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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Ratings: 169 |  Reviews: 165
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 Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy dirty yellow ale with a medium foamy head with average retention. Aroma of floral malt is quite powerful and very enjoyable. Taste is very refreshing with a nice dose of floral malt, Belgian yeast and a medium hoppy finish. Definitely not a great beer but a good golden Belgian ale that can be served as a refreshing drink during hot summer days.

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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 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 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 rab53
2/5  rDev -47.8%

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 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 feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color's a cloudy orange, head, fuzzy and white.
Aroma! Sweet, and sugary, fruity, orange and lemon, but also sharp and tangy, highly concentrated presence.
On the tongue, brash, loud, clambers aboard and takes control, filling every orifice, each nook and crevice of the mouth.
Hops tingle, malt is thick and tasty, and the body is overall medium. A lively, complex brew.
Several steps away from a Duvel, which it appears to emulate, and it's in the right directio. Later, still, the yeastiness sticks out and asks to be appreciated. A veritable explosion on the tongue occurs and continues, and coalesces into a long, cool finish. A touch of astringency, too, in the middle.
At the end, this one tasted more like an attempt at a Tripel, only adding to my confusion. But it was a happy befuddlement, for I enjoyed every drop!
Big thanks again to BeerFan, for it!

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

The ale was a nice golden color with a relatively thin head. The aroma was very yeasty and grassy, with some hints of sweetness detected.There was a nice malt and bitter balance on the tongue, with the bitter and yeast flavor lasting long after swallowing. The body was slighlty thinner than expected, and the alcohol was slightly noticable.Very pleasant offering.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is awesome. It has a very fruity scent laid upon a golden base of pale malts. It has a wonderful yeasty finish. The taste is good. It has a strong pale malt flavor with a warm, dry, yet fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine Belgian strong ale. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker. I sampled this at Belgium comes to Cooperstown, a real good time.

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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 jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a good head, leaving a thin lace. Hazy pale yellow color. Taste is similar to Heavyweight's Baltus OVS, begins and finishes with a sweet taste, very smooth, warming, medium bodied and all too easy to drink - a 500ml bottle would be just right.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review # 900...hard to believe that I've never reviewed this for as many times I've had it over the years.
Appears a hazy deep gold with a fluffy, velvet foamy white that slowly fades out. Lovely scattered lacing left all around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy candy, Belgian yeast, bubble gum, phenolic esters, spices highlighted by coriander. Slightly reminescent of Duvel perhaps with a more yeasty profile., which is a good thing by American standards.
Taste is of the same aromas with a sugary yeasty blend.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sweet up front, slick, and rousing along the palate.
I'll miss this one.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 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 DrJay
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazed golden colour with a creamy eggshell head. Nice lacing and good retention after the head fell to thinly cover the top of the beer. Phenolic, spicy aromas with a bready, yeasty backbone and mild citrus. These characters carry over into the flavour, but the spiciness is a little more pronounced in the finish, giving it a little bit of a peppery bite. There's candy sweetness and a hint of bubblegum as well as some pineapple fruitiness. Solid. Medium bodied and a bit dry in the finish, with carbonation that's just a little lively. As it warms, there's some alcohol warmth too. This beer hits all the right notes for me and I quite enjoyed it.

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

Belgians are quickly becoming favorites of mine and this is another enjoyable one...Regal gold in color...cloudy....On the nose is spicy alcohol...and sweet tropical fruits...Full bodied...carbonation seems about perfect...a very nice flavor of the tropical fruits(pineapple, oranges, even a little papaya emerges ever so deftly)..also some nice spicy alcohol on the buds...hops are mainly on the finish and a unique flavor that accentuates the malt profile nicely....a highly enjoyable Belgian style ale that is only slightly below some of the better ones I've tried....a very good beer...

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Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is hazy golden with slight shades of orange. A nice white head that laces intricate patterns on the glass. This one's got a very yeasty and bready aroma. Nice. Taste is pretty nice. Fruity, yeasty, tart, phenolic. All blended very pleasantly. A small bit of alcohol. Maybe a little too carbonated as I get a bit too much gas as it goes down. Otherwise, a good selection.

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Photo of Gusler
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy amber color, the head fluffy, impressive in size with a fine sheet of lace both a nice white color. Nose is quite complex with aromas of malt, yeast, coriander, and ripe fruit, a quite pleasant beer to quaff. Front is cloyingly sweet, the top quite light. The beer finishes with a very modest carbonation, the hops a little on the skimpy side, the aftertaste dry and long lasting. Decent drinkable beer, but one that is just a touch to sweet for my liking.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade. Pours a hazy orange color with a thin off-white head. Very little lacing. Aroma is a nice blend of citrus (orange), malt and spice. The flavor is a nice crisp and sweet mingling of caramel malt, fruit, yeast, and spice. There is a tiny bit of hops in the finish too. This was not bad at all.

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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 Bierman9
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After having had the Cinderbock and OVS, I went for the hat-trick with the Lunacy.
At the start, Luncay poured a crystal clear golden color, with tinges of orange (I later swirled in the yeasties which gave te bier a dull, cloudy hue). The head was thin and white, clinging mostly to the rim of the glass, and leaving little lacing.
Nose had a bit of pale, bready malt, with a hint of candi sugar, spiciness, and green apples.
Body was a wee thin, imo, and the feel was bubbly/foamy on the tongue.
The taste was crisp, with a biscuity/bready start. There was also a touch of sweetness, but things pretty much just faded into blandness thereafter.
It was still a fairly decent bier, yet the finish was lacking. After the other Heavies, this was a let-down.

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Photo of Boto
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ CTRiver Brewers Fest: This one poured a fairly clear, orangish-golden color. There was a small white head to it. The aroma had a sweetness to it. Malts, yeast and a bit of corriander make up the nose. The taste is mildly sweet, with a bit of spiciness from the corriander. Also a hiar yeasty. A good beer.

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