more subtle than the nose and the grainy sweetness is a little high for the styel.

M- medium carbonation, with a light to moderate body. Not as carbonated or dry as ideal but it works alright.

O- This was the first "saison" I ever had and had turned me on to the style. Years later it's both easy to see what I liked about this one and how it falls short of the standard set by many others in the style. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer which hides its alcohol well but not as complex or yeast driven as the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 18:01:52 | More by Guden
Photo of JWU


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- an almost translucent gold with hints or orange. A nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S- Very sweet. Belgian fruity esters jump from the glass, almost too much. Ripe pear and cherry.

T- Follows the nose. Very sweet for the style, very cherry forward on the Belgian fruity esters.A bit of sour apple and ripe pear. Big Belgian spiciness. Quite delicious even if it's not very accurate for the style.

M- Medium body, and fairly slick, but could use to be a little dryer to offset the big sweetness.

O- Pleasant and drinkable, but falls far short of the benchmarks of the style (Dupont, Sofie, etc)

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 00:04:37 | More by JWU
Photo of cyclonece09


3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours golden orange with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain and Belgian yeast. Tastes of sweet berries and a little of a sweet grain. Carbonation is right light bodied and goes down smooth. Overall a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 19:52:54 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of billybob


3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours a clear golden color with a half inch head that quickly fades to the beer and no lace to speak of. aromas of ripe fruit and spice. taste is of ripe peaches with a slightly spicey rum alcohol finish. medium mouthfeel and light carbonation. tasted more like a lighter version of a barley wine. would try this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 20:36:56 | More by billybob
Photo of barczar


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style.

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving little lacing.

Grain and fruity Belgian yeast accompany esters of pear and peach, with green apple and soft floral notes. There's an underlying wheat character, with spicy phenols adding complexity.

Flavor reads more like a Belgian tripel in some respects. Esters are sharper, and barnyard character is lacking for the style. Muted citrus, pear, peach, and green apple abound beneath a wheat and grain backbone, finishing a touch dry and spicy. Clove and white pepper add to the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full and smooth, with sparkly carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.

More of a typical Belgian than a farmhouse, barnyard saison, but I like that. Good estery yeast character that dominates and lingers. Pleasantly surprised, but it's not to style.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 17:18:57 | More by barczar
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I pour aggressively and still receive very little of the white head over an amber body. This dissipates quickly. No lace noted.

It smells of wheat, yeast and spices out the wazoo. A bit of cherry is at the end.

Spices are crazy in this beer. I get sour apples up front, with a little yeast and a lot of spice. Cherry finishes it off on the back. Not overly saison-esque, but delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It is refreshingly clean and smooth.

I have to give this one bonus points in the "overall" section. I quite like the taste and feel of this beer, I just feel its a weak representation of the style. I generally find that American saisons are average at best in this category.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 14:21:09 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of Ankur


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tried this seasonal brew from Heavy Seas this weekend. I will not rate it among the best in Heavy seas lineup but still it was not disappointing. If you do not like hoppy beer, this might impress you. Taste sweet and a lot of fruits. 7.5% alcohol is well balanced by the taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 15:02:36 | More by Ankur
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden straw color.

Smell: Poor smell, I did not like it

Taste: Apricot taste with hints of other fruits.

Mouthfeel: Went down smooth.

Overall: A nice beer from Heavy Seas. Good taste, but the smell was not up to par and kind of killed it for me. Would drink again, but wouldn't buy a 6-pack of it

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 03:03:13 | More by bgillespie
Photo of Jeffreysan


3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a finger of off-white colored head, speckled with golden highlights, that quickly dissolved into a wispy lacing of foam that entirely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Fresh bread and typical Belgian Saison aroma of Belgian yeast, spices such as cardamom, clove, and orange peel.

Taste: Again, typical Belgian Saison flavors: yeasty, spicy (as in spices, not heat), citrusy. Notes of clove, black pepper, lemon, grapefruit, candied sugar, honey. Flavors of toasted bread topped with orange marmalade. Nice balance between bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a slight creaminess to it. Not much carbonation. With an ABV of 7.5%, which leaves a subtle alcohol warmth at the finish, this Saison has a slightly higher alcohol content than I’m used to, but then again, I’ve only really been drinking Saisons this year so….

Overall: This is a very good Saison. Refreshing with a very good Saison flavor. I liked it very much!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:05:24 | More by Jeffreysan
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an absolutely beautiful amber color. The head is a two finger white shade. Its texture is creamy, and it fades away relatively quick. Lacing is streaky at first, but becomes more sheetlike as the head goes away. It's not really saison like in appearance - even so, this is damn gorgeous.

S: This has a lot in the way of candied sugar and phenols. Notes of coriander and sage are also present, but otherwise, this one seems too sweet for the style.

T: Ayup, too damn sweet. An initial taste of phenols gives way to some mild spicing...and hardly mild candied sugar. Not only is it rather sugary, but the finish is a bit boozy. Nothing too harsh, though.

