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

Cloudy dark gold..frothy head drops quickly.
Yeasty..fruity clove.
Mild sweet spicy, cidery, bubblegum hint..slight hop flavor throughout...citrus hint at finish.
Medium mouthfeel..low carbonation..slightly soapy finish.
Pretty drinkable.. pretty decent Belgian Golden...well worth a try.
I've had this on's just as good ( as far as I can remember ) from the bottle.

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

This beer came a plain looking straw yellow with some peach highlights and a flat foam rubber, eggshell white head that left a few spots of lace. There were also a few bubbles lazily making their way up from the bottom of my glass. Smells of fruity and dry oranges, corn and a pungent, sour dry yeast. When I took my first sip, I thought to my self, “This would be what it would taste like if Old Milwaukee was brewed in Belgium.” There’s what seems like a corn and dry grain base with a powerful yeast that’s partially sour, over ripe fruit, and partially dry spicy Belgian yeast. There’s also a playful strawberry that effervesces in my nose. The mouth feel is medium bodied with a light carbonation that feels a bit syrupy. I’m really on the fence with this one. The yeast is striking, but it keeps flip-flopping on my palate between cheap, crappy corn beer and a unique take on a Belgian. I think If I found out how much a case of Lunacy runs, I could appreciate the flavor a little more.

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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 Riggsy
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass

Appearance: Very cloudy, hazy orange-cooper in color. Lots of yeast sediment held in suspension.

Aroma: Familiar phenols thrown by Belgian yeasts. Bitter Orange and pepper-like spiciness

Taste: Spicy at the first taste, maybe coriander. Gives way to fruityand malty flavors. Mild sourness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit heavy for a Belgian. Seems a bit uncarbonated.The spiciness sticks around on the tongue.

Drinkability: It took a while for me to put this one away. The peppery flavors became overwhelming about half way through.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A well made, albeit slighty lackluster brew. Poured out to a cloudy cider orange brown color with a medium head that initially exploded, but quickly calmed to aobut 1/8 inch. Mounds of lacing. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas were slightly sweet and malty, with some bubblegum notes. Taste was enjoyable, but nothing special or exciting. Flavors of malt and sour yeast dominated, with a sweet hop character lingering in the background. Mouthfeel was ok, but could've been improved with higher carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. This may be a good starting point when looking into the American-made belgians, but only a short distance off is Avery's Salvation.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale in color, fine, but the head is rather subdued, not full and rocky like we expect. The aroma is nice, with a faint mustiness, some full floral aromas, and a slight spiciness (coriander?) Rather reminds me of a witbier, maybe more witbier in aroma than a strong belgian ale. The flavor is slightly tart, slightly malty, and there is a light hoppiness for balance and contrast. Overall this sure strikes more like a bigger witbier than a Belgian pale ale. Its pretty drinkable to be sure but it lacks the sharp dryness, alcoholic presence, and estery characteristics of the belgian strong ales, but its pretty good in its own right.

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Photo of Franchise
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden honey roasted peanut color with tan highlights on the bottom of the glass. It leaves a thin white lace that dissapates quickly. The smell of this beer is sweet like a belgian should be, candied plum, figs, apricots, come to the front of the palate. As I continue on the journey, the sweetness jumps on the palate laced with grape, figs, buttery notes and carmalized fruit. It then hits you with a slight hoppiness then refreshes the palate with carbonation. Very good beer that plays a cat and mouse game with the palate...sweet balanced with the hoppy/carbonation.

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

Pours a pale gold with a lively white head. Spicy scent.

A rather mature offering from Heavyweight, this Belgian golden ale stands with the classics. Full phenolic flavor, with a hefty backbone of sugar malt to help withstand the alcohol note that lingers in the finish. Noble hops are discernable on the tongue in the finish, adding to the alcohol/spice nuance. A wonderful medley of flavors.

This is not rewriting history, but it isn't polluting it either. A good example of an American take on a classic Belgian style. I'm having mine with ginger lentils, cayenne cabbage, and wild salmon cooked on a cedar plank. How 'bout you?

