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Heavy Seas Beer
Maryland, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

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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Reviews: 434 | Ratings: 799
Photo of dacrza1
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: February 8, 2015... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... OCCASION: watching the Grammys and waiting for more inclement weather... APPEARANCE: cloudy, light yellow body; creamy off-white head settles to a reasonably bubbly half-inch; ... AROMA: instant lemon grass and bubble gum; pepper, clove, and a bevy of hop varietals to tantalize ... PALATE: quite drinkable, with a smooth, rum-like warmth and comfort; the finish is dry but welcoming and lingering...TASTE: a dramatically packed burst of hops that evoke flowers and lemongrass; bubblegum, clove and anise (?) complicate the experience in a good way, with each sip invoking consideration; fruits like pear and apple arrive late in a loaded plate ...OVERALL: this was the beer I took to the 2003 trip to OBX, and all as well until I found a claw (!) in a bottle; still, a fantastic beer for the summer--and, not bad in the months leading up to the spring...

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly opaque deep gold with effervescence boiling up from the bottom of the goblet where the stem is attached. The pour produces 2+ fingers of white, moderately lasting, foam head that fades to a thin surface cap with a thick island at the center that leaves a thin collar ring & streaks lace. Aroma is mostly wheat but a hint of biscuit malt, notes of banana, Belgian yeast & perfumey fruitiness with a hint of acidic green apple sourness. Taste is sweeter than the nose with notes of wheat, cobbler dough & banana with hints of peach, white grape & slightly tart green apple, spices, Belgian sugar & yeast. Finishes peppery & mildly acidic with a light bitterness that lingers & builds in the wheaty, floral, dry & mildly tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel is divergent being medium bodied with a lively carbonation, sweet up front - dry in the finish/aftertaste, spottily acidic & prickly, creamy but slightly oily & slick over the tongue.

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Photo of ConanSachler
2.06/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was a poor excuse for a saison. It was very heavy and spiced to the point of palate shock. I could barely get through it. If it wasn't given to me, I would have drain poured this one.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass, this most excellent saison pours a light straw/amber color with a firm white head that dissipates to a thin layer and excellent lacing. Nose of lightly spicy Belgian yeast, bubblegum, candy sugars, light banana, and light clove. Flavors are solid and delicious with a complex quandary of sweet Belgian sugars up front, banana flavors to the sides, and a nice spicy yeast flavor to the rear marrying nicely with the very light herbal clove aftertaste and mild hops. A new favorite for the style brewed by an American brewery WHICH is really impressive. Lightly dry finish makes this one a fantastic sipper. VERY well done.


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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours a honey-straw gold and forms a two-finger white head, which has decent retention. The body of the beer is cloudy and hazy, though not so much that one cannot see bubbles streaming steadily from the bottom. The lacing was patchy, but clung thick where it did.

S: Light bread with banana and clove, with Belgian candi sweetness. There's also some hints of something bubblegummy, and a light grassy note.

T: An almost hefe-like profile of light wheat, clove, and banana strikes up front, and is swiftly cut into by a veritable jagged spiked wall of spicy, grassy bitter. There's a faint fruitiness underneath that, something like a pear or green apple, though it is mostly covered by the hopalanche. I don't get much funk or sour from this.

M: Light-bodied and sharply carbonated.

O: I would likely rate this beer a bit higher if it involved a bit less grassy hop bittering, and a bit more sourness / funkiness. As it stands, this drinks like an over-hopped hefeweizen.

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Photo of chinchill
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Heavy Seas Red Sky on cask at the 2014 Decatur Beer Festival.
Off-white head over a slightly hazyboy; durable and creamy head.

Reversing my usual reaction to saisons, this one smells better that it tastes.
A load of wild yeasty flavors in the mouth. Some hint of vinegar in the nose.
Highly complex flavor.

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Photo of glass_house
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Belgian tulip

Pours a deep, dense straw gold with 2 fingers of off-white head. Maintains a thin collar with substantial lacing. Aroma is a bit of banana and clove with lots of sharp yeast notes and an overall mild sweetness.

Taste follows the nose very closely. Soft banana and bubblegum notes are accompanied by a grainy peppery bite that I find to be well balanced. The sweetness is more sugary than fruity, and there's a spicy feel that is reminiscent of cinnamon. Very mild hop bitterness that is more like funky grass. The body is medium with enough carbonation to make it tingle just a bit. VERY smooth for the 7.5% abv.

