Lunacy | Heavyweight Brewing Co.

165 Reviews

Brewed by:
Heavyweight Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 03-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 169
Photo of Chadbrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Average color and clarity but with lacing forever, I mean from the top of the goblet all the way down, big fluffy head.

Aroma - Sweet and fruity like I've gotten used to with beers from this brewery, which is very nice.

Taste - A good bitterness to match the candi sugar sweetness, however there is an overuse of the clove here.

Mouthfeel - The feel is very nice here, if it were any thicker it would not balance with the sweetness - too cloying.

Drinkability - I can't slam these and wouldn't want to. I would like a couple for having with a nice dinner or as a nightcap.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach/apricot with a big white head. Dissipates to an 1/8 inch table with no lacing. Nose is ashy citrus mixed with a touch of lemony alcohol. Taste is mildly astringent. The rind is also in the taste, more bitterness than I would expect. This is that child aspirin background that I guess is part of the Heavyweight experience. Mouthfeel is medium at most. A satisfying smoothness. Finish is medium with alcohol warmth, hops, and acidic bite. Easy enough to drink. Not bad, but I would not make any special trips to find it.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4/5  rDev +7%
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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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always liked the heavyweight stuff and I had yet to try lunacy, which seems to be one of their more widely distributed beers. I was not dissapointed especially in light of my previous night's attempt to drink a Belgian Strong Pale.

The beer poured a nice hazy golden color with a large foamy head which filled my tulip glass. It smelled faintly of alcohol mixed with slight barnyard aromas as well as some crisp lemon and other citrus flavors. The taste was refreshing with a wonderful flavor of ripe fruits and just the slight hint of hops all balanced with a nice yeast character. The mouthfeel was crisp and good for a cool spring night. Well done Heavyweight!

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the final one of a variety case i split with some friends. Pours a dark golden color with a thick clumpy off white head that dissipated to nice film. The spices dominated the smell for me but there was a slight citrus smell too. Taste the same as smell. Fairly heavy carbonation that continued to build the thin head and support nice lacing for the full beer. Smooth finish with the spices not being overwhelming. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Not sure how this compares to the true Belgian's but it is one i will try again.

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Photo of twelvsies
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a mixed 4 pack, and this is my least favorite of the bunch. Really a poor attempt at the style. Not "Belgian-y" at all. Zero head on top of a cloudy and very light ale. Tastes more like a hefeweizen to me... lots of wheat and yeast, and not much flavor. A bit of honey and pale malt perhaps, but nothing interesting. Mouthfeel is a little weak, as is this beer as a whole. So far, my experience with Heavyweight has been very hit or miss. This is a miss.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Maestro
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this one. Golden in color with a white, frothy head. The beer is sweet in that Belgian sort of way. However, it retains some unique qualities that include some real hop bitterness. This bitterness is not always noticeable in these sorts of beers. The mouthfeel is bubbly and a bit oily. Citrus seems to be a theme with this beer. The alcohol is well masked. This is an all-around good beer. Check it out, yall.

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Photo of maybrick
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A tinge of red in an otherwise yellow to gold color. I had this on draft for the first time yesterday at the Brewer's Plate event in Philadelphia.

Head was slim and bright white. It did however hold up under the conditions. It was drank from a 6z sample cup. Nice nose. Citrus and spice with everything nice. Light in body, spicy, with a citrus peel like back end. Overall, real nice.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy tangerine orange in color with no head and very little carbonation. The aroma is strong of melons. The taste is very complex: melons, overripe oranges, honey and cantelope (that is a melon, right?). Very sweet taste overall. The hops are very mild. But the alcohol is extremely well hidden. The mouthfeel iis very full. I only picked up two bottles of this (at $1 apiece it was a good deal) and I find myself wishing I had picked up a couple more.

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Photo of cubedbee
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a thin white head that soon vanishes. Aroma is spicey and citrusy. First flavors are fruity, a mixture of lemons and bananas. The beer is medium bodied, sweet, and rather dry. There is a slightly sour puckering finish. Very smooth in going down.

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Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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 twilight
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with virtually no head to speak of. Nose is spices orange and a discernible alcohol burn that could just be a medicinal overtone. Taste is of orange peel with a huge grassy note that disappears into a slight alcohol burn and a dry aftertaste. There are virtually no plums or sweet fruit to speak of. The beer is pretty much grasss and alcohol.

Fills the mouth with an interesting taste, but ultimately, I don't think I'd be able to have more than half of a 12ozer and truly enjoy it.

A noble effort, but one for the very occasional quaffing.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Secret Bunny for this one.

Pours a polished copper color, with a healthy head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is light, a few wisps of citruis zest is about all I get, a very light aroma.

Taste-- To me, this is a good cut above most other Belgian Strong Pales that I've had. Slightly funky and slighty dry, but it's not so dry as to pucker your entire mouth like you are drinking white wine. Just enough to clean up your palate after each sip. Taste otherwise is zesty, slightly malty, and citrusy, but not the overwhelming citrus taste of Cascade or Centennial or Amarillo hops.

One of my personal top 5 belgian beers. Unfortunately, not distributed in Michigan.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date

appearance was a thick gold color with visible carbonation which left a thin crown on top. some chunky bubbles left on the surface after a minute or so.. mild lacing

aroma was medicinal.. some notes of butterscotch and citrus. not too deviant in aroma from other golden belgie strong ales.

tasted heavily of citrus with bitter alcohol up front. mild yeast flavor adds some substance/thickness to the mouthfeel. this tastes kind of like golden monkey used to before victory upgraded equipment.

overall, good but not fantastic.

