Sun Juice
Stony Creek Brewery

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,909
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
83
Ranked #41,719
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 10.47%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
81
From:
Stony Creek Brewery
 
Connecticut, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
83
Good
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Notes: A little hazy, juicy, easy-drinking Lager Beer.⁣ For the sun-set or sun-rise, we ain't judging either way.
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 81 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a chalice.

A: Dull golden color with a mild haze. Creamy white head retains very well and leaves sheets of lacing on the glass.

S: Freshly baked bread, yeasty, ripe banana, bit of peppery coriander, chamomile, very faint orange peel, subtle clovey phenol.

T: Bready and wheaty base, yeasty, banana, grapefruit and orange peel are more apparent than they were on the nose. Quick hit of peppery coriander. Chamomile comes through late on the mid palate. Subtle herbal hops come through more as it warms. Very dry finish with only a hint of lingering citrus and wheat.

M: Very light body with a thin airy and creamy feel. Sharp carbonation lends crispness.

O: Pleasant and easy to drink. Somewhat of a saison meets witbier sort of thing going on. It's light, well balanced, and very drinkable. Exactly what you're looking for in a summer seasonal.

Aug 26, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: coriander and bubblegum with hints of lemon and black pepper behind it;

T: balance between coriander, bubblegum, and lemon up front; a little black pepper spiciness comes in mid-palate and slowly increases (as does the bubblegum) through the finish; light bitterness on the finish; no tartness;

M: light bodied; low to moderate carbonation (it was kegged that day);

O: refreshing, but lacking in terms of style;

Jan 09, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a glossy golden yellow color with a mellow thin foamy white head that slid off at a mild pace. Some light lace ran all around fairly nice.
The aroma took some orange and lemon peel to spread out over some crushed coriander and touch a delicate sweet wheaty malt bill. Some Belgian yeastiness spread out over top of some sweet bready content. Sly amount of white pepper settled in at the end pretty nice.
The flavor was sweet bringing in the prior mentioned aromas pretty nice and adding a little bit of refreshingly sweet freshly cut grass and a hint of bubblegum. Not much of an aftertaste, but somewhat having a light orange peel to subtle bubblegum stickiness.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt great. ABV felt as projected. Some Belgian yeastiness does crawl along my tongue but nicely and not cumbersome.
Overall, honestly, it's a pretty good Summer slammer in my opinion, not sure if this was truly a saison or a witbier, but whatever this was supposed to be, I'd have again for me.

Jul 15, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Slight haze to the frosted golden color. A very active and fizzy look, same for the short-lived cap. Rises, fizzles out pretty fast. No foam left, just fizzy bubbles rushing to the surface.

A spicy and earthy-herbal aroma hits the nose first. A funky, herbal and citrus laden smell with a wee bit of alcohol heat. Tangy, and sharp Belgian yeast.

The flavor spectrum is dominated by a rather nice deep, funky, herbs and spice Belgian-esque yeast flavor. Major spice...mostly earthy with dry wheat and big ammounts of herbs. "Sun Juice" is the perfect name for this brew, as the feel is very light with a joyful crispy, sparkling effect. Saison yeast brings big funky-earth flavor's that are very complex for a "lighter" summer brew. Orange peel, grapefruit peel, coriander and chamomile add big citrus fruit and major herbal colors. Overall the flavor is bright but complex, easy enough to sip in the hot summer sun, interesting enough to sip and contemplate.

Apr 13, 2017
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lic217 from Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Big head that fades fast, clear, light yellow, some lacing
Smell: Fruity esters, clove, flowery
Taste: Fruity, a little sweet at finish
Feel: High carbonation, drinks very light
Overall: A good beer

Sep 28, 2016
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Holy carbonation bomb. The gentle pour causes a foamy, well-retaining white cap to rise up to over four fingers high. This head seems to last forever before falling to tall pillows. Lace is thick and comes in plentiful sheets.

