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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: 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 Guden
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Shiny gold with amazing clarity. 1 finger thick white head slowly fades to a thin film.

S- A big aroma of citrus, spice and grain. Coriander, orange peel, cream of wheat with a little trace of pepper, cardamom and cedar in the mix.

T- Similar to the nose, citrusy and lightly spicy with a candy like sweetness. FInishes dry and spicy with a subtle bitterness. A bit more subtle than the nose and the grainy sweetness is a little high for the styel.

M- medium carbonation, with a light to moderate body. Not as carbonated or dry as ideal but it works alright.

O- This was the first "saison" I ever had and had turned me on to the style. Years later it's both easy to see what I liked about this one and how it falls short of the standard set by many others in the style. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer which hides its alcohol well but not as complex or yeast driven as the best of the style.

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Photo of JWU
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- an almost translucent gold with hints or orange. A nice white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S- Very sweet. Belgian fruity esters jump from the glass, almost too much. Ripe pear and cherry.

T- Follows the nose. Very sweet for the style, very cherry forward on the Belgian fruity esters.A bit of sour apple and ripe pear. Big Belgian spiciness. Quite delicious even if it's not very accurate for the style.

M- Medium body, and fairly slick, but could use to be a little dryer to offset the big sweetness.

O- Pleasant and drinkable, but falls far short of the benchmarks of the style (Dupont, Sofie, etc)

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours golden orange with a small white head. Smells of sweet grain and Belgian yeast. Tastes of sweet berries and a little of a sweet grain. Carbonation is right light bodied and goes down smooth. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of billybob
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

pours a clear golden color with a half inch head that quickly fades to the beer and no lace to speak of. aromas of ripe fruit and spice. taste is of ripe peaches with a slightly spicey rum alcohol finish. medium mouthfeel and light carbonation. tasted more like a lighter version of a barley wine. would try this beer again.

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Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style.

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving little lacing.

Grain and fruity Belgian yeast accompany esters of pear and peach, with green apple and soft floral notes. There's an underlying wheat character, with spicy phenols adding complexity.

Flavor reads more like a Belgian tripel in some respects. Esters are sharper, and barnyard character is lacking for the style. Muted citrus, pear, peach, and green apple abound beneath a wheat and grain backbone, finishing a touch dry and spicy. Clove and white pepper add to the aftertaste.

Body is fairly full and smooth, with sparkly carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.

More of a typical Belgian than a farmhouse, barnyard saison, but I like that. Good estery yeast character that dominates and lingers. Pleasantly surprised, but it's not to style.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I pour aggressively and still receive very little of the white head over an amber body. This dissipates quickly. No lace noted.

It smells of wheat, yeast and spices out the wazoo. A bit of cherry is at the end.

Spices are crazy in this beer. I get sour apples up front, with a little yeast and a lot of spice. Cherry finishes it off on the back. Not overly saison-esque, but delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. It is refreshingly clean and smooth.

I have to give this one bonus points in the "overall" section. I quite like the taste and feel of this beer, I just feel its a weak representation of the style. I generally find that American saisons are average at best in this category.

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Photo of Ankur
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tried this seasonal brew from Heavy Seas this weekend. I will not rate it among the best in Heavy seas lineup but still it was not disappointing. If you do not like hoppy beer, this might impress you. Taste sweet and a lot of fruits. 7.5% alcohol is well balanced by the taste.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden straw color.

Smell: Poor smell, I did not like it

Taste: Apricot taste with hints of other fruits.

Mouthfeel: Went down smooth.

Overall: A nice beer from Heavy Seas. Good taste, but the smell was not up to par and kind of killed it for me. Would drink again, but wouldn't buy a 6-pack of it

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a deep golden color with a finger of off-white colored head, speckled with golden highlights, that quickly dissolved into a wispy lacing of foam that entirely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Fresh bread and typical Belgian Saison aroma of Belgian yeast, spices such as cardamom, clove, and orange peel.

