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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Photo of Mick
4.97/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had both bottle and tap and can say that both are equally killer. This is a great beer, one of my favorites. Golden slightly opaque color. Not too heady but well formed. Banana and fruity esters eclipse the other aromas, but allow the ripeness and fresh scents of clove wittle through. Real smooth and creamy, full body. Warm alcohol sensations compliment this beer.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Served in a chalice at Monk's in Philly. Copper to peach color with a frothy white head. The head is even and smooth with great retention and lacing.

Smell: Spicy peach and citrus fruits backed with apple and pear. Mild maltiness.

Taste: Spicy with clove and lots of malty sweetness. Apple and good helping of orange blossom honey along with orangy citrus flavors. The flavors are supple but hold their own. No out of whack flavors make this beer offensive of unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Soft and velvety with a clean feel.

Drinkability: This beer was a perfect pairing with lapin a la gueze (rabbit with Cantillon gueze sauce). The fruit and spice flavors livened up the dish and added to the sweetness. Very well done.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, wheaty look. Almost no head at all. Beautiful color. Smells like whole grain, like bread before you cook it. Hefty taste, and again, very wholesome and rich. Spicy mouthfeel at first, but then it's very refreshing and crisp. Highly drinkable. If I had to use one word to best descibe all aspects of this beer: wholesome.

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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 51mmz0rz
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Small but dense foamy white head, which quickly fades to lace that sits on top. Beautiful opaque golden color with specs of yeast that catch the light.

S: Citrus and yeast spiciness with slight malt sweetness.

T: Big bold complex sweet flavors and some sourness up front. Not expecting this from the smell. Residual sweetness followed by slight bitterness. Great malt aftertaste and bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M: Full with good carbonation, warming alcohol in the back of the throat. A little dry.

D: The dryness and the abv might prevent me from having too many of these, but it is really delicious.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet malt with a good dose of spice up the nose. Golden haze in color with a white head. The head settles into an outer ring on the goblet and a inner circle of white tuff. Original sweet taste followed by a smack of spice (clove). Smooth mouth. The finish turns dry (abv) with a hint of lemon. A solid golden ale. It makes me warm and fuzzy all over...

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer from a mixed Heavyweight Brewing 4-pack purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into a pint glass, a very thick, frothy head formed above a very cloudy golden brew. Head still looking like melted marshmallow on a mug of hot chocolate, after five minutes plus, and thick lace (although I have trouble calling a solid layer of foam lace) coats the sides of the glass as the drinking experience continues. Pleasant citrus aroma, with the taste being a thick citrus crispness, wrapped around the thick maltiness, finishing off with a slow alcohol warm. An excellent Belgian-style from the gang at Heavyweight.

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

Pours a lightly hazed golden-orange with a small head that leaves a thin layer over the top. The aroma is nice pungent fruity esters with light yeast notes. The taste reveals the same as the aroma with light hops that are balanced nicely and finishes with warm alcohol on the tail. The mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied brew and is slightly sticky. Another great one from this brewery! Cheers!

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Photo of stirgy
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a pale and cloudy yellow color with a thinning white head that receded quickly. There’s a sweet candy corn/citronella aroma here. Spicy and yeasty. Mmm… delicious flavor – This beer is very smooth and seems to be perfectly balanced. Great American version of this Belgium ale. Although it lacks the head of a Duvel, this beer reminds me of it in some ways. A beautifully smooth and very flavorful Belgium style ale and one to seek out.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slight fruity ester, with minute malt character. Some clove present, also spice (not sure which one). Started out golden, I let some of the sediment from the bottle enter the pint glass, I like the sediment, then turned some what pale, a little darker than normal pale. Mostly friut for the flavor, I was disappointed with the low hop character, I like hoppy beers. A subtle malt presence with spice, carbonation a little on the low side. Medium body, with
slight alcohol warming present, very nice. Complex spiciness, with somewhat of an effervescent, complex strong ale. Highly recommend.

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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 Lupe
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a small white head that dropped rather quickly to a thin sheet. Some wispy lace sticks to the side of the glass. Malty aroma with some fruit, spice, and a hint of butterscotch. Sweet malt starts things off, then some fruit comes into play with flavors of orange and cherry.Follows with some peppery notes and a nice hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a lingering yeastiness. Well balance and very flavorful. Medium bodied and very smooth. Alcohol stays well hidden, shows up a bit at the end. Nice drinkability and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Suds
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy beer with a very little, dissipating white head. Nice, spicy, phenol aroma; not overwhelming. Initial sweetness is well balanced. The beer is a lot more drinkable than I expected. Heavyweight did a great job here.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on the warm side, perhaps at 60°F (15°C). This beer is quite well carbonated; it starts to foam up as soon as I pop the cap. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich gold color and is topped by a frothy pale tan colored head. The aroma has a sharp fruity character to it up front that is reminiscent of apples and pears with a bit of alcohol thrown into the mix. This is quickly followed by a solid funkiness that seems to be a signature Brett influence (I hadn't thought that there was Brettanomyces used in this, perhaps it is just the yeast used, but I don't think so); there are notes of musty metallic earth, and a hint of sharp mushroom character. The aroma is quite an interesting mix of funkiness and fruit, quite nice and I was not expecting the funky notes at all.

