Lunacy | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

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Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 03-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by crwills:
Photo of crwills
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy gold into a large red wine glass. I poured in the yeast, not realizing it was bottle conditioned. Whoops. Oh well, I'll live with the outcome. Nice big head that sticks around, with lots of lacing as it fades.

This beer has a very interesting aroma -- it reminds me a lot of a wit. Bananas, sugar, and some spices and pepper.

Flavour is sour and fruity. Some ear-warming alcohol presence, darker, exotic spices, and maybe some cloves.

Creamy mouthfeel, and a little bit of hop bite in the aftertaste.

I like this one, and would probably pick up more if I pass through NJ again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice beer,this one pured a hazy lighter shade of gold with medium head that left some nice sticky lacing.The aroma was spicey and yeasty with some slight citruis notes.The taste was alot like the aroma,starting out spicey ending with a little tartness.Real well made will look for more brews from this micro.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Courtesy of Malto...

Appearance: a cloudy golden pour with a medium white head that shrinks itself down to a ring.

Smell: the nose is semi sweet with light fruit notes and some wheat & yeast. seems to be a hint of caramel fudge as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweetness & an alcohol kick right off the top. Medium bodied, the mouthfeel starts fairly lively and then mellows out close to the point of being a little watery. A little bit of an apple sweetness that has great staying power. The finish is of an odd apple cider bitterness with light sweet notes that stays on the tongue longafter the sip is done.

Drinkability: i think i could appreciate this one as a bit of a medium bodied thirst quencher. Reminiscent of Ephemere Apple without the obvious fruity notes & lively bodied. I wasn't completely impressed howvever.

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Photo of blitz134
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gusher upon opening the bottle, not much was lost. Pours an apricot gold color with a minimal white head of large bubbles that quickly disappeared. Clear body with white floaties. This one is taking a hit for the lack of head, which I feel is a standard for a belgian.

Typical belgian smell with a little more estery banana that usual. A bit of clove spiciness, reminds me more of a hefe in the nose actually. A bit of citrus and floral hops as well.

Taste is a bit tart initially and then goes into a sharp bite. Flavors are mainly pear with a good dose of spices. Bready malt flavor work to balance this with the sweet candy sugar overtones. Good flavor overall, not as complex as some other the others in the style.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin. Finishes dry but still coats well. Drinkability is okay. Decent flavor profile and lower ABV than some of the other examples and this could be enjoyed a couple of times in an evening if one desired.

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Photo of sponberg
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it 20 minutes ago and the head's still there. Aroma of Belgian estery yeastiness with coriander and faint earty, spicy hops.

The brew just seems to bloom one you drink it - starts with faint coriander and honeyish malt, then the hop bitterness wraps the tongue while aromatic, fruity (bananas, apples, pears) goodness takes care of the rest. The alcohol arrives near the end, lending a pleasant warmth to the finish, which is dryish, slightly bitter, and quickly replaced by the next sip.

Nice tingle on the tongue from this one - the body says "drink more" but there's only so much to go around so I'm savoring every last drop. Hope this one shows up as a one-timer when the BP gets off the ground.

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Photo of shapudding
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a very cloudy golden and yeasty looking, almost like a wheat beer. You really can't see through this puppy. Alot of head in the pour, but it quickly left a very minimal white ring and thin covering with an itsy bitsy bit of bubbles. Wonderful aroma, yeasty and fruity, banannas, lemons, flowers. Very highly carbinated, it foams up in your mouth, champagne-like. Tastes of spices and citrus. I had just had roasted porkloin so I could easily place the taste of corriander. Very sweet, almost cloying. There was an awful flavor that I could not place, took me a while to place it, but it is phenalic and medicinal. Once I started to think about that, I could not even finish it. Seriously, it is a rare glass that I don't finish, so it takes some bad tastes to make me stop sippin. Just not impressed.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Brilliant and bright pale copper colour with a thin bubbly lace. I was worried about the head retention of this brew but it seemed after just about every sip it rebounded.

Smell: Bubble gum and phenolic, raw honey and marble bread. A very aromatic aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A playing of back and forth sweet honey-like maltiness and a spicy alcohol and phenolic mix gives the feeling that one of the flavours wants to be dominant. This never happens and the battle pushes on with a solid malt sweetness and the peppery phenolic and spicy sweet alcohol. Nutmeg … coriander? Hops drop some bitterness on the palate. Hints of a pear-like fruitiness and earthy nutty yeast come through. The after taste holds some residual sweetness and lingering bitter flavours.

Notes: I actually like this on tap better, the bottle does me just fine though. I love it when American breweries tackle the Belgian yeast stain and do a good job at it … this is one of them.

