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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 21
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: pezoids on 05-23-2004

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Reviews by Johnnyfacelift:
Photo of Johnnyfacelift
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am just starting to get into the Saison ales and this is my second behind Ithica Groundbreak. This beer pours a nice golden color that is crystal clear with lots of carbonation. The head stays as more of a thin constant layer than a thick foam and there is some lacing. The smell reminds me of some American wheat yeast strains but with a distinct sour aroma... almost like a sauerkraut thats been sweetened. The yeast strain is mellow in flavor with pepper notes and a continuation of the sour vibe going on here. The sour mixes with a mellow bitterness and the mouthfeel is alcohol sweet and dry. A great edition to the Saison arena which would go great with some seafood. Yum!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy blond/yellow with lighter head that settles pretty quickly,wow there is a sure fire Belgian yeast aroma here a litle iron with some 10x suger and a little spice.Citrus flavors dominate with that iron-like dryness underneath but it keeps this brew from being overly sweet,I find it fruity and refreshing and extremely quaffable for the alc% content.A real nice summer seasonal here maybe not as good as some of the traditional Belgian saisons Dupont,Pipaix etc... but very nice.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow like clover honey, with a slight haze. A basic pour yields a white foamy head of less than 1/4" that quickly recedes to nothing but a ring of bubbles. The slightest lacing.

S: The aroma is a little different - a crazy mix of banana, clove, something herbal and grassy, and sweet malt. Kind of eccentric but it somehow fits. I dig it.

T&M: After big aromas on the nose, the actual flavor was a little less than I expected. Bold, malty, plenty of that fruity banana and some interesting spices that are similar to that clove smell. Mouthfeel is solid on the tongue all the way through the experience with a medium to light weight body. It's a touch sweet, typical for most of the farmhouse ales I've had the good fortune to try so far. Carbonation is a moderate and ever present, leaving a bit of a sharpness to the texture as it resides on the tongue. Finish is, again, a touch sweet of malt but fades relatively quickly and leaves very little linger.

D: I rather enjoyed this brew. It's just different enough that it was nice to try something off the beaten path but by the same token, not something I would want to drink all the time. Well done. I would suggest it to any of my friends capable of handling something other than an American macro and to anyone in the craft beer world. Nice job!

Photo of JasonA
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz from Corridor Wine and Spirits in Laurel MD.

Clear gold pilsneresque. Solid finger of head which clears into lacing.

Smells an amazing spicey floral fresh boquet of some fruit I cant identify. Very powerfull smell, without any alcohol to be heard of.

Taste is very nice. Spicey flavor-packed start, cream middle, and tangy not quite citrusy ending Little hops, no real malt, little bready, but mostly spicey. Like a cross between a pilsner and a pumpkin ale sans the pumpkin. Not quite a spice, more fruit, but I cant place it.

Feels great. Medium bodied which is impressive for how light it is. Very balanced carbonation and somewhat creamy texture to the finish. Impressively smooth for the look.

Definately a forgotten style that when done well like this simply breathtaking. Easy to drink and dont feel the 8% ABV at all.

Wonderfull ... wonderfull beer.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled beer, best purchased by Aug 08 on the label. Poured into a tulip glass, this beer was a hazy light orange color with a teeny head. It had a candy aroma, and smelled a little yeasty. Pretty muted aroma. The taste was mostly sweet, couldn't really tell much else. Thin mouthfeel. Not much of a saison.

Photo of shapudding
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated Nov. 2004
Honey golden and not so clear... some carbination rising up... bits of peppery sediment at the bottom. The froth of white head finally settled down as a thin layer of dust. Faint aroma of fresh cut apples. Taste is surprisingly sweet. Red apple and very fruity, just a bit of yeastiness. Very wet feel to it, and a good amount of carbination. Not as dry as I am used to with the saisons I have been drinking, but still a good one to kick back with on a weeknight and watch some tv. Bit of nutmeg... got some sasafrass as it warmed up. Good session, easy drinker. As sweet as it is, it still goes down nice -thought the sweetness may get to be a bit much for me if I was kicking them back without some food on the side.

Thanks to the Blitheringidiot for gifting me this in a sixer of the Clippers!

Photo of Guden
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va. Served slightly chilled in a tulip glass, the pour produces a radiant golden amber body that is mostly clear. Gigantic rocky head is white and retains well, leaving some decent lacing. Enormous rush of microbubbles are apparent in the well carbonated body.
Aroma has some sweet malty notes that are unusual for a Saison. Honey drenched caramel is inviting, but seems out of place for the style. Citrusy lemon and orange notes are welcome.
Mouthfeel is very effervescent, tingly and satiny, with a medium body.
Taste is definitely odd for style, with caramel and honey accents and some grassy hops. Some orange and coriander are noticable, but there's not much of a yeast presence. This is the least dry of any Saison I've tried.
Good drinkability, and a likeable brew, but it's not to style.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, notches on the label tell me to purchase this before 10-05 for fresh flavor. Pours golden, cloudy amber, moderate white head, quickly fades to a film, lacing is moderate. Nose is of melon and some gin. this a pretty decent little saison style ale. Some peppery spicing, fruity notes and a nice dry finish, not bad stuff. Not the worlds most exciting brew, but this is a respectable take on the style. Enjoyable and will go nicely with a variety of foods, can anybody say BBQ?

