Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale) | Heavy Seas Beer

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Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale)Heavy Seas - Red Sky At Night (Saison Ale)

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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Summer

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Added by stirgy on 05-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.8/5  rDev +30.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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Photo of RBorsato
4.74/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yellow-gold with a low white ringed head and lots of tiny suspended particles. Low carbonation and little lace. Fruity Belgian yeast and Duvel "malt-like" aromas. More spicy and malty than yeasty. Tastes much like it smells with a spicy finish. Medium-full bodied and smooth.

A nice spicy robust "Saison-like" ale..

Per CC website: 35+ IBUs

Puchase Before: Nov '04
Tasted: 08/14/04

($7.19 / 6-pack)

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Slightly cloudy gold. Head is creamy, but not very big - took a hard pour to get even that.

S - Very aromatic - lots of spice, funk. Fruity as well. Mangoes and pineapple come to mind.

T/M - Flavour is not as intense as I expected. Yeast and wheat are here with some banana and cloves. Not overly sweet, but not too dry either. Body is quite substantial. Hops barely there for balance. Oo pineapple again.

D - Very drinkable, but quite strong. Be careful with this one. Flavours are nicely melded and nothing overwhelms. I really like this one a lot.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.64/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear orange/copper. 1 finger non-impressive head that dissappeared in under 1 minute.

Smell - Very pleasant blend of floral and spices.

Taste - Extremely perfect to me. One of the smoothest beers with this much complex flavorings (and 7.5 ABV) I think I've ever had.
Floral, citrus and spice flavors combine with maltiness, earthy notes and slight sweetness. No hop bitterness anywhere, not even present in the finish. This almost feels like drinking a world class wine with the complexity and sweetness notes.

Mouthfeel - slick and oily feel, but surprisingly pleasant. No dryness to note which I read was usually a characteristic of Saisons.

Overall - If only this beer produced a better head, I would have given it a 5. Appearance knocked it down a 1/2 nocth. Superb brew in all other aspects. I'm definitely going to sample some more saisons if this is what they are like.

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Photo of ericj551
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Red Sky at Night pours a golden color with a nice bubbly head. The aroma has some phenolic character, some chalky, dry yeast and light sweet malt. The sweet pilsner malt hits first in the flavor, followed by the estery yeast profile. There is a slightly peppery spicy finish with just a hint of alcohol. Man this is a damn good beer. It's crisp and smooth, and remarkably easy drinking for its strength. Once again I'm impressed with Clipper City, I'd like to see their regular offerings around here.

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4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring, MD.

A: Pours a light amber-orange with lacy head and active carbonation.

S: Citrus and floral (especially tulip-like) notes with generous servings of yeast and pepper. Almost a ruby-red grapefruit sweetness.

T: Unlike other saisons I've tasted. This one has the characteristic yeast and fresh-cut grass zest of the style, but complemented with a sweet citrus (or almost pomegranate-like) juiciness. This is then rounded out by sweet and creamy banana biscuit-like flavors.

M: Like biting into a fresh tangerine. Wonderfully refreshing; creamy with a crisp finish.

D: This is a wonderful saison that I'll be returning to again and again. It's brews like this that convince me never to move out of Maryland.

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4.54/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first time ever trying a Belgian Saison/Farmhouse Ale. I was very much impressed with CC's offering. Poured cloudy, like a Wheat beer, with very minimal head. Incredibly, this beer smelled like...candy! The sweetness is because of the Belgian candi sugar that is used in making high alcohol beers to avoid creating a thick body. The scent took me back to childhood, but I couldn't put a finger on what treat it reminds me of. The taste is of citrus & wheat with a little alcohol bite in the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, not too thick, not too thin. The drinkability was fair as well. Overall, I discovered this interpretation of the Farmhouse style to be satisfying. I plan to try some more.

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4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Years ago I had this beer out of a firkin at Sean Bolan's in Federal Hill. I was not impressed at the time and just assumed this is yet another beer that does not come across well on cask. After last night at Max's, I have revised my opinion about this beer.

This is listed as the red sky saison with spices.

The beer pours a cloudy yellow gold color with surprisingly good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. The beer looks just wonderful, but then I took my first sniff.

The nose on this beer is just off the charts, with an incredible aroma of honey, tangerine, lemon/lime, cherry, clove and mango. The cask version of this beer blows the regular tap and bottled version completely out of the water. Wow. This is one fine smelling beer. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though of course they're not nearly as intense. Nevertheless, I get a rich, long, almost creamy finish on this beer, with much of the same exotic flavors I got on the nose. The mouthfeel is soft and smooth, which lends itself well to the smorgasbord of tropical fruits on the nose and palate. Finish is long and lingering, with a barely noticeable hint of alcohol. Very, very nice.

This is a very nice beer from Clipper City, but on cask it's exceptional. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to enjoy the regular version again.

Note: Had this beer on cask again the other night at Max's (6/12/09), so maybe that indicates they will continue to make this version. I hope so. The red sky at night made with spices version is just terrific.

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