The taste is dry and spritzy with a solid fruitiness up front that reminds me of tart plums and pears. The beer finishes with a bit of that funky Brett like mustiness and a touch of sweetness that carries the fruit note through to the end. There is a certain floral / nectar taste here that is a combination of the fruit and a certain astringency that seems to be yeast derived (wild or otherwise). There is some nice sharp spiciness here as well; I detect notes of pepper, a bit of sharp ginger, and a dash of clove. This is quite the tasty, interesting beer, I was not expecting near this amount of complexity and funkiness (though the funkiness is not near the level found in a Lambic, just a level that is a nice

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Photo of Morris729
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a slight tint of orange and has a short creamy white head. Nose is sweet and spicy with aromas of bubble gum, orange zest, and coriander. Medium in body with a good amount of fine carbonation creating a lively mouth feel. Taste is sweet malt and honey with additional flavors of tropical fruit towards the front perfectly balanced by the following spicy alcohol with notes of coriander and white pepper leading to a dry and somewhat chalky finish. Considering the 7.7% ABV, this beer is dangerously quaffable! Thanks to jcalbi for the sample!

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I agree with Davo…the alcohol is well hidden in this brew! Pours a nice peach color, cloudy, with a small head. The taste is light for the 7.7% alcohol by volume….well not light but well balanced with the sweetness of orange peels among other things. Overall a very enjoyable Belgian – style ale!

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Photo of beertravel
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tom has changed this beer many times over the years, though many would never know it. He has also made it the base beer for a lot of other things. But, basically, Lunacy has been the best-selling HW beer and allowed him to brew a lot of other things.

It is a golden, spicy Belgian ale that is very refreshing despite its 7.7% abv. Its color has wavered from very light to almost amber at times but the flavor has been fairly constant even with yeastb changes. The head is always a large white froth that wafts the coriander spice into the olfactory senses and leaves a beautiful lace curtain on the glass.

His final batch should be out very soon. Buy some to enjoy this summer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark golden yellow with a light maple brown tone, thin white head that faded fast to leave a good ring and sticky stringy and spotty lace. Smell is much like a dubble with lots of dark fruits and tangy malts, dulled dark orange mostly with lemon, a bit spicey and pretty sweet and citrusy on the nose. Good sniffer.
Taste is mellowing orange and lemony flavors, nothing to bright or sour, pretty easy going sweet malts with light hops balanced in. Decent full body feel and texture mostly in the middle. Quite a decent offering, I'd have another again any time.

Thanks to BeerFan for the bottle.

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Photo of purplehops
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lunacy poured a copper/orange with a white head that had staying power and left a small delicate lace on the glass. The aroma was candy, malt, orange peel, coriander, floral notes, mace, and mango/banana smells. Taste starts with candi sugar and honey flavors up front that quickly move on to caramel malt, citrus, and coriander flavors. This is followed by balanced flavors of spicy and citrus hops with malt sweetness and peppery spice notes. The finish is a bit dry with alcohol notes making a presence along with fruity flavors of apple and pear. The after taste has a pleasant earthiness and lingering balance of hop bitterness and malt sweetness blending with an alcohol warmth. Mouthfeel is full and refreshing with a medium to medium full body.
Overall another wonderful product from Heavyweight Brewing. The Belgian yeast have been used to great advantage and at the same time there is a fresh creativeness to this ale. Perhaps it is a wee bit sweet for my liking but that is just me. This is another of those beers everyone must try once.

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Photo of nomad
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very hazy, murkied banana color. Had a small mound of soft and perfectly clean foam in the exact middle of the glass. Also had a big soft-coating lace that fell gracefully into shards. Nice staining, too.

Smell was of banana, lemon, light hops, and a little bit of light smelling bread notes. Taste was sweet, as it started off with a strong but short-lived shot of sugarcane on my tongue. Then came the snappy but fruity taste of banana-like flavors that didn’t taste of banana per se. Yeasty as well, but never tasted bad. Had a real nice pale malt to it, and was lightly hopped at the finish. Many of these notes tasted like a tripel would but they were too strong and many to put in that category. An interesting brew.

Had a seltzer-like action on my tongue, overriding the generally creamy mouthfeel of the liquid. This beer showed an impressive array of characteristics of a Belgian golden ale for an American brewer. Serve chilled but not cold.

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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 IrishRedRock
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance was not so thrilling, but the negatives end there. No head or lace to speak of...excellent fruity aroma, banana, clove, and yeast.

Mouthfeel is smooth as silk with very little carbonation. No one flavor really dominates the others, making this a nicely balanced Belgian. Clove and spice are the main attractions here, with a slight hint of alcohol. Not overpowering in the least like many Belgian Tripels I have tasted, this is one fine brew. Is it any surprise though? Its from NJ!

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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 StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short stubby brown 12 oz bottle. Blue label with golden 1/2 moons and a night sky. 1/03 hand scribbled on top of bottlecap, no other dating.
Cloudy golden yellow color. Hazy. Nice creamy full white head. Bottle swirl yeilded an ample amount of yeasty dregs, adding a murky quality to the beer. Nice spicy aromas, coriander, citrus peels. Full yeasty smells come through as well. Taste is a very full agressive belgian style tripel. Lots of malt, sweet and spicy coriander again. More citrus flavors than I anticipated. Full, thick malty sweetness lingers. Then full yeasty goodness taste, almost like a german hefeweiss for a minute. Head fades toward the end, but flavors and feel are solid throughout. Higher alcohol is not present in the taste, but the effects are felt. Nice smooth tripel, no high alcohol burn that I have had in others. I think the darker yeasty dreges really smoothed this one out. A very good beer, and well worth the wait.
Thanks to beerluvr for sending this one in the BIF program.

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Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 169 ratings