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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 cooter
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full disclosure: this beer has been under some temperature stress; effects thereof are unknown. In addition, I have once again failed to undertake proper care in the serving of specialized beers, and used a chalice -- not, as would be appropriate, my Duvel glass, or my oversized wine glass, which I gladly take to be superior for the serving of this style. Take my review with my apologies as well as a grain of salt and/or another beer.

Very clear, golden as is appropriate, heavenly pure white head which unfortunately dissipates quickly and noisily (the sound is pleasant enough; the disappearance, less so). The foam then forms a miniscus, with a coherent island of wispiness in the middle. Very similar to the head on their Imperial Porter, strangely. No lacing, and swirled recurrence of head does not stick around.

Smells of bananas, oranges, melon, and kiwi, plus floral notes.

Tastes damn good. It's got that Duvel-style Pilsner crispness, a smooth malt backbone for dancing hops, and a lively mouthfeel. Light, non-sour grapefruit, candy, and generic fruitiness. Feels peppy--those bubbles sure are active on the tongue, if not in the glass. Cuts through my mexican food surprisingly well.

Loses mouthfeel chutzpah as it gets warm--this must be due to the poor head retention. This is the only negative quality of its drinkability, but it knocked it from the 4.0 standing in that category.

Overall, not excellent, but certainly very good, and exciting to see Belgian-style Pilsner-hopped golden ales from the tri-state area. Hooray beer!

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

12oz. bottle

Pours a very murky golden color with a white head that fades. Decent lacing.

Smells very crisp. Malty and yeasty with a nice hop aroma mixed in. Smells extremely fresh.

Tastes very crisp and refreshing. A nice fruity maltiness upfront with a nice hop flavor and bitterness that follows. Finishes clean and dry. Tastes nice and fresh.

Nice body and zippy carbonation make this quite refreshing.

Easy to drink, very enjoyable. The decent ABV makes it borderline sessionable - depending on how straight you want to walk...

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Photo of thetachibro
2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

im not sure what it is with this one but im usually impressed with heavyweight beers this one just doesn't do it for me. The pour isn't bad. A nice cloudy honey color with little to no head. The smell is very potent hit me as soon as i opened the bottle. Sour, Citrus,I almost can't put my finger on it. It has a very sour fruity taste. almost like you're sucking on a bad lemon. It also has a little bit of an alcohol kick. Mouthfeel isn't that bad..very crisp. but i dont think i would be able to drink more than one of these...may try again not sure

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

12 ounce bottle. Hazy amber color with half an inch of white head. Sweet malt flavor with a little spice. Fruity malt flavor with coriander and pepper. Some bready flavors. Not too sweet, thankfully. Hops come through with flavor and bitterness. Maybe a little too spicy. Full mouthfeel. Like mant American Belgian style ales, this is a little too extreme. However, it is still better than most.

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Photo of jaluria
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, yellow color with a cream-colored head. Loads of foam with good retention and great lacing. I detect citrus and fruity aromas, but very faint. I'm not asking for overwhelming scents, but enough to entice rather than confuse. Veggie/fruit taste upfront closely followed by a citrus-like bitterness. A sweet beer with the taste of alcohol dominating. A bit of a tangy aftertaste that is pleasent and enjoyable. As the beer warms, the different elements blend together for form a very good tasting beer that can be had several times.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Purchased at New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street.
A not so pale, pale ale. Pours a hazy, brownish/orange color... not unlike brown tap water. Lots of little yeast floaties which I happen to respect in a beer and wins back some appearance points because of them.
Smells pretty good... yeasty and malty. Surely I am not about to encounter a hop monster.
The taste is ok. I spose it falls within the boundaries of the style but isnt really my sort of thing. Reminds me a bit of apple juice. Also reminds me of Unibroue's Maudite, now that I think on it (I didnt care for that one so much either.)
The mouthfeel on this is watery and flat.. again an apple juice likeness. I would have preferred more carbonation and either a lighter or denser mouthfeel. To me it seems like the feel is in limbo.
Drinkability is alright all in all. Based on this bottle I probably wouldn't go looking for this again for myself, but I can see folks liking it. (reminds me a little bit of Southampton's 2005 Grand Cru, which I did not enjoy).