Taste: Again, typical Belgian Saison flavors: yeasty, spicy (as in spices, not heat), citrusy. Notes of clove, black pepper, lemon, grapefruit, candied sugar, honey. Flavors of toasted bread topped with orange marmalade. Nice balance between bitter and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with a slight creaminess to it. Not much carbonation. With an ABV of 7.5%, which leaves a subtle alcohol warmth at the finish, this Saison has a slightly higher alcohol content than I’m used to, but then again, I’ve only really been drinking Saisons this year so….

Overall: This is a very good Saison. Refreshing with a very good Saison flavor. I liked it very much!

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours an absolutely beautiful amber color. The head is a two finger white shade. Its texture is creamy, and it fades away relatively quick. Lacing is streaky at first, but becomes more sheetlike as the head goes away. It's not really saison like in appearance - even so, this is damn gorgeous.

S: This has a lot in the way of candied sugar and phenols. Notes of coriander and sage are also present, but otherwise, this one seems too sweet for the style.

T: Ayup, too damn sweet. An initial taste of phenols gives way to some mild spicing...and hardly mild candied sugar. Not only is it rather sugary, but the finish is a bit boozy. Nothing too harsh, though.

M: Syrupy, under-carbonated, hefty, lifeless - everything I DON'T want from a saison. Drinkability isn't great, either, but by no means is it completely undrinkable.

O: Look, it's not really a bad BSPA at all. It's just a bad saison: the only characteristic Heavy Seas got right is the spice flavor, and that's simply too mild. Not only is it too sweet for a saison, it's too sweet for a regular Belgian pale ale. I don't plan to revisit this one.

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Photo of Omnium
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a light orange/gold color, thin fizzy half finger head, no lacing.
S - Some belgian yeast, dried fruit, candy and some toffee and some hop resin.
T - The sweetness is way too much in this brew, it over powers everything else and is completely unbalanced.
M - Sticky, chewy
O - Bad saison, Heavy Seas would be better off with a re-do on this brew.

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

A: Amber and cloudy. Good head and lasting lace.
S: Butterscotch, and a bit of pumpkin.
M: Thick alcohol back slap, malty bock beer foam, butterscotch remainder.
T: Butterscotch disc but not sweet. Boozy, almost like a cream ale. Prune as well.

O: A tasty beer beverage, very high powered.

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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 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 RodneyFarva
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Grimbergen goblet. best by 1/13

a: pours a very clear golden yellow, 1/2 inch white head dissipating to a thin film.

s: alcohol, pineapple, citrus, wheat, and some spices. very nice. smelling a good bit like a belgian pale ale.

t: spices and wheat up front, a hoppy bite in the middle, and alcohol warmness at the end. pretty high carbonation cuts that ending sweetness a bit.

o: very nice. i really enjoyed this, though I think it would have been improved (and closer to style) if it was drier rather than fairly sweet. still, out of the Heavy Seas mixed 12-pack, this was my favorite.

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Photo of KajII
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a crystal clear medium orange with a slight yellow hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) fluffy white head that had decent longevity, receding down to a large foamy puddle of residue producing some good sticky lacing.

The aroma had a strong wheat presence along with a light straw malt, a herbal hop and a soapy yeast with notes of banana, pear, caramel and a bit of a peppery spice.

The taste was mildly sweet and yeasty with notes of caramel and other fruit esters early on and then become mildly sweet and acidic with a healthy dose of fruit and spices and a decent alcohol presence at the end. The flavor lingered for a little while having kind of boozy appeal.

Mouthfeel was a few shades beyond light in body with a nice dry texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall a great representation of the style. Spicy, fruity and strong, just wonderful...

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Photo of Immortale25
2.56/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Evolution Brewing pint glass. Notches on the label say DEC 11.

A- Pours a light amber color with a 1/4 inch head that immediately dissipates and becomes just a patch of surface foam. Pretty much zero lacing.

S- Smells sweet and musty, like overly fermented honey. A bit of spice and what seems to be a strange attempt at a Belgian yeast aroma. Just comes off as spastic and unorganized.

T- Fruity with a bit of wheat that's overpowered by alcohol and syrupy sweetness. Some malt but not enough to balance. Unlike any saison I've had, and I don't mean that as a compliment.

M- Sticky and stinging. Low carbonation. What a dud.

