Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) - Heavy Seas Beer
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3.53/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-20-2014 04:08:09 | More by FickleBeast
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
"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
04-16-2014 22:10:30 | More by Jadjunk
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-06-2014 19:30:28 | More by Kendo
3.3/5 rDev -10.1%
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%
03-06-2014 03:17:31 | More by dank203
3.18/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
02-10-2014 11:53:35 | More by LeRose
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