As other reviewers have noted, this seems much more like some sort of hefeweizen-belgian pale hybrid than a saison. That being said, I thought it was excellent, whatever you want to call it. I think the scores here are a bit lower because it doesn't fit neatly into any one style. But if you like Belgian strong pales, you'll probably enjoy this one.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

9/21....hazy bronze, thick, specs of light at the bottom. with touches of foam remaining. Funky smell, sweet, candied, yeast, wheat. Complex fruity taste, peppery sharp. Nicely balanced and bitter.

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Photo of Act25
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I rate this brewer higher than most. Tasty east coast brewer with a wallop.

A: Pours a lightly hazed golden with a modest head that retains and laces only a little.

S: Typical, but strong yeast profile, with sugar, banana, grass, flowers, and melon underneath.

T: Follows smell with bitey aggressive approach, some where between strong ale and saison, more the former. Pleasant. The finish resolves sweet and then yeast.

F: Light body with moderate carbonation. Not enough mouth feel.

O: more like a Belgian Strong Pale than a Saison. I dont need my beers this strong unless they are from Belgium. But tasty.

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Photo of scootny
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Tasty and full flavored. Nice golden color with lots of yeast floating around. Aromas of yeast and spices. Coriander, light pepper. Honeyed malt. Taste follows nose with an edge of alcohol in the finish. Crisp feel and a slight sickness. A touch heavy.Easy drinking, but a little sharp. A nice beer overall.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a thin head that goes away almost immediately. Lovely amber color and well-balanced refreshing flavor. A strong yeasty aroma and aftertaste, which I normally do not like but I can tolerate in this one. Overall a nice brew that goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

A: relatively clear; copper in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: coriander is front and center with yeast and a touch of orange behind it;

T: coriander and clove all the way; no orange; no bitterness;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: refreshing and thirst quenching, but I would definitely have liked an orange component to the flavor;

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is a slightly cloudy golden colored beer. Lightly carbonated with some sediment, has a nice white head. Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is a slightly cloudy golden colored beer. Lightly carbonated with some sediment, has a nice white head. A pretty good saison with a hint of fruit b the tongue.with a hint of fruit on the tongue.

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Photo of ElderBeagle
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Overall I tend to enjoy most Heavy Seas beers.

This was one I have wanted to try for a while. Really great pour nice amber appearance with fluffy bubbly head. A rather simple nose, spicy, Belgian yeast, and a bit of grainy scent. The flavor is rather unique as opposed to other saisons I have had. Similar spicy notes including coriander and pepper. A really strange graininess follows like a hefeweizen. I checked the description and found that they do use wheat so I guess that explains the graininess. Last is the nondescript hop bitterness. It's certainly different and unlike other saisons I've had. Overall it was successful for me. Maybe not the best in the class but certainly interesting.

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Photo of delta490
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deeper cloudy gold with a thinner white head. The head lingers on leaving some sticky soapy lacing. The smell is quite good, with some nice deep fruity esters and hints of spices. The taste hits it just right with some notes of grain, banana and sugar. It has a thinner body and is a well-made saison.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella chalice

Pours a clear, pale, orange color with a half finger of white foam. Aroma is quite spicy, with lots of banana flavors as well. Certainly a yeast dominated nose.

First sip is quite sweet, with a rush of crystal malt flavor followed by a yeasty banana like finish. A lot sweeter than many saisons that I've had - honestly I would enjoy this more if it finished much, much drier.

This beer is interesting, but I wouldn't score it highly as a saison. While I like the banana forward flavor, I feel like a more varied yeast profile and drier finish would improve it.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"A sailor's delight, our Belgian style saison is made with imported yeast, candi sucre, and wheat malt. Intensely spicy and refreshingly fruity." Brewed in the style of a Saison/Farmhouse Ale. Available as an early fall seasonal in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Heavy Seas pint glass. Served above 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy pearl head of a foamy, smooth consistency over an orange amber body. Clarity is very high, aside from a fine flecked sediment. Carbonation is vivacious and plentiful. Retention is very good and lacing is light and clingy. 4.25

(Smell) Fluffy wheat malts, banana and clove make for a potent phenolic aromatic presentation, not too far unlike German hefeweizen ales. The candied sugar is also very evident up front, providing a very filling sweetness to the aroma. Overall the malt body, sweetness and yeast characters make Red Sky At Night more heavy on the nose than the average saison, but uniquely so. I could comfortably fit this under a hybrid category. Potency is moderate. 3.5

(Taste) Very soft, smooth wheat malts aided in sweetness by a thin candy sugar syrup and rounded out in flavor by distinctive banana and clove notes, although better balanced in the flavor than in the aroma. A bit of spicy alcohol heat is discernable. Finishes with an herbal, peppery and mild tropical fruit finish with a subtle bitterness. Despite stretching the guidelines of the style, I found Red Sky very drinkable and quite enjoyable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Smooth, thinly syrupy and chalky. Carbonation aides in a subtle, fluffy mouthfeel. Body is medium/heavy for a saison and medium+ overall. Balance is slightly in favor of sweetness over bitterness. Alcohol presence is mild. 3.75

