Red Sky At Morning
Heavy Seas Beer

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #728
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,303
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.2%
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
99
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Maryland, United States
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by dmberger:
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, sample from the brewery.

Love the tiny bubble lacing, leaves some on the glass. Hazed pale amber hue. Chalky, peppery, spicy, woody, and warming nose. Spicy and yeasty with a slight vinous and mild woody character from the barrel aging. This beer is no slouch, lots of body and depth and the alcohol lets the palate know it has some strength to it. As the beer warms up a bit it really open up, floral alcohol, peppery phenols, cracker-like graininess. Lots of fun to sip, hunt a bottle down ... it will be worth it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/25/2015 at Natty Greene’s Tavern, in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and bananas come in. There’s also a touch of alcohol that you typically don’t get in the style. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaptainHate
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a pleasant surprise. Saw it unexpectedly at the local Suds Shoppe and was intrigued enough to take a chance. Plus it's been hellishly hot and saisons were made to give to quench the thirst of sweaty farmhands amirite? So yes, this is good for tonight.

Poured from a 22 ozer into a tulip and it looks like a saison is supposed to with a not particularly large head fading quickly to a ring around the tulip. My nose must be shot from something (not blow) because I can never sniff the things you sots do. But the taste is sweeter than expected but not in an unpleasant way. The alc is very well hid and the feel is very wine-ish. Yes I think I like this. Not a perfect saison but a very interesting variant.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tedho21
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcsbeer
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattycasey
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Slightly hazy reddish-orange. Thick foamy off white head on the pour that mostly dissipates.
smell: The advertised ingredients all come through and nicely balanced at that; the Belgian candy sugar lends some bright sweetness, the base saison provides a little yeast, some tartness, and the Chardonnay chimes in.
taste: All the flavors in the nose. The Chardonnay takes a back seat. Some nice spiciness in the finish.

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Photo of maximum12
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lucular for this 22 oz. bottle, which only reminds me I’d rather be paddling the Boundary Waters, & how little I got up there this summer. Next year. Split with my wife.

The pour is hard, mine-run-off orange; I’m looking for the skull warning on the label & not seeing one. Carbonation has the shelf-life of a fruit fly. Nose brings big fruit &, well, no beer. Saison smoothie?

Red Sky at Morning now has that stupid Fixx song stuck in my head: points docked! This is basically a banana beer, I almost expect to see ripe yellow peel floating in the muck. It’s hard to get underneath the half-container of yellow fruit, but there’s a touch of white wine that gets stronger as it warms, light spicing, backboard of sweetness. The yeast is a bit jarring with the rest of the tastes. Alcohol doesn’t crown at all. Too heavy & scarcely carbed, but easy to swill just the same.

I’m not sure what the brewer was going for here, but I doubt it was either a dunkelweizen or a banana avalance. An interesting beer that peaks at pretty good.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A well done wine barrel aged saison. Would have been better if lower ABV, I did find the alcohol a bit too present. Otherwise a big fan, admittedly saisons are a favorite style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy amber red with just a 1/4 inch of froth that fades to nothing. Smell is sweet and timid with some fruity yeasts and a touch of red wine. Taste is smooth bready malt, some balanced saison yeast, a touch of grape wine and a slightly dry finish. Best part of the beer is the body this hybrid is so smooth I have a hard time believing it's 10% more like 7 or 8%. Overall a very tasty smooth beer I was happy to pick off as a tick for just 6 dollars for the bomber.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drknight
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pear and clove spice with must and lightly toasted malt. Flavor reveals more banana to accompany the aroma esters. Oak in the aftertaste. Very estery, high alcohol, not much chardonnay, if any. Maybe some slight grape notes. Finish is spicy. Phenols surface in aroma.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ichorNet
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a rough one, honestly. I haven't really been a big fan of the Uncharted Waters series as it tends to gravitate towards throwing styles into barrels that seem unfitting for them. Yule Tide 2014, for example, was a weizenbock in rum barrels (note: 2013 YT was a different beer, and much better at that) and tasted like a hot, sugary, boozy mess. Unsurprisingly, this sort of feels similarly to that and I'm getting the feeling that barrels aren't being utilized correctly (or, more likely, being underutilized) at Clipper City. It's really about the base beer, obviously, but if you're going to market it in a series of "barrel-aged beers," it would seem your beer should have some characteristics of that barrel in play in order to get the point of using it across.

But, enough about that! The base beer here is a rough-and-tumble "imperial saison" that appears to be a higher strength version of Red Sky at Night, Heavy Seas' regularly-released, 7.5% farmhouse-style ale, which is essentially similar to a sweeter Saison duPont.

Look: Deep, slightly-hazed orange color with a small, modest white rim that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Very, very forward bubble gum/estery with a sugary grapefruit note. Heady and ethanol-forward. Instantly worried about where this is going, as 10% is high for a "saison" and some of these notes of citrus fruit and clove/yeast feel out of place for the style in play. Funky, but not in a clean or refined way, really.

Taste: Chalky and dusty yeast coat the tongue as clove sharpness pierces that veil. Yikes. Boozy, hot and soaked in "complex" but, ultimately, unrestrained fruit esters. Sugary-sweet and chewy.

Feel: Syrupy and, well... heavy. Carbonation is medium but persistently so. Sits on the tongue and coats the palate in a lingering slickness.

This is kind of a mess, honestly. As I alluded to above, this series doesn't really seem to be very focused on the barrels present as much as it wants to be if the body copy on the label is any indication. I think this might actually be the tipping point that gets me to avoid this series in the future as it has felt like over time it's been getting unfocused and random. Saisons in wine barrels can be awesome, but this is not really one of them. Feels lazy and underdeveloped. Can't win 'em all.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/20/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, white wine, light banana, peppercorn, clove, oak, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, white wine, light banana, peppercorn, clove, oak, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, light vanilla, and yeast earthiness. Light-medium peppery yeast and oak spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pear, apple, white grape, apricot, white wine, light banana, peppercorn, clove, oak, cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from yeast/oak spice as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warmth lingering after the finish. Overall the is a very nice wine barrel aged imperial saison. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, wine barrel, and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JDizzle
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Sky At Morning from Heavy Seas Beer
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 99 ratings