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Sunny And 75 | Rock Art Brewery

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Sunny And 75Sunny And 75

Brewed by:
Rock Art Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale brewed with spices! A refreshing ale brewed with fresh cracked coriander seeds, a dash of orange peel and fermented with a yeast that compliments the malt and spice flavors. Serve well chilled, pour into a wide mouth glass with an inch or so of head. Garnish with a thin slice of orange if you wish. Sit back, relax and inhale the aromas as you begin to sip, you have now entered your comfort zone.

Added by dherling on 11-26-2006

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 86
Photo of jlindros
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just in from mowing the law, this should be an interesting refreshment.

Pours a nice fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with plenty of lacing, a mostly clear slight chill hazed golden orange wheat colored beer.

Nose brings typical saison, nice farmhouse dry rustic malts, light toasted, light wheat, hint of floral spices from the yeast, some citrus and orange zest.

Taste starts a bit lighter than I expected, a bit thin that is, some wheat flavors, toasted malts, some farmhouse rustic malt flavors, hints of spices from the yeast again, and some citrus orange zest. A bit watery though, fairly dry, and the wheat really starts to break through, with hint of grassy hop character. Finish is dry and bready, toasted malt, light candied citrus, bit more bitterness as well.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb but less than I expected.

Overall not bad, starts OK but gets a bit thin, watery, and lack of carbonation for the style IMO. otherwise decent malts and yeast flavors, just a hint of hops if any.

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one -

Pours golden with a fairly thick head that slowly becomes a lasting patch.

The smell is of orange peel, coriander, some sugar-coated banana-like fruitiness and candy sugar. Smells like a nice, refreshing witbier to me. Regardless of style, it is very welcoming.

The taste, unfortunately, does not live up to the aroma. Coriander/black pepper dominate just a bit too much, and there is a slight metallic touch. Something is lost between the nose and the taste as it progresses, as the subtle, refreshing complexities become subdued. Sweetness balanced by pepper remains, along with a touch of a wheat tang. Sweetish finish.

Appropriately light-bodied. Carbonation a bit prickly. Somewhat crisp.

Rather a let-down after the nose, but it still holds its own as a light, refreshing brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, pours fairly clear golden, minor off white head and just a hint of lace. Bananas and light spice in the nose. Lightness of flavor is the problem here. Some pepper and more tropical fruits dominate. A bit watery. Not bad for a hot summer day, and I believe that was what they intended this one for. However there is much better saison out there for the enjoying.

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Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a dry and fruity yeast scent. It's a mild yeast aroma at best. It's also lacking the farmhouse funk. The taste is average. It has a weak and watery pale and wheat malt flavor with hints of coriander and orange peel. It goes down quick and easy with a thin yeasty finish. The mouthfeel is average as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a weak attempt at a saison. I'm sure it would be good in the heat, but so would a Coors light.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on September 1, 2013

The pour is pale yellow to light amber with a decent white head. A little hazy.

The aroma has all kinds of Belgian esters going on including Belgian yeast, coriander,clove, and herbs along with a biscuit malt character. I find it delightful.

The body is light and refreshing.

The taste is much like the aroma with a very nice Belgian abbey character. I get flavors of coriander, orange, spice, lemongrass, and toasted biscuit with a clean hop finish. Most summers are too fruity for me but this one seems to hit the mark right on. I would definitely try it again.

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Photo of weeare138
2.6/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this...
Appears a slightly hazy, semi transparent gold with a small, white head that fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass and small amounts of CO2 rise to the top.
Smell is of corn husk, hay, yeast, apricots, honey, flowers, and wax.
Taste is summed up in the aromas with an odd, hay-like flavor being pronounced.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth (after fizzyness dies out), dirty, mineraly, with wet hay and wheat rounding it out to the thin finish..
Seems like something went awry with this.

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

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Light hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light wheat nose. Flavor is wheat with a nice yeast background. $3.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a bright vibrant tangerine orange with a 2 finger creamy soft head that was sandy-beige in color. Retention was above average while leaving a clingy broken ring lacing behind. A light visible carbonation was observed as well a large amount of turbidity from the speckled yeast particles that lazily lied suspended in the drink.

S: The nose yielded semi-tangerines, orange peels and a light honey suckle sweetness.

T: The flavor was much the same filled with semi-tart tangerines, dry orange peels with a light tartness. Some bananas, and dried tropical fruitiness (kiwi, pineapple) is accompanied by a spicy citrus hopping that livens things up. Overall the flavor is spicy, clean, solid per style and refreshing in nature.

