Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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Reviews by Phatz:
3.33/5 rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
On Tap at TJ's Everyday in Paoli PA.
What the hell is going on here? Did they give me the wrong beer. This tastes more like a pale lager than a Saison. It is not offensive. It is not bad. There is simply no flavor there. some sweet fruity malts and some Juicy Juice. Thats it pack your bags and home the show is over. It was really a bit of a disappointment. Well... Here's the breakdown:
Appearance: Served a clear gold color with a white cap on top, but no head when it got to me.
Smell: A pale malt aroma and fruitiness; maybe even a slight detection of yeast and some sugar in the nose. But where are the Saison like spices? Not in my glass.
Taste: The flavors are small and muted. A malty wheat flavor starts with splash of caramel and then a slight touch of yeast--almost but then its gone--and some juiciness with the most remote hint of orange and then a nice crisp hop finish. The light dry aftertaste is pleasant but not bold enough to be called a Saison. There is a nip of alcohol and lemon with that dryness, I actually like the finish. Like I said. There is nothing bad about the beer it just doesn't have much there to brag about, particularly for the style.
Mouthfeel: Very light body fizzy beer leaving behind a bone dry feel.
Drinkability: It is actually a very drinkable beer. It is not a Saison though not IMO.
Hope this is helpful.
Serving type: on-tap
07-10-2007 04:55:41 | More by Phatz
More User Reviews:
3.86/5 rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured a deeper cloudy gold with a thinner white head. The head lingers on leaving some sticky soapy lacing. The smell is quite good, with some nice deep fruity esters and hints of spices. The taste hits it just right with some notes of grain, banana and sugar. It has a thinner body and is a well-made saison.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 20:52:39 | More by delta490
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle poured into a Stella chalice
Pours a clear, pale, orange color with a half finger of white foam. Aroma is quite spicy, with lots of banana flavors as well. Certainly a yeast dominated nose.
First sip is quite sweet, with a rush of crystal malt flavor followed by a yeasty banana like finish. A lot sweeter than many saisons that I've had - honestly I would enjoy this more if it finished much, much drier.
This beer is interesting, but I wouldn't score it highly as a saison. While I like the banana forward flavor, I feel like a more varied yeast profile and drier finish would improve it.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 04:08:09 | More by FickleBeast
3.73/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
"A sailor's delight, our Belgian style saison is made with imported yeast, candi sucre, and wheat malt. Intensely spicy and refreshingly fruity." Brewed in the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Available as an early fall seasonal in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a creamy pearl head of a foamy, smooth consistency over an orange amber body. Clarity is very high, aside from a fine flecked sediment. Carbonation is vivacious and plentiful. Retention is very good and lacing is light and clingy. 4.25
(Smell) Fluffy wheat malts, banana and clove make for a potent phenolic aromatic presentation, not too far unlike German hefeweizen ales. The candied sugar is also very evident up front, providing a very filling sweetness to the aroma. Overall the malt body, sweetness and yeast characters make Red Sky At Night more heavy on the nose than the average saison, but uniquely so. I could comfortably fit this under a hybrid category. Potency is moderate. 3.5
(Taste) Very soft, smooth wheat malts aided in sweetness by a thin candy sugar syrup and rounded out in flavor by distinctive banana and clove notes, although better balanced in the flavor than in the aroma. A bit of spicy alcohol heat is discernable. Finishes with an herbal, peppery and mild tropical fruit finish with a subtle bitterness. Despite stretching the guidelines of the style, I found Red Sky very drinkable and quite enjoyable. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Smooth, thinly syrupy and chalky. Carbonation aides in a subtle, fluffy mouthfeel. Body is medium/heavy for a saison and medium+ overall. Balance is slightly in favor of sweetness over bitterness. Alcohol presence is mild. 3.75
(Overall) A saison with a lot more flavor potential going for it than you can get from just yeast alone, Red Sky At Night builds a solid body with a distinctive candied sugar influence and rounds out well-balanced and softly textured. Not by any stretch definitive of the style but certainly worth giving a shot as it is fairly unique on its own. 3.75
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Red Sky At Night Saison Ale
Serving type: bottle
04-16-2014 22:10:30 | More by Jadjunk
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