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Photo of merlin48
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a hazy, peach body with a small, white head that retains well, leaving minimal sheets of lace.
Aroma is on the bitter, yeasty side with spicy coriander and pepper. A vague fruitiness is in the background. Alcohol is also apparent.
Mouthfeel has a fizzy carbonation and a lighter than expected body.
The taste begins with a promising note of honey and fruity orange and banana, but an unpleasant bitterness quickly takes over. Spices of coriander and pepper are too assertive, but the acrid yeastiness is the lowpoint. Alcohol presence is medicinal, and a definite distraction. Finish is acrid and bitter, with a coriander aftertaste.
I expected this to be an excellent, American style Belgian strong pale ale, based on the other two Heavyweight brews I've tried. I'm very disappointed in this effort. Basically, I think there is a problem with the yeast. Hopefully, this one will be improved in the future.

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Photo of Billolick
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.Pours a bit cloudy,light golden, with a white head. leaving lace and a tiny bubble sheen. Enjoyed at near to room temp in a belgian tulip glass. Spicy, yeasty nose, flavorful on the tongue, fruity, yeasty, spicey, some pepper, banana, phenolic flavors and other typical Belgian things going on. Nicely put together, fairly light bodied. Complex and interesting to quaff. Alcohol nicely in the background. Tasty stuff. A definite winner if you like Belgian pales or triples. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of jakester
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. It was served in a cognac glass.

Arrives a hazy gold with a slight orange tint. The 1/2 finger head of just off-white foam dropped quickly to barely a ring around the glass. No lacing.

The aroma is tart, slight banana and strong spices like black pepper and cloves. Smells "Belgiany". You can pick up alcohol as it warms.

The flavor is refreshingly tart, citrusy, especially lemons and tangerines. Spices like black pepper, cinammon, anise, cloves, and bitter orange. There are some noticeable bittering hops in there, too. Aftertaste is tart, fruity, and spicy; Really refreshing.

Mouthfeel is tingly and sharp, with a lingering sweetness. The finish is sweet and hot from alcohol.

This is a very refreshing beer. Its complex of flavors and depth of character keep you coming back for more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very golden yellow with a wisp of a head. Makes a nice little sheet of lace on top of the beer. Smells very weakly of honey and butterscotch.

Taste wise I get a big dose of apple and honey but then it quickly ebbs to nothing but carbonation and a scant bit of hop. Gets a bit better as it warms Slightly sweet with a slick but empty ending. Bit of a letdown.

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Photo of BadBadger
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer. It pours a cloudy golden color out of the bottle. The white head is nice and foamy. There is a pleasant citrus smell. The taste is refreshing, nice citrus undertones. A smooth mouthfeel. A beer worthy of searching for and giving a go. Enjoy!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a golden hazy orange hue, and topped with a creamy white full head leaving nice even lace around my snifter. Aroma is spiced up mixed with a citrusy mango (tropical fruits), not overly sweet smelling but very nice. The taste is a mixture of fruit sweetness that comes in the form of syrupy fruit goodness. This beer kicks you in the teeth with a ton of malt finished with some banana spice in the yeast profile. Mouthfeel is very bubbly this beer is high in carbonation maybe too high, but there is a great syrupy mouthfeel that carries the flavors very nicely. Very nice beer I couldn't drink too many of these thought due to the carbonation.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lunacy- my 2nd beer from Heavyweight is a Belgian- style golden ale.

Hoping that each beer I drink from Heavyweight will outdue the previous one I expected Lunacy to be 1 step up on Gruit.But I could be wrong.

Lunacy poured a cloudy orange with small particles floating around (ah who cares) It had a nice white head which laced the glass nicely.

The aroma was spicy- very spicy!
The taste was not wat I was expecting but wasn't terrible. I could really taste the yeast and the spices were a little too strong for my palatte. The beer was very smooth with a slight acidic aftertaste.

Lunacy, unfortunately was a little too sweet and spicy for me but it was definitely worth the taste and I suggest others to give it a try.

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Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let me just start by saying I just had a super bad experience about 15 minutes ago with this beer. I was opening the damn bottle and it f'ing exploded. It's been sitting in the closet, and this hasn't happened with a Belgian for me yet. I'll address this on the boards I guess. I just got my floor cleaned up, though, so now I'll give the review.

Appearance: Looks pretty good, like most good Belgian Strong Pale Ales. Tons of champagne-like bubbles, and a thick, foamy white head, though there's a lot of odd lacing. Maybe left over from the odd spill.