O- I don't know what they were going for, but they missed the mark. Another big disappointment from Heavy Seas.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours amber with a nice fluffy off-white head. Good lacing,

S: Tamed phenols and spice notes along with some crisp cracker malt and spicy hops.

T: Same here; it has all the makings of a good saison, but the yeast notes, which should be rich and spicy, are dumbed down and boring.

D: Easy to drink, that's for sure. Crisp and refreshing. Alcohol is well covered as well.

Overall: Waaayyy to clean for a saison. These beers should'nt be headache machines, but that doesn't mean you should ferment them through in the low 60s either. They need to let this beer develop a little more natural complexity before it can compete with the best of American saisons (Southampton, GI, etc.).

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Photo of Starkk00
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Server from a bottle and poured into a pint glass. Very thin head and not much lacing and not very carbonated.

A - Golden Yellow very slightly hazed.

S - Faint fruit (banana), Belgian yeast, candy sucre.

T - Slight fruit, slight candy and spice and a tiny bit of wheat.

M - Quite refreshing for a Belgian Saison.

O - Again quite refreshing and tasty for a Belgian Saison. I would definitely drink again. Initially server a little too cold (40F), once it warmed up it was much more smooth in the taste, mouth and overall.

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Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy yellow-light orange, thin fluffy head, little lacing, few carbonation bubbles.

S - Grain, pepper, yeast.

T - Belgian yeast, light fruits, light pepper, light banana, candi sugar, grains, light pepper, wheat malt finish.

M- Medium-full bodied, heavy for a saison, but I like it. Slightly dry finish.

O - I love this recipe, the candi sugar and wheat malts take this beer to its max, I really enjoyed it!

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Photo of DannyDan
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a copper hue with a whitehead. There is some lacing on the side and not much retention here.
S. Lemons, bananas and rye is what I get in the aroma.
T. The taste is a nice mix of lemons, bananas, rye and cloves along with some other spices and a hint of hops.
M. A smooth, crisp, clean beer.
O. A very tasty beer that is easy to drink that is not too bitter or too sweet.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from my local six pack shop. Best by date shows a "Dec 2011" so I drank it just in time!

A - Pours a nice golden pale color with a half inch of sticky white head.

S - Mostly tart lemon and some fruity banana. Also has some weird wheat or rye smell to it as well which I never smelled in a Saison ale.

T - Well it's definitely rye since it has a very spicy semi-dry finish but it works well to counter the tart lemon of the style. It also features some of the banana flavors giving it a sweet mid palate flavor that was pretty nice.

M - Light to medium I found it very easy to drink.

Overall I was surprised to find this was a summer release because to me age (4-5 month) kept it the same if not improved the flavor. If I find if fresh next summer I will have to compare but it's still drinking fantastic.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden ale color with a 1/2 finger head and nice carbonation bubbles flowing from the sides of the glass. No lacing however.

S- Light crisp citrus and hops with what seems to smell like a hint of pineapple.

T- Citrus fruit and a touch of alcohol on the finish which eventually gives way to hops that just linger on your tongue to draw you back.

M- Higher carbonation but crisp and clean finish.

O- Nice summer beer that can be drunk anytime.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before November 2011. Timely.

A: Pale, but with lots of bubbles, especially on the side. Clearish but with noticeable sediment. Finger of white head fades after an average length of time.

S: Beery, with a faint metallic note I don't recall from earlier bottles. A bit sweet as well, fruity and pleasant.

T: Quite nice! A bit of tartness underlies the ostensibly soft, sweet main flavours and is especially noticeable on the endtaste. Fruit and yeast. Smackworthy.

M: Light, bright, carbonated, tart, lightly dry.

O: Good saison. Accessible to novices, with just enough odd sourness to keep it interesting. Drinkable and enjoyable. Vaguely recommended. Have had several, so probably won't have again.

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Photo of Valmor88
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper to yellow cloudy color with dense white head.

S: Banana and clove aroma - very floral.

T: Spicy and fruity with clove. Definite banana flavor. Earthy tones mixed in.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Crisp, carbonated finish.

O: Not my favorite saison, but still quite good. I really enjoyed the spices and flavor elements, although something is missing from this beer that holds it back from being really great.

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