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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 pezoids on 05-23-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 434 | Ratings: 799
Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just the right amount of spice and sweetness for a late nightcap after hard physical work. Good aroma and lasting head, light colour. A fine saison. Magnum and Goldings hops. I hadn't realized this was out for about 3 years, and picked it up this year.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head on a murky golden with slight amber hues body. Excellent retention and some lacing. A lot of musty pale malt and Belgian yeast with light clove and little in the way of citrus. Flavor is good but not great, keeping it simple with mild lemon tartness, hint of orange peel, Belgian yeast and herbal hop character. The mouthfeel is full for the style and semi dry finish with moderate carbonation. I think Heavy Seas makes a lot of easy to drink beers which arent bad but lack creativity overall. I like most everything I have had, I just wouldnt call many of their beers memorable or complex.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has some sweetness to it which is odd for a Saison. I don't really find this beer to be a traditional Saison brew. This beer was on the cloudy yellow colored side. Has a pretty good head that sticks around till the end. The beers sweetness kinda turned me off from this brew. To me a Saison should be more earthy or funky but this one just didn't have that.

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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 BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Really tough to pin this beer down. Sure it's a tasty, quality brew, but it's only kinda Saison-ish. Aromas, flavors, and textures more resemble what I like in standard Pale Ales. But the flavor turns modestly Belgian quickly, taking on a mild vineous, cranberry, raspberry flavor that gains tartness and a light drying. The beer remains a bit sweet, heavy, and alcoholic to be a serious Saison candidate, but certainly enjoyable and drinkable nonetheless. Despite it's weight and alcohol a refreshing Wit-like texture takes on increadible smoothness and lightness. Really like this despite it's extra character.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first stab at this style, a little odd if you ask me. Tastes very Belgian-like to me.. reminds me a lot of all the Unibroue beers I tried. Weird appearance to it.. light orange/yellow color with lots of floating sediment... but the sediment doesn't move at all and just hangs motionless, suspended. Very spicy smell and taste to it. One of the spiciest beers I've ever tried really. While I can't say it goes down smooth exactly, for 8% ABV it doesn't taste like it at all. Glad I tried it but not sure if this style is for me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a very modest head that retains poorly and fails to lace

Smell: Immediate whiff of Belgian funk, with candi sugar, banana and melon aroma underneath

Taste: Starts with a rather biting fruity flavor with melon aspects - a bit like a watermelon jelly belly; after the swallow, the funk makes a brief appearance but is overwhelmed by the honey flavor of the candi sugar; the yeasty elements also come through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation; a bit hot, however

Drinkability: A tasty beer, but flawed, in my judgement; the carbonation and mouthfeel are clearly not Belgian and the flavor is more like a Belgian Strong Pale than a Saison; nevertheless, I am scoring it not to style but to my tastebuds and I enjoyed drinking this beer

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a tulip. Appearance is a mild golden color with a nice white head and a good deal of lacing. Nose is subtle fruit plus some grain and spice. Taste has a bit of spice but is a bit lacking. Good feel with some light pepper. Drinks okay, but is not offering enough to be better than just a bit better than good.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of head that disappears quickly and leaves minor lace on the wall of the glass. Hazy, deeply golden colored body with lots of small particles floating in it.

S - Spicy and fruity. Notes of black pepper, banana, pineapple, vanilla, and clove. Subtle spicy hop aromas blend in nicely with the juicy yeast aromas.

T - Tart sourness combines nicely with spicy yeast notes. Lemon, pineapple, and pepper notes dominate the middle. The hops come out nest with a earthy/ spicy flavor and moderate bitterness. The finish is tart and earthy with a touch of plastic like phenols.

