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

I like the color, golden, hazy, yellow, cloudy. Pours a light head, but soon fades to a thin collar, leaves ample lacing though. I love the aroma; "bubble gum soft" as well as banana, slight clove and spices, but not overpowering. More fruit than spice. Taste of light fruit and breads, slight alcohol warmth. A little light in the carbonation, but a nice clean, crisp finish, typical of a good Belgian. Very nice, another fine offering from Heavyweight. Very drinkable, watch the ABV.

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Photo of goz
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a slightly hazy golden color, with a small white head, quickly diminishing to light lace. Aroma is yeasty, apple, lemon, peach and banana. Flavor is fruity (see aroma), lightly yeasty, and has some spice in the finish. Body is medium, slightly creamy, dry in the finish, and has medium carbonation.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is good to see these fine beers have made it to the Boston area.

Pours a cloudy straw color with no head at all, looks like a big glass of honey. The smell is spicy, sweet with a hint of fruit. The taste is very similar. The beginning is sweet and gives way to the spicy malt flavor in the end. Some definite warming notes as well. Not very carbonated but very smooth. Can't wait to try the rest of the 4 pack!

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

Package: 12oz. stubby bottle, 7.7% ABV listed. Two half-moons kissing. No date guidelines, although blurb notes that the brew is “cold-conditioned and bottle-matured at our brewery.” Label also mentions inclusion of “pilsner malt, European hops, and Belgian yeast.”

Cost: $6.49 as part of a Heavyweight variety 4-pack

Presentation: Imperial Pint glass at 45º

Appearance: Classic Belgian appearance. Strawberry blonde body with decently substantial head, which dissipates a bit too quickly. Unfiltered and cloudy.

Smell: Volatile aromas of orange peel, yeast, malt, and coriander. Traditional estery bouquet.

Taste: Complexity of aroma is somewhat overwhelmed by the sweetness encountered on the first sip. This sensation abates somewhat as one tries more, but never quite goes away. As the beer warms, the clove and coriander come out, as do the orange and lemon citrus notes that mark this style. The flavors never seem completely integrated, but rather take turns making themselves known. Alcohol a bit strident. A bit thin toward the finish.

Mouthfeel: Almost like liquid candy. Light to medium carbonation breaks up the sweetness a bit and allows for a smooth drink. Body is a bit thin for a tripel.

Drinkability: A very likable beer that certainly goes down easily.

Just misses being a great beer. Partly too sweet and partly too thin on the palate, it leaves one wanting something a bit more. By no means a bad beer, it only teases one into imagining how good this could be if it were a bit more substantial, a bit more complex, and with more of an edge to keep it from being too flabby. More ageing might accomplish this. I’ve concentrated a bit too much on the negatives, only because this promises so much. I’m a big Heavyweight fan, and know there is even better to come.

Backwash: A very competent New World tripel. With some subtle tinkering, it could be world-class.

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

Pours to a very clear orange-golden color with a nice little fluffy white head on top. It dies in a bit, but lace remains on the glass. The aroma is sweet with mixes of fruits, a hint of citrus, as well as some spice and a little bite of alcohol.

It is very smooth and full of flavor. You initially get a sweet taste with a touch of caramel. Then, some spices hit you and in the end you get a dry yeasty finish with alcohol coming in right at the end. A citrusy flavor at the end keeps the alcohol in balance. I would like a little more tingle from the carbonation in this one, but it doesn't hurt the brew. It has a good solid warming sensation to it. It is just a good tripel from Jersey, so you have to love it.

If you pour all the sediment into this one, it picks up a nice cloudy look. As you would expect, you will find more yeast in the aroma and flavor. In my opinion, I would drink this one with the entire contents of the bottle. It tones down the alcohol flavor a little more and gives it a better aftertaste.

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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 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 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 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 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 yen157
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden brew with a touch of orange and a smal, fluffy, white head. Coriander, malt, alcohol, and a bit of fruit in the nose. Lots of alcohol on a big malty base. Nice soft hop balance mixed in with the spiciness in this Belgian-style ale. It finished yeasty and salty. The first time I had this two years ago I wasn't crazy about it. I'm glad I gave it another shot.

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

Big frothy white head tops a slighty cloudy slightly gold mostly yellow body. Exellent lacing. Spicy aroma, smells like coriander. Taste starts sweet ends spicy with some hops and alcohol along the way. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Drinkability may be too good for a 7.7% ABV brew. Heck of a beer for a NJ brewery's flagship.

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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 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 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 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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Lunacy from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
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