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: minimal carbonation and head, clear, bright yellow in color

Smell: apple and a bit of hay

Taste: lots of sweet apple and fruit, some spices, and hay

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet

Drinkability:This is my favorite of the Heavy Seas line up. I love the sweet apple taste which is a bit sweet for the style. Want to buy a six as the ABV is well masked.

Photo of Kraken
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz Harp pint glass. Beer poured a nice hazy golden orange/amber. One finger head diminishes quickly. Slight pepper, and orange citrus fruit on the nose. Slight farmhouse funk on the tongue, mid-taste dominated orange and a nice light sweetness. Pepper becomes apparent in the finish Alcohol is completely hidden, but will sneak up on you. Mouthfeel is one of the high points. Very complex, carbonation plays a nice part in overall taste. Slight cloying sweetness. Nice dry finish. Very enjoyable. I look forward to this seasonal.

Photo of jondeelee
2.91/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bears many of the typical Belgian aromas--orange and coriander, with hints of pear--but these are accompanied by a candy-like sugary aroma, almost like a Jolly Rancher had been dropped into the bottle. And these rest on top of a layer of toasted grain notes, which seem--at least in my bottle--to have a slightly sour note around the edges.

On the tongue, the fruity flavors come out swinging right from the bell, bringing rather large apricot, orange, apple and pear uppercuts. There is a good layer of spice surrounding these fruits, but nowhere near as heavy as in many Belgians. The sourness noted in the aroma also takes a swing or two, coming across as a vague hint of apple cider in the mix. Toasted grains lie just underneath, and come on strong in the later rounds.

Overall, while there are many lovely and delightful flavors in here, this does seem like a featherweight Belgian: easy on the tongue, and not as nuanced or practiced as its bigger brothers. That doesn't mean that it's a bad beer, of course--in fact, it's very drinkable. But if you're a huge fan of Belgians, this is not going to add anything new to your repertoire.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. Pours a clear gold color--suspect a bit of residue in the glass. It looks nothing like a saison. There is also only a one finger head that dissipates as quickly as it weakly perks up.

The smell is warm and yeasty, some sugar and spice--coriander and clove, a bit of cinnamon. The flavor follows, along with some banana, smooth malt, and a warm buzz of alcohol on the finish.

This beer demonstrates solid complexity, and is quite drinkable despite the somewhat high ABV. A solid America version of the style.

Photo of sarahspat
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown.

Small wisps of a white head sit atop a honey-hued liquid. Very little retention or lacing to speak of.

The nose is very subtle... all I could really detect was clove and a tiny bit of a bready malt.

Clove plays a very strong role in the flavor as well. Also, light fruits and an innocuous, but not terribly exciting bready malt flavor. Spicy kick going into the finish, which features a lemongrass flavor and is quite crisp.

Overall: somewhat refreshing and satisfactorily complex, but not exactly what I was expecting. I wasn't blown away.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden copper appearance big white head leaves more than ample lacing around my glass. Aroma: Soft fruity tones vanilla edge, with tropical fruit tones chilling in the background nice with a touch of herbal hops I like this one. Taste: Not a true Saison farmhouse style ale but a very well made rendition of one, flavors that standout are vanilla, tropical fruit, and hints of a wheat possibly used here some evident alcohol with a citrus finish. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture medium body nice carbonation not as finely carbonated as a Saison Dupont. Drinkability: I'm amazed by this one really tasty great drinkable brew with some flavor, alcohol, and refreshing qualities.

Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heavy Seas Red Sky on cask at the 2014 Decatur Beer Festival.
Off-white head over a slightly hazyboy; durable and creamy head.

Reversing my usual reaction to saisons, this one smells better that it tastes.
A load of wild yeasty flavors in the mouth. Some hint of vinegar in the nose.
Highly complex flavor.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack picked up at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of pears with hints of brown bananas and hints of spices. Backing all of this up is a good deal of sweet malt.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light fruits - mostly pears but with hints of bananas - up front are joined by light spices midway through the sip. The ending is crisp and leaves hints of green apples lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderately active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid beer however it didn't quite have enough bite to be a very good saison. Worth a shot to decide for yourself.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adam's glass. Bottle has a drink by date and lists the alcohol percentage.

A: Gold and clear with a half-a-finger white head that sticks to the edges of the glass. It has lots of carbonation and nice retention.

S: Lemon, lemon rind, biscuit, earth, and sugar.

T: Starts with sweet malt and candied sugar, add pancakes and a slight mineral tinge. The end has slight bitterness from hops, which balance, lemon, slight warming alcohol, and a bit of yeasty bread.