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Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: A clear, golden, applecider color. Nice rings and lacing but minimal head retention.

Nose: Brown sugar, molasses, sweet and lightly yeasty. Banana nut and a little spice.

Taste: Banana bread, smooth and lightly creamy. Crisp taste at the end. A little syrupy in the middle of the taste. Light herbs and spices.

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Photo of shippos
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured a yellow-golden brillant color with a thin skim of a head that is still rather dense. mildly spicy dried citrusy aroma with alcohol, has that fruity sugary aroma that is very reminiscent of a belgian yeast strain. spicy prickly co2 followed by some peppery alcohol. average body and mouthfeel overall a decent beer but nothing really spectacular.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lunacy pours a hazy straw yellow color with a creamy white head forming on top. A fair amount of lace clings to the glass. The aroma is a plesant combination of apples, dry malt, spice (corriander?) and yeast. Each sip of this medium bodied beer begins with a lemon citrus. Some mild spice flavors move in towards the middle and it finishes with a light floral bitterness.

This beer has been sitting in my refridgerator for about a year. Mostly because I forgot it was there. The beer was very smooth with a nice rounded flavor. I'm not sure if that's due to the age of the beer or the style.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like an aged Westmalle Tripel, Lunacy is full and bright with pear, peach, and stone fruit flavors. And, like a true Belgian, it's sweet yet completely dry. The yeasty fruit flavor is so rich and true that the beer comes off as sweet yet finishes with the dryness of a perfect fermentation and crisp, aged hop flavor. Saison-like citrus palate and spicey wheat nose.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy light tan with a thin collar white head. Smells very fruity. Lots of pineapples and oranges, with a nice clove background. Taste followa the smell with a refreshing amount of hops. Very spicy as well. Finishes pretty dry. Definitly not enough carbonation in the mouth. Over all this is a very good beer, not one of my favorites, but still one you definitly should try. Come's in 4 packs so if you don't like, you only have to finish 3 more!! Enjoy.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, unfiltered orange looks. Virtually nothing in terms of head. Nose held lots of fermenting plums, peaches and apricots--and something that I was sure smelled like blood.

Great flavor--malt base is there and fermenting plums and peaches continue, with notes of tropical fruits and wintergreen. Toasted butter cookie mostly dry aftertaste sets in quickly as the taste is bubbled away by the light carbonation.

A little weird (wintergreen and blood), but strangely drinkable, especially for its relatively high ABV.

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Photo of merlin48
3.03/5  rDev -19%
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 NEhophead
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foamy white head that settles to a thin sheet after a moment; some yeast sediment present. Thin and condensed lacing with great strength throughout the glass. A thick, hazy golden/slight orange in color.

A mild honey, vanilla sweetness along with a hint of lemon. Some corriander spiciness and a touch of diacetyl.

Lemon flavors along with some pear and apple provide a mild tartness. Some mellow candied sweetness followed by a burst of carbonation. The end of the sip reveals a moderate peppery spiciness that lasts well into the aftertaste. Great balance between the spicy, sweet, and sour components in this complex brew.

Light to medium bodied; a good balance with all of the flavors. Lots of carbonation: a bit much IMO.

Very drinkable given the 7.7% abv. Deceptively smooth and a pleasure to drink. A very solid domestic version of the style, well worth a try.

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Photo of necoadam
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden/orange color with a good amount of carbonation which goes to lacing after a while. Smell consisted of various things. Some soft fruit aromas are in there along with some whiffs of yeast, malts, and a touch of spices in there. Taste was good. Malts and spices battle it out throughout with some sweetness and fruitiness going along in the background towards the middle. Finishes a little dry with some spiciness lingering around, some coriander seems like. Not a bad belgian and worth revisiting from time to time.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cartoonish dualhalf-moon face profile puckering up for a smooch styled label with a rippled reflection over a nightscape ocean horizon. Further label inspection reveals “Pilsner malt, European hops and a classic Belgian yeast provide a balanced ale, golden in color, with spicey notes of yeast and fruit. This beer is cold conditioned and bottle matured at our brewery. Please drink responsibly. Tom & Peggy” and finally 7.7 % ABV and 12 oz stubby browner bottle.

Gorgeous appetizing pour into me Flying Fish tulip (from one NJ brewery to another) pours a peachy cloudy eruption pour under a tight compact, dessert like 1/8” vanilla white head followed by tons of crystallized spiderweb lace. Ends up with ubiquititous yeasty scrod chunk sediments settleing in the bottom of me tulip.

Mostly bananas meet me nose first, followed by phenolic clove hints and powdery Pez candy.

First swigs: Minty tangy oranges and fruit blends that taper off with a lasting yeasty lemony finish. Loads of soft doughy Buisquik flavors. After slightly warmed, which is always preferable for such a style, peaches, orange sherbert ice cream, and yeastiness become pronounced.

This is a smooth sherbert flavored and feel Belgian styled ale. The Drinkability is a bit slight due to 7.7% ABV and complexity.

Last swigs: Orange sherbert. Better in the bottle than on draught which may be due to the atmosphere. Snaggletoothed this up at Canals in NJ for $8 a four-pak. Better when slightly warmed above refrigerator temps. The pour is noteworthy, and special BA props for a Belgian that is not a carbon copy of the usual suspects. Go Tom!

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Lunacy from Heavyweight Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
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