SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2010 (br-btl rd-lbl, 6 pack)beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
hzy-gl, yeast-floaties, med-eff, thin-wh-fringe, ^co2.
aroma: §sour wine §bright-fruit.
flavor: §earthy T1, sour §wheat-malt §hops §mtllc co2 T2, belgian-yeast-funkiness §hefe-weizen(hint of banana maybe) T3.
only slightly sour and slightly funky.
locks complexity for style, IMO.
probably very refreshing if cool and flat.
Crystal clear, with a small but dense head, which lingers, leaving scant lacing on the glass. Aroma is spicy, fruity with notes of pepper. Fruit is mostly candied citrus, followed closely by some soft clove and white pepper. Flavor is sweet and spicy, with notes of cardamom backed by some phenols. Finish is spicy and peppery. Body is on the low side of medium. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 13, 2004
Golden/yellow body with a bit of amber and green (depending on how you turn the glass) hues. Nice big, thickly bubbled, white head. Smells of caster sugar, apples, citrus, bubble gum esters and faint spices. Taste is big and sweet with pears, apples, sugars and clove. A very well crafted beer, taste is refined and wholeheartedly good. Aftertaste is a crisp, sweet and powerful; this is exactly what this style should be. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Poured fairly dark dirty brass, mostly clear, with a two-fingered white rocky head which slowly faded, leaving some pretty nice lace. Aromas were fruit esters, grass, grain, hops and notes of yeast and alcohol. Flavor was sweet malt, caramelly but not too smoky -- due no doubt to the 2 pils malts and the wheat. There were sweet notes of fresh fruit, diacetyl, and the sugariness of the candi sugar. Equally evident, though, were alcohol, citrus astringency, and a great hop finish. The balance of Magnum and Styrian Golding hops was quite flavorful without being overly bitter. Mouth feel was full and left a nice aftertaste. This is a complex, flavorful, refreshing ale that should please most ale lovers. Something for everyone and nothing bad about it. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Red Sky At Night is a very credible domestic example of this classic Belgian beer style. While it isn’t quite up to snuff with Belgian example such as Saison Dupont, or Saison de Pipiax, I found it to be quite authentic, and and a great tribute to the style that is under done here in the US. Retailing for $6-$7 a six pack, it is also a very good buy, for such a complex and flavorful beer.
Red Sky At Night pours to a beautiful, bright, deep golden color, with a bright white head that eventually fades, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer is complex and inviting with lots of spicy/earthy yeast aroma, paired with some grassy hop aromatics, some sweet malt, and hints of pepper. The palate is firm on the tongue but the lively carbonation lifts off the malt heft. This beer has got some sweet and crisp malt brawn, with lots of good grassy/herbal hop flavor paired with spicy yeast, and a touch of acidic sourness. Red Sky At Night finishes with more malty/slightly sour flavors up front, then ends with a spicy yeast note that lingers.
I really enjoyed this beer, and found it to be a very well done domestic example of saison. There is a lot going on in this beer, it is complex, but with the with the slightly sour, and hoppy edge of this beer, it works well as a summer refresher. This beer would work well with a number of dishes, and could be paired with both hearty and light fare. At 7.5% abv, it would make the perfect beer to relax with after a hard day, and a great beer to sip and enjoy as the sky turns red.
aberos (4) - Baltimore, USA - SEP 20, 2007 does not count
A very subtle flavoring that goes down smooth and refreshing like a nice Irish red; however, be aware that this beer in fact is 8% and will wallop you if you do not respect it. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2010
Golden with minimal head. Tangerine and wheat on the nose. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Tangerine, banana and light spice on the palate. Excellent! FatguyRacer (159) - Crownsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 3, 2011
What were they thinking at Heavy Seas. This is more like a Belgian Strong Ale than a Saison. Next to Heavy Seas Big DIPA, this has become my 2nd favorite Heavy Seas offering.
But its no Saison. Dacrza (978) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2015
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...
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Golden color(tiny bit of haze), creamy white head. Cotton candy, pear and coriander for aroma. Flavor is lightly spiced fuzzy fruits and bready. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, spicy, fruity, sweet finish. Another nice effort in the Heavy Seas line. Doppelbock and Imperial Stout on deck...I think. Either way...I’m looking forward to the next release.