M: Syrupy, under-carbonated, hefty, lifeless - everything I DON'T want from a saison. Drinkability isn't great, either, but by no means is it completely undrinkable.

O: Look, it's not really a bad BSPA at all. It's just a bad saison: the only characteristic Heavy Seas got right is the spice flavor, and that's simply too mild. Not only is it too sweet for a saison, it's too sweet for a regular Belgian pale ale. I don't plan to revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 20:46:31 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Omnium


3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a light orange/gold color, thin fizzy half finger head, no lacing.
S - Some belgian yeast, dried fruit, candy and some toffee and some hop resin.
T - The sweetness is way too much in this brew, it over powers everything else and is completely unbalanced.
M - Sticky, chewy
O - Bad saison, Heavy Seas would be better off with a re-do on this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 02:22:10 | More by Omnium
Photo of Ricochet


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber and cloudy. Good head and lasting lace.
S: Butterscotch, and a bit of pumpkin.
M: Thick alcohol back slap, malty bock beer foam, butterscotch remainder.
T: Butterscotch disc but not sweet. Boozy, almost like a cream ale. Prune as well.

O: A tasty beer beverage, very high powered.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 05:41:31 | More by Ricochet
Photo of kylehay2004


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a murky golden with slight amber hues body. Excellent retention and some lacing. A lot of musty pale malt and Belgian yeast with light clove and little in the way of citrus. Flavor is good but not great, keeping it simple with mild lemon tartness, hint of orange peel, Belgian yeast and herbal hop character. The mouthfeel is full for the style and semi dry finish with moderate carbonation. I think Heavy Seas makes a lot of easy to drink beers which arent bad but lack creativity overall. I like most everything I have had, I just wouldnt call many of their beers memorable or complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 01:24:48 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light golden yellow with a half of an inch of soft, dense, white head that has good retention

S - funky, a bit musty

T - fruity, funky, white grapes, apples, faint spices

M - light bodied, warm, crisp, well carbonated

This isn't a bad beer, but the balance just isn't there. The flavors are there, but they just couldn't hold my interest. In the end, there are better saisons out there, but this is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 08:10:32 | More by tdm168
Photo of RodneyFarva


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Grimbergen goblet. best by 1/13

a: pours a very clear golden yellow, 1/2 inch white head dissipating to a thin film.

s: alcohol, pineapple, citrus, wheat, and some spices. very nice. smelling a good bit like a belgian pale ale.

t: spices and wheat up front, a hoppy bite in the middle, and alcohol warmness at the end. pretty high carbonation cuts that ending sweetness a bit.

o: very nice. i really enjoyed this, though I think it would have been improved (and closer to style) if it was drier rather than fairly sweet. still, out of the Heavy Seas mixed 12-pack, this was my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:40:11 | More by RodneyFarva
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a crystal clear medium orange with a slight yellow hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) fluffy white head that had decent longevity, receding down to a large foamy puddle of residue producing some good sticky lacing.

The aroma had a strong wheat presence along with a light straw malt, a herbal hop and a soapy yeast with notes of banana, pear, caramel and a bit of a peppery spice.

The taste was mildly sweet and yeasty with notes of caramel and other fruit esters early on and then become mildly sweet and acidic with a healthy dose of fruit and spices and a decent alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lingered for a little while having kind of boozy appeal.

Mouthfeel was a few shades beyond light in body with a nice dry texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a great representation of the style. Spicy, fruity and strong, just wonderful...

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 16:07:54 | More by KajII
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. Notches on the label say DEC 11.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch head that immediately dissipates and becomes just a patch of surface foam. Pretty much zero lacing.

S- Smells sweet and musty, like overly fermented honey. A bit of spice and what seems to be a strange attempt at a Belgian yeast aroma. Just comes off as spastic and unorganized.

T- Fruity with a bit of wheat that's overpowered by alcohol and syrupy sweetness. Some malt but not enough to balance. Unlike any saison I've had, and I don't mean that as a compliment.

M- Sticky and stinging. Low carbonation. What a dud.

O- I don't know what they were going for, but they missed the mark. Another big disappointment from Heavy Seas.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:42:28 | More by Immortale25
Photo of JohnnyChicago


3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours amber with a nice fluffy off-white head. Good lacing,

S: Tamed phenols and spice notes along with some crisp cracker malt and spicy hops.

T: Same here; it has all the makings of a good saison, but the yeast notes, which should be rich and spicy, are dumbed down and boring.

D: Easy to drink, that's for sure. Crisp and refreshing. Alcohol is well covered as well.

Overall: Waaayyy to clean for a saison. These beers should'nt be headache machines, but that doesn't mean you should ferment them through in the low 60s either. They need to let this beer develop a little more natural complexity before it can compete with the best of American saisons (Southampton, GI, etc.).

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:14:06 | More by JohnnyChicago
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