Smell: It's hard to compare to the Belgians without comparing, meaning it doesn't stand up to the heavyweights. Some citrus and fruit, faint banana, though higher discernible alchol than I wanted. The usual I suppose, though I was expecting more, I guess because of the pressure on an American brewery to create something as good, and it's close, but not as much as I would've liked.

Taste: Pretty good, more complex than the smell. The aftertaste is nice, and mellows out quite well. Citrus up front, not as much fruitiness as I wanted. Just OK I guess, wanted more again.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good, though I wish this was the least of the better of my ratings. Not fantastic, but I wanted.

Drinkability: I'd honestly rather pay more money for the real quality Belgians, but this is certainly a desent interpretation of the style. And yes, it's still strong at 7.7%, so that's good at least, though many that are around 10% can mask the alcohol even more.

Overall I'd like to have this on tap at this point, since many say that's better. Since the bottle exploded too maybe that had something to do with it. Not too shabby, though, I suppose.

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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very yeasty and somewhat sweetish concoction. A real soother after a pretty acidic beer beforehand. Abundant foam and creaminess. One of Heavyweight's best, and one of few not being sourish. Citrus, bready, This would be a mainstay for me if on the local shelves.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, deep golden in color with an orangish cast and a standard sized foamy white head that holds well throughout. A perfumey aroma combines fresh spice and light fruit over a sweetish malt. The body is medium with a very fine and lightly effervescent carbonation that gives it a creamy mouthfeel. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a fuller sweetness that's well balanced by the gentle spice (coriander) and mild hop bitterness. The orangish fruitiness combines with the sweet malt and the light spice to give it a floral character. Very nice. It finishes dryish with a gently lingering maltiness and some light spice. Very well balanced and nicely rounded. The draft version differs from the bottles in that the fruitiness and spice are fresher and more distinct. However, a minimally aged bottle offers a much more rounded character. But regardless of the packaging and how you prefer it, this is a great beer either way!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden/orange hue with a small white head that doesn't stick around for long. Nice carbonation - bubbles keep coming for quite a while. Lovely aroma of light sweet malt, Belgian yeast, candy sugar, and light hops. Palate is complex - a mildly sweet malt base contrasts with slightly spicy hops and yeast. Notes of golden raisin, treacle syrup, and the faintest hint of black pepper are present. Alcohol is noticeable throughout. Thick, slightly syrupy body is great for the style. A pleasant, warming beer.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a healthy white head, semi-cloudy golden liquid. Belgian witbier spiciness in the nose, along with fruitiness present too. Taste is spicy, fruity, with noticable alcohol present. Hops are subtle, finishes smooth and light, with hops making a dent once again. Very authentic and perilously drinkable!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank goodness for variety packs, because I never would have bought this. Poured a nice golden color. Tasted sweet, with hints of citris. Carbonation was there but not overwhelming. A good example of the Belgium style, not overbearing, in both ABV and taste.

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Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pasty tawny/honey hue, rather cloudy, the modest white head had fair retention, it produced a few unorganized gobs of lace. The nose is “Belgium in a bottle”… medicinal, citrusy, slightly musty, undertones of malt, a kiss of pepper but the aroma lacks in potency, still inviting though. Damn tasty palate! Softly medicinal, bitter, citrusy, musty, peppery, soft banana hints… the alcohol is noticeable at the finish. Spicy aftertaste. Modestly complex. The carbonation is surprisingly diminutive; the mouthfeel is a little too thin (for the style), its medium-light in nature. Overall the high abv has minimal impact on the flavor profile… Lunacy is scary-easy to drink. For an American interpretation this is a pleasant and worthwhile quaff. Try one!

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Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of edchicma
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance and smell were fine...color was cloudy and smell had a slight citrus aroma. Taste was a bit acidic, which led to a mouthfeel that was ok, but not great. Strong alcoholic presence that was not toned down by malt or hop presence. A little rough on the drinkability scale. Not my type of brew, too acidic and rough around the edges...not worth the price I paid.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer with a hazy gold color with a thick, seeming never ending white head. The head does give in and leaves a steady lace till the end of the brew.

Aroma: Sweet honey and fruit come to mind. Maybe a hint of yeast in the mix

Taste: There is a sweet malt flavor and honey then a mix of spice. Maybe some fruit in the mix. Green apples and grapes. Alcohol is present but a bit faded by the honey/fruit and spices. None are overpowering but they all are noticeable. There is also a bit of a bitter hop flavor present, enough to be noticed. Smooth ,sweet and sticky mouthfeel and very enjoyable. A very nice brew worth searching for.

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Lunacy from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 169 ratings