M - Moderately thick and creamy body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, flavorful Saison with a great aroma. It looks like shit, but makes up for it with a great yeast character. The only flavor flaw is the slightly unpleasant phenolic character in finish. For some reason, I have neglected the Clipper City beers up to this point, but after trying this one I'll have to give them some more attention.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy blond/yellow with lighter head that settles pretty quickly,wow there is a sure fire Belgian yeast aroma here a litle iron with some 10x suger and a little spice.Citrus flavors dominate with that iron-like dryness underneath but it keeps this brew from being overly sweet,I find it fruity and refreshing and extremely quaffable for the alc% content.A real nice summer seasonal here maybe not as good as some of the traditional Belgian saisons Dupont,Pipaix etc... but very nice.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip, best by Dec 2011. Pours orangish golden amber color with 1-2 fingers of a fairly dense light khaki head with good retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. A small bit of lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of dark fruits, candi sugar, banana, clove, spices, and a bit of alcohol. Decent and interesting aromas here, with good strength as well. Taste of lots of dark fruits, clove, banana, molasses, bread, and spices; with a bit of caramel and alcohol noticed on the finish. Fairly dry finish, but there are a bit of lingering notes of dark fruits, bread, molasses, and spices. Alcohol is slightly present in the taste, and there is a decent amount of warming on the finish. Medium carbonation and body with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Quite drinkable despite the alcohol presence as well. Overall, this is a solid saison that is like a wheat beer in some aspects.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always my favorite in the Heavy Seas line-up, this year's Red Sky is a bit more balanced and less sweet (which is a good thing), but it still retains the berry-like and citrusy fruitiness that makes it so exciting and enjoyable. It's hazy golden body has an orange cast beneath its quick-to-fade head of bright white; and tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising towards the surface, The nose is vibrant with fruity yeastiness and a sweetish maltiness. It's crisp and then smooth across the palate with a medium-light body and gently effervescent carbonation. Some touches of orange and lemon appear in the flavor, as well as some berry-like juiciness. It's sweetly malty without being overlydone, and a touch of spiciness sneaks in from somewhere and helps to balance it. Hints of hop flavor also appear, and it's nicely balanced with a restrained bitterness that lets the malt and yeast shine while still finishing with a bit of chalky dryness. I absolutely loved the previous, heavily dextrinous version, but this is far more drinkable! Kudos!!!

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 5/29/08 at Doherty's East Ave. Irish Pub, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, spice, bananas, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of clove spice, yeast and bananas. The malt character is thin as you would expect for this type of beer and there's a decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not filling at all, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice refreshing beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce pint - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Near clear, deep yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: The nose is spicy (clove and coriander), grainy wheat and pils, and even faintly boozy. Not the most auspicious start to a saison.

Taste: Amalgam of pils, wheat, and malted barley with a grainy character and light sweetness. Particularly phenolic from the on-set. Splash of mountain spring water. Touches of dried lemon peel and spice. Light bitterness. Finishes dry, spicy, and lightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: At best a marginally passable, though not standout saison. It has a higher ABV% going for it, if that's your thing, but, if that is your thing, why not opt for a Fantome, as they do have some more boozy saison offerings.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Red sky at night, sailor's delight;
Red sky at morning, sailor's warning"

--English nursery rhyme

Since I'm having a Red Sky At Night in the morning, I'm not sure if I should be delighted or consider myself warned. I'll let you know once I've tasted the beer.

Luminous golden amber with dozens of fine flakes, most of which settle to the bottom of the glass in due time. The attractive head of canary-tinted cream is softly pitting on top and deposits a few thick swirls of lace as its legacy. It smells a little like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale to me: spicy golden fruit with clove leading the way. It's more yeasty and less hoppy than I had anticipated, but that may just demonstrate my ignorance of the style.

The enjoyable flavor is a near carbon copy of the nose. This beer just has to have been brewed with Belgian yeast, the spicy cloviness can have no other reasonable source. There's plenty of fermented fruit as well: apples and pears macerated in Calvados and Poire Williams respectively. Alhough the flavor isn't boozy in the least, well-integrated alcohol is an eager participant. Fine by me.

The finish is long and lingering with a sweet spiciness that lasts and lasts and lasts, and the body/mouthfeel is medium-full with a smooth lushness born of malt and (probably) candi sugar. This beer still seems more like a BSPA than a saison to me, but whatever one calls it, it's good beer.

I love what Clipper City has done with their Heavy Seas line; namely jack up the flavor and the ABV so that lovers of Big Beer feel right at home. Glancing back to the first paragraph, it looks like delighted wins the day. A hearty 'aye matey' and a big Thank You to lackenhauser for the bottle.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge, seriously like four inches of foam came pouring out of this one and then easily doubled in size, never fully coming back down. Rich side glass lace and tons of carbonation then engulfed it quickly. Very nice hazy golden yellow in color.

The aroma was charged with spice, it was so carbonated it was literally tickling my nose as it went by. Lots of light fruit, grain, touches of grass and peppery like notes along with a touch of sour, the flavor was more of the same and was very nicely done. No hint of the alcohol here, rather a finely blended, and very light and airy feel to it. Sloshing it around created that coveted silky feeling of foam in the mouth. This was very good. Lots of light citrus flavors bouncing around and a very dry finish, a touch sour but not really, Very earthy in nature, and yet very light with a nice light grain base and a wonderful champagne like finish.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow gold color wit ha one finger white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is spicy and fruity with notes of cherries and grapes. Taste is similar to the nose in that it has both fruit and spice flavors going on. Both grapes and apple flavors are both present with a hint of cherry as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was very light, refreshing and tasty for the abv.