M: On the light side of medium, racy thanks to carbonation but has smooth moments.

O: A saison produced in Baltimore. It has some nice lemon sunshine zing and great carbonation. But is also has some earthy elements. The alcohol is blended well, and the slight bitterness in the finish balances out the very sweet malt opening salvo. There are times the beer feels a bit watery, which might be caused by the high level of carbonation. It is not as dry as a saison should be, and it is sweeter as well. The beer does not taste bad, but it is not everything the style should be either.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a crystal clear straw yellow body with a big, big rocky head of yellowish-white foam. There is a dense carbonation of very tiny bubbles rising from the bottom. When the head dies down I pour the last bit of beer into the glass and a small cloud of yeast comes with it. There is some nice lacing after each sip.

S- The aroma of pears and lemons comes through with a slight yeasty nose. A soft hint of banana comes through in the finish.

T- This beer has a semi-dry fruity flavor of pears and oranges with some peppery spice at the finish. There is a very light soapy flavor in the middle but it is not really unpleasant. Notes of pale malt and wheat are faint and smooth in the taste with a finish of soft hop bitterness coming through the peppery finish. The finish has a carbonic acid taste but the alcohol flavor is very soft. As it warms in the glass more of a cooked corn flavor comes through.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a good bit of fizz on the tongue. There is a faint alcohol warmth after the sip but it is very light.

D- This beer has some nice flavors and textures but they are very soft. I was surprised that the ABV is 8%. It is smooth and drinkable when chilled but at the bottom of the glass more of a cooked corn taste started coming out.

Photo of pwoods
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a flute. Aug '08

A: Pours a ripened banana color with some deeper tinting. 1 1/2 fingers of pearly white head forms a bit fizzy but holds for a couple minutes. Some patchy lacing here and there.

S: Light spicy phenols and strong yeasty esters. Hops are light, crisp, floral, and with a bit of Saaz-y spice. Malts as light, grainy, and clean.

T/M: Light hop bitterness. Hops add more of a bright, grassy, crispness to everything... livens things up. Still a Saaz-y spice edge. The yeasty esters are quite high, lending a defined banana taste along with some tart green apples.. and maybe phenol? Malts are grainy and light. Body is light and refreshing and carbonation keeps things alive.

D: 8% is very well hidden. There's a little alcohol zing hidden behind the spice hops and potent yeast but it's easily missed. Drinks easy and is great on a very warm day like today.

Photo of cubang8r
2.89/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not much lacing in the pour. Large bubbles that quickly dissipated. From the start I wasn't impressed.

The smell was mild, not what I expect from a Saison. When I was smelling it, I dunked my nose in the beer trying to getting a better whiff. It smelled like a Saison, only muffled.

Taste was the same, I felt as though I was drinking through a filter, although the carbonation was was tighter than the appearance. This created a better feel on the tongue than I expected.

It was drinkable because there wasn't much flavor. If it wasn't for the high alcohol content, this would be a great beach beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a brown bottle with notches on the bottom noting a best by date of November 2008. Pours a warm apple cider yellow with next to no head. Slightly hazy and bottle conditioned.

The nose is fruity and has a distinct Belgian ale/yeast scent. I get spicy apples, almost cidery, with some light crisp grapes.

Tastes like a Belgian style ale. Fruity with touches of clove spices and a dry candied finish. Not overly sweetened which is fantastic. Smooth with a little yeastie malt.

A nice summertime beer that hits the spot after a long run or some outside labor. This one isn't as rich as a Belgian ale but has a lot of the same characteristics. Quite refreshing with the perfect amount of carbonation a good balance of malts to hops to fruitiness and a nice semi sweet slightly dry finish.

Photo of degerbah
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this in a pub glass out of a bottle. This is at least the tenth time I've had this and it's long been a favorite.

Pours a clear pale yellow. similar to a bmc, but with less head. The smell is a potpourri of various spices and flowery scents.

The taste is very sweet, possibly a litte overly sweet, it destroys the subtle flavors that I associate with a saison. Overall it's a very inexpensive beer with a deceptive alcohol content that I could drink almost any day. I think that clipper city should make this a regular heavy seas offering as it's waaaayy better than the uber pils.

Photo of Brenden
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a clear golden amber. The head pours a couple fingers before it dissipates to a foam, leaving a little thin lacing on the glass. Carbonation is lively and this one had a nice cascading effect when it poured.
This one's got a spicy bite right on the nose with some unusual notes of candied fruits and a wheat backbone. A light alcoholic note is also present.
That spice bites right off the bat, remaining the entire way and lingering on the tongue in the finish. Candied fruits again, apple and banana, and wheat with a little yeasty funk underlying. It's an interesting mix of flavors.
The body is medium but the mouthfeel is a little thin. It is crisp, though, with some smoothness in the finish.
This one's a good one to try, though the sneaky ABV limits the drinkability just a bit. It's brewed well enough to interest me in trying more from Clipper City.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.6/5  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!

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