M: medium full with a smooth texture and a nice spicy citrus hopping for a fade. carbonation was light.

D: Smooth drinkability making for a refreshing and thirst quenching summer time drink. Easy going down with a very clean flavor all around. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bought somewhere during a Middlebury/Burlington visit.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/8" white head over the almost clear dark golden brew. Head is gone in a flash, with a skim and rim bubbles left behind, and average sticky lace. Aroma is lightly spicy pale grains. Taste is the same, with a clean close which seems to have a touch of lemon zest. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is easy. Will stand out amongst the limp summer offerings many have.

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Photo of Brad007
3.89/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a really hazy pale color in which light barely shines through. The aroma is light and spicy with some hints of banana and citrus. Taste is kind of hit or miss on this bottle. Spicy and the hints of banana and citrus show through well. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery though. Still a very refreshing and drinkable ale for a warm summer day.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rock Art has appeared in Maine! Hooray!
I have enjoyed their beers, just not this one so much.
Poured into a tulip glass, the beer was a gold color with a white head that left a fair amount of lace.
It had a sweet citrus aroma, malt, and spice.
Orange taste, some coriander, a little bread. Not that pronounced.
An OK beer, not particularly crisp or refreshing.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy yellow body with a good bit of sediment. Healthy sized white head with decent retention. Some nice lacing is left behind.

Smells tasty, orange peel, other fruits. Some coriander.

This tastes like a belgian white mixed with a saison. Lots of fruitiness that includes orange. A bit of peppery coriander.

Mouthfeel is light with carbonation that I would consider fairly low for the style.

Really drinkable. There are definitely better saisons out there, but this beer is perfect for a nice hot day.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a one-time offering from the Morrisville crew, a Saison/Farmhouse, drink in the summer brew. Out of the bomber it poured a hazy gold with some copper hues. The head was nice, retaining well down to a good cap that laced pretty well too. The aroma was inviting, spices and citrus, lots of coriander in particular similar to a Belgian style Wit. The flavors were not as pronounced however, orange peel and lemon first hit my tongue followed by the coriander and cloves. The grassy hops is understated and the aftertaste was a little of minerals. Light to medium body but the carbonation was a little prickly. A good beer but not really a Saison and could use some work on the kinks.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An orange-honey sunset color, light-white head, quick dissipation with a very active look. Active usually comes off as "refreshing" for me.

A hint of crispy-clean pale malt, slightly sweet, gentle, subtle fruits, green herbs, very subtle earthy and black pepper with some lemmon peel left to linger on the nose.

A very crispy and sharp malty kick with nice yeastie complexity that delivers green grassy, earthy flavor's and nice and gentle fruity hop. The cracked corriander seeds adds a peppery, dry, snappy feel to the already simple but surprisingly complex flavor.

The best part of this light, summery beer is that the basic flavor's hold their own even with the addition of the corriander. On-point.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear; honey colored; less that a 1 finger white head that receded in seconds;

S: lemon, but it's muted;

T: flavor is muted as well; some coriander, a little spice and grass; finish is lemon peel, with no bitterness;

M: light bodied; light carbonation;

O: refreshing on a hot day, but the flavor isn't that appealing;

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Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with a mid sized whispy white head that sticks around the entire time

S: Delicious blend of spice and citrus.. prominent are clove, coriander and orange scents

T: Soft bready malts.. hints of floral hops and all of the spice and citrus notes that were in the aroma

M: Medium bodied and crisp...

D: Lovely... I imagine even better on a warm day... it was refreshing...

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, slightly clouded golden colour with a frothy white head that has moderate retention time and leaves specks of itself randomly on the glass.

The aroma is a blend of citrus fruit, coriander and other general spice. There's definitely a grassy/floral vibe to this one as well.

Flavour is in line with the aroma but with more balance. Each sip starts with a quick fruit burst and moves into a mix of spice and grassy hops before settling into a more tart/hop blend at the finish, which also has a hint of smokiness to it. Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated and refreshing.

This is yet another nice brew from Rock Art. I really dig what they do for the most part. Nothing over the top or palate destroying...just good, solid, drinkable brews, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of u2carew
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Consumed 2/23/10
A) Pours with a thin wispy head. The lacing is thin and sticky. Hazy body. Light sediment. Upward carbonation. Golden color.
S) Apple. Orange. Wheaty. Light notes of caramel.
T) Gentle malty sweet up front with citrus notes. Then moves to a dry, grainy taste. Finishes with subtle orange mixed with wheat.
M) Light body. Dry. Fizzy. Crisp.
D) A nice brew. Would be even better in the summer...

