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

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 421
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 18
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 05-23-2004)
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

12-06-2013 02:23:36 | More by NatsnSkinsDC
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

11-27-2013 05:22:03 | More by 666_MPH
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-24-2013 21:54:31 | More by Chugs13
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-24-2013 20:33:18 | More by BillRoth
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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
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3.79/5  rDev +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
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-10-2013 19:19:39 | More by blbarnett3
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New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Overall: this beer is essentially a cross between a Belgian pale and a saison, with a healthy dose of Belgian candy sugar added in for good measure. PAIR WITH GREEK FOODS, OR SALTY MEATS!

It pours a lively, bubbly dark gold - darker than the average saison - this is a good sign of the added candi sugar that is incorporated in the brew.

The taste is also much spicier than a typical saison, with more caramel notes than one typically expects, and is generally much sweeter. I didn't like how dark, sweet, or spicy (not clean or refreshing tasting) this was the first time I had this, but the flavor is entirely redeemed when paired with Greek food - ENTIRELY!

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but could be somewhat smoother, with sour beer bubbles. My sense is that this was over force carbonated

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 19:52:52 | More by tkdchampxi
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3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

10-30-2013 23:39:02 | More by bwarren82
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3.68/5  rDev 0%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

10-27-2013 20:07:10 | More by redliner8
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3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

10-17-2013 23:40:46 | More by BTFU
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

10-17-2013 19:41:03 | More by kasubot
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-17-2013 01:27:37 | More by AdamElb
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-15-2013 02:09:46 | More by sludgy
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-14-2013 20:10:14 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-13-2013 20:22:18 | More by TripelMark
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3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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
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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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
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3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-11-2013 00:47:54 | More by ejohnson654
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

10-08-2013 20:20:55 | More by DarthVegas23
Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) from Heavy Seas Beer
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