I enjoyed this one a lot, might have been my favorite out of the CC mix pack I got. This is one I will buy again.

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Photo of smcolw
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light haze to an otherwise yellow gold color. Good initial head that settles to a single layer. Light lace

Light sour aroma. Almost wheaty in the nose.

Relatively dry, warm alcohol. Similar to the smell in that there is a sour finish. Not as flavorful as most saisons. In fact, it's pretty run-of-the-mill.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a ChurchKey becher.

Always suh-in' good on cask over at the CK. This nice li'l bit o' Maryland saison pours a thoroughly cloudy grapefruit yellow with a small bubbly head. Not to cast aspersions on things, but it looks as though some beastly urine is sitting in my glass. Yeah. Interestingly, I still really wanna drink it... The smell helps dig me out of this grave: lemon rind, coriander, wheat fields, and mandarin oranges comprise a zesty whiff. Nice, but lacking that hint o' funk that keeps a certain Mr. Clinton in business. (I mean, seriously, did you see him on Arsenio back in '92, rockin' that sax? No wonder that elder shrub got clocked...) Things stay pretty much unchanged when smell becomes taste (synesthesia not included), though some cardamom and OJ pulp (so long as it's not in my juice, I'm fine) join in the fun as well. In sum, a melange o' summery tastiness, light in body and carbonation, heavy on righteousness. Something like that. After seeing this brew in bottles at several stores, it's nice to finally put a face to the brown glass, especially in cask-conditioned form. Get some!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden copper appearance big white head leaves more than ample lacing around my glass. Aroma: Soft fruity tones vanilla edge, with tropical fruit tones chilling in the background nice with a touch of herbal hops I like this one. Taste: Not a true Saison farmhouse style ale but a very well made rendition of one, flavors that standout are vanilla, tropical fruit, and hints of a wheat possibly used here some evident alcohol with a citrus finish. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture medium body nice carbonation not as finely carbonated as a Saison Dupont. Drinkability: I'm amazed by this one really tasty great drinkable brew with some flavor, alcohol, and refreshing qualities.

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Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - light golden yellow with a half of an inch of soft, dense, white head that has good retention

S - funky, a bit musty

T - fruity, funky, white grapes, apples, faint spices

M - light bodied, warm, crisp, well carbonated

This isn't a bad beer, but the balance just isn't there. The flavors are there, but they just couldn't hold my interest. In the end, there are better saisons out there, but this is worth a try.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of Sep. '08 notched on label:

Pours hazed golden with a white head that lasts.

The smell is musty, earthy, lemony with a bit of clove.

The taste is of a nice Belgian yeast strain with lemon tartness, honey-ish sweetness and spome herbal/earthy spicing. Quite complex. Crisp finish.

The feel is light with a great carbonation level giving it a wonderful creamy smoothness.

If I didn't know any better, I would believe this to have come from Belgium. Very nicely done! An enjoyable brew!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed straw yellow, tumltuous tornado of carbonation swirls from the bottom of the glass, and goes on swirling, ...head is big and fluffy, but drfits down, smug as a cloud, with affable ease.

Aroma smacks of citrus and spice from the git-go, a trifle sour and overwhelmingly lemony, with dry spices peppering the affair. Quite in line with the saison style, but without the authentic feel.

Taste begins with sour citrus again, and spices dripping along the palate and all over the mouth, but behaving themselves. Quenches, then dries, and softly treads away.
Lightish, but more medium in body, with significant texture, but excellent drinkability.
the abv is higher than most traditional saisons, and it's starting to show, raging alcohol peeking through what should be a gentle summery session ale.
I like the label, though, pirate and parrot lounging in a makeshift hammock, as emptied bottles drift by into the sea...this is what this type of beer is meant for, lazy summer days, but this one misses the classic profile by a bit. Not as smooth, nor as succulent. Decent attempt, though, gotta give them that.

Much thanks to ppoitras and BiF 19.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, notches on the label tell me to purchase this before 10-05 for fresh flavor. Pours golden, cloudy amber, moderate white head, quickly fades to a film, lacing is moderate. Nose is of melon and some gin. this a pretty decent little saison style ale. Some peppery spicing, fruity notes and a nice dry finish, not bad stuff. Not the worlds most exciting brew, but this is a respectable take on the style. Enjoyable and will go nicely with a variety of foods, can anybody say BBQ?

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