S- Yeast character runs the aroma with Belgian yeast spice, fresh yeast bread, cooking herbs, pepper and lemon zest coming to mind. Something reminds me of pale champagne grapes and along with that are hints of caramel, orange zest and pear.

T- When the head finally allows the sip comes in with the yeast dominant as the aroma suggested. Spicy yeast phenolics, witbier spices, clove, pink peppercorn, lemon zest with touch of tartness, slight sweetness, raw bread grains, oranges, barnyard straw, pear and again pale grapes.

MF- Light bodied, mostly dried out and intensely foamy. The carbonation is effervescent and really blows up on the palate. The ending comes with a hint of tartness and bitter spiciness.

If the foaminess was cut down a bit more the brew would be elevated from above average to quite good. The mouthfeel distracts from a flavor profile that is actually somewhat complex and strong.

Sep 23, 2016
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on Aug 25, 2016.

IT begins with a mildly cloudy pale-yellow light amber pour under a lingering white foamy head.

I pick up the traditional Belgian toasted bread character along with fruity esters such as orange zest. I also get a little coriander. It hits all the targets.

Light to medium body.

The taste has a nice fruitiness and spicy bite to complete it. Same breaded character too. There are better onjes out there but this is decent.

Aug 26, 2016
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Im4jojo from Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours from the bottle with a four finger white head. Quite a few bubbles rising like champagne. Color: a hazy straw. A citrusy boquet with an even lighter emphasis of this in the taste. Just the right amount of hoppiness. Leaves a coating on the tongue with a strong bitterness. Will enjoy this again.

Jul 02, 2016
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sliberty from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Slightly hazy golden beer with an ample head that dissipates into persistent latticing.

Smell: Not a ton off the nose on this, but I am drinking it in a coffee shop where coffee is being roasted and ground, so it's difficult to tell. Maybe slight citrus and stone fruit.

Taste: First thought: delicious! A complex and big-on-flavor saison. Sweet, tropical fruit is upfront. There is apricot here in abundance and a gentle warming spice at the end. After a few sips, bitterness is apparent on the pallet.

Feel: A bit heavier than many saisons.

Overall: Extremely tasty and complex beer with a good balance of malt, hops, and yeast character. A great showing overall. Would drink again.

Jun 03, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap 7/14/2015 at Stevie D’s, in Cumberland, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, wheat, caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel, bananas and citrus come in. The hops presence is good for the style and brings a good balance. There is some spice flavor that comes into the finish. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Jul 14, 2015
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a few times at the brewery during the hot days of June & July and a few times out of the bottle. It's a solid witbier/saision (not sure what they were going for) that definitely sits more on the side of witbier. Spicy yeast give of notes of clove and coriander. It's brewed with grapefruit peel but the citrus isn't very prominent. Starts sweet but ends a bit dry. Easy to drink a few due to the light body and low ABV.

Jun 17, 2015
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jhavs from New York

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got a half growler fresh canned at the brewery. Got for the novelty of the hand canner, not a bad brew, not a great brew. Pretty nice facility though!

Jun 11, 2015
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JAck199 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Made as a summer beer it is lighter in body. Drinks like a full flavor beer. At 5.3% it is still light in maltiness yet full flavor....they nailed a summer beer.

Jun 08, 2015
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PatrickKellyCT from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid sessionable belgian style summer ale from Stony Creek. Definitely one to enjoy a few of in the coming summer months, nothing crazy but very drinkable.

May 17, 2015
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jbredbeard from Rhode Island

2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Slight spiced fruit and bubble gum in the aroma follows into the flavor up front and then flattens out in the aftertaste. As far as Belgian ales go, it lacks something.

May 17, 2015
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy light orange color with a decent head that lasts and traces the glass. The smell was full of both yeast and fruit scents complimenting each other nicely. The taste was very refreshing with heavy wild flavors before having a remarkably clean finish. Really liked this one.

May 12, 2015
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