(Overall) A saison with a lot more flavor potential going for it than you can get from just yeast alone, Red Sky At Night builds a solid body with a distinctive candied sugar influence and rounds out well-balanced and softly textured. Not by any stretch definitive of the style but certainly worth giving a shot as it is fairly unique on its own. 3.75

Heavy Seas Beer's
Red Sky At Night Saison Ale

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Photo of Kendo
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from the growler into an Ommegang tulip. Body is dark-orange with a whitish head. Some lace.

S: Yeasty overall with spice and cloves.

T: Sweet malt foundation is followed by spices and clove. Some citrusy hops at the finish. Heat from the alcohol is felt in the belly.

M: Medium in heft, a bit slick-ish in feel.

O: Good, though a little too hot from that high ABV and the slick feel doesn't really work for a saison.

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Photo of dank203
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

not the greatest saison I've had. but it is drinkable. has the base flavors but its just not that complex. might be picking up some cinnamon spice. otherwise just a little too sweet for the style. good value though, and still refreshing. a bit heavy, I like this style between 6-7%

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Photo of LeRose
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance is a golden/amber color, not much of a head - maybe a finger's worth, minimal retention, minimal lacing.

The aroma was a mix of spices (mainly picked out clove and cardamom), bread that seemed on the sweet side, a bit yeasty.

The taste seemed out of balance toward the sweet side. The clove was easily picked out, some phenolic flavors, a bit of citrus, a touch of pepper. There was a bit of acidic funkiness and a surprising warming effect at the end. It seemed a bit too sweet for the style.

The mouthfeel was a little heavy - not what I would call light and refreshing. The carbonation was moderate.

Overall, this was not a bad beer, but I don't think it was quite a saison either. It seemed to be more of a tripel or some other Belgian style. Not sorry to have tried it, but probably don't need to buy it again. Just didn't meet the truly expectation of a saison.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with underlying notes of candi sugar.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has flavors of Belgian yeast and candi sugar, although no sweetness is perceptible from the latter. Hints of bananas and spices are also noticleable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This saison seems to be a little heavier in body compared to most of the other beers I've tried in the style, possibly due to its use of candi sugar as an ingredient.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Relatively clear golden coloring gives way to a thick and foamy bright white head.

The aromas hold the required scent for a Saison with a wild and gamey yeast that seems overpowered by clove. Some Hefeweizen qualities scream out as the yeast is at the fore.

The flavors exhibit the same yeast forward character with a bit more clove. There is then a peppercorn spiciness that follows with a dull malt and grassy finish.

The feel is light, effervescent and bubbly but the carbonation isnt too burdensome.

Overall, I've had better but I find this to be an easy, crisp drinking Saison that fits in its niche.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. it is a pale yellow orange with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Vanilla, spices, bready malts, sweet pale malts, yeasty notes, banana, and clove.

Taste: Same as above with all characteristics blended well together.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a little dry, medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid Saison. A little sweeter than most, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep gold, with perhaps a shade of amber. The head pushes up a couple inches, but not as much as I expected with a fairly vigorous pour. It recedes rather quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass. Surprisingly little visible carbonation.

S - Fairly typical farmhouse style aroma. Spiciness leads the way, followed by a bit of banana and a bit of funkiness.

T - Follows the nose. It's not as tight as some of the other saisons I've had. The trailing funkiness leaves the beer feeling a little heavy.

M - Medium-bodied and non-descript. I expected a bit more carbonation, but maybe I'm confusing styles a bit? Kind of a lingering funkiness on the finish that I wasn't a huge fan of.

O - Not a bad beer, and I enjoyed it for the most part. However, I've had other beers that I much preferred to this one.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Overall: this beer is essentially a cross between a Belgian pale and a saison, with a healthy dose of Belgian candy sugar added in for good measure. PAIR WITH GREEK FOODS, OR SALTY MEATS!

It pours a lively, bubbly dark gold - darker than the average saison - this is a good sign of the added candi sugar that is incorporated in the brew.

The taste is also much spicier than a typical saison, with more caramel notes than one typically expects, and is generally much sweeter. I didn't like how dark, sweet, or spicy (not clean or refreshing tasting) this was the first time I had this, but the flavor is entirely redeemed when paired with Greek food - ENTIRELY!

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but could be somewhat smoother, with sour beer bubbles. My sense is that this was over force carbonated

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