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells a little funky, in a good way. Lots of yeast character. Some malt,no hops. Mostly esters including some phenols and a little acidic.

Slightly cloudy, golden, huge carbonation bubbles but surprisingly small head.

Very malty with some really interesting fruity characteristics (peaches and apricots.) Has a honey-malt character too. Good hop bitterness. The carbonation level gives it a bite and washes away some of the nice flavors.

Medium to full bodied. Very creamy but again the biting sensation is distracting.

Very nice beer. I'd definitely drink this again.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a delightful hazy golden color with sparse white head. Very little carbonation noted. Smell is sweet, spicy. Hints of banana prersent. Maybe some bubble gum also. Taste is sweet (fruity). I can taste bananas along with spices (Nutmeg, corriander??). Extremely enjoyable. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, which makes this a scary beer. Finish is very mild. Some sweetness noted, but not much else. This is an extraordinarily easy drinking Belgian ale. Almost too easy to drink, because you don't realize the alcohol content. Another winner from Heavyweight.

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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 Globetrotter
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hand-carried from NJ to Moscow (thanks, Jim), the brew comes in a chubby brown 12 oz bottle with a brown and gold label featuring the full moon eclipsed by a chalise and reflecting over a large body of water. Ingredients are "Pilsner malt, European hops and Belgian yeast." No freshness information.

Pours a cloudy pale straw hue under a 1/2 finger white head that fades a bit too quickly. No lacing. There's a strong spicy sweet nose that already flags the classic francophone sweetness this style requires. Must be the yeast. The mouth is very well carbonated and light, but a bit sticky. The flavor is very strong of spice - coriander, perhaps. Wow: VERY pronounced. Sugary sweetness accompanies the opening, with a significant dry hop bitterness in the finish and lingering into the aftertaste. This is an extreme, rather than typical, example of the style.

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Photo of sacfly
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

No freshness date, but purchased at a local that just started carrying it two weeks ago.

Pours a hazy straw color. Inch head of huge off white bubbles. Smell is pure Belgian golden ale. Sweet, phenolic (but not overly so), bubble gum (original), and a hint of orange peel.

First taste is a mixture of competing sweetness, bitterness and tartness. Light orange comes out. Medium to full body. Aftertaste is long and drawn out. At first I don’t mind, but about halfway through the beer it gets kind of annoying. Bitter and musty. Binds to the tongue and just will not let go. Good Belgian style, but could use a toned down aftertaste (had to ding the drinkability).

Wow, I typed up the review in word and then went to cut and paste to BA… 7.7%??? Ok, now I see it on the label… Would not have guessed except for the warm glow I have about me now…

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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 Citadel82
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is every bit as good as Duvel and the other Belgian Golden Tripel Ales in my humble opinion. In fact it is better than most that i have tried.

Pours a nice deep golden color with a two finger white head that doesn't last long or but left some nice lace.

Aroma is sweet malt with some spice and underlying fruit, (banana and pears) and some alcohol. I smelt more coriander than most other tripels that I have tried.

Taste is sweet malts with spices mingling with alcohol. Some notes of Nutmeg, black pepper some hints of clove.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy.

Drinkability is excellent, a nice spicy Tripel.

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Photo of mntlover
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep golden color with some yeasties floating around forms a small white head that doesn't last long or lace much.

Aroma is lots of malt big spicy malt with some underlying fruit, banana and pear. Smells nice spicier then most pales I have had.

Taste is big on malt loaded with spice mingled with alcohol that is tasted and felt. Mostly nutmeg, pepper some hints of clove over powering the pear in the flavor. Again the spice is thru out the whole experience from the first sip to the finish.

Mouthfeel is good nice feel malty but a tad light at the same time.

Drinkability is good, a nice spicy Pale with a little bite to it.

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