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Photo of Stigs
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

13oz pour at Sunset Grill in Boston, served in a tall pilsener glass...

A - about a quarter inch of loose frothy, white foam sits on top of a cloudy, dirty golden colored beer with very active bubbling carbonation.

S - herb-heavy...mint, basil, pink peppercorns with some lightly zesty lemon rind. rounded out by some wet grassy hops.

T - mint and basil dominate the drink...cracked black pepper, citrusy lemon zest, and sharp grassy hops fight their way through. very subtle fruity belgian yeast rounds out the end.

M - medium bodied with ample playful carbonation...melds with the "herbal" qualities of the beer nicely. incredibly dry finish.

D - interesting take, like a slightly lighter and sweeter version of Saison du Buff...this must be paired with some food, otherwise the garden flavors turn very weary.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden body beneath the dense, feather white head which slowly dissipates to leave a sticky, consistent lacing.

The aroma offers generous amounts of yeast and sweet orange peel. The coriander and pepper appear after a couple of minutes as well as some herbal notes.

The flavor offers similar yeast and zesty citrus fruit such as orange and lemon, but less pronounced. The black pepper and coriander are also less apparent on the palate at first but really come forward as it warms.

Lighter in body with generous amounts of carbonation rushing the palate.

I could use more yeast and spice on the palate versus some of its style counterparts, but this still offers nice flavor and aromas for the senses and looks great.

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Photo of whynot44
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange/gold color with a minimal white head that disappears fairly quickly.

The aroma is spicy with coriander, cloves, pepper and yeast with a crackery malt background.

The taste is similar but adds a citrus - orange peel - note. The coriander and cloves are mellowed a bit by the citrus but definitely present. The finish is peppery and dry. Fairly light bodied, mild carbonation, easy to drink. Overall, a decent wit, nice for a hot summer day.

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Photo of scottum
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with a huge bright white headskie. Mellow and quite easy to drink. Fruity and spiced notes in the malt bill don't overlinger. Refreshing. I don't usually like "beers of summer," but this is one that works. Read: not a fizzy yellow beer. Say what?

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Photo of dnichols
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a 500 ml capped bottle into a large Spaten mug.

A: It poured a hazy and creamy blond body with a one ifnger off-white head that receded fast to a slight cover. It left as it receded a thick even curtain of lacing.

S: It had a sweet lightly toasted malt aroma with a slight, light citrus accent.

T: It had a well balanced profile that began with sweet flowery malts mixed with sweet citrus flavors (mandarin oranges and tangerines). The spices were present but not overpowering and there was a funky yeast sourness that hung off the roof of the back of my mouth.

M: It was medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth and creamy presence on the tongue. It finished with a funky sourness that extended long into the aftertaste.

D: It was a pleasant and smooth brew that had a nice appearance and balanced flavors. It could be a decent session brew but it had some funky flavors and aftertaste that made it a one and done beer for me.

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Photo of dherling
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a fomay white head that sizzles into a thin film. Has some green hop notes in the nose, very fresh smelling, complemented by a light biscuit odor. The taste again is light, but not empty. The light malt flavor is persistent before yeilding to a clean finish.Light bubbly mouthfeel makes this a success, a very nice refreshing beer

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Photo of lpayette
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Details- $3 for a 22 oz. bomber @ winooski beverage- a steal. 10 IBUs 5.1% ABV. Nice long explanation about the beer including some pairing suggestions.

Appearance- Poured into a tulip glass, this beer is golden/straw in color. Even an extremely hard pour produces almost no head at first. Oddly, as I continually added beer into the glass (big bottle) the head seemed to get bigger... but never big enough for me. I like a big rocky head with lots of brussels lace on my saisons and this one just fell short on this category.

Smell- A mild banana characteristic, some yeasty earth tones, subtle apple, fresh and hot biscuits, and a bit of funk.

Taste- This beer has a great, light and very refreshing taste. I recommend serving this with plenty of the yeast for a healthy dose of flavor and B-Vitamins. A very nice amount of banana flavor, nothing overpowering, but it's obvious it's there. A perfect amount of sweetness with just the right amount bitterness coming from the orange peels. Earthy... Coriander evident as well. A bit flowery. Almost a slightly nutty characteristic. Very discretely complex.

Mouthfeel- Light-bodied. The yeast adds a nice feel. Not enough carbonation.

Drinkability/Conclusions - This is perhaps the most drinkable saison I've had. While there are some improvements I'd like to see (mainly it needs more priming sugars for more carbonation), this is a great attempt at the style and much better than most other american versions I've encountered.

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Sunny And 